THE 125 BEST PLAYERS IN THE 2016 DRAFT

There is no Connor McDavid available in the 2016 Entry Draft, but the Edmonton Oilers—currently slotted at No. 4 overall—will get a fabulous piece for the future (if they keep the pick). I post my list every Sunday, but this week received more than the usual number of questions about how the list is compiled. Here goes:

  1. NHL equivalencies are a central item
  2. Range of skills is important
  3. If all things are equal, I prefer the forward
  4. Speed is an increasingly important issue
  5. Size is a consideration, but only if there is enough skill.
  6. Being close to NHL-ready is not a factor.
  7. The American junior leagues are the final frontier of math as it relates to the draft. That is the weak spot of this list.

THE 125 BEST PLAYERS IN THE 2016 DRAFT

  1. (1) C Auston Matthews, Zurich Lions (Swiss-A): Complete C, TML future.
  2. (2) W Patrik Laine, Tappara (Sm-Liiga): Dreamy giant scorer man. Man.
  3. (3) R Jesse Puljujarvi, Karpat (Sm-Liiga): Bull in a china shop. Fantastic Finn.
  4. (4) C Pierre-Luc Dubois, Cape Breton (QMJHL): Big, smart, physical, skilled.
  5. (5)  L Matthew Tkachuk, London Knights (OHL): Great hands, creative, average boots.
  6. (6) LD Mikhail Sergachev, Windsor Spitfires (OHL): Big, fast, skilled. Terrific shot.
  7. (7) LD Olli Juolevi, London Knights (OHL): Fast, smart, great passer.
  8. (8) C Clayton Keller, USNDTP (USHL): Elite skill level. He may be drafted top five.
  9. (9) LD Jacob Chychrun, Sarnia Sting (OHL): Great skater, quality two-way D.
  10. (10) RD Dante Fabbro, Penticton (BCJHL): Impressive two-way D. Great passer.
  11. (13) L Tyson Jost, Penticton (BCJHL). Great skater, creative offensive player.
  12. (11) R Alex DeBrincat, Erie Otters (OHL): Small sniper. Fast, underrated.
  13. (12) RD Charlie McAvoy, Boston University (NCAA). Complete D, good speed.
  14. (14) LD Jake Bean, Calgary Hitmen (WHL): Smart two-way D.
  15. (15) R Alexander Nylander, Mississauga (OHL): Soft hands, brilliant, but not blazing.
  16. (19) C Luke Kunin, Wisconsin (NCAA): Luedeke: has skating & shot of prolific scorer.
  17. (17) C Logan Brown, Windsor Spitfires (OHL): Range of skills, good skater. Giant.
  18. (16) R Vitalii Abramov, Gatineau Olympiques (QMJHL). Explosive scorer. Dynamic.
  19. (20) C Michael McLeod, Mississauga Steelheads (OHL): Playmaking PF, great skater. Gritty.
  20. (18) L Kieffer Bellows, USNDTP (USHL). Scoring forward, skating a concern.
  21. (21) C Pascal Laberge, Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL). Has two-way skills, very aggressive.
  22. (22) C German Rubtsov, Team Russia (MHL). Fine two-way center.
  23. (23) C Tage Thompson, Connecticut Huskies (NCAA). Legit skill player.
  24. (24) G Carter Hart, Everett Silvertips (WHL): Quality prospect, elite when healthy.
  25. (25) L Adam Mascherin, Kitchener Rangers (OHL): Undersized scoring W. Bona fide.
  26. (26) R Taylor Raddysh, Erie Otters (OHL). Power winger who can score.
  27. (27) C Janne Kuokkanen, Karpat (Fin Jr). Highly skilled C, good speed. Playmaker.
  28. (28) C Rasmus Asplund, Farjestads (SHL). He is 6.0, 180 and quality two-way forward.
  29. (29) LD Lucas Johansen, Kelowna Rockets (WHL).  Two-way D, good mobility.
  30. (33) R Julien Gauthier, Val D’Or Foreurs (QMJHL): Great hands, average speed.
  31. (30) C-R Nathan Bastian, Mississauga Steelheads (OHL): Big skill F with smarts.
  32. (31) G Tyler Parsons, London Knights (OHL). He looks substantial based on numbers. .921
  33. (32) C Will Bitten, Flint Firebireds (OHL): Fast skater, scoring playmaker. Intriguing.
  34. (34) L Tyler Benson, Vancouver Giants (WHL). Physical two-way forward. Injured a lot.
  35. (35) LD Kale Clague, Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL). Fast offensive defenseman.
