The first Edmonton Oilers draft under Peter Chiarelli was an adventure, kind of like a thriller you’re not quite sure you want to be involved in, but cannot bring yourself to look away from, no matter the danger. The team chose a young man who could be the best Oilers draft pick of my lifetime, had him endure the most awkward moment of anyone’s lifetime (Mr. Katz is wooden in public, no other way to put it) and then waltzed into the draft with a wrecking ball. Although this is a draft post, I’m going to start with Chiarelli’s chores and what he got done this weekend.
Draft McDavid(and sign him) Find a quality goalie option (this is the Talbot item)
- Acquire a legit top pairing blue (as always, clear as mud days before bullets fly.
Dougie Hamilton=perfect fit)
- Sign a more offensive two-way F
- Ignore MacT re: Marincin (Or trade Marincin for real value and not a damn pick)
Chiarelli managed to draft McDavid (while also saying hello to the city of Florida), now he needs to sign him. There’s no extra credit for this but it’s part of the summer business. The Talbot addition was a major part of the weekend, really huge and based on Darcy McLeod’s work I think this can be judged as a clear win. It is NOT a sure thing, we need to remember it. Just because it’s an ‘Oilogosphere endorsed’ move doesn’t mean this is the dawning of the age of winning every night. This is going to be a tough season if the Oilers don’t add a top defender. I also believe the team needs to add a two-way F, a Pisani, but we’ll see (many don’t agree with me).
The Marincin trade was telegram Sam, we saw it forever. No. 107 overall isn’t much at all, they sent that down the line for Eric Gryba (my daughter, Sens fan, has been mocking me all day. Thanks Pete!) and we are here.
The Reinhart add (for me) is another addition to the prospect group, no more, no less. He’s miles better than Colten Teubert, but teams don’t trade No. 4 overall picks who are working out swell so let’s be real about it. I have said, and believe, it was an overpay.
If Reinhart ends up being Colten Teubert, please hold it against Peter Chiarelli and Bob Green. If he turns out to be splendid, give them credit. In the meantime, let’s not beat each other up too badly, okay? Thanks.
LOWETIDE PROJECTED WEEKEND (KISS OF DEATH)
- No. 1 overall: C Connor McDavid. My guess is he’s at center ice for opening faceoff 2015-16, with Hall and Eberle alongside. Music!
- No. 16 overall: C Joel Eriksson Ek. Impressive C, good offense and a gritty style.
- No. 33 overall: D Travis Dermott. Effective offensive defender, can play defense.
- No. 57 overall: D Ethan Bear. Solid defenseman, built like a brick outhouse, fine shot.
- No. 79 overall: G Matej Tomek. Tomek and Jalad at Tanagra. He’s a good goalie.
- No. 86 overall: C Tyler Soy. Very talented player, spiked in the second half.
- No. 117 overall: D Jeremy Lauzon. Big defender with a range of skills. May be long gone before this.
- No. 124 overall: R Keegan Kolesar. Tough winger with some skill, Oilers looking for this type. He can play.
- No. 154 overall: C Alexandre Goulet. Checking C if he makes it, does a lot well at evens.
- No. 184 overall: C Tyson Baillie. Extreme skill, hard worker, speed only average. Could be a home run pick. Seriously.
Well, the Oilers drafted two of them—that’s progress. McDavid is incredible, just awesome. My God, I damn near teared up when the kid put on the new uniform (and then fell ashen when the Katz video hit. Whatever Scarlett Johansson does to my brain, that video is the opposite) and he’s going to be beautiful for a long time in our town. Ethan Bear? He’s a helluva prospect. More in a minute.
HARVEST MOON, 2015
- Round 1, No. 1 overall: C Connor McDavid. I’m going to quote Red Line here: “Is the kind of player on the ice, and the kind of person off the ice, that you want associated with your franchise.” Well. That’s a compliment.
- Round 1, No.16 overall and Round 2, No. 33 overall: G Griffin Reinhart. I quote Pronman a lot because he combines actual knowledge with nuance. Here’s what he said about Reinhart draft day: Corey Pronman, Hockey Prospectus: What separates him from other big defensemen is that he has the puck skills to make people miss, execute all the little plays in tight quarters, and to deliver crisp, accurate passes consistently. Reinhart also has a more aggressive offensive element to his game as he will join the rush and doesn’t shy from being creative in the offensive end of the rink. He also has a pretty big shot from the point that he can put a lot of his big frame into. The thing that has seen Reinhart establish himself so well in the industry has been his improvements. Believe what you will, I think we need to see him for a season before making any sweeping statements. I remain convinced of two things: It WAS an overpay, and Reinhart is a fine young player. He needs to contribute right away to make this worth the bet and there’s no way I can tell you that’s sure. No way.
- Round 2, No. 57, Round 3, No. 79 and Round 5, No. 184 overall: G Cam Talbot. I like this trade plenty, said so at the time. I thought it would be No. 33 and a second-round pick next season. Seriously, I’m not lying. That’s a nice get. I would run Talbot—Scrivens but have been told I’m crazy for thinking it. Thoughts? Nice. Very nice moment, second best moment of the weekend.
- Round 3, No. 86 overall: Todd McLellan. Actual NHL coach, that’s a big damn deal. I don’t like giving up this pick, and really wonder why the Oilers wouldn’t wait until next year. Offer sheet? Hamilton’s OS would be matched, I’d bet your house. Saad? We live in interesting times.
- Round 4, No. 107 overall: Eric Gryba. Oilers gave up Martin Marincin, another young defenseman and the bleeding continues. It’s incredible to see, just an open faucet that sends good water to the sea, no one notices. Peter Chiarelli, close that faucet. Now! Travis Yost knows more about the Ottawa Senators than you (or me) so read this and acknowledge. He takes tough ZS’s and is third pairing. After that, who knows? I would never trade Marincin for him.
- Round 4, No. 117 overall: D Caleb Jones. I don’t know a fabulous amount about him, so will borrow from ISS scout Phil Myre: “Competitive
defenseman, Plays with a lot of urgency, takes the body, competes. He is a good skater with good mobility. Not creative, he can make a good first pass. Work ethic will help his projection but not dominant in any area”.
- Round 5, No. 124 overall: D Ethan Bear. Another player with size and speed from the blue and he also owns a hammer from the point that may be useful in the NHL someday. Bear can pass the puck very well too. I had him No. 38. Love this pick. Big time.
- Round 6, No. 154 overall: D John Marino. Kirk Luedeke: Solid, if not spectacular, all-around defenseman. Trains off-ice with Hanifin. Set for Yale in 2016 and could return for senior year at Catholic Memorial, play another USPHL season, or play next for Chicago in the USHL. Source
- Round 7, No. 208 overall: G Miroslav Svoboda. Young Willis: Svoboda has had two strong seasons at the Czech junior level and his 6’3″ frame gives him good size for the position. He’ll be stepping up to the senior level next year, playing for second division Czech team AZ Havirov. On paper, he’s not a particularly compelling prospect, but he is just a seventh-round pick, he’s big and has shown well in flashes, and what we don’t know from looking at him on paper could probably fill volumes. Source
- Round 7, No. 209 overall: Ziyat Paigin. 20 years old, 6.06, 209. Massive. ISS: Paigin’s upside is based around his raw frame and active, intense defensive game. Long active stick and angles well, needs to focus on foot speed and mobility which will benefit when he adds muscle to his massive frame. Thrives in physical play, likes to finish hits and mix it up along the wall. Can be beat wide by quick opposition forwards catching him on the pivot. Decent skill-set on the puck, although at his best when he simplifies his game.
Top 20 prospects tomorrow. Enjoy your night.