In the last three seasons, the Edmonton Oil Kings have 50 wins each year. Incredible. That kind of domination—in any league—is outstanding. In a junior league, when turnover year over year is massive—it is worthy of special attention. The Edmonton Oil Kings are a quality junior organization, and a major producer of pro talent.
The Edmonton Oil Kings didn’t take long to establish themselves as one of the class organizations in Canadian junior hockey.
The three 50-win seasons in a row is a rarity, we’re talking so uncommon not even the current Portland Winterhawks have managed the feat. The Kamloops Blazers of the late 1980’s (Hitchcock/Renney) are the only current franchise to manage the feat.
Even more than the wins (and the WHL championship so early in franchise history) are the top quality prospects being produced by the organization.
High draft picks like Griffin Reinhart, Curtis Lazar, Henrik Samuelsson and Mark Pysyk; overachievers like Tomas Vincour, the Oil Kings have been an absolute pleasure to watch. The club has produced:
- two NHL players (Vincouer and Pysyk)
- 25 players who made it to minor pro
- many top-flight prospects (Reinhart, Lazar, Samuelsson, Pysyk, Moroz, Laurent Brossoit,Tristan Jarry, Keegan Lowe, Martin Gernat, David Musil, Dyson Mayo and Aaron Irving).
I grew up in a part of the country that counted junior hockey as the best available. Edmonton is fortunate to enjoy junior and NHL hockey. I’m thrilled for the Oil Kings, and am absolutely impressed by their exceptional three year run.
No matter what happens in the postseason, this version of the Oil Kings has delivered beyond anyone’s expectations.
A rare item. Well done.
The Oil Kings wrap up their schedule today at Rexall, if you want to see them in their final regular season game this season. The club will look much different next year, it’s a chance to view this group for the final time. Playoffs coming up!