  36. (36) R Maxime Fortier, Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL). Speed and skill.
  37. (42) L Max Jones, London Knights (OHL). Punishing forward, with skill.
  38. (38) L Vladimir Kuznetsov, Acadie-Bathurst Titan (QMJHL): Big, strong and skilled.
  39. (39) L Kyle Maksimovich, Erie Otters (OHL). Small, very skilled player.
  40. (40) L Jonathan Dahlen, Timra (Allsvenskan). Ulf’s boy, slick and brilliant.
  41. (41) LD Cam Dineen, North Bay (OHL): Kournianos: Dineen is a high-end puck mover.
  42. (43) C Dillon Dube, Kelowna Rockets (WHL): Speedy, undersized WHL scorer.
  43. (37) G Filip Gustavsson, Lulea (SHL): Big G with a .910 SHL SP. Impressive.
  44. (47) LD Samuel Girard, Shawinigian (QMJHL). The new M-A Bergeron.
  45. (48) C Sam Steel, Regina Pats (WHL). Skill C had subpar season, impressive playoffs.
  46. (45) R Matthew Phillips, Victoria Royals (WHL). Tiny, brilliant offensive winger.
  47. (44) L Riley Tufte, Fargo Force (USHL). Big W, buzz on this guy is pretty massive.
  48. (46) R Jordan Kyrou, Sarnia Sting (OHL). Skilled winger, creative.
  49. (49) R Yegor Korshkov, Yaroslavl (KHL). Brilliant WJs, big and skilled winger.
  50. (50) C Brett Howden, Moose Jaw (WHL). Good skater, skill center. Solid prospect.
  51. (54) LD Victor Mete, London Knights (OHL). Brock Otten says he is an offensive catalyst.
  52. (51) C Noah Gregor, Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL). Two-way C, aggressive.
  53. (52) L Cameron Morrison, Youngstown (USHL). Skill winger, fine skater, shooter.
  54. (55) LD Dennis Cholowski, Chilliwack Chiefs (BCJHL). Smooth skater, smart blue.
  55. (58) RD Frederic Allard, Chicoutimi Sagueneens (QMJHL). Two-way D, impressive offense.
  56. (56) C Dmitri Sokolov, Sudbury Wolves (OHL). Big F, strong, aggressive. Solid offense.
  57. (57) L Boris Katchouk, SSM (OHL). Rugged, throwback W with skill.
  58. (53) C Adam Brooks, Regina Pats (WHL). Brilliant offensive season. Substantial talent.
  59. (59) RD Filip Berglund, Skelleftea AIK (SEL). Intriguing offense, may take awhile.
  60. (60) C Tyler Steenbergen, Swift Current Broncos (WHL). Spiked in-season.
  61. (61) L Carl Grundstrom, MoDo (SHL): Speedy scoring-winger playing Euro pro.
  62. (62) C Brandon Gignac, Shawinigan (QMJHL). Skill C, nice numbers.
  63. (63) L Simon Stransky, Prince Albert Raiders (WHL). Small skill winger.
  64. (67) RD Adam Fox, US National Team (USHL). Creative, intelligent, good skater. 5.10, 183.
  65. (64) RD Filip Hronek, HK Hradec Kralove (Cze). Smart undersized skill D.
  66. (66) C Linus Lindstrom, Skelleftea (SuperElite). Swede with two-way skills.
  67. (65) C Jonathan Ang, Peterborough Petes (OHL). Quick, skilled, chaotic.
  68. (68) L Matthew Boucher, Quebec Remparts (QMJHL). Small, speed, skill.
  69. (69) L Mitchell Mattson, Grand Rapids (USHS). Tall forward with speed and skill. PF?
  70. (70) C Otto Somppi, Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL). Big C, has skill.
  71. (71) L Artur Kayumov, Team Russia (MHL). Fast, skilled, great shot. One dimensional.
  72. (72) LW Sebastian Repo, Pelicans (Sm-Liiga). Nice range of skills. Underrated.
  73. (73) L Matt Filipe, Cedar Rapids (USHL). 6.02, 200 and skilled.
  74. (74) C Kasper Bjorkqvist, Blues U20 (Jr. SML). He sure scores goals a lot.
  75. (75) LD Stepan Falkovsky, Ottawa 67s (OHL). Actual giant (6.07, 224), monster shot.
  76. (76) G Veini Vehvilainen, JYP (Fin 2). 26GP, 2.04 .925. Re-entry.
  77. (77) C Henrik Borgstrom, HIFK U20 (Jr. SML). Tall thin C with skill, plus shot. Heading to U. of Denver.
  78. (78) L Givani Smith, Guelph Storm (OHL). Big, strong PF. Fine player on struggling team.
  79. (79) C Alan Lyszczarczyk, Sudbury Wolves (OHL). Two-way C with PP numbers.
  80. (80) RD David Quenneville, Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL). Small, very skilled. I like him.
