There’s some unfinished business for the Edmonton Oilers involving past draft picks. Jeremie Blain, Brandon Davidson and Drew Czerwonka have not yet been signed to entry level deals.
The club is likely more interested in Justin Schultz than any of the three draft picks, but there is value in the names still on the table. The deadline is June 1, and running these men through the NHLE I think we can make a case for at least two of them:
- Drew Czerwonka NHLE 82, 9-11-20
- Jeremie Blaine NHLE 82, 4-16-20
- Brandon Davidson NHLE 82, 5-12-17
I’d argue both defensemen are worthy of contracts, and Czerwonka should be considered too; he’s far more likely to fill a depth role at the pro level than a player like Travis Ewanyk. Justin Schultz’ NHLE (82, 15-25-40) is clearly in a different league, or at least belongs in one.
Should all three Oiler picks sign, I believe it would be the first time in Oilers history that 10 picks from one draft (2010) earned pro contracts in their entry level window.