THE 60 BEST PLAYERS IN THE 2016 DRAFT

The Edmonton Oilers will draft in the top four overall this summer, barring a trade. Also important, Peter Chiarelli will need to use his second and third-round picks this season—perhaps adding some picks—in an effort to re-stock the shelves. I think Oilers fans are kind of down on the draft, can’t blame them really. If you believe in draft and development, and Connor McDavid can’t get you into the playoffs, why bother? My response is this: When climbing out of a giant hole, the climb can take a long time. Remember, Edmonton has been wasting players and assets for a terribly long time. Recovery is going to take awhile.

OILERS PICKS 2016 (SO FAR)

  1. No. 1 overall
  2. No. 31 overall
  3. No. 61 overall
  4. No. 84 overall (Florida pick)
  5. No. 87 overall (Pittsburgh pick)
  6. No. 121 overall
  7. No. 148 overall (St. Louis pick)
  8. No. 151 overall
  9. No. 181 overall

All things being equal, three or four of these kids should be Oilers by Sunday afternoon of draft weekend. Here are the 60 best players in the draft this year.

  1. (1) C Auston Matthews, Zurich Lions (Swiss-A): Generational talent, brilliant offensive player.
  2. (2) W Patrik Laine, Tappara (Sm-Liiga): Power winger with sniper rising. Lordy.
  3. (3) R Jesse Puljujarvi, Karpat (Sm-Liiga): Size, speed and creativity, chance machine.
  4. (4)  L Matthew Tkachuk, London Knights (OHL): Big forward, tremendous skills. Playmaker.
  5. (6) LD Olli Juolevi, London Knights (OHL): Substantial offensive defenseman. Quick and fast.
  6. (5) LD Mikhail Sergachev, Windsor Spitfires (OHL): Mobile defender with offensive acumen.
  7. (7) C Pierre-Luc Dubois, Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (QMJHL): Rugged, quality PF.
  8. (8) LD Jacob Chychrun, Sarnia Sting (OHL): Fantastic skater, complete defender.
  9. (14) C Clayton Keller, USNDTP (USHL): Kournianos: Similar to Mitch Marner. 
  10. (13) RD Charlie McAvoy, Boston University (NCAA). Complete D, rising up the list.
  11. (11)R Alexander Nylander, Mississauga (OHL): Brilliant scorer, fast hands, great skater.
  12. (9) C Michael McLeod, Mississauga Steelheads (OHL): Playmaking PF, great skater. Gritty.
  13. (12) LD Jake Bean, Calgary Hitmen (WHL):Intelligent defender with across the board skills.
  14. (10) R Alex DeBrincat, Erie Otters (OHL): Small super sniper.
  15. (15) RD Dante Fabbro, Penticton (BCJHL): ISS: “+offensive instincts & effortless stride.” Source
  16. (16) L Tyson Jost, Penticton Vees (BCJHL). Elite Prospects: Crafty goal-scorer, quick.
  17. (17) R Vitalii Abramov, Gatineau Olympiques (QMJHL). Explosive scorer. Dynamic.
  18. (18) C Luke Kunin, Wisconsin (NCAA): Luedeke: has skating & shot of prolific scorer. Source
  19. (19) C-R Nathan Bastian, Mississauga Steelheads (OHL): Big skill F with smarts.
  20. (20) C-L Kieffer Bellows, USNDTP (USHL). Scoring forward.
  21. (24) L Riley Tufte, Fargo Force (USHL). Big W, buzz on this guy is pretty massive.
  22. (26) C-R Pascal Laberge, Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL). Has two-way skills, very aggressive.
  23. (23) C Tage Thompson, Connecticut Huskies (NCAA). Legit skill player.
  24. (21) R Taylor Raddysh, Erie Otters (OHL). Power winger who can score.
  25. (25) R Julien Gauthier, Val D’Or Foreurs (QMJHL): Great hands, speed is an issue.
