DRAFT POST NO. 19: DAY TWO 2016

The Edmonton Oilers received another brilliant stroke of luck at the draft table yesterday, as the Columbus Blue Jackets selected out of order—leaving a rambunctious Finn available at No. 4 overall. Welcome Jesse Puljujarvi. Music!

  • Red Line Report: Big horse looks and plays like a Mats Sundin clone. Has the four S’s: size, skills, skating, shot. Has all the tools to be a dominant power forward who combines top-notch skills with brute force. Terrific size/strength and is impossible to move off the puck — uses wide stance and is hard on his stick. Comes alive whenever the puck is nearby. Wants to make plays. Dynamic skater accelerates in a few strides and has excellent speed. Uses long reach and soft hands to beat “D” off the rush. Dangerous every shift. Excellent puck control, often impossible to contain. Receives tough passes without slowing down. Drives the net and protects the puck well. Has good hands in close with vision and playmaking skills. Responsible two-way player has good defensive awareness. Played the playoffs and U-18 Championships with a knee injury that required surgery after the season. Source

We can frame this as one of the things that a franchise gets with a veteran GM, or as blind luck. No matter. The skating concerns of Keith’s boy, the lottery miss, all water under the bridge on this morning.

God I love Finns. Why did he fall? Do not know. He did suffer an injury, but reports have him being fine by TC. Puljujarvi is a huge talent, and we have some inside info via Swedish Poster and the comments section from last night:

  • Swedish Poster: (legendary Detroit scout) Håkan Andersson thinks will look even better as a C due to his elite vision and hands. Puljujärvi is a great add to the Oilers, he’s not quite at the level of Laine, Matthews at this very moment but I’d argue his upside could very well be higher due to him having a wider array of skills. I’ve been beating his drum for a while now. He’s still physically immature so I truly hope the Oil don’t screw up his developement by counting on him to be a contributer from day one.

STILL AVAILABLE, DAY TWO

A bunch of my first round is still available, and I think Tyler Benson will be an Oiler by the time your first cup of coffee is finished this morning. Here are the men still on the draft board from my 150 list:

