Photo: Picked 19th overall in the 2011 draft, Oscar Klefbom has the tools to be a solid top-four defenseman for the Oilers for many years to come. (Photo courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)
Fans of the Edmonton Oilers have demonstrated their patience over the past number of years, buying into the mantra of a wholesale rebuild. After two seasons in the NHL’s basement however, expectations are rising and that patience is wearing thin. Fortunately for the Oilers faithful, a lot of the team’s future is on or near the NHL roster and there is still a wealth of quality talent coming down the pipe. Unlike years past, much of the current talent in the prospect pool is complementary and demonstrates a wide range of skills. With the exception of the 2011 top pick Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, the players who succeed at the NHL level off this list will be likely be playing supporting roles to the top line talents who have already made the jump to the show.
1. (NR) Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, C, 8.5C
Drafted 1st round, 1st overall, 2011