LOTTERY DAY 2016!

by Lowetide

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.

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THE 100 BEST PLAYERS IN THE 2016 DRAFT

  1. (1) C Auston Matthews, Zurich Lions (Swiss-A): Complete offensive player
  2. (2) W Patrik Laine, Tappara (Sm-Liiga): Might be better than Matthews.
  3. (3) R Jesse Puljujarvi, Karpat (Sm-Liiga): Fast man with size and skill.
  4. (4) C Pierre-Luc Dubois, Cape Breton (QMJHL): Rugged, quality power forward.
  5. (5)  L Matthew Tkachuk, London Knights (OHL): Big forward, playmaker.
  6. (6) LD Mikhail Sergachev, Windsor Spitfires (OHL): Mobile defender with offensive acumen.
  7. (8) C Clayton Keller, USNDTP (USHL): He could be a special player.
  8. (7) LD Olli Juolevi, London Knights (OHL): Substantial offensive defenseman.
  9. (9) LD Jacob Chychrun, Sarnia Sting (OHL): Fantastic skater, complete defender.
  10. (10) RD Dante Fabbro, Penticton (BCJHL): Fast, fluid, wicked smart.
  11. (11) R Alex DeBrincat, Erie Otters (OHL): Small super sniper.
  12. (12) RD Charlie McAvoy, Boston University (NCAA). Complete D.
  13. (13) LD Jake Bean, Calgary Hitmen (WHL):Intelligent D, mobile.
  14. (15) L Tyson Jost, Penticton Vees (BCJHL). Outstanding at U18s.
  15. (14) R Alexander Nylander, Mississauga (OHL): Brilliant scorer, fast hands.
  16. (16) R Vitalii Abramov, Gatineau Olympiques (QMJHL). Explosive scorer. Dynamic.
  17. (17) C Logan Brown, Windsor Spitfires (OHL): Impressive offensive skills.
  18. (18) C-L Kieffer Bellows, USNDTP (USHL). Scoring forward.
  19. (20) C Michael McLeod, Mississauga Steelheads (OHL): Playmaking PF, great skater. Gritty.
  20. (21) C Luke Kunin, Wisconsin (NCAA): Luedeke: has skating & shot of prolific scorer.
  21. (19) L Adam Mascherin, Kitchener Rangers (OHL): Undersized scoring W. Bona fide.
  22. (30) C German Rubtsov, Team Russia (MHL). Fine two-way forward.
  23. (22) C-R Pascal Laberge, Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL). Has two-way skills, very aggressive.
  24. (23) C Tage Thompson, Connecticut Huskies (NCAA). Legit skill player.
  25. (24) C Janne Kuokkanen, Karpat (Fin Jr). Highly skilled C, good speed. Playmaker.
  26. (25) G Tyler Parsons, London Knights (OHL). He looks substantial based on numbers. .921
  27. (26) R Taylor Raddysh, Erie Otters (OHL). Power winger who can score.
  28. (27) G Carter Hart, Everett Silvertips (WHL): Quality prospect, elite when healthy.
  29. (28) LD Lucas Johansen, Kelowna Rockets (WHL).  A scout saw shades of Brent Seabrook.
  30. (29) C Will Bitten, Flint Firebireds (OHL): Fast skater, scoring playmaker. Intriguing.
  31. (31) L Tyler Benson, Vancouver Giants (WHL). Keeping his value well.
  32. (32) C Rasmus Asplund, Farjestads (SHL). He is 6.0, 180 and quality two-way forward.
  33. (33) R Maxime Fortier, Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL). Speed and skill.
