The Edmonton Oilers enter day one of the Entry Draft with only one selection in the top 100. For a team with two bona fide NHLers in the last three drafts (Gagner and Cogliano) and at least four who look like the real deal (Nash, Petry, Peckham and Chorney) from the same crop perhaps there is no pressing need for additional picks.
Kevin Lowe is in both dailies and on the radio today saying that there have been about two dozen specific trade discussions and they may add one of two more picks.
History tells us that Lowe will do something today or tomorrow, even if it’s only a swap of picks. I think there’s a chance they deal Jarret Stoll today but there hasn’t been any specific talk I’ve read about in the last couple of days.
Lowe did speculate that Pitkanen would be here in the fall and that’s fine by me.
We’ve read enough from management in the last couple of days that it’s probably fair to go ahead and say that day 2 of the draft will be back to the Coke Machines. If they do end up adding a second round pick today that’ll probably be for a Coke Machine too.
The Oilers dealt Jason Chimera to move up and grab Geoff Paukovich a few years back, so it’s possible Jarret Stoll could be dealt for a second (and maybe another, later pick) or they may have found a home for JF Jacques or Marc Pouliot.
Either way, the draft is always fun. Things I’ll be watching closely include the Leafs trading their first round pick, Brian Burke thanking Kevin Lowe for Kyle Beach and the annual “wtf?” top 5 selection that has recently involved Blake Wheeler and Tom Hickey. My guess this season? Joshua Bailey.
Here are my predictions for the Oilers picks today:
- 22nd: Colby Robak (unless Eberle is still there)
- Added 2nd: AJ Jenks
I’ll be updating all day and if the Oilers make a deal it’ll be here. I also suggest NOTHING TO SEE HERE (click on right), Mirtle and Team 1260′s coverage starts today at 3PM.
Two final notes: we should probably prepare for the possibility EDM chooses a goalie. Bad asset management in a deep skill draft imo but Brownlee mentioned it as did Guy and they are connected.
Also, watch Toronto. Something tells me they are going to do something real and spectacular. They may end up moving down in the first round and it could be a blockbuster. No inside info (obviously), but the moment is right: Fletcher’s a riverboat gambler, they’d love to upstage Ottawa and freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose.