For Oiler fans, the WHL-Russia series this week offers a chance to see Yakupov two more times, and an opportunity to see a plethora of outstanding talent for the 2013 entry draft. Plus, the WHL is an area heavily scouted (and often drafted) by the Oilers so there’s every chance the club’s 2013 entry draft selection will be in these games.
Aside from Yakupov, Oiler picks slated to play this week include Travis Ewanyk and (injured) Mitchell Moroz. Among the 2013 draft eligibles we should be paying attention to are goalie Eric Comrie, outstanding defenseman Ryan Pulock, Oil King center Curtis Lazar and the player I’m most interested in seeing–Hunter Shinkaruk of the Medicine Hat Tigers.
Shinkaruk is a skill LW with great scoring ability. He was left off some early season top 10 lists but has been turning heads recently and is 6-4-10 in his last 5 games.
Former Oiler Blair MacDonald gives some nice scouting information here.