  34. (34) R Julien Gauthier, Val D’Or Foreurs (QMJHL): Great hands, speed is an issue.
  35. (42) C-R Nathan Bastian, Mississauga Steelheads (OHL): Big skill F with smarts.
  36. (36) G Filip Gustavsson, Lulea (SHL): Big G with a .910 SHL SP. Impressive.
  37. (40) LD Kale Clague, Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL). Creative puck moving defender.
  38. (37) L Carl Grundstrom, MoDo (SHL): Speedy scoring-winger playing Euro pro.
  39. (38) L Kyle Maksimovich, Erie Otters (OHL). Small, very skilled player.
  40. (39) L Vladimir Kuznetsov, Acadie-Bathurst Titan (QMJHL): Big, strong and skilled.
  41. (NR) L Jonathan Dahlen, Timra (Allsvenskan). Ulf’s boy, slick and brilliant.
  42. (35) L Riley Tufte, Fargo Force (USHL). Big W, buzz on this guy is pretty massive.
  43. (43) LD Cam Dineen, North Bay (OHL): Kournianos: Dineen is a high-end puck mover.
  44. (44) L Max Jones, London Knights (OHL). Punishing forward, with skill.
  45. (45) C Dillon Dube, Kelowna Rockets (WHL): Speedy, undersized WHL scorer.
  46. (47) R Matthew Phillips, Victoria Royals (WHL). Tiny, brilliant offensive winger.
  47. (48) C Jordan Kyrou, Sarnia Sting (OHL). C with complete skill set, could be a steal.
  48. (49) LD Samuel Girard, Shawinigian (QMJHL). The new M-A Bergeron.
  49. (46) C Adam Brooks, Regina Pats (WHL). Brilliant offensive season. Substantial talent.
  50. (50) C Sam Steel, Regina Pats (WHL). Skill C had subpar season, impressive playoffs.
  51. (51) C Brett Howden, Moose Jaw (WHL). Good skater, skill center. Solid prospect.
  52. (52) R Yegor Korshkov, Yaroslavl (KHL). Brilliant WJs, big and skilled winger.
  53. (53) C Noah Gregor, Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL). Two-way C, aggressive.
  54. (54) LD Victor Mete, London Knights (OHL). Brock Otten says he is an offensive catalyst.
  55. (55) L Cameron Morrison, Youngstown (USHL). Skill winger, fine skater, shooter.
  56. (56) LD Dennis Cholowski, Chilliwack Chiefs (BCJHL). Smooth skater, smart blue.
  57. (57) C Dmitri Sokolov, Sudbury Wolves (OHL). Big F, strong, aggressive. Solid offense.
  58. (58) L Boris Katchouk, SSM (OHL). Rugged, throwback W with skill.
  59. (NR) RD Frederic Allard, Chicoutimi Sagueneens (QMJHL). Two-way D, impressive offense.
  60. (NR) RD Filip Berglund, Skelleftea AIK (SEL). Intriguing offense, may take awhile.
  61. (59) C Brandon Gignac, Shawinigan (QMJHL). Skill C, nice numbers.
  62. (60) C Tyler Steenbergen, Swift Current Broncos (WHL). Woodlief: Astonishing improvement in his skating. Source
  63. L Simon Stransky, Prince Albert Raiders (WHL). Small skill winger.
  64. C Jonathan Ang, Peterborough Petes (OHL). Quick, skilled, chaotic.
  65. RD Filip Hronek, HK Hradec Kralove (Cze). Smart undersized skill D.
  66. C Linus Lindstrom, Skelleftea (SuperElite). Swede with two-way skills.
  67. L Matthew Boucher, Quebec Remparts (QMJHL). Small, speed, skill.
