REVIEWING THE 2010 OILERS DRAFT

This is the final time we will look at the 2010 Oilers draft, making it a good time to also look back on what was hoped for that weekend:

  • Overall impressions: A good, good draft. Hall clearly is going to be the story of this draft, but nice value in the second round (Pitlick, Marincin) and later (Davidson) tell us the Oilers set up their draft board well. I also like the Hamilton and Bunz selections, leaving only the Martindale pick as a question mark (they drafted for need) among the team’s most dear selections. I think MBS is an outstanding scouting director and if he can find a way to push those “saw him good” picks back another round he’ll be even better. Blain, Czerwonka, Pelss and Jones are probably scouts picks, payment for all those nights driving to little towns all over the world in search of the next Taylor Hall. These men are going to be under pressure to deliver more than an average number of NHLers to the show for the next several seasons and it looks like they’ve delivered this season. Report card day is around 2015 summer. See you then.
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As it turns out, one of those selections needed a sixth season to show what he could do at the NHL level. Wait six years? If necessary.

  • No. 1 overall: L Taylor Hall. Splendid since his plane touched down at the International, Hall remains the human chance machine. The lack of playoff success in his Oilers career has many turning on him, which is a damned shame. Absolute winner, remain thrilled he is an Oilers player. All kinds of rumors—real or imagined—about his status, but the idea of Hall on one line and McDavid on the other is the best music imaginable. Hope he stays.
  • No. 31 overall: R Tyler Pitlick. He scored well in his one season junior (22 EV goals) but he didn’t resemble anything close to a top 9F in the AHL before season three. The young man simply couldn’t stay healthy enough to stay in the lineup and that bad luck caught him again this season. Two things: He always looked like an NHL player to me, and if you count the number of men who emerged this season from the 2010 draft perhaps there is still hope. Among those who did are Alex Petrovic, Calvin Pickard, Oscar Lindberg, Stephen Johns, Bryan Rust, Joonas Donskoi and others. Maybe there is hope for Pitlick, too.
  • No. 46 overall: D Martin Marincin. A year ago, I wrote the following: There’s some evidence that the Oilers’ inability to evaluate defenseman—the same inability that has Jeff Petry in Montreal—has impacted Marincin’s career. Yep. Now a solid third-pairing option in Toronto with good underlying numbers, he is a counter in the Stu MacGregor ledger on the good side. Damnable crappy assessment of talent has been so terribly bad for so terribly long. Glad for Marincin though, hope he makes it to 1,000 games.
  • No. 48 overall: L Curtis Hamilton. There was a considerable injury history for Hamilton before the draft and those issues have had considerable impact on his pro career. He stepped off after last season and played well during 2015-16 for Sparta Praha of the Czech League. Perhaps we will see him again.
  • No. 61 overall: C Ryan Martindale. Big center who had a bit of an uneven rep based on his draft year performance. He was moved along for Steve Pinizzotto in January 2014 and his career has been running in place since. While splitting time between AHL and ECHL games, Martindale’s per 82GP boxcars in the high minors (14-18-32) suggests he was the tweener many felt he would become. Is the first player from this draft to not play in an NHL game.
  • No. 91 overall: D Jeremie Blain. The first player from this draft who didn’t get a contract from the Oilers, Blain has played more in the ECHL than AHL since turning pro. Played with the Brampton Beast (ECHL) and Chicago Wolves (AHL) this past season. No NHL games at this point.
  • No. 121 overall: G Tyler Bunz. WHL goalie who had some injury issues along the way and couldn’t find the range as a pro player. Post SP’s of .919 and .921 in his final junior seasons but couldn’t crack .900 during most of his time in the organization. Got into one NHL game, did not play this season and probably good as he did have some concussion issues. We wait to see if he returns to the game again.
  • No. 162 overall: D Brandon Davidson. One of the fun stories for Oilers fans over the last several years, Davidson was a good story a year ago—now he is a great one. Kept on the roster as a No. 8 defender, he posted an exceptional season and is poised to establish himself as a productive NHL player for years to come.
  • No. 166 overall: L Drew Czerwonka. Injuries finished his career before he turned pro.
  • No. 181 overall: L Kristians Pelss. RIP.
  • No. 202 overall: F Kellen Jones. Appears to be settling in as a brilliant penalty killer at the AHL level—success in my opinion for a player taken in Round 7.

