For the first time in a long time, there is a feeling that the Edmonton Oilers organization has started to build real depth in its farm system. This isn't just my opinion.
Multiple NHL pro scouts have told me that the Oilers have a couple things going for them down in Bakersfield in the AHL.
First off, the Oilers finally have some real prospects playing significant minutes "percolating" in the AHL.
Secondly, Head Coach Jay Woodcroft and his staff have installed real "spirit" with the Condors who head into the Christmas Break with a 15-10-1 record and in a playoff spot.
Edmonton's five best players: Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Oscar Klefbom and Darnell Nurse are all Oilers first round picks and developed internally.
The two players that have gained the most traction under Ken Hitchcock, Jesse Puljujarvi and Jujhar Khaira, are also Oilers drafts.
See a theme here?
Successful sports organizations tend to grow organically.
The Oilers need to continue down this path and prioritize it moving forward.
Edmonton has built up depth specifically with right-shot D and have several players that will pushing to become full-time Oilers over the next few seasons.
Here is a look at my top 10 prospects: