Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Trukhno Equal To Schremp In Terms Of Skill?

I think that's what I heard Oilers development coach Jeff Ward say on the radio yesterday. He was raving about the kid. Apparently he creates the offense on his own, not much support at all on his junior club. I hope that some of his comments fill in some of the blanks for the people that analyze the prospects more than me.

This was on The Team 1260, just as the Oiler game was starting, so I missed bits of it. Hopefully Gregor redid the interview on his late night show (he was covering for Stauffer last night and conducted the interview with Spector IIRC).


Blogger speeds said...

I've yet to complete my top 20, but I can say that at the draft I had Cogliano 24th OV and Trukhno 30th. I don't think it's at all unfair to prefer Trukhno at this point - I think Trukhno's upside is higher but a guy that can skate like Cogliano is pretty unlikely to not make the NHL if he has any hockey sense at all. Unless he plays softer than Riesen.

If EDM had drafted Trukhno at 36 instead of Chorney we'd be talking this guy up beyond belief, but because he slipped at the draft we temper our enthusiasm. Maybe wisely, but maybe not? It's always safe to say a prospect won't make it, far more likely to right that way, lol.

3/16/2006 1:29 am  
Blogger speeds said...

Also, here was my take on EDM's selection of Trukhno in my draft day blog review:

#120 – Slava Trukhno – I think of this player as somewhat of an oddball in Edmonton’s day. He’s pretty much the only player one might say Edmonton took after having a big slide, he’s 18 and from the CHL so his rights will only be held for 2 years, he’s Russian, I don’t think the Oilers like any of those things about him. I think they thought his skill and talent was simply too good to pass on, even though he doesn’t fit what they were trying to do.

What I found most interesting about his selection is that it almost seemed like they reluctantly took him, deciding "ehh, he's too good to pass on." I remember thinking that was a strange way to draft, but this was well before I heard Prendergast mention that they draft for need which explains the horrible decision to pass on superior talent like Meszaros in favor of Dubnyk because "we needed a goalie".

3/16/2006 1:36 am  
Anonymous lowetide said...

When are you going to publish your top 20, speeds? I'll look forward to it.

One thing that the group of Oilers fans (like speeds) have done for me is bring clarity to the group of players not properly covered by the so called "established" media. The Hockey News most recent Future Watch had so mention of Trukhno but found time to rate Jeff Drouin Deslauriers' 8th overall.

I would love to hear a credible explanation as to why Deslauriers' still ranks that high.

ISS liked Trukhno at #89 in their draft issue and said:

Team leader, talented. Plays with zip, edge and always competes both ways. Dangerous on the rush, loves to cut into the middle, has great lateral movement and can pass and shoot on the fly.

A smart and talented winger, he is slightly deficient as a skater and a bit of a wide tracker.

He hurt his draft status following his below par performance at the 2005 World U18 championhsips.

3/16/2006 7:13 am  
Blogger Dennis said...

Consider me a guy who hasn't tempered his enthusiasm on Trukhno and it's probably because I don't know any better;) But I look at a guy who's improving his numbers and who's racking them up on a piss poor team and maybe we found another gem in the middle rounds.

3/16/2006 10:00 am  

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