Historical Review of Draft Results
Years 1984 - 1988
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The second of the failed Oiler drafts (1982 was the first). Ewen is the one player who had a decent career (never did play for the Oilers), getting in 500+ NHL games playing the role of 'enforcer'. Odelein and Reaugh were only around long enough for a cup of coffee and didn't do much after that.
These drafts would come back to haunt the Oilers in the early 1990's as no one was available to replace the magic of the 80's teams.
Buchberger, 'Bucky', went on to become the Oilers captain and a symbol of team loyalty to all - until Atlanta got him in the expansion draft anyways. The very definition of a 'solid' NHLer, Buchberger played 1,182 games in his career - and he played none of them soft.
Metcalfe and Ware both got a taste of the coffee in Edmonton before they were done (Metcalfe got a few more games in with Buffalo and topped out at 19 NHL games). The other eight picks didn't make the show.
The first of the Oilers 'ugly' drafts, but not the ugliest (1990 wins that sweepstake). 1986 would mark three consecutive failed drafts for this organization - five players would get a look-see but no player from this draft had any sort of career in the NHL.
Werenka (320 NHL games) and Smith (462 NHL games) put in some good 'journeyman' type work for several NHL teams. Van Allen, however, hustled his way to 794 NHL games - mostly with the expansion Senators - and a 'solid' player ranking in this study.
This draft was notable for the number of older Euro's picked by the team. Three would get a cup of coffee with the team but, sadly, none would step in to help extend the dynasty. No Pouzar's, or even Summanen's for that matter, found here.
Hard hitting Podein played 699 effective games in the NHL - lots of hits and a few timely goals - he was upgraded to a 'solid' player ranking the last time I did this study.
Leroux and Barrie were a pair of 'borderline' talents - they practically define the term - who got their games in where they could (249 and 184 NHL games respectively) while Sim got a 3 game call-up in the 1989-90 season.
In a depressingly familiar storyline, no other draftees from this year amounted to much of anything at the NHL level.
Edmonton Oilers 2007 HRDR - Introduction
Edmonton Oilers 2007 HRDR - Draft Results Summation
Edmonton Oilers 2007 HRDR - Yrs 1979 to 1983
Edmonton Oilers 2007 HRDR - Yrs 1984 to 1988
Edmonton Oilers 2007 HRDR - Yrs 1989 to 1993
Edmonton Oilers 2007 HRDR - Yrs 1994 to 1998
Edmonton Oilers 2007 HRDR - Yrs 1999 to 2003
Edmonton Oilers 2007 HRDR - Yrs 2004 to 2007
Edmonton Oilers 2007 HRDR - Draft Results By Year
Edmonton Oilers 2007 HRDR - Draft Results By Pick
Edmonton Oilers 2007 HRDR - Draft Results By Round
Edmonton Oilers 2007 HRDR - Draft Results By Age
Edmonton Oilers 2007 HRDR - Draft Results By Position
Edmonton Oilers 2007 HRDR - Draft Results By League
Edmonton Oilers 2007 HRDR - Draft Results By Country of Birth
Edmonton Oilers 2007 HRDR - Player Grading System
Edmonton Oilers 2007 HRDR - Graded Players Summary
Edmonton Oilers 2007 HRDR - Data Set Changes
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