Photo: Laurent Brossoit has strengthened Edmonton’s goaltending depth in the prospect ranks, which was once an area of weakness for the team. (courtesy of Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)
While the Edmonton Oilers continue to rebuild and retool their squad at the NHL level, their diverse group of prospects have been flourishing for the most part, with a number taking significant steps under the tutelage of Todd Nelson of the Oklahoma City Barons (AHL).
Photo: Seattle Thunderbirds forward and 2015 prospect Mathew Barzal is the early favorite to be the first player chosen from the WHL at the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
As much as the players are the show in junior hockey, the big stories across the WHL’s Western Conference heading into the 2014-15 season have occurred behind the bench. Half of the teams in the West, five of ten, will have a new bench boss at the helm when the regular season begins on September 19. Read more»
Photo: A second period goal from Mitchell Moroz turned out to be the game-winner in Edmonton’s 6-3 win over Guelph in the Memorial Cup final (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)
The 2013-14 playoff season was a busy one for Edmonton Oilers prospects. Despite the NHL team missing the playoffs for the eighth season in a row, nearly every pro affiliate and junior/collegiate squad earned a trip to the post-season.
Photo: Portland Winterhawks defenseman and Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Derrick Pouliot is currently tied for third in scoring among WHL defensemen with 44 points (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)
Our ranking of the top defensemen in the WHL includes a mix of offensively gifted players and prototypical “shut down” defensemen. For this list, the criteria we used ranks drafted and/or signed NHL prospects currently playing in the WHL.
Photo: Marc-Olivier Roy, selected 56th overall at the 2013 draft, made his season debut for the Armada at the start of November and has scored at over a point-per-game pace since (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
This year’s Oilers junior update received a pretty big housecleaning from last year as a number of prospects graduated to the pro ranks.