Bunz Master

Lowetide
June 18 2011 09:03AM

Stu (Magnificent Bastard) MacGregor may have done it again.

Tyler Bunz has been kicking out the jams for about a year now. The young St. Albert goaler enjoyed an impressive season followed by a strong playoff (sidetracked a little by injury). Bunz' quality season "comes with the experience and the confidence that you get with playing back-to-back 60 game seasons. That’s always going to help me get more comfortable with myself and how I feel in the net" and he looks like a legit prospect.

Bunz is getting noticed on a national level and is attaining goals he's set for himself. In a conversation with Jason Gregor earlier this spring, Bunz discussed his spring playoff experience and his focus this summer:

  • "Obviously the playoffs went pretty well for me. It kind of took a toll there at the beginning of the first round with the concussion, but I came back strong in the second round and in the third round. In the conference final, Kootenay definitely outplayed us, I think, in that series and they kind of took over. Last Tuesday, I took the call from Ron Tugnutt saying that I got invited to the goalie camp in the summer in June,  and then from there it’s kind of whether you show your skills and if they like you, you go to the camp in August. Hopefully I can do that. I got invited last year, but I didn’t make the August camp, so I’m looking to do that this year."

Yesterday, Bunz found out that he'd made the August camp at Rexall. The story is here. Bunz is one of four goalies on the invite list, and a good guess would be that he'll slot in as the backup to Mark Visentin on the initial depth chart.

For the Oilers, the development of Bunz reflects another positive arrow in the procurement and development area. The Oilers drafted two outstanding goalies (Fuhr & Moog) in their first three NHL trips to the draft and then spent several generations wandering in the wilderness. To give you an idea about the enormous number of swings and misses in drafting goalies, here's a list of career regular season GP by goaltenders drafted by Edmonton over the years:

    1. Grant Fuhr 1981 (868gp)
    2. Andy Moog 1980 (713gp)
    3. Jussi Markkanen 2001 (128gp)
    4. Jeff Deslauriers 2002 (58gp)
    5. Devan Dubnyk 2004 (54gp)
    6. Mike Morrison 1998 (29gp)
    7. Darryl Reaugh 1984 (27gp)
    8. Joacquin Gage 1992 (23gp)
    9. Mike Greenlay 1986 (2gp)
    10. Mike Minard 1995 (1gp)
    11. Adam Hauser 1999 (1gp)
    12. Rob Polman-Tuin 1980
    13. Ian Wood 1982
    14. Chris Smith 1982
    15. Dave Roach 1983
    16. Brian Tessier 1985
    17. John Haley 1985
    18. Gavin Armstrong 1987
    19. Tom Cole 1988
    20. Greg Louder 1990
    21. Mike Power 1990
    22. Andrew Verner 1991
    23. Evgeny Belosheiken 1992
    24. Chris Wickenheiser 1994
    25. Jeremy Jablonski 1994
    26. John Hultberg 1996
    27. Patrick Dovigi 1997
    28. Alexander Fomitchev 1997
    29. Kristian Antila 1998
    30. Glenn Fisher 2002
    31. Bjorn Burling 2004
    32. Bryan Pitton 2006
    33. Olivier Roy 2009
    34. Tyler Bunz 2010

About one in three drafted goalies played in one NHL game or more, and of the 34 goaltenders selected by Edmonton there have been three with 100+ games in the NHL. Barry Fraser drafted Fuhr & Moog early and Jussi Markkanen was a draft pick during Kevin Prendergast's first season as scouting director.

Stu MacGregor has drafted two goalies so far and both are on track as prospects. There are miles to go, but Tyler Bunz looks like a (good) keeper.

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Nation Radio hits the airwaves today on Team 1260. Schedules to appear:

  • Mark Lamb, coach and GM of the Swift Current Broncos. We'll discuss the recent SC win for Boston, his NHL and coaching career and get a scouting report on a couple of Broncos who are draft eligible.
  • Scott Reynolds from the Copper and Blue. Scott is an outstanding writer and has been moving forward conversation about advanced stats and the way we see the game for some time. Lately, he's been kicking everyone's ass and we'll talk about some of his recent articles.
  • Matt Bugg from dobber hockey. Matt has an outstanding knowledge of this draft and will be part of Nation Radio's draft coverage next weekend. He'll give us some insight about the top of the draft today.
  • Kent Simpson, commentator on Oil Kings broadcasts. Kent's a keen observer of the game and as a former pro hockey player offers a unique look at the players. We'll talk draft, the SCF's and have a quick talk about the Oil Kings in 11-12.
  • Jason Gregor from Team 1260 and Oilers Nation. We'll talk about the Stanley Cup playoffs, what the Oilers might do at the draft and possible trades.
  • Kirk Luedeke from Bruins Draft Watch. Kirk is an outstanding draft resource and has been speaking to Edmontonians about hockey for years, dating back to John Short's show. We'll talk about the draft and look specifically at some of the possible surprises this year.

Plus we'll read some of your top 10's that have been flooding in for our first Nation Radio contest. You still have time to enter by sending your top 10 prediction for the 2011 draft to nationradio@theteam1260.com and your comments and questions are always welcome.

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#1 They're $hittie
June 18 2011, 09:16AM
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FIST!

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#2 Evgeny
June 18 2011, 09:34AM
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Belosheikin... flashback to the game Halifax vs CB Oilers when he blew out his knee in his 3rd start when someone crashed the crease. He never played another game and ended up taking his own life. I guess you could call it a fatal injury. Very sad and bad memory.

