As of today, I will be jointly posting at Oilers Nation and here at the Copper & Blue. This is my first try, so please feel free to comment on the procedure below. The main article will be at Oilers Nation, while I will be putting up a "teaser" article on my site. So, without further ado:
The players selected by the Oilers in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft can basically be broken into two groups: the first rounders (Gagner, Plante and Nash) and the long-shots (Linus Omark, Milan Kytnar, and William Quist). With late-round draft picks, it’s very difficult to get any kind of read on them when they’re drafted; generally there are either big holes in their games or they’ve had such limited exposure that very few people outside of the professional scouts have an accurate read on them, a problem exacerbated when they’re in European leagues. A year out, however, fans can begin to make some general assumptions, so let’s take a look at what these three late-round Europeans did.