Every year there are some older prospects selected in the NHL draft. Re-entries, kids who passed through in previous seasons, there’s value and risk in these names.
- Tanner Pearson, OHL: “He has the size to play at the next level, competes hard, skates well, and has really become a dynamic offensive player off the rush and in the offensive zone. The numbers don’t lie, he’s been extremely consistent this season, and frankly, he’s become a player you notice in every game.” -The Scouting Report
- Paul DeJersey, BCJHL: Late-blooming PF with skill, described as deadly in close, shifty for a 200-pounder and with hands that are unbelievable.
- Matthew Beattie, USHS: Tireless worker with skills to match the effort.
- Jordan Martinook, WHL: 6.0, 209 and described as a power forward. Good foot speed for his size and a plus shot from what the internet tells us.
- Erik Thorell, SEL: Thorell is a speedy, slightly undersized forward with good hockey sense and a fearless approach to the game.
- Nikita Gusev, Rus Jr: Small and ridiculously talented forward who stomped the Russian junior league with 30 goals in 34 games.
- Michael Houser, OHL: Goalie has been passed over before but a .925SP and some playoff fame should get him a look at this year’s draft.
No specific order and not intended to be a complete list. Interesting bunch. Here’s a list of Oiler picks over the last 5 seasons who were drafted in the summer they turned 20:
- Frans Tuohimaa, SM-Liiga (jr) 2011. Had a strong season a year ago in the Finnish juniors, elevated to the SM-Liiga this fall and struggled.
- Kellen Jones, BCJHL 2010. Skilled forward with some size issues, he’s made very good progress in the NCAA.
- Kyle Bigos, BCJHL 2009. Huge defender had an impressive career with Vernon and is still on the prospect radar for the Oilers after three NCAA seasons.
- Jordan Bendfeld, WHL 2008. Drafted as an 18-year old by Phoenix in 2006, Edmonton tooki him on re-entry two seasons later. Bendfeld did sign a pro contract but played only 26 AHL games and did not play organized hockey this season.
- Linus Omark, SEL 2007. An astute choice that looks like it’ll go for naught, Omark covered his bet and could still have an NHL career.