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#4 Archaeologuy
June 18 2011, 10:07AM
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Drafting Goalies is like playing Plinko on the Price is Right. You can try your best, but you have no idea where that thing is gonna land. Whatever else Stu accomplishes, if he proves to consistently draft goalies with a chance, that will be the most impressive.

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#5 dawgtoy
June 18 2011, 10:08AM
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Ty Conklin? 60gp 1 infamous playoff game!

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#6 Evgeny
June 18 2011, 10:09AM
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Lowetide: The Cape Breton Post had a photo of Evgeny with the soviet helmet, red blocker with the hammer and sicle, soviet pads, with the Cape Breton Oilers jersey on. He actually wore this the 3 games. I guess that's something would stick in a hockey fans mind. Wish there was a photo left of those 3 games, none to be found.

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#8 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
June 18 2011, 10:12AM
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How many goalies have come through Edmonton since the likes of Fuhr and Moog. Has to be pretty close to a 1 in 20 drafted ratio that make it. Hopefully we're due for a kid to just step into the lineup and show he belongs here instead of requiring 5-7 yrs of seasoning in the minors. Love to see this kid make Dubnyk expendable in 2012-2013.

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#10 buttermilk buscuits
June 18 2011, 10:17AM
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I predict that Dubnyk and Bunz will both play over 100 NHL games, actually I predict Dubnyk will play well over 500 NHL games, I think he is very Legit.

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#11 Dog Train
June 18 2011, 10:31AM
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As on track as Dubnyk now appears to be, it would really help if either Bunz or Roy could help bolster the organizational depth in goal. It's been a while (obviously after looking at that sickening list) since we have had a standout homegrown goaltender.

Looking forward to another solid show today. A week from now, we'll be through all of the buildup and drama of the first round of the draft. Should be a fun week.

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#12 buttermilk buscuits
June 18 2011, 11:05AM
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What?? The draft already next weekend? Sweet..Many game sevens in the playoffs lead to less waiting impatiently for draft to approach..which has been the favorite day of hockey for me the last six seasons or so..should be great.

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#13 team tambo
June 18 2011, 12:08PM
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glenn fisher, i followed the ajhl a lot that year and he wasnt even the best goalie available from the ajhl. It was almost as if they were hoping for a story to ouccur by picking him.

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#14 team tambo
June 18 2011, 12:25PM
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glenn fisher, i followed the ajhl a lot that year and he wasnt even the best goalie available from the ajhl. It was almost as if they were hoping for a story to ouccur by picking him.

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#15 justDOit
June 18 2011, 12:35PM
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Markkanen played quite well in the 05/06 season, before Rollie was picked up. He was absolutely superior to Conklin, that's for sure.

MacT, despite his great job of coaching in that playoffs, lost the cup by putting Conklin on the bench, instead of the press box.

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#16 Ari Gold
June 18 2011, 12:40PM
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Considering the Oil scouting staff has been obsessed with finding the 'next Wayne Gretzky' in the rough for the past 25 years (Comrie, Bonsigore, ect.), I'm not surprised with who's we've drafted in goal.

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#17 team tambo
June 18 2011, 01:01PM
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glenn fisher, i followed the ajhl a lot that year and he wasnt even the best goalie available from the ajhl. It was almost as if they were hoping for a story to ouccur by picking him.

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#18 NamelessNed
June 18 2011, 03:58PM
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@Ari Gold

just curious....isn't EVERY team looking for the 'next Wayne Gretzky' in the rough?

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#19 Mikeyboy
June 18 2011, 03:58PM
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@Archaeologuy

I completely agree with this. Bunz' ascension in the past year seems to be indicative of this where you have a lower end draft pick that is significantly exceeding expectations.

I don't even know if its worth tasking SMB with focusing on the goalie position. Seems like there is often some diamond in the rough out of the SEL or Europe that's the better bet in the end.

Just my two cents, though.

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#20 mick swagger
June 18 2011, 04:45PM
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what do think of this matt puempel kid lowetide? www.coppernblue.com/2011/6/18/2230504/mock-edmonton-oilers-draft-matt-puempel-19th-overall-in-the-sbn-mock

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#22 mick swagger
June 18 2011, 05:43PM
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@Lowetide

if jamie oleksaik gets snatched up and frank musil,nathan beaulieu,and matt puempel are left who do you take?

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#24 Oilerdiehard
June 18 2011, 08:37PM
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Buns Buns Bunsmaster! It's baked fresh every day!

I assume that is what you were referring to with the title? Remember that jingle? Every time I heard it back in the day it would stick in my head. :)

On a side note I wonder if Freddy Chabot worked much with Bunz and helped him along? Either way good on him for the invite and his season just passed.

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#26 Team Hall
June 18 2011, 11:47PM
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LT, you mentioned on your other sight that Landeskog was the only high-ender with an injury history. However, let it be known that Larsson has already had trouble with a nagging groin injury, and we all know that those don't just go away. They generally continue to nag at a player throughout his career. I'm surprised that no one else has mentioned this as a major concern with drafting this player #1 overall. Please let the Oilers know for me.

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#27 Team Stu
June 18 2011, 11:55PM
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I think old Prendergast may break even on his drafting abilities yet. JDD sure was a decent pick, and Doobie may end up becoming a high end goalie yet. Petry and Peckham may turn into decent defenders, which would leave a fairly decent record for Prender, excusing the Parise fiasco: Hemsky Greene Stoll Petry Peckham Doobie

At least an average drafter.

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#28 oilersplumber
June 19 2011, 08:27PM
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You forgot Mike Zanier

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