Andrew Miller is taking Edmonton by storm! In what is becoming a hockey March madness, the young forward from Yale has been part of an interesting surge in the past week. Will he spend more than 10 games in the NHL during his career? Hell if I know. He sure does look like a hockey player, though. I spoke to Tom Lynn on the Lowdown yesterday and he told me the number one thing college kids are looking for in signing with an NHL team is opportunity. Lynn said a team (like Edmonton) that gives opportunities (and NHL minutes) to college free agents after signing them gets noticed and the agent (ahem, adviser) uses that when discussing destinations. Bottom line: Andrew Miller’s success bodes well for Edmonton in the next free-agent negotiations.
Yale’s Andrew Miller (2013 National Champion). First NHL goal on a penalty shot last night. https://t.co/hM3XR1QStc”
— John Buccigross (@Buccigross) March 28, 2015
LOWETIDE 2015 TOP 30 FOR 2015 DRAFT
- (1)C Connor McDavid, Erie Otters (OHL) 47GP, 44-76-120 (2.55)
- (2)C Jack Eichel, Boston U (NCAA) 37GP, 24-43-67 (1.81)
- (3)R Mitch Marner, London Knights (OHL) 63GP, 44-82-126 (2.00)
- (5)C Dylan Strome, Erie Otters (OHL) 68GP, 45-84-129 (1.90)
- (4)D Noah Hanifin, Boston College (NCAA) 36GP, 5-18-23 (.639)
- (6) D Ivan Provorov, Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL) 60GP, 15-46-61 (1.02)
- (8) D Zach Werenski, Michigan (NCAA) 35GP, 9-16-25 (.714)
- (10) R Evgeni Svechnikov, Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (QMJHL) 55GP, 32-46-78 (1.42)
- (11) D Oliver Kylington, Farjestad (SHL). 18GP, 2-3-5 (.278)
- (7) C Mathew Barzal, Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL) 44GP, 12-45-57 (1.30)
- (9) C Nick Merkley, Kelowna Rockets (WHL) 72GP, 20-70-90 (1.25)
- (13) R Mikko Rantanen, TPS Turku (SML) 56gP, 9-19-28 (.500)
- (15) C Jansen Harkins, Prince George Cougars (WHL) 70GP, 20-59-79 (1.13)
- (12) C Anthony Beauvillier, Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL) 67GP, 42-52-94 (1.40)
- (14) R Timo Meier, Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL) 61GP, 44-46-90 (1.48)
- (19) R Daniel Sprong, Charlottetown Islanders (QMJHL) 68GP, 39-49-88 (1.29)
- (16) C Kyle Connor, Youngstown (USHL). 50GP, 29-40-69 (1.38)
- (17) C Travis Konecny, Ottawa 67’s (OHL) 60GP, 29-39-68 (1.13)
- (18) L Jake Debrusk, Swift Current (WHL) 72GP, 42-39-81 (1.13)
- (20) D Jeremy Roy, Sherbrooke Phoenix (QMJHL) 46GP, 5-38-43 (0.93)
- (21) C Pavel Zacha, Sarnia Sting (OHL). 37GP, 16-18-34 (0.92)
- (22) L Lawson Crouse, Kingston Frontenacs (OHL) 56GP, 29-22-51 (0.91)
- (23) D Mitchell Vande Sompel, Oshawa (OHL) 58GP, 12-51-63 (1.09)
- (25) R Nikita Korostelev, Sarnia Sting (OHL) 55GP, 24-29-53 (0.96)
- (26) D Ryan Pilon, Brandon (WHL) 68GP, 11-41-52 (0.77)
- (27) R Blake Speers, SSM Greyhounds (OHL) 57GP, 24-43-67 (1.18)
- (28) C Andrew Mangiapane, Barrie (OHL) 68GP, 43-61-104 (1.53)
- (29) C Filip Chlapik, Charlotteteown Islanders (QMJHL) 64GP, 33-42-75 (1.17)
- (NR) G Daniel Vladar, Kladno (Czech 2) 8GP, 1.97 .933
- (NR) L Dennis Yan, Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL) 59GP, 33-31-64 (1.08)