  81. (82) R Wade Allison, Tri-City Storm (USHL). Size, skill, spiked in final CS ranking.
  82. (81) F Brayden Burke, Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL). Impressive playmaker, undersized.
  83. (83) G Jeremy Helvig, Kingston Frontenacs (OHL). Numbers are solid.
  84. (84) C William Bower, Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL). Undersized C.
  85. (85) C Ondrej Najman, HC Dukla Jihlava (Czech). He is posting some impressive boxcars.
  86. (86) LD Cole Candella, Hamilton Bulldogs (OHL). Solid two-way D, injury hurt his numbers.
  87. (87) LD Jacob Moverare, HV71 (SuperElite). Two-way D, strong, mobile.
  88. (93) R Joey Anderson, US National Team (USHL). Very skilled, average size and speed.
  89. (88) W Tim Gettinger, SSM (OHL). He is a 6.06 winger with speed. Itch will be scratched.
  90. (89) C Tanner Laczynski, Lincoln Stars (USHL). A solid offensive player.
  91. (90) LD Lucas Carlsson, Brynas (SHL). Two-way defenseman, eligible last year.
  92. (NR) RC Dylan Gambrell, U of Denver (NCAA). Fast, skilled, brilliant.
  93. (91) L Jakob Stukel, Calgary Hitmen (WHL). Speedy W with skill. No buzz at all.
  94. (94) LD Markus Niemelainen, Saginaw Spirit (OHL). Giant defender, mobile, some offense.
  95. (95) G Daniel Marmenlind, Orebro (SuperElite). Strong numbers (.920)
  96. (98) R Jesper Bratt, AIK (Allsvenskan). Very small, very skilled. Fast buzzsaw.
  97. (96) R Andrew Peeke, Green Bay Gamblers (USHL). Big, mobile D, plus shot.
  98. (97) G Zack Sawchenko, Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL). A .916SP is rock solid. Great glove.
  99. (101) L Brandon Hagel, Red Deer Rebels (WHL). Skill W, undersized.
  100. (99) R Egor Babenko, Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL). Math puts him here. Small, very skilled.
  101. (100) C Brett McKenzie, North Bay (OHL). Smart checking center.
  102. (92) G Evan Fitzpatrick, Sherbrooke Phoenix (QMJHL). No. 1 ranked NA goalie by CSB.  .896
  103. (102) LD Yegor Rykov, St. Petersburg (MHL). Two-way D, good passer, intelligent. Can skate.
  104. (103) G Niilo Halonen, Jokerit U20 (Jr. SML). Phenomenal numbers.
  105. (110) RW Matt Luff, Hamilton (OHL). Throwback W with size and skill.
  106. (104) LD Libor Hajek, Saskatoon Blades. Big (6.02, 185) Big, strong and mobile.
  107. (105) C Aapeli Rasanen, Tappara U20 (Jr. SML). A fine prospect, good size and skill.
  108. (106) L Roman Krikunenko, Yaroslav (MHL). Scored 32 points in 35 games.
  109. (107) LD Sean Day, Mississauga (OHL). Mobile two-way D.
  110. (119) LD Max Lajoie, Swift Current Broncos. Fine skater, smart player.
  111. (108) LD Sebastian Aho, Skelleftea (SHL). Undersized, puck moving D.
  112. (109) C Otto Makinen, Tappara U20 (Jr. SML). Tall C with two way skills, could spike at the draft.
  113. (111) C Trent Frederic, US National Team (USHL). Two-way C with size.
  114. (112) C Oskar Steen, Farjestads (SuperElite). Small F with skill, average offense.
  115. (113) C Andrei Svetlakov, CSKA (KHL). Skilled, gritty forward. Might be a good target.
  116. (114) LD David Bernhardt, Djurgardens (SuperElite). Puck mover with speed.
  117. (NR) LD Chad Krys, US National Team (USHL). Two-way D, creative with the puck.
  118. (115) C Cameron Hebig, Saskatoon Blades (WHL). Two-way C, overager.
  119. (116) L Mikko Juusola, Kalpa (Jr. SML). Speed winger with skill.
  120. (118) RD Chase Priskie, Quinnipiac (NCAA). Puck-moving defender.
  121. (NR) G Mikhail Berdin, Team Russia (MHL). A strong (.929) season.
  122. (120) C Cliff Pu, London Knights (OHL). 16gp, 7-5-12 in playoffs.
  123. (NR) RD Jake Ryczek, Waterloo Blackhawks (USHL). Appears to be a spark offensively.
  124. (NR) C Rem Pitlick, Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL). Small and very skilled C. Cousin of Tyler.
  125. (117) G Joseph Woll, US National Team (USHL). .947 at U18s.

