Recently, we discussed drafts and evaluating draft performance and the merits of using “Games Played” as a measuring stick. It was suggested that total points might offer a better reflection of performance, and despite some misgivings (goaltenders will clearly suffer, as will defensemen) I thought we’d see how things are progressing for the Oiler picks 2007-12 compared to the rest of the graduates from their respective draft years.
- Sam Gagner (selected 7th) currently 2nd overall in points (258)
- Linus Omark (selected 97th) currently 26th overall in points (30)
- Riley Nash (selected 21st) currently 51st overall in points (10)
- Alex Plante (selected 15th) currently 75th overall in points (2)
- Jordan Eberle (selected 22nd) currently 4th overall in points (156)
- Teemu Hartikainen (selected 163rd) currently 48th overall in points (13)
- Phil Cornet (selected 133rd) currently 66th overall in points (1)
- Magnus Paajarvi (selected 10th) currently 11th overall in points (58)
- Anton Lander (selected 40th) currently 45th overall in points (7)
- Taylor Hall (selected 1st) currently 1st overall in points (145)
- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (selected 1st) currently 1st overall in points (76)
- Nail Yakupov (selected 1st) currently 1st overall in points (31)
I’m not absolutely certain this way of measuring draft success is the best available, but it does show that since 2007 the Oilers have delivered on their lottery picks in terms of point production, and that Magnus Paajarvi is holding his own against the 2008 competition. The big first round jump is Eberle, with Omark the highest riser outside round one.