Light a candle. Send a message heavenward to the God who’ll listen, find some instant karma and think good thoughts. People will tell you the Edmonton Oilers didn’t deserve Connor McDavid, don’t deserve Auston Matthews, Patrik Laine, Jesse Puljujarvi, I say ‘Brian Burke says luck is a skill’ and we all know he is wicked smart. Edmonton Oilers fans have earned the right to have two lottery picks and win the day, and perhaps the hockey Gods have been beating fans senseless these years in order for us to earn another reward. The hockey world is shaking in its boots and cannot make sense because of it. Fear and loathing. So good. Stay humble, my friends. Think good balls. All day.
THE 100 BEST PLAYERS IN THE 2016 DRAFT
- (1) C Auston Matthews, Zurich Lions (Swiss-A): Complete offensive player
- (2) W Patrik Laine, Tappara (Sm-Liiga): Might be better than Matthews.
- (3) R Jesse Puljujarvi, Karpat (Sm-Liiga): Fast man with size and skill.
- (4) C Pierre-Luc Dubois, Cape Breton (QMJHL): Rugged, quality power forward.
- (5) L Matthew Tkachuk, London Knights (OHL): Big forward, playmaker.
- (6) LD Mikhail Sergachev, Windsor Spitfires (OHL): Mobile defender with offensive acumen.
- (8) C Clayton Keller, USNDTP (USHL): He could be a special player.
- (7) LD Olli Juolevi, London Knights (OHL): Substantial offensive defenseman.
- (9) LD Jacob Chychrun, Sarnia Sting (OHL): Fantastic skater, complete defender.
- (10) RD Dante Fabbro, Penticton (BCJHL): Fast, fluid, wicked smart.
- (11) R Alex DeBrincat, Erie Otters (OHL): Small super sniper.
- (12) RD Charlie McAvoy, Boston University (NCAA). Complete D.
- (13) LD Jake Bean, Calgary Hitmen (WHL):Intelligent D, mobile.
- (15) L Tyson Jost, Penticton Vees (BCJHL). Outstanding at U18s.
- (14) R Alexander Nylander, Mississauga (OHL): Brilliant scorer, fast hands.
- (16) R Vitalii Abramov, Gatineau Olympiques (QMJHL). Explosive scorer. Dynamic.
- (17) C Logan Brown, Windsor Spitfires (OHL): Impressive offensive skills.
- (18) C-L Kieffer Bellows, USNDTP (USHL). Scoring forward.
- (20) C Michael McLeod, Mississauga Steelheads (OHL): Playmaking PF, great skater. Gritty.
- (21) C Luke Kunin, Wisconsin (NCAA): Luedeke: has skating & shot of prolific scorer.
- (19) L Adam Mascherin, Kitchener Rangers (OHL): Undersized scoring W. Bona fide.
- (30) C German Rubtsov, Team Russia (MHL). Fine two-way forward.
- (22) C-R Pascal Laberge, Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL). Has two-way skills, very aggressive.
- (23) C Tage Thompson, Connecticut Huskies (NCAA). Legit skill player.
- (24) C Janne Kuokkanen, Karpat (Fin Jr). Highly skilled C, good speed. Playmaker.
- (25) G Tyler Parsons, London Knights (OHL). He looks substantial based on numbers. .921
- (26) R Taylor Raddysh, Erie Otters (OHL). Power winger who can score.
- (27) G Carter Hart, Everett Silvertips (WHL): Quality prospect, elite when healthy.
- (28) LD Lucas Johansen, Kelowna Rockets (WHL). A scout saw shades of Brent Seabrook.
- (29) C Will Bitten, Flint Firebireds (OHL): Fast skater, scoring playmaker. Intriguing.
- (31) L Tyler Benson, Vancouver Giants (WHL). Keeping his value well.
- (32) C Rasmus Asplund, Farjestads (SHL). He is 6.0, 180 and quality two-way forward.
- (33) R Maxime Fortier, Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL). Speed and skill.
- (34) R Julien Gauthier, Val D’Or Foreurs (QMJHL): Great hands, speed is an issue.
- (42) C-R Nathan Bastian, Mississauga Steelheads (OHL): Big skill F with smarts.
- (36) G Filip Gustavsson, Lulea (SHL): Big G with a .910 SHL SP. Impressive.
- (40) LD Kale Clague, Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL). Creative puck moving defender.
- (37) L Carl Grundstrom, MoDo (SHL): Speedy scoring-winger playing Euro pro.
- (38) L Kyle Maksimovich, Erie Otters (OHL). Small, very skilled player.
- (39) L Vladimir Kuznetsov, Acadie-Bathurst Titan (QMJHL): Big, strong and skilled.