OILERS MOCK DRAFT

  • No. 4 overall—C Pierre-Luc Dubois, Cape Breton (QMJHL). Scott Wheeler: At 6-3 and over 200 Ibs, Dubois’ strong skating (not elite, but definitely strong) and puck handling has allowed him to craft a powerful, net-drive game that draws a lot of attention and opens up space into the offensive zone. Source
  • No. 32 overall—LD Lucas Johansen, Kelowna Rockets (WHL). Kirk Luedeke,The Scouting Post: Lucas is a really good skater, four-way mobility, he can stop/start quickly, he can skate backwards very well, very agile and fluid mover with his crossovers and his lateral movement and crisp on his edges. He is going to be good in puck retrieval, effective in leading and joining the rush, advancing the puck. He has good vision and passing ability. He is not a very physical defenseman, has a tendency to be more of a stick-check, play the puck kind of defensemen. Has to get better in the way he processes the game. He has higher offensive upside and could be a player who comes off the board earlier. Source
  • No. 62 overall—RD Filip Hronek, HK Hradec Kralove (Cze). T. McGee, Die by the Blade. Smallish PP QB (5’11 170#) who is playing limited minutes in the CZE senior league, but has been very good if not their best defender in more age-friendly international tournaments (U-18s, 4 and 5 Nations, etc). Slick puck handler, rarely makes a bad play. Source
  • No. 85 overall (Florida pick)—L Tim Gettinger, SSM (OHL). Kirk Luedeke, The Scouting Post: Has a lot of raw NHL tools- 6-5 frame, pushing 220 pounds and the ability to drive to the net at will when going up against his peers at this stage. He was the lone bright spot in a decisive loss to Finland- going straight in and deflecting a centering pass home. He’s not a high-end skater, but is rangy and doesn’t need a significant speed boost- just has to improve his first few steps and lateral agility. Source
  • No. 87 overall (Pittsburgh pick)—RC Dylan Gambrell, U of Denver (NCAA). Mark Scheig, The Hockey Writers: He’s a very smart player who is effective in all three zones. His skating was already good coming into the year. Where he made vast improvement is his play with the puck. He makes better decisions now such as when to drive the net or when to make a pass. He’s a tireless worker who strives to get better everyday. Source
  • No. 122 overall—L Travis Barron, Ottawa 67s (OHL). Joseph Aleong, The Hockey Writers: Barron’s unspectacular offensive production will probably drop him past the top two rounds. However, his all-around game, strong character, and leadership history should be enticing enough for a team to take a chance on his talent turning into offensive production somewhere in the third to fifth rounds. However, it wouldn’t be surprising to see a team that loves the complete package Barron offers pick him in the middle to late second round. Source
  • No. 148 overall (St. Louis pick)—G Connor Ingram, Kamloops Blazers (WHL). He posted a .922SP this season. Cody Nickolet, WHL from Above (this is a last year report): A big goalie who has really taken command of the crease in Kamloops. Has had a very strong second half and is climbing on this list. Might be worth a look late in the draft. Source
  • No. 152 overall—RD Jordan Sambrook, Erie Otters (OHL). Brock Otten, OHL Prospects: here’s a lot to like about his game. He’s got good size, is not afraid to play physical, and has shown the ability to move the puck and even quarterback the powerplay. There’s no doubt that the eyes of scouts have been on Erie this year, and that means there’s also no doubt that they’ve had a chance to see Sambrook show his stuff. Source
  • No. 182 overall—R Patrick Bajkov, Everett Silvertips (WHL).  Nickolet mentioned him last year, good shot, skilled, and could spike as he matures.

