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.
This is the third part of on ongoing series on Kevin Lowe's scouting staff and the success (or lack thereof) Edmonton has had.
2001 - Dan Baum, 215th overall
10/30 players selected in this round would go on to play in the NHL. Among them was Oilers nemesis' Derek Boogaard (who had his most productive junior season that year, with 1 goal), Cristobal Huet, Marek Svatos, Brandon Bochenski, David Moss, Johnny Oduya, and Jason King (who, if not for injury problems I'm convinced would've had a solid NHL career).
Dan Baum is none of these players. Drafted from the same WHL team as Boogaard, and David Koci, Baum was a bruising playerwho turned mostly into an ECHL-level enforcer. In 2003-04 he hit his career high-water mark, scoring 10 points and 154PIM in 37 games for the Toronto Road Runners. He was likely a MacGregor/Brown pick.
2002 - Jean-Francois Dufort, 205th & Patrick Murphy, 211th overall
6/30 players selected in this round would play in the NHL, with the only one of any real note being an overage professional European namedFredrik Norrena.
Before J-F Jacques was J-F Dufort, a 6'2" 200lb bruiser in the QMJHL. He showed some scoring touch with 63 points to match his 267PIM. The next season he upped his PIM to 287 and lowered his points to 36 on Marc-Andre Fleury's Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. This pick came from Bill Dandy territory.
Update: J-F Dufort suffered a career-ending concussion the year after he was drafted.
Patrick Murphy was on his way to NCAA play, where in his second year he scored 5 times and added 3 helpers for the best offensive season of his career. When the Oilers drafted him he was playing in the OPJHL. Last seen playing in the CHL. This pick comes from McCarthy/Davis territory.
2003 - Kyle Brodziak, 214th & Mathieu Roy, 215th overall
8/30 players selected in this round wound up in the NHL, and the Oilers went 2/2. The jury's still out on who will wind up being the best of this group, but the front-runner at this point would be Joe Pavelski, followed by Brodziak and Nathan Paetsch.
Kyle Brodziak had already passed through one draft unclaimed, but 32 goals and 62 points for Moose Jaw (WHL) were enough for the Oilers to pick him up. His career since that point has been on an upward swing without let-up, and right now he looks like a solid bet to have a long career in a 3rd line role. Normally I'd chalk this pick up to MacGregor/Brown, but rumour has it he was a Lorne Davis choice.
Mathieu Roy is a scrappy, hard-working defenceman who's been plagued by injuries. In '03 he was a physical force with some offensive ability, and we might see more of the latter if he manages to put an entrie season together without being injured. His career-high for games played in a season as a professional is 51.
2004 - Stephane Goulet, 208th overall
Off the 4 players to play in the NHL (so far), Chris Campoli is the runaway GP leader, though he's had a hard time replicating his success as a rookie.
Lanky winger Stephane Goulet had only 14 points and 14PIM in his draft year (in the Q). By 05-06 he'd topped out at 93 points as a 20-yr old (of which 51 were goals). In 2006-07 the majority of his year was spent in the ECHL, while this season he seemed to graduate to Springfield. Next season will be pivotal as I believe his contract is coming to an end and he needs to show some value in the AHL to saty with the organization. Another pick from Bill Dandy country.
2005 - Matthew Glasser, 220th overall
Among those who have played in the NHL are some gems. Kyle Cumiskey's played 47 games for Colorado, Anton Stralman's played 50 in T.O., and best of all Sergei Kostitsyn put up 27 points in 52 games as a rookie.
Matt Glasser was drafted out of the AJHL as an 18yr old, and is currently playing for the University of Denver. As an NCAA player, he has some time to develop, but with only 8 points in 52 NCAA games, you have to think he isn't in anyone's long-term plans. I'd chalk this pick up to MacGregor/Brown.
2006 - None.
2007 - None.