As we’ve discussed many times, waiting five years after a draft to pass judgement is the only way to go. This fall, we can put to bed the 2010 entry draft, and it looks like we’ll be able to declare two successful picks and maybe a third from that year. The 2010 draft saw eight of 11 sign pro deals, and on the weekend the 2013 draft saw the third of ten players signed to a pro contract when Greg Chase became an Oiler. The interesting thing to look at is their contract numbers.
DARNELL NURSE, NO. 7 OVERALL
These contracts at the top write themselves, it’s the same contract as Sean Monahan (who was taken No. 6 overall) save for the sliding year. Nurse gets the full signing bonus, some rich performance bonuses and his NHL salary is top of the chart. Now, let’s look at the other two.
BOGDAN YAKIMOV, NO. 83 OVERALL
Yakimov got a nice deal, he’s a third round pick. Max. AHL deal, NHL salary increasing after a strong beginning (remember third-rounder here) and he gets all of the bonus money available for signing and maybe he grabs some of those performance dollars, too. Yakimov’s contract is extremely similar to Carter Verhaeghe’s deal, he’s the player who went one spot ahead of Yakimov.
GREG CHASE, NO. 188 OVERALL
This looks very similar to Yakimov’s contract (remember the Russian was taken 105 spots before Chase). Yakimov gets the higher NHL salary, Chase the bigger performance bonuses and it all adds up to $925,000 per year for both players. This is miles better than a normal 7th round contract, which looks like this:
BRODY SUTTER, NO. 193 OVERALL
Greg Chase didn’t get a lot of respect draft day, but the Oilers paid him like a third-round pick with a future. Entry level deals tell us about how much teams value players, and for the Oilers the price tag may have been more dear after the season.
GREG CHASE, REDLINE NO. 70
- “A real Red Line favourite who flies under the radar. He’s a fine puck distributor who shows great patience and possesses the touch to constantly find linemates off the cycle. Keeps feet going after making a pass to sustain pressure in offensive zone. Versatile forward has spent time on every line and been effective in every role. Shows up every shift and his play away from the puck is impressive, makes things happen by constantly filling open ice. Refuses to back down in contested areas; first player into the corners. Wide skating stance helps him maintain balance and uses edges well to maximize glide. Hungry player has a great compete level and looks to make a difference every shift. Not as dynamic offensively as other prospects on this list, but plays a well-rounded, consistent game.”