Have you ever heard the phrase “draft and follow?” I think the Oilers should consider a draft and follow on players like Toomey. Without getting to far into the idea, draft and follow players are eligible for the draft (Central Scouting #129NA) but would otherwise pass through and will be eligible next season.
The Oilers draft players all the time who have slipped through the previous season. Guys like Mathieu Roy, Kyle Brodziak, Danny Syvret and yesterday Jordan Bendfeld. Edmonton has been able to get a lot of quality out of that area of the draft.
So, why would they wait the season and risk a spike in value? If Kyle Brodziak was on the Oiler radar a year before he was drafted (and he was) then draft the guy. Right? And you’re taking a kid who has just completed his 17-year old season over a just-turned-20 prospect who you can sign for just dollars after the draft.
They may never make the NHL, but Toomey is far more likely to improve in the next 12 months than someone like Bendfeld. Toomey is probably not the best example but he’s the one I picked. A quick trip around the Al Gore tells us a few things about him:
- 72gp, 12-12-24 with the Blades in 07-08.
- 20gp, 9-7-16 in the final 6 weeks of the season.
- Good size, skating an issue.
- Tough, he had 5 fights and 99pims this year.
- His nickname is “Tooms.” Hockey needs more imagination.
- A scouting report from something called hockeyfights.com: Travis is a big kid with a good frame. Although his skating certainly needs some work, Toomey has also shown willingness to get his nose dirty and drop the gloves if necessary. He could very well be a late bloomer. I’d expect him to be selected in the fifth or sixth round.
- His favorite NHL team is the Edmonton Oilers.
Look I’m no scout and these are just numbers. However, the kid is a 1990 and a year from now it’s a decent bet he’ll make Central Scouting’s list and be on the radar screen. I do not mean to be disrespectful to Jordan Bendfeld in any way, but Toomey was a better choice yesterday.
Draft and Follow. It’s the better plan.