  • No. 15—R Alex DeBrincat, Erie Otters (OHL): Small sniper. NHLE: 44.
  • No. 19—C Pascal Laberge, Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL). Skill, size, consistency an issue. NHLE: 26.
  • No. 20—G Carter Hart, Everett Silvertips (WHL): .929 in playoffs.
  • No. 22—L Adam Mascherin, Kitchener Rangers (OHL): Undersized scoring W. Bona fide. NHLE: 33
  • No. 24—R Taylor Raddysh, Erie Otters (OHL). Power W who can score. NHLE:29
  • No. 25—R Vitalii Abramov, Gatineau Olympiques (QMJHL). Explosive scorer. Dynamic. NHLE: 31
  • No. 26—LD Cam Dineen, North Bay (OHL): Impressive offense. NHLE: 23
  • No. 27—C Rasmus Asplund, Farjestads (SHL). He is 6.0, 180 and quality two-way forward.
  • No. 30—C Janne Kuokkanen, Karpat (Fin Jr). Skilled C, good speed. Playmaker.
  • No. 32—C Will Bitten, Flint Firebireds (OHL): Fast skater, scoring playmaker. Intriguing.
  • No. 33—C-R Nathan Bastian, Mississauga Steelheads (OHL): Big skill F with smarts.
  • No. 34—L Tyler Benson, Vancouver Giants (WHL). Physical two-way forward. Injured a lot.
  • No. 35—G Tyler Parsons, London Knights (OHL). He looks substantial based on numbers. .921
  • No. 36—LD Kale Clague, Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL). Fast offensive defenseman.
  • No. 37—G Veini Vehvilainen, JYP (Fin 2). 26GP, 2.04 .925. Re-entry.
  • No. 38—R Maxime Fortier, Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL). Speed and skill.
  • No. 39—C Dillon Dube, Kelowna Rockets (WHL): Speedy scorer, range of skills.
  • No. 40—L Vladimir Kuznetsov, Acadie-Bathurst Titan (QMJHL): Big, strong and skilled.
  • No. 41—L Jonathan Dahlen, Timra (Allsvenskan). Ulf’s boy, slick and brilliant.
  • No. 42—LD Samuel Girard, Shawinigian (QMJHL). The new M-A Bergeron.
  • No. 43—G Filip Gustavsson, Lulea (SHL): Big G with a .910 SHL SP. Impressive.
  • No. 45—L Kyle Maksimovich, Erie Otters (OHL). Small, very skilled player.
  • No. 46—LD Victor Mete, London Knights (OHL). Great skater, impressive offense.
  • No. 47—R Matthew Phillips, Victoria Royals (WHL). Tiny, brilliant offensive winger.
  • No. 49—R Jordan Kyrou, Sarnia Sting (OHL). Skilled winger, creative.
  • No. 50—RD Adam Fox, US National Team (USHL). Creative, intelligent, good skater. 5.10, 183.
  • No. 51—R Yegor Korshkov, Yaroslavl (KHL). Brilliant WJs, big and skilled winger.
  • No. 53—C Noah Gregor, Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL). Two-way C, aggressive.
  • No. 55—L Cameron Morrison, Youngstown (USHL). Skill winger, fine skater, shooter.
  • No. 56—RD David Quenneville, Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL). Small, very skilled. I like him.
  • No. 57—C Dmitri Sokolov, Sudbury Wolves (OHL). Big F, strong, aggressive. Solid offense.
  • No. 58—L Boris Katchouk, SSM (OHL). Rugged, throwback W with skill.
  • No. 59—C Adam Brooks, Regina Pats (WHL). Brilliant offensive season. Substantial talent.
  • No. 60—RD Frederic Allard, Chicoutimi Sagueneens (QMJHL). Two-way D, impressive offense.
  • No. 61—RD Filip Berglund, Skelleftea AIK (SEL). Intriguing offense, may take awhile.
  • No. 62—C Tyler Steenbergen, Swift Current Broncos (WHL). Spiked in-season.
  • No. 63—RD Filip Hronek, HK Hradec Kralove (Cze). Smart undersized skill D.
  • No. 64—L Carl Grundstrom, MoDo (SHL): Speedy two-way winger.
  • No. 65—L Artur Kayumov, Team Russia (MHL). Fast, skilled, great shot. One dimensional.
  • No. 66—C Brandon Gignac, Shawinigan (QMJHL). Skill C, nice numbers.
  • No. 67—C Linus Lindstrom, Skelleftea (SuperElite). Swede with two-way skills.
  • No. 68—L Simon Stransky, Prince Albert Raiders (WHL). Small skill winger.
  • No. 69—L Matthew Boucher, Quebec Remparts (QMJHL). Small, speed, skill.
  • No. 70—RD Luke Green, Saint John (QMJHL). Impressive offensive defender.
  • No. 71—L Mitchell Mattson, Grand Rapids (USHS). Tall forward with speed and skill. PF?
  • No. 72—L Givani Smith, Guelph Storm (OHL). Big, strong PF. Fine player on struggling team.
  • No. 73—C Jonathan Ang, Peterborough Petes (OHL). Quick, skilled, chaotic.
  • No. 74—C Otto Somppi, Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL). Big C, has skill.
  • No. 75—LW Sebastian Repo, Pelicans (Sm-Liiga). Nice range of skills. Underrated.
  • No. 76—C Connor Bleackley, Red Deer Rebels (WHL). Draft re-entry, fast with some skill.
  • No. 77—C Oskar Steen, Farjestads (SuperElite). Small F with skill, impressive offense.
  • No. 79—L Matt Filipe, Cedar Rapids (USHL). 6.02, 200 and skilled.
  • No. 80—C Kasper Bjorkqvist, Blues U20 (Jr. SML). He sure scores goals a lot.
  • No. 81—G Mikhail Berdin, Team Russia (MHL). A strong (.929) season, highly regarded
  • No. 82—LD Stepan Falkovsky, Ottawa 67s (OHL). Actual giant (6.07, 224), monster shot.
  • No. 83—F Brayden Burke, Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL). Impressive playmaker, undersized.
  • No. 84—LD Yegor Rykov, St. Petersburg (MHL). Two-way D, good passer, intelligent. Can skate.
  • No. 86—C Alan Lyszczarczyk, Sudbury Wolves (OHL). Two-way C with PP numbers.
  • No. 87—R Wade Allison, Tri-City Storm (USHL). Size, skill, spiked in final CS ranking.
  • No. 88—R Egor Babenko, Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL). Math puts him here. Small, very skilled.
