Kyle Woodlief’s Mock Draft is out, coming on the heels of an article he wrote yesterday suggesting there would be a lot of movement this year.
The article on movement is here and I think reflects the current temp of the draft. There is a willingness to trade down by teams at the top and a completely flacid response from teams who might be looking to move up. I think that may change as we get closer to the draft, as Edmonton’s apparent wish to deal out of #1 should eventually find a connection.
Woodlief frames the issue well:
- The Oilers could have happily selected Murray, Morgan Rielly (hint, hint) or Mathew Dumba second overall after Nail Yakupov came off the board. But now, how do you sell to your fan base using the first pick to take a player with significantly less upside than Yakupov?
Edmonton has done everything they can to tell the 29 other teams they are open for business and the internet is full of rumors and chaos. Bottom line: if they are still at #1 on Friday and pick anyone other than Yakupov, the story of this draft will be “drafting for need” and “not taking the best player available.”
I’m of the belief that the scouting department should have the courage of their convictions and have stated same. I also believe Steve Tambellini should make sure he’s satisfied that the scouting staff has done their due diligence. I am not in favor of the GM–or Kevin Lowe, or Craig MacTavish or even Daryl Katz–overruling the scouting department.
If you employ these people to do exactly the job you’re not allowing them to do–what does that say about your organization? Trust your board.