Jordan Eberle was an outstanding draft pick. Although he was ranked as a late first round selection on the Bob McKenzie list, the Regina connection (Lorne Davis) felt right and the selection remains on the organization’s best value picks of the century.
- No. 22 overall: R Jordan Eberle. Bob McKenzie told us Eberle was one of the smartest offensive players in the draft, and these years later we know it’s for sure. . Scott Cullen’s numbers suggest a player taken at No. 22 overall has an 60% chance of playing 100 NHL games and the average player is a fringe NHL winger. Eberle has now played in 356 NHL games and is impressive value for the draft number. The five players taken after him: Tyler Cuma (1 NHL game); Mattias Tedenby (120); Greg Nemisz (15); Tyler Ennis (345); John Carlson (398). That’s some insane value. Fabulous pick.
- No. 103 overall: D Johan Motin. He played just one NHL game but Motin is a successful defender in the SHL and at 25 looks like he’ll have a good career in Sweden. The five taken after Motin played zero games in the NHL save for Michal Jordan (43 games). Cullen’s numbers tell us No. 103 overall picks play 100 games 19.5% of the time and are career minor leaguers. Motin is, average, based on his draft number.
- No. 133 overall: L Phil Cornet. The winger is a career minor leaguer who played two NHL games. There’s a 16% chance a player taken here will play 100 NHL games and average is Cornet, a career minor leaguer. Tomas Kubalik (12 games) is the only other pick from Cornet plus five back to play in the NHL.
- No. 163 overall: L Teemu Hartikainen. A successful pick! Seriously. People never understand what success looks like later in the draft and Teemu represents it absolutely. There’s a 15% chance a pick this late plays 100 NHL games and career minor leaguer is average. Hartikainen’s 52 games are certainly better than average for this position.
- No. 193 overall: D Jordan Bendfeld. An overage pick that didn’t last long in the pro’s, he had a connection to Oil Kings GM at the time (and now Oilers draft head) Bob Green.