Historical Review of Draft Results
Years 1999 - 2003
Please reserve comment for a future post wherein I will request commentary on the review as a whole.
Comrie, now with the Islanders, is a pretty good scorer when on his game but as a one dimensional player he will need a long career if he is to ever move up in these rankings. Semenov is on his 'last chance' legs in San Jose and might be back in Europe as soon as next year.
Rita and Salmelainen could never make that jump to being bonafide, full-time, NHL players and are now out of the NHL. Who knows if they will ever make it back. Hauser got a game in and should be happy to have done so.
In a VERY weak draft class for the Oilers, Lombardi is the pick worth having. He plays in Calgary now. Winchester may be building a career in Dallas but his skills are limited so it is hard to say how many chances his size will get him.
Mikhnov finally came over but an inability to make an impact led to an inability to make the roster which led to an inability to want to stay - he is back in Russia now. All the other picks are notable only for not being notable.
In need of instant depth the team took a flyer on three over-agers from Europe, of them one turned out just fine (Markannen). The other two made an appearance but didn't last.
Never mind them though - the star of this draft is Hemsky - finally, a 1st round pick that lives up to the hype. By the next time this review is written Hemsky should, if he keeps on keeping on like he does, jump one grade in these rankings.
Of the rest, only Lynch and Stephenson would make any noise (more whimper than shout).
Niinimaki, given where drafted vs where projected to be drafted, is a spectacular bust of a pick. Niinimaki wasn't even near the draft board when picked and if the Oilers never make any noise in the prime of Hemsky's career it will be because of picks like Niinimaki and Mikhnov.
Of a passle of 2nd's: Stoll has turned into a responsible defensive player with a good PP point shot - just as advertised while Greene, perfect for the 'old' NHL sometimes looks out of place in the new, 'less clutch and grab', NHL. JDD had some hard years of it but is doing well in 2007-08 so hopefully he is back on track.
Luoma got a look-see as an over-ager while the rest of them... a whole lotta 'not so much'.
Brodziak and Stortini are two who may, by the grace of their hard work and the blessing of the coach, have careers while Pouliot and Jacques are two who may, despite their obvious talent, have their careers end because they just aren't getting 'it'.
Roy looks like a career AHL call-up (not a bad thing) while McDonald is a college kid who has to acclimatize to the pro-game via the AHL so the jury remains out on him.
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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