Originally posted on Lowetide  |  Last updated 11/9/11
Far from the events of the big league club, and a long flight from Oklahoma's weather, there are four defensemen building their resume's in hopes of spending their 20s and 30s as NHL players. For Edmonton Oiler fans, the WHL houses the future on the blue. This blog followed three college defensemen once upon a time, and as we might have expected the results were mixed. Jeff Petry appears to be on the verge of becoming an NHL regular, Taylor Chorney is sitting in limbo as a HS in St. Louis, and Cody Wild is a part time AHL defenseman. That cluster should serve as a warning: the chances of all four dub D emerging as NHL talents is poor. Despite the early signs. D Brandon Davidson: I ranked him #16 on the summer top 20, and Davidson is the longest shot in the group from my point of view. Late bloomer has calm feet and can move the puck expertly at junior level. His back story makes him in instant favorite and his early results in the WHL this season (19, 5-13-18 +11) have him near the...
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