When it comes to assessing pure offensive ability for prospects, it’s important to let all of the air out of their tires. We do that by Desjardins or Vollman NHLE, but we can also help ourselves by looking at even strength offense. There’s no way to pad the stats, even strength goals are the toughest thing on the ice surface to come by, even for the great ones. Here’s a look at even strength offense for top draftee forwards 2007-13.
- 2009-10 Taylor Hall 57, 22-33-55 (.965)
- 2011-12 Nail Yakupov 42, 18-22-40 (.952)
- 2013-14 Leon Draisaitl 64, 22-37-59 (.922)
- 2006-07 Sam Gagner 53, 14-33-47 (.887)
- 2010-11 Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 69, 20-27-47 (.681)
- 2009-10 Ryan Martindale 61, 13-28-41 (.672)
- 2012-13 Marco Roy 65, 16-25-41 (.631)
- 2007-08 Jordan Eberle 70, 25-19-44 (.629)
- 2009-10 Curtis Hamilton 26, 7-8-15 (.577)
- 2012-13 Jackson Houck 69, 15-24-39 (.565)
- 2012-13 Greg Chase 69, 13-23-36 (.522)
- 2010-11 Tobias Rieder 65, 17-14-31 (.477)
- 2011-12 Daniil Zharkov 50, 14-8-22 (.440)
- 2012-13 Kyle Platzer 65, 4-17-21 (.323)
- 2010-11 Travis Ewanyk 72, 12-10-22 (.306)
- 2011-12 Mitchell Moroz 66, 11-8-19 (.288)
Draisaitl didn’t play on an insanely good team, and he didn’t score 60% of his points on the power play. I think it’s safe to assume that, barring injury, the Oilers drafted a terrific prospect. I think he has a lot in common with Nuge (tremendous passers) but I’m not prepared to say he’s going to be a better offensive player. It’s interesting to look at these EV numbers though, and it should be noted Leon has a slight NHLE edge (40-38) over RNH in their draft seasons.
Marco Roy looks pretty good on that list above, here’s hoping he can have a strong QMJHL season and turn pro next year with a contract and some traction. He’s played in three pre-season games so far this season, here are the boxcars and vitals (playing center!):
- Boxcars: 2, 0-1-1 +3
- 6 shots on goal
- 20 for 40 in the dot (50%)
Here’s hoping. The Oilers could use another skill forward in the system, which is probably why they invited Tkachev. If Marco Roy can recover after an injury-plagued season (and he wasn’t horrible, just didn’t progress) the Oilers will have sufficient forward skill in the pipeline (Roy, Chase, Tkachev, Houck, Slepslappy).
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
The bases are drunk with guests at 10 this morning, TSN 1260. We begin with Scott Burnside to talk about Kevin Hayes signing in Manhattan, the Jeff Hauser from Radio Hauser hits the air to talk about Weston Dressler and other NFL cuts. Travis Yost will be by to talk about the wonky deal Ottawa just signed with Craig Anderson, ensuring that Robin Lehner is pissed right directly off.
In hour two, Dennis King flattens Edmonton with his brand of robust humor, and then we talk CFL with Andrew Bucholtz of 55-yard line. I’ll invite Dave Jamieson to join me at 11:40, and we’ll chat about CFL and his 12th week of holidays this year (just completed).
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