The Edmonton Oilers have not been overly successful with recent second-round selections, but hope that changes with Tyler Benson. The club signed the young Vancouver Giants winger to an entry-level deal today and we hope to see him healthy at training camp in the fall.
RECENT SECOND ROUND SELECTIONS
- 2008: No second round selections (Kevin Lowe) (Stu MacGregor)
- 2009: Anton Lander (Steve Tambellini) (Stu MacGregor)
- 2010: Tyler Pitlick (Steve Tambellini) (Stu MacGregor)
- 2010: Martin Marincin (Steve Tambellini) (Stu MacGregor)
- 2010: Curtis Hamilton (Steve Tambellini) (Stu MacGregor)
- 2011: David Musil (Steve Tambellini) (Stu MacGregor)
- 2012: Mitchell Moroz (Steve Tambellini) (Stu MacGregor)
- 2013: Marco Roy (Craig MacTavish) (Stu MacGregor)
- 2014: No second round selection (Craig MacTavish) (Stu MacGregor)
- 2015: No second round selection (Peter Chiarelli) (Bob Green)
- 2016: Tyler Benson (Peter Chiarelli) (Bob Green)
The forwards on this list have had two main problems: scoring and injury. Anton Lander, Tyler Pitlick and Martin Marincin have made inroads in their efforts to become everyday NHLers, and the rest are either matriculating or playing in Europe.
Scott Cullen of TSN has done a lot of good work on draft odds. Cullen’s estimates suggest a second-round selection has a 33.8% chance of playing in 100 NHL games. Ironically, the ‘sweet spot’ second round picks since 1990 has been No. 41-45, with a 39% chance of making 100 games. Cullen’s work is here.
DRAFT+1 SEASON AFTER 31 GAMES (WHL)
- Curtis Hamilton 31gp, 15-27-42 (1.35)
- Tyler Benson 31gp, 10-30-40 (1.29)
- Tyler Pitlick 31gp, 13-21-34 (1.10)
- Mitchell Moroz 31gp, 5-9-14 (0.451)
Hamilton was one of four men who finished with 80 or more points for his team in his draft+1 season, and played on a team that averaged 4.3 goals per game. Benson leads his team in scoring (No. 2 scorer has 29 points) and the Giants average just 3.05 goals per game.
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) December 30, 2016
Jordan Oesterle comes up as insurance against Andrej Sekera plus another injury, and takes the place of Tyler Pitlick on the roster. Mark Fayne heads to Bakersfield to play himself back into shape and we may see the veteran later this year.