MOROZ MIRAGE?

Lowetide
March 21 2013 07:41AM

At last summer's draft, the Edmonton Oilers made a somewhat controversial selection early in round 2. Mitchell Moroz--20 fighting majors, excellent size, speed and enough toughness to give smaller, less skilled linemates room to create. Moroz' scouting report was manna from heaven for the Edmonton Oilers, and they jumped at the opportunity to select him. A year later, was it a good move?  

This season, the Oil Kings (to my eye) did not employ Moroz on a skill line; in fact, for much of the season he was part of a designated "shutdown line" with Travis Ewanyk and Klarc Wilson. That line was a big part of an early season turnaround and Bruce McCurdy from Cult Of Hockey gave a great description of the line:

  • McCurdy:The Oil Kings have two full-fledged scoring lines, so the Moroz-Ewanyk-Wilson trio is cast in the traditional third line role. They do get bonus time on the second powerplay due to the unconventional make-up of the five-forward first unit. While advanced stats like ZoneStart and QualComp (or TOI for that matter) are unavailable at this level, by eye they have been getting the same sort of assignments that you might expect to see a Smyth-Horcoff-Jones line get at the NHL level. The type of minutes that since-graduated Oil Kings like Rhett Rachinski and Jordan Peddle covered off in last year’s playoff run.

I think that was the story of Moroz this season. Despite post-draft discussions about his playing on a skill line in 13-14, the Oil Kings coaching staff saw him as a checking option with enforcer ability.

If the Oil King coaching staff, under the watchful eyes of the Oiler organization, see Moroz in a checking/enforcer role, who are we to argue?

COKE MACHINES

The Oilers management has been telling for us years--and were probably telling the scouting department--there was an organizational need for a big, tough enforcer type who might be skilled enough to jump up into a top 6F role. Somewhere between Lucic and Glencross, there must be someone who can fill the void.

The search goes back to the turn of the century. In the early 2000's, the Edmonton Oilers spent at least one pick per season on a big forward. These men routinely belonged in the 4th or 5th round but the Oildrop plucked them 50 slots earlier in order to make certain they’d be Oilers. Size mattered.

From 2000 through 2004, the Oilers spent at least one valued pick per draft on a player with size and some questionable offense:

  • 2000-#35-C Brad Winchester, 6’5, 210.
  • 2001-#52-C Eddie Caron, 6’2, 230.
  • 2002-#79-LW Brock Radunske, 6’4, 199.
  • 2003-#51-RW Colin McDonald, 6’2, 190.
  • 2003-#68-LW JF Jacques, 6’3.5, 217.
  • 2003-#94-RW Zach Stortini, 6’4, 225.
  • 2004-#57-C Geoff Paukovich, 6’4, 207.

When the lockout ended, rule changes suggested that skill would be more important and the Oilers drafted smaller forwards (Cogliano, Gagner, etc) but the 2012 draft saw Edmonton shoot the moon again in an effort to find the modern Mike Bloom.

THE TOP 2012'S

Tom Wilson was the highest ranked enforcer type in the 2012 draft, and he was the first to come off the books. Here's the Bob McKenziepre-ranking, with the actual selection listed second:

  • #18 Tom Wilson (went #16 to Washington)
  • #36 Henrik Samuelsson (went #27 to Phoenix)
  • #52 Lukas Sutter (went #39 to Winnipeg)
  • #56 Mitchell Moroz (went #32 to Edmonton)

Since the draft, Wilson and Samuelsson have improved greatly, Sutter has taken a step backward and Moroz has improved slightly season over season:

  • Wilson 1.208ppg this season, .551ppg a year ago (+ .657ppg)
  • Samuelsson 1.16ppg this season, .821ppg a year ago (+ .339ppg)
  • Moroz .493ppg this season, .379ppg a year ago (+ .114ppg)
  • Sutter .333ppg this season, .843 a year ago (- .509ppg)

Based on this season's totals, it would seem the Oilers made the right choice by taking Moroz over Sutter. He certainly had the better season. Samuelsson is emerging as an outstanding young prospect, and Wilson had a strong season, too.

WHY SHOULD WE CARE IF MOROZ DEVELOPS?

The Oilers spent a lot of picks on this player type a decade ago, and the quicker the club fills this "need" the better, as there are other organizational areas of need (goaltending, center) that have to be addressed.

