This is Jeff Petry. He is one of several NCAA prospects in the Oilers system having a very good year. According to Desjardins’ NHL equivalencies the Oilers have a few players from college who may end up being NHLers down the line.
Last week we looked at the AHL players and based on Gabriel’s magic number Rob Schremp is ready, Liam Reddox is a role playing third liner at this point, plus Marc Pouliot and JF Jacques have indeed taken the step backward we suspected.
Bisaillon and Spurgeon might actually be players if they stay healthy, Trukhno is struggling now that he’s seeing AAA curveballs and the Oilers have some guys in the AHL who will be elsewhere in the fall.
Let’s start the NCAA group by listing last season’s NHLE’s for the 06-07 college kids. Numbers are per 82gp and the bracketed number is the player’s age last season:
- Andrew Cogliano 17-19-36 (19)
- David Rohlfs 11-11-22 (22)
- Taylor Chorney 6-15-21 (19)
- Colin McDonald 10-3-13 (22)
- Cody Wild 5-7-12 (19)
- Geoff Paukovich 5-7-12 (20)
- Chris VandeVelde 2-4-6 (19)
- Matt Glasser 0-0-0 (19)
Cogliano’s number is a nice match for his NHL season, let’s put them together:
- 06-07NHLE 82gp, 17-19-36 .439ppg
- 07-08 NHL 53gp, 9-15-24 .453ppg
We don’t have his time on ice numbers for a year ago, but these could certainly be two seasons by the same player. Let’s look at the current group, once again Desjardins’ NHLE nicks college players and I put everything on a level playing field (82gp). Age in brackets:
- Cody Wild 6-20-26 (20) (up 14pts from last year)
- Chris Vande Velde 11-13-24 (20) (up 14pts from last year)
- Riley Nash 10-13-23 (18) (BCJHL last year)
- Taylor Chorney 2-19-21 (20) (same as last year)
- Jeff Petry 1-12-13 (19) (USHL last year)
- Robby Dee 1-2-3 (20) (USHL last year)
- Matt Glasser 1-1-2 (20) (up 2pts from last year)
It’s a pretty nice list, folks. The most impressive number belongs to Nash, as he is a full 2 years younger than the other guys at the top. Cody Wild’s number is exceptional and in fact all of the top 5 would have to be considered legit NHL prospects.
Let’s look a little closer as Nash. Here’s a list of a few recent Oilers prospect who were in the NCAA at the same age and their NHLE at 18:
- Mike Comrie 12-15-27
- Riley Nash 10-13-23
- Andrew Cogliano 8-11-19
- Shawn Horcoff 7-9-16
These 4 are not terribly similar players plus we’re going over a period of one decade here (plus we’re not allowing for year-to-year scoring fluctuation) but it does indicate Riley Nash is a player. Comrie’s offense and Horcoff’s skill set? Nice player if it’s so. As an aside, both Wild and Chorney are ahead of Tom Gilbert’s NHLE at the same age (20) and Petry is about where Gilbert was at the same age (19).
What does it all mean? I think we can reasonably argue the current crop of NCAA Oilers is the best we’ve ever seen as a group from American colleges. A full 5 players are on track as real prospects and I don’t recall that many in college at any time in this club’s history.
And Riley Nash might be special.