  • No. 89—R Joey Anderson, US National Team (USHL). Very skilled, average size and speed.
  • No. 90—RD Andrew Peeke, Green Bay Gamblers (USHL). Big, mobile D, plus shot.
  • No. 91—LD James Greenway, US Nats (USHL). Giant blue with some skill.
  • No. 92—RC Dylan Gambrell, U of Denver (NCAA). Fast, skilled, brilliant.
  • No. 93—G Jeremy Helvig, Kingston Frontenacs (OHL). Numbers are solid.
  • No. 94—C-R Dante Salituro, Ottawa 67s (OHL). Back for another lash, very skilled.
  • No. 95—LD Cole Candella, Hamilton Bulldogs (OHL). Solid two-way D, injury hurt his numbers.
  • No. 96—C William Bower, Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL). Undersized C.
  • No. 97—C Ondrej Najman, HC Dukla Jihlava (Czech). He is posting some impressive boxcars.
  • No. 98—LD Lucas Carlsson, Brynas (SHL). Two-way defenseman, eligible last year.
  • No. 99—LD Jacob Moverare, HV71 (SuperElite). Two-way D, strong, mobile.
  • No. 100—W Tim Gettinger, SSM (OHL). He is a 6.06 winger. Itch will be scratched.
  • No. 101—LD Sebastian Aho, Skelleftea (SHL). Undersized, puck moving D.
  • No. 102—R Jesper Bratt, AIK (Allsvenskan). Very small, very skilled. Fast buzzsaw.
  • No. 103—C Cliff Pu, London Knights (OHL). Otten has him trending.
  • No. 104—C Tanner Laczynski, Lincoln Stars (USHL). A solid offensive player.
  • No. 105—RD Jordan Sambrook, Erie Otters (OHL). Solid two-way D, may be undervalued
  • No. 106—LD Chad Krys, US National Team (USHL). Two-way D, creative with the puck.
  • No. 107—L Jakob Stukel, Calgary Hitmen (WHL). Speedy W with skill. No buzz at all.
  • No. 108—LD Markus Niemelainen, Saginaw Spirit (OHL). Giant defender, mobile, some offense.
  • No. 109—L Jack Kopacka, SSM (OHL). Two-way forward with some size.
  • No. 110—C Reid Gardner, Prince Albert Raiders (WHL). Two-way C. A solid prospect.
  • No. 111—G Daniel Marmenlind, Orebro (SuperElite). Strong numbers (.920)
  • No. 112—C Aapeli Rasanen, Tappara U20 (Jr. SML). A fine prospect, good size and skill.
  • No. 113—G Zack Sawchenko, Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL). A .916SP is rock solid. Great glove.
  • No. 114—C Logan DeNoble, Peterborough Petes (OHL). Small scoring F, effective at ES.
  • No. 115—LD Sean Day, Mississauga (OHL). Mobile two-way D.
  • No. 116—L Brandon Hagel, Red Deer Rebels (WHL). Skill W, undersized.
  • No. 117—LD Ryan Lindgren, US National Team (USHL). Two-way D lacks one outstanding skill.
  • No. 118—C Brett McKenzie, North Bay (OHL). Smart checking center.
  • No. 119—LD Vojtech Budik, Prince Albert Raiders (WHL). Terrific skater, shut down blue.
  • No. 120—R Cameron Askew, Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL). Big, bruising F with skill (Sherren).
  • No. 121—RD Pascal Corbeil, Blainville-Boisbriand (QMJHL). Small puck mover.
  • No. 122—D Ben Gleason, Hamilton Bulldogs (OHL). Chaos defender with real ability.
  • No. 123—RD  Jacob Cederholm, HV71 (SuperElite). Big defensive defender
  • No. 124—G Evan Fitzpatrick, Sherbrooke Phoenix (QMJHL). No. 1 ranked NA goalie by CSB.  .896
  • No. 125—G Niilo Halonen, Jokerit U20 (Jr. SML). Phenomenal numbers.
  • No. 126—RW Matt Luff, Hamilton (OHL). Throwback W with size and skill.
  • No. 127—LD Libor Hajek, Saskatoon Blades. Big (6.02, 185) Big, strong and mobile.
  • No. 128—L Roman Krikunenko, Yaroslav (MHL). Scored 32 points in 35 games.
  • No. 129—LD Max Lajoie, Swift Current Broncos (WHL). Fine skater, smart player.
  • No. 130—R Steve Harland, North Bay Battalion (OHL). No buzz, interesting offense.
  • No. 131—C Otto Makinen, Tappara U20 (Jr. SML). Tall C with two way skills, could spike at the draft.
  • No. 132—C Rem Pitlick, Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL). Small and very skilled C. Cousin of Tyler.
  • No. 133—G Julio Billia, Chicoutimi (QMJHL). Sherren: undersized but consistent. .919SP.
  • No. 136—C Andrei Svetlakov, CSKA (KHL). Skilled, gritty forward. Might be a good target.
  • No. 137—LD David Bernhardt, Djurgardens (SuperElite). Puck mover with speed.
  • No. 138—C Cameron Hebig, Saskatoon Blades (WHL). Two-way C, overager.
  • No. 139—L Mikko Juusola, Kalpa (Jr. SML). Speed winger with skill.
  • No. 140—RD Chase Priskie, Quinnipiac (NCAA). Puck-moving defender.
  • No. 141—C Nathan Noel, Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL). Wide range of skills, undersized.
  • No. 142—RD Jake Ryczek, Waterloo Blackhawks (USHL). Appears to be a spark offensively.
  • No. 143—C Connor Bunnaman, Kitchener Rangers (OHL). Checking center looks a little shy offensively.
  • No. 144—Max Zimmer, Chicago Steel (USHL). Two-way talent has a nice range of skills.
  • No. 145—LD Matthew Cairns, Georgetown Raiders (OJHL). Smart defender with good size, mobility.
  • No. 146—R Nicholas Caamano, Flint Firebirds (OHL). Winger with size and speed, scored 20 goals.
  • No. 147—C Hugh McGing, Cedar Rapids Roughriders (USHL). A small and very skilled forward.
  • No. 148—C Tanner Kaspick, Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL). Has speed, range of skills.
  • No. 149—R William Knierim, Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL). Huge winger with some skill.
  • No. 150—R Eetu Tuulola, HPK U20 (Jr. SML). Massive winger (6.03, 225) with some offense.

