For those of us who have crowed some about the Oilers amateur procurement department being better than it was in the 90s (well, no one really defended Barry Fraser in the 90s but I’ve decided to frame the issue this way) this training camp has been a watershed.
Andrew Cogliano, another mid-20s pick, looks to have won a spot in the majors. Gagner stepped over Schremp and Pouliot to make the grade first time out and added to Ales Hemsky and Jarret Stoll we can safely brag that Kevin Prendergast had a nice run near the top of the draft 2001-07:
- #13 (2001) Ales Hemsky: Big hit
- #15 (2002) Jesse Niinimaki: Big miss
- #31 (2002) Jeff Deslauriers: Big miss
- #36 (2002) Jarret Stoll: A nice hit
- #22 (2003) Marc Pouliot: Looks like a useful NHL player
- #14 (2004) Devan Dubnyk: Too soon to tell
- #25 (2004) Rob Schremp: Too soon to tell
- #25 (2005) Andrew Cogliano: Made the team in first try
- #36 (2005) Taylor Chorney: Looks good
- #6 (2007) Sam Gagner: Made the team at 18
- #15 (2007) Alex Plante: Too soon to tell
- #21 (2007) Riley Nash: Too soon to tell
The fact that both Gagner and Cogliano look to have made this team ahead of schedule reflects well I think on the overall quality from Oiler drafts in the 01-07 era. Still plenty of story to be written, but it’s a lot nicer than the Jason Bonsignore era.