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).
Darnell Nurse recorded 50 points in 64 games while also serving as captain of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)
The Fall 2014 edition of the Edmonton Oilers Top 20 remained relatively steadfast among the top five spots save for the addition of newcomer to the list and 2014 third-overall draft selection Leon Draisaitl. Once again, the Top 20 is dominated by defensive prospects but two strong power forwards, Mitch Moroz and Jujhar Khaira (both drafted in 2012), continue to turn heads as they make a push up the rankings and look toward having a strong training camp performance. Goaltender Laurent Brossoit is pulling away from the pack of Oilers goaltending prospects, proving himself the clear front-runner for a chance at an NHL job after a strong rookie professional season.
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: Sault Ste. Marie captain Darnell Nurse ranks fourth among OHL blueliners with 48 points in 58 games (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
In this spring update, the Oilers’ Top 20 rankings saw the graduations of Nail Yakupov and Justin Schultz, leaving future franchise defenseman Darnell Nurse to lead the charge.
Slovak defenseman Martin Gernat has experienced a fairly quick rise in his country’s hockey program. The 18-year-old is playing in his first Under-20 World Junior Championship, where he is paired with fellow Edmonton Oilers prospect Martin Marincin on Slovakia‘s top defensive unit.
Slovakia won their first game at the 2012 World Juniors, but lost their second game 3-1 to Russia. Gernat talked to the media following the loss.