Yeah that is exactly what I am saying... we have “developed” nothing outside of the 1st round.......... what does one really have to do to develop a first round pick anyways? I mean really... look back at all the players that have come and gone over the last 12 years. It’s pathetic. If Pulj doesn’t make it, it would really suck. I was such a big fan of his but he’s just not getting it... so, what can ya do!
Look at the Islanders though, and players they have drafted from 2008 are STILL there making an impact. Couple that with how many times they have fleeced us, and PC when he was in Boston, in trades thanks to this amazing management. It all started with drafting, and we sucked at it. At least it’s got a bit better lately... it’s something. Our scouts = bad. Howson = bad. KLowe = bad. MacTavish = bad. Red Wine Club = bad. PC = bad. Gretzky’s off the ice = bad. Etc......
Bouchard? We will wait and see... he is a great player for now. I was thrilled when we picked him. We either ruin him somehow though, or we trade him for a washed up, ragged Shea Weber in 5 years knowing this regime. If our farm team “develops” prospects to make this team, where have they been?!? Why are no players making this team from the Condors? Minus Khaira as of late but he’s not even that good. We go out and sign players like Cags, only to “develop” him into Manning. LOL.
When the Oilers draft a player, regardless of draft position, and he turns into an NHL player, then the club would have the right to say they “developed” him. But so far, they really haven’t done that. The ONE exception as of late might be Nurse, he is really coming along. That’s my opinion so it is what it is. Be interesting to compile a list of ALL our failed draft picks the last 12 years, and how many games they suited up for, and what positive impact they had on this team. Would be an amazingly long list, and I’ve typed way more than I wanted to already. What is this? I’M OUT!