Enjoyed my opportunity to contribute to the Copper & Blue’s Top 25 Under 25 series this summer. I, along with nine other contributors, ranked each Oilers prospect and did short write-ups summarizing each player’s development and what we can expect from them going forward.
I’ve been a long time fan of the series and find myself often searching through older articles when writing about player development. The interesting part for me was learning about my own biases and what I look for in prospects. Basically, if you’re a center or a defenceman or played in OKC last season, you’re gold in my books. If you’re a goalie or were just drafted in the last two years, I don’t care much for you. I was confident with my top 12 players. The rest were changed around so many times, I lost track.
Here are the pieces I contributed:
David Musil Misses the Cut – I put together a short defence piece on the young rear-guard, who I thought should’ve been in the top 25.
Jujhar Khaira (#22) – I’m really pulling for this guy, but he hasn’t progressed as well as we’d like. Hopefully he has a healthy season and can snag some more ice-time in Bakersfield.
Jordan Oesterle (#11) – The C&B crew really likes him, which will mean he gets dealt for nothing just as he becomes a full-time NHLer.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (#2) – The young pivot tied for second with Taylor Hall. I think very highly of both players, but value centers a lot more. Advantage: RNH.
All articles pertaining to the Top 25 Under 25 series can be found here.