Stu MacGregor did the rounds yesterday and gave us a few nuggets to ponder as Combine week gets underway. Sounds like they’re interviewing about 75% of the available talent, and one imagines a few of those will be potential 2nd and 3rd round picks. We can hope they add a pick or two into the second day of the draft.
- MacGregor: “There’s about six players that will be involved in that discussion. And you have to be prepared for moving and if the pick moves or not moves or if you make a decision if you’re able to obtain another pick so you’re also building yourself for not only the number three overall pick but you’re building yourself for throughout the rest of the draft. The number has to be kind of at six or seven just in case there is some type of movement. You may get an opportunity or an offer that’s just incredible that you have to think about and be able to weigh the options and weigh what you’re getting in return for a possible move from your draft position.”
Last time they gave us the list (Nail, Murray, Grigorenko, Forsberg, Reinhart) but this time we’re left to guess. May I?
THE LIST OF SIX EDMONTON IS CONSIDERING AT NO. 3 OVERALL
- D Aaron Ekblad: A possible franchise defenseman, I still think the Oilers have him No. 1.
- C Sam Bennett: A complete skill set, he duplicates a lot of what the Nuge delivers, but is a fine EV scorer, something that Nuge hasn’t delivered yet.
- C Sam Reinhart: Terrific hockey player, insane passer. God I love that skill. Another Nuge, except without the edges and forechecking anticipation.
- C Leon Draisaitl: Pretty much the equal of the other two offensively, and 20-25 pounds heavier than the other two. Heavy skill, heavy player. MBS said “powerful” several times in reference to the German.
- L Michael Dal Colle: Sniper off the wing, great shot, great skills. Seems to be universally regarded as top winger available in the draft.
- L Nick Ritchie: Power forward with a great shot. Edmonton will want a unique player, and he’s one (if he can score 30 a year).
The quote from MacGregor is fascinating—there’s a lot there, even if it’s misdirection—and can send us hither and yon looking for ideas and possible solutions. What could the Oilers be up to?
POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS TO CREATING A LIST OF SIX
- Oilers still can’t decide between players three through six.
- Oilers are looking to trade down from No. 3, possibly as low as No. 6 overall (this may mean trades with Calgary, NY Islanders or Vancouver).
- Oilers are looking to ADD a pick in the top six overall, meaning a major trade involving exceptional talent.
- I’m reading way too much into the situation.
The first option seems ludicrous. It’s the job of the scouting staff to create a list and make a recommendation, and that’s just what they’ll do. MacT may have asked for an action plan for a specific trade down to No. 5 (Islanders are always the crazy) overall, maybe finding a jet skier from the Motherland for Mikhail Prokhorov.
10 this morning, moving target for guests. I’ll talk Oil Kings with Kent Simpson (color commentator on TSN 1260) and Bruce McCurdy (Cult of Hockey) at the top of each hour, and looking to do some draft stuff as the morning rolls along. I was off Friday and Monday, want to thank Dave Jamieson and Dustin Nielson for doing fabulous jobs both days.