The Fans Rank 'Em: The Oilers' Top 25 Under 25

We've finished the write-ups on our Top 25 Under 25 but have a few loose ends to tie up.  First and foremost are the results of the fan rankings.  With so many dissenting opinions during this go around, it's interesting to see just how closely the fans align with the writers here.  After the jump, the results of our readers' vote.

1 Taylor Hall
2 Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
3 Jordan Eberle
4 Magnus Paajarvi
5 Sam Gagner
6 Linus Omark
7 Jeff Petry
8 Anton Lander
9 Oscar Klefbom
10 Teemu Hartikainen
11 Martin Marincin
12 Curtis Hamilton
13 Theo Peckham
14 Tyler Pitlick
15 Jeremie Blain
16 David Musil
17 Brandon Davidson
18 Colten Teubert
19 Tyler Bunz
20 Ryan Martindale
21 Olivier Roy
22 Alex Plante
23 Samu Perhonen
24 Dillon Simpson
25 Taylor Chorney

 

The most interesting thing about the fan voting is not the overall rankings, but how the players bunched together when the votes were tallied. Taylor Hall was the unanimous #1, but after that, through most of the next dozen players, the final vote sees them bunched in pairs.  Nugent-Hopkins and Eberle are neck and neck, and in fact Eberle led the voting for awhile.  It's worth noting that Eberle was ranked no lower than 4th, while Nugent-Hopkins was ranked 5th a couple of times and 6th once.  There's a drop back to Paajarvi, but Gagner is right behind him.  There's another significant drop back to Omark, but he and Petry are tightly bunched.  Then another step back to Lander who sits alone in 8th, not close to 7th, but a bit closer to Klefbom behind him in 9th.  Hartikainen and Marincin are bunched together, then Hamilton and Peckham are separated by a single vote.  After that the results begin to space themselves out in a wider distribution, but I find the results fascinating.

In the table below, I've removed Andrew Cogliano from our writer's vote and laid your results in next to our vote:


Fan Vote

C&B Vote
1 Taylor Hall
1 Taylor Hall
2 Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
2 Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
3 Jordan Eberle
3 Jordan Eberle
4 Magnus Paajarvi
4 Sam Gagner
5 Sam Gagner
5 Magnus Paajarvi
6 Linus Omark
6 Jeff Petry
7 Jeff Petry
7 Linus Omark
8 Anton Lander
8 Anton Lander
9 Oscar Klefbom
9 Teemu Hartikainen
10 Teemu Hartikainen
10 Oscar Klefbom
11 Martin Marincin
11 Martin Marincin
12 Curtis Hamilton
12 Curtis Hamilton
13 Theo Peckham
13 Tyler Pitlick
14 Tyler Pitlick
14 Theo Peckham
15 Jeremie Blain
15 Ryan Martindale
16 David Musil
16 David Musil
17 Brandon Davidson
17 Brandon Davidson
18 Colten Teubert
18 Jeremie Blain
19 Tyler Bunz
19 Colten Teubert
20 Ryan Martindale
20 Dillon Simpson
21 Olivier Roy
21 Olivier Roy
22 Alex Plante
22 Samu Perhonen
23 Samu Perhonen
23 Taylor Chorney
24 Dillon Simpson
24 Alex Plante
25 Taylor Chorney
25 Chris VandeVelde

 

The top 14 is same group players on both sides with slight ordering differences, but nothing greater than a 1 spot difference.  After that, there is more disagreement.  The fans love Jeremie Blain, ranking him 15th, 3 spots higher than our staff.  The staff has Martindale ranked 15th, 5 spots higher compared to the fans.  Musil and Davidson are the same on both sides, and Teubert is one spot higher on the fans' side.  Tyler Bunz is 19th for the fans, but he's not in C&B's top 25.  Dillon Simpson is 20th among our staff, 24th on the fans side.  Taylor Fedun narrowly missed the fans' top 25, the only player close to joining the list.

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