Tuesday, January 17, 2006

The latest installment...

Edmonton Oilers fans, I bring you the latest in the ongoing tribute to almost forgotten Oilers, this week featuring ex-Chief Scout Barry Fraser.

While the timelines may have been blurred for effect, the "truthiness" is in the essence of the strip. And yes, our top scout lived in Mexico, which might explain this dismal little run of first round flops:

1992 -- Joe Hulbig, LW
1991 -- Tyler Wright, C
1990 -- Scott Allison, C
1989 -- Jason Soules, D
1988 -- Francois Leroux, D
1987 -- Peter Soberlak, LW
1986 -- Kim Issel, RW
1985 -- Scott Metcalfe, LW
1984 -- Selmar Odelein, D

19 comments:

Chris! said...

Man, Soules *does* look like total ass!

Another triumph, Mikey. Thanks for taking the blog up upon your broad shoulders while I figure out my move to Toronto, which, come to think of it, will only make me able to post about the Oilers less, seeing as I'll be working nights and won't have Centre Ice. Hmm...

Chris! said...

Also, I'm guessing you couldn't find a suitable model for Fraser's face, huh?

mike w said...

>Also, I'm guessing you couldn't find a suitable model for Fraser's face, huh?

No, I had one but the frames just ended up that way.

Welcome to Toronto, Chris! I'll show you the cheapest Portugese diners in town and make you a baseball fan, yet.

Colby Cosh said...

I dunno, I guess I'm still more of a "Transgender Troubles" fan.

Garnet said...

At least he's keeping busy:
http://www.petersoberlak.com/

Julian said...

Hmmm, looks like Mr. Soberlak has released an album of country/bluegrass songs that deal heavily with his experience as a hockey player....

In one article on his site he mentions he didn't have the agressiveness or appitite for violence to survive professional hockey..... I guess those are the sorts of things you miss when you're taking picks from a different continent. Maybe the long distance charges would have been too much to do a phone interview.

mike w said...

I guess in a broader sense Peter Soberlak was an Oiler, of the Cape Breton variety. Maybe I'll do the next comic about him.

My hands shake at the thought of drawing one about Petr Klima. It's hard to capture that ridiculous helmet of his just right.

Mike P said...

Well, Tyler Wright at least turned into a useful, albeit fringe, player.

That's not bad for 9 first rounders, right?

Right?

Loxy said...

That list is hot.

Does anyone know anything about Barry Fraser? Is there an unauthorized biography in the discount bins at Chapters? Anyone?

He is the anomaly of my life.

mudcrutch79 said...

Does anyone know anything about Barry Fraser? Is there an unauthorized biography in the discount bins at Chapters? Anyone?

That'd be a fascinating read, a lengthy interview with Barry Fraser which is just a series of questions like:

"Ok, so 1989 was Jason Soules. Again, what the fuck were you thinking?"

Kind of the polar opposite of that SNL skit where Farley interviews McCartney and every question is like "Remember Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band? That was awesome!"

As for the comic itself, a better punchline would have involved reference to the fact that Jason Soules gave up hockey to work as a firefighter after his age 20 season. Unreal. He's my favourite of the bad picks for that alone.

Steve said...

You know, I really believed in Hulbig.

Which in hindsight would have been sufficient reason on its own not to believe me when I professed that Conklin would prove a pretty decent starter.

mike w said...

Well Hulbig had that big off-the-faceoff point against Dallas in the playoffs. I remember yelling "Joe WHO?" which I guess ended up being prophetic.

I'm not even sure what happened to him. He had two bad training camps and that was it!

Steve said...

Well, I know we traded him to Boston. I think he had some NHL games with them.

mike p said...

http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php3?pid=18293

He doesn't exactly tear it up in the A, either.

Interesting that he was a River Rat - I'd wonder if he got traded to the Devils, or if he signed a minor pro contract directly with Albany, except I don't really care. :)

Anonymous said...

If the Oilers Had Soules they wouldn't need that stiff Pronger

Anonymous said...

I don't know about that. But I did see Soules play in junior, and he was a damn good defenseman. I think that the Oilers just screwed him around.

Anonymous said...

I know its been a really long time since any one has posted a blog on here....so i figured why not stand up for my own cousin Jason Soules...first off for the the tool that said he worked as a firefighter..incorrect..sorry about your luck though...and for the guy that said you wouldn't need pronger thats probably true..soules would have been like lidstrom is in detroit...just ask your boy Steve Staios what its really like to play with Jason Soules...hopefully we here something back from someone on here

Anonymous said...

I played with Jason for many years in Hamilton and he was leagues above the competition. This guy was born to play in the NHL. It's a shame things didn't work out.

Anonymous said...

Get a life! Peter Soberlak made enough of an effort to be drafted by the oilers. He went to university. He has a Masters degree. He instructs and inspires some of the finest students Canada has to offer. These could be your kids or your neighbours kids. What is wrong with you?? You're hacking down someone you don't even know.
What have you done lately????