The players who might be heading out of town were covered here.
We also talked about what those picks might look like here.
So really what we probably have to look forward to today is another “Edmonton trades Jason Chimera for the pick that becomes Geoff Paukovich” kind of day. Right?
Jarret Stoll seems to be the lightning rod, but we’ve heard Pitkanen, Smid and Sugartits rumors this week too.
We also still have our list of Coke Machines:
- C AJ Jenks (OHL) 6-1, 206
- LW Luke Adam (OHL) 6-1, 210
- RW Jared Staal (OHL) 6-3, 195
- C Joel Champagne (QMJHL) 6-3, 210
- LW Geordie Wudrick (WHL) 6-3, 204
- RW Jimmy Hayes (USHL) 6-4, 210
Plus several quality prospects who weren’t drafted today:
- D Colby Robak
- C Corey Trivino
- C Zac Dalpe
- G Harry Sateri
- G Jacob Markstrom
Plus that Russian guy (Evgeny Grachev, another center) that Robin Brownlee has been telling us about (quoting him from his blog “As tricky as it is getting players here from Russia and despite having been burned by 2000 first-round bust Alexei Mikhnov, the Oilers scouting staff thinks very highly of Grachev.”)
So when the draft starts later today I wouldn’t be at all surprised to find out that Jarret Stoll had been traded to Los Angeles for a second round pick that turns into the Russian powerforward. It’s very similar to the Chimera for Paukovich deal four years ago, so similar the Oilers are still waiting for one of the Coke Machines to turn into an NHL player.
UPDATE: No trades from overnight and the Oilers may get shut out of the second round because there’s so much talent still available. This does resemble 2003 in that there’s so much still out there (the guy I wanted Edmonton to draft with their first round pick that year, Patrick O’Sullivan, didn’t go until 56th overall) and teams may decide that a Jarret Stoll, Raffi Torres, Rob Schremp or Marc Pouliot will be available for other assets later in the summer.
Using Bob McKenzie’s Top 60 list, the following players are still available:
- #23: G Jacob Markstrom (.931SP in Swe Jr)
- #25: C Nicolas Deschamps (#17 on RLR)
- #28: D Colby Robak (nice range of skills)
- #31: G Jake Allen (.948SP at World U-18′s)
- #32: C Zac Dalpe (terrific offensive prospect)
- #34: LW Luke Adam (big man with hands)
- #36: C Corey Trivino (skilled)
- #37: C Maxime Sauve (fast and skilled)
- #38: LW Mikael Stefanovich (big scorer from Q)
- #39: RW Danny Kristo (quick and smart)
- #40: D Aaron Ness (small skill D)
- #55 : C Evgeny Grachev (Russian PF)
- #57: G Harry Sateri (Finn goalie)
Edmonton once picked up two second round picks (for Jochen Hecht) that turned into Jarret Stoll and Jeff Deslauriers. The players most often mentioned yesterday (Stoll, Torres) are not at their highest level of value due to injuries and ineffectiveness (plus pricetag).
The Oilers may have to shop some roster players who have youth and upside in order to get a deal done. Names might include Ladislav Smid, Matt Greene, Marc Pouliot and Rob Schremp. Is trading Marc Pouliot for the pick that gets you a player from the list above good value?
Maybe. However, it would not be the worst possible outcome if the Oilers don’t make a trade today. No sense giving up Pouliot if he’s in the plans.