This is Jarret Stoll. If I’m honest about things his injury was probably the most depressing part of 06-07. For an organization to risk a fine young player by having him play too soon (even if it was his decision) is beyond comprehension.
Fortunately, it appears he will be fine (latest word has Stoll and Joffrey Lupul working on their conditioning in the town Juha Widinig made famous) and Stoll can continue a pretty solid career.
As a follow up to the 2001 look at the entry draft (I’ll do one more, 2003, but it’s pretty early for even 2002 to be honest), it looks like the Oilers have done fairly well so far in terms of talent development.
Here’s the NW Games Played:
Minnesota: PM Bouchard (273), Josh Harding (10), Barry Brust (11), Matt Foy (28), Christoph Brander (35)
Edmonton: Jarret Stoll (205), Matt Greene (105), Mikko Luoma (3)
Calgary: Eric Nystrom (2), Matt Lombardi (215)
Colorado: Jonas Johansson (1), Tom Gilbert (12)
Vancouver: Robert McVicar (1)
- Minnesota 357
- Edmonton 313
- Calgary 217
- Colorado 13
- Vancouver 1
- Minnesota drafted 8th overall, and had 10 picks.
- Calgary drafted 10th overall, and had 12 picks.
- Edmonton drafted 15th overall, and had 15 picks.
- Colorado drafted 28th overall, and had 10 picks.
- Vancouver drafted 49th overall, and had 11 picks.
- Minnesota had the best draft (as they did in 2001), but we have to remember it’s an expansion team and some of these guys are playing early due to decreased organizational depth.
- Edmonton once again did well, although Stoll gets to the NHL much quicker due to draft re-entry.
- Calgary got Lombardi (also a re-enrty).
- Colorado got Gilbert.
- Vancouver got nothing.
Who is the best player in the NW from the 2002 draft? Stoll? Bouchard? Lombardi? Will Josh Harding emerge? What about Greene? And Gilbert?
Too much still to be written, but based on the progress so far it would be hard to use 2002 as a hammer on the Oilers procurement department.