The Edmonton Oilers drafted a bunch of CHL forwards between 2010 and 2020 who didn’t post enough offense to project as good NHL prospects. Early in the decade, the club was using early picks to draft poor offensive options.
Somewhere along the way, the team figured it out. It might have been Marco Roy via Michael Parkatti or perhaps Tyler Dellow managed it or a scout or two picked it up along the way. Wherever it took place, by the end of the decade it was an area of strength for the team.
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OILERS AT THE TOP END, 2010-2020
The first six names are obvious, Yamamoto’s being in that group is a nice reflection of the Gretzky-Green years. They got value there. It’s interesting that the next group of names include three players from the past trio of drafts: McLeod, Lavoie and Tullio. That’s a good sign. Oilers should have signed Marco Roy and given him a full shot but Chiarelli had just taken over and he had personnel flying all over hell’s half acre.
OILERS ALSO IN PHOTO, 2010-2020
One strong result, Tobias Rieder from the impressive 2011 draft. Benson might make it and I do think Maksimov has enough range to push for NHL time. There are some high picks here, second round guys. Oilers are better at drafting CHL forwards than in 2011 and 2012.
I always feel bad for picking on these fellows, it wasn’t their fault. The 2012 draft wasn’t grand, so the Oilers might have been doomed no matter, but in 2011 when Ewanyk was chosen, there was quality. Here’s the draft sequence in 2011:
- No. 74 overall Travis Ewanyk (WHL) 72 games, 16-11-27 (0.38 points-game)
- No. 75 overall Blake Coleman (USHL) 59 games, 34-58-92 (1.56 points-game)
- No. 76 overall Logan Shaw (QMJHL) 68 games, 26-20-46 (0.68 points-game)
- No. 77 overall Daniel Catenacci (OHL) 67 games, 26-45-71 (1.06 points-game)
Ewanyk was a first-class checking center in the WHL, but in the words of Craig MacTavish all forwards have to bring at least a little bit of offense. In the case of Mr. Ewanyk, he was a dandy in many aspects of the game but couldn’t score enough to make it to the NHL. A tough turn for all involved.
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