FIVE LONG YEARS (2011 DRAFT)

Updated: September 3, 2016 at 8:37 pm by Lowetide

Five years after a draft is a good time to evaluate—and even then, there are prospects who are not completely known. Brandon Davidson from the 2010 draft took until 2015-16 and we may be seeing a straggler or two from the Edmonton list in 2011. Let’s have a look.

THE 2011 DRAFT IN A BOX

  • Number of Players Drafted: 211
  • Number of Players who have made an NHL appearance: 107
  • Percentage: 50.7
  • Number of Players with over 100 NHL games: 36
  • Average number of NHL games: 85
  • Average number of NHL goals: 13
  • Average number of NHL points: 34
  • Source

If 107 players have played an NHL game, then it follows that the average NHL team would have 3.5 players who have made an NHL appearance—and 1.2 players with more than 100 NHL games.

THE 2011 OILERS DRAFT IN A BOX

  • Number of Players Drafted: 9
  • Number of Players who have made an NHL appearance: 4
  • Percentage: 44.4
  • Number of Players with over 100 NHL games: 3
  • Average number of NHL games: 145
  • Average number of NHL goals: 28
  • Average number of NHL points: 79
  • Source

Edmonton drafted more than their fair share (seven would have been par for the course) and were about average in terms of players who played at least one game. Edmonton enjoys an edge in players who have performed in more than 100 NHL games and in all of the boxcars.

Edmonton had two first-round picks that season (Nuge at No. 1 and Klefbom at No. 19) so we need to temper some of these numbers (certainly the boxcars). A team drafting twice in the first round should expect to have two of the 30 best players and I think it is reasonable to suggest Edmonton has at least that many.

TOP 36 PLAYERS (BY NHL GP) IN THE 2011 DRAFT

  1. Gabriel Landeskog 356
  2. Sean Couturier 350
  3. Andrew Shaw 322
  4. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 313
  5. Brandon Saad 286
  6. Mika Zibanejad 281
  7. Adam Larsson 274
  8. Jonathan Huberdeau 272
  9. Jonas Brodin 263
  10. Dougie Hamilton 260
  11. Ondrej Palat 232
  12. Mark Schiefele 227
  13. Nikita Kucherov 211
  14. Matt Nieto 205
  15. JT Miller 196
  16. Ryan Strome 189
  17. Boone Jenner 185
  18. Connor Murphy 181
  19. J-G Pageau 169
  20. Rikard Rakell 165
  21. Johnny Gaudreau 160
  22. Victor Rask 160
  23. Tobias Rieder 154
  24. Adam Lowry 154
  25. Nathan Beaulieu 151
  26. Vincent Trocheck 146
  27. Tomas Jurco 143
  28. Dmitri Jaskin 139
  29. Sven Baertschi 138
  30. Vladislav Namestnikov 127
  31. Ryan Murphy 124
  32. Jyrki Jokipakka 109
  33. Oscar Klefbom 107
  34. Nick Shore 102
  35. William Karlsson 102
  36. Markus Granlund 102

Edmonton had three of the top 36 names in terms of games played, and I would wager these men would rank higher if we chose a more specific gauge (GP is a reasonable way to measure bunches of players, but has its limits).

THE OILERS 2011 DRAFT

  • No. 1 overall: C Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. His first five seasons are a close match offensively
    for David Krejci and that is an excellent player. 
  • No. 19 overall: D Oscar Klefbom. This was the major
    payment in the Dustin Penner deal and Klefbom’s place in the
    organization at this time suggests the deal was a good one. I am very
    bullish on his future, although the injury history is piling up. 
  • No. 31 overall: D David Musil. Musil has developed
    at pace and made his NHL debut in 2014-15. A strange, and possibly galling coincidence
    for Musil? Although he did not play for Edmonton this year, Adam
    Clendening—taken four spots later in the 2011 selection—was claimed on
    waivers by the Oilers and spent a lot of time in the provincial capital.
     
  • No. 62 overall: G Samu Perhonen. He didn’t do much
    between his draft day and the point Edmonton decided not to sign him,
    but over the past two seasons he has been building a decent resume. 
  • No. 74 overall: C Travis Ewanyk. Ewanyk is now a free agent, he posted the same offense as last season and
    appears to be settling in as an AHL checker—a role we discussed as being
    likely on his draft weekend.
  • No. 92 overall- D Dillon Simpson: Interesting
    player, he has been improving in small steps since his draft day. 
  • No. 114 overall: F Tobias Rieder. Rieder is the third actual NHL player to emerge from Edmonton’s 2011 draft. A terrific selection. 
  • No. 122 overall: D Martin Gernat. He looked good in
    junior and had a good first year pro, but the organization soured on
    him in 2014 training camp and then he got hurt. Headed back to Europe. 
  • No. 182 overall: G Frans Tuohimaa. Big Finn is now 24 and had a decent year in the Swedish Allsvenskan. He hasn’t really had a quality season since 2012-13.

I think this was a solid draft. You?