HERE COMES THE SUN (FINAL 2016 DRAFT LIST)

by Lowetide

With Red Line and others publishing next week, I think it is probably time to put my list to bed. A few reminders about why my list is not in direct competition with any of the other lists you may read this month:

  • I use NHLE as a strong guiding light. Christian Roatis has my current conversation calculator here.
  • My list list rewards offense heavily, and the most gifted offensive players will be at the top.
  • Players with a range of skills usually do well, but there is a fine line between a two-way player and a checking future. I think teams spend a lot of first-round picks on future checkers.
  • The list does not give high numbers to players who have a lot of their value tied up in the defensive side of the game. Some of the names who appear as first-round selections on other lists are not inside my top 100.
  • Goalies are graded (almost exclusively) by save percentage, although prevailing  wisdom counts as well.
  • I view Bob McKenzie’s list as the draft Bible, but my list does not factor in any scouts input beyond the obvious (Patrik Laine is a more substantial player than Alex Nylander despite their respective NHLE).
  • My list does not attempt in any way to predict the draft (BMs does it very well) and does not take his list into account.
  • Craig Button’s list has high value for me, I like the fact he has the courage of his convictions. My list does not factor in Button’s list.
  • I pay attention to Red Line Report, Corey Pronman, Kirk Luedeke (also Red Line), McKeen’s and Steve Kournianos. I do not copy their rankings (this should be fairly obvious if you look at the rankings of the scouting services) and don’t actively pursue their rankings until early June, when Red Line is released—and with this post my list is complete.
  • Mark Edwards Black Book is a brilliant reference. His release last year has been very useful for this year’s draft.
  • My list is unique, but in some cases I will reference other resources. Some of those sources may seem obscure—Brock Otten, Cody Nickolet, Adam Sherren—but are invaluable.
  • Scott Wheeler delivers great information in this area.
  • It is very rare for me to put a defender No. 1 overall.
  • My list is not designed to compete with, or copy any of the sources mentioned above. Organizations like Red Line, ISS, McKeens, Future Considerations and others employ actual scouts who observe, evaluate and project. None of their work is contained here. In fact, there are no claims here in regard to scouting—or saw him good—and there are no claims here. Full stop.
  • This list uses math, previous draft trends (the CHL delivers enormous talent to the NHL), various pieces of anecdotal information volunteered by scouts and observers along the way, and an educated guess based on watching these things unfold since 1972.
  • There are no claims to being more insightful than any other list, but there is a lot of time and effort put into it. I will tell you that (from here) Cam Dineen is a far better bet than Libor Hajek, but they will probably be chosen in the same round later this month. That is the purpose of this list.
  • Enjoy, and thanks for reading my draft posts for the last six months! Someday we will start draft talk in June. Some sweet day.

