If the Edmonton Oilers overshop the WHL, and undershop the OHL, it ignores the QMJHL like the plague. Depending on how things break at the draft lottery, things could change in 2016.
PLAYERS DRAFTED BY YEAR AND TOTAL
- 2015 NHL draft—211 total players, 30 from the Q
- 2014 NHL draft—210 total players, 17 from the Q
- 2013 NHL draft—211 total players, 31 from the Q
- 2012 NHL draft–211 total players, 19 from the Q
- 2011 NHL draft, 211 total players, 22 from the Q
- 2010 NHL draft 210 total players, 22 from the Q
- 2009 NHL draft, 211 total players, 23 from the Q
- 2008 NHL draft, 211 total players, 27 from the Q
- FINAL TALLY: 1686 total players, 191 from the Q
- PERCENTAGE: 11.3%
OILERS QMJHL PLAYERS DRAFTED BY YEAR AND TOTAL
- 2015 NHL draft—6 total players, 0 from the Q
- 2014 NHL draft—6 total players, 1 from the Q
- 2013 NHL draft—10 total players, 1 from the Q
- 2012 NHL draft–7 total players, 0 from the Q
- 2011 NHL draft–9 total players, 0 from the Q
- 2010 NHL draft–11 total players, 1 from the Q
- 2009 NHL draft–7 total players, 1 from the Q
- 2008 NHL draft–5 total players, 1 from the Q
- FINAL TALLY: 61 total players, 5 from the Q
- PERCENTAGE: 8.2%
QMJHL OILERS SINCE 2008
- 2008—Phil Cornet (2 NHL games)
- 2009—Oliver Roy
- 2010—Jeremie Blain
- 2013—Marco Roy
- 2014—Keven Bouchard
Edmonton has invested exactly one dear selection in the QMJHL over the last eight years—and it hasn’t worked out yet. Marco Roy had a solid junior career but did not spike as a scorer. His AHL season (signed a deal with Bakersfield) went pretty well and hopefully he can make his way to the NHL from there. Roy was a strong analytics pick and those underlying numbers may get him to the show eventually.
QMJHL 2016 DRAFT ELIGIBLES
- C Pierre-Luc Dubois, Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. Rugged, quality PF. Oilers must love him, he has size, skill and drives to the net. If the Oil pick No. 4 or later, he could be their selection. 62gp, 42-57-99, 112pims.
- R Vitalii Abramov, Gatineau Olympiques. Explosive scorer. Dynamic. Speedy and creative, he is a small winger with terrific talent.
- C-R Pascal Laberge, Victoriaville Tigres. Has two-way skills, very aggressive. EP: Has a good set of goal-scorer’s hands, but tends to use them more to pass than anything. All-in-all, an efficient, yet exciting, two-way forward with potential to develop into a playmaking goal scorer. Source
- R Maxime Fortier, Halifax Mooseheads. Speed and skill, great shot. He was No. 145 NA Central Scouting, but the numbers suggest a very good prospect. He may not go in the top 100, but over a point-per-game.
- R Julien Gauthier, Val D’Or Foreurs. Kirk Luedeke: Massive man child (6-4, 221) oozes potential with his impressive skating and shot for one so big. The Foreurs winger strikes me as more of a complementary player who needs skilled playmakers on his line to make it work, but someone will jump on him early. Source
- C Brandon Gignac, Shawinigan. Skill C, nice numbers. Red Line Report: Slick playmaker has a knack for finding open ice and open teammates. Not flashy, but has good hockey sense. Source
- L Vladimir Kuznetsov, Acadie-Bathurst Titan. Big, strong and skilled.
- D Samuel Girard, Shawinigian. The new M-A Bergeron. Smart. McKeens: Girard can both handle and pass the puck as well as any QMJHL defender can in this draft class and his elusiveness allows him to twist and turn his way up us for clean offensive zone entries. One of the more exciting defenders to watch. Source
- L Matthew Boucher, Quebec Remparts. Small, speed, skill. Scott Wheeler: “He works hard and fast to pursue the puck carrier and get back into the play defensively.” Source
- C Otto Somppi, Halifax. Big C, has skill.
- RD Frederic Allard, Chicoutimi. Two-way D, impressive offense.
- C William Bower, Moncton. Undersized C.
- G Evan Fitzpatrick, Sherbrooke. No. 1 ranked NA goalie by CSB. Great athlete. .896
- C Jordan Maher, Acadie-Bathurst. Effective two-way C.
- L Daniil Miromanov, Acadie-Bathurst. Big right winger with some offense.
- D Luke Green, Saint John. Offensive defender.
- D Pascal Corbeil, Blainville-Boisbriand.
- L Mitchell Balmas, Charlottetown. Skill winger.
- D Gabriel Sylvestre, Shawinigan. Big defender.
- G Mark Grametbauer, Gatineau. .912 after heading to Gatineau.
- C Nathan Noel, Saint John. Wide range of skills, undersized.
- D Jacob Neveu, Rouyn-Noranda. Big righty blue.
- L Mathieu Sevigny, Drummondville. Smart checker with speed.
- C Felix Lauzon, Victoriaville. Small skill C. No buzz.
- D Gabriel Bilodeau, Gatineau. Tall, thin blue.
- G Reilly Pickard, Acadie-Bathurst. A solid resume, not highly-ranked. .902
- L Sam Laberge, Rimouski. NHL size and some skill. Second-year eligible.
- L Jeffrey Truchon Viel, Acadie-Bathurst. Skill winger.
- Red Line Report: His move to centre this season has taken his game to new heights. He’s got the size, hands, hockey sense, and creativity to become a true #1 centre in the NHL. Add in his dedication to getting better, mental make-up, and willingness to compete hard on every shift in all three zones,and he’s a fairly wart-proof prospect. The only minor pitfall is that he lacks first step explosion and a separation gear at the top end in his stride right now – but he is working on it diligently. Source
If Edmonton drafts No. 4 overall or later, Dubois stands a very good chance of being their man. That Red Line report is worth reading (RLR is fabulous) and they do talk about the positive sides of his skating. The more you read about Dubois, at 6.03 and 202 and doesn’t turn 18 until draft week, the more you can see him as a Chiarelli Oiler.