Oil Kings draft-eligible players could see stock rise

Edgars Kulda has put on an offensive push during the Oil Kings' post-season run. (David Bloom/QMI...

Edgars Kulda has put on an offensive push during the Oil Kings' post-season run. (David Bloom/QMI Agency)

TERRY JONES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:07 PM ET

LONDON, ONT. - It’s last-chance shopping for NHL scouts at the Memorial Cup.

For only a handful of players, it’s the perfect place to prove you’re a winner and improve you’re draft position.

Players like Edgars Kulda of the Edmonton Oil Kings.

“Here’s a player who is trying to get drafted and he’s put himself on centre stage,” said Oil Kings coach Derek Laxdal.

“He just has to put the icing on the cake here at the Memorial Cup.”

There are others.

Like Brett Pollock, Dysin Mayo and Aaron Irving.

Usually the focus at the Memorial Cup is on a top-end talent. But perhaps you’ve noticed. There’s a severe shortage of those guys this year.

It’s not like last year in Saskatoon, where Nathan MacKinnon, Seth Jones and Jonathan Drouin were all on display. Or like 2009 and ‘10, when the scouts in Rimouski and Brandon got to examine Taylor Hall winning back-to-back Memorial Cups and back-to-back MVP honours. Jonathon Huberdeau was another recent case.


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