The Edmonton Oilers have signed goaltender Tyler Bunz to his entry level contract. Bunz .921SP was the 2nd best total in the entire WHL and his 2.57 GAA was good for 5th in the junior league. Bunz was a 5th rd pick in 2010 and joins fellow 2010 Oiler picks Taylor Hall, Martin Marincn, Tyler Pitlick, Curtis Hamilton and Ryan Martindale as players with signed pro contracts.
Still to come from that deep draft: Jeremie Blain, Brandon Davidson, Drew Czerwonka, Kristians Pelss and Kellen Jones.
- Jeremie Blain had a huge season in the QMJHL this year, I can’t see a logical scenario that sees him unsigned this spring.
- Brandon Davidson can’t go back to junior and I believe the Oilers will either sign him or set him free. Based on his WHL season, it would seem to be a no-brainer signing, but there are so many blueline kids eligible to turn pro this spring.
- Czerwonka has played over 240 WHL games (including playoffs) and I would guess they’ll sign him or set him free this spring. Signing him would seem like the most likely scenario.
- Pelss has enjoyed a major uptick season with the Edmonton Oil Kings. The Oilers could keep him around for another season of junior.
- Jones still has 2 seasons of eligibility in the NCAA and it might make sense for him to stay at lease one more year.
The blue is going to be something to watch, what with Kyle Bigos in Merrimack (he can sign now, his season is over) and 2011 picks Oscar Klefbom, David Gernat and David Musil also waiting in line and eligible to be signed this summer.
My guess? Oilers sign Davidson and Blain, turn them pro with the already signed Marincin. They sign Klefbom and send him back to the SEL, sign Gernat and Musil while sending both back to junior and Bigos plays his senior year in the NCAA.
The ball starts rolling with the Bunz signing. Plenty of news to come this spring.
Back to Bunz. I think he’s the best goaltending prospect in the system, and despite concussion problems the arrows are heading in a very good direction. The Oilers will probably send him to Stockton but this guy is the best prospect to come down the pipe in years–better than Roy, better than Deslauriers, better than Dubnyk.