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  1. Mr DeBakey says:

    No. 62 overall—RD Filip Hronek, HK Hradec Kralove (Cze).

    Optimistic me has him penciled in at 85.

    No. 152 overall—RD Jordan Sambrook, Erie Otters (OHL).

    Sambrook had more ES points than Chychrun this year.
    Well, more ES point, to be exact.

    * * * * *

    I’m starting to wonder, when discussing Flipping-the-Fourth, if we should be looking at a team slated to draft in the 20s. Moving up 20 spots would have more value to a team than the 4 or 5 spots that we have been kicking around. Florida drafts 23rd. Is Gudbranson movable? [As a for instance.]

  2. square_wheels says:

    If it wasn’t for Friedman SN’s HNIC would essentially be Sesame Street covering hockey.

    Lordy is this complete dogshit.

  3. GXL says:

    I hope the Oilers don’t trade the 4th overall pick away unless the return is SUBSTANTIAL. I think too many fans are quick to dismiss the value of having a big part of the future in the system that can support McDavid 3-5 years from now. I understand the pressure to win now and before #97’s ELC is over but why mortgage the future for small gains. SUBSTANTIAL = top pairing defencemen or top line forward in 23-26 year old with no injuries. Barrie does not get you the 4th overall. Vatanen does not get you the 4th overall. Hamonic does not get you 4th overall.

    Don’t sell this draft pick short.

    GXL

  4. LadiesloveSmid says:

    Weird that Luedeke has skating as a big strength for Johansen, at least I think Pronman had that as a minus for him. Does seem like a D that goes early 30s and Kelowna pumps out effective NHL D.

    I also like Tage Thompson with you, unlike Pronman. I can’t imagine what top prospects are committing to UConn that can go play with him though.

    Sambrook looks like a smart pick, Dermott is a late ’96 birthday so you have to think he’ll be in Toronto(marlies) next season, I don’t know what D Raddysh’s deal is but I could see Sambrook getting some bigger offensive minutes next season with Debrincat, the other Raddysh, and who knows what happens with Strome.

  5. Gordies Elbow says:

    GXL,

    I agree – I think that many have “draft fatigue,” and would be happy with moving the pick for just about any breathing player, regardless of what they’re giving up.

    Comparing NHLE and players, and the closest player to PLD drafted recently? Leon Draisaitl.

    They’re trading an expansion draft exempt Leon Draisaitl. That is a remarkably valuable piece. If you move that piece, you better be getting back an impact player on a good contract.

  6. Lowetide says:

    For me, the fact Edmonton signed so many college kids this spring COULD indicate both they were trying to make up for bad picks in past seasons, traded picks in past seasons, and traded picks this summer.

  7. godot10 says:

    I’m starting to wonder, when discussing Flipping-the-Fourth, if we should be looking at a team slated to draft in the 20s.Moving up 20 spots would have more value to a team than the 4 or 5 spots that we have been kicking around.Florida drafts 23rd. Is Gudbranson movable?[As a for instance.]

    Gudbranson doesn’t help. He is basically a 3rd pairing D, and now an expensive one, $3.5 million, who can opt for arbitration summer of 2017 to get to UFA status in 2018.

    If one is trading valuable assets, #4OV, Nugent-Hopkins, Eberle, a legit top 4 has to be coming back.

    And the Oilers have lots of 3rd pairing D. Davidson, Fayne, Reinhart, Nurse, Osterle,Musil. Re-signing Gryba would be cheaper than Gudbranson.

