At the ’13 draft, I think MacT married ‘saw him good’ with ‘arithmetic’ & arrived at cross-eyed and painless. Seriously.
Facts are simple and facts are straight
Facts are lazy and facts are late
Facts all come with points of view
Facts don’t do what I want them to
Facts just twist the truth around
Facts are living turned inside out
Facts are getting the best of them
Facts are nothing on the face of things
Facts don’t stain the furniture
Facts go out and slam the door
Facts are written all over your face
Facts continue to change their shape
Back before the Oilers took the Golden Nugge (and since) the club always did this thing I call walkabout. We’ve talked about it for ages here, and honestly it was the one ‘roll eye’ thing that remained in the organizational redbook that drove me nuts. Stu MacGregor was risk averse, but damned if they’d draft for need and go off the grid for some swinging Dick every once in awhile. Jesse Niinimaki was a walkabout, Colin McDonald too. If the Oilers had stayed the draft course in 2003 they could have saved that year’s edition with the McDonald selection. The Hesketh pick was walkabout, Abney too. The Moroz pick–universally reviled–was not a reach on the McKenzie list but is generally regarded as being a recent example.
RECENT ‘DRAFT WALKABOUT’ SELECTIONS
- 2009-Troy Hesketh selected #71 overall, unranked
- 2009-Cameron Abney selected #82 overall, unranked
- 2009-Kyle Bigos selected #99 overall, unranked
- 2010-Jeremie Blain selected #91, not ranked
- 2012-Jujhar Khaira selected #63, not ranked
- 2012-Erik Gustafsson selected #93, not ranked
From the 18 selections in the top 100 under MBS (2008-12) these six names could safely be considered walkabout (I’ve not included Moroz you’ll notice so this is open to discussion). That’s 33%–one in three–that’s a walkabout, all of them taking place between #’s 63 and 99.
2013 RUN THROUGH WALKABOUT
We have a new toy this year–the 2013 NHL draft rankings “Consensus top 100″ from Derek Zona. I usually use Bob McKenzie as the industry standard, but since I used BM and Corey Pronman Saturday for a similar post let’s use Zona’s.
- Darnell Nurse at #7–Consensus #8
- Marc-Olivier Roy at #56–Consensus #59
- Bogdan Yakimov at #83–Consensus #85
- Anton Slepyshev at #88–Consensus #68
- Jackson Houck at #94–Consensus not ranked (Pronman at #91)
- Kyle Platzer at #96–Consensus not ranked
The Oilers also selected Greg Chase #188, and he was in fact on the Consensus list (#96). I’ve included Pronman’s ranking of Houck here because I think it’s pertinent. The Oilers appear to have avoided walkabout in the top 100 very well, and in fact grabbed Chase later to make up for the Platzer selection.
I know this is a similar post to the Saturday item, but wanted to add to the discussion.
- I’m using the list to represent ‘non-walkabout’ which means (technically) that if you chose the #100 name at #1 it would not qualify as a reach. Is there a consensus number we can reach for the top 100? Possibly staggered (within three for the top 15, etc)?
- The selections in the 90′s represent half of the walkabouts 2008-12 and the one walkabout from this year’s list is #96. Is that reasonable? I wonder if it makes any sense at all to expect the #96 pick to be among the top 100.