A closer look at the Edmonton Oilers Class of 2010, as selected through seven rounds of the NHL Entry Draft in Los Angeles June 25 & 26, 2010.1. FIRST ROUND (1st overall): LW Taylor Hall, 6-1, 185, Windsor (OHL)
2. SECOND ROUND (31st overall): C Tyler Pitlick, 6-2, 194, Minnesota State (WCHA)
3. SECOND ROUND (46th overall): D Martin Marincin, 6-4, 187, Slovakia (U20)
4. SECOND ROUND (48th overall): LW Curtis Hamilton, 6-2, 225, Saskatoon (WHL):
Son of Kelowna Rockets owner Bruce Hamilton, Curtis, a Kelowna native himself, brings several elements that could be effective physical and penalty kill role. An extremely smart forward, he combines a solid two-way with size, a competitive edge and good vision.
5. THIRD ROUND (61st overall): C Ryan Martindale, 6-3, 183, Ottawa (OHL):
A forward who boosted his point total with to a career high 60, while posting 41 assists (another career high) by playing on the 67s’ top line with Los Angeles Kings second round draftee Tyler Tafoli. With room to develop at 6-foot-3 and 182 pounds, his size and skill were an attractive combination for the Oilers, who looked to get bigger in size on the draft’s second day.
|Center Ryan Martindale, Edmonton's fifth pick (61st overall), dons the Oilers jersey for the first time on day two of the NHL Entry Draft in Los Angeles June 26, 2010. (Photo by Getty Images) |
6. FOURTH ROUND (91st overall): D Jeremie Blain, 6-2, 190, Acadie-Bathurst (QMJHL):
At the urging of Oilers QMJHL Scout Billy Dandy, Blain went to the Oilers after turning heads on an Acadie-Bathurst team that finished 31-37 last season, in spite of his contributions. The team’s scoring leader among defencemen (34 points in 68 games), his bread-and-butter style is an edgy, physical brand of play with an aggressive style every shift. A Montreal native and bilingual, Blain compared his playing style to his boyhood idol, Andrei Markov.
7. FIFTH ROUND (121st overall): G Tyler Bunz, 6-1, 198, Medicine Hat (WHL):
The lone goaltender taken by the Oilers in this year’s draft and receiving a solid stamp of approval by Oilers Goaltending Coach Frederic Chabot, Bunz, only 17 years old, won a career-high 31 games with Medicine Hat, ranking fifth in the league last year. He is a noted native of St. Albert, an Oilers fan growing up and a noted competitor in net.
8. SIXTH ROUND (162nd overall): D Brandon Davidson, 6-2, 194, Regina (WHL):
A sizeable defenceman who finished his first year in the Western Hockey League with 34 points in 59 games on the blueline, Davidson was +15 to lead the Pats. A talented teammate and a specialist in moving the puck from the blueline, he was a teammate of Oilers first round draftee Jordan Eberle.
9. SIXTH ROUND (166th overall): LW Drew Czerwonka, 6-2, 192, Kootenay (WHL):
Finishing his third year in the Western Hockey League with 106 penalty minutes in 54 games, Czerwonka continued a trend of the Oilers pushing for size on the second day with his big frame up front. Tough as nails and willing to drop the gloves, he brings competiveness each shift after being selected in the first round by Kootenay.
10. SEVENTH ROUND (181st overall): F Kristians Pelss, 5-11, 179, Latvia:
Managed three points in six games for the Latvian team (Under-18) in the World Junior Championships and helped the squad capture a gold medal in 2008-09, turning the heads of Oilers management with his natural offensive talent.
11. SEVENTH ROUND (202nd overall): F Kellen Jones, 5-9, 164, Vernon (BCHL):
Small in stature but promising with his upside and competitive edge, he and his twin, Connor helped guide the Vernon Vipers to two national championships. Kellen ranked third on Vernon in scoring this past season with 52 points.