THE 150 BEST PLAYERS IN THE 2016 DRAFT

  1. (1) C Auston Matthews, Zurich Lions (Swiss-A): No. 1. NHLE: 41.9
  2. (2) W Patrik Laine, Tappara (Sm-Liiga): Closed the gap. Outstanding.
  3. (3) R Jesse Puljujarvi, Karpat (Sm-Liiga): Big, fast, rambunctious.
  4. (4) C Pierre-Luc Dubois, Cape Breton (QMJHL): Impressive range. NHLE: 34
  5. (5)  L Matthew Tkachuk, London Knights (OHL): NHLE: 49. Offensive winger.
  6. (6) LD Mikhail Sergachev, Windsor Spitfires (OHL): Dynamic. NHLE: 22
  7. (7) C Clayton Keller, USNDTP (USHL): Elite skill level. NHLE: 36.
  8. (8) LD Olli Juolevi, London Knights (OHL): Incredible passer. NHLE: 19
  9. (9) LD Jakob Chychrun, Sarnia Sting (OHL): Across the board skills. NHLE: 21
  10. (14) C Logan Brown, Windsor Spitfires (OHL): Range of skills, good skater. Giant.
  11. (10) RD Dante Fabbro, Penticton (BCJHL): Impressive two-way D. Great passer.
  12. (11) L Tyson Jost, Penticton (BCJHL). Great skater, creative offensive player.
  13. (12) R Alexander Nylander, Mississauga (OHL): Soft hands, brilliant, good speed.
  14. (13) RD Charlie McAvoy, Boston University (NCAA). Complete D, good speed.
  15. (15) R Alex DeBrincat, Erie Otters (OHL): Small sniper. NHLE: 44.
  16. (16) C Luke Kunin, Wisconsin (NCAA): Luedeke: has skating & shot of prolific scorer. NHLE: 27.
  17. (17) LD Jake Bean, Calgary Hitmen (WHL): Smart two-way D.
  18. (18) C German Rubtsov, Team Russia (MHL). Fine two-way center.
  19. (19) C Pascal Laberge, Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL). Skill, size, consistency an issue. NHLE: 26.
  20. (20) G Carter Hart, Everett Silvertips (WHL): .929 in playoffs.
  21. (21) L Kieffer Bellows, USNDTP (USHL). Scoring forward, skating a concern. NHLE: 31.
  22. (24) L Adam Mascherin, Kitchener Rangers (OHL): Undersized scoring W. Bona fide. NHLE: 33
  23. (23) C Michael McLeod, Mississauga Steelheads (OHL): Playmaking PF, great skater. Gritty. NHLE: 28
  24. (29) R Taylor Raddysh, Erie Otters (OHL). Power W who can score. NHLE:29
  25. (22) R Vitalii Abramov, Gatineau Olympiques (QMJHL). Explosive scorer. Dynamic. NHLE: 31
  26. (27) LD Cam Dineen, North Bay (OHL): Impressive offense. NHLE: 23
  27. (25) C Rasmus Asplund, Farjestads (SHL). He is 6.0, 180 and quality two-way forward.
  28. (26) R Julien Gauthier, Val D’Or Foreurs (QMJHL): Great hands, average speed. NHLE: 23.
  29. (30) L Max Jones, London Knights (OHL). Otten calls him a throwback PF.
  30. (28) C Janne Kuokkanen, Karpat (Fin Jr). Skilled C, good speed. Playmaker.
  31. (31) LD Lucas Johansen, Kelowna Rockets (WHL).  Two-way D, good mobility.
  32. (32) C Will Bitten, Flint Firebireds (OHL): Fast skater, scoring playmaker. Intriguing.
  33. (33) C-R Nathan Bastian, Mississauga Steelheads (OHL): Big skill F with smarts.
  34. (34) L Tyler Benson, Vancouver Giants (WHL). Physical two-way forward. Injured a lot.
  35. (35) G Tyler Parsons, London Knights (OHL). He looks substantial based on numbers. .921
  36. (36) LD Kale Clague, Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL). Fast offensive defenseman.
  37. (39) G Veini Vehvilainen, JYP (Fin 2). 26GP, 2.04 .925. Re-entry.
  38. (37) R Maxime Fortier, Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL). Speed and skill.
  39. (38) C Dillon Dube, Kelowna Rockets (WHL): Speedy scorer, range of skills.
  40. (40) L Vladimir Kuznetsov, Acadie-Bathurst Titan (QMJHL): Big, strong and skilled.
  41. (41) L Jonathan Dahlen, Timra (Allsvenskan). Ulf’s boy, slick and brilliant.
  42. (42) LD Samuel Girard, Shawinigian (QMJHL). The new M-A Bergeron.
  43. (43) G Filip Gustavsson, Lulea (SHL): Big G with a .910 SHL SP. Impressive.
  44. (44) C Sam Steel, Regina Pats (WHL). I call him lesser Eberle. Confusing season.
  45. (45) L Kyle Maksimovich, Erie Otters (OHL). Small, very skilled player.
  46. (46) LD Victor Mete, London Knights (OHL). Great skater, impressive offense.
  47. (47) R Matthew Phillips, Victoria Royals (WHL). Tiny, brilliant offensive winger.
  48. (48) L Riley Tufte, Fargo Force (USHL). Big W, buzz on this guy is pretty massive.
  49. (49) R Jordan Kyrou, Sarnia Sting (OHL). Skilled winger, creative.
  50. (50) RD Adam Fox, US National Team (USHL). Creative, intelligent, good skater. 5.10, 183.
  51. (51) R Yegor Korshkov, Yaroslavl (KHL). Brilliant WJs, big and skilled winger.
  52. (52) C Brett Howden, Moose Jaw (WHL). Good skater, skill center. Solid prospect.
