The Edmonton Oilers will begin draft day 2012 with a long list of needs. The top of the NHL entry draft this season is an interesting combination of highly skilled Russian forwards, quality defensemen from the CHL and some Swedish kids thrown in for good measure.
Brad McPherson (Blue Bullet) has been kind enough to gift this blog with his draft rankings over the years. Brad’s lists and insights are appreciated and it gives us a unique and trusted source as we begin to more closely examine this year’s draft. Here’s BB’s top 20 currently:
1 YAKUPOV, NAILSARNIA OHL 5\’ 10.5″ 189 LW
2 GRIGORENKO, MIKHAIL QUEBEC QMJHL 6\’ 3.25″ 200 C
3 DUMBA, MATHEW RED DEER WHL 5\’ 11.75″ 183 D
4 MURRAY, RYAN EVERETT WHL 6\’ 0.5″ 201 D
5 RIELLY, MORGAN MOOSE JAW WHL 5\’ 11.5″ 190 D
6 FORSBERG, FILIP LEKSAND SWEDEN-2 6\’ 2.0″ 181 C
7 TROUBA, JACOB USA U-18 USHL 6\’ 2.0″ 193 D
8 GALCHENYUK, ALEXANDER SARNIA OHL 6\’0.5″ 198 C
9 REINHART, GRIFFIN EDMONTON WHL 6\’ 3.75″ 207 D
10 CECI, CODY OTTAWA OHL 6\’ 2.5″ 207 D
11 COLLBERG, SEBASTIAN FROLUNDA JR. SWE-JR. 5\’ 11.0″ 176 RW
12 FINN, MATTHEW GUELPH OHL 6\’ 0.25″ 195 D
13 FAKSA, RADEK KITCHENER OHL 6\’ 3.0″ 202 C
14 VASILEVSKI, ANDREI UFA 2 RUSSIA-JR. 6\’ 3.25″ 204 G
15 KOEKKOEK, SLATER PETERBOROUGH OHL 6\’ 2.0″ 184 D
16 POULIOT, DERRICK PORTLAND WHL 5\’ 11.25″ 186 D
17 MAATTA, OLLI LONDON OHL 6\’ 1.5″ 202 D
18 GAUNCE, BRENDAN BELLEVILLE OHL 6\’ 2.0″ 215 C
19 GIRGENSONS, ZEMGUS DUBUQUE USHL 6\’ 1.5″ 198 C
20 ABERG, PONTUS DJURGARDEN SWEDEN 5\’ 11.0″ 194 LW
In the interests of full disclosure, this list was sent to me a couple of weeks ago and he may have tweaked it a little. As he’ll be a guest on this week’s Nation Radio I’ll make sure to ask him about any changes. BB has the Russians on top and then three defensemen from the WHL before Forsberg checks in for the Swedes at number 6. Trouba is an interesting name at #7 and then it’s Galchenyuk and Reinhart to round out the top 9.
NHLE’s suggest the following:
- Yakupov 82, 19-22-41
- Grigorenko 82, 16-18-34
- Galchenyuk 82, 11-19-30
I didn’t include Forbserg because he isn’t playing in the SEL and I don’t have an NHLE for the league he’s in at this time. Taylor Hall (17-29-46) would be ahead of this group and RNH (11-27-38) would be just shy of Nail in their draft year NHLE’s.
- Reilly 82, 4-21-25*
- Ceci 82, 6-17-23
- Dumba 82, 7-13-20
- Murray 82, 6-12-18
- Reinhart 82, 5-10-15
Reilly’s numbers come from a very small sample size so we should be a little suspicious although as BB indicates he’s a very highly rated prospect. Ceci shines via NHLE and it’s interesting to see how close Dumba and Murray are by this metric (lots of talk about Dumba being far superior). Reilly and Ceci are in Dougie Hamilton territory.
It’ll be interesting to see how it all turns out.
Nation Radio hits the airwaves today at noon on Team 1260. Scheduled to appear:
- Brad McPherson–Blue Bullet–and we’ll talk about his list above and which players he sees as being good value this summer.
- Jeff Krushell–Krush Health Show–is a wonderful resource on all kinds of matters. We’ll talk about Ales Hemsky’s injury, recovery time and long term impact. Plus–since he’s a baseball nut too–we’ll talk some Blue Jays and Nationals.
- Jonathan Willis–always an interesting read–and I’ll ask about his recent article on Dustin Penner and we’ll discuess Edmonton’s roster and management decisions this summer.
- Kent Wilson–another outstanding writer and observer of the game–will touch base in regard to the Flames and their playoff run, what NHL teams look for when procuring winning players and if we have time discuss the value of EV save percentage as a measuring stick.
- Jeff Angus from Canucks Army. We’ll talk about the Canucks trade deadline moves, this Tanev kid and I’ll ask Jeff if the Canucks are a better team this year than they were one year ago.
There’s a game today. The Edmonton Oilers are a team in the National Hockey League.