The Edmonton Oilers have one more lottery bullet to spend at the draft. Should they go blue? Center? Winger? Big forward?
For the last while I’ve suggested the Oilers list might look like this:
- Seth Jones
- Nathan MacKinnon
- Jonathan Drouin
- Sasha Barkov
- Sean Monahan
- Elias Lindholm
- Valeri Nicushkin
This isn’t my list (I’ll have that in June as we get closer to the draft) but I suspect it reflects what the Oilers are looking at currently.
- Corey Pronman: “Shinkaruk is a dynamic offensive player who is a unique skater with high-end hands and finishing ability. He is a little on the small side, though.”
Shinkaruk’s NHLE (82, 14-19-33) compares at the same level as another player in the range, Anthony Mantha (82, 17-13-30) and it’s an interesting size/speed comparison.
- Mantha is 6.03, 200 and born September 1994; Shinkaruk is 5.11, 175 and born October of 1994.
- Mantha scored 13 of his 50 goals on the PP, and had 214 sog. Shinkaruk scored 14 of his 37 goals on the PP, and the WHL doesn’t track shots.
If we’re projecting these players, which one would you choose first?