This is Roman Tesliuk. When I last checked the numbers for the Oilers prospects 2004-07 Tesliuk hadn’t played a game yet. Now he’s playing, but in a lower tier league. The 2004 draft was 3.5 years ago and at this point in time we can probably see which players are off the pace based on their draft day selection.
(14th overall) G Devan Dubnyk: .903SP and a 3.30 GAA for the big man. His SP is lagging behind Delauriers (.921) and he has been wildly inconsistent this season. For where he was taken in the 2004 draft, he’s not covering the bet at this point in time but remains a solid prospect.
(25th overall) C Rob Schremp: 40gp, 10-31-41 in the AHL and he’s had a cup of coffee in the NHL this season. Looks like he’s the next guy in line for a callup and is deserving of a prolonged NHL audition. A pretty happy story based on his draft number, even the crazy Schremp fanbase seems to have settled down and stopped wailing over the struggles of the Hockey Jesus.
(44th overall) D Roman Tesliuk: 30gp, 5-1-6 in something called the Russian “High” League. Looks like a second tier minor league, maybe an ECHL level league over there. A guy who had some nice things written about him but we can safely write him off as a prospect I’d say. A fairly high pick, we can put up a big black X on the scouting department for this one.
(57th overall) C Geoff Paukovich: 35gp, 7-6-13 with Stockton of the ECHL. Left college early and has fallen flat. He’ll turn 22 in April. I think we can safely regard this player as an extreme long shot for the NHL based on where he is and at this particular age. You never know, but you sorta do. 57th overall is still in the range where NHL players are being drafted, so Paukovich would have to be considered a disappointment.
(112th overall) LW Liam Reddox: He’s already had an amazing season, certainly the best of any of the Oilers’ 2004 picks. After a full year in Stockton he’s played well for Springfield (32gp, 10-14-24) and incredibly made his NHL debut. A nice feather in the cap for the Oilers’ procurement department, he’s carrying the mail (with Schremp) for the Oilers 2004 draft class.
(146th overall) D Bryan Young: You know, he’s played in the NHL each of the last two seasons, but this has been a very tough one for him. Young’s plus minus (-13) compares poorly to his number in the AHL last season (-3 in 32GP) and frankly I’m wondering if he’s playing through an injury. Either way he’s hit a wall as a pro and will need to turn it around. Certainly has covered the bet based on draft number.
(177th overall) D Max Gordichuk: Drafted by the Oilers because they were impressed with him while scouting Tesliuk, Gordichuk went bust faster than any other Oiler in this draft class. I believe he’s no longer playing organized hockey.
(208th overall) RW Stephane Goulet: When you draft skill in the 200s there’s usually a hitch in the giddy-up. With Goulet he’s got speed issues and O by the way he isn’t scoring. You can’t really fault a scouting staff for missing on a pick this late imo.
(242nd overall) C Tyler Spurgeon: Injured early and often, Spurgeon has shown flashes of being a solid role player in the Rem Murray-Kyle Brodziak family of players. He’s recovering from a concussion and in a recent Guy Flaming article we got this update: “He was told by a doctor down there that he probably should retire but it wasn’t a sports doctor it was just a regular doctor in a hospital,” said Prendergast. “But [team physician] Dr. Naidu has looked at him and we have faith that he’s going to play again this year.” Those damn regular doctors.
(274th overall) G Bjorn Bjurling: Speaking of Flaming, there may be something up with this player and Flaming is the source. In that post comes the line Bjurling’s stats line is an attractive 19 GP, 2.33 GAA (3rd best in SEL) and .934 save% (Best in SEL). He’s still a long shot but might be the second coming of Jussi Markkanen. At that point in the draft if he plays an NHL game it’s a win.