The Oilers got their man tonight, as Leon Draisaitl goes right to the top of the list headed “big men with skill” on the organizational depth chart at center. It’s a short list, I’d estimate it’s Leon, Bogdan Yakimov and Jujhar Khaira at this point.
- Leon Draisaitl (6.01, 209) WHL—64GP, 38 G, 67 A
- Bogdan Yakimov (6.05, 202) KHL—33GP, 7 G, 5 A
- Jujhar Khaira (6.04, 215 WHL—59GP, 16 G, 27 A
That’s some nice size, MacT has added two of the three since arriving. Khaira and Yakimov were taken in about the area of the draft you’d expect a 25% (or so) success rate—meaning you need four of them to get one actual NHL player of 200 games of more. Draisaitl of course is a different item altogether—in fact, with Draisaitl joining the Nuge, these other fellows may well be doomed to spending their careers on the wing, on checking lines, in the AHL, or, if they’ve extremely unlucky, playing for the Calgary Flames.
Tomorrow is another day, we’ll tackle it early. Remember we shouldn’t expect much based on the draft picks owned by the Oilers, but today was a very fine one for the Edmonton Oilers. The Dangler is in the house!