  68. L Mitchell Mattson, Grand Rapids (USHS). Tall forward with speed and skill. PF?
  69. RD Adam Fox, US National Team (USHL). Creative, intelligent, good skater. 5.10, 183.
  70. C Otto Somppi, Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL). Big C, has skill.
  71. L Artur Kayumov, Team Russia (MHL). Fast, skilled, great shot. One dimensional.
  72. L Matt Filipe, Cedar Rapids (USHL). 6.02, 200 and skilled.
  73. C Kasper Bjorkqvist, Blues U20 (Jr. SML). He sure scores goals a lot.
  74. LD Stepan Falkovsky, Ottawa 67s (OHL). Actual giant (6.07, 224), monster shot.
  75. C Henrik Borgstrom, HIFK U20 (Jr. SML). Tall thin C with skill, plus shot. Heading to U. of Denver.
  76. L Givani Smith, Guelph Storm (OHL). Big, strong PF. Fine player on struggling team.
  77. C Alan Lyszcarcyk, Sudbury Wolves (OHL). Two-way C with PP numbers.
  78. LW Sebastian Repo, Pelicans (Sm-Liiga). Nice range of skills. Underrated.
  79. RD David Quenneville, Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL). Small, very skilled. I like him.
  80. G Veini Vehvilainen, JYP (Fin 2). 26GP, 2.04 .925. Re-entry.
  81. F Brayden Burke, Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL). Impressive playmaker, undersized.
  82. R Wade Allison, Tri-City Storm (USHL). Size, skill, spiked in final CS ranking.
  83. G Jeremy Halvig, Kingston Frontenacs (OHL). Numbers are solid.
  84. C William Bower, Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL). Undersized C.
  85. G Evan Fitzpatrick, Sherbrooke Phoenix (QMJHL). No. 1 ranked NA goalie by CSB. Great athlete. .896
  86. C Ondrej Najman, HC Dukla Jihlava (Czech). He is posting some impressive boxcars.
  87. LD Cole Candella, Hamilton Bulldogs (OHL). Solid two-way D, injury hurt his numbers.
  88. LD Jacob Moverare, HV71 (SuperElite). Two-way D, strong, mobile.
  89. W Tim Gettinger, SSM (OHL). He is a 6.06 winger with speed. Itch will be scratched.
  90. C Tanner Laczynski, Lincoln Stars (USHL). A solid offensive player.
  91. LD Lucas Carlsson, Brynas (SHL). Two-way defenseman, eligible last year.
  92. L Jakob Stukel, Calgary Hitmen (WHL). Speedy W with skill. No buzz at all.
  93. R Joey Anderson, US National Team (USHL). Very skilled, average size and speed.
  94. LD Markus Niemelainen, Saginaw Spirit (OHL). Giant defender, mobile, some offense.
  95. G Daniel Marmenlind, Orebro (SuperElite). Strong numbers (.920)
  96. G Zack Sawchenko, Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL). A .916SP is rock solid. Great glove.
  97. R Jesper Bratt, AIK (Allsvenskan). Very small, very skilled. Fast buzzsaw.
  98. R Egor Babenko, Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL). Math puts him here. Small, very skilled.
  99. LD Yegor Rykov, St. Petersburg (MHL). Two-way D, good passer, intelligent. Can skate.
  100. D Libor Hajek, Saskatoon Blades. Big (6.02, 185) Big, strong and mobile.

BONUS—OILERS MOCK (PIUS EDITION)

  1. No. 2 overall—R Patrik Laine, Tappara (Sm-Liiga)
  2. No. 32 overall—C Nathan Bastian, Mississauga Steelheads (OHL)
  3. No. 62 overall—RD Filip Berglund, Skelleftea AIK (SEL)
  4. No. 85 overall (Florida pick)—C Alan Lyszcarcyk, Sudbury Wolves (OHL).
  5. No. 87 overall (Pittsburgh pick)—RD David Quenneville, Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)
  6. No. 122 overall—L Egor Babenko, Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL)
  7. No. 148 overall (St. Louis pick)—R Artyom Artyomov, Saginaw Spirit (OHL)
  8. No. 152 overall—G Peyton Jones, Lincoln Stars (USHL)
  9. No. 182 overall—C Pius Suter, ZSC Lions (NLA)

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

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).

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stevezie

I can’t imagine why any rational oilers fan would complain or feel hard done by.

Frank the dog: What’s not to like about this result (for the league)? You think the rule wasn’t made for this purpose?

Never should have been a lottery in the first place. If the League had just left things alone and the last place team drafted first, the Oilers wouldn’t have drafted 1st overall so many times and created this “problem” in the first place.

I have no sympathy for the League in any of this. I hate the Leafs as much as anyone, but they should have drafted first overall this year.

I don’t believe there was any “fixing” going on by anyone. They will talk about this year as being a successful draft lottery, but no one moved at all until Winnipeg at 6. They should just do away with the lottery and do as the NFL does and simply go in order.

Frank the dog

NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”: The fix? Are you joking? Toronto had the highest odds of winning by virtue of finishing last.

What’s not to like about this result (for the league)? You think the rule wasn’t made for this purpose?

John Chambers

McSorley33:
Can’t believe Jets will get Laine…..

Can’t complain….but falling out of top 3 does sting.

I suspect we will select at number four.

I suspect we do not draft at #4

No longer in use

Muddy waters are a little more clear now. Hard decisions sitting at a crossroads have been given a direction. New hard decisions ahead but they lean towards immediate help and trading a great pick+ instead of more future promise. I’m happy.

One-Timer

Just keep saying to yourself, mantra-like:

We got CMD
We got CMD
We got CMD

2015/16 was his warm-up skate.

gogliano

John Chambers: Laine is going to be a stud Jet.

Yeah, Laine might be the better player. Should fit the team well.

Jethro Tull

flyfish1168,

skidplate,

They can’t figure out that every oiler fan would gladly have swapped those #1s for play-off hockey. Except the McDavid year. I’d still lose a season to get him.

Now cue eastern MSM big up Mathews or Laine and say their better than McDavid.

Water Fire:
While #1 would have been best, I think those in front will keep their picks, meaning Chiarelli will have currency.

This might have been the best outcome, or not.

Exactly. No one is trading the Top 3 this year. Therefore, Edmonton has the most valuable realistic trading chip out there. Let’s see what kind of offers come in.

McSorley33

Can’t believe Jets will get Laine…..

Can’t complain….but falling out of top 3 does sting.

I suspect we will select at number four.

Lackadaisical

I’m frustrated because if we’d tanked, we’d be at #1.

John Chambers

gogliano:
Would be nice to see Matthews end up in Winnipeg.

Laine is going to be a stud Jet.

Prince Rupert's Oildrop

Logan Brown, who is a big 6’8″ center.

Chad Krys, Jacob Chychrun, Dante Fabbro.

Man we have all kinds of talent available at 4.

Water Fire

While #1 would have been best, I think those in front will keep their picks, meaning Chiarelli will have currency.

This might have been the best outcome, or not.

skidplate

Jethro Tull:
AHAHAHAHAHA!Listening to Calgary coverage and they are PISSED!They honestly thought they should have won because in their words “you watch your neighbours pick four number ones and think “how can we fall back?””

Couldn’t happen to better people heheheheheh lol lmfao

flyfish1168

Jethro Tull:
AHAHAHAHAHA!Listening to Calgary coverage and they are PISSED!They honestly thought they should have won because in their words “you watch your neighbours pick four number ones and think “how can we fall back?””

To bad they even exist

London Jon

Shanahan – ‘we earned this the hard way’

Erm, you oversaw a whole organisation that tanked a season Brendan.

I also loved the shout outs of who worked for this. How does that work?!?!

Frank the dog:
The fix worked as planned. Toronto got their #1, Edmonton got bumped 2 spots down. Now watch Matthews get the next Calder and all the accolades.

The fix? Are you joking? Toronto had the highest odds of winning by virtue of finishing last.

godot10

Domi, Strome, and Arizona’s #1 for the #1OV. Will Shanahan do the right thing for the league! -).

striker

Look at Matthews’ face! He’s devastated. Hahahaha.

Kidding of course. Fuckin leafs.

jake70

Mathews will chew up the east.

Jethro Tull

It’s actually sickening listening to the interview with Shanatank.

Reporter: Well Brendan, you’ve done a lot of good things in Toronto in the last year.

Shanatank: Yes, I’m grateful to the owners letting Lou and I do this rebuild the right way.

Rondo:
Oilers will pick a D at #4

Oilers will trade down and pick a D at 7~9

prairieschooner

Keiths laddie will do fine

https://lowetide.ca/2016/04/29/what-can-we-expect-from-the-2016-draft/#comment-528214

NYCOIL “GENTLEMAN BACKPACKER” says:
April 29, 2016 at 1:23 pm
Just don’t see how #1 is in the cards this year. Guessing it will be number 4, just outside the big 3.
Very interesting article on draft pick value from another sport.
Last year using all those picks on Talbot and Reinhart may prove costly in the long run as the prospect cupboard is bare and it was a deep draft.
This year it might be fun to trade down and acquire more bullets, especially if the scouts are indeed as competent as they appeared to be when they finally got to pick. That is if the pick is 4 or below…why not trade down for more picks?
http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/15425540/a-look-won-draft-trading-game-first-night-nfl-draft

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Yay! Called it. And #4 is going to be a very valuable pick because all kinds of teams are going to want to trade up to 4 with “their guy.” No one is going to trade out of the top 3, so Edmonton is sitting very pretty now. Let the trade speculation begin!!

Team can trade down and add something nice and still grab one of the 3 D at the top of the draft. This is great news!!!!

russ99

Rondo:
Oilers will pick a D at #4

If we were in a position to draft Laine, we’d have kept it.

Instead we’ll use it to trade for a D. Can’t wait 3 years for Sergachev or Chychrun to be effective at the NHL level.

striker

So whomever Edm selects* (Dubois or Tkachuk) will likely take another year before suiting up in Oilers silks, yes?

*Assuming the pick is not traded of course

cc

Draft in TO?? Who wins… TO…Hmmmm

Jethro Tull

Fix!!!!!!!

Frank the dog

The fix worked as planned. Toronto got their #1, Edmonton got bumped 2 spots down. Now watch Matthews get the next Calder and all the accolades.

russ99

Frank the dog:
What a surprise! Toronto wins!

The fix is in. LOL!

Rondo

Oilers will pick a D at #4

Frank the dog

What a surprise! Toronto wins!

Jethro Tull

AHAHAHAHAHA! Listening to Calgary coverage and they are PISSED! They honestly thought they should have won because in their words “you watch your neighbours pick four number ones and think “how can we fall back?””

gogliano

Would be nice to see Matthews end up in Winnipeg.

striatic

skidplate:
4 is good. Cgy and Van dropping is priceless

2 of the top 3 picks being in the East is fine by me. Plus if any Western Canadian was going to get it, Winnipeg is by far the most palatable and deserving.

vinotintazo

cgy dropping was priceless.

London Jon

What a moment, us or Toronto

Happy with 4, Dubois or Puljuljarvi or trade

JD_Wry

skidplate: Cgy and Van dropping is priceless

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRyiUoZbPag

flyfish1168

Conspiracy against us winning

Kitchener

Looks like it’ll be a very entertaining pre-draft season this year – fun!

No consensus on what to do with #4 means that lowetide.ca just got more entertaining.

stephen sheps

skidplate:
4 is good. Cgy and Van dropping is priceless

agreed wholeheartedly.

Ok P.C., turn that pick into a player, ideally of the right handed defence playing variety.

Acumen

Damn. I really wanted Puljujarvi…

None of those 3 need D, at all

vinotintazo

4. well hope we can land a Dmen via trade.

till_horcoff_is_coach

Not Calgary. Not Vancouver. Not 5th. Success.

Professor Q

Well I guess my lucky hat wasn’t too lucky. But 4th is better than 5th.

Ryan

Welcome to Winnipeg Matthews!

godot10

Go Columbus!

russ99

4th, crud.

I don’t see any way where we keep that pick, but higher would have been better.

Now I have to hope Toronto falls out of #1.

Jethro Tull

#4! Trade it!