Oilers head scout looking to mine gold late in draft

Stu MacGregor points to second-round pick Martin Marincin, left, shown celebrating a goal with...

Stu MacGregor points to second-round pick Martin Marincin, left, shown celebrating a goal with David Perron, as an example of a successful late rounder, and says a number of other prospects in the system are shaping up nicely. (CARMINE MARINELLI/QMI Agency)

TERRY JONES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:30 PM ET

Stu MacGregor sat in his home here last night following the Edmonton Oilers game, much like many fans in the stands at Rexall Place.

Like you, he couldn’t help wondering which impending Oiler free agent players will end up turning into draft picks by NHL trade deadline next Wednesday.

The difference between the fan in Section 201 at Rexall and Stu MacGregor on Garymede Drive in Kamloops, is that MacGregor is the head scout of the Edmonton Oilers.

It’s been a weird year to be the head scout of the Oilers. It started out with so much optimism and the expectation that MacGregor, an Edmonton native who was GM of the Kamloops Blazers in the ‘90s, wouldn’t be picking early in the first round for a change. If at all.

You may remember the Craig MacTavish quote.

“We don’t need another teenager, another 18-year-old kid coming in here next year,” the Oilers’ GM said then.


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