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There are dozens of you! Dozens! See where our readers ranked the #Oilers prospects before our rankings come out starting tomorrow with ranks 30 to 25!

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Unsurprisingly, Connor McDavid was the consensus #1 as per you, the fans.
Photo by Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images

Good afternoon!

As promised, we are set to begin our annual Top 25 Under 25 series. Typically, this includes articles that serve as a look at what a player within the Oilers organization has done or might do. Our first article will drop tomorrow afternoon around this time, taking a brief look at the narrow misses — the players we ranked 30 to 26 — before jumping off with the Top 25 Under 25 proper next week.

New for this year, we decided (at the last minute, no less) to include a Fan Vote portion. Dozens (DOZENS!) of our readers took the time to log into a desktop (our third-party survey host was very mobile-hostile) and to rank players they both have and have not heard of from 1-40. A genuine thanks to those of you who did.

And now:

T25 U25 Fan Vote Results

Player Rank Avg. Rank Highest Lowest Variance
Player Rank Avg. Rank Highest Lowest Variance
CONNOR MCDAVID 1 1 1 1 0
LEON DRAISAITL 2 2.088235294 2 5 3
DARNELL NURSE 3 3.588235294 3 7 4
EVAN BOUCHARD 4 4.588235294 3 10 7
TYLER BENSON 5 6.852941176 3 16 13
CALEB JONES 6 8.205882353 3 22 19
KAILER YAMAMOTO 7 10.05882353 5 21 16
PHILIP BROBERG 8 10.11764706 5 32 27
JESSE PULJUJARVI 9 11 4 40 36
DMITRI SAMORUKOV 10 11.5 5 22 17
JUJHAR KHAIRA 11 12.20588235 4 24 20
COOPER MARODY 12 11.91176471 4 23 19
ETHAN BEAR 13 13.58823529 7 22 15
RYAN MCLEOD 14 13.29411765 8 24 16
WILLIAM LAGESSON 15 14.58823529 8 22 14
RAPHAEL LAVOIE 16 15.08823529 9 25 16
STUART SKINNER 17 18.94117647 9 39 30
KIRILL MAKSIMOV 18 19.29411765 10 35 25
OLIVIER RODRIGUE 19 20.02941176 13 31 18
COLBY CAVE 20 21.55882353 8 39 31
OSTAP SAFIN 21 22.79411765 4 39 35
ILYA KONOVALOV 22 23 7 39 32
DYLAN WELLS 23 23.64705882 15 38 23
LOGAN DAY 24 25.61764706 8 37 29
PHILIP KEMP 25 25.55882353 12 40 28
CAMERON HEBIG 26 26.64705882 16 40 24
FILIP BERGLUND 27 26.70588235 18 36 18
MATEJ BLUMEL 28 28.58823529 2 40 38
TOMAS MAZURA 29 29.94117647 3 40 37
PATRIK SIIKANEN 30 30.88235294 4 39 35
MIKE KESSELRING 31 30.35294118 10 40 30
VINCENT DESHARNAIS 32 30.82352941 17 39 22
RYAN MANTHA 33 32 16 40 24
HAYDEN HAWKEY 34 32.35294118 18 40 22
AAPELI RASANEN 35 32.35294118 20 40 20
SKYLER BRIND'AMOUR 36 32.70588235 9 40 31
MAXIM DENEZHKIN 37 32.88235294 26 40 14
MATTHEW CAIRNS 38 33.82352941 3 40 37
NOLAN VESEY 39 33.97058824 22 40 18
JOEY DUDEK 40 35.85294118 27 40 13
T25 U25 Fan Vote Results

Pretty cool.

A Few Thoughts

It’s no surprise that Connor McDavid, the NHL Network’s top-ranked C and two-time Ted Lindsay award winner was the consensus number one among you readers. I say consensus, though I did bin one set of submissions that slotted the captain in at 30th. I refuse to include such obnoxiousness. And, as you’ll note with some of the other rankings I didn’t bin, my threshold for obnoxiousness is otherwise quite high.

Leon Draisaitl following suit with all but one voter ranking him the second-best ‘Under 25’ in the organization makes a lot of sense too. Curiously, in that one submission he was placed directly behind Matej Blumel and Tomas Mazura, really narrowing down — in my mind, at least — who might possibly do such a thing. We like who we like, I suppose.

The first interesting tidbit for me was how many different players received third-place votes. Including Mazura (though I’m not sure I should), all of Darnell Nurse, Tyler Benson, Evan Bouchard, and Caleb Jones received at least one top-three vote. And I’d love for whoever put Matthew Cairns at 3 to give a little insight as to why in the comments, if they feel so inclined. “I stopped caring after Draisaitl” is a totally valid answer here, by the way.

A few surprising names received top-five votes as well. Patrick Siikanen, Cooper Marody, Jujhar Khaira, Jesse Puljujarvi, Philip Broberg, Dimitri Samorukov, and Kailer Yamamoto all garnered at least one top-five vote.

On the flip side, only three players — McDavid, Draisaitl, and Nurse — failed to receive any votes outside of the top 10. Given their statuses in the NHL, this makes sense.

Four goaltenders cracked the fans’ Top 25. I find this kind of interesting as, organizationally, the last Oilers-drafted goalie to play any amount of time for them was Tyler Bunz, and that amount of time was one period in which he allowed three goals on 10 shots.

In Conclusion

Remember, this is all in good fun, and to be taken with a grain of salt. It’s hard to know how many people took this seriously after even ranking their top ten players, but it’s still fun to take a peek at. Maybe it will generate some discussion. Lord knows, August needs something to keep us awake.

We will revisit this list at the conclusion of our series to see how it stacks up against the staff’s version. Thanks again to everyone who participated!