  26. (22) G Carter Hart, Everett Silvertips (WHL): Quality prospect, elite when healthy.
  27. (27) C Logan Brown, Windsor Spitfires (OHL): Impressive offensive skills.
  28. (28) C German Rubtsov, Team Russia (MHL). Fine two-way forward.
  29. (29) LD Lucas Johansen, Kelowna Rockets (WHL).  A scout saw shades of Brent Seabrook.
  30. (NR) C Rasmus Asplund, Farjestads (SHL). He is 6.0, 180 and quality two-way forward.
  31. (NR) C Janne Kuokkanen, Karpat (Fin Jr). Highly skilled C, good speed. Playmaker.
  32. (NR) L Max Jones, London Knights (OHL). Punishing forward, with skill.
  33. (30) LD Cam Dineen, North Bay (OHL): Kournianos: Dineen is a high-end puck mover.
  34. (NR) L Carl Grundstrom, MoDo (SHL): Speedy scoring-winger playing Euro pro.
  35. (NR) C Dillon Dube, Kelowna Rockets (WHL): Speedy, undersized WHL scorer.
  36. (NR) L Adam Mascherin, Kitchener Rangers (OHL): Undersized scoring W. Bona fide.
  37. (NR) G Filip Gustavsson, Lulea (SHL): Big G with a .910 SHL SP. Impressive.
  38. (NR) C Will Bitten, Flint Firebireds (OHL): Fast skater, scoring playmaker. Intriguing.
  39. (NR) C Jordan Kyrou, Sarnia Sting (OHL). C with complete skill set, could be a steal.
  40. (NR) G Zack Sawchenko, Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL): A .916SP is rock solid.
  41. (NR) D Samuel Girard, Shawinigian (QMJHL). The new M-A Bergeron.
  42. (NR) LD Logan Stanley, Windsor Spitfires (OHL): Giant. 6.07, 220, great skater. Holy.
  43. (NR) C Brett Howden, Moose Jaw (WHL). Good skater, skill center. Solid prospect.
  44. (NR) C Sam Steel, Regina Pats (WHL). Skill C had subpar season, impressive playoffs.
  45. (NR) L Tyler Benson, Vancouver Giants (WHL). He was a rugged winger, no idea about him.
  46. (NR) R Yegor Korshkov, Yaroslavl (KHL). Brilliant WJs, big and skilled winger.
  47. (NR) L Boris Katchouk, SSM (OHL). Rugged, throwback W with skill.
  48. (NR) C Noah Gregor, Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL). Two-way C, aggressive.
  49. (NR) L Cameron Morrison, Youngstown (USHL). Skill winger, fine skater, shooter.
  50. (NR) LD Sean Day, Mississauga (OHL). Plenty of speed and size, lack of results.
  51. (NR) LD Dennis Cholowski, Chilliwack Chiefs (BCJHL). Smooth skater, smart blue.
  52. (NR) L Simon Stransky, Prince Albert Raiders (WHL). Small skill winger.
  53. (NR) D Libor Hajek, Saskatoon Blades (WHL). Big (6.02, 185) Big, strong and mobile.
  54. (NR) R Matthew Phillips, Victoria Royals (WHL). Tiny, brilliant offensive winger.
  55. (NR) L Mitchell Mattson, Grand Rapids (USHS). Tall forward with speed and skill. PF?
  56. (NR) L Givani Smith, Guelph Storm (OHL). Big, strong PF. Fine player on struggling team.
  57. (NR) Brayden Burke, Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL). Offensive C, I had him No. 118 last year.
  58. (NR) RD Frederic Allard, Chicoutimi (QMJHL). Two-way D, impressive offense.
  59. (NR) D Markus Niemelainen, Saginaw Spirit (OHL). Giant defender, mobile, some offense.
  60. (NR) W Tim Gettinger, SSM (OHL). He is a 6.06 winger with speed. Itch will be scratched.

I have Benson at No. 45, because there is no real way for me to value his season (absence of math). Pronman has seen him and obviously saw him good—so he might be in Edmonton’s first round, too. Here is a quick mock of what Edmonton might be looking at with their first four picks.

