THREE FOR THE OILERS

The Edmonton Oilers selected Jordan Eberle No. 22 in 2008, and then played checkers until the draft was 100 picks old. This season looks the same, which is a damn shame for us draftniks. Here are some men who might be available and worth taking between No. 31 and No. 90 overall.

  • C John QuennevilleSkill player blossomed in the postseason. Impressive finish.
  • C Eric Cornell—A quality playmaker, he also has size. A trending player.
  • R Alexander Goulet—A quality offensive center prospect.

I mentioned two of these players briefly in the original 31-60, but want to flesh out the argument for each right now.

  • C John Quenneville: At even strength this season, he was 58GP, 16-24-40. That’s crazy good. Cody Nickolet: Quenneville is a big-bodied forward for the Wheat Kings. He has a very intriguing amount of skill to go with his frame and has shown the ability to play physical when he needs to. His skating is strong and he has a nice level of hockey IQ. He was near a point per game this season, further elevating that offence with 13 points in 9 playoff games. 
  • C Eric Cornell: 68GP, 19-23-42 at evens this season. Brock Otten: Cornel can play both center or wing, but is better suited as a winger, which is what he plays on the Ritchie/Garlent line. He has good size and is a terrific playmaker. He sees the ice well and is a very smart player in the offensive zone. He moves very well without the puck and is able to consistently find holes in the defense. His play without the puck greatly improved over the course of the year and we even saw a bit of sandpaper to his game by season’s end. 
  • C Alexander Goulet: Even strength he went 67GP, 21-17-38 this season. Solid. 5.11 190 and an April birthday. I like him. Ended his season 16GP, 5-11-16 and scored four point in four playoff games.

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17 Responses to "THREE FOR THE OILERS"

  1. eidy says:

    I particularly like Quenneville. And he is from Edmonton so if the oilers draft him, Matheson won’t have to trade for him every year. Too bad St. Louis wouldn’t have taken a curtis hamilton or something like that for MPS instead of the 2nd. Quenneville, Kamenev, Sanheim. Lots in the range for 32

  2. One-Timer says:

    From the last thread…
    The Schuckers work is really interesting (thanks, Supernova).
    Looking at that elbow on the Picks vs. 200-game Players graph, it looks like this:

    1. Scouts and teams have a good bead on prospects for the first round and a half.
    2. They have a few good ideas down to about #100.
    3. The second half of the draft is a crap shoot.

    Does that sound fair?

  3. spoiler says:

    Didn’t Quenneville play 61 games this year?

    Nice player, but I like fellow Wheat King Hawryluk a little better… he’s a little ahead offensively, and much farther ahead defensively.

  4. Dale says:

    Nice prospects, but the Oilers need second- and third-round picks. Sam Gagner to the rescue?

  5. Lowetide says:

    One-Timer:
    From the last thread…
    The Schuckers work is really interesting (thanks, Supernova).
    Looking at that elbow on the Picks vs. 200-game Players graph, it looks like this:

    1. Scouts and teams have a good bead on prospects for the first round and a half.
    2. They have a few good ideas down to about #100.
    3. The second half of the draft is a crap shoot.

    Does that sound fair?

    All day.

  6. supernova says:

    One-Timer:
    From the last thread…
    The Schuckers work is really interesting (thanks, Supernova).
    Looking at that elbow on the Picks vs. 200-game Players graph, it looks like this:

    1. Scouts and teams have a good bead on prospects for the first round and a half.
    2. They have a few good ideas down to about #100.
    3. The second half of the draft is a crap shoot.

    Does that sound fair?

    One-Timer,

    My pleasure,

    As LT is aware this is my favorite time of year ( his too I believe ) in the blogs.

    I agree with those sentiments completely.

    My belief is sometimes a deep draft will track to that 100 ish level but some drafts regress to that 60 mark.

  7. Esa10 says:

    My list of who I’m hoping for:
    Julius Bergman
    Connor bleakly
    Marcus petersson
    Ryan donato
    Ben Thomas
    Axel holmstrom
    Pavel kraskovsky
    Brandon hickey
    Keegan iverson
    Edgar Kulda
    Alex schonborn

    I’m hoping for 3 of these guys

  8. Ripoux says:

    Hey LT

    Not sure if someone had posted this link to a really compelling read on the evolution of Oakland’s success in the post-Moneyball era:

    http://www.nbcsports.com/baseball/mlb/oakland-way

  9. Ryan says:

    Ripoux:
    Hey LT

    Not sure if someone had posted this link to a really compelling read on the evolution of Oakland’s success in the post-Moneyball era:

    http://www.nbcsports.com/baseball/mlb/oakland-way

    Great read and if don’t know the first thing about baseball…

    “Everybody around baseball knows that players peak from ages 25 to 31 or so. The A’s live by the rule. The A’s are giving 86 percent of their plate appearances to players in that age group — making exceptions for Coco Crisp because he’s still effective, and Nick Punto because he makes the team more versatile.”

