By Round 7 the suits have left, the scouting director is speaking to the media and the scouts are trying to marry 40,000 miles of bad road with the fact one pick came from their area. The chances of grabbing an NHL player of 100 or more games is 9.25%, and of course a player who can help for several seasons far, far lower.
The Edmonton Oilers had some real success early in the century. Matthew Lombardi (536 games) and Kyle Brodziak (697 games) represent the outer marker and a scouting home run for any team.
I’m hopeful we can have a rational conversation about the Edmonton Oilers in the seventh round 2008-16. No grand statements on either side, no claims of victory, just an honest assessment of the way things are, the good and bad arrows, and a discussion in regard to useful players coming out of this area of the draft. In order to do this, we absolutely have to agree on some things:
- We can’t judge a drafted player weeks after his selection.
- We can count arrows, and they are a good indicator.
- We cannot expect all of the picks to succeed, that isn’t reasonable.
- We have come to some kind of conclusion about a line in the sand and agree to it (the Cullen grades)
OILERS SEVENTH ROUND PICKS, 2008-2016
- 2008: Jordan Bendfeld (Kevin Lowe) (Stu MacGregor)
- 2010: Kristians Pelss (Steve Tambellini) (Stu MacGregor)
- 2010: Kellen Jones (Steve Tambellini) (Stu MacGregor)
- 2011: Frans Tuohimaa (Steve Tambellini) (Stu MacGregor)
- 2013: Greg Chase (Craig MacTavish) (Stu MacGregor)
- 2014: Keven Bouchard (Craig MacTavish) (Stu MacGregor)
- 2015: Miroslav Svoboda (Peter Chiarelli) (Bob Green)
- 2015: Ziyat Paigin (Peter Chiarelli) (Bob Green)
- 2016: Vincent Desharnais (Peter Chiarelli) (Bob Green)
- Productive in Europe/AHL: Kellen Jones, Frans Tuohimaa
- “It’s Over” arrows: Jordan Bendfeld, Keven Bouchard
- Bad arrows:
- Lukewarm arrows: Greg Chase
- Good arrows: Miroslav Svoboda
- Very good arrows: Ziyat Paigin
- New arrows: Vincent Desharnais
ONE BY ONE
- D Jordan Bendfeld: He was drafted in 2006 by the Coyotes, but was a draft re-entry in 2008 when the Oilers took him. Played 106 ECHL and 26 AHL games during his pro career.
- F Kristians Pelss: Enjoyed a strong junior career with the Edmonton Oil Kings and played 20 AHL and 13 ECHL games in his first pro season. We still miss him.
- F Kellen Jones: He and twin brother Connor are solid AHL forwards, specializing in penalty killing. Both will play with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers this coming season. Jones has played in 86 AHL games.
- G Frans Tuohimaa: Frans’ North American experience was disappointing, he didn’t play that much and the results were not promising. He had a nice season in Sweden (with Leksands of the Allsvenskan) and will play in Finland (Sm-Liiga) with SaiPa in 2016-17.
- C-R Greg Chase: After a strong junior career (he was a flat out bargain on draft day), Chase was sent to the ECHL (43, 18-19-37) where he delivered offensively. His AHL time (19, 1-6-7) was promising enough to get more opportunities, and that should come in 2016-17.
- G Keven Bouchard: He didn’t move the needle after his draft day, although there were moments this past season that housed some hope. The 2014 draft needs a forensics of its own. Lordy.
- G Miroslav Svoboda: Draft +1 started slowly, but a trade to Sumperk (Czech 2) brought success and a .924 save percentage. These remain early days, and the level of play in Czech 2 is uncertain, but as much as we can trust the numbers he made progress year over year in the same league.
- D Ziyat Paigin: Last year I wrote: A monster defenseman best described as a project, but this is the place to draft them. This year: Miles of copy and still not enough words to describe the spike. The boxcars: 45, 9-19-28 and an appearance in the KHL All-Star game. Going back to AK Bars Kazan for 2016-17 and then hopefully heading to the Oilers organization.
- D Vincent Desharnais: A monster defenseman best described as a project, but this is the place to draft them.