Edmonton Supersonics 2012 Draft Review

Faced with the task of re-stocking a bare prospect cupboard, the Edmonton Supersonics drafted six players in the 2012 entry draft.
by Clark Kent | October 26, 2012, 1:03 PM ET

The Edmonton Supersonics are a team that has always valued the entry draft, but in recent years the lure of league championships has seen their prospect pool shallow to the point that they have very few blue chip prospects at any position. At the outset of the 2011-2012 season, GM Franceschini even stated that the franchise would start focusing on rebuilding from the prospect level up; a plan that fizzled 2 months later when prospects Riley Sheahan and Blake Pietila were dealt to Miami for Andrew Ladd.

Faced with a prospect pool in shambles, the 2012 entry draft would be an important one to help the team re-stock its cupboard. The Supersonics used their six picks to draft a player at every forward position, and added three defensemen to their developmental system.

Tom Wilson, RW 1st round, 21st overall With their first selection of the draft, the Supersonics opted to go for US-born prototypical power-forward Tom Wilson. Wilson uses his size to his advantage, and is not afraid to drop his gloves when needed. The Supersonics hope that he can become a Scott Hartnell type of player that the franchise has been lacking for years.

Brady Vail, C 3rd round, 60th overall The Supersonics drafted Brady Vail to hopefully one day be their premiere checking forward, but are very intrigued by his propensity for spurts of offense. His ability to carry that to the pro level is likely the difference between him being a third or a fourth line centreman, but the Sonics will be reserving a spot with the big club for him in 3-4 years.

Jake McCabe, D 3rd round, 77th overall Rumors on the draft floor were that team marketing folks had to retreat under the Supersonics table to remove the "Athanasiou" namebar from their neatly folded draft jersey after the Barrie Colts' centreman went to the Philadelphia Fire Ants two selections earlier. When they finally made their selection, the Supersonics selected their third US-born player of the draft, this time a defenseman in the form of Jake McCabe. A safer pick, McCabe projects to be a 3-4 SICHL defenseman that can be used in all situations, though likely not excelling in any. McCabe should be a solid addition to a stable of reliable defensemen in the Sonics system.

Reece Willcox, D 5th round, 133rd overall The Supersonics finally picked a Canadian in the 5th round, selecting lanky defenseman Reece Willcox out of Cornell University. Comfortably categorized as a project pick, Willcox could project anywhere between a #4 defender to a depth callup.

Rasmus Bodin, LW 6th round, 161st overall The first venture overseas for the Supersonics had them find a 6'6" giant of a man in Swede Rasmus Bodin. Bodin's size, in addition to his skating ability, make him an intriguing prospect for the Supersonics, although he will have to work on his scoring touch if he is to transition to an SICHL regular.

Alexei Marchenko, D 7th round, 189th overall A "take it or leave it" type of pick, the Supersonics are intrigued by the ability of Russian Marchenko. Whether he will ever make the leap overseas to play in the SICHL is unknown, but if he does, he projects to be a 5-6 shutdown defenseman.

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