  • No. 1 overall—C Auston Matthews
  • No. 31 overall—L Tyler Benson
  • No. 61 overall—D Libor Hajek
  • No. 84 overall (Florida pick)—L Givani Smith

If you don’t see your favorite prospect here—stay tuned—last year’s list went 120 deep and I will do the same this spring. A few points:

  • I pay attention to the Bob McKenzie list, Red Line Report, Craig Button’s list, Corey Pronman, Kirk Luedeke and Steve Kournianos.
  • My list is unique because of its math base, but in some cases (Benson) I will reference the folks above (as I did with Pronman).
  • There will be a lot of change as spring settles in.
  • The Euros are always undervalued at this time of year.
  • There is a lot of movement in the first round, even inside the top 10.

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53 Responses to "THE 60 BEST PLAYERS IN THE 2016 DRAFT"

  1. Clay says:

    If they don’t pick first overall, I think it’s highly likely Chia trades this pick.

  2. Mr DeBakey says:

    You read this stuff and its so seductive
    I’ll take one of those, a couple of these, oh look more PFs!

    But the Oilers need another 18-year-old like they need to re-up Niki Niki.

    Ideally it goes something like this:
    The Oilers 1st pick & Musil for Barrie & Colorado’s 1st.
    All 29 teams should be contacted to see how this sort of deal could work for them.

    The kid the Oilers draft goes back to his amateur team at the end of September

  3. Connor says:

    Not you too Lowetide?

    Are you starting to say every highest rated prospect is a generational talent like all the other media outlets or is he legit generational?

  4. Younger Oil says:

    Great list LT!

    I know this is nitpicky, but any reason you chose Hajek over Allard?

    Allard is a RHD, great offense, playing on a weaker team (the next highest Dman on the team only has 16 points to his 59).

    Seems like a steal in the 3rd round to me! I’d even package the 3rd with a 5th to move up a few spots to get him if needed.

  5. Lowetide says:

    Connor:
    Not you too Lowetide?

    Are you starting to say every highest rated prospect is a generational talent like all the other media outlets or is he legit generational?

    I would say he is generational in the same was as Eichel is, don’t know what your line in the sand is for the word. As we saw in the last thread, cluster is also a word that can be tricky.

  6. fuzzy muppet says:

    If Hart is there at 31, they have to take him don’t they?

  7. Pretendergast says:

    Love Cam Dineen, but another lefty.

    Got to see Libor many times, he was the best defenceman on the Blades but not punishing by any means.

    Only reason I shy away from Benson is because he has Pitlick written all over him.

    Sean Day is my choice in a 2013 trade down to early-mid second. Hasn’t lived up to hype but his size and skating are amazing.

  8. Lowetide says:

    Younger Oil:
    Great list LT!

    I know this is nitpicky, but any reason you chose Hajek over Allard?

    Allard is a RHD, great offense, playing on a weaker team (the next highest Dman on the team only has 16 points to his 59).

    Seems like a steal in the 3rd round to me! I’d even package the 3rd with a 5th to move up a few spots to get him if needed.

    Not really, early days for sure. I have more information on Hajek because the people I know and talk to are miles more familiar with the WHL than the QMJHL. Hajek wasn’t playing for a juggernaut either, and of course they are not similar players. Plenty of track to go, so we will see.

  9. theres oil in virginia says:

    Lowetide: I would say he is generational in the same was as Eichel is, don’t know what your line in the sand is for the word. As we saw in the last thread, cluster is also a word that can be tricky.

    He’s a breathtaking prospect! 🙂

  10. Lowetide says:

    fuzzy muppet:
    If Hart is there at 31, they have to take him don’t they?

    I would be tempted but the Oilers and goalies are a moving target. If he comes back strong from the injury perhaps that helps him.

  11. Klima's_Bucket says:

    Rihard Bukarts signed with the Panthers today.
    Wasn’t he on your radar LT??

  12. Lowetide says:

    Klima’s_Bucket:
    Rihard Bukarts signed with the Panthers today.
    Wasn’t he on your radar LT??

    Yes. I have him on my overagers for the draft list last year
    http://lowetide.ca/2015/06/09/the-overagers-2/

  13. eidy says:

    If Noah Gregor made it to 61, he would be a solid pick. centre, late birthday. (July 1998) PPG in draft year. Lots to like

    I would be hesitant on Benson at 31. 2 injury riddled important years.

