RIP THIS JOINT

No matter how this season ends, the Edmonton Oilers will need a strong draft to sustain a successful future. A lot of people are saying this is a weak draft, but many people said 2002 was a poor one, too. Edmonton drafted Jarret Stoll and Matt Greene that season, proving there is value available every draft year.

THE OILERS IN THE 2017 DRAFT

  • First Round: No. 22 overall
  • Third Round: No. 74 overall (FROM ST. LOUIS—this is payment for Nail Yakupov)
  • Third Round: No. 84 overall
  • Fourth Round: No. 115 overall
  • Fifth Round: No. 130 overall (FROM Vancouver—this is payment for Phil Larsen)
  • Fifth Round: No. 146 overall
  • Sixth Round: No. 177 overall
  • Seventh Round: No. 208 overall

Edmonton has eight selections, I think we should be aware that first-round selection could be going for a couple of later picks (depending on who is available). I had hoped Cale Makar would be available when the Oilers picks, that no longer seems reasonable. Lots of movement this time, as players continue to separate from each other.

 DRAFT TOP 93, 2017

  1. (1) RC Nolan Patrick, Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL). Complete player, effective, deadly.
  2. (3) L Nico Hischier, Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL). Most exciting player in the draft. Not close.
  3. (2) R Owen Tippett, Mississauga Steelheads (OHL). Size, speed, best sniper in the draft.
  4. (4) RD Timothy Liljegren, Rogle (Swe Jr). Mobile 2-way D, complete range of skills.
  5. (5) RC Gabriel Vilardi, Windsor Spitfires (OHL). Creative center with size. Delivering results.
  6. (7) LD Juuso Valimaki, Tri-City Americans (WHL). Big puck mover, talented, creative.
  7. (6) RC Nick Suzuki, Owen Sound Attack (OHL). Speedy, creative, sublime passer, one dimensional.
  8. (8) LC Casey Mittelstadt, Green Bay Gamblers (USHL). High skill, quick hands, extra gear.
  9. (9) L Elias Pettersson, Timra (Swe-1). Brilliant passer, creative, late bloomer.
  10. (10) RC Cody Glass, Portland Winterhawks (WHL). Smart 2-way center.
  11. (12) L Eeli Tolvanen, Sioux City Musketeers (USHL). Plus skater, great one-timer. Sniper.
  12. (13) LD Nicholas Hague, Mississauga Steelheads (OHL). Rangy, aggressive, big shot from point.
  13. (14) C Michael Rasmussem, Tri-City Americans (WHL). Big C, dominant physically, good skater.
  14. (23) RD Cale Makar, Brooks Bandits (AJHL). Fast defender with exceptional puck-moving acumen.
  15. (11) L Nikita Popugaev, Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL). Big winger, good skater, plus shot, passer.
  16. (15) C Mason Shaw, Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL). Small skill C, terrific skills.
  17. (16) L Kristian Vesalainen, Frolunda (SHL). Big W, skilled, strong, good shot can play L or R.
  18. (17) R Kailer Yamamoto, Spokane Chiefs (WHL). Smart player, elusive, offensive. Lacks top gear.
  19. (18) LC Lias Andersson, Linkoping (SHL). Throwback 2-way C, aggressive, quick. 5.11, 200.
  20. (19) R Martin Necas, Brno (Czech). High speed skill W, just 5.11.
  21. (21) RC Robert Thomas, London Knights (OHL). Speedy forward, creative offensive player.
  22. (26) R Klim Kostin, Balashikha (MHL). Giant W with ability to bull his way, good offense.
  23. (24) RD Cal Foote, Kelowna Rockets (WHL). Huge D, awkward skater, good passer, tough.
