The Edmonton Oilers drafted some ridiculous offensive talent in the middle of this decade, made possible through drafting early for several years in a row. Will the next quality scorer come from another lottery pick? Or is there another way?
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- New Lowetide: Adding a scorer will be Ken Holland’s first big move as Oilers GM
- New Daniel Nugent-Bowman: What the Oilers’ depth chart looks like now and where they go from here
- New Jonathan Willis: How often do goalies like the Oilers’ Mike Smith rebound?
- New Lowetide: Ken Holland’s roster moves clear the way for Oilers top prospects Tyler Benson and Kailer Yamamoto.
- New Daniel Nugent-Bowman: A deeper look at Mike Smith’s comments after signing with the Oilers
- New Jonathan Willis: Oilers GM Ken Holland promises long-term rewards for an approach light on short-term improvements
- New Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Trade market now most likely place for Oilers to find scoring winger
- New Lowetide: Oilers add free agent Markus Granlund, creating a crowded depth chart at left wing
- New Jonathan Willis: Tomas Jurco is a nice little reclamation bet by the Oilers.
- New Daniel Nugent-Bowman: How re-signing winger Alex Chiasson impacts the Oilers
- New Lowetide: Oilers add Mike Smith to an uneasy goalie depth chart for 2019-20
- Lowetide: Oilers buy out Andrej Sekera, look to a more dynamic free-agent frenzy.
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: ‘He comes as advertised’: Philip Broberg’s skating makes him development camp standout for Oilers
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Oilers plan to skew younger on defence could open the door for Evan Bouchard, Dmitri Samorukov
- Lowetide: Taking stock of Oilers prospects ready to graduate with a clear shot at an NHL job in 2019-20
- Lowetide: Oilers top 20 prospects summer 2019.
- Lowetide: Are these Jesse Puljujarvi’s final days with the Edmonton Oilers?
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Ranking the Oilers’ trade assets from the high-priced diamonds to those needing fresh starts
- Lowetide: Oilers GM Ken Holland is shopping for 20-goal scorers on a budget. What will he find?
Using CHL draft picks only, and drawing the line at 2014, these Edmonton Oilers have drafted some dynamic scorers. Here are the top forwards drafted, their age on October 1 of their respective draft years, and their goals per game in their draft seasons.
No special credit for McDavid, I’ll give some for Leon (there were other noteworthy players available), that’s a wonderful head start for any team. Among the group who are still matriculating, Kailer Yamamoto and the recently drafted Raphael Lavoie showed best in their draft seasons. Yamamoto’s draft +1 season was .53 goals per game, Lavoie should be able to blow past it (I don’t think the Oilers will keep Lavoie for nine NHL games).
AHL ENTRY DEALS ’18-19
The Oilers would love to see one of these men emerge as a legit top-six option in the NHL, but none is certain of NHL success. This group reminds me of the 1999-00 Hamilton Bulldogs entry group, shown here:
Riesen scored well but your skilled men don’t spend a lot of time in the minors. The verbal about Yamamoto echoes Riesen’s reasons for not making it, but for me they are not similar players. Riesen was shy, Yamamoto is game but must play smart and stay healthy. He’s going to lose battles, but can win them too with quickness. Has to dial up the shots per 60, too.
Cleary and Chimera were the successes from this group, but Chimera started slowly. Cleary had already spent some time in the NHL and was trying to get his game together (he would eventually). I think the best bet among this year’s group is Benson, and Marody is fabulously talented but will need to make a push in the coming year.
CHIARELLI’S GRADUATING AHL CLASS 2015
Holland’s graduating class of AHL forwards in their entry deals should turn out better than the Peter Chiarelli bunch. None of these men had a chance at top-six forward NHL careers. I do think all of Benson, Marody and Yamamoto have a chance.
TAYLOR HALL’S CONTRACT
I’m going to be following the Hall contract proceedings in NJ all summer/fall and winter. I think there’s a non-zero chance Edmonton signs him or makes a trade and then grabs him on a long-term deal. If you can’t replace Hall, why not re-acquire him? Larry Brooks has some interesting insight.
THE HALL TRADE BAIT LIST?
Holy hell, it would have to be damned near everyone not named McDavid or Draisiatl. I’ll also pull back Nuge because the idea is to establish two outscoring lines.
After that? Some combination of Oscar Klefbom, Darnell Nurse, Adam Larsson, Evan Bouchard, 2020 first-round pick, Jesse Puljujarvi, Tyler Benson? It’s just one year of Hall but it’s really several years of another forward who can push the river. What would the trade package look like? Suspect the 2020 first rounder would be a key piece.
The Draft Analyst (Steve Kournianos): Blumel is an athletic pivot with breakaway speed who plays an aggressive style with or without the puck. He is a minute eater used in all situations, including the penalty kill, where he is as dangerous a threat as he is at even strength or with the man advantage. Blumel’s speed, edgework and agility are excellent. He isn’t very big, but he handles shoves and harassing stickwork with relative ease as he charges towards the net. As if his scoring proclivity weren’t enough, Blumel also is an agitator who gets under an opponent’s skin.