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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Oilers Top 10 Prospects (November 2008)

Here is my first ever Top 10 Prospects Chart:
This is not based on any fancy scale or criteria like Guy Flaming's or Lowetide's (yet) and is just based on who I feel could come up to the Oilers and actually perform / fit into a role right away. This is mainly based on (in decreasing level of importance):

a) prior NHL experience
b) success at the minor pro level (AHL, ECHL, etc.)
c) Oilers' current club needs
d) ability to improve (or amount of progress since draft day and/or signing)
e) success at the amateur level (OHL, CHL, etc.)
  • 1. Rob Schremp
  • Comparables: Sam Gagner, Jussi Jokinen, Jiri Hudler, Phil Kessel

  • 2. Theo Peckham
  • Comparables: Jason Smith, Brooks Orpik, Igor Ulanov

  • 3. Gilbert Brule
  • Comparables: Mike Peca, Niko Kapanen, Pascal Dupuis, Radek Dvorak

  • 4. Ryan Potulny
  • Comparables: Raffi Torres, Jason Chimera, Scott Hartnell, Niklas Hagman

  • 5. Liam Reddox
  • Comparables: Ethan Moreau, Matt Pettinger, Chris Clark

  • 6. Slava Trukhno
  • Comparables: Patrick Thoresen, Valteri Filppula, Tomas Plekanec

  • 7. Sebastien Bisaillon
  • Comparables: Marc-Andre Bergeron, Chris Campoli, Phillipe Boucher

  • 8. Riley Nash
  • Comparables: Paul Stastny, Mikko Koivu, Chris Higgins

  • 9. Bryan Young
  • Comparables: Scott Ferguson, Alex Henry

  • 10. Devan Dubnyk
  • Comparables: Jason LaBarbera, Olaf Kolzig, Sean Burke, Darren Puppa
Honorable Mention: Tyler Spurgeon (who has been more impressive on faceoffs and puck battles than Ryan O'Marra)

The reason I didn't include Mathieu Roy and Jean-Francois Jacques is due to the fact that they haven't been entirely healthy for long enough periods for them to be considered "ready to contribute." If they had been, however, they would've pushed Bryan Young and Riley Nash off the list.

Feel free to chip in on whether you agree or disagree.

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Blogger Bruce said...

Interesting list. I'm mostly in agreement with the placements (except maybe Nash, but I realize your criteria is different w.r.t. "right away")

I found myself shaking my head at a few of the comparables because some of them don't really compare to each other: e.g. Scott Hartnell, Niklas Hagman. Is the idea that the prospect's game falls somewhere in the middle of the collective skill set?

October 30, 2008 at 1:55 PM

Blogger raventalon40 said...

I'd say if you took the people in the list and made a super mutant combination of them, you would create the player listed.

Now that I read that over, it does seem confusing. You might be the only one who caught on.

I will clarify for December.

October 30, 2008 at 11:57 PM


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