  24. (29) R Kole Lind, Kelowna Rockets (WHL). Speedy winger with skill.
  25. (22) G Mike DiPietro, Windsor Spitfires (OHL). 38gp, 2.11 .927, is on a very good run.
  26. (25) RC Ivan Lodnia, Erie Otters (OHL). Small skill C, great skater.
  27. (20) L Matthew Strome, Hamilton Bulldogs (OHL). Strong 2-way W, offensive potential.
  28. (27) G Jake Oettinger, Boston University (NCAA). 23gp, 1.79 .936. Fabulous numbers.
  29. (28) R Aleksi Heponiemi, Swift Current Broncos (WHL). Cerebral winger with skill, anticipation.
  30. (30) RC Morgan Geekie, Tri-City Americans (WHL). Tall thin C with 2-way rep and emerging offense.
  31. (31) L Isaac Ratcliffe, Guelph Storm (OHL). Big winger, great skater, some skill.
  32. (33) RD Conor Timmins, SSE Greyhounds (OHL). Impressive numbers, good at both ends of the ice.
  33. (34) LD Uro Vaakanainen, JYP (Sm-Liiga). Fast two-way blue with a good shot.
  34. (37) LC Jake Leschyshyn, Regina Pats (WHL). Responsible 2-way C, I will love him.
  35. (35) LD Miro Heiskanen, HIFK (Sm-Liiga). Puck-moving defender with excellent vision and speed.
  36. (36) LC Evan Barratt, USNDTP (USHL). Small finesse center with substantial skills.
  37. (32) R Nicholas Henry, Regina Pats (WHL). Emerging scorer making a move up the list. Not fast.
  38. (38) LC Jaret-Anderson Dolan, Spokane Chiefs (WHL). Small, very quick skater and plus skill.
  39. (39) RC Joni Ikonen, Frolunda (Swe SuperElite). Small skill center with good speed.
  40. (40) LC Ryan Poehling, St. Cloude State (NCAA). Big skill C with an offensive reputation.
  41. (41) LD Noel Hoefenmeyer, Ottawa 67s (OHL). Fairly complete defender, good D and some offense.
  42. (42) RD Henri Jokiharju, Portland Winterhawks (WHL). Smooth skating Finn OD, needs defensive work.
  43. (46) R Stelio Mattheos, Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL). Excellent skater, heavy shot.
  44. (43) LC Morgan Frost, SSM Greyhounds (OHL). Smart, skilled, and emerging.
  45. (44) LC Joshua Norris, USNDTP (USHL). Two-way C showing good offense.
  46. (45) RD Kale Fleury, Kootenay Ice (WHL). Fascinating prospect. Haydn’s brother. Range of skills.
  47. (NR) RC Alexander Chmelevski, Ottawa 67s (OHL). Impressive skills, outststanding TP game.
  48. (47) L Alex Formenton, London Knights (OHL). An absolute burner, has some skill.
  49. (48) RD Pierre-Olivier Joseph, Charlottetown Islanders (QMJHL). Two-way D, some nice boxcars.
  50. (49) R Adam Ruzicka, Sarnia Sting (OHL). Big (6.04, 202) forward who plays intelligent game.
  51. (50) L Jason Roberstson, Kingston Frontenacs (OHL). Big (6.02, 196), skilled. Oiler. Speed average.
  52. (51) LC Shane Bowers, Waterloo Blackhawks (USHL). Impressive two-way C, plus skill.
  53. (52) RD Artyom Minulin, Swfit Current Broncos (WHL). Big defender with emerging skills.
  54. (56) L Mackenzie Entwistle, Hamilton Bulldogs (OHL). Big winger, who can skate, check, some skill.
  55. (53) L Maxime Comtois, Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL). Skilled, good size, skating average.
  56. (54) LC Alexei Lipanov, Dyanmo Balashikha (VHL). Two-way C, a little shy offensively.
  57. (58) L Ostap Safin, Sparta Praha (Cze). Big forward, good skater, has plus skills. Nice range.
  58. (55) LC Marcus Davidsson, Djurgardens (SHL). Two-way center has some offense, nice range of skills.
  59. (57) RD Eemeli Rasanen, Kingston Frontenacs (OHL). Giant defender with skill, mobility.
  60. (NR) R Lukas Elvenes, Rogle (SuperElite). Highly skilled winger, terrific hands. May be underrated here.
  61. (NR) LD Patrick Brannstrom, HV71 (SHL). Undersized skill defender, outstanding skater.
  62. (59) C Jesper Boqvist, Brynas (SHL). Average size, good speed and skill.
  63. (60) L Zach Gallant, Peterborough Petes (OHL). Fast skater, intelligent player, boxcars moving.
  64. (61) RC Scott Reedy, USNDTP (USHL). Center with speed, range of skills, dynamic.
  65. (NR) L Jacob Tortora, USNDTP (USHL). He is a burner and he is skilled and he is small.
  66. (NR) L Grant Mismash, USNDTP (USHL). Physical winger with some skill. 16
  67. (NR) G Keith Petruzzeli, Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL). An actual giant, appears to be a goalie, too.
  68. (NR) L Jason Robertson, Kingston Frontenacs (OHL). Big winger with a good shot. Speed hurts him.
  69. (NR) G Daniil Tarasov, Ufa (MHL). Tall thin goalie impressed at U18s.
  70. (NR) RC Nathan Schnarr, Guelph Storm (OHL). Big center with speed, a little shy offensively.
  71. (NR) RD Ian Mitchell, Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL). Undersized, mobile two-way defender.
  72. (NR) LD Dylan Samberg, Hermantown High (USHS). Big (6.03, 190) mobile blue. Offense a mystery.
  73. (62) LD Robin Salo, Sport Vaasa (SML). Two-way defender, mature.
  74. (NR) RD Josh Brook, Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL). Mobile, dependable, emerging. Could be a find.
  75. (NR) LD Cameron Crotty, Brockville Braves (CCHL). Intelligent two-way defender, great passer.
  76. (NR) LC Antoine Morand, Acadie-Bathurst Titan (QMJHL). Very small, very skilled.
  77. (NR) LD David Farrance, USNDTP (USHL). Great skater, good passer, shy on boxcars for OD.
  78. (NR) L Pavel Koltygin, Drummondville Voltigeurs (QMJHL). Two-way winger.
  79. (NR) LC Jordy Bellerive, Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL). Undersized, nifty and aggressive F with skill.
  80. (NR) G Olle Eriksson Ek, Farjestads (SuperElite). Big goalie with a good track record.
  81. (NR) LC Austen Keating, Ottawa 67s (OHL). Offensive center, more consistent this season.
  82. (NR) RD Brady Lyle, Brampton Battalion (OHL). Good size, speed two-way defender.
  83. (NR) RC Greg Meireles, Kitchener Rangers (OHL). Smaller forward, speedy, responsible.
  84. (NR) W Jonas Rondberg, Vaxjo (Swe Jrs). Smart offensive winger with plus skills, lacks top end finish.
  85. (NR) LD Scott Walford, Victoria Royals (WHL). Mobile defender who can close gaps.
  86. (NR) LD Jonathan Smart, Regina Pats (WHL). Great outlet passer, is a good defender. Trade helped.
  87. (NR) G Stuart Skinner, Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL). Strong showing at TP game.
  88. (NR) L David Noel, Val D’Or Foreurs (QMJHL). Strong winger with an excellent shot.
  89. (NR) L Georgi Ivanov, Loko Yaroslavl (MHL). Skill F with some elements associated with a PF.
  90. (NR) L Rickard Hugg, Leksands (SHL). Two-way center with some offense.
  91. (NR) LC Joseph Garreffa, Kitchener Rangers (OHL). Small speed merchant with skill.
  92. (NR) RC Jack Studnicka, Oshawa Generals (OHL). Impressive skater, good size, not scoring as hoped.
  93. (NR) RC Fabian Zetterlund, Farjestands (SuperElite). High skill, intelligent forward. Inconsistent.