  14. Woogie63 says:

    If we select a player from Europe, they can go direct to the AHL? OR How could they they come and play a season with the Oil Kings?

    If the European is drafted and goes to the AHL does their ELC bonus count?

    It would be tough to play, McDavid, Driasaitl, Nurse and Reinhart with all those bonus $$$$ and another player on a max ELC.

  15. Klima's_Bucket says:

    Lowetide,

    Hmm, he didn’t appear to really take a step forward this year.
    But things seem awfully amiss in Portlandia.

  16. Stelio Kontos says:

    Woogie63:
    If we select a player from Europe, they can go direct to the AHL?OR How could they they come and play a season with the Oil Kings?

    If the European is drafted and goes to the AHL doestheir ELC bonus count?

    It would be tough to play, McDavid, Driasaitl, Nurse and Reinhart with all those bonus $$$$ and another player on a max ELC.

    The AHL rule is only an agreement with the CHL. Euro could play in AHL or CHL. But expect Matthews and Laine to be in NHL. I could be wrong on the next part, but I believe the ELC year counts in the AHL, but it doesn’t impact the RFA status until they are 20. Which is why Nurse was preferable to be in AHL, as Reinhart burned his RFA year either way.

  17. Rondo says:

    LT,

    Like you said it would be nice if Oilers won the draft and Arizona got 2nd pick. Oilers would trade the #1 pick for the #2 pick +.

  18. Stelio Kontos says:

    Funny on Tyler Benson. I was really good buddies with his brother, but lost touch a little when he moved onto the Oil Kings and got really busy. Still remember Tyler as the kind of round stupid little brother.

  19. dustrock says:

    Chychrun with 2G and 1A so far tonight.

    Kournianos has Chychrun at #2 behind Matthews.

  20. Professor Q says:

    Lowetide: I would be tempted but the Oilers and goalies are a moving target. If he comes back strong from the injury perhaps that helps him.

    Even if they sign the goalie from Yale?

  21. Professor Q says:

    Woogie63:
    If we select a player from Europe, they can go direct to the AHL?OR How could they they come and play a season with the Oil Kings?

    If the European is drafted and goes to the AHL doestheir ELC bonus count?

    It would be tough to play, McDavid, Driasaitl, Nurse and Reinhart with all those bonus $$$$ and another player on a max ELC.

    I guess they would have to be drafted by the Oil Kings in the CHL Import Draft.

  22. Lowetide says:

    Professor Q: Even if they sign the goalie from Yale?

    Oh sure, Edmonton has basically nothing in goal so need to add some quality and quantity this summer.

  23. Loyal2theoil says:

    Not sure if it’s been mentioned, but was watching the EDM OK vs BND WK on SN360, broadhead and Constentino mentioned Macoy Erkhamps had been signed by Ottawa?

  24. Ca$h-McMoney! says:

    Burke is a beauty talent, but while he’s listed as a C he is in fact a LW.

  25. v4ance says:

    The Twitter rumors that I saw floating around were that the ask for Yakupov was two 2nd rounders at the trade deadline.

    This makes a lot of sense due to a number of factors.

    The possibility of getting a 1st round pick back was pretty much a dream. No one really wanted to give up a possible lottery pick if they were out of the playoffs and playoff bound teams are mostly near the top of the cap so a young cost controlled asset is very valuable.

    The Oilers are still looking at the possibility of tendering an offer sheet to a number of RFAs this offseason. That means next year’s 1st, 2nd and possibly 3rd or 4th rounders might be in play.

    If we couple that with the need to reimburse Boston with a 2nd rounder for hiring Chiarellii, we can all see that the Oilers will be lacking the tools to restock the bare prospect pipeline.

    SO if Chia can get 2 seconds for Yak, it gives the Oilers the freedom to make an offer sheet and to add a viable prospect via the draft whilst also taking care of the compensation owed to Boston.

  26. sliderule says:

    Chychrun with 2 goals 2 assists as Sarnia ties up series with Soo.

    He will be taken no lower than fourth and if the oilers have any brains they will take him even if they pick first.