OILERS PROJECTED PICKS HEADING INTO THE WEEKEND

  • No. 4 overall—L Matthew Tkachuk, London Knights (OHL)
  • No. 32 overall—C-R Nathan Bastian, Mississauga Steelheads (OHL)
  • No. 63 overall—R Wade Allison, Tri-City Storm (USHL)
  • No. 84 overall—RD Filip Berglund, Skelleftea AIK (SEL)
  • No. 91 overall—RD Jordan Sambrook, Erie Otters (OHL)
  • No. 123 overall—R Matthew Phillips, Victoria Royals (WHL)
  • No. 149 overall—R Nicholas Caamano, Flint Firebirds (OHL)
  • No. 153 overall—C Cameron Hebig, Saskatoon Blades (WHL)
  • No. 183 overall—RW Matt Luff, Hamilton (OHL)

OILERS PROJECTED PICKS AFTER DAY ONE

  • No. 4 overall—R Jesse Puljujarvi, Karpat (Sm-Liiga): Big, fast, rambunctious. Brilliant look here.
  • No. 32 overall—L Tyler Benson, Vancouver Giants (WHL). Physical two-way forward. Injured a lot.
  • No. 63 overall—R Wade Allison, Tri-City Storm (USHL)
  • No. 84 overall—RD Filip Berglund, Skelleftea AIK (SEL)
  • No. 91 overall—RD Jordan Sambrook, Erie Otters (OHL)
  • No. 123 overall—R Matthew Phillips, Victoria Royals (WHL)
  • No. 149 overall—R Nicholas Caamano, Flint Firebirds (OHL)
  • No. 153 overall—C Cameron Hebig, Saskatoon Blades (WHL)
  • No. 183 overall—RW Matt Luff, Hamilton (OHL)

chiarelli draft capture

THE CHIARELLI LIST

  1. Top-pairing RHD (Two-way skills)
  2. Second-pairing RHD (Offensive defenseman)
  3. Acquire RHC with some skill
  4. Backup goalie

I have two defenders listed here, but suspect it will be Ursa Major and Ursa Minor—a Hamonic and a Dan Boyle. The RHC could end up being a RW, I have Leon moving betwixt C and R but a RW added means Leon stays at pivot. The backup goalie could be handled in the coming weeks.

THE CHIARELLI EXTENDED PLAY LIST

  1. Add a “Pisani” who can mentor, score 15, and play a two-way role up and down the lineup.
  2. Re-stock the shelves via the draft (Puljujarvi)
  3. Improve overall team speed (Puljujarvi)
  4. Offload Lauri Korpikoski.
  5. Improve goaltending depth (added Nick Ellis, but more is needed—likely draft).
  6. Improve AHL quality (Caggiula, Russell, Ellis, but more is needed).
  7. Cull the LHD herd.
  8. Rob the Wild of something.

The restocking of the shelves is a big item for this weekend and should not be overlooked. I will have a new top 20 on Sunday morning, but the list needs help. If you are interested, I also posted about prospect trade value—Chiarelli may offload some of these chaps over the weekend, especially a LHD or two.

THE ASSETS LIST

  1. Cap space*
  2. Nail Yakupov
  3. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
  4. Taylor Hall
  5. Jordan Eberle
  6. Benoit Pouliot
  7. Mark Fayne
  8. Griffin Reinhart
  9. 2017 1st round selection

minnesota defense

TOP OPTIONS FOR BLUE

  1. LD Hampus Lindholm, Anaheim Ducks. Perfect fit, if available.
  2. PK Subban, Montreal Canadiens. If available, shoot the moon.
  3. Travis Hamonic, NY Islanders. Perfect fit, if available.
  4. Kevin Shattenkirk, St. Louis Blues. Shoot the moon—for one year?
  5. Jason Demers, Dallas Stars. Wilford Brimley: The right thing to do.
  6. Tyson Barrie, Colorado Avalanche. No idea the price.
  7. Tyler Spurgeon, Minnesota Wild. A solid option, quality NHL player.
  8. Radko Gudas, Philadelphia Flyers. Strong, effective defender.
  9. David Savard, Columbus Blue Jackets. Range of skills.
  10. LD Brian Campbell, Florida Panthers. Moves up with yesterday’s news.
  11. Matt Dumba, Minnesota Wild. Chaos D. Young. Hammer from the point.
  12. Damon Severson, New Jersey Devils. A nice underlying option.
  13. Mark Pysyk, Buffalo Sabres. The numbers imply there is a player here.
  14. Ryan Pulock, New York Islanders. Big shot from the point has high value. Very young.
  15. LD Keith Yandle, NY Rangers. Moves down with yesterday’s news.
  16. Ryan Murphy, Carolina Hurricanes. Some chaos, but good speed and puck-moving ability.
  17. Brandon Montour, Anaheim Ducks. This could be a special player.
  18. Jonas Brodin, Minnesota Wild. Uneven defenseman showed promise not long ago.
  19. Cody Franson, Buffalo Sabres. That hammer from the point would come in handy and he fits a real need.
  20. Jordan Schmaultz, St. Louis Blues. Puck-moving prospect.
  21. Anthony DeAngelo, Tampa Bay Lightning. Another player with a puck-moving element to his game.
  22. Colin Miller, Boston Bruins. With the other Miller signing, maybe he is available.
  23. LD David Schlemko, New Jersey Devils. Depth D, has some nice things.
  24. Ville Pokka, Chicago Blackhawks. Young defender in the Chicago system.
  25. Ryan Sproul, Detroit Red Wings. Puck-moving defender in the AHL.
  26. Dennis Wideman, Calgary Flames. A year removed from a fantastic offensive season.
  27. RD Dan Boyle, New York Rangers. Retiring, but he is the player they are looking for—early, not late in his career.