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

My guess is that the Oilers fell short of getting the skill enforcer they were looking for, but that Mitchell Moroz may have a solid future as an Ethan Moreau-type: 15 goals and solid checking with the ability to imtimidate and drop the gloves.

A very useful player if he makes it. The Oilers avoided Lukas Sutter and appear to have a legit prospect in Moroz. He'll do much of his work outside the scoring lines should he make the NHL.

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#1 The Beaker
March 21 2013, 07:48AM
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I was hoping beyond hope they would have been able to get Henrik.... they needed to trade up, something, to get him. Dont know if there was a deal to be made to get that extra fist round pick, I guess well never know.

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#2 RyanCoke
March 21 2013, 08:07AM
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Retarded pick, I can only hope he turns into a useful nhler. I think the odds are against that though.

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#3 The Oilers Shot Clock
March 21 2013, 08:15AM
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A more eager version of Eager perhaps. Didnt like the pick then, still dont like it now. I really wanted them to make a deal to grab Samuelsson at the draft but i think we all did.

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#4 Shane
March 21 2013, 08:27AM
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@The Oilers Shot Clock

Yes, I think we all did....

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#5 JB
March 21 2013, 09:10AM
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At the risk of being a pessimist, I bet Moroz doesn't have an NHL career.

They should have drafted Brandon Saad in the 2nd round back in 2011 but took Musil instead because they were filling an organizational need. Why they continue to draft for need vs. best player available I will never understand.

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#6 Rod from Viking
March 21 2013, 09:20AM
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I talked to Rich Sutter, Lukas's dad at a Pirates game while at the draft after the first two rounds, he told me the Oilers had said that if Moroz was gone they were going to take Lukas.Being from Viking I had always hoped a Sutter would play for the Oilers, I guess there are a couple more that could be NHL's someday, for now just Duane the scout.

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#7 Shredder
March 21 2013, 09:35AM
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With Gagner, Nuge, Hall, Eberle, Yakupov, and Paajarvi, I'd suggest our top 6 will be solid for years to come (I'll suggest 5-10 years). So I don't blame them for drafting guys who will need to fill into spots they need down the road (ie: bottom six). A guy who can shut other players down is incredibly valuable, and if he provides that grit and the potential to jump into the top 6 in the event of injuries, even better. I, for one, am a big Moroz fan, but I hope his development is a little faster than our more recent 2nd round picks.

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#8 Raine
March 21 2013, 09:39AM
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The Oilers were so focused on drafting for size that they were complete blind to any of the better options that were available. Moroz was a terrible choice. He's a player who was on an above average team that helped heighten his box scores; even then he didn't stand out.

Oilers late round drafting has been a sore spot, they need to look outside the west.

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#9 Citizen David
March 21 2013, 09:42AM
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If Moroz had been a 3rd or 4th round pick I would have liked it. I don't think there is any chance he is a top six NHLer but he could become a useful bottom six guy. Unfortunately people might always hate on him for being a second round pick like they hate on Horcoff for being paid 5 million a season. For a junior player he's effective at his role. His line plays fairly good defense, and often spends their shifts cycling in the offensive zone. Every once in a while Moroz flashes some skill and roofs the puck. He also plays with the physicality and nastiness that none of the guys on that list did (Winchester, Jacques, etc). Next season he'll probably play in the top six on a weaker Oil Kings team. May have a shot at the world juniors too. I've come around to like the guy. Cheering all the way for him.

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#10 Raine
March 21 2013, 09:48AM
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Mike Winther was available and expressed his desire to be an Oiler. The Oilers told him if they could get another 2nd round pick they'd take him, didn't happen. Instead Dallas traded Mike Rebiero to get the pick that drafted Winther.

The Oilers missed out on a Todd Marchant type player who has more of a gritty edge to his game. Exactly what the Oilers have lacked since trading Marchant.

Anyone watching the Rebels/Raiders playoffs this weekend keep an eye on Winther. Will stand out in important games.

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#11 Reg Dunlop
March 21 2013, 09:51AM
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I have total confidence in young Mitch. Barring injury and non-hockey related setbacks, he is better than a 50-50 bet to maybe someday develop into a solid AHL depth player. Wonderful pick from an incompetant scouting system/management gruppo.

