Sixth round picks are supposed to be longshots, as current group of Edmonton Oilers centre prospects can attest


2018 Edmonton Oilers prospects:
Depth centres

Depth picks produce depth prospects. It’s not invariably so but much more often that not. Such is the case with the four centres on the Edmonton Oilers’ extended roster who landed outside the top 25 on our eighth annual Cult of Hockey prospects series. Three of them were picked in the sixth round of their respective NHL Drafts, while the fourth wasn’t picked at all.

This year’s rankings were obtained by the average of five raters: our homegrown trio of David Staples, Kurt Leavins, and myself along with Matt Mosewich of EDM Prospect Watch Twitter account and Sean Patrick Ryan of The Oil Knight blog.

A couple of the guys featured below can play wing as well as centre, but for ease of presentation we lump them all under the more difficult pivot spot. Today’s quartet:

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#27 Tyler Vesel, age 24, 5’11, 183 lbs., 153rd overall pick in 2014 NHL Draft

The right-shot centre played out his senior year at University of Nebraska-Omaha with a taste of Edmonton, as former NAIT Ooks coach and Clare Drake’s son-in-law Mike Gabinet took the reins behind the Mavericks’ bench. Vesel posted decent boxcars of 36 GP, 11-21-32, just off his career-best totals of 14 goals and 35 points in his junior campaign. The Oilers signed him to an amateur tryout last spring, allowing Vesel to play 11 games for Bakersfield and produce decent results of 3-3-6. Already 20 when drafted, he’s now 24 and was eligible for a just one-year Entry Level Contract, a low-risk bet for the Oilers to give him a longer look in the pro ranks.

Considered a two-way player, Vesel is an experienced penalty-killer with a rep as a “shot-blocking machine”. Colleague David Staples watched him play a few games down the stretch in Bakersfield and …read more

Source:: Edmonton Journal

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