  53. (53) C Noah Gregor, Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL). Two-way C, aggressive.
  54. (54) C Tage Thompson, Connecticut Huskies (NCAA). Legit skill player. Skating a concern.
  55. (55) L Cameron Morrison, Youngstown (USHL). Skill winger, fine skater, shooter.
  56. (56) RD David Quenneville, Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL). Small, very skilled. I like him.
  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. (59) C Adam Brooks, Regina Pats (WHL). Brilliant offensive season. Substantial talent.
  60. (60) RD Frederic Allard, Chicoutimi Sagueneens (QMJHL). Two-way D, impressive offense.
  61. (61) RD Filip Berglund, Skelleftea AIK (SEL). Intriguing offense, may take awhile.
  62. (62) C Tyler Steenbergen, Swift Current Broncos (WHL). Spiked in-season.
  63. (63) RD Filip Hronek, HK Hradec Kralove (Cze). Smart undersized skill D.
  64. (64) L Carl Grundstrom, MoDo (SHL): Speedy two-way winger.
  65. (65) L Artur Kayumov, Team Russia (MHL). Fast, skilled, great shot. One dimensional.
  66. (66) C Brandon Gignac, Shawinigan (QMJHL). Skill C, nice numbers.
  67. (67) C Linus Lindstrom, Skelleftea (SuperElite). Swede with two-way skills.
  68. (68) L Simon Stransky, Prince Albert Raiders (WHL). Small skill winger.
  69. (69) L Matthew Boucher, Quebec Remparts (QMJHL). Small, speed, skill.
  70. (74) RD Luke Green, Saint John (QMJHL). Impressive offensive defender.
  71. (70) L Mitchell Mattson, Grand Rapids (USHS). Tall forward with speed and skill. PF?
  72. (71) L Givani Smith, Guelph Storm (OHL). Big, strong PF. Fine player on struggling team.
  73. (72) C Jonathan Ang, Peterborough Petes (OHL). Quick, skilled, chaotic.
  74. (73) C Otto Somppi, Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL). Big C, has skill.
  75. (75) LW Sebastian Repo, Pelicans (Sm-Liiga). Nice range of skills. Underrated.
  76. (NR) C Connor Bleackley, Red Deer Rebels (WHL). Draft re-entry, fast with some skill.
  77. (76) C Oskar Steen, Farjestads (SuperElite). Small F with skill, impressive offense.
  78. (77) LD Dennis Cholowski, Chilliwack Chiefs (BCJHL). Smooth skater, smart blue.
  79. (78) L Matt Filipe, Cedar Rapids (USHL). 6.02, 200 and skilled.
  80. (79) C Kasper Bjorkqvist, Blues U20 (Jr. SML). He sure scores goals a lot.
  81. (80) G Mikhail Berdin, Team Russia (MHL). A strong (.929) season, highly regarded
  82. (81) LD Stepan Falkovsky, Ottawa 67s (OHL). Actual giant (6.07, 224), monster shot.
  83. (82) F Brayden Burke, Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL). Impressive playmaker, undersized.
  84. (83) LD Yegor Rykov, St. Petersburg (MHL). Two-way D, good passer, intelligent. Can skate.
  85. (84) C Henrik Borgstrom, HIFK U20 (Jr. SML). Tall thin C with skill, plus shot. Heading to U. of Denver.
  86. (85) C Alan Lyszczarczyk, Sudbury Wolves (OHL). Two-way C with PP numbers.
  87. (86) R Wade Allison, Tri-City Storm (USHL). Size, skill, spiked in final CS ranking.
  88. (87) R Egor Babenko, Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL). Math puts him here. Small, very skilled.
  89. (88) R Joey Anderson, US National Team (USHL). Very skilled, average size and speed.
  90. (89) RD Andrew Peeke, Green Bay Gamblers (USHL). Big, mobile D, plus shot.
  91. (NR) LD James Greenway, US Nats (USHL). Giant blue with some skill.
  92. (90) RC Dylan Gambrell, U of Denver (NCAA). Fast, skilled, brilliant.
  93. (91) G Jeremy Helvig, Kingston Frontenacs (OHL). Numbers are solid.
  94. (92) C-R Dante Salituro, Ottawa 67s (OHL). Back for another lash, very skilled.
  95. (93) LD Cole Candella, Hamilton Bulldogs (OHL). Solid two-way D, injury hurt his numbers.
  96. (94) C William Bower, Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL). Undersized C.
  97. (95) C Ondrej Najman, HC Dukla Jihlava (Czech). He is posting some impressive boxcars.
  98. (96) LD Lucas Carlsson, Brynas (SHL). Two-way defenseman, eligible last year.
  99. (97) LD Jacob Moverare, HV71 (SuperElite). Two-way D, strong, mobile.
  100. (98) W Tim Gettinger, SSM (OHL). He is a 6.06 winger. Itch will be scratched.
  101. (99) LD Sebastian Aho, Skelleftea (SHL). Undersized, puck moving D.
  102. (100) R Jesper Bratt, AIK (Allsvenskan). Very small, very skilled. Fast buzzsaw.
  103. (111) C Cliff Pu, London Knights (OHL). Otten has him trending.
  104. (101) C Tanner Laczynski, Lincoln Stars (USHL). A solid offensive player.
  105. (102) RD Jordan Sambrook, Erie Otters (OHL). Solid two-way D, may be undervalued
  106. (103) LD Chad Krys, US National Team (USHL). Two-way D, creative with the puck.
  107. (104) L Jakob Stukel, Calgary Hitmen (WHL). Speedy W with skill. No buzz at all.
  108. (105) LD Markus Niemelainen, Saginaw Spirit (OHL). Giant defender, mobile, some offense.
  109. (106) L Jack Kopacka, SSM (OHL). Two-way forward with some size.
  110. (107) C Reid Gardner, Prince Albert Raiders (WHL). Two-way C. A solid prospect.
  111. (108) G Daniel Marmenlind, Orebro (SuperElite). Strong numbers (.920)
  112. (109) C Aapeli Rasanen, Tappara U20 (Jr. SML). A fine prospect, good size and skill.
  113. (110) G Zack Sawchenko, Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL). A .916SP is rock solid. Great glove.
  114. (112) C Logan DeNoble, Peterborough Petes (OHL). Small scoring F, effective at ES.
  115. (113) LD Sean Day, Mississauga (OHL). Mobile two-way D.
  116. (114) L Brandon Hagel, Red Deer Rebels (WHL). Skill W, undersized.
  117. (115) LD Ryan Lindgren, US National Team (USHL). Two-way D lacks one outstanding skill.
  118. (116) C Brett McKenzie, North Bay (OHL). Smart checking center.
  119. (117) LD Vojtech Budik, Prince Albert Raiders (WHL). Terrific skater, shut down blue.
  120. (118) R Cameron Askew, Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL). Big, bruising F with skill (Sherren).
  121. (119) RD Pascal Corbeil, Blainville-Boisbriand (QMJHL). Small puck mover.
  122. (120) D Ben Gleason, Hamilton Bulldogs (OHL). Chaos defender with real ability.
  123. (121) RD  Jacob Cederholm, HV71 (SuperElite). Big defensive defender
  124. (122) G Evan Fitzpatrick, Sherbrooke Phoenix (QMJHL). No. 1 ranked NA goalie by CSB.  .896
  125. (123) G Niilo Halonen, Jokerit U20 (Jr. SML). Phenomenal numbers.
  126. (124) RW Matt Luff, Hamilton (OHL). Throwback W with size and skill.
  127. (125) LD Libor Hajek, Saskatoon Blades. Big (6.02, 185) Big, strong and mobile.
  128. (126) L Roman Krikunenko, Yaroslav (MHL). Scored 32 points in 35 games.
  129. (127) LD Max Lajoie, Swift Current Broncos (WHL). Fine skater, smart player.
  130. (128) R Steve Harland, North Bay Battalion (OHL). Scored well , showed up in some interesting areas when digging through the numbers.
  131. (129) C Otto Makinen, Tappara U20 (Jr. SML). Tall C with two way skills, could spike at the draft.
  132. (130) C Rem Pitlick, Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL). Small and very skilled C. Cousin of Tyler.
  133. (131) G Julio Billia, Chicoutimi (QMJHL). Sherren: undersized but consistent. .919SP.
  134. (132) LD Logan Stanley, Windsor Spitfires (OHL). Giant defensive defender, excellent skater.
  135. (133) C Trent Frederic, US National Team (USHL). Two-way C with size.
  136. (134) C Andrei Svetlakov, CSKA (KHL). Skilled, gritty forward. Might be a good target.
  137. (135) LD David Bernhardt, Djurgardens (SuperElite). Puck mover with speed.
  138. (136) C Cameron Hebig, Saskatoon Blades (WHL). Two-way C, overager.
  139. (137) L Mikko Juusola, Kalpa (Jr. SML). Speed winger with skill.
  140. (138) RD Chase Priskie, Quinnipiac (NCAA). Puck-moving defender.
  141. (139) C Nathan Noel, Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL). Wide range of skills, undersized.
  142. (140) RD Jake Ryczek, Waterloo Blackhawks (USHL). Appears to be a spark offensively.
  143. (141) C Connor Bunnaman, Kitchener Rangers (OHL). Checking center looks a little shy offensively.
  144. (142) Max Zimmer, Chicago Steel (USHL). Two-way talent has a nice range of skills.
  145. (143) LD Matthew Cairns, Georgetown Raiders (OJHL). Smart defender with good size, mobility.
  146. (144) R Nicholas Caamano, Flint Firebirds (OHL). Winger with size and speed, scored 20 goals.
  147. (145) C Hugh McGing, Cedar Rapids Roughriders (USHL). A small and very skilled forward, Western Michigan next year.
  148. (146) C Tanner Kaspick, Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL). Has speed, range of skills.
  149. (147) R William Knierim, Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL). Huge winger with some skill.
  150. (148) R Eetu Tuulola, HPK U20 (Jr. SML). Massive winger (6.03, 225) with some offense.
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wheatnoil

