We have three years worth of drafting in the Stu MacGregor era, and there are some strong trends showing.
Among the obvious ones, the Oilers are no longer plucking Taylor Chorney types and appear to be far less impressed with America than the previous regime.
There are others, the important one being that the Oilers no longer use their high selections for reach picks like Jesse Niinimaki. The club is also spending more time in Scandanavia and Finns roam the prospect list (a welcome sight, believe me) again.
Here’s what Stu has wrought upon us:
- WHL: 7
- Sweden: 3
- QMJHL: 3
- OHL: 2
- Finland: 2
- BCJHL: 2
- USHS: 1
- NCAA: 1
- Slovakia: 1
- Belarus: 1
Of the 23 picks, 12 (or 52%) are CHL players. Kevin Prendergast’s regime also relied heavily on the CHL (42%) but also spent a lot of time in America (NCAA/USHS) where 21% of the 01-07 selections were procured. MBS has chosen 1 USHS kid and 1 NCAA player (Tyler Pitlick, who scooted to the dub right afterward).
This could change, although based on the names we are hearing I expect the WHL number to grow next weekend.
MBS also plucked a European in the NHL’s top 10 picks two years ago; when they called Magnum PS’s name in 2009, that became the highest number for an Oiler European draft in franchise history. For all the blood, sweat and tears delivered from Finland’s fjord to Rexall that is an incredible statistic.
The other draft trend is how many kids the Oilers grabbed from last year’s combine list. 7 of 11–64%–of the Oilers draft list attended the NHL combine. It’s something to look for at this year’s draft.