The Edmonton Oilers have taken a lot of players from the WHL since the Stu MacGregor era began, and the WHL has delivered Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins among the 11 selections. It’s actually incredible to see just how often ‘the dub’ shows up on the Oilers draft list. Here’s the math:
NHL TOTAL PLAYERS/WHL PLAYERS DRAFTED BY YEAR AND TOTAL
- 2012 NHL draft–211 total players, 32 from the WHL.
- 2011 NHL draft, 211 total players, 33 from the WHL
- 2010 NHL draft 210 total players, 43 from the WHL
- 2009 NHL draft, 211 total players, 31 from the WHL
- 2008 NHL draft, 211 total players, 37 from the WHL
- FINAL TALLY: 1054 total players, 176 from the WHL
- PERCENTAGE: 16.7%
OILERS TOTAL PLAYERS/WHL PLAYERS DRAFTED BY YEAR AND TOTAL
- 2012 NHL draft–7 total players, 1 from the WHL.
- 2011 NHL draft–9 total players, 3 from the WHL.
- 2010 NHL draft–11 total players, 4 from the WHL.
- 2009 NHL draft–7 total players, 1 from the WHL.
- 2008 NHL draft–5 total players, 2 from the WHL.
- FINAL TALLY: 39 total players, 11 from the WHL.
- PERCENTAGE: 28.2%
The Oilers like the west (an average total would have been 6.5 WHL players per 39 drafted) and one assumes they’ll select at least a couple from the WHL again this season. Here are the top players from the WHL this summer, including re-entries.
TOP DRAFT ELIGIBLES 2013, WHL
- D Seth Jones: Incredible prospect, projects as a franchise defenseman.
- C Curtis Lazar: Nice range of skills, strong player who provides enough offense to bat high in the order.
- D Ryan Pulock: Nice skills, and a monster shot. Can play defense too, a nice 2-way defender.
- C Hunter Shinkaruk: Somewhat one dimensional, but that dimension (shooter) is golden.
- C Nicolas Petan: I know, he’s very small. Don’t care.
- D Mirco Mueller: A wonderful young defender. Size, speed, smarts.
- D Josh Morrissey: good speed, excellent at moving the puck and solid defensively.
- D Madison Bowey: Puck moving defender with good wheels.
- L Morgan Klimchuk: Scoring winger has some nice things.
- G Tristan Jarry: If we’re to believe SP, then he belongs here.
- R Oliver Bjorkstrand: I love this player. Nice range of skills, great numbers and resume.
- G Erik Comrie: 7th best SP in the WHL, has been a prospect of interest for a long time.
- C Greg Chase: Nice combination of skill and grit.
- D Shea Theodore: Chaos D with real offensive talent. Extremely unlikely to be an Oiler.
- D Dillon Heatherington: Mobile defender can close gaps.
- R Jackson Houck: Impressive player, physical and skilled.
- D Cody Corbett: Underrated 2-way defender.
- L Myles Bell: Transformation from D to L had incredible results.
- D Eric Roy: Big, mobile 2-way defender.
- C Connor Rankin: Two-way forward with speed.
- G Brendan Burke: Huge goalie, Sean’s boy.
- D Mason Geertson: Big stay at home defender.
- R Jamal Watson: Speed demon.
- D Spenser Jensen: Stay at home defender.
- D Kayle Doetzel: Tough DD.
- R JC Lipon: Skill winger.
- L Edgars Kulda: I like him, 2-way winger.
- D Mitchell Wheaton: 6.05, 225.
- D Tyler Lewington: Tough defender.
- R Connor Honey: Nice step forward.
Chances are that Edmonton will choose 2 (well, 1.692) WHL kids based on previous numbers. The club’s selections are currently #7, #37, #56, #128, #158 and #188. Will MacT’s input change the WHL bias? We wait.
One of the things we’ll need to discuss as we get closer to draft day (and hell if Boston wins the Stanley Saturday maybe this breaks on the weekend) is the ‘asset list’ the organization is willing to move. We’ve heard MacT talk about the untouchable list and he’s also added a defenseman since arriving (Anton Belov)–but beyond that he has no loyalty to any of the roster players or prospects. With that in mind–and understanding that all indications are that this thing is going to get blown up–then who is on the ‘keeper’ list? Who is certain to be part of the future?
- G Devan Dubnyk (at least for this coming season)
- D Justin Schultz (possible franchise blue)
- D Oscar Klefbom (MacT saw him ‘real’ good)
- D Anton Belov (newly signed)
- C Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (franchise C)
- C Sam Gagner (MacT likes him as a player and leader)
- L Taylor Hall (franchise)
- L Magnus Paajarvi (allow me this one player–makes no sense to deal him)
- R Jordan Eberle (he’s an Oilers, that’s it and that’s all)
- R Nail Yakupov (franchise R)
That’s 10 players–meaning there are 13 available slots for next year. The players NOT included above should be considered possible trade assets who could be sent away. Here there are in terms of actual value (my estimation):
- #7 overall
- D Jeff Petry
- D Ladislav Smid
- R Ales Hemsky
- C Shawn Horcoff
- D Nick Schultz
- D Martin Marincin
- D Theo Peckham
- C Anton Lander
- D Corey Potter
- L Ben Eager
- R Mike Brown
- L Ryan Smyth
- C Eric Belanger
That’s a long list of trade assets. MacT has some impressive bags of gold.
THE LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
This morning at 10am, we’re on the air with some great guests. Scheduled to appear:
- Bruce McCurdy from Cult of Hockey. We’ll talk Kristians Pelss, MacT at the trade window, Eakins’ coaches, 2013 draft.
- Cam Moon, pbp man for the Red Deer Rebels. We’ll talk about that WHL list above and the Rebels for 13-14.
- Guy Flaming from the Pipeline Show. I’m going to rapid fire draft questions to Guy, who has all the answers.
- Evan Daum from the Edmonton Journal. CFL, FC, Oil Kings and the draft.
Your questions and comments are welcome, @Lowetide_ on twitter or 10-1260 text. Hope you can tune in!