    He has every thing they want in a number one D.

    The forwards that are available would just duplicate what they already have all offence and no D .

  27. Rondo says:

    sliderule,

    Some scouts think Chychrun has not taken a step forward this year. He is one of the fastest skaters in the OHL , he weighs 215 + he should be dominating this year.

    He is not the consensus #1 D in the Draft at the moment.

  28. rickithebear says:

    Everything you value in Barrie. is less than 50% of winning.
    the most critical thing is to keep GA down.
    So the GF required is less.
    Allowing for a lower level of forward to outscore.
    Meaning there are more lines that can outscore.

    A d like barrie.
    Has such shit net protection
    that all they achieve is only having your
    best line able to outscore.

    Putting more pressure on your lower lines to be the difference makers.

    You need a top d that are better than 10.50 HSCA and preferably 10.00 eating minutes so your top 3 lines can outscore.

    The repeated want for paul coffey puck mover is a loser game.
    Shows a complete lack of understanding of the modern game.

  29. Rondo says:

    The worst Edmonton can do in the 2016 draft is # 7 pick

  30. sliderule says:

    Rondo:
    sliderule,

    Some scouts think Chychrunhas not taken a step forward this year. He is one ofthe fastest skaters in the OHL , he weighs 215 +he should be dominating this year.

    He is notthe consensus #1 D in the Draft at the moment.

    If you go by boxes he had a very good season coming off shoulder surgery .

    He scored at about .8 pts per game which was about the same as Doughty in his draft year.

    I think he has been marked down a bit because he had such a terrific 16 year old season scoring 16 goals in 42 games and again with about .8 pts per game.The scouts would like to see improvement but when you start at a high level and are coming off surgery expectations should have been tempered.

    I am a big believer in testing and when a defenceman can test out ahead of all the draft forwards but one in the on ice skills I am super impressed.I will say it again Connor finished first in the same testing the previous year.To me that’s like hearing a prospect has a 100 mph fastball or a line backer who can run a 4.1 forty.If a player has the skill to put up points and also have respect as a defender the testing to me shows he isn’t faking it.

  31. rickithebear says:

    Rondo:
    sliderule,

    Some scouts think Chychrunhas not taken a step forward this year. He is one ofthe fastest skaters in the OHL , he weighs 215 +he should be dominating this year.

    He is notthe consensus #1 D in the Draft at the moment.

    You will notice the pretty oFF # D is the higher picks.

    the best (top 60) young HSCA/60 d in the game.

    Manson 8.01 HSCA/60 #160 2011 6’3′ 215
    Lindholm .823 #6 2012 6’3′ 205
    Ekholm 8.42 #102 2009 6’4″ 214
    Gelinas 8.55 #54 2009 6’4″ 215
    Larsson 8.97 #4 2011 6’3″ 205
    Prout 9.31 #154 2010 6’3″ 230
    Pysyk 9.33 #23 2010 6’1′ 200
    Ekblad 9.35 #1 2014 6’4″ 214
    Parayko 9.37 #86 2012 6’5′ 226
    Doumulin 9.44 #59 2009 6’4″ 204
    Marincin 9.66 #46 2010 6’4″ 203
    Davidson 9.68 #162 2010 6’2″ 210
    Merrill 9.68 #38 2010 6’3″ 205
    Mcnabb 9.74 #66 2009 6’4″ 214
    Gudbranson 9.98 #3 2010 6’5″ 216
    Petrovic 10.00 #36 2010 6’4″ 205
    Klefbom 10.12 #19 2011 6’3″ 215

    Skate, Length, lane, net.

  32. Stelio Kontos says:

    v4ance:
    The Twitter rumors that I saw floating around were that the ask for Yakupov was two 2nd rounders at the trade deadline.

    This makes a lot of sense due to a number of factors.

    The possibility ofgetting a 1st round pick back was pretty much a dream.No one really wanted to give up a possible lottery pick if they were out of the playoffs and playoff bound teams are mostly near the top of the cap so a young cost controlled asset is very valuable.

