2018 Edmonton Oilers prospects:
It’s that time of year again, folks. We begin our eighth annual Cult of Hockey Edmonton Oilers prospects series a month earlier than we did one summer ago, as there were none of those pesky playoff games to divert our attention this spring.
As was the case last summer, in 2018 we have identified 38 players on the Oilers’ extended roster who meet our single criterion — eligibility for the Calder Trophy. In one sense not much has changed, as not a single player who was on our list last summer has played his way off of it by officially burning through his rookie status. (Only Pontus Aberg was an official NHL rookie last season, and he’d already surpassed the GP threshold well before the Oilers acquired him at the trade deadline.) That said, a number of players have left the organization, to be replaced by a like number of newcomers, be they draft picks like Evan Bouchard, free agent signings like Cameron Hebig, or trade acquisitions like Cooper Marody.
One thing that has changed in 2018 is we have upgraded our rankings system by adding a couple of knowledgeable prospectophiles to our homegrown trio of David Staples, Kurt Leavins, and myself. This year we welcome the input of Matt Mosewich of EDM Prospect Watch Twitter account and Sean of The Oil Knight blog who have graciously agreed to round out our team of voters.
We will count down the top 25 prospects in due course, but we open the series in our usual fashion with a trio of posts providing briefer updates on what we’ll refer to as “depth prospects”. Today, the wingers:
#28 Patrick Russell, age 25, 6’1, 205 lbs, 2016 UFA signing.
For the second straight year, Russell played all 68 games for Bakersfield Condors, …read more
Source:: Edmonton Journal