The Edmonton Oilers secured Taylor Hall in round one of the 2010 NHL entry draft. What to do for an encore? Get the best possible value, especially in round 2. The names will go more quickly today and the Owners and presidents and General Managers will slip away and congratulate themselves on negotiating the rapids.
The room will be left to to the beer drinkers, to the men who can’t go more than 11 seconds without dropping an F-Bomb, to the men with the lesser haircuts and paychecks. The Oilers will be busy today:
- #31 (Rd2)
- #48 (Rd2)
- #61 (Rd3)
- #91 (Rd4)
- #121 (Rd5)
- #162 (Rd6)
- #166 (Rd6)
- #181 (Rd7)
Steve Tambellini said (and looked like) he was trying to move up in the first round. This from the SUN: “We were really aggressive in the top half of the first round, like most teams, but as we got down into the second half our scouts felt that we didn’t want to give up the picks. We’re going to have an important second round on Saturday. I’m looking forward to that.”
Kings GM Dean Lombardi gave us some valuable insight into what the trade market looked like on the draft floor when asked about the asking price to move up: “Sometimes you can’t even get a price. Sometimes you zero in on a guy, and particularly on draft day, picks have more value. At the trade deadline, we throw them around like nickels. Then on draft day, it’s almost like we hold them like gold. The other thing that happens is, you have scouts out there the whole year, and this is kind of like their day, so maybe you’re hesitant not to give them a guy they’ve zeroed in on. Only from about four picks ahead of him were people even considering it. Then, right before the pick, they go, `Ah, we’re taking it.’ Then you just keep working back.”
Buffalo’s Darcy Regier thought there would be more movement: “There were a lot of conversations over the last few days about players being moved, and it didn’t happen. Maybe the ask was too high. Teams in some cases were looking for first-round picks for players that everyone knows they’re either in a cap situation, they’re in a tough spot, and I think it’s good they didn’t get off the hook by collecting a bunch of first-round picks.” Fun guy, that Darcy Regier.
It is impossible to know the names of the kids Edmonton will select today (so much relies on what will be left), but here are a few names that might be available on day two:
- C Tyler Pitlick: Has size and is a center. Promising.
- D Jonathan Merrill: Combination of size,skill, intensity.
- C Tyler Toffoli: Skill center with footspeed issues.
- C John McFarland: Has speed and skill, attitude a worry.
- D Justin Faulk: Strong skater, hardest shot in the draft.
- G Calvin Pickard: Big WHL goalie with a .914 SP.
- C Calle Jarnkrok: BSA. Slight W with impressive skill.
- L Petr Straka: Good skater with plus skill set.
- L Brad Ross: Sandpaper W with skill. Undersized.
- D Alex Petrovic: Nice combination of size and speed.
- L Ludvig Rensfeldt: Big W with skill, very consistent.
- C Ryan Spooner: Very skilled playmaker.
- D Matt McKenzie: D with size can play physical style.
- D Mark Alt: Big defender with a wide range of skills.
- L Johan Larsson: Late breaker. Hard worker, skilled.
- C Stan Galiev: Tall, lean playmaking C fromt he Q.
- C Greg McKegg: Slippery C with good skills.
- G Kent Simpson: A solid technical goalie.
- D Stephen Johns: Huge D, will take time.
- D Patrik Nemeth: Huge D with, large wingspan.
- L Kiril Kabanov: Tall, talented and erratic. In all areas.
- R Teemu Pulkkinen: Skilled but inconsistent.
- C Jordan Weal: Unreal skill. 5.09, 162.
- C Oscar Lindberg: Skill C from Swedish juniors.
- D Brock Beukeboom: Chip off the old block.
- R Brett Bulmer: Lanky winger spiked late.
- C Jakub Culek: Big, skilled C with speed. Sleeper.
- G Mathieu Corbiel: Mammoth G. Blocks out the sun.
- L Devante Smith-Pelly: Skill W with some grit.
- L Jason Zucker: 2-way winger.
- D Troy Rutkowski: Draft wild card. Skilled, inconistent.
- R Jared Knight: Skill W with average size and speed.
- D Taylor Aronson: Complete skills, raw. Shone late.
- C Kevin Sundher: Energy player, +speed and some skill.
- D Joey Leach: Rugged D with size. He can play defense.
- L Curtis Hamilton: A nice size/skill combination.
- C Viktor Ohman: Big C plays a physical game. Skilled.
- L Maxim Kitsyn: High risk skilled Russian.
- L Justin Shugg: Small, skill winger.
- L Sondre Olden: Big Swedish winger with skill.
A few notes on these 40 players. It is not a comprehensive list, there are 50 more names that I could list and still miss an Oiler pick. If the player Edmonton drafted isn’t familiar to you (especially after round two, EDM seems to reward their area scouts in round three) its best to check the Al Gore.
I’ll be around today and will post the selections and trades immediately on this blog. It was a very big day for the Edmonton Oilers yesterday, they drafted a player who should have a major and long-reaching impact on the organization. Stu (Magnificent Bastard) MacGregor’s job today (along with the scouts) is to make this draft even better. The 2007-10 Oilers cluster of picks is already impressive, but there are more bullets in the gun.