We are five years past the 2016 entry draft, meaning we can look closely at the five-year window that began with the 2012 selection. Did the Oilers get enough? Did the top end compensate enough for the later rounds? How does Edmonton’s haul compare to the other teams in Canada’s west?
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The 2012 draft
The Winnipeg Jets had to wait until No. 8 overall to draft Jacob Trouba, but delivered the class of the group. Calgary went walkabout in the first round (Mark Jankowski) and Vancouver didn’t cash (Brendan Gaunce) but the loser in Round 1 was Edmonton. It’s a famous story now, but plenty of interference left the Oilers taking Nail Yakupov No. 1 overall. He was the right choice imo, but the organization was changing coaches and managers like they were the office water bottles in those days and Yak got lost in the flood. Edge: Winnipeg.
In rounds 2+, Edmonton delivered Jujhar Khaira and Erik Gustafsson, two players who have enjoyed careers of 250+ games. It isn’t close to Winnipeg, who drafted franchise goalie Connor Hellebuyck in the fifth round. Calgary added Brett Kulak, in the range with Khaira as an NHL player. Vancouver drafted Ben Hutton, who would be clear of Khaira, Kulak and Gustafsson but still in the range of complementary NHL player. Edge: Winnipeg.
The 2013 draft
The Calgary Flames (Sean Monahan), Edmonton Oilers (Darnell Nurse), Winnipeg Jets (Josh Morrissey) and Vancouver Canucks (Bo Horvat) all emerged as significant NHL players for their teams. Morrisey was chosen No. 13 overall, the latest of the four picks. Edge: Winnipeg.
Winnipeg added Andrew Copp in later rounds, as well as fringe players (Nic Petan, Tucker Poolman) later. Edmonton added Anton Slepyshev. Edge: Winnipeg.
The 2014 draft
Edmonton’s choice of Leon Draisaitl trumps Calgary (Sam Bennett), Winnipeg (Nik Ehlers) and Vancouver (Jake Virtanen). It’s not fair, especially for the Jets, but Draisaitl became a transcendent player and that’s not something anyone can argue. Edge: Edmonton.
Vancouver was the only team to score outside the first round in the 2014 draft, grabbing Thatcher Demko in the second round. Canucks also added Jared McCann with a late first. Edge: Vancouver.
The 2015 draft
Everyone got rich in the first round of the 2015 draft. Winnipeg picked up Kyle Connor, Vancouver grabbed Brock Boeser, and Calgary made a big trade for Dougie Hamilton. Edmonton won the lottery, and Connor McDavid was the prize. No credit, but acknowledgement of luck on a massive scale. Edge: Edmonton.
In later rounds, Winnipeg delivered Jack Roslovic, Mason Appleton and Jansen Harkins. Vancouver picked Adam Gaudette, Calgary delivered Rasmus Andersson, Oliver Kylington and Andrew Mangiapane. Edmonton added Ethan Bear, Caleb Jones and John Marino. Edge: Calgary.
The 2016 draft
The first round saw three great players drafted, Patrik Laine (Winnipeg), Jesse Puljujarvi (Edmonton) and Matt Tkachuk (Calgary). I don’t know how they’ll end up, and Bruce McCurdy made a great comment in yesterday’s post comments about JP passing Laine. I hadn’t thought about it, but I think he’s right. Bruce said some time this year and that seems right. Edge: Calgary.
Winnipeg grabbed Logan Stanley, Edmonton picked Tyler Benson, Calgary had Dillon Dube and Adam Fox. Edge: Calgary.
Drafting 20 players
I decided to have a little fun and draft players 1-20 and see how many Oilers would land and where. Oilers do well but Winnipeg kills it. I don’t think you’d trade McDavid and Draisaitl for the Jets though. People, if you ever own a hockey team, please draft first overall as much as possible.
- Connor McDavid (EDM)
- Leon Draisaitl (EDM)
- Adam Fox (CAL)
- Nikolaj Ehlers (WPG)
- Connor Hellebuyck (WPG)
- Matt Tkachuk (CAL)
- Kyle Connor (WPG)
- Darnell Nurse (EDM)
- Josh Morrissey (WPG)
- Jacob Trouba (WPG)
- Patrik Laine (WPG)
- Brock Boeser (VAN)
- Andrew Mangiapane (CAL)
- Bo Horvat (VAN)
- Jesse Puljujarvi (EDM)
- Sean Monahan (CAL)
- Thatcher Demko (VAN)
- Dillon Dube (CAL)
- Sam Bennett (CAL)
- Ethan Bear (EDM)
I’m open to changing the list, let me know. I have to apologize for the crazy day, suspect we have figured it out but sincere apologies. We have so many people on the site it’s a difficult site to keep airborne. Thanks for dropping in, sorry we were closed.