One of the ways we can evaluate a draft is by going back to see where the selected players were ranked by major sources. I highly value many different lists and post them in the weeks following the draft. What I haven’t done in the past is gather all of them in the same place. Allow me to correct that this year.
Bob McKenzie publishes the Bible every year just before the draft and this season the Oilers shot lights out. BM’s Top 93 + honorable mentions gave draft nuts 100 names to monitor. For many years this blog would rant and rave about walkabout picks, mentioning the McKenzie list by name and asking ‘why can’t the Oilers just use that as a guide?’. As it turns out, maybe they just needed to shuffle the scouting department.
- No. 22 Kailer Yamamoto (BM No. 24)
- No. 78 Stuart Skinner (BM No. 71)
- No. 84 Dmitri Samorukov (BM No. 76)
- No. 115 Ostap Safin (BM No. 51)
- No. 146 Kirill Maksimov (BM Honorable Mention)
- No. 22 Kailer Yamamoto (CB No. 16)
- No. 78 Stuart Skinner (CB No. 80)
- No. 84 Dmitri Samorukov (CB No. 53)
- No. 115 Ostap Safin (CB No. 82)
- No. 146 Kirill Maksimov (CB No. 90)
Button is probably my favorite list because it’s not consensus, he has things he looks for and values, and tells us about them. As someone who has always wanted to find out more about why scouts value certain things, Button is a fascinating follow each year. His list often rhymes with the Oilers picks, as is the case this year.
- No. 22 Kailer Yamamoto (CP No. 14)
- No. 78 Stuart Skinner (CP No. 8G)
- No. 84 Dmitri Samorukov (CP No. 76)
- No. 115 Ostap Safin (CP No. 77)
- No. 146 Kirill Maksimov (CP HM)
Pronman liked the Oilers draft, gave them a good grade. He saw Yamamoto as the key, and you can see it because the club badly needs a skill player (or more) in the next year or so. I like the skill bets later too, for the same reason.
- No. 22 Kailer Yamamoto (HP No. 32)
- No. 78 Stuart Skinner (HP No. 64)
- No. 84 Dmitri Samorukov (HP No. 65)
- No. 115 Ostap Safin (HP No. 98)
- No. 146 Kirill Maksimov (HP 149)
The Black Book is a divine scouting book, if you haven’t gotten one yet make sure you do. Fantastic and detailed, it also informs next year’s draft splendidly. HP ranked Yamamoto as an early second-round pick, but Skinner and Samorukov got some love and the two skill guys also found a place. Skyler Brind’Amour (Not ranked) and Phillip Kemp (No. 215) also got a mention.
STEVE KOURNIANOS, THE DRAFT ANALYST
- No. 22 Kailer Yamamoto (DA No. 18)
- No. 78 Stuart Skinner (DA No. 9G)
- No. 84 Dmitri Samorukov (DA No. 65)
- No. 115 Ostap Safin (DA No. 56)
- No. 146 Kirill Maksimov (DA 178)
Kournianos rankings are in line with what you’d like to see if the club owned their own second-round selection. Yamamoto (Round 1), Safin (Round 2) and Samorukov (Round 3) give the team some nice quality and the added appeal of a goalie the organization likes a lot and a big scorer who was trending late. Skyler Brind’Amour (No. 146) and Phillip Kemp (No. 168) we ranked ahead of Maksimov by The Draft Analyst.
I’ve been adding profiles for each player over the past couple of weeks, will have more to come and I’ll dig deep on Brind’Amour and Kemp for you. Before you know it, we’ll be talking about these prospects as we approach Christmas!