The Edmonton Oilers amateur scouting department sent five second-round picks since 2010 (Tyler Pitlick, Martin Marincin, Curtis Hamilton, David Musil, Tyler Benson) to the NHL over the last decade. The third round has not been as successful. Photo by Rob Ferguson.
The Athletic Edmonton features a fabulous cluster of stories (some linked below, some on the site). Great perspective from a ridiculous group of writers and analysts. Proud to be part of The Athletic, check it out here.
- New Lowetide: Bakersfield Condors forward prospects might need a history lesson
- New Lowetide: Craig MacTavish’s most important Oilers moment? Picking Leon Draisaitl
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: If play does not resume, 5 notable questions that will go unanswered in Edmonton
- Lowetide: Making the call on RFA and UFA players on the Oilers’ 50-man roster
- Jonathan Willis: The 2020 NHL broadcast rankings: The best and worst markets to watch the games
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Q&A: Scott Howson on new AHL job, Oilers’ unsung prospect and development updates
- Lowetide: A look back at reasonable expectations and the Oilers fantastic special teams in 2019-20.
- Lowetide: Will the Oilers rocket to Russia during free agency this summer
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Connor McDavid on a ‘fair season’, working out and picking quarantine teammates
- Lowetide: Dave Tippett deploys unproven talent expertly in first Oilers season
- Lowetide, Daniel Nugent-Bowman and Jonathan Willis: Oilers ABC: Picking the best players in franchise history, from Anderson to Zuke
- Jonathan Willis: If the Oilers need to clear money with a buyout, they have one real option
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: The 5 games that define Leon Draisaitl’s Hart Trophy-worthy season
- Lowetide: Final Oilers report cards: Second-half impact defines a successful season
THE THIRD ROUND
- 2010: Ryan Martindale (Steve Tambellini) (Stu MacGregor)
- 2011: Samu Perhonen (Steve Tambellini) (Stu MacGregor)
- 2011: Travis Ewanyk (Steve Tambellini) (Stu MacGregor)
- 2012: Jujhar Khaira (218) (Steve Tambellini) (Stu MacGregor)
- 2012: Daniil Zharkov (Steve Tambellini) (Stu MacGregor)
- 2013: Bogdan Yakimov (1) (Craig MacTavish) (Stu MacGregor)
- 2013: Anton Slepyshev (102) (Craig MacTavish) (Stu MacGregor)
- 2016: Markus Niemelainen (Peter Chiarelli) (Bob Green)
- 2016: Matt Cairns (Peter Chiarelli) (Bob Green)
- 2016: Filip Berglund (Peter Chiarelli) (Bob Green)
- 2017: Stuart Skinner (Peter Chiarelli) (Bob Green)
- 2017: Dmitri Samorukov (Peter Chiarelli) (Bob Green)
- 2019: Ilya Konovalov (Ken Holland) (Bob Green)
Martindale was a good math bet, Ewanyk a poor one. Khaira was a top-10 in the BCHL scorer in his draft year, that isn’t elite but he was a reasonable pick where they got him. Yakimov and Slepyshev were part of that MacT innovation trade string and I still think it was a fine idea. The 2016 draft looks poor now, maybe Berglund saves it. Samorukov looks plenty good so far and we’ll see about Konovalov.
If Slepyshev returns, and there’s been plenty of smoke, both the 2013 draft and the third round in the 2010’s might have a more impressive conclusion. As of this writing, my guess is Samorukov is the biggest hope among the group to play in 500 NHL games. Many miles of blacktop to go before we know much at all about this player but he is trending well.
Shot volume, foot speed and opportunity combined to move Jason Chimera from a distant bell as an AHL rookie to a point-per-game winger in the league in the final season of his entry deal. Edmonton has several hopefuls on the farm and viewing their performances through the Chimera lens is quite revealing.
This is a fascinating read from Pronman, he drills down on what scouts look for and I do believe trends have changed in the last several years. Analytics is making progress! The specific stuff about teams that draft well is also compelling.
I expect some who will read this blog were connected in some way to the tragic bus crash two years ago. It is such a difficult moment to comprehend and I won’t pretend to know the pain suffered by Moms and Dads who were impacted. I had no one directly connected to the crash and cried the weekend it happened, many times in the days that followed and while watching the Humboldt community’s memorial several days later.
All the words we use when someone suffers a loss came up short, and do through today. Yet it is important that we express our sorrow to those directly impacted. That’s community, that’s caring, that’s doing what we can to help in a small way.
Today, families and friends will mark the second anniversary quietly. I don’t know if that’s good or bad for those involved. I can tell you it remains with all of us, and our hearts go out to you. We are sorry for your loss, our thoughts are with you today.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
At 10 this morning, TSN 1260, we have a packed show. The NHL is talking about playing in North Dakota (isolated area) as a possible solution, the EPL is talking about getting back to work and we’ll see how it goes. Guests today include John Sigler of The Saints Wire. We’ll chat about the legendary Tom Dempsey, who was an amazing kicker for the New Orleans Saints and a few draft items about the club. Jason Gregor will join us at 10:20 to chat about this possible return the NHL (and other leagues are discussing).