Since the fall of 2000, Craig MacTavish has had some nice rookie forwards passed along to him from the procurement department. I always find it curious when we speak about his apparent inability to develop talent (an argument I don’t agree with, btw) that the sheer number of rookies over his 7 seasons at the helm never gets mentioned.
Let alone the quality of said talent.
Another impressive thing that comes from this list is the range of talent. One dimensional scorers, checkers and role players all got at-bats and a chance in the show. A lot of these kids who failed in Edmonton got another look with a second NHL team, and some of them found a home.
In 07-08, the rookies were so good they kept getting playing time, and so they found their way to the top of the list.
Here’s the list, fall 2000 through spring 2008.
- Sam Gagner (07-08) 1238:31
- Andrew Cogliano (07-08) 1112:17
- Kyle Brodziak (07-08) 1033:24
- Jarret Stoll (03-04) 945:18
- Patrick Thoresen (06-07) 776:33
- Ales Hemsky (02-03) 712:12
- Jason Chimera (02-03) 710:06
- Marc Pouliot (06-07) 600:12
- Dom Pittis (00-01) 506:13
- Brad Winchester (06-07) 476:18
- Mike Comrie (00-01) 466:54
- Shawn Horcoff (00-01) 452:12
- Fernando Pisani (02-03) 375:18
- Jean Francois Jacques (06-07) 292:44
- Zach Stortini (06-07) 207:27
- Brian Swanson (00-01) 174:38
- Mike Bishai (03-04) 128:18
- Tony Salmlelainen (03-04) 125:27
- Michel Riesen (00-01) 118:53
- Jani Rita (02-03) 114:26
These are the players who played more than 100 minutes at forward as rookies for the Edmonton Oilers. I didn’t include Curtis Glencross because he’d already played quite a bit for another organization.