The Edmonton Oilers spent 3 selections on QMJHL players 2008+, but the quality of this year’s crop may force the club to spend one of their six selections in Quebec province. There are some outstanding prospects available.
NHL TOTAL PLAYERS/QMJHL PLAYERS DRAFTED BY YEAR AND TOTAL
- 2012 NHL draft–211 total players, 19 from the Q
- 2011 NHL draft, 211 total players, 22 from the Q
- 2010 NHL draft 210 total players, 22 from the Q
- 2009 NHL draft, 211 total players, 23 from the Q
- 2008 NHL draft, 211 total players, 27 from the Q
- FINAL TALLY: 1054 total players, 113 from the Q
- PERCENTAGE: 10.7%
OILERS TOTAL PLAYERS/QMJHL PLAYERS DRAFTED BY YEAR AND TOTAL
- 2012 NHL draft–7 total players, 0 from the Q
- 2011 NHL draft–9 total players, 0 from the Q
- 2010 NHL draft–11 total players, 1 from the Q
- 2009 NHL draft–7 total players, 1 from the Q
- 2008 NHL draft–5 total players, 1 from the Q
- FINAL TALLY: 39 total players, 3 from the Q
- PERCENTAGE: 7.6%
Actually, the Oilers are pretty much on par (if they’d drafted one more player they would be league average) but part of the problem is that the picks are all deep inside each season’s draft.
- 2008: Phil Cornet 115th overall (Jason Demers was chosen two rounds later)
- 2009: Olivier Roy 115th overall (no Q players have emerged taken afterward)
- 2010: Jeremie Blaine 91st overall (no Q players have emerged taken afterward)
Highest pick over 5 years in #91 overall. Whatever their bias–WHL, implied ‘tougher’ league–or whatever the luck of the draft may have dealt them–the QMJHL has not been an area of strength for the Oilers recently.
- L Jonathan Drouin: The best offensive player in the draft–ridiculous skills and an NHLE just shy of 50.
- C Nathan MacKinnon: Wide range of skills, outstanding prospect and a Sept 1 birthday.
- C Fredrik Gauthier: 6.05, 210 C with skill, intimidating size and he’ll likely play on a skill line.
- L Anthony Mantha: Goal scorers go high, always been thus.
- L Adam Erne: Another exceptionally skilled winger, he’s also rugged and has average NHL size.
- R Valentin Zykov: Solid offensive player with good size.
- C Laurent Dauphin: A very nice skill player.
- D Samuel Morin: 6.06, 220 and he’s mobile. The rest we’ll worry about later.
- G Zach Fucale: His skills very good: skating, lateral mobility & positional approach to the game.
- L William Carrier: Big guy with skill, Pronman’s description of his skating is interesting.
- L Anthony DuClair: Speedy winger with some skill, lacks consistency.
- D Matt Murphy: Responsible 2-way defenseman.
- G Philippe Desrosiers: Impressive run since Christmas.
- R Sven Andrighetto: 19-year old winger with impressive skill set.
- R Nick Sorenson: Tall, thin winger with a nice range of skills.
- L Emile Poirer: Slightly older prospect, but a wonderful resume.
- L Gabriel Paquin-Boudreau: Impressive offense for skill winger.
- D Nicolas Brouillard: Offensive defenseman of some note.
- D Jan Kostalek: Defensive defenseman.
- R Marc-Olivier Roy: Skill winger posted good numbers.
- D Jonathan Ismael-Diaby: 6.05 225 DD.
- C Vincent Dunn: Undersized player with a nice range of skills.
- R Patrik Zdrahal: Czech winger with skill.
- C Yan-Pavel LaPlante: Physical player with skill and a range of skills.
- D Maxime Gravel: DD played on U17 team.
- L Kurt Etchegary: The man Guy Flaming made famous.
- C Jeremy Gregoire: Skill player, had a strong post-season.
- L Martin Reway: Small skill winger, 50 points in 47 gp.
- D Mackenzie Weegar: Passed over last year, more famous now.
- D Christian Marti: Huge Swiss D, he is 20.
The Q list is strong this year, and even though the Oilers have only 6 selections there are some interesting options available. Mantha and Gauthier would be very interesting selections.
MacT spoke yesterday and as always that’s worth talking about–the guy has incredible ability to say interesting things in front of the microphone. Here are a few nuggets:
- likes Gagner as a RW
- Realistic about the cost of acquiring free agents–be more aggressive
- Trades will come fairly quickly
- Loves, LOVES Darnell Nurse
- Lots of draft discussions still to go on draft–up, down, stay
The Gagner on RW item is interesting, because either Yakupov would move to LW or there’s a logjam (Eberle-Yakupov-Gagner). Interesting item. At this point I think the Oilers must have a couple of trades in the can–they have mentioned on previous occasions that they’ll go about their business quickly. Can’t wait for the Stanley Cup finals to be over, which is strange because it’s been an entertaining series.
I’m beginning to wonder if expectations by fans are going to be so great that the changes will be viewed as a negative. I don’t think the new GM is going to make 10 trades. Right?
This article seems to be saying Frank Musil has accepted a job as an assistant coach. Musil has been a major part of the Oilers Euro scouting staff for a long time, and would have been part of the Paajarvi draft decision among others. I imagine this decision impacts the organization’s Euro staff.
THE LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
This morning at 10 we hit the air with another edition of the Lowdown with Lowetide. Scheduled to appear:
- David Staples from Cult of Hockey. We’ll talk MacT and expectations, the powerplay, Paul Ranger and coach Eakins.
- Lisa McRitchie from Kukla’s Korner. We’ll talk draft, Kristians Pelss and expectations.
- Jeff Krushell from Krush Performance. Blue Jays, injuries and athletes, Eskimos.
- Kirk Luedeke from Redline Report. Bruins and some fun draft stuff.
@Lowetide_ or 10-1260 are the best ways to get in touch, looking forward to the show today and hope you can tune in.
(Cornet photo by Rob Ferguson. All rights reserved).