This is Taylor Chorney. He was selected by the Edmonton Oilers in that very deep 2005 Entry Draft, at #36. Edmonton used the #25 pick on Andrew Cogliano and they also are in possession of the #15 pick from that draft (Ryan O’Marra) courtesy the Ryan Smyth trade.
A very high percentage of the top 30 picks that season have already played NHL hockey. Twenty of the top 30 picks have made the show, with a guy like TJ Oshie still on the outside looking in due to the college rules. Oshie is very likely to play some NHL hockey this winter.
Taylor Chorney is also a college player turning pro but he’s in a little different situation than Oshie. Chorney begins his pro hockey career in a horse race too close to call with several other kids of the same age, same position.
It’s actually pretty incredible, like the 1993 Harrisburg Senators. The Edmonton Oilers have about 75 defenders and of course only 6 can play at any given time. I think Kevin Lowe and Kevin Prendergast really want to keep the minor league team in Springfield because it looks to me like they’ve signed two teams worth of players. Here’s the D:
- Ladislav Smid (owns last NHL job, he’s no Secretariat)
- Mathieu Roy (one-way deal with Oilers)
- Josef Hrabel (has a lot of Cze and RSL experience)
- Theo Peckham (1 AHL season and Oilers #1 D prospect)
- Taylor Chorney (turning pro and Oilers #2 D prospect)
- Sebastien Bisaillon (explosive talent impressed)
- Bryan Young (100 AHL games, 17 NHL cups of coffee)
- Cody Wild (13 AHL games after college year)
- Jake Taylor (over 200 AHL games)
- Jordan Bendfeld (unique on this list in terms of style)
- Robbie Bina (fun college player turning pro)
- Mike Gabinet (37 of 122 NA pro games in AHL)
- Brad Farynuk (36 AHL games and is 26 years old)
- Cleve Kinley (has played in 3 NA pro leagues in 2 years)
- Ryan Constant (on the fringe of pro hockey)
Is that depth chart fair? Which players have the inside track? Would Peckham be the first callup? What about Hrabel? More to come.