2010 NHL Draft: Edmonton Oilers picked first overall but largely missed elsewhere

By Kady Hobbins

Brandon Davidson - Edmonton Oilers

Photo: Edmonton Oilers defenseman Brandon Davidson received his first NHL action in the 2014-15 season, appearing in 12 games with the Oilers and notching his first NHL goal (courtesy of Rich Lam/Getty Images)

 

 

4th Round (91st overall): Jeremie Blain, D, Acadie-Bathurst Titans (QMJHL)
Status: Prospect (Vancouver Canucks)
NHL Games Played: 0

Jeremie Blain was selected 91st overall after an impressive season in the QMJHL on a relatively weak Acadie-Bathurst team. Blain was a standout, leading the team’s blueliners in scoring with 38 points in 64 games.

Blain failed to earn an entry-level contract after his initial draft selection and re-entered the 2012 NHL Draft. He eventually went undrafted but signed an entry-level deal with Vancouver in July 2013. He was assigned to the AHL’s Chicago Wolves in 2013. Most recently, he has split his time between the Utica Comets of the AHL and the Kalamazoo Wings of the ECHL.

5th Round (121st overall): Tyler Bunz, G, Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)
Status: Bust
NHL Games Played: 1

As is sometimes the case with goaltending prospects, Tyler Bunz’s development curve since being drafted 121st overall in 2010 has had its ups and downs. A highly touted prospect backed by former Oilers goaltending coach Freddie Chabot, Bunz has an impressive junior career with the Medicine Hat Tigers of the Western Hockey League.

Unfortunately, Bunz’ success has not translated to the professional level as of yet – he has spent the majority of his time in the ECHL, putting up somewhat pedestrian numbers while fellow goaltending prospect Laurent Brossoit continues to forge ahead and has already had consistent success at the AHL level and an impressive NHL debut, despite being drafted a year later.

He was not qualified as a restricted free agent by the Oilers in July 2015, so will seek to continue his hockey career elsewhere.

6th Round (162nd overall): Brandon Davidson, D, Regina Pats (WHL)
Status: Prospect
NHL Games Played: 12

Defenseman Brandon Davidson impressed scouts with his offensive numbers in his draft year, putting up 34 points in 59 games and leading the Regina Pats with a rating of plus-15. Davidson suffered an unexpected and serious setback after being diagnosed with testicular cancer in November 2012 and missed the majority of the 2012-13 season while undergoing treatment. Thankfully, Davidson made a full recovery and was able to play a nearly full season in 2013-14 with the Oklahoma City Barons of the AHL.
Davidson continues to be on the upward climb, impressing in his 2014-15 season and earning multiple call-ups to the Edmonton Oilers. A big, rangy defenseman with a reliable two-way game, the Oilers appear to have found a bit of a diamond in the rough with the late-round selection.

6th Round (166th overall): Drew Czerwonka, LW, Kootenay Ice (WHL)
Status: Bust
NHL Games Played: 0

Drew Czerwonka, a sizeable left-winger who played four seasons with the Kootenay Ice of the WHL, unfortunately retired after sustaining multiple injuries throughout his junior career. In the 2011-12 season, his final full year, he earned 32 points in 40 appearances and looked to be trending positively, given that he had only managed 13 points through 54 games in his draft year, but the young forward decided to put his health first and pursue other career avenues.

7th Round (181st overall): Kristians Pelss, F, Dynamo Riga Jrs. (Belarus)
Status: Deceased

Latvian prospect Kristians Pelss was drafted after impressing at the U-18 World Junior Championships. He went on to be an impact player through two seasons with the Edmonton Oil Kings of the WHL, winning a WHL Championship in 2011-12, before signing an entry-level deal with the Oilers. In 2012-13, Pelss split his time between the Stockton Thunder of the ECHL and the Oklahoma City Barons, earning valuable experience at the professional level.

Tragically, Pelss died in a drowning accident after diving from a bridge into the Daugava River in his home country of Latvia in summer 2013. Pelss was honored by his Edmonton Oil Kings teammates throughout their 2013-14 playoff run, WHL championship and Memorial Cup victory with the slogan “Play for Pelssy.”

7th round (202nd overall): Kellen Jones, LW, Vernon Vipers (BCHL)
Status: Prospect
NHL Games: 0

Vernon Viper-turned-Hobey Baker Award nominee Kellen Jones was the final selection by the Edmonton Oilers in the seventh round of the 2010 Entry Draft. In his final season with the Quinnipiac Bobcats of the NCAA, Kellen managed 42 points in 40 games, and then went on to join the Oklahoma City Barons in their 2013-14 playoff run. Since then, Jones has experienced continued success, playing big minutes with the Barons in 2014-15. The slightly undersized winger was a big part of a deep playoff run for OKC, scoring at key moments, including in a game against the Utica Comets that went in the books as the sixth-longest in AHL history.

Also of note, twin brother Connor Jones was a big part of Kellen Jones’s success as a Vernon Viper in the BCHL, often playing on a line with his twin brother. After going undrafted and embarking on an NCAA career, the Oilers signed Connor Jones to an entry-level contract in 2014.

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