Is there a specific reason for Brown’s jump up into the top 10 compared to last week?

TheOtherJohn

Beyond that he’s a good skating 6’6″ and 225 lb C?

Ekblad justified his 1OV selection

Richard S.S.

The #1, #2, #3 remain #1, #2, #3. The #4-#5 are about equal-ish. Your #6-#10 seem to be in their own group. I think #11-17 are in a group if their own. Beyond that, I have no clue. Aby suggestion on who the next group is/could be/should be?

Rondo

Somehow Nylander makes it into my top 10 . I’m just not sure where. Perhaps Keller comes #11 for me.

Great list LT as usual.

Richard S.S.

Lowetide,

Thank you Lowetide.
I was curious as I don’t have any idea about what happens with the #4 Pick and where the Oilers end up.

I think that figuring out what another Team needs should tell us whether a trade for a D is really possible, painfully expensive or not happening. Montreal is easy, they need offense, something the Oilers have a lot of.

Rondo

1. 1-3
2. 4-5
3. 6 Best D-man
4. 7-11
5. 12-22
6.23-45

Water Fire

Question
For those 6’2″ how many of you were that height, fit and over 190lbs at 17?

Rondo

10 takeaways from the 2016 NHL Scouting Combine

http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/10-takeaways-2016-nhl-scouting-combine/

LadiesloveSmid

Keller is going to break hearts. Really hope CGY opts for Nylander over him.

I’m still in camp pick Dubois or trade down and take Keller/Sergachev/Chychrun/Fabbro

Richard S.S.

