Tobias Rieder was just another name on the ‘young stars’ rookie camp list a year ago. Now? He’s among the best prospects in the system.
The complete list of kids who took part is here.
- Tyler Bunz: Had a strong, strong season in the WHL. Tracking ahead of Dubnyk.
- Phil Cornet: Jumped from 7 to 24 goals in OKC year over year, made NHL debut.
- Brandon Davidson: Had a very strong WHL season–he was an overager–and won a contract from the Oilers this spring.
- Taylor Fedun: Impressed here and in main camp, lost his season to an idiot wind.
- Martin Gernat: Emerged as a quality prospect with a stunning season in all areas. Big, strong kid with the ability to move the puck and a mean streak.
- Anton Lander: Was a major star of the rookie camp, improved skating was a major news item and he rode it all the way to the NHL.
- Martin Marincin: Continued to mature and grow into his frame, Marincin also had an impressive cup of coffee in OKC after his junior career ended.
- David Musil: Was outstanding at the WJ’s and played the tough minutes with Vancouver of the WHL, Musil’s defensive ability likely trumps all other Oiler prospects save possibly Klefbom.
- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins: Impresssed then and pretty much every day after, showed he’s a PP wizard and posted one of the best rookie seasons in Oiler history.
- Kristians Pelss: Doubled his WHL goal total from 14 to 28 year over year, winning a contract this spring over some solid prospects.
- Tyler Pitlick: Had an uneven season, but the ‘saw him good’ crowd is miles ahead of the boxcars. That may change this season, he’s certainly a player to watch.
- Tobias Rieder: Scored 55 goals in 76 OHL games (reg. season and playoffs), and was impressive in all three disciplines. Rieder had an incredible season in 11-12.
- Olivier Roy: Strong season in Stockton, he established himself as a legit pro prospect.
- Colin Smith: Invited on a tryout for a look-see, Smith had a very strong season and ended up getting drafted by Colorado at the draft this summer.
- Colten Teubert: Became a defender coach Nelson relied on in OKC, and then showed there some ways to go during an extended stay in the NHL.
We won’t have a rookie camp this season, but it would be fun to see the new hires and how much kids like Rieder and Gernat have improved year over year.