The Edmonton Oilers have chosen just 5 players since 2008 from the strongest NHL draft producer, the OHL. However, the list includes two #1 overall selections so the procurement department has enjoyed a talent watershed from the Ontario league in the last 5 years.
NHL TOTAL PLAYERS/OHL PLAYERS DRAFTED BY YEAR AND TOTAL
- 2012 NHL draft–211 total players, 48 from the OHL
- 2011 NHL draft, 211 total players, 46 from the OHL
- 2010 NHL draft 210 total players, 42 from the OHL
- 2009 NHL draft, 211 total players, 42 from the OHL
- 2008 NHL draft, 211 total players, 46 from the OHL
- FINAL TALLY: 1054 total players, 224 from the OHL
- PERCENTAGE: 21.2%
OILERS TOTAL PLAYERS/OHL PLAYERS DRAFTED BY YEAR AND TOTAL
- 2012 NHL draft–7 total players, 2 from the OHL.
- 2011 NHL draft–9 total players, 1 from the OHL.
- 2010 NHL draft–11 total players, 2 from the OHL.
- 2009 NHL draft–7 total players, 0 from the OHL.
- 2008 NHL draft–5 total players, 0 from the OHL.
- FINAL TALLY: 39 total players, 5 from the OHL.
- PERCENTAGE: 12.8%
Oilers have used the OHL more in the last three seasons (5/27, or 18.5%) so that may be a trend–hard to say with such a small sample size. Aside from Hall and Yakupov, Edmonton has chosen Tobias Rieder, Ryan Martindale and Daniil Zharkov from the Granddaddy junior loop. As a fan, I enjoy the Oilers WHL bias, but they are probably leaving some talent on the table based on drafting totals. Edmonton takes 1 player per season from the Ontario league in the MBS era.
TOP 30 DRAFT ELIGIBLES 2013, OHL
- C Sean Monahan: Oilers target, key tumbler for new MacT building up the middle. Wide range of skills.
- D Darnell Nurse: Nice range of skills, good size and has been trending since the end of the season.
- C Bo Horvat: Trending due to nice range of skills. Solid offense, tough and a load.
- C Max Domi: Subpar Memorial Cup will hurt his final draft number.
- D Nikita Zadorov: Huge defender with speed, don’t see the offense.
- L Kerby Rychel: A trending player, he’s skilled and mean.
- D Chris Bigras: Two-way defender with good speed and surprising defensive acumen for his age.
- C Ryan Hartman: Good skater very good awareness a player who is no fun to play against.
- L Jason Dickinson: Very good skater with quickness, agility.
- R Justin Bailey: Nice range of skills, impressive resume save for being an awkward skater.
- R Jimmy Lodge: Skill winger who can impact the game.
- C Carter Verhaeghe: Two-way C with a range of skills.
- D Jordan Subban: Fascinating prospect. Skilled and undersized.
- R Zack Nastasiuk: Two way winger plays in all situations.
- C Cole Cassels: Andrew’s son, similar skill set not as skilled a playmaker.
- C Nick Moutrey: Big forward with skill. Lacks consistency.
- R Nicholas Baptiste: PF rising.
- R Sergey Tolchinksy: Very skilled winger, small.
- L Tyler Bertuzzi: Plays a similar style to uncle Todd, battle injury.
- G Spencer Martin: Athletic goalie with size.
- C Ryan Kujawinski: Two-way player with size, stock is dropping.
- L Stephen Harper: Big PF, well named enigma.
- G Charlie Graham: Cat-like reflexes.
- L Brent Pedersen: Inconsistent PF.
- L Josh Burnside: Fleet winger, some skill.
- D Ben Harpur: Huge defenseman turned the corner mid-season.
- R Bradley Latour: Scrappy winger, late birthday.
- L Sergey Kuptsov: Huge winger, raw.
- G Michael Giugovaz: Interesting prospect.
- L Nick Paul: Bigger winger with some skill.
I think the WHL has the stronger 30 list, but the OHL traditionally produces more draft picks. The Oilers are surely looking closely at Monahan, Horvat and Nurse, but beyond their first round selection players like Bigras may be worth a 2nd round look.