Centres can always play the wing very well if needed; the reverse is very seldom true. This is McDavid’s Team and any draft selections over the next 10-12 years should reflect that. Pierre-Luc Dubois is an ideal addition. For all of Matthew Tkachuk’s talent and ability, speed is not an asset. However, all things being equal, always take the Centre.

leadfarmer

Don’t get the love for Joulevi. Questionable defense. Lower NHL equivalence than the competition even though his team brings a lot of offense. On top of that you have to factor the London Knights penalty. Definitely pick him below Chychrun and close to Bean.

Rondo

Edm- Dubois Tkachuk Sergachev

Van- Dubois Tkachuk Brown

Cal- Tkachuk Brown Nylander Sergachev

Funman

Water Fire,

I was 6′ 2″ and 225 lbs on my 15th bday in 1977 in grade 9 at the time. By the time I finished high school on my way to university I was 6′ 4″ and 310lbs.

Raider Jesse

Rough couple months for Rubstov. First the whole missing the under 18’s thing and then after being talked about as a big Russian C he measured barely over 6 feet.

I’d still draft him 33, I expect him to fall.

Gret99zky

Wow, LT, you sure put a lot of work into the draft. Passion!

Does it upset you when the Oilers trade away the picks?

DRFNsuperstar

Max Jones is Raffi Torres, Raffi Torres is Max Jones I swear to god Raffi has found a way to travel back in time and take over a teenager body. Has anyone seen them in the same room at the same time? There must have been 4 times in the mem cup finals Jones tried to pick someone’s head with his elbow. Sloppy fast skater with decent hands and a heavy not accurate shot. I feel like Benning might trade the world for him.

DRFNsuperstar

leadfarmer:
Don’t get the love for Joulevi.Questionable defense.Lower NHL equivalence than the competition even though his team brings a lot of offense.On top of that you have to factor the London Knights penalty.Definitely pick him below Chychrun and close to Bean.

100% agree. Can pass the puck and walk the blue line well in the o-zone. Chychrun is going to be the steal of the draft unless Keller is taken outside of top 10.

wheatnoil

Lowetide,

Thanks for your thoughts. I’m always curious about those late risers / fallers. You wonder sometimes if it’s really the player turning the corner in development or if it’s just letting a smaller sample size skew the opinion.

I think Brown has legit talent, was just curious as he was the only mover in your top 20.

Klima's_Bucket

Lowetide,

Don’t they whiff in those rounds any way?

Lowetide: No, but if they do it again this year the organization is in real trouble. It would be three years in a row with no picks in the second and third rounds.

In that case, I would brace myself, because I don’t see Chia being the MacT/Belichick type: Trading back from 2nd/3rd round to get more picks, and he seems to have been brought in to turn the team around quickly in time for the new arena. I just hope he doesn’t abandon the long-term plan to fulfill this goal. This is a very dangerous summer for the Oilers after all those years of pain. To come out of it with a decimated core would be a killer.

They can’t be doing 1-for-3s. They just can’t. I see some people suggesting the likes of Nuge for Rychel and Savard and a pick, for example. Those are the 7s and 8s and 9s you can pick up. Nuge is the King you just don’t give away.

rickithebear

All i hope for is calgary trading up to # 3 and taking tkachuk!

Gayfish

Elliot Friedman is the only thing keeping me from watching HNIC in punjabi.

Water Fire

Funman:
Water Fire,

I was 6′ 2″ and 225 lbs on my 15th bday in 1977 in grade 9 at the time. By the time I finished high school on my way to university I was 6′ 4″ and 310lbs.

You are a large dude. That is football lineman size, I imagine you were built like that.

What I an wondering is how a 17 YO playing in a highly competitive contact long season sport gains an unusual amount of weight to a level higher than most veterans play at while his closest comparable loses weight as hockey players normally do at year end.

Gayfish

Water Fire: You are a large dude. That is football lineman size, I imagine you were built like that.

What I an wondering is how a 17 YO playing in a highly competitive contact long season sport gains an unusual amount of weight to a level higher than most veterans play at while his closest comparable loses weight as hockey players normally do at year end.

Pounded 3L of water before hitting the scale?

Ryan

Water Fire: You are a large dude. That is football lineman size, I imagine you were built like that.

What I an wondering is how a 17 YO playing in a highly competitive contact long season sport gains an unusual amount of weight to a level higher than most veterans play at while his closest comparable loses weight as hockey players normally do at year end.