SECOND OILERS MOCK, 2017

  • First Round: No. 22 overall— R Kole Lind, Kelowna Rockets (WHL). Speedy winger with scoring ability. His progression this year (25 goals and 66 points in 51 games) suggests he is going to be an NHL calibre scorer. Has natural talent and an excellent wrist shot.
  • Third Round: No. 74 overall (FROM ST. LOUIS—this is payment for Nail Yakupov)—RC Scott Reedy, USNDTP (USHL). center with good speed range of skills, dynamic. He can protect the puck well and is an excellent passer. He may spike before the end of the season, but would be good value now at this number.
  • Third Round: No. 84 overall— L Georgi Ivanov, Loko Yaroslavl (MHL). Skill F with some elements associated with a PF. He is creative and a good passer. Impressed at Hlinka 2016.
  • Fourth Round: No. 115 overall—RD Mac Hollowell, SS Marie Greyhounds (OHL). Puck-moving defender with speed. Makes good decisions, excellent passer. Numbers lagging behind the scouting reports, but the skating is a real positive.
  • Fifth Round: No. 129 overall (FROM Vancouver—this is payment for Phil Larsen)—RD Martin Bodak, Tappara (Sm-Liiga). Smart puck-moving defender, mobile and shows defensive acumen. He is 6.01, 176, so isn’t a small player. Could be real value and he is ranked No. 60 EURO skater.
  • Fifth Round: No. 146 overall—RC Tyler Steenbergen, Swift Current Broncos (WHL). This is an excellent prospect, he could go higher based on his impressive season. He has 39 goals in 52 games this year.
  • Sixth Round: No. 177 overallG Dayton Rasmussen, Tri-City Storm (USHL). Big goalie, solid positioning, good rebound control. This is his second year in the USHL, on his way to college next season.
  • Seventh Round: No. 208 overall—LD Zachary Lauzon, Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL). Younger brother of Boston Bruins draft pick Jeremy Lauzon, he is not a puck mover but plays an intelligent game.

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32 Responses to "RIP THIS JOINT"

  1. Glass says:

    I love these posts. I don’t think I’d be opposed to selling the first for two 2nd’s. Grab a RC and RD and let them blossom.

  2. sliderule says:

    My advice to the oilers is to pick overagers or Europeans thru rounds five through seven.

    That is where there has been the best bang for the buck.

    The CHL players in that range have been over scouted and finding value is hard.

  3. Optimism is like heroin says:

    Is there any way to include who might be available as college free agents too? Trading picks this year to balance the pro roster (goalie, 3c and rhd) may be the order of the day at both deadline and draft time. Chia signed 4 last year with 3 showing very good arrows at last look.

    I agree with you LT that our system needs stocking but with Connor in his affordable part of his career how important is it to achieve balance now with proven players over magic beans?

  4. leadfarmer says:

    LT when you get a chance could you please comment on what makes this a weak draft?

  5. Alpine says:

    This has to be the most Finn heavy draft we’ve ever seen.

  6. Centre of attention says:

    R Klim Kostin, Balashikha (MHL). Giant W with ability to bull his way, good offense.
    L Nikita Popugaev, Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL). Big winger, good skater, plus shot, passer.
    L Kristian Vesalainen, Frolunda (SHL). Big W, skilled, strong, good shot can play L or R.

    These 3 we should probably get familiar with. Size + skating + scoring is the Oilers check list.

    I was watching some WHL games last month (online streams) while scouting Benson / Bear / Caleb and that Popugaev kid really stood out for me. Definitely a Bob Green player. Popugaev is a righty as well, which is something the organization is lacking. He plays both wings for Prince George. Heard Stauffer mention him by name about a week ago too, when discussing the draft.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Popugaev was gone before the Oilers pick though.

    Did a quick youtube search and here’s our suspect in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4qCMFhu-6k

  7. Lowetide says:

    leadfarmer:
    LT when you get a chance could you please comment on what makes this a weak draft?

    Their REs are lower than normal earlier, the OHL is not strong (that is a bad sign) and we haven’t seen a bunch of kids spike. That may happen, and the draft may have a better reputation by spring.

