In the relatively short history of the Edmonton Oilers, the club has enjoyed some success drafting beyond the first three rounds each season.
Since 1979, the following players have been selected outside the top 3 rounds.
BARRY FRASER ERA
- 1979-Glenn Anderson, 1129 NHL games (498 goals)
- 1980-Jari Kurri, 1251 NHL games (601 goals)
- 1980-Walt Poddubny 468 NHL games (184 goals)
- 1980-Andy Moog 713 NHL games
- 1981-Steve Smith 804 NHL games
- 1981-Marc Habscheid 345 NHL games
- 1983-Esa Tikkanen 877 NHL games (244 goals)
- 1984-Todd Ewen 518 NHL games
- 1985-Kelly Buchberger 1182 NHL games
- 1987-Shaun Van Allen 794 NHL games
- 1988-Shjon Podein 699 NHL games
- 1989-Josef Beranek 531 NHL games
- 1990-Anatoli Semenov 362 NHL games
- 1991-David Oliver 233 NHL games
- 1993-Miro Satan 1050 NHL games (363 goals)
- 1996-Fernando Pisani 462 NHL games
- 1997-Jason Chimera 663 NHL games
- 1998-Shawn Horcoff 765 NHL games
- 2000-Matthew Lombardi 508 NHL games
KEVIN PRENDERGAST ERA
- Kyle Brodziak 419 NHL games
It’s a different world with 30 teams, but the Oilers of the Fraser era–even into the 90s–were drafting good hockey players outside the top 3 rounds. Since 2000–Kevin Lowe’s first year as GM–the Oilers have chosen to pass on signing future NHL players (Lombardi) and traded away useful players before their prime (Chimera, Brodziak).
It actually started with Miro Satan’s trade. The Oilers have been sending away their draft depth gems–or not signing them–since the mid 90s, with the exception of Pisani and Horcoff who were rewarded handsomely with contracts that made their value far less than their actual worth.
Strange. Oh by the way, the club isn’t going to sign Jeremie Blain. From what I’ve read since Jason Gregor broke the news, “inconsistent play” added to “chaotic defense” and “underwhelming performance down the stretch” made signing him a poor option.