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Jim Rutherford: Who Needs Defensemen, Anyway? (Updated!)

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Jim Rutherford doesn't believe in drafting defensemen. Despite how silly that seems, I'm not sure I disagree,

A Caveat

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I’ve recently finished reading King of Russia by Dave King & Eric Duhatschek, which is basically a diary of King’s 1st season as the coach of Magnitorsk Metallurg. It’s an interesting read, very...

Edmonton Oilers 9th Round Picks, Since 2001

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This is Frantisek (Frank) Musil, a tough-as-nail stay-at-home defenceman who had a good NHL career (nearly 800 games). He's presently the European professional scout for the Edmonton Oilers. As...

Edmonton Oilers 8th Round Picks, Since 2001

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This is Yutaka Fukufuji. To my knowledge, he's the only ever Japanese-born and trained goaltender to play an NHL game. He's relevant because he was an 8th round selection in the time period we're...

Edmonton Oilers 5th Round Picks, Since 2001

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This is Jussi Markkanen, from Game 5 of the 2006 Stanley Cup Final. He is the best player selected in the 5th round under the watch of Kevin Lowe.2001 – Jussi Markkanen, 133rd & Jake Brenk 154th...

Joni Pitkanen- 2002

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Stumbled across this article (http://www.usatoday.com/sports/hockey/draft02/2002-06-24-usat-draftline.htm) while looking into the Oilers selection of Robin Kovar (subsequently voided) in 2002. It...

Edmonton Oilers 7th Round Picks, Since 2001

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These guys are Kyle Brodziak, left, and Mathieu Roy, right, and together they represent the high-point in 7th round drafting in the Kevin Lowe era. They were back to back picks in the 2003 Draft. ...

Edmonton Oilers 4th Round Picks, Since 2001

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2001 – None2002 – Ivan Koltsov, 106th , Jonas Almtorp, 111th, & Robin Kovar, 123rd overall5/30 players selected in this round have played NHL hockey, and the best of the lot has played it for the O...

Edmonton Oilers 3rd Round Picks, Since 2001

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This is Zack Stortini. To date he is the most successful pick the Oilers have made in the third round under the watch of Lowe/Prendergast, although down the road Theo Peckham may turn into the...

Edmonton Oilers 2nd Round Picks, Since 2001

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This is Jeff Petry, the most recent second-round selection by the Oilers passing the puck to recently signed free agent Bryan Lerg. 5 of the Oilers 10 second-round choices have been defenseman, and...

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