    The Oilers are still looking at the possibility of tendering an offer sheet to a number of RFAs this offseason.That means next year’s 1st, 2nd and possibly 3rd or 4th rounders might be in play.

    If we couple that with the need to reimburse Boston with a 2nd rounder for hiring Chiarellii, we can all see that the Oilers will be lacking the tools to restock the bare prospect pipeline.

    SO if Chia can get 2 seconds for Yak, it gives the Oilers the freedom to make an offer sheet and to add a viable prospect via the draft whilst also taking care of the compensation owed to Boston.

    Seconds have become the currency of the NHL. If you want to get a big name player, expect to add a second. I don’t think you get that much for yak, was surprised when I heard that.

  33. Frank the dog says:

    I don’t think last night made that which was formerly untouchable, “touchable”, I think the big trade you hinted at, LT, as well as the comments made by Hall and others about the big moves ahead showed that those decisions had already been made.
    One of your articles a while back, LT, spoke about a move that Dallas made that on the surface, looked like getting rid of their best player, and when the Manager spoke about it later, perhaps in a book? he mentioned that the player had a “darkness” that outweighed the player’s significant skill set. It wasn’t about the player being a bad person, it was their impact, I suppose, on the chemistry of the team. IIRC Dallas subsequently went on a Stanley Cup run.
    If that is the case with the Oil, then the sooner Chia gets on with it the better. Personally speaking it seems to me that may be the conclusion that Chia has come to on his own.
    I’m not going to go into any more speculation than that.

  34. Ryan says:

    rickithebear,

    The Oilers are forth last in GA/G and third last in GF/G.

    There’s plenty of room to improve on both sides of the ledger. I’m not sure the ledger discrimates one side from the other in terms of improving the differential.

    We’re 67 goals shy of the highest scoring team (not adjusted for gp), but have 57 more goals against than the stingiest team (also not adjusted for gp).

    In other words score 67 more goals while trimming 16 against and we’re the Dallas Stars or trim 57 goals against and score 47 more and we’re the capitals.

  35. Ryan says:

    Ryan,

    I do however think that I understand your point… That conceivably if you have a defenseman playing 20 plus EV minutes per game… Some of that time will involve a Hamonic out with Hendricks types… Those minutes would conceivably be better served with a Hamonic type rather than a Barrie.

  36. LadiesloveSmid says:

    As someone that lives in calgary and surrounds myself with a lot of flames fan friends, this one is a game that will stick out to me for a long time. 97 was the reason for optimism last summer, there wasn’t much the summer before. They’ll have to win the next two games 8-0 for me to have any reason for positivity, So damn disappointing. Gaudreau runs the oilers shit every time they play. The guy is 15 points up on Hall, who is gone this summer.

    I really cannot imagine who is untradeable on the team, 97 if he wants to stick around and then possibly Draisaitl and Klefbom. I don’t know how much I would care if anyone else was dealt. Just hoping they don’t lose too much value on the deal long term.

  37. dustrock says:

    Rondo:
    sliderule,

    Some scouts think Chychrunhas not taken a step forward this year. He is one ofthe fastest skaters in the OHL , he weighs 215 +he should be dominating this year.

    He is notthe consensus #1 D in the Draft at the moment.

    Hard to tell because Juolevi plays fewer minutes on a stacked London team whilst Chychrun plays all situations basically 25 minutes per game for a Sarnia team that has a weaker D core.

    I think after Matthews and Laine you have to look hard at Chychrun and yes I know he’s LHD but only the Oilers draft for immediate help.

    LT even penciling in Laine as your 2RW seems silly to me. We can’t keep forcing these young men into performing off the bat year after year.

  38. rope-a-dope says:

    sliderule: If you go by boxes he had a very good season coming off shoulder surgery .

    He scored at about .8 pts per game which was about the same as Doughty in his draft year.

    I think he has been marked down a bit because he had such a terrific 16 year old season scoring 16 goals in 42 games and again with about .8 pts per game.The scouts would like to see improvement but when you start at a high level and are coming off surgery expectationsshould have been tempered.