The first pick should be made just after 8:30 Edmonton time, I will have a post shortly after on the latest Oiler.

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132 Responses to "DRAFT POST NO. 19: DAY TWO 2016"

  1. monsterbater says:

    Wow just after 5:30 am on a Saturday and you’re already cranking out the goods LT, bless you!

    I have to believe the Oilers scratch that goalie it with one of the 3rds, I’m ok with this, though do agree taking a skilled player would be my preference.

  2. SumOil says:

    I feel TML will take debrincat. They are smart now

  3. Lowetide says:

    monsterbater:
    Wow just after 5:30 am on a Saturday and you’re already cranking out the goods LT, bless you!

    I have to believe the Oilers scratch that goalie it with one of the 3rds, I’m ok with this, though do agree taking a skilled player would be my preference.

    For me, I am fine with a goalie at some point today. I wonder if they grab one early, and then push for Cs, RHDs and power wingers. I hope we continue the trend toward skill that began last year.

  4. v4ance says:

    Hoping one of those 3rd round picks goes to Columbus in return for David Savard. They cap relief and a prospect. We get a RHD/

  5. npanciroli says:

    I know this is crazy, but based on the verbiage it almost sounds like you finally have your Pisani in Puljujärvi, LT.

    DeBrincat for me with the next pick.

    Dumba for Pouliot or Yakupov. RNH for Spurgeon.

  6. JOFA says:

    Big Pass on Benson. No thank you.

  7. russ99 says:

    Looking to see the Oil dump some players for picks today, Lander, Pouliot, Fayne, Korpikoski.

    We need the big D-trade before July 1st so it doesn’t have to happen today, but if we go into FA without one, were screwed.

    I also have major doubts the Oilers will sign Demers due to the ask and that he’s one of the few good options left. IMO, the Rangers will probably throw huge $ at him if they can’t get Shattenkirk.

    Lesser D are not an option unless we want to pick in the top 5 again.

  8. JOFA says:

    Mistake free day please. Nuge needs to stay.

  9. SumOil says:

    Based on your list we could get someone in your early 30s in the third round. But boy i do hope we pick up some potential impact defensemen

  10. russ99 says:

    npanciroli:
    I know this is crazy, but based on the verbiage it almost sounds like you finally have your Pisani in Puljujärvi, LT.

    DeBrincat for me with the next pick.

    Dumba for Pouliot or Yakupov. RNH for Spurgeon.

    Not Pisani, I see him more as an off-side Landeskog, if they give him time to physically develop.

  11. russ99 says:

    JOFA,

    Gotta give to get.

    I think Nuge should stay too, but to not address D with a quality player would be a vastly bigger mistake.

  12. JOFA says:

    Agree with “gotta give to get”. We can discuss trading at the centre position at the end of McDavid’s ELC.

  13. Younger Oil says:

    Taking Benson will just stink like the Moroz and Musil picks, like they didn’t do their due diligence and are taking the kid with ties to Edmonton. It will definitely be happening though, him or Hart.

    No matter who is taken at 31, taking Benson will be leaving quality on the board.

    Hope Mascherin slides (doubt he will), and Allard could be there at 63 which would be a steal.

  14. leadfarmer says:

    Why CBJ passed on him? Take a look at their center depth chart. They didn’t pass on him. They selected for need

  15. sliderule says:

    Coyotes are killing it at this draft ignoring size and going with numbers and taking Keller.

    They then trade up and take Chychrun who probably will end up as best D in this draft.

    Meanwhile back at the farm oilers are thinking of Benson a much injured wonder kid who doesn’t put up points and whose lack of flexibility at combine explained some of injury history..

    This second round pick will be a tell as to whether it’s still same old ,same old at Kingsway.

  16. Lowetide says:

    Benson is an excellent prospect. I have him at No. 34 overall on my list and he posted at close to a point per game on a poor team. I think comparing him to Musil or Moroz misses the player by quite a bit.

  17. Younger Oil says:

    Lowetide:
    Benson is an excellent prospect. I have him at No. 34 overall on my list and he posted at close to a point per game on a poor team. I think comparing him to Musil or Moroz misses the player by quite a bit.

    I’m comparing the circumstances of the pick similar to Moroz and Musil, not the player.

    Taking him at 32 is leaving a lot of quality on the board, as your 11 remaining players ranked above him indicate.

    Can you name any players who have dropped from the top 10 in the draft rankings to mid thirties over a year and a bit and still became an NHL player?

  18. russ99 says:

    JOFA:
    Agree with “gotta give to get”. We can discuss trading at the centre position at the end of McDavid’s ELC.

    Agree, but we may have to move 2 of the Austins once McDavid ELC ends, so why not move one to fix a glaring need now.

