The 2014 NHL Entry Draft will likely resemble the 2008 edition, for a couple of reasons. The Oilers don’t have a second or a third round pick in 2014, just like 2008. The Oilers walked away with an outstanding player in 2008, and they will again in 2014 (assuming the player doesn’t get injured).
2008 DRAFT PICKS
- #22 overall R Jordan Eberle 275 NHL games
- #103 overall D Johan Motin 1 NHL game
- #133 overall L Phil Cornet 2 NHL games
- #163 overall L Teemu Hartikainen 52 NHL games
- #193 overall D Jordan Bendfeld
This is a fine draft, we talked about it here and I gave it the edge over the Hemsky draft (your mileage may vary). Out of the 2008 NHL draft, the Oilers still have:
- their 1line RW in Jordan Eberle
- Mark Fraser, should they choose to sign him
That isn’t really an effective way to evaluate the scouts, after all they didn’t trade Hartikainen to Toronto. My own belief (thumbnail sketch mode) is that any player chosen outside the top 100 overall shouldn’t be expected to turn out. The Oilers hit a big fly with the 22nd overall pick, I think they did well.
2014 DRAFT PICKS
- #3 overall (first round) LEON DRAISAITL
- #91 overall (fourth round, this is the Bryzgalov return) DYSIN MAYO
- #116 overall (fourth round, this is the Mike Brown return) ALEXIS VANIER
- #128 overall (fifth round, this is the first pick of the Ales Hemsky return)
- #136 overall (fifth round, this is the Nick Schultz return)
- #153 overall (sixth round)
- #183 overall (seventh round)
How many of these fellows can we reasonably expect to turn out? Well, the 91st overall pick might turn into something, and #116 isn’t too far down the list. The Oilers draft early and more often than in 2008.
Is it reasonable to expect Edmonton to get a better player than Jordan Eberle at 3rd overall? How much better should we expect him to be? What about the 91st pick? Should we expect more than Motin? Hartikainen?