For the last several seasons Oilers fans have been rewarded by stellar play from prospects. From the Comrie run in the WHL to the Hemsky numbers in Hull to Schremp in London to Gagner as a rookie, there’s seldom been a time when someone on Edmonton’s list wasn’t kicking out the jams.
This season there’s so much to see that some exceptional performances are getting lost in the flood. Consider this post (and the thread that follows, I’m sure you have something to talk about that I’ll have missed) an effort to right a wrong.
I’m doing this as a starting point to my new Oilers top 20 which will begin arriving in daily installments December 1.
- Riley Nash gets untracked with a deuce last night against Hahvahd.
- Jordan Eberle scoring nightly and on a 50-goal pace.
- Theo Peckham continuing an offensive awakening that began in his draft year, plus of course he’s a freaking train.
- Taylor Chorney ends month one in pro -5 and is currently EV in month two. That’s growth.
- Liam Reddox looks better in the NHL than the AHL numbers imply.
- Cody Wild: +7 in 8 AHL games.
- Devan Dubnyk: His SP currently sits at .917 and that’s after a so-so effort.
- Linus Omark: Almost a point-per-game pace in the SEL.
- Jeff Deslauriers: A nice rookie season in the NHL despite inactivity.
- Alex Plante: Incredible turnaround, 15 points in 23 WHL games.
- Phillippe Cornet: Ripping up the Q, 26 points in 21 games leads the Oceanic (and a few higher draft picks).
- Andrew Perugini: A stellar .931SP in the ECHL.
I had Riley Nash at number one in the summer and his competition for the top spot (imo) is between Eberle and Peckham. After the top 3 it’s a free-for-all, with guys like Plante and Cornet moving up the charts and Perugini likely to make an impressive debut.
It wasn’t always this way, folks. There were years when finding someone to talk about in the Oilers system was an absolute chore.