This month, we’ll look at the 2013 draft indepth and see just how large the offensive gap between player #4 and player #7 is this summer. Before we move forward, let’s have a look back one season to see if there’s any progress among last season’s Oiler crop.
Last season’s “Harvest Moon” post is here.
- #1 overall: R Nail Yakupov. NHLE 2011-12: 82, 18-22-40 (.488). Actual 2012-13: 48, 17-14-31 (.646). Yak City met expectations, and then tore up the blacktop at the end of the season just to make his point. I don’t think the English dictionary has the words.
- #32 overall: L Mitchell Moroz. NHLE 2011-12: 82, 6-3-9 (.110). NHLE 2012-13: 82, 5-7-12 (.146). Scoring at about the same clip as Zack Stortini, and I think that’s a fair comparable offensively. Clearly faster, may be a better fighter. I do wonder if he’ll play a more offensive role this coming season, and suspect the Oil Kings will use him on a top 2line in 2013-14.
- #63 overall: C Jujhar Khaira. NHLE 2011-12: 82, 6-11-17 (.207). NHLE 2012-13: 82, 5-18-23 (.280). Nice improvement season over season, and of course we have to consider that he moved from tier 2 to college and playing time was no doubt reduced. I think Khaira is the best prospect outside Yakupov. I don’t think we’re looking at a top 6F based on his resume so far, but there’s plenty of time for him to show us.
- #91 overall: L Daniil Zharkov. NHLE 2011-12: 82, 11-7-18 (.220). NHLE 2012-13: 82, 10-8-18 (.220). One of the more promising offensive players from last season’s draft ran in place in the same league he’d played in at 17. It isn’t catastrophic, but it isn’t a great sign either. Off to Russia, who knows if we’ll see him again.
- #93 overall: D Erik Gustafsson. NHLE 2011-12: 82, 5-6-11 (.134). NHLE 2012-13: unavailable. I don’t have an NHLE for the Allsvenskan, but he did have a good offensive season (49, 7-16-23) so I’d guess his NHLE is a little north of last season’s number.
- #123 overall: D Joey Laleggia. NHLE 2011-12: 82, 9-21-30 (.366). NHLE 2012-13: 82, 9-16-25 (.305). A dip in production, but he’s clearly a very skilled rearguard. I will be interested to see how he performs this coming season.
- #153 overall: R John McCarron. NHLE 2011-12: 82, 6-12-18 (.220). NHLE 2012-13: 82, 7-12-19 (.232). Little progress season over season, and of course he’s 21 now. Still, you never know.
Earlier this spring, I did an Oilers top 20 prospects list at Oilers Nation. Here’s how I ranked the prospects (Yak has graduated).
If I had to bet money on this draft and how many make it (aside from Yakupov) my guess is Khaira has a really nice chance to get a contract when he turns pro, Moroz will qualify under the “Ewanyk” plan for a pro deal and that Laleggia kid is worth watching.
What say you?