Edmonton’s all-time draft workforce: Corridor of Famers galore

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The all-time all-draft workforce of the Edmonton Oilers is plagued by Corridor of Famers – as much as 9 of them on a 20-man roster when all is claimed and accomplished. And that doesn’t even embrace Wayne Gretzky, the very best participant within the historical past of the sport, as a result of he was by no means drafted into the NHL.
Enormous credit score goes to the early drafting of GMs Larry Gordon and Glen Sather, and tremendous scout Barry Fraser, who chosen six future Corridor of Famers within the first three NHL seasons of the group – Kevin Lowe, Mark Messier and Glenn Anderson in 1979, Paul Coffey and Jari Kurri in 1980 and Grant Fuhr in 1981. All however Coffey and Fuhr (top-10 picks) outperformed their choice quantity in draft order. (See under)
Three picks up to now decade are on a trajectory for the Corridor of Fame. Taylor Corridor has a Hart Trophy to his identify at 28, however he’ll want one other six-plus years of all-star caliber play to win favor on ballots. It’s early within the careers of Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, however they’ve topped 400 factors earlier than the age of 25 with actual and digital Hart Trophies of their resumes. It’s only a matter of time for them.
Edmonton’s all-draft ahead lineup reads like an All-Star Recreation roster with gamers resembling Ryan Smyth, Jason Arnott, Esa Tikkanen and Miroslav Devil in help roles. It appeared a disgrace to depart off 1,000-game troopers resembling Kirk Maltby, Shawn Horcoff, Kelly Buchberger, Jason Chimera and Andrew Cogliano. Additionally on the taxi squad are Martin Rucinsky, Jarret Stoll, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Sam Gagner.
Coffey and Lowe are the studs on a blueline that in any other case lacks mega-star energy. We thought Oscar Klefbom and Darnell Nurse too early of their careers to crack the highest six.
The goaltending tandem of Fuhr and Andy Moog appears excellent. Who is aware of, Moog could sooner or later turn into one more Edmonton-drafted Corridor of Famer. He’s 18th on the all-time wins record and was ranked the No. 57 goalie in THN’s rating of the highest 100 goalies of all-time in 2018. The Corridor of Fame has turn into very welcoming lately opening the door to beforehand passed-over gamers, as Lowe simply found in June.
Data contains draft 12 months, draft place, newbie workforce and NHL stats (games-goals-assists-points; W-L-OTL, GAA, SP)
CENTER
Mark Messier – 1979, 48th general, Cincinnati (WHA) (1,756-694-1,193-1,887)
Connor McDavid – 2015, 1st general, Erie (OHL) (351-162-307-469)
Jason Arnott – 1993, seventh general, Oshawa (OHL) (1,244-417-521-938)
Leon Draisaitl – 2014, third general, P. Albert (WHL) (422-168-254-422)
LEFT WING
Taylor Corridor – 2010, 1st general, Windsor (OHL) (627-218-345-563)
Ryan Smyth – 1994, sixth general, Moose Jaw (WHL) (1,270-386-456-842)
Miroslav Devil – 1993, 111th general, Trencin (Cze.) (1,050-363-372-735)
Esa Tikkanen – 1983, 80th general, Helsinki (Fin.) (877-244-386-630)
RIGHT WING
Jari Kurri – 1980, 69th general, Jokerit (Fin.) (1,251-601-797-1,398)
Glenn Anderson – 1979, 69th general, Denver (WCHA) (1,129-498-601-1,099)
Ales Hemsky – 2001, 13th general, Hull (QMJHL) (845-174-398-572)
Jordan Eberle – 2008, 22nd general, Regina (WHL) (724-225-293-518)
DEFENSE
Paul Coffey – 1980, sixth general, Kitchener(OHL) (1,409-396-1,135-1.531)
Kevin Lowe – 1979, 21st general, Quebec (QMJHL) (1,254-84-348-432)
Steve Smith – 1981, 111th general, London (OHL) (804-72-303-375)
Jeff Petry – 2006, 45th general, Des Moines (USHL) (680-69-184-253)
Jeff Beukeboom – 1983, 19th general, S.S. Marie (OHL) (804-30-129-159)
Tom Poti – 1996, 59th general, Cushing (USHS) (824-69-258-327)
GOALIES
Grant Fuhr – 1981, eighth general, Victoria (WHL) (403-295-114, 3.38, .887)
Andy Moog – 1980, 132nd general, Billings (WHL) (372-209-88, 3.13, .891)

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Tags: edmonton oilers, nhl draftAbout the AuthorBrian CostelloBrian Costello joined The Hockey Information in 1990 when the likes of Bruce Boudreau, Randy Carlyle and Joel Quenneville have been gamers, not coaches. Costello coated main junior hockey for 5 seasons earlier than getting referred to as as much as THN. He likes to focus his consideration on pre- and post-NHL careers, following intently the progress of the draft, up-and-coming prospects and fancying himself a Corridor of Fame skilled.

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