I’ve written about Tyler Pitlick and the 2010 Entry Draft a lot over the years. I was impressed with the group originally, but they’ve taken their own sweet time arriving. As it stands today, there have been 46 players drafted in 2010 to play an NHL game. 8 of those players have played over 100 NHL games. The Oilers took 11 out of 210 overall, or 5.2% of the draft. Their players (Taylor Hall) have accounted for 8.5% of the overall games played, and 17.5% of the overall point total.
Pitlick may play a game or 100 or more, but it all starts tomorrow night. He has been called up by the Oilers and will play tomorrow night. I wrote about Pitlick the weekend he was drafted, before during and after.
Ryan Smyth is flying home to Edmonton to see the doctor according to reports. For a veteran Smyth’s age, this is a very large item.
Good grief. I swear to GOD ALMIGHTY if this team ever makes the playoffs I expect them to be playing defensemen in goal and centermen as defensemen. The Hockey Gods took Fernando The Great from us and didn’t have the decency to give him that damn Masterton award in 2008. Oiler players (and fans) have been hammered for close to a decade now, and I’m getting pissed.
I think they can cobble together a 12-pak in the short term and compete, but if Hall (and to a lesser extent Smyth) are out for a long period this thing is going to look a little freaky. This is quickly becoming THE story of the season.