This is Jani Rita. He led the SM-LIIGA in goals scored in 06-07, but is off to a less impressive start this season. Here’s an update on each Oiler draft pick 1999-03 and how they’re doing so far this season.
Jani Rita: 10gp, 1-5-6 with Jokerit in the SM-LIIGA. He is currently 6th in team scoring.
Alexei Semenov: Made the San Jose roster but is on injured reserve. The Sharks have started poorly with D being the apparent culprit, but Semenov is unlikely to have any kind of impact.
Tony Salmelainen: He went deep into TC with the Leafs but was sent down. He’s played one game in the AHL with the Marlies.
Adam Hauser: He’s in the German League again this season, playing for Mannheim. He has a .908SP in 5gp.
Mike Comrie: Having a Mark Whiten start to his Islanders career. 2gp, 4-2-6.
Christian Chartier: Remember when there was such a fuss over the Leafs possibly tampering to get his name on a contract? He’s in the German League too.
Alexei Mikhnov: Tied for scoring lead on his team (Lokomotiv, RSL). 14gp, 5-10-15 numbers also rank him tied for 2nd in the RSL and his +7 has him in a tie for 6th in the league in that category.
Brad Winchester: Caught on with Dallas and is scoreless in 3 games. He is averaging about 8 minutes a game.
Joe Cullen: There was a time when he looked about even with Winchester, but he played over 200 AHL games without getting the callup and then spent most of last year in the ECHL. He’s in a secondary German league this season and is far away from the show.
Matt Lombardi: Had his first 20-goal season in the NHL last year, and early indications are that he has impressed Keenan. He’s an established NHL player, something no other Oiler draft from 2000 can boast.
Evgeny Muratov: Still playing in the RSL, he’s been a in that league since 1999.
Ales Hemsky: Considering where they selected him, Hemsky would have to represent a high water mark in Oilers drafting since the mid-80s.
Doug Lynch: Playing in Austria this season, that cup of coffee with the Oilers might be it. That wrist injury derailed a very promising career.
Jussi Markkanen: .925SP in 10 games for Rita’s team, Jokerit. The club is in 5th place (I believe 10 out of 14 SM LIIGA teams make the playoffs).
Kari Haakana: Finn is rolling along in the SEL.
Ales Pisa: Czech is playing for his (and Hemsky’s) town team in the CZE league, Pardubice.
Shay Stephenson: Made the NHL grade last season for a 2 game cup of Joe, he’s playing in Italy this season.
Jesse Niinimaki: Pointless in 5 SEL games so far this season. Key word in that sentence was “pointless” btw.
JDD: Has played 77 AHL games since turning pro and one would think he will get his first NHL regular season action this season (if ever).
Jarret Stoll: A nice player. Only concern is the concussion and he seems to be recovered from it (knock wood).
Matt Greene: He’s an established NHL regular now and is in the deep end this season.
Brock Radunske: Playing in Germany this year, 8 points in 10gp for Augsburg has his tied for 2nd overall on the club.
Jonas Almtorp: He’s in the AHL now and obviously somewhere between 5 and 10 on the center depth chart in the organization. A strong candidate for a 1 or 2 game cup of coffee with the big club this season.
Mikko Luoma: Already off to a nice start (4 points in 6gp) in the SEL.
Dwight Helminen: 6gp, 3-1-4 +5 for his SM LIIGA team. Helminen had a couple of nice AHL seasons.
Tomas Micka: Playing well based on numbers in the CZE league. 9gp, 5-2-7 for Praha.
Fredrik Johansson: He’s in the AHL this season and would have to be considered a rung below Almtorp on the depth chart. He did a few nice things in camp though, and it’ll be fun to read about him this winter in a context (AHL) we know something about in terms of NHL projection.
Marc Pouliot: He’s a fringe NHL player at this point, but MacT said nice things about him yesterday. Hey, I’m a fan.
Colin McDonald: Has played 2 games in the AHL and has 2 assists. Appears to be impressing on a couple of levels and I haven’t been this hopeful in a long time about McDonald. Kirk Leudeke may have been right all along.
JF Jacques: When he scores a regular season NHL goal there will be celebrating in the streets of Oilerville on a level seen only in Miami when they find out Castro is dead every Friday.
Mikhail Youkov: Still playing in the RSL, he has 3 points in 11gp so far this season.
Zack Stortini: A point a game (3-3) so far in AHL. He’ll be up at some point this year.
Dragan Umicevic: 2 goals in 9 RSL games this season.
Kyle Brodziak: Here’s a guy who decided to man up and work like a dog to reach his goal. Inspiring stuff. Leads the Oilers in points.
Mathieu Roy: Injured right at the end of pre-season in what can only be called bad damn luck.
Jozef Hrabel: Rolling along in the RSL again this season. Are his rights still owned by the Oilers?
Troy Bodie: Everyday player in the AHL so far this season.