For the better part of five years now, the one glimmer of hope for an Oilers' fan was the prospect pipeline. Loaded with exciting young forwards, that pipeline was going to deliver a high-powered attack at the NHL level. Fast forward to February 2012 and the NHL roster lists 9 players under the age of 25. Two of those players were drafted before rebuild 3.0 began, one was a prized UFA, and five of the other six were first-round draft picks. Outside of Teemu Hartikainen, the pipeline has yet to deliver, and by the numbers, it looks as if though the pipeline might never deliver.
For a complete look at all of the Oilers' prospects and their NHL numbers, we can use Gabriel Desjardins' NHL Equivalency. Gabe's methodologies are described on his translations page:
One way to evaluate the difficulty of one league relative to another is to examine the relative performance of players who have played in both leagues. Players rarely play significant time in two leagues in the same year, but they often play in one league in one year and in another the next. As long as a player's skill level is approximately constant over this two year period, the ratio of his performance in each league can be used to estimate the relative difficulty of the two leagues.
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