The Edmonton Oilers and their fans may be forgetting what the playoffs look like. But at the lower levels of the game, Oilers' prospects are getting a lot of quality post-season experience this year. While the parent club hasn't played a post-season game since losing Game 7 of the 2006 Stanley Cup Finals, when they make it back to the post-season they'll have players with plenty of non-NHL playoff experience to draw on.
Team Depth Chart of NHL Prospects
- Size and depth on the blueline
- Wingers with a wide range of skills
- Lack of size, depth down the middle
- No bonafide power play QB on the blueline
- Lack of elite goaltending prospect
Legend of Players' Leagues
- Playing in N.A. Pro (NHL, AHL, ECHL, etc.)
- Playing in CHL (OHL, QMJHL, WHL)
- Playing in NCAA
- Playing in Europe
- Playing in Junior 'A' (USHL, BCHL, AJHL, etc.)
- Not Categorized Yet
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Hall of Fame defenseman Kevin Lowe has had anything but a quiet spring, once again taking over the task of putting together Team Canada’s roster for the World Championship. With his Edmonton Oilers not having made the Stanley Cup playoffs, Mr. Lowe was easy to spot at the U-18 World Championship a few times before bringing over the men’s team for a few test games prior to tournament play in Helsinki. Things looked very promising for Team Canada, which marched through the preliminary round with an OT loss to the USA being the only blemish in heading to a first place finish.
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Outside of 2011 first round pick Oscar Klefbom, the picture in Europe and in the NCAA for the Oilers is one of depth prospects and long shots. This is in part due to a preference for CHL players in the Stu McGregor draft era, and in part due to some of the higher quality Europeans and college picks (like Tyler Pitlick, Martin Marincin, and Martin Gernat) making the move to the CHL after they were drafted. Beyond Klefbom, for whom the organization has high hopes, any of these players who become even a quality depth NHL player would be considered a bonus for the team.
With a trio of picks in the first round, including the sixth pick overall, expectations were high for the Oilers to be able to pluck some key pieces in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Five years out, the results are disappointing to say the least.
Despite picking sixth, 15th, and 21st (after trading up from 30th and adding the 36th to make the move), the Oilers have emerged with only one quality NHL player from that bunch, Sam Gagner. The other two selections, Alex Plante and Riley Nash respectively, have been disappointments and may not ever become NHL regulars. It was also the last draft ran by former Oilers Head Scout Kevin Prendergast.
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