You may enjoy Scott Cullen’s look at draft probabilities. You may also enjoy the ‘Harvest Moon‘ gushing I did on that promising day in 2010.

NHL TOTALS

  1. Taylor Hall 381, 132-196-328
  2. Martin Marincin 150, 2-16-18
  3. Brandon Davidson 63, 5-7-12
  4. Tyler Pitlick 27, 3-0-3
  5. Curtis Hamilton 1, 0-0-0
  6. Tyler Bunz 1, 0-0-0

They used to say that if two kids from a draft worked out it was a success, and it looks like three will do it based on these numbers. That said, the Oilers had 11 picks (four more than gifted) and four of those came inside the top 50 overall. I think we can call this a good not great draft, and it was certainly a better one than 2008 and 2009 drafts—Stu MacGregor’s first two as scouting director. We won’t review those two seasons, the die is cast and the decision rendered.

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25 Responses to "REVIEWING THE 2010 OILERS DRAFT"

  1. Bar_Qu says:

    Great draft. Everytime I see his name, the Pelss situation makes me sad.

    If he had lived, it can be imagined he might have been the other guy to emerge from that draft for this team.

  2. AsiaOil says:

    Always had time for Pitlick. Clearly far behind a few guys drafted after him (J Faulk – ouch) but I think he’s worth 40 games of at bats to see what he’s got. Not like we are swimming in tough RW who can skate. Unlike later years he was a consensus pick at that slot.

  3. rope-a-dope says:

    This is definitely a draft from recent years where the ‘template’ was good.. Some nice picks who projected well who were derailed by injury and other unfortunate circumstances. Davidson will make this one a success in the long term IMO.

  4. HeatTreaterJoe says:

    Off topic but… I have barely been following the playoffs this year, but just noticed Schultz didn’t play in today’s game. Dug deeper at TSN.ca, and it shows that Shultz played only 1 game in the playoffs.

    Did the Penguins actually shut him down after he Jultzed in game one? Wow…

  5. Lowetide says:

    HeatTreaterJoe:
    Off topic but… I have barely been following the playoffs this year, but just noticed Schultz didn’t play in today’s game.Dug deeper at TSN.ca, and it shows that Shultz played only 1 game in the playoffs.

    Did the Penguins actually shut him down after he Jultzed in game one?Wow…

    Made an astoundingly bad pass and hasn’t seen the ice since.

  6. HeatTreaterJoe says:

    Lowetide: Made an astoundingly bad pass and hasn’t seen the ice since.

    Thanks for confirming. He drove everyone crazy here, but I’m only now starting to wonder if he gets an NHL contract next year.

  7. frjohnk says:

    Lowetide: Made a routine pass and hasn’t seen the ice since.

    Fixed that for you.

  8. OF17 says:

    Hall, Davidson, and Marincin is a nice pull from this draft. Looking at 2011 5 years out, we have Nuge, Klefbom, Reider, and whoever else might emerge in due time. 2012 has Yakupov plus Khaira and Gustafsson, and after that it gets cloudy.

    The MB really did do a good job. Hard to say to what extent his misses were due to others getting in the way, but he found good players often enough to cover the bet. Still surprised Gernat didn’t turn out better.

  9. Water Fire says:

    IMO Vatanen is not a great skater which is a deal breaker for me with small players.

    If you want to acquire a weak defensive defenseman he has to have wheels, score a ton and if bigger better.

  10. Water Fire says:

    Davidson makes the draft. Hall a no brainer so two really good players is a win.

  11. Mr DeBakey says:

    Frankly, they totally screwed up the 2nd Round of this draft.
    And, this is nothing against Pitlick or Hamilton.

    A team is just starting a rebuild.
    What do they need?
    What do they need lots of?

    Defensemen!
    Defencemen simmering in the developmental pot.

    Pitlick should’ve been Petrovic or Faulk.
    Hamilton should’ve been Johns.

    These were tactical, or strategic, errors.
    The actual guys picked, for the most part, were pretty good.

