The Edmonton Oilers have a third overall pick and four options this year at the NHL Entry Draft. We talked about Aaron Ekblad today, and I passed along some stats breakdowns for Ekblad and recent grads at this positions. Let’s have a look at the top forwards, by discipline:
|1.05||SAM REINHART, WHL||60||22||41||63|
|1.035||SAM BENNETT, OHL||57||25||34||59|
|.969||LEON DRAISAITL, WHL||64||25||37||62|
|.776||MICHAEL DAL COLLE, OHL||67||23||29||52|
Reinhart rules in a close race, I don’t really think anyone can claim victory based on these numbers. We don’t have time on ice, there’s miles of chatter online about qual team but it seems unreliable (from what I’ve read), so it’s probably best to say we’re looking at three guys in the same range, and Dal Colle.
|.667||SAM REINHART, WHL||60||12||28||40|
|.641||MICHAEL DAL COLLE, OHL||67||16||27||43|
|.625||LEON DRAISAITL, WHL||64||12||28||40|
|.509||SAM BENNETT, OHL||57||10||19||29|
Different scenario here, Reinhart again on top and Dal Colle in second place. That’s interesting, and remember Bob McKenzie mentioned not long ago that 4-5 between Draisaitl and Dal Colle may be closer than most of us believe. I spoke to Jeff Krushell today about Bennett’s pull-up moment, and he said that it probably hurt him a little. Human nature, I guess.
|.052||SAM BENNETT, OHL||57||1||2||3|
|.047||LEON DRAISAITL, WHL||64||1||2||3|
|.033||SAM REINHART, WHL||60||2||0||2|
|.017||AARON EKBLAD, OHL||58||1||0||1|
If you were making a case for Sam Bennett, you’d want him to be on top, and he is. Draisaitl right there too, and it goes without saying that it’s a small sample size and that scoring on the PK doesn’t mean a lot. It does tell us who played 4×5 though, and I threw Ekblad in for fun.
This is going to be fun! I think this is too close for anyone to call with authority. Including the NHL teams. I think they’re going to walk to the podium, take their choice, and hope like hell he’s the one.