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Tracking the Draft.

This isn't the most efficient way of doing it, but games played is still a pretty good reflection of a player's worth. After all, a roster spot has some value, and playing in an NHL game does too, no matter if you're a goal scorer or a shot blocker.

Anyway, the idea here is to review the draft years 93-03 and rank them in order of GP. Logic dictates that 1993 should be number one, since it has been 11 seasons since the draft.


1. 1993 (1937 games): By far the most successful draft of the last 11 seasons, and no one is close. Jason Arnott (743) and Miro Satan (704) lead the way, with David Vyborny (315) becoming a regular since 2000. The 1993 also exceeds all seasons to follow in terms of man games in the season after the draft (127). Alot of this of course is due to the poor quality of the team, and where they drafted that season. Still, does anyone believe the Oilers have drafted two players the calibre of Arnott and Satan in a single draft since this one? I don't think they have.

2. 1994 (1039 games): Basically the Ryan Smyth (642) show, with no one left on an NHL roster this season from the Oilers 1994 draft. Ladisalv Benysek (161) and Mike Watt (157) helped out, and Jason Bonsignore (79) did too. Sort of.

3. 1996 (996 games): 1996 is going to end up being a pretty successful draft for the Oilers. Not only did Boyd Devereaux (431) become a solid role player on a great team, Tom Poti (443) had enough to become an NHL regular and late bloomer Fernando Pisani (111) looks like he's going to have a pretty good career, but Chris Hajt (6) does not.

4. 1995 (566 games): Not a successful draft, with only Georges Laraque (418) to show for it. Steve Kelly (147) has never played as many as 50 games in a season, but has played at least one NHL game for 8 seasons in a row which is impressive in its own way.

5. 1998 (380 games): Shawn Horcoff (268) and Alex Henry (112) have become NHL players, and even though they aren't top quality guys, I imagine they'll have solid careers.

6. 1999 (361 games): A poor year for this group, as Mike Comrie (241) was traded, Alexei Semenov (92) failed to build on his rookie season despite flashes, and Jani Rita (15) play in only a couple of games. Still, Tony Salmelainen (13) played his first NHL games, and 1999 should become one of the most successful draft seasons for Edmonton.

7. 2001 (267 games): The new star in terms of the Oilers draft history, with Ales Hemsky (130) and Jussi Markkanen (69) already NHL players and guys like Doug Lycnh on the way.

8. 1997 (148 games): Jason Chimera (130) looks like he's flying solo, although Peter Sarno (6) played his first NHL games.

9. 2002 (75 games): Jarret Stoll (72) is already an NHL regular, and Mikko Luoma (3) played his first NHL games.

10 and 11: 2000 and 2003 The 2000 draft continues to fall behind, but Mikhnov may be coming over, and Cullen/Winchester played a full AHL season. Platt could still emerge. I don't count guys who didn't sign, so Lombardi is excluded.

No one has emerged from the 2003 draft yet, but no surprise.


Okay, successful drafts? Well, 1993, 1996, 1999 and 2001 look like the cream of the crop, and 1994 brought Ryan Smyth so that's not too shabby.

The jury is still out on 1998, but they did get two usable NHL players out of it.

Poor drafts? I think we can say safely that 1995 sucked, 1997 blew, 2000 is alarming.

It's too soon to tell on 2002 although it has some promise, and the 2003 drafts are just getting started.

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great post lowetide,

its a shame of the 1999 group, at the start of the year I would have said that this is the group that has the most potential of possibly beating the 1994 group. Rita looked as if he would break through sometime, Semenov was penned in by most of us as the number 5 d-man and Comrie being traded was unthinkable. Funny how one year pans out.

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1999 was a terrible draft across the board; Edmonton can't take the full responsibility for that.

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Mike Watt played 157 games? ! Wow. I thought he was a total bust for NYI. Didn't we trade him for Eric Fichaud or something? A power forward type I think. Anyone else remember him? Did he do well in NYI? Is he still playing?

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Mike Watt played 157 games? ! Wow. I thought he was a total bust for NYI. Didn't we trade him for Eric Fichaud or something? A power forward type I think. Anyone else remember him? Did he do well in NYI? Is he still playing?
Yep traded him for Eric Fichaud. Nashville then claimed him off of waivers. A year later, Nashville traded him to Philly for Mikhail Chernov. After that, Carolina signed him as a free agent.

He never scored a point in 5 games with the Canes
He never laced up for the Flyers
He scored 2 points in 18 games with the Preds
He scored 36 points in 120 games with the Islanders

Watt is currently playing in the Russian Super League for St. Petersburg. (27 pts in 57 games this year.. pretty respectable).

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