The Oilers have learned hard lessons at the NHL draft tables over the years. They have been caught looking at total points and not where they came from. A player should always been judged on his even strength scoring. Power Plays fluctuate depending on the unit, the usage of the players, and the team. The Oilers have been caught twice with just those kinds of players, power play specialists.
The 2007 NHL Entry Draft saw the Oilers select C Sam Gagner with the 6th pick overall. In the 2006/07 season Sam Gagner scored 35 ginos and 85 apples, good for 118 points. His teammate Patrick Kane, the 1st overall pick, the same season scored 62 ginos and 83 apples, good for 145 points. They did light it up on the power play in London. Sam Gagner recorded 20 PPG's and Kane had 22 PPG's. Sam Gagner recorded 50 PPA's and Kane had 53 PPA's. In short Gagner had scored 59.3% of his points on the power play; Patrick Kane scored 51.7% of his points on the power play.
The 2004 draft saw the Oilers select C Rob Schremp from the same London Knights. In his draft year he scored 28 ginos and 41 apples, good for 69 points. Rob had 16 PPG's and 31 PPA's. In short Schremp scored 68.1% of his points on the power play.
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In 2010 the Oilers drafted LW Taylor Hall who scored 40 ginos and 66 apples, good for 106 points. Taylor scored 14 PPG's and 32 PPA's in his draft year. In short Hall scored 43.4% of his points on the power play.
In 2008 the Oilers drafted RW Jordan Eberle who scored 42 ginos and 33 apples, good for 75 points. Jordan scored 16 PPG's and 14 PPA's in his draft year. In short Eberle scored 40.0% of his points on the power play.
It will be a point of discussion for the draft in 2011. A player should always be judged for what he does on the ice, with and without the puck. There is more to a player than points, production can be deceiving. Clearly mistakes are made when taking with a player a disproportional amount of power play points.
Consider 2011 draft prospects Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Sean Couturier, Ryan Strome, and Jonathan Huberdeau. RNH has scored 79 points so far this season, 39 PPP's; he has scored 59.5% of his points on the power play. Sean Couturier has 74 points so far this season, 25 PPP's; he has scored 33.8% of his points on the power play. Jonathan Huberdeau has 80 points so far this season, 21 PPP's; he has scored 26.3% of his points on the power play. Ryan Strome has 82 points so far this season, 30 PPP's; he has scored 36.6% of his points on the power play. My personal favourite for a second 1st round selection C - Mark McNeill has 55 points so far this season, 15 PPP's so far this season; he has scored 27.3% of his points on the power play.
Personally, I am on the Couturier bus. I've blogged about it prior to the TPG in Toronto. He's the big center we are lacking.