McDonald’s or roids?

🙂

N64

Stelio Kontos:
Elliot Friedman is the only thing keeping me from watching HNIC in punjabi.

Probably could make more intelligent comments in punjabi than his colleagues can in English.

Soup Fascist

Eklund tweeted that the Jets are working on a “blockbuster”.

So it is all but a certainty that the rights to Doug Smail and Morris Lukowich will be on the move.

jfry

LT, you always mention Caggiula, why not the Nick Ellis. He doesn’t have a HUGE resume on account of having been a backup, but to my mind, he’s a legitimate prospect that we acquired for free, pre-draft. i feel like it’s not being talked about enough.

the last few years, goaling and defending have been our issues, but we really haven’t talked about this add. perhaps it’s because we’re all afraid of talking about goalies, but he definitely needs more discussion status as we talk about acquiring players going into this draft.

Funman

Water Fire,

That’s a good point, unless he’s got a voracious appetite and the resources, it does make one wonder. As for myself I did get a football scholarship down south.

jfry

Lowetide,

i feel like these free agent NCAA players are a bit like your list where you’re trying to put in re-entries and figure out their position. i feel like ellis, as a re-entry would probably be a top four round goaler…which to my mind, is substantial. goalies and all…

Chachi

Schultz looking an awful lot like the horrible defenceman he was in Edmonton on the losing goal in overtime. Also had a couple of good offensive chances before the goal, but you have to think that the Penguins would bump him out of the lineup if they had anyone else they could throw out there for 10 minutes a game.

kinger_OIL

– was there any doubt that SJ is back in this series?

jfry

Lowetide: True. Ellis has a nice resume for sure. Okay. Cagguila AND Ellis.

FINE!!!!

admiralmark

kinger_OIL:
– was there any doubt that SJ is back in this series?

Was there any doubt Schultz would eventually cost a game for Pittsburgh?

russ99

Chachi:
Schultz looking an awful lot like the horrible defenceman he was in Edmonton on the losing goal in overtime. Also had a couple of good offensive chances before the goal, but you have to think that the Penguins would bump him out of the lineup if they had anyone else they could throw out there for 10 minutes a game.

What did he really do wrong there? Both defensemen were on the same side as the net, and he tried to clear it along the wall, like both teams did all game. And like the Oilers, the Pens forwards didn’t get back quick enough.

On the goal, Malkin took the skater who took a wide turn but Schultz still got a piece of it. Sometimes you have to credit the shooter.

Not saying he’s a great defenseman, but serious nitpicking in a close game that could have gone either way.

Chachi

Schultz did the same thing he always does in the defensive zone. He chases the puck he gets out of position and he absolutely positively will not under any circumstances engage the opponent physically. On that particular play he could have released Donskoi since Malkin was on him and, god help me I am going to sound like ricki, retreat back to a box protection position. The shot by Donskoi likely hits him in the chest instead of going in and he would not have had to put himself in any danger of physical contact with another person!

hags9k

Lowetide: No, but if they do it again this year the organization is in real trouble. It would be three years in a row with no picks in the second and third rounds.

You mean we’re not even in trouble yet!? Woohoo!!

Great work again on the list LT, now get some rest. The more you learn about this first round, trading down starts looking good.

LT,
Friedman reporting Yotes have asked Hanzal for a list of teams he would accept trade to. One year left on his deal.

Now all the signs in NYI suggest Nielsen will re-sign with the Isles. So IF…and I don’t want them to…but IF Nuge is moved for a D, Hanzal could be a very nice 3C. McDavid-Draisaitl-Hanzal down the middle? Holy moly. Only thing is that a lot of teams would be interested, and what do the Oilers have that would get them to bite?

4 and a premium young, cheap piece for Hanzal and 7?
What woud be enough, assuming Nuge is traded for D help so Draisaitl is off limits. Any ideas?

stush18

No one has mentioned anything, but Bettman mentioned today that if the players don’t use their escalator clause, the cap will likely dip below 70 mil.

That could be a huge plus for the oilers.