There are a lot of good C’s and D’s in the 2011 draft group; the Edmonton Oilers can fill the cupboard at both positions with some wise selections next weekend. At the top of the draft, Edmonton is extremely likely to select Ryan Nugent-Hopkins number one overall. There are also rumblings that Steve Tambellini will move up into the first round in order to select another quality talent. Possible picks in that range include Ryan Murphy, Mark McNeill and Mark Scheifele.
Beyond that, there are some very nice prospects available outside the first round. Here’s a list of possible Oilers picks beyond 1, 19 and 31:
- D Joel Edmundson: Big, mobile defender. Lanky, he has a mean streak and at 6.05 he’s going to be a load as a full grown man.
- C Joachim Nermark: 6.01 center, excellent skater with soft hands. There was some buzz after the Ivan Hlinka last summer but he fell off early and I don’t know where he’ll go in the draft. He has some things the Oilers value.
- D Tyler Wotherspoon: Size and mobility, plus he’s improved a great deal in the last two seasons. Oilers love big men with good speed again–they went away from it for awhile, drafting defenders like Taylor Chorney–but I think guys like Wotherspoon are the future of the Oilers blueline.
- F Colin Jacobs: Big 2-way winger with exceptional work ethic. Hard working role player who perhaps disappointed (22 goals) offensively but may have another gear. Appears to be more than the numbers from this season imply.
- C Dylan Wruck: Small center who improved a great deal during the season. Scored 38 goals for the Oil Kings and showed great work ethic. Intelligent player.
- C Marcel Noebels: Big, strong center with surprising skill. He has a heavy shot and displays very good passing ability. Could be a draft day steal.