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#12 Will
March 21 2013, 10:06AM
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So he improved offensively, playing on a shutdown line? So does that mean he's stacking up against the tough competition? Is he succeeding in his shutdown role? If so I that sounds like fantastic news. Having a guy that has been effective at shutting down tough competition while still being able to improve his offence, likely while playing on a defence first type of line sounds like a solid developing prospect.

I know the adage is that you can always teach defence. But any prospect that is defensively aware out of the gate will have a much easier transition into the NHL.

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#13 Oilfred
March 21 2013, 10:16AM
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This would seem to make sense. They want Ewanyk and Moroz to be bottom 6 NHLers. Why have him develop as a scorer then switch in the AHL to a checker.

They are attempting to identify early players that are well suited to that roll draft them and then mold development tailored to the specific player.

Here's hoping it turns out.

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#14 Rick
March 21 2013, 10:29AM
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I'm not sure why you would suggest the Oilers fell short in getting their skilled enforcer? It could be that they got exactly what they thought they were getting and Moroz's more defined 3rd line role with the Oil Kings may be further indication of that.

It is tough to imagine anyone looking at the Moroz selection and seriously believing that this was a top 6 hail mary, nevermind seasoned hockey minds like Stu.

However, it is easier to see that this team is in equal dire need for some multi-tool bottom sixers as well and Moroz could possibly fit in there. A tough, hard skating third liner that can intimidate, on a team with a complete void in toughness, can be just as useful as a top 6er that can intimidate.

I think you nailed the Moreau reference - albeit with less offence - and this team could desparately use a pre-captain Ethan Moreau right now.

I think the way Moroz was handeled - Ewanyk as well - is an indicator of just how involved the Oilers are in using the Oil Kings as a development tool.

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#15 etownman
March 21 2013, 10:44AM
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I'm very happy they took Moroz & I think he'll be a very useful Oiler down the road! Enough skill & aggressiveness to warrant the 2nd round pick! Henrik will be an aggressivesive player but no scrapper, it's in his genes! Comments on here suggesting a trade up should have been a fore gone conclusion! Just who would the Oilers trade to move up that anybody would want?

Moroz is no coke machine either, get a grip!

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#16 Quicksilver ballet
March 21 2013, 10:44AM
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Where would our Oilers be if it weren't for having these first overall selections.

Still looks to be all gong show after that first selection every year. MacGregor appears to be no better than Pendergast.

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#17 Halfwise
March 21 2013, 10:50AM
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When the Oilers picked Yak everyone could see the offensive-zone upside. Watching him in the other two zones, it's clear he wasn't asked to learn much about where to go and what to do in the rest of the rink when the other team has the puck.

So with the next pick the Oilers went for someone with some size and belligerence and enough hand-eye coordination to put up some points. Good debate at the time about the fans' reaction if Zharkov and Moroz had been chosen in the opposite order. Bottom line, today the Oilers spent two picks and have the rights to both prospects.

With Moroz now in the system, on a team that the Oilers have direct influence over, coach has decided to assign him a season's worth of training in actual hockey skills that will keep him employed at the NHL level if he does them right. (Paging Mr. Eager, Mr. Hordichuk, Mr. Brown, Mr. Petrell and Mr. Jones, a cheaper replacement for at least one of you is developing in the system).

A person could look at this as evidence that Moroz was drafted way too soon and leave it at that, or could look at it as evidence that there is a plan involving selection and development before ELCs and NHL contracts apply. Assumptions matter.

Who knows what would have transpired if Zharkov had been picked in place of Moroz? Would the Oil Kings be using Moroz the same way this year if his rights belonged to, say, New Jersey?

I don't think this issue is black and white at all.

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#18 Romulus' Apotheosis
March 21 2013, 11:01AM
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"The Oilers spent a lot of picks on this player type a decade ago, and the quicker the club fills this "need" the better, as there are other organizational areas of need (goaltending, center) that have to be addressed."

As long as the "good ole boys saw him good" is the baseline for jr and pro scouting this will never end. In fact, if the team is ever successful and land a Lucic or a Benn that will simply validate their stupid logic. Expect more stupidity.

"15 goals and solid checking with the ability to imtimidate and drop the gloves."

I would think if they can ever get 15 goals out of him in the nhl over a 3 season span they'd be laughing. No way he score more than 8 a year barring some freakish turnaround in his development.

Moroz and that hopeless list of coke machines above ought to put the lie to the people clamoring for more size, grit, etc.

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#19 Smokey
March 21 2013, 11:06AM
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I always look at early second rounders as first rounders who fell through the cracks. Moroz was never a late first rounder in anyones eyes, the Oilers chose to draft by need not best player available. There no right or wrong. Frankly I'd always go with BPA in the first two rounds, and I think if he becomes a useful 3rd or 4th liner then we should eat crow. Hard to project how it will turn out or if the Oil made a mistake. At least he was in the best WHL organization for development and I hope this has positive arrows for his development.

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#20 The Soup Fascist
March 21 2013, 11:20AM
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Raine wrote:

The Oilers were so focused on drafting for size that they were complete blind to any of the better options that were available. Moroz was a terrible choice. He's a player who was on an above average team that helped heighten his box scores; even then he didn't stand out.

Oilers late round drafting has been a sore spot, they need to look outside the west.

Not that Moroz is a surefire NHLer - jury is still out - but I would contend that his numbers were hurt, not helped, by being on a 3rd line of a very good team. Laxdal plays the crap out of his top 2 lines - especially in offensive zone starts. I would suggest Moroz's numbers would be better as a 1st line player in say .... Moose Jaw, than a 3rd liner in Edmonton.

At the end of the day, big numbers do not typically get generated unless you get a fair bit of PP and top six opportunities. If he has less than 50 points next year in a starring role on this team then we have issues.

As a 19 year old in the top 6 next year, I would expect 65 or more points, even though the team will likely be weaker. The kid has scored some pretty nice goals. I would say skill has always been there ... opportunity has not. Sammuelsson is certainly a tier above in terms of talent, and would have been a very good pick, but too early to write off Moroz IMO. He may not end up being Milan Lucic but he is definitely NOT Cameron Abney either.

I am thinking a Ryane Clowe type is not out of the question based on skillset, size and numbers. Having said that these are kids so who the hell knows??

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#21 northof51
March 21 2013, 11:32AM
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Raise the draft age by a year and you would see a lot of scouting staffs get better over night! Drafting 18 year olds is a real crap-shoot.

PS - I bet scouts and management just laugh at all the "told ya so" comments about this player and that player.

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#22 Jasmine
March 21 2013, 12:11PM
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In typical Oilers fashion, the Oilers once again get criticized for who they draft.

- Oilers got criticized for drafting Hall. Fans wanted Seiguin as he was a centre. - Oilers criticized for drafting RNH. Fans wanted Landeskog of Larsson. They said RNH was too small - Some fans criticized the Oilers for drafting Yakupov. They wanted Ryan Murray as he was Canadian. -They got criticized for the Brown trade.

No matter what the Oilers do, some fans will find something to criticize the team for. It's the Oilers fans way.

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#23 Virtual_Xi
March 21 2013, 01:12PM
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@The Beaker

Absolutely bang-on. Theres no way that phoenix would part with the #27 for #31 plus something? Mr. Dithers comes through again for us. The Oilers were high on Samuelsson, kid is unreal. Moroz was a backup plan that was a miserable selection. When Henrik Samuelsson makes it to the 'chel and crushes an oiler and gets suspended, I will shed a single tear, and not for our guy...

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#24 Citizen David
March 21 2013, 01:31PM
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It's not fair to critisize a management group for not moving up in a draft. That's what the draft is. You wait your turn and select whom you think is best of the players still availiable. I could give a list of ten players every draft who I would like the oilers to trade up and get. Every team will have that. But unless you are willing to pay a steep price for a potential player you wait your turn.

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#25 non descript
March 21 2013, 01:37PM
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i'm not so sure they picked the right guys, but other than the first overalls, and eberle, the oiles drafting has been atrocious.

if they were so bent on finding a similar styled player to lucic why did they not take kassian when he was available to them in the 09 draft?

they came way up the board to take a player whose junior numbers are substantially inferior to jf jaques. can we really expect any offense out of a guy who is under half a ppg?

dont really see this guy having any impact on the oilers other than a wasted high second round pick. third one in a row.

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#26 Copperblueandwhite
March 21 2013, 02:08PM
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They'll have to give Mitch a look see but he has little chance of playing in the NHL....Zharkov, Khaira and Brandon Davidson were better picks than Mitch.