  8. Gordies Elbow says:

    For your #23 player, RD Kallan Foote, I believe that he goes by the name Cal Foote. His dad Adam was something of a hockey player, as well. My bet for Edmonton’s pick.

  9. Professor Q says:

    Gordies Elbow,

    Yes, he’s a ‘C’, and not a ‘K’.

    And no wonder he’s an awkward skater. Size 17 US in skate size, at his age!

    Still though, those two Rockets look intriguing. Could maybe look forward to joining Draisaitl?

  10. LMHF#1 says:

    Trade the picks. As many as you can. Go get players. Upgrade the 50-man.

  11. geowal says:

    sliderule:
    My advice to the oilers is to pick overagers or Europeans thru rounds five through seven.

    That is where there has been the best bang for the buck.

    The CHL players in that range have been over scouted and finding value is hard.

    Isn’t that what they did in 2014, more or less, with terrible results?

    Edit: never mind, confusing college bound with Euros

  12. Gordies Elbow says:

    Professor Q,

    Yep, and like LT, huge fan of Jake Leschyshyn. His dad Curtis was underrated.

    Brent Sutter said about Jake, “I’ve always loved Jake as a player,” said Sutter. “He’s a real good solid two-way guy, he comes to play every game and he has a great understanding of the game. One thing about Jake too is he comes from a great family. His mom and dad are great people. If we weren’t hosting the Mem Cup, that trade probably would have never happened.” – link

  13. Centre of attention says:

    BTW: Another tidbit on Popugaev, he was recently traded and the offense has trailed off a bit.

    Moose Jaw Warriors: 40 GP 22 goals 29 assists 51 points
    Prince George Cougars: 14 GP 2 goals 6 assists 8 points

    Maybe usage is holding him back in his new home? I wonder about line mates?

    Maybe the struggles on his new team cause him to fall a bit, but I think there’s a player there for sure.

  14. square_wheels says:

    Gordies Elbow,

    I was at the Hitmen/Pats game here in YYC a week ago and while there were several Draft +1 guys that starred (Bean hat trick and Steel 4pts), I couldn’t help but notice how well positioned Jake was on every shift. Good wheels, finished hits, great forechecking…….would be a middle 6 forward that if left to ripen in his Draft +1 and then 2 years AHL could be a great asset.

    Not the biggest guy but lots of tools. The most important 2, skating and smarts clearly there.

    Going to see lots of playoff hockey on that powerhouse Pats club.

    Sidenote – does any team have a deeper young Dcorps with as much pedigree as Carolina ? Jeebus Fleury and Bean in the pipeline.

  15. Gordies Elbow says:

    square_wheels,

    When I saw him play, the first player I thought of was Jarret Stoll. Good body position, always in the passing lane, maybe a step slow.

    If Jake projects to the be same size as his dad (6’1″, 205lbs, not unreasonable as he’s 5’11”, 182lbs as a 17 year old) – he could be the left shooting version of Jarret.

    I’m a huge WHL fan, and I agree with most draft fans – this one is pretty weak. I can see alot of picks moving around at the trade deadline and on draft day. There are still good players in the draft, but it looks like they may be few and far between.

  16. Professor Q says:

    geowal: Isn’t that what they did in 2014, more or less, with terrible results?

    Edit: never mind, confusing college bound with Euros

    No Russians?

  17. Soup Fascist says:

    Gordies Elbow:
    For your #23 player, RD Kallan Foote, I believe that he goes by the name Cal Foote. His dad Adam was something of a hockey player, as well. My bet for Edmonton’s pick.

    Awkward skater. Gets around OK in junior. Not sure how effective he will be at the next levels.

  18. doritogrande says:

    Sidenote – does any team have a deeper young Dcorps with as much pedigree as Carolina ? Jeebus Fleury and Bean in the pipeline.

    Philadelphia, and it’s not even close. Provorov, Sanheim, Morin, Myers, Hagg. Staggering.