    Good gord if the Oilers could stumble across that axiom.

    Your Edmonton Oilers blending a roster of raw rookies and spent forces since 2006…

  10. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Ryan: Great read and if don’t know the first thing about baseball…

    “Everybody around baseball knows that players peak from ages 25 to 31 or so. The A’s live by the rule. The A’s are giving 86 percent of their plate appearances to players in that age group — making exceptions for Coco Crisp because he’s still effective, and Nick Punto because he makes the team more versatile.”

    Good gord if the Oilers could stumble across that axiom.

    Your Edmonton Oilers blending a roster of raw rookies and spent forces since 2006…

    no kidding!

    “If we have to go young, we’ll go young… (until they hit 21, then we trade them for 35 year olds)”

  11. Hammers says:

    Romulus Apotheosis: no kidding!“If we have to go young, we’ll go young… (until they hit 21, then we trade them for 35 year olds)”

    You just scared the shit out of me as its so true .

  12. One-Timer says:

    Ripoux:
    Hey LT

    Not sure if someone had posted this link to a really compelling read on the evolution of Oakland’s success in the post-Moneyball era:

    http://www.nbcsports.com/baseball/mlb/oakland-way

    Marc Arcobello = Josh Donaldson ?

    Probably just wishful thinking.

  13. Deadman Waiting says:

    Romulus Apotheosis:
    “If we have to go young, we’ll go young… (until they hit 21, then we trade them for 35 year olds)”

    This is exactly what we haven’t done. Yet. MPS for Perron doesn’t belong on this list. Dubynk also left town on a different bus.

    What we have done is lost (or leased) young players to the KHL and maybe some of these slots have been (or will be filled) with some sentimental high-miler like Ryan Smyth.

    No wait, that doesn’t fit your narrative, either.

    Even holding steady under the Tambi program, our age structure would have sorted itself out somewhere around 2019.

    Be careful what you wish for. It takes a minimum of twelve years to build a team centered at the peak player age-range entirely out of players you draft for yourself (seven years at two keepers per year, then aged out for another five seasons so that your pups are around 23 years of age, and your vets are 29).

    TWELVE YEARS

  14. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Deadman Waiting: This is exactly what we haven’t done.Yet. MPS for Perron doesn’t belong on this list.Dubynk also left town on a different bus.

    What we have done is lost (or leased) young players to the KHL and maybe some of these slots have been (or will be filled) with some sentimental high-miler like Ryan Smyth.

    No wait, that doesn’t fit your narrative, either.

    Even holding steady under the Tambi program, our age structure would have sorted itself out somewhere around 2019.

    Be careful what you wish for. It takes a minimum of twelve years to build a team centered at the peak player age-range entirely out of players you draft for yourself (seven years at two keepers per year, then aged out for another five seasons so that your pups are around 23 years of age, and your vets are 29).

    TWELVE YEARS

    great.

    Good to hear Taylor Hall has only seven more years of futility to endure.

  15. godot10 says:

    Romulus Apotheosis: no kidding!

    “If we have to go young, we’ll go young… (until they hit 21, then we trade them for 35 year olds)”

    Deadman Waiting: This is exactly what we haven’t done.Yet. MPS for Perron doesn’t belong on this list.Dubynk also left town on a different bus.

    Really?

    Hejda, out. Souray, in.
    Pitkanen, Stoll, Greene, out. Visnovsky in.
    Torres out. Brule in.

    Coupled with bad decisions on developing players, and in trades.

    Choosing Pouliot and Brule over Brodziak.
    Choosing Nilsson over Glencross.
    Choosing Nick Schultz over Gilbert

    Gilbert, Greene, Hejda, Pitkanen, Glencross, Stoll, Torres, Brodziak…there is the mid-career core that was frittered away that would have been the core of a competitive team for the last five years.

    Lowe and MacT are responsible for more of the mess than Tambellini. Tambellini was handed a poisoned chalice and made things worse.

    Smid for an ECHL goalie may be another such decision.

  16. gcw_rocks says:

    Ripoux,

    Great link.

    Based on history, I don’t think Lowe and MacT actually live the analytics. I think they have it around because the feel they should, but then run back to System One when a decision needs to be made.

    Sad really…

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