The 2010 Oilers rookie camp roster is the best we’ve seen in the post-Stanley era. This year’s group has a chance to produce a generational talent and a whole helluva lot of defensemen. Can it eclipse 2010?
- R Jordan Eberle—Now at 356 NHL games.
- D Jeff Petry—Now at 314 NHL games.
- L Taylor Hall—Now at 299 NHL games.
- L Magnus Paajarvi—Now at 228 NHL games.
- C Chris VandeVelde—Now at 118 NHL games.
- D Martin Marincin—Now at 85 NHL games.
- L Teemu Hartikainen—Now at 52 NHL games.
- R Tyler Pitlick—Now at 27 NHL games.
- D Brandon Davidson—Now at 12 NHL games.
- D Alex Plante—10 NHL games.
- L Phil Cornet—1 NHL game.
- D Johan Motin—1 NHL game.
- C Milan Kytnar—1 NHL game.
- L Curtis Hamilton—1 NHL game
- G Tyler Bunz—1 NHL game.
I wrote about this group here, they’ll always have a special place in my heart. That’s a lot of talent, including impact wingers Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle along with a fine NHL defender in Jeff Petry. It didn’t turn out as planned for many of these kids but a guy like VandeVelde found a way and good for him.
- G Laurent Brossoit—Never bet on a goalie, but he has nice arrows.
- G Eetu Laurikainen—Can’t wait to see how good he is.
- G Keven Bouchard—Junior goalie will get a look in Penticton
- G Jordan Papirny—Confirmation of attendance on Guy Flaming’s Pipeline Show
- D Darnell Nurse—Someone’s worst nightmare, and he’s an Oiler!!!
- D Ben Betker—Big, strong, pretty fast. Raw, interesting blue
- D Joey Laleggia—I bet he rocks Penticton
- D Caleb Jones—Turned heads at Orientation camp. Very mobile.
- D Ethan Bear—The beginning of a big year for 2015 pick.
- D Kevin Davis—Mobile defender, NHL.com lists him as TC invite
- D Colton Waltz—Tough defender. NHL.com lists him as TC invite
- D Loik Leveille—There’s a chance they sign him. NHL.com list
- C Connor McDavid—We’ll remember this fall for a long, long time.
- C Leon Draisaitl—Leon AND McDavid at rookie camp is unfair.
- C Kyle Platzer—I think he may see time on the wing. Watch for this guy.
- C Alexis Loiseau—Penticton will be a great opportunity for him to show well
- C Marco Roy—He played well at rookie camp during normal times a year ago.
- C Tyler Soy—Skill F, NHL.com lists him as TC invite
- C Cole Linaker—C from the WHL, NHL.com lists him as TC invite
- L Anton Slepyshev—The best winger on the team if Leon stays at pivot
- L Kale Kessy—May be in Penticton due to lost 2014-15 season
- L Connor Rankin—Rugged winger can score.
- L Braden Christoffer—Tough, undersized and skilled.
- R Greg Chase—Enormous opportunity for this young man. I bet he’s ready right now.
- F Rihards Bukarts—Little ball of something else. NHL.com lists him as TC invite
- R Cole Sanford—Outstanding scorer, on the NHL.com list.
All of the invites (underlined) are listed by NHL.com here and here. Is this a better list than the 2010 group? Probably, based on all we know right now about McDavid. The great thing for Oilers fans? These two clusters are piled one on another. It’s too bad more of those 2010 kids aren’t here to enjoy the party. Godspeed to all of them—both lists—as they head out to camps across the pro leagues this fall.