Word today that Dale Tallon is shopping number one overall, and that makes terrific sense. It isn’t clear that the first pick has more value than number three, so why not squeeze out an asset for the pleasure of selecting first? For the Oilers, there would seem to be little value in dealing up, the club apparently values four players above the rest (Ekblad, Reinhart, Draisaitl, Bennett) and possibly content to let the chips fall as they may.
I do have one lingering thought about this year’s draft, though. If the Oilers believe Aaron Ekblad is the best player for their group, and the payment isn’t too dear, why not trade up? I don’t have an answer about the best player available in this draft. As I spend more time with it, I’m beginning to wonder if we should be talking about Nikolaj Ehlers more in regard to the top of the draft.
This sometimes happens when you stare at something too long. The mind plays tricks, the heart begins to rule the brain. My sincere hope is that the Oilers scouts identify the best player available, and the General Manager gets that player.
If it’s Ekblad, and they trade up? I’m fine with it, as long as the price isn’t too dear. Draisaitl at #3? Sure. Bennett? You bet. From here, I don’t see how the Oilers can lose at this year’s entry draft.