    If we did trade RNH that obviously would require a two-way RH center being added.

  19. SumOil says:

    At what time will the second round start ?

  20. Younger Oil says:

    SumOil:
    At what time will the second round start ?

    People have said 8:00 MT, not sure if it’s true, just what I have heard.

  21. SumOil says:

    russ99,

    because right now a massive overpay seems like the only way. So keeping the Austins and get good defensmen might be a better option than trading the austins for a great one. As trading away the auntins also puts a glaring hole in the roster.

    In 2 seasons JP might be ready to replace Eberle. Nurse and Reinhart might allow us to trade Sekera. So lets deal with the problem as it comes because hockey market is dynamic

  22. Lowetide says:

    Younger Oil: I’m comparing the circumstances of the pick similar to Moroz and Musil, not the player.

    Taking him at 32 is leaving a lot of quality on the board, as your 11 remaining players ranked above him indicate.

    Can you name any players who have dropped from the top 10 in the draft rankings to mid thirties over a year and a bit and still became an NHL player?

    Benson fell for a reason, suggesting his performance was the cause is impossible. Brandon Saad fell quite a long way.

  23. Little Poteet says:

    Benson sounds like the next pitlick

  24. gogliano says:

    Younger Oil: People have said 8:00 MT, not sure if it’s true, just what I have heard.

    NHL.com says 8 MT/10 EST.

    Stream is here: http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?id=830815

  25. Chachi says:

    Lowetide: Benson fell for a reason, suggesting his performance was the cause is impossible. Brandon Saad fell quite a long way.

    Yup, Saad is a really good comparison: http://www.pensburgh.com/2015/5/29/8685545/hindsight-brandon-saad-and-the-pittsburgh-penguins

  26. SumOil says:

    Younger Oil,

    thanks

    That PC stache is dirty af

  27. SumOil says:

    LT are you disappointed we didnt get in the Andrew Shaw action. Or do you think the price was a little too steep and glad we stayed away?

  28. npanciroli says:

    SumOil:
    LT are you disappointed we didnt get in the Andrew Shaw action. Or do you think the price was a little too steep and glad we stayed away?

    His asking price for a contract and cost to acquire are too rich for my blood. He’s a bottom 6 type of player IMO.

    DAT STACHE

  29. Professor Q says:

    DeBrincat is already bigger than Kane was when Kane won the Calder. 😜 😛

  30. Marc says:

    Here’s a great overview of Benson: http://www.habseyesontheprize.com/2016/6/18/11860182/tyler-benson-2016-nhl-entry-draft-prospect-profile-scouting-report-rankings-highlights-wildcard

    I’d go for DeBrincat myself, but Benson is a solid swing for the fences 2nd round pick.

  31. Professor Q says:

    russ99: Not Pisani, I see him more as an off-side Landeskog, if they give him time to physically develop.

    Well, being offside is an issue in this league!

  32. Chamucks says:

    Benson was having trouble with his tailbone all year. I have ankylosing spondylitis which affects my tailbone quite a bit. I had to quit playing hockey all together because of the pain. I’m 27.

    If he’s healed up he will be an entirely different player moving forward.

  33. Woodguy says:

    GIANT RIGHT HANDED GREAT SKATING FINN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    WWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    YAYAYAYAYYAYAYAYAYAYYAYAYAYA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  34. Woodguy says:

    Woot goddamit!

    WOOOOOOOTTTTT!!!!!!

  35. Tcharger says:

    Ottawa fan (primarily, Edmonton was my team way back in the day so still have a soft spot) here, what an amazing stroke of luck for you guys!

    How do you guys feel about the potential Subban rumors, or less confirmed possible Ceci out of Ottawa?

  36. Jethro Tull says:

    Woodguy:
    Woot goddamit!

    WOOOOOOOTTTTT!!!!!!

    WOOT indeed! Seconded and thirded!

  37. Woodguy says:

    Woodguy:
    Hahahahahahahahahaha!!!

    Woooooooooottttt!

    I called this btw, will dig it up when I’m sober.

    I wrote this June 13:

    Saad 30 goals
    Jenner 30 goals
    Atkinson 27 goals

    I wonder if Kekalainen looks at that and then how thin he is at C and leans towards swapping picks with the Oilers in exchange for EDM taking a bad contract and then takes Dubois?

    https://lowetide.ca/2016/06/13/making-the-decisions-on-edmontons-rfas/#comment-536963

    Chia did better than I would have, but he’s makes more $$$ to analyze hockey decisions than I do.

    Also,

    woot

  38. Woodguy says:

    Jethro Tull: WOOT indeed!Seconded and thirded!

    YA!!!!!!!!!!!

  39. Younger Oil says:

    Tcharger:
    Ottawa fan (primarily, Edmonton was my team way back in the day so still have a soft spot) here, what an amazing stroke of luck for you guys!

    How do you guys feel about the potential Subban rumors, or less confirmed possible Ceci out of Ottawa?

    It seems like we’ve come to acceptance that Subban isn’t going to happen. We were mighty excited for 24 hours though, especially with what the Oilers were rumored to be giving up for him.

    As for Ceci, we’d love to have him, but haven’t discussed him as an option as much as we maybe should be! There is more noise around other RHD here. What would you want from us for him?

  40. Lowetide says:

    Tcharger:
    Ottawa fan (primarily, Edmonton was my team way back in the day so still have a soft spot) here, what an amazing stroke of luck for you guys!

    How do you guys feel about the potential Subban rumors, or less confirmed possible Ceci out of Ottawa?

    I think the Subban ship has sailed, would love to be wrong. Ceci is a player of interest but no idea why Sens would deal him—he has had periods of effective play when placed with a reliable partner.

  41. Chamucks says:

    I wonder if landing Puljujarvi changes things to where they no longer have interest in Lucic.
    Lots of wingers.

  42. npanciroli says:

    Woodguy,

    Fuck yeah.

  43. Lowetide says:

    SumOil:
    LT are you disappointed we didnt get in the Andrew Shaw action. Or do you think the price was a little too steep and glad we stayed away?

    No. I will be disappointed if the Oilers trade the Nuge and do not find a veteran C, however.

  44. Seismic Source says:

    Fast, Big, Defensively responsible, Hard Shot, Right Handed. Damn.

    Puljujarvi could wind up our PP QB on the right side. I love the quote he is a good candidate for center as well.

    I hope he blows the doors down in his 9 game look this year.

  45. Professor Q says:

    Lowetide: I think the Subban ship has sailed, would love to be wrong. Ceci is a player of interest but no idea why Sens would deal him—he has had periods of effective play when placed with a reliable partner.

    Yeah, Chia said they were going to either take Sergachev or Juolevi at 4OV and were seriously in talks with trading down (the Subban rumours?) but then suddenly heard that Puljujärvi was going to be passed on so took the offer off the table.

  46. fifthcartel says:

    russ99,

    I was thinking Landeskog as well!

    I’m really suprised at the lack of activity. Only Shaw/Eller moving? Wow.

  47. Lowetide says:

    The smart play for the Oilers is probably trading down to about No. 40 btw.

  48. Little Poteet says:

    Seismic Source:
    Fast, Big, Defensively responsible, Hard Shot, Right Handed. Damn.

    Puljujarvi could wind up our PP QB on the right side. I love the quote he is a good candidate for center as well.

    I hope he blows the doors down in his 9 game look this year.

    And then they send him to the ahl any way. Playing against men won’t be the adjustment, but the smaller ice and less time to make choices will be.
    Not to mention cap considerations with bonus money

  49. Younger Oil says:

    Seismic Source:

    I hope he blows the doors down in his 9 game look this year.

    He is eligible for the AHL so the 9 games rule may not apply I believe, a year may be knocked off his ELC no matter what unless he opts to head back to Europe if he doesn’t make the NHL.

  50. Professor Q says:

    Seismic Source:
    Fast, Big, Defensively responsible, Hard Shot, Right Handed. Damn.

    Puljujarvi could wind up our PP QB on the right side. I love the quote he is a good candidate for center as well.

    I hope he blows the doors down in his 9 game look this year.

    Or an awesome year in the AHL.

  51. jm363561 says:

    SumOil:
    russ99,

    because right now a massive overpay seems like the only way. So keeping the Austins and get good defensmen might be a better option than trading the austins for a great one. As trading away the auntins also puts a glaring hole in the roster.

    In 2 seasons JP might be ready to replace Eberle. Nurse and Reinhart might allow us to trade Sekera. So lets deal with the problem as it comes because hockey market is dynamic

    Too many “mights” there. The one fix we have to have is one good RHD or next season is a bust. If it takes an Austin, so be it.

    Interesting note of caution from Swedish Poster re JP – “He’s still physically immature so I truly hope the Oil don’t screw up his developement by counting on him to be a contributer from day one.” Good luck on that. I see his name already appearing as third line RW on many threads. In the coming weeks we can expect to see “professional hockey is all about winning”; “must pick best 20 players”; “fans deserve success”. We shall see if another career is kicked down the can.

  52. Woodguy says:

    Nill signs Jordie Benn to 3 years @1.1MM each.

    Stars D depth chart now (based on what they ran in the playoffs)

    X-Kilngberg
    X-X
    Oduya – Johns
    Benn

    with rookies Lindell (LH), Nemeth (LH), Honka (RH)

    This will be interesting to watch.

  53. Tcharger says:

    Younger Oil,

    Prior to the draft on an Ottawa blog I was thinking something along the lines of

    Ceci (RFA)
    Hoffman (RFA)
    12th/Lazar one of these

    for

    Hall
    4th

    Although with the way things panned out I can’t imagine Edm would have done it on the floor if it was tabled.

    I know Ottawa is absurdly hesitant to move Ceci, so not sure if any discussion would have gone anywhere.

  54. Professor Q says:

    Tcharger,

    Holy…

    Trolling this early in the morning?

  55. Seismic Source says:

    Woodguy,

    An appeasement signing if there ever was one.