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#27 Reg Dunlop
March 21 2013, 02:14PM
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It is a good thing that perceived 'bang for your buck' doesn't apply to evaluation of oiler pro and amature scouts. If it did, and if Katz paid ANY attention to the oilers whatsoever, they would all be replaced. What a senseless waste of salary, paying clowns to agonize over who to select 1st overall, and then they just follow Bob Mckenzie's list. Then, giddy like school girls, they piss away the remaining value picks(Plante, Moroz). And any pro scout recommending Khabbi, or predicting success for a big defender who skates like an ankler(Teubert)... it just seems like it is possible that management is trying to fail to spite Northlands.

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#28 Virtual_Xi
March 21 2013, 02:21PM
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Sure that's great, there's always wonderful picks to be had, just look to 2003, that still stings. However, When the Oilers are picking #1, there needs to be far more time and effort devoted to the rest of the draft. ESPECIALLY When you're picking #31. That's basically two 1st rounders. and no way was Moroz a late 1st rounder. Any moron could have told you to take yakupov over murray and to be honest I wouldn't be disappointed with either landeskog or seguin, both have been fantastic so far.

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#29 Curcro
March 21 2013, 03:47PM
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I took a look at the Oilers draft record in the past 15 years, here: http://www.coppernblue.com/2013/3/21/4130774/whats-wrong-with-the-oilers-amateur-scouting-analysis

The Oilers under Prendergast had middling draft results.

What they will be under MacGregor, is almost certain to be better due to the young guns themselves. Even if you take out the 3-1st Overall picks. By the logic I have employed the Oilers are in the top 5 in the Western Conference for drafting.

We can criticize the Oilers drafting, but the last Flame 2nd Round pick to play more than 1 game in the NHL was Kurtis Foster in 2000. Or the Coyotes whose best pick ever is Keith Yandle, and Ben Eager is in their top 5 best forward picks. There is allot worse going around.

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#30 Citizen David
March 21 2013, 04:45PM
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These are the picks I see as definate positives for the scouting staff:

#22 Jordan Eberle #163 Teemu Hartikaizen #10 Magnus Paajarvi #1 Taylor Hall #1Ryan Nugent-Hopkins #1 Nail Yakupov

The picks that I believe will be positives

#40 Anton Lander #46 Martin Marincin #19 Oscar Klefbom #31 David Musil #92 Dillon Simpson #114 Tobias Rieder #122 Martin Gernat

Other picks that I don't hold against them and that could be positives

#133 Philippe Cornet #101 Toni Rajala #133 Olivier Roy #162 Brandon Davidson #181 Kristians Pelss

All of last years draft outside of Yakupov is much too early to make a call on. As are almost all these picks. Players generally deserve till they are 25 to right them off so we shall see...

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#31 DSF
March 21 2013, 04:52PM
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Curcro wrote:

I took a look at the Oilers draft record in the past 15 years, here: http://www.coppernblue.com/2013/3/21/4130774/whats-wrong-with-the-oilers-amateur-scouting-analysis

The Oilers under Prendergast had middling draft results.

What they will be under MacGregor, is almost certain to be better due to the young guns themselves. Even if you take out the 3-1st Overall picks. By the logic I have employed the Oilers are in the top 5 in the Western Conference for drafting.

We can criticize the Oilers drafting, but the last Flame 2nd Round pick to play more than 1 game in the NHL was Kurtis Foster in 2000. Or the Coyotes whose best pick ever is Keith Yandle, and Ben Eager is in their top 5 best forward picks. There is allot worse going around.

Are you nuts?

Phoenix draft choices:

Ekman-Larsson - 160GP

Boedker - 238GP

Turris - 216GP

Mueller - 284 GP

Hanzal - 373 GP

Yandle - 395GP

Wheeler - 354GP

Porter 176GP

Still too early to tell on their later draft choices but they've had exceptional drafting.

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#32 Time Travelling Sean
March 21 2013, 05:26PM
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How many players play for them? And OEL, Wheeler, Turris, and Mueller were all top 5 picks. Wasn't Boedker 8th overall aswell?

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#33 Curcro
March 21 2013, 05:47PM
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@DSF

Statistically speaking, that is not that impressive. On 92 Players drafted from 1997-2007 - to have 11 players with more than 160 games (2 full seasons in the NHL.) They average 53 Games per draft pick made and .31 PPG of draft picks that actually play, which is the worst in the Western conference. Then from 2007-2012 they have had 2 players with more than 160 games.

So while there are some good players, every team drafts some good players, the end result is that they have the worst drafting in the Western Conference by some distance.

Put in another way in the last 15 years, draft picks from San Jose played more than DOUBLE the number of games that Phoenix draft picks have played in the NHL. That is huge.

In addition, Colorado, LA & Chicago were also more than DOUBLE - so we are not talking about just one team with amazing draft success, or even one player that is affecting the results.

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#34 DigDeepNBleedBlue
March 21 2013, 06:47PM
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Don't bet against Moroz, peeps. He's brings a lot to the table. He may accomplish more than what people have pegged him to.

I'd even bet he ends up being on the 2nd unit PP as a net front presence in the future.

As you can tell I like him and will cheer for him to succeed. What I think he needs to do is not get confused as to his role. Play big, strong, bullish hockey.

Genghis Khan type mentality, yo. You either surrender or he's gonna burn the whole freakin' city to the ground.

Give 'em hell in the Playoffs, Moroz!

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#35 Bucknuck
March 21 2013, 07:20PM
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Moroz was not going to be available in later rounds, and the Oil liked him so they took him when they did. So what. He has about a 20% chance of making the roster, just like any other second round pick, and if he does everyone can quit b!tching about how the oil don't have enough size.

Gagner gets a point every game and everyone still wants to trade him, if I were the Oilers I wouldn't draft anyone under two hundred pounds ever again since the fanbase are such a bunch of dorks about it.

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#36 HaHa
March 21 2013, 07:23PM
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Pretty easy when you have the #1 pick.

Face it Oilers have drafted poorly compared to other teams.

If Moroz does not work out today lets wait 10 more years to make an evaluation .

Poor upper management.

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#37 Bucknuck
March 21 2013, 07:45PM
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HaHa wrote:

Pretty easy when you have the #1 pick.

Face it Oilers have drafted poorly compared to other teams.

If Moroz does not work out today lets wait 10 more years to make an evaluation .

Poor upper management.

What are you talking about?

Pajaarvi, Eberle, Hartikainen and Petry were not number one picks, and all look like good NHL players. That's just in the dark years since the cup run.

Who know's if Musil, Davidson, Klefbom, Pitlick, Klefbom, and Moroz will be NHLer's or not, but even if all of them stink, this scouting department has done pretty well with the picks that weren't #1's.

Check your facts.

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#38 Bruce
March 21 2013, 08:01PM
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@Jasmine

Bingo! I'm sick and tired of most of your sick and tired. Nothing happens overnight people....big breath in, big breath out. Now carry on with your lives

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#39 Dog Train
March 21 2013, 10:20PM
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I wasn't a fan of the pick then and I am not a fan of the pick today. Pick 32 is essentially another 1st round pick and to me should still be treated with a best player available mentality. I have less of a problem taking flyers on guys like Khaira and Zharkov with the later picks. Those guys might not have the floor that Moroz has but I do believe that they offer a better ceiling. I hope Moroz pans out but I don't see him offering anything that can't be found in free agency.

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#40 dougtheslug
March 21 2013, 10:32PM
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Curcro wrote:

Statistically speaking, that is not that impressive. On 92 Players drafted from 1997-2007 - to have 11 players with more than 160 games (2 full seasons in the NHL.) They average 53 Games per draft pick made and .31 PPG of draft picks that actually play, which is the worst in the Western conference. Then from 2007-2012 they have had 2 players with more than 160 games.

So while there are some good players, every team drafts some good players, the end result is that they have the worst drafting in the Western Conference by some distance.

Put in another way in the last 15 years, draft picks from San Jose played more than DOUBLE the number of games that Phoenix draft picks have played in the NHL. That is huge.

In addition, Colorado, LA & Chicago were also more than DOUBLE - so we are not talking about just one team with amazing draft success, or even one player that is affecting the results.

BAM! Rarely has DSF been so comprehensively bodyslammed. Touche, my friend.

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#41 HardBoiledOil
March 22 2013, 09:32AM
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not a big Moroz fan, but i keep hoping he might turn out to be something for us in the future and not another Cam Abney.

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#42 David Staples
March 22 2013, 10:53AM
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Of course, Ethan Moreau had a much different junior career than Moroz.

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#43 @Oilanderp
March 22 2013, 05:21PM
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Obviously the Oil liked what they saw in Moroz so much that they were unwilling to risk him not being there next round.

Hank Aaron had almost twice as many strikeouts as he had home runs.

It is what it is. They saw something they liked and went for it. I can never fault anyone for doing that.

We wait.

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