    I could get behind Lind, resume seems nice and he checks the size quotient (6’1 according to eliteprospects), provided he’s got the speed to keep up. Your first rounder form the first mock, Robert Thomas, intrigues me too. These are the guys we’ve been wishing were on our roster the last 5 years, despite getting the J’s and 10’s instead.

    I fully expect Liljegren to drop. Has become a trend to find imaginary holes in top-D prospects. Remember the bullshit being thrown around about Ekblad a couple years ago? Unfortunately, Florida’s not as stupid as we thought they were. If he falls to the mid-teens a’la Chychrun, I want Chia to make the move up instead of down.

  19. Professor Q says:

    Soup Fascist: Awkward skater. Gets around OK in junior. Not sure how effective he will be at the next levels.

    Once Callan grows into his feet, his skating should improve, non? Maybe with Draisaitl’s coach (both former Rockets)?

  20. Scungilli says:

    Giant awkward. Sounds like today’s NHL.

    We should be hoping for skilled fast and aggressive. Aggressive is needed to beat stifling defensive systems unless they increase rink sizes. It’s why Connor is the best.

    Nuge and Eberle suffer from being raised too well.

  21. Soup Fascist says:

    Professor Q: Once Callan grows into his feet, his skating should improve, non? Maybe with Draisaitl’s coach (both former Rockets)?

    Sure. He is 18 – he could improve. Not sure I would bet the house with a first rounder on it, though.

    I loved the way his Pops played. Hope the kid has a great career.

  22. Soup Fascist says:

    Player 66 on your list just seems like he would have a hard time fitting into the Oilers – or any team’s for that matter – system.

    Can’t put my finger on why, LT.

  23. Rondo says:

    Oilers would jump at Miro Heiskanen in the early 20’s.

  24. JDï™ says:

    Burke on analytics:

    http://streamable.com/fmrld

  25. godot10 says:

    square_wheels:
    Gordies Elbow,

    Sidenote – does any team have a deeper young Dcorps with as much pedigree as Carolina ? Jeebus Fleury and Bean in the pipeline.

    The Oilogosphere doesn’t believe in drafting defensemen, ever! -).-).

  26. stush18 says:

    Hey LT,

    Is there any players of note that developed in the MHL that turned into quality NHL players?

  27. Lowetide says:

    stush18:
    Hey LT,

    Is there any players of note that developed in the MHL that turned into quality NHL players?

    Oh yes. Here is one
    http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=77237

  28. Oilanderp says:

    Sell all of the cabbages and cows for Timothy Liljegren. My nhl17 franchise mode has him turning into a #1 dman every time. This is all we need to know right? Also, it’s snowing in Victoria, send the army. Losing power. Rest of message will be in morse code if I

  29. Oilanderp says:

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  30. Ryan says:

    godot10: The Oilogosphere doesn’t believe in drafting defensemen, ever! -).-).

    They take too long to develop. -). -).

    Always take the bpa especially if it’s a left shot scoring winger… because we all know you can fill any roster hole by trading a left winger. GM’s around the league are clamouring to trade their #1 d, elite starting goalies, and 1c’s for left shot scoring wingers. The sagacity of these GM’s is knowing that the key to winning championships is to build down the wings.

  31. russ99 says:

    I really like those first three mock picks. That would go a long way to fix the obvious dearth of skill forwards in the system.

    One concern about going the college FA route to do that is that it seems we need to promise them big league time to sign them. We need cost-controlled players in the AHL to use as value contracts when we’re maxed to the cap 2-3 years down the road.

    Do you see a CHL goalie selection before the 6th this year?

    Ellis looks good so far, and Broissoit scuffling a bit, and the Europeans a bit further behind. Maybe we need another prospect we can stash back in juniors next year.

  32. Clarkenstein says:

    How about Oil stop drafting players based on who their Daddy was and go for best player available. None of the current crop of former NHL’ers are ripping it up in the system.

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