    I am a big believer in testing and when a defenceman can test out ahead of all the draft forwards but one in the on ice skills I am super impressed.I will say it again Connor finished first in the same testing the previous year.To me that’s like hearing a prospect has a 100 mph fastball or a line backer who can run a 4.1 forty.If a player has the skill to put up points and also have respect as a defender the testing to me shows he isn’t faking it.

    I get the impression from everything I read that this draft really has perhaps the best group of dmen available at the top compared to other recent years (I don’t watch OHL). There appears to be 3 that are billed as top pairing/impact/puck mover guys.

    I’m in favor of taking a dman in the draft at this point.

  39. Professor Q says:

    rope-a-dope,

    I usually do watch the OHL, but haven’t these past few years.

  40. Stelio Kontos says:

    dustrock: Hard to tell because Juolevi plays fewer minutes on a stacked London team whilst Chychrun plays all situations basically 25 minutes per game for a Sarnia team that has a weaker D core.

    I think after Matthews and Laine you have to look hard at Chychrun and yes I know he’s LHD but only the Oilers draft for immediate help.

    LT even penciling in Laine as your 2RW seems silly to me. We can’t keep forcing these young men into performing off the bat year after year.

    I think you can put one of the high end 18 yo in the nhl provided they are in a position to succeed. 2line RW with cushion minutes is different that #1C, premier scorer, etc. Laine or matthews can easily handle NHL, just don’t expect them to be able to go PVP.

  41. RJ2016 says:

    If you packaged the 31, 84, & 87 together, how high could you trade back into the first round?

    I’d be interested mainly in picking up McAvoy or Fabbro. It would be nice to have more RHD in the pipeline.

  42. highgloveside says:

    Is it me or are RD becoming more rare than left handed pitchers. i only counted 3 RD on this list.

  43. Hockey Buddha says:

    Rondo:
    The worst Edmonton can do in the 2016 draft is # 7 pick

    The Oilers will get a pretty good player regardless of what happens. For the first time ever, I’m almost indifferent to the possibility of the Oilers winning the draft lottery. Almost. This year, I’d like them to win it for Doug Armstrong. Then, I want to watch Doug Armstrong get interviewed or at the very least have the camera pan over to him. Yes, I am a spiteful man. 😉

  44. dangilitis says:

    Not trying to be a downer, but in previous years, when Edmonton finished last, the most likely position they would be drafting in was #1. This year, statistically, 3rd is the most likely position they will be drafting in. We should probably brace for it, discuss it as the most likely scenario, and give up the 20% chance we will get Matthews. Hell, there is only a 52% chance they draft top 3, and this is going to be the year that the lottery luck runs out for the team. As it should be, its getting friggin’ embarrassing. I had genuinely wanted this team to climb out of the basement this year and they couldn’t even do that.

  45. Professor Q says:

    dangilitis:
    Not trying to be a downer, but in previous years, when Edmonton finished last, the most likely position they would be drafting in was #1. This year, statistically, 3rd is the most likely position they will be drafting in. We should probably brace for it, discuss it as the most likely scenario, and give up the 20% chance we will get Matthews. Hell, there is only a 52% chance they draft top 3, and this is going to be the year that the lottery luck runs out for the team. As it should be, its getting friggin’ embarrassing. I had genuinely wanted this team to climb out of the basement this year and they couldn’t even do that.

    5 in 7 is destined.

  46. monsterbater says:

    Thanks for posting this LT. After the debacle of Saturday night i need to shift my focus squarely at next year and this helps.

    One observation/question. i counted 3 goalies in your top 60 which is probably fairly accurate across the board for most scouting services, though we know that goalies tend to go in bunches at the draft.

    That being said, what have you heard on Griffin Outhouse out of Victoria? Smaller sample size than other WHL goalies ranked above him but he leads the league in SV% and GAA. He also leads his teammate (and starter of 2/3) of their games by .025 SV% pts which is huge in my mind. I don’t think the team is zooming him like some may assume.

    Thanks

  47. Lowetide says:

    monsterbater:
    Thanks for posting this LT. After the debacle of Saturday night i need to shift my focus squarely at next year and this helps.

