Actually, Henrich is an ideal candidate for the WHA. Although Bobby Hull was the big signing, most of the original WHA teams had one or two NHLers, a couple of California Golden Seals, and a bunch of guys who would be considered fringe type guys. My favourite WHA Oiler was Rusty Patenaude and years later he said the reason he jumped was because the call never came from his NHL team (I think it was the Penguins).
Henrich hasn't delivered as a prospect, but not so long ago he was considered one of the very best of his draft year. Other recent Oilers or farmhands who would be good WHA fodder imo are Bobby Allen, Chad Hinz, Tyler Moss, Mike Morrison and any number of the college kids. Kenny Smith if he doesn't sign here, ideal WHA player.
ALL of these guys can play, and since the WHA is going to be 95% filled with players just like them it seems to me a smart agent would send them in that direction. Even if NHL teams turn a cold shoulder to the guys who don't make a mark, its worth the risk.
If a guy like Michael Henrich plays 80 games on the top line with a skilled center and pops 20 goals then maybe Columbus or Phoenix takes another look.
By the way, Allen was taken later on and so was Bergeron. It just seems strange that some of these guys have to actually be drafted. It should have been a much shorter draft. Also, I'm surprised no one took a chance on Brewer (but I guess you could say the same thing with a lot of the free agents out there).
The "Entry Draft" thing tomorrow will be a lot more interesting for me, anyway.