- (NR) L Jonathan Dahlen, Timra (Allsvenskan). Ulf’s boy, slick and brilliant.
- (35) L Riley Tufte, Fargo Force (USHL). Big W, buzz on this guy is pretty massive.
- (43) LD Cam Dineen, North Bay (OHL): Kournianos: Dineen is a high-end puck mover.
- (44) L Max Jones, London Knights (OHL). Punishing forward, with skill.
- (45) C Dillon Dube, Kelowna Rockets (WHL): Speedy, undersized WHL scorer.
- (47) R Matthew Phillips, Victoria Royals (WHL). Tiny, brilliant offensive winger.
- (48) C Jordan Kyrou, Sarnia Sting (OHL). C with complete skill set, could be a steal.
- (49) LD Samuel Girard, Shawinigian (QMJHL). The new M-A Bergeron.
- (46) C Adam Brooks, Regina Pats (WHL). Brilliant offensive season. Substantial talent.
- (50) C Sam Steel, Regina Pats (WHL). Skill C had subpar season, impressive playoffs.
- (51) C Brett Howden, Moose Jaw (WHL). Good skater, skill center. Solid prospect.
- (52) R Yegor Korshkov, Yaroslavl (KHL). Brilliant WJs, big and skilled winger.
- (53) C Noah Gregor, Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL). Two-way C, aggressive.
- (54) LD Victor Mete, London Knights (OHL). Brock Otten says he is an offensive catalyst.
- (55) L Cameron Morrison, Youngstown (USHL). Skill winger, fine skater, shooter.
- (56) LD Dennis Cholowski, Chilliwack Chiefs (BCJHL). Smooth skater, smart blue.
- (57) C Dmitri Sokolov, Sudbury Wolves (OHL). Big F, strong, aggressive. Solid offense.
- (58) L Boris Katchouk, SSM (OHL). Rugged, throwback W with skill.
- (NR) RD Frederic Allard, Chicoutimi Sagueneens (QMJHL). Two-way D, impressive offense.
- (NR) RD Filip Berglund, Skelleftea AIK (SEL). Intriguing offense, may take awhile.
- (59) C Brandon Gignac, Shawinigan (QMJHL). Skill C, nice numbers.
- (60) C Tyler Steenbergen, Swift Current Broncos (WHL). Woodlief: Astonishing improvement in his skating. Source
- L Simon Stransky, Prince Albert Raiders (WHL). Small skill winger.
- C Jonathan Ang, Peterborough Petes (OHL). Quick, skilled, chaotic.
- RD Filip Hronek, HK Hradec Kralove (Cze). Smart undersized skill D.
- C Linus Lindstrom, Skelleftea (SuperElite). Swede with two-way skills.
- L Matthew Boucher, Quebec Remparts (QMJHL). Small, speed, skill.
- L Mitchell Mattson, Grand Rapids (USHS). Tall forward with speed and skill. PF?
- RD Adam Fox, US National Team (USHL). Creative, intelligent, good skater. 5.10, 183.
- C Otto Somppi, Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL). Big C, has skill.
- L Artur Kayumov, Team Russia (MHL). Fast, skilled, great shot. One dimensional.
- L Matt Filipe, Cedar Rapids (USHL). 6.02, 200 and skilled.
- C Kasper Bjorkqvist, Blues U20 (Jr. SML). He sure scores goals a lot.
- LD Stepan Falkovsky, Ottawa 67s (OHL). Actual giant (6.07, 224), monster shot.
- C Henrik Borgstrom, HIFK U20 (Jr. SML). Tall thin C with skill, plus shot. Heading to U. of Denver.
- L Givani Smith, Guelph Storm (OHL). Big, strong PF. Fine player on struggling team.
- C Alan Lyszcarcyk, Sudbury Wolves (OHL). Two-way C with PP numbers.
- LW Sebastian Repo, Pelicans (Sm-Liiga). Nice range of skills. Underrated.
- RD David Quenneville, Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL). Small, very skilled. I like him.
- G Veini Vehvilainen, JYP (Fin 2). 26GP, 2.04 .925. Re-entry.
- F Brayden Burke, Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL). Impressive playmaker, undersized.
- R Wade Allison, Tri-City Storm (USHL). Size, skill, spiked in final CS ranking.
- G Jeremy Halvig, Kingston Frontenacs (OHL). Numbers are solid.
- C William Bower, Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL). Undersized C.
- G Evan Fitzpatrick, Sherbrooke Phoenix (QMJHL). No. 1 ranked NA goalie by CSB. Great athlete. .896
- C Ondrej Najman, HC Dukla Jihlava (Czech). He is posting some impressive boxcars.
