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Stu MacGregor is the head amateur scout for the Edmonton Oilers, a role he filled after the 2007 draft.
First-Round Home Runs and Late-Round Hits
The Oilers have scored very well with their first-round picks in recent years, owed mostly to selecting No. 1 overall for three straight seasons. During the period after 2003, Edmonton added Andrew Cogliano, Sam Gagner, Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Nail Yakupov in the first round. In later rounds, the team has not been successful, although Kyle Brodziak and Jeff Petry were able to make the grade.
Measuring the Success
NHL GP 2003-13: 4,944. Bader gives the Oilers credit for getting players to the NHL, but he is also critical of their tendency to advance them too soon:
Edmonton has actually graduated the most draftees to NHL players since 2003. Given Edmonton’s success, or lack thereof, does this mean that Edmonton is rushing their draft picks into the league?
I would say it most certainly does. While the Oilers lead the league in converting draftees to NHLers, only 30% of those players (8 in total) have gone on to play 200+ games in the NHL so far, by far the biggest drop off between 50-game players and 200-game players.