  12. D says:

    The part that bothers me most about Marincin is that so many Edmonton fans could see that he had something, but the “bright” lights in management couldn’t.

  13. smellyglove says:

    At the time I loved this draft for the Oilers. The four 2nd rounders (c’mon, gimme #61 :-)) were all solid++.

    Maybe I was naive and young at the time and underestimated the Oilers’ ability to absolutely devastate young pro careers, but I thought those players had it and at least a couple would pan out to the top-6 / 2nd pairing+ positions.

  14. Clay says:

    Wildly off topic, but I wouldn’t be opposed to Chia kicking tires on that Parayko kid. Nice looking dman, especially at his age.

  15. Aron_S says:

    Wow, that’s the first time I’ve really noticed Hall’s career stats line in a year or so.

    Poor bastard. Those are excellent numbers, it’s too bad they’ve been wasted on the Oilers 2010-2016. I really hope he’s here for the good times. He’s been an excellent Oiler during some brutal years.

  16. Lowetide says:

    D:
    The part that bothers me most about Marincin is that so many Edmonton fans could see that he had something, but the “bright” lights in management couldn’t.

    True. The numbers favored him early.

  17. cabbiesmacker says:

    Clay:
    Wildly off topic, but I wouldn’t be opposed to Chia kicking tires on that Parayko kid.Nice looking dman, especially at his age.

    Why would STL even let chia near the vehicle let alone kick the tires?

    Oilers could always get better at scouting those far off locations like “their own back yard” I guess.

  18. Wolf Of Ross St says:

    D:
    The part that bothers me most about Marincin is that so many Edmonton fans could see that he had something, but the “bright” lights in management couldn’t.

    Respectfully, the jury is still out.
    That being said, that night he scored his first nhl goal ( a sweet snipe) if I remember correctly. I jumped off my couch.
    The best part about Davidson is we were fans before he hit the “bright lights, big stage”
    And now look at him, underestimate him at your own peril

  19. Acumen says:

    Clay,

    He’s remarkable. I think the only player other than McDavid (No) that gets it done is Leon, and I would probably do it. Parayko stands out in a huge way, shocked that people aren’t talking about him more than they are. He’s a Pronger clone out there.

    And yes, it would have been nice if we drafted him but honestly he was an over ager playing in the AJHL. If we took him with the Moroz pick there would have been riots. I just really enjoy watching him play. He’s a 100% proper defenseman

  20. Wolfie says:

    That pass from Kane to Shaw was eerily reminiscent of 99…

  21. Ryan says:

    Clay:
    Wildly off topic, but I wouldn’t be opposed to Chia kicking tires on that Parayko kid.Nice looking dman, especially at his age.

    22 years old 6’6 226 lb right shot defenseman who was top 15 in the league in EVP/60. Top 10 in first assist/60 at 5v5. Top 20 in the league in Hsca60…

    Yeah, let’s kick the tires on a player whom STL will likely never trade. 🙂

  22. Stelio Kontos says:

    I liked the bets at the time. Retrospect, hamilton was probably iffy, as was martindale. I can’t find the quote but I distinctly remember Tambo saying he was drafting big men (Pitlick, hamilton, etc) to fill in the bottom six. i just remember wondering why that was the plan in year 1. This thinking shows me that they thought they were going to rebuild fairly quick. Combine that with the renney firing, and tambo firing, and you start to see this team was only intentionally bad one year and that was 10-11. Every other year, I think they thought they had balance.

  23. Clay says:

    cabbiesmacker,

    Ryan,

    Sorry boys, I forgot to use the sarcasm font…

  24. square_wheels says:

    Water Fire,

    I’ve never read a single report that he’s a poor skater, but in limited viewings he’s not noticeably fast.

    He reminds me so much of Vish, great breakout pass, PP wizard, occasionally in trouble in his own zone, needs a cycle breaking Partner.

    Sounds like a perfect partner for Davi or Klef.

  25. Pechetr says:

    Let’s try not to forget in these conversations who would be developing these players post draft. It is fair to say that things may have turned out very differently for the players we drafted and the players we could have drafted based on the Oilers development system. Too many variables there to accurately predict.

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