We’re just over a week away and at this point there are just a few tumblers left to click: Bob McKenzie’s final list, the top 30′s from speeds, Blue Bullet, SpOILer and of course all manner of misdirection from the 30 NHL clubs.
It’s kind of a fun time for draft fans like me. I kind of know the difference between Max Domi and Bo Horvat, between Mirco Mueller and Dillon Heatherington. I believe the Oilers will get three outstanding chances at grabbing a player, and then three darts at 500 paces to find a diamond in the rough.
Armed with my Oilers history, armed with my own bias, armed with my track record (which suggests this may be an exercise in futility), I embark on the ultimate guessing game: the Oilers at the draft.
- #7 overall: C Sean Monahan slips through the cracks and the Oilers land an outstanding prospect. Offense should be substantial, he has size and plays a 2-way game. The only negative is that it might take him some time to develop into the player Edmonton could use immediately. No matter, he’s going to be worth it when he arrives.
- #37 overall: G Tristan Jarry: A tremendous SP season despite being a backup goalie with the Oil Kings, and I do think the club probably has an idea about him (he’s in the system). Jarry is ranked early 30′s on my list but is much less famous than Fucale and Comrie and one suspects he’ll go lower than I have him ranked. Having said that, RLR has him as their second G option for the draft.
- #56 overall: R Michael McCarron is a monster and he’s just getting started. He’s improved his footspeed and brings a 6.05, 228 frame to every meeting. The Oilers will have to wait for him (McCarron is heading to Western Michigan in the fall) and this is an all or nothing selection, but I suspect he has enough of what the Oilers want that they’re going to go all in ear
- #128: L Martin Reway: Small skill winger, 50 points in 47 gp in the QMJHL. He matches MacT’s late round gem description pretty well.
- #158: L Edgars Kulda: Moved up the depth chart this season and had a fine run during the playoffs. Two-way winger.
- #188: R Connor Honey: Another possible late round gem, I have no idea why no one talks about him.
3 from the WHL, 1 from the OHL, QMJHL and USHL.
- Outstanding C prospect
- Quality G prospect
- One of the better PF prospects
- Two offensive W’s who are long shots and a future checker taken 158th.
I think that’s what we’re going to see at the draft.