- LD Cole Candella, Hamilton Bulldogs (OHL). Solid two-way D, injury hurt his numbers.
- LD Jacob Moverare, HV71 (SuperElite). Two-way D, strong, mobile.
- W Tim Gettinger, SSM (OHL). He is a 6.06 winger with speed. Itch will be scratched.
- C Tanner Laczynski, Lincoln Stars (USHL). A solid offensive player.
- LD Lucas Carlsson, Brynas (SHL). Two-way defenseman, eligible last year.
- L Jakob Stukel, Calgary Hitmen (WHL). Speedy W with skill. No buzz at all.
- R Joey Anderson, US National Team (USHL). Very skilled, average size and speed.
- LD Markus Niemelainen, Saginaw Spirit (OHL). Giant defender, mobile, some offense.
- G Daniel Marmenlind, Orebro (SuperElite). Strong numbers (.920)
- G Zack Sawchenko, Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL). A .916SP is rock solid. Great glove.
- R Jesper Bratt, AIK (Allsvenskan). Very small, very skilled. Fast buzzsaw.
- R Egor Babenko, Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL). Math puts him here. Small, very skilled.
- LD Yegor Rykov, St. Petersburg (MHL). Two-way D, good passer, intelligent. Can skate.
- D Libor Hajek, Saskatoon Blades. Big (6.02, 185) Big, strong and mobile.
— Josh Dean (@Joshingtron) April 29, 2016
BONUS—OILERS MOCK (PIUS EDITION)
- No. 2 overall—R Patrik Laine, Tappara (Sm-Liiga)
- No. 32 overall—C Nathan Bastian, Mississauga Steelheads (OHL)
- No. 62 overall—RD Filip Berglund, Skelleftea AIK (SEL)
- No. 85 overall (Florida pick)—C Alan Lyszcarcyk, Sudbury Wolves (OHL).
- No. 87 overall (Pittsburgh pick)—RD David Quenneville, Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)
- No. 122 overall—L Egor Babenko, Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL)
- No. 148 overall (St. Louis pick)—R Artyom Artyomov, Saginaw Spirit (OHL)
- No. 152 overall—G Peyton Jones, Lincoln Stars (USHL)
- No. 182 overall—C Pius Suter, ZSC Lions (NLA)
Find it strange there is a ton of talk on Drake Caggiula, who said he won't sign for a month; but radio silence re courting of Ahti Oksanen.
— Ben Kerr (@lastwordbkerr) April 20, 2016
The draft process takes a giant leap forward today—was can discuss the value of that first-round selection in more concrete terms—but the procurement department continues the work of bringing in more pro talent. Caggiula is an interesting player (we have discussed him before), here is a reminder of what has been said about his style and ability.
- Chris Dilks, SB Nation College Hockey: Caggiula is a smaller forward, but plays with tremendous effort and grit. He makes life miserable for the opposition on the forecheck and plays a strong two-way game. He’s having a sensational senior season as a linemate of first round NHL picks Brock Boeser and Nick Schmaltz. It’s unlikely he is the same type of scorer at the next level, but would make an outstanding bottom six energy player. Source
Ben mentioned another name and he has been a player of interest for the Oilers in the past (under a previous admin). Ahti Oksansen is a versatile player (F and D) with a bomb for a shot, so right away the Oilers would have some interest.
- DJ Powers, Hockey’s Future: Oksanen is versatile in that he can play both forward and defense almost equally well. His style has often been described as that of a rover. Oksanen possesses good size (6’3”, 209 lbs.) and utilizes his strong frame at both ends of the ice. This has been especially evident in his drives to the net and in his ability to protect the puck. He is a strong yet fluid skater with very good foot speed. One of Oksanen’s attributes that scouts have taken particular notice of is his shot; he possesses a hard, lethal shot and can get pucks to the net. Oksanen also possesses an excellent stick. While Oksanen plays with a good amount of grit, he also plays with remarkable discipline. Source
I will laugh my ass off if Edmonton wins the draft lottery again but I honestly don't care if they lose.
Sick of it defining the team.
— _ (@MissFit_) April 30, 2016
That sums it up perfectly. I refuse to put up with the stupid comments about Edmonton’s only skill being the lottery (folks, it IS luck), but it will be nice to put these No. 1 overalls to work in the playoffs. Some sweet day.
(Note: Sincere apologies to anyone who is offended by the Jesus image with Connor McDavid’s photo. The author meant it as humor, I took it that way and publish it in the same spirit. That said, I do understand that these images can be offensive, and do want you to know that was not the intent of the image by this blog’s author).