- (24) D Travis Dermott, Erie Otters (OHL) 61GP, 8-37-45 (0.74)
- (NR) R Jens Looke, Brynas (SHL) 43GP, 2-4-6 (.139)
- (30) L Paul Bittner, Portland Winterhawks (WHL) 66GP, 34-37-71 (1.08)
- (NR) D Jakub Zboril, Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL) 44GP, 13-20-33 (0.75)
- (NR) C Nathan Noel, Saint John Sea Dogs 66GP, 24-38-62 (0.94)
- (NR) R Brock Boeser, Waterloo Blachawks (USHL) 51GP, 30-26-56 (1.10)
- (NR) D Thomas Chabot, Saint John Seadogs (QMJHL) 66GP, 12-29-41 (.621)
- (NR) G Matej Tomek, Topeka Roadrunners (NAHL) 31GP, 1.71 .932
- (NR) C Nicolas Roy, Chicoutimi Sagueneens (QMJHL) 68GP, 16-34-50 (.735)
- (NR) Filip Ahl, HV-71 (SHL) 15GP, 0-2-2 (.133)
Lots of movement as the season ending numbers give us a better view (and I had Sprong’s boxcars wrong), plus I added 10 more names to the list to give us 40. I’ll eventually post a top 100 for this season, plenty to go before then including a major amount of information (especially on the Euro kids). If the Oilers draft 3, 21 and 33, they could walk out of this draft with Noah Hanifin, Jansen Harkins and Dennis Yan. That would be a very good day. Would that me my choice? No. I’d take Mitch Marner, Jansen Harkins and maybe Ryan Pilon. Fun draft day ahead!
I think Marner is No. 3 for several reasons, many contained in the boxcar numbers above. That’s insane and a deeper look makes for more kodak moments. He’s 63GP, 25-37-62 at evens (.984 points-per-game) which trails Dylan Strome but Marner is more of a Stone Alone at even strength in London compared to Strome in Erie. Who’s zoomin’ who? Here, let me show you: Below are the players (by team) who are over .8/game at evens in 2014-15:
- Erie Otters: Connor McDavid 1.53; Dylan Strome 1.16; Alex DeBrincat 0.99; Remi Elie 0.84
- London Knights: Mitch Marner 0.98; Max Domi 0.89; Christian Dvorak 0.83
I’m also comfortable with the Oilers drafting a winger because they can probably acquire a center (Harkins) and a defender (Dermott) early on day two. I think some are forgetting our man Leon Draisaitl, who should be a quality 2C behind the Nuge for years to come.
- L1: Hall—Nuge—Eberle
- L2: Yakupov—Leon—Marner
That’s a sweet top six, folks. Mitch Marner is a tremendous young hockey player, Edmonton should consider drafting him No. 3 overall. That said, if they select Dylan Strome, I’m fine with it. I am less fine with Noah Hanifin because it isn’t clear (at all) that the young man is the best defenseman available. That’s fairly typical, it takes longer for blue to show their true abilities. I’d stay away from a defenseman at the top of the draft, especially Hanifin because we simply don’t know what he brings offensively. He could be Alex Pietrangelo but he could also be Zach Bogosian. Give me Marner.
CAN THE OILERS CATCH THE LEAFS?
Yes. Absolutely. The Oilers under Nelson solo are 15-18-6 and headed for some tough matchups (Kings twice, Ducks, Flames, Sharks, Canucks) so it’s not a major worry. The likely scenario (imo) has Edmonton finishing No. 28 in the standings and drafting No. 3 overall.
- No. 3: Mitch Marner
- No. 21: Jansen Harkins
- No. 33: Ryan Pilon
That’s the play here.