  56. Little Poteet says:

    Seismic Source,

    “Take a million off your asking price Jaimie and I’ll give it to your brother”

  57. npanciroli says:

    One of the most interesting things was when Chia said prior to the draft that he thought the defencemen were #2s and then after the draft if Puljujärvi didn’t drop we would have taken one someone reported. I love how we have a smart crafty GM.

  58. Tcharger says:

    Professor Q,

    Not at all…That being said I was kinda proposing that on the assumption that there was a deal to be made for Subban prior. Although I suspect had that happened the 4th overall would have turned into Montreals 1st round pick

  59. Ducey says:

    Yak’s final hour as an Oiler?

  60. Woodguy says:

    BTW, huge brained Michah McCurdy (no relation to our local astrologer) figured out how many games each team played when they were “rested” (at least one day off) vs a team that played the night before and vice versa.

    EDM has the “easiest” schedule in the NHL with 19 games vs tired opponent when the Oilers didn’t play the night before and only 8 games where they are tired vs. a rested opponent.

    Now if they can add a good RHD and stay healthy……………..

    Micah Blake McCurdy ‏@IneffectiveMath 1h1 hour ago
    Edmonton have an incredible 19 rested games vs tired opponents and only 8 the other way around.

    Here’s a link to all the teams: (CAR makes out pretty good too, now they are rid of Ward they can get a ….. WHAT THE HELL DID THEY DO??????)

    https://twitter.com/IneffectiveMath/status/746676032363724800

  61. Tcharger says:

    Ducey,

    If the asking price is a 3rd, like I have heard rumored I am absolutely floored Montreal hasn’t jumped on this to reunite him with Galchenyuk.

  62. Woodguy says:

    Tcharger:
    Younger Oil,

    Prior to the draft on an Ottawa blog I was thinking something along the lines of

    Ceci (RFA)
    Hoffman (RFA)
    12th/Lazar one of these

    for

    Hall
    4th

    Although with the way things panned out I can’t imagine Edm would have done it on the floor if it was tabled.

    I know Ottawa is absurdly hesitant to move Ceci, so not sure if any discussion would have gone anywhere.

    Prior to the draft I want thinking of trading my 1982 Datsun 310 for a Maserati.

  63. Tcharger says:

    Woodguy,

    Woodguy: Prior to the draft I want thinking of trading my 1982 Datsun 310 for a Maserati.

    Any rust on the Datsun? :p

  64. fifthcartel says:

    Predictions for Yakupov?

    I think Stauffer mentioned Ryan Muprhy as an option.

  65. Younger Oil says:

    Tcharger:
    Ducey,

    If the asking price is a 3rd, like I have heard rumored I am absolutely floored Montreal hasn’t jumped on this to reunite him with Galchenyuk.

    I don’t think that was the asking price, it was what teams were offering.

    Chia wouldn’t sell that low I don’t think, even if Yak wanted out.

    95% chance a 3rd round pick ends up being worse than Yak, and Chia knows it.

  66. Little Poteet says:

    Tcharger,

    I think realistically, just Hall gets us all 3 of the pieces you offered and then the oil still lose the trade.

  67. GBandQ says:

    I’d prefer Rasmus Asplund to Debrincat at #32. A Swedish Speedy Speedersson.

  68. GBandQ says:

    fifthcartel,

    I’m guessing he goes to Buffalo, as I believe was rumored yesterday.

  69. Tcharger says:

    Little Poteet,

    I’d likely do it still…I am holding out a faint hope that our new GM(Dorion) is better at playing hardball than Murray was.

    I think realistically it is a trade that Edm has to do more than Ottawa does, so from that perspective I would have kinda put it as a take it or leave it offer.

    I would honestly love to see what Ceci is capable of not playing behind Karlsson.

  70. Seismic Source says:

    Younger Oil: He is eligible for the AHL so the 9 games rule may not apply I believe, a year may be knocked off his ELC no matter what unless he opts to head back to Europe if he doesn’t make the NHL.

    Huh?

    So a year in Bakers is a year off his ELC? That doesn’t seem right.

    Granted I’m no Jay Feaster when it comes to eligibility rules.

  71. Woodguy says:

    Seismic Source: Huh?

    So a year in Bakers is a year off his ELC? That doesn’t seem right.

    Granted I’m no Jay Feaster when it comes to eligibility rules.

    I’m no

    Pretty sure his ELC will slide if he doesn’t spend 10 games in the NHL as an 18 year old in the AHL.

    The year after its starts ticking.

    I think he plays more than 10 games in the NHL next year anyway.

  72. Younger Oil says:

    Seismic Source: Huh?

    So a year in Bakers is a year off his ELC? That doesn’t seem right.

    Granted I’m no Jay Feaster when it comes to eligibility rules.

    Edited: Woodguy is more knowledgeable than me, I need to brush up on the rules myself apparently! My apologies.

  73. Chachi says:

    Tcharger:
    Little Poteet,

    I’d likely do it still…I am holding out a faint hope that our new GM(Dorion) is better at playing hardball than Murray was.

    I think realistically it is a trade that Edm has to do more than Ottawa does, so from that perspective I would have kinda put it as a take it or leave it offer.

    I would honestly love to see what Ceci is capable of not playing behind

    Why is it that Ottawa does not