The Edmonton Oilers selected Jordan Eberle No. 22 in 2008, and then played checkers until the draft was 100 picks old. This season looks the same, which is a damn shame for us draftniks. Here are some men who might be available and worth taking between No. 31 and No. 90 overall.
- C John Quenneville—Skill player blossomed in the postseason. Impressive finish.
- C Eric Cornell—A quality playmaker, he also has size. A trending player.
- R Alexander Goulet—A quality offensive center prospect.
I mentioned two of these players briefly in the original 31-60, but want to flesh out the argument for each right now.
- C John Quenneville: At even strength this season, he was 58GP, 16-24-40. That’s crazy good. Cody Nickolet: Quenneville is a big-bodied forward for the Wheat Kings. He has a very intriguing amount of skill to go with his frame and has shown the ability to play physical when he needs to. His skating is strong and he has a nice level of hockey IQ. He was near a point per game this season, further elevating that offence with 13 points in 9 playoff games.
- C Eric Cornell: 68GP, 19-23-42 at evens this season. Brock Otten: Cornel can play both center or wing, but is better suited as a winger, which is what he plays on the Ritchie/Garlent line. He has good size and is a terrific playmaker. He sees the ice well and is a very smart player in the offensive zone. He moves very well without the puck and is able to consistently find holes in the defense. His play without the puck greatly improved over the course of the year and we even saw a bit of sandpaper to his game by season’s end.
- C Alexander Goulet: Even strength he went 67GP, 21-17-38 this season. Solid. 5.11 190 and an April birthday. I like him. Ended his season 16GP, 5-11-16 and scored four point in four playoff games.