    One observation/question. i counted 3 goalies in your top 60 which is probably fairly accurate across the board for most scouting services, though we know that goalies tend to go in bunches at the draft.

    That being said, what have you heard on Griffin Outhouse out of Victoria? Smaller sample size than other WHL goalies ranked above him but he leads the league in SV% and GAA. He also leads his teammate (and starter of 2/3) of their games by .025 SV% pts which is huge in my mind. I don’t think the team is zooming him like some may assume.

    Thanks

    Nothing, to be honest. But I will ask!

  48. monsterbater says:

    Lowetide,

    Much appreciated good sir!

  49. rickithebear says:

    Ryan:
    rickithebear,

    The Oilers are forth last in GA/G and third last in GF/G.

    There’s plenty of room to improve on both sides of the ledger.I’m not sure the ledger discrimates one side from the other in terms of improving the differential.

    We’re 67 goals shy of the highest scoring team (not adjusted for gp), but have 57 more goals against than the stingiest team (also not adjusted for gp).

    In other words score 67 more goals while trimming 16 against and we’re the Dallas Stars or trim 57 goals against and score 47 more and we’re the capitals.

    Ryan it is a cap world:
    Top 30 HSCA D:
    Vlasic 4.25M
    Braun 3.800M
    S. Weber 7.857M
    Manson 0.925M
    Lindholm 1.744M
    Schlemko 0.625M
    Stoner 3.250M
    Ekholm 3.75M
    Josi 4.000M
    Ellis 2.500M
    Jackman 2.000M
    Kulikov 4.333M
    A. Larsson 4.167M
    Prout 1.575M
    Franson 3.325M
    Pysyk 1.125M
    Ekblad 3.775M
    Parayko 0.925M
    Tyutin 4.500M
    Dumoulin 0.800M
    Gunnarsson 2.900M
    Schenn 3.600M
    A. Greene 5.000M
    Niskanen 5.75M
    TVR 0.925M
    Marincin 0.700M
    Martinez 4.000M
    Davidson 1.425M
    j. Merill 0.900M
    Stralman 4.500M

    Top 30 Goal scorers:
    Ovechkin 9.538M
    Kane 10.5M
    Benn 5.25M
    Pavelski 6.000M
    Tarasenko 7.500M
    Stamkos 7.5M
    Marchand 4.500M
    Crosby 8.700M
    Seguin 5.75M
    Bergeron
    Perry
    Forsberg
    Neal
    Gaudreau
    Kucherov
    Spezza 7.500M
    Duchene 6.000M
    Jenner 2.900M
    Tavares 5.500M
    Simmonds 3.975M
    Toffoli 3.250M Bridge
    Palmeieri 1.467M RFA
    Panarin 3.500M
    Sedin 7.000M
    Ericksson 4.250M UFA
    Hoffman 2.000M RFA
    Skinner 5.725M
    Henrique 4.000M
    Saad 6.000M
    Monohan 1.775M RFA
    Pacioretty 4.500M
    Malkin 9.500M
    Brassard 5.000M
    Schiefle 1.563M RFA
    Galchenyuk 2.800M Bridge
    Atkinson 3.500M
    Doan 5.300M

    Goals in the net coast a heck of a lot more than keeping goals out of the net!

  50. Truth says:

    Benson is extremely interesting. You have to think scouts in the organization (Oil Kings, Oilers) have watched him a lot as he’s out of Edmonton. 146 pts in 33 gp (league record) in his Bantam draft year and went 1st overall. He now Captains the Giants in the WHL, is known for playing with a bit of an edge and is hard to move off the puck even though he’s only 6′ 200 lbs. He is most certainly talented enough to be in the bottom 2/3 of the first round. I wouldn’t be disappointed if the Oilers took him at 31.

  51. Bruce McCurdy says:

    rickithebear: Goals in the net coast a heck of a lot more than keeping goals out of the net!

    Any wonder that the focus is on defence, right across the league? It’s cheaper and easier to maintain.

  52. Centre of attention says:

    Oesterle hopefully learned a lesson after gathering his jockstrap up off the ice.

  53. Centre of attention says:

    Draisaitl shows Eberle how to get one off quick.

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