The 2013 Oilers draft is tracking well six months after, with the club’s top prospect having an impressive final tour through junior and several scorers impacting things offensively. It’s too early to grade the group, but the arrows are solid to very good so far.

  • #7 overall Darnell Nurse 45gp, 10-30-40.  Pronman had him #8 on his top 50 NHL prospects, saying “he wasn’t chosen to be on Canada’s team for the WJC, but I don’t think that is indicative of where Nurse is as an NHL prospect — he brings a ton to the table. He’s big, mean, a great skater and is pretty effective in both ends of the rink. His decisions aren’t always perfect and his shot could be a little better, but he’s a top-end prospect.” His NHLE is 82gp, 5-17-22.
  • #56 overall Marco Roy 17gp, 5-13-18. He began the season 8, 2-11-13 and has gone 9, 3-2-5 since. That’s a concern, but he’s had some injury troubles (he looks like Pouliot, the hockey Gods may not be able to resist) so a strong and healthy second half is a must. NHLE is 82gp, 6-17-23.
  • #83 overall Bogdan Yakimov 33gp, 7-5-12. Good arrows here, MacT was raving about him around the WJ’s and his NHLE is 82gp, 14-9-23. I think he’ll sign in summer and play for the Barons next season, with an eye to being a regular in 2015-16.
  • #88 overall Anton Slepyshev 29gp, 3-4-7. His high water mark came at the World Juniors, where he looked dangerous most of the time and skated miles. Slepyshev has another year on his contract and really there’s no hurry (Oilers are loaded on the wings) for him. A nice player, I don’t think we can count him as an up arrow—his NHLE is 82gp, 7-8-15.
  • #94 overall Jackson Houck 43gp, 24-15-39. PF had a miserable start to the season but is 6-4-10 in his last 8 games. Houck’s 21 even strength goals are an outstanding total, I think that’s a terrific number for this time of year. NHLE is  82gp, 12-7-19.
  • #96 overall Kyle Platzer 43gp, 10-11-21. Platzer enjoyed a strong start to the season but when the big guns came back from NHL camps he was pushed down the depth chart. A deadline trade sent him to Owen Sound, where he’s 4gp, 1-3-4 with the Attack.
  • #113 overall Aidan Muir 31gp, 8-11-19. Interesting  player, he’s 1-1-2 on the PP so these are mostly even strength numbers (he also has a shorthanded goal). He scored an instant classic goal that got a lot of attention and may be a player—we’ll find out in the following seasons.
  • #128 overall Evan Campbell 16gp, 1-0-1. Scored a goal since we last checked on him, Campbell turns 21 in March and would seem to be off off Broadway at this point in his development. We’ll keep a light on.
  • #158 overall Ben Betker 46gp, 4-9-13. The best news about this fellow is that despite size (6.05 200) people keep wanting to talk about his mobility. That’s a helluva deal, it really is, even at this point. If he’s big and can skate well, Betker has a future. That was pretty much Matt Greene’s resume, as an example.
  • #188 overall Greg Chase 45gp, 25-25-50.  He began like a house on fire (23gp, 14-11-25) and the house remains on fire (22gp, 11-14-25) despite losing playing time to players acquired. I’m not certain he is playing a feature role on the powerplay, but his 18 EV goals are a very strong number. Could be the biggest draft steal since Brodziak, if Gernat doesn’t beat him to it. NHLE is 82gp, 11-12-23, tying him with Roy and Yakimov as the best offensive forwards taken (this is based on the Vollman NHLE, he grades the OHL as being stronger than the other two junior leagues).

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  1. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Hammers: Exactly Broken foot and he dropped off last year .

    No. this is not correct.

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