    The fact that Florida only signed him for one season pretty much means that they are looking for his replacement already.

  8. Gordies Elbow says:

    Lowetide,

    I think that we’re seeing an insight into the Bob Green talent pipeline. Players acquired for specific roles.

    Jones, Bear, Marino, Paigin, Sallinen, Ellis, Caggiula, and Russell. There are some pretty good bets in there.

  9. wheatnoil says:

    It’s such a strange year for D-men. Those top 3 D are in various order in any draft list and some of them (like Sergachev) is down to the late teens in some lists. This year’s draft looks like more of a crap shoot past, say, #5 than most drafts.

  10. Lowetide says:

    wheatnoil:
    It’s such a strange year for D-men. Those top 3 D are in various order in any draft list and some of them (like Sergachev) is down to the late teens in some lists. This year’s draft looks like more of a crap shoot past, say, #5 than most drafts.

    That Keller kid is something else, I can see a team trading up to no. 4 and grabbing him. You are right, crazy draft.

  11. Rondo says:

    wheatnoil,

    Corey Pronman has Sergachyov ranked #17and Keller at #4.

    99% of the mock drafts have either Juolevi or Chychrun as the top D in the draft.

  12. wheatnoil says:

    Rondo:
    wheatnoil,

    Corey Pronman has Sergachyov ranked #17.

    99% of the mock drafts have either Juolevi or Chychrunat #1 D in the draft.

    In McKenzie’s most recent consensus draft rankings, he indicted one of his 10 scouts had Fabbro at #1. Pronman also had McAvoy down at the end of the 1st round.

    I’ll be curious to see what the final McKenzie list looks like.

  13. Rondo says:

    wheatnoil,

    My guess is Sergachyov defence is the weakest of the 3 and his hockey IQ is lower, because when you look at his #’s you would think he would be the top D.

  14. Mr DeBakey says:

    godot10: Gudbranson doesn’t help. He is basically a 3rd pairing D, and now an expensive one, $3.5 million, who can opt for arbitration summer of 2017 to get to UFA status in 2018.
    If one is trading valuable assets, #4OV, Nugent-Hopkins, Eberle, a legit top 4 has to be coming back.

    I agree, Gudbranson isn’t worth trading the 4th for.
    I used toi/gm to come with an example to illustrate my theory.
    Bad idea.

  15. leadfarmer says:

    One day I will change your thinking LT. If all things equal take the center then defenseman then winger. Defensemen are a little riskier then centers but if you get a good one you have him on the ice 25% more on the ice during the regular season and up to 50% more in the playoffs. You can’t argue with having the best player on the ice.

  16. Lowetide says:

    Mr DeBakey:
    No. 62 overall—RD Filip Hronek, HK Hradec Kralove (Cze).

    Optimistic me has him penciled in at 85.

    No. 152 overall—RD Jordan Sambrook, Erie Otters (OHL).

    Sambrook had more ES points than Chychrun this year.
    Well, more ES point, to be exact.

    * * * * *

    I’m starting to wonder, when discussing Flipping-the-Fourth, if we should be looking at a team slated to draft in the 20s.Moving up 20 spots would have more value to a team than the 4 or 5 spots that we have been kicking around.Florida drafts 23rd. Is Gudbranson movable?[As a for instance.]

    I didn’t understand your question until the exchange with Godot10 and now that I understand it I think it is a really good thought.

    So, we are talking about trading down from 4 to 24, and getting a MORE substantial defender for it. I like that idea, actually.

    Why? 4 to 9 gets you (probably) No. 46 overall. 4 to 24 might get you a real NHL defender, and if you can expand maybe something special.

  17. Professor Q says:

    Lowetide,

    They haven’t signed enough to do so.

    And I still don’t think the best move this Summer would be to move #4OV.

    I say keep it.

  18. Lowetide says:

    leadfarmer:
    One day I will change your thinking LT. If all things equal take the center then defenseman then winger

    A bunch of these centers are going to be wingers. That is a fact.

  19. John Chambers says:

    Gordies Elbow,

    Trading down can possibly satisfy the need to get a player now + have a high-end prospect for later.

    As a for-instance, trading Reinhart and the 4th to Col perhaps gets you Barrie and their pick which can be used to select Logan Brown or Fabbro.

    That kind of deal would be a coup.

  20. gd says:

    While I think the Finns are 2/3, I can’t help but think they get a little overrated because of the World Juniors. Their season stats are nowhere close to what Barkov’s were and more where Lindholm’s were for that year. If Finland loses in the Quarters to Canada I think they would be rated a lot closer to Tkachuk/PLD.

    Tkachuk’s line in the playoffs was so dominant, I don’t even know if there is a precedent for it. If they sweep through the Mem Cup and Tkachuk is at least close to Marner/Dvorek in points it’s got to at least pump up the value of the 4th pick. He sure has a great track record with elite skill. I think the Oilers call on him is “Can he keep up and do they see him as Connor’s LW for the next ten years?”

    The drop off is talent seems to happen right around 20 (Arizona’s NYR pick). There is lots of room for Chia to get creative this year.

  21. Gordies Elbow says:

    John Chambers,

    I’m not sure that trading expansion exempt Leon Draisaitl and a 22 year old defensive defender for a prospect and the right to negotiate with Newport client on a long term deal is a good deal.

  22. Магия 10 says:

    Lowetide: A bunch of these centers are going to be wingers. That is a fact.

    That’s what makes good centres hard to get later. Even for BPA and trade for need to work everyone has to draft extra centres because so many become wingers.

  23. Stelio Kontos says:

    square_wheels:
    If it wasn’t for Friedman SN’s HNIC would essentially be Sesame Street covering hockey.

    Lordy is this complete dogshit.

    I still enjoy cherry, but in the same way as cheech and chong. Sportsnet is the worst thing to happen to hockey.

  24. Wolfie says:

    gd:
    While I think the Finns are 2/3, I can’t help but think they get a little overrated because of the World Juniors. Their season stats are nowhere close to what Barkov’s were and more where Lindholm’s were for that year. If Finland loses in the Quarters to Canada I think they would be rated a lot closer to Tkachuk/PLD.

    Tkachuk’s line in the playoffs was so dominant, I don’t even know if there is a precedent for it. If they sweep through the Mem Cup and Tkachuk is at least close to Marner/Dvorek in points it’s got to at least pump up the value of the 4th pick. He sure has a great track record with elite skill. I think the Oilers call on him is “Can he keep up and do they see him as Connor’s LW for the next ten years?”

    The drop off is talent seems to happen right around 20 (Arizona’s NYR pick). There is lots of room for Chia to get creative this year.

    Are you watching the Worlds? Laine has not only broken the rookie tournament scoring record he is obliterating it!!! Kinda like what Selanne did to Bossy’s record.

    The poor Leafs are going to get a good player when they draft Matthews but I’m putting my money on Laine to be the best player in this draft. He looks a lot like Jagr.

    Too bad Puljujarvi isn’t there too. That would have given a good glimpse at where he’s at in relation to AM and PL.

  25. Wolfie says:

    For a baseball blog dressed up as a hockey blog I’m surprised no one has commented on “The Beaning of Bautista and The Unwritten Code!”

  26. Lowetide says:

    Wolfie:
    For a baseball blog dressed up as a hockey blog I’m surprised no one has commented on “The Beaning of Bautista and The Unwritten Code!”

    Bautista took a pretty good shot by baseball standards.

  27. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    oil2Oilers I missed your post in the last thread. just saw it now. apologies. hope you found a good place to watch the game in the end and enjoyes your weekend in NYC

  28. G Money says:

    FUCK. Moving things around in the basement, move my turntable, and I bumped the arm and fucking BENT the stylus cantilever arm on the cartridge.

    Sumiko Blue Point 2.0 – I have no idea how much it cost when I bought, but the sonofabitch costs CAD $570 to replace now.

    Doesn’t look the stylus is replaceable either.

    Unless I can find my old cartridge packed away somewhere, guess I’m not listening to vinyl for a while.

  29. square_wheels says:

    Stelio Kontos,

    Cheech and Chong…..made me choke on the oatmeal I laughed so hard.

    But I still love Carly “Shoulders” Agro.

  30. smellyglove says:

    G Money,

    Antique, or what?

  31. NHL Draft Links | Oiler's Future says:

    […] Lowetide: Top 125 Players in the Draft […]

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