Oilers Cast Lines in Familiar Waters

Since 2001, the Edmonton Oilers have called 71 names at the annual Entry drafts. Of those 71 players, 30 of them (or 42%) have come from the CHL ranks. Although there have been changes in the scouting staff over the last several years, chances are the CHL (represented in photo by Jeff Deslauriers) will have more representation than other leagues like the NCAA (represented by Cody Wild in photo, #45 fishing for the puck).

Here’s a list of players drafted by league since 2001:

  1. WHL-13 (last players drafted Eberle and Bendfeld ’08)
  2. Sweden-11 (last player drafted Motin ’08)
  3. QMJHL-9 (last player drafted Cornet ’08)
  4. OHL-8 (last player drafted Gagner ’07)
  5. USHS-5 (last player drafted VandeVelde ’05)
  6. Finland-5 (last player drafted Hartikainen ’08)
  7. US College-4 (last played drafted Wild ’06)
  8. Czech-3 (last player drafted Hrabel ’03)
  9. USHL-2 (last player drafted Petry ’06)
  10. AJHL-2 (last player drafted Glasser ’05)
  11. Russia-2 (last player drafted Bumagin ’06)
  12. OPJHL-2 (last player drafted Cogliano ’05)
  13. EJHL-1 (last player drafted McDonald ’03)
  14. NAHL-1 (last player drafted Rohlfs ’03)
  15. US U-18-1 (last player drafted Paukovich ’04)
  16. BCJHL-1 (last player drafted Nash ’07)
  17. Slovakia-1 (last player drafted Kytnar ’07)

Since Stu MacGregor (that magnificent bastard) took over before the 2008 Entry draft, we might want to pay closer attention to Sweden (1) and Finland (1) along with the CHL (3 picks, 2 from the dub) as we discuss the 2009 entry draft. If we narrow the view to only the top 50 picks from each season, the WHL is dominant:

  1. WHL-6
  2. QMJHL-3
  3. USHL-2
  4. OHL-2
  5. Finland-1
  6. USHS-1
  7. OPJHL-1
  8. BCJHL-1

A couple of points to make about this item: of the 17 picks listed here, 11 (or 64.5%) are from the CHL, and none from Sweden. A quick glance at the first ranking tells us that all 11 Swedish picks came from outside the top 50. Those who believe Edmonton might look to Sweden for their first round pick should be comfortable in the knowledge that if the Oilers do call a Swedish name at #10 he’ll have to buck a long established trend. Here are the GP totals by league:

  1. QMJHL (662)
  2. WHL (541)
  3. OHL (417)
  4. USHL (233)
  5. OPJHL (164)
  6. Finland (144)
  7. Czech (53)
  8. NCAA (23)
  9. US High School (2)

72.3% of the total games played by Oiler picks 01-08 have come from the CHL. And finally, the top 10 in terms of GP:

  1. Hemsky 421
  2. Stoll 360
  3. Greene 233
  4. Brodziak 175
  5. Cogliano 164
  6. Gagner 155
  7. Stortini 147
  8. Pouliot 141
  9. Markkanen 128
  10. Jacques 60

4 of the 10 players on the list (Brodziak, Stortini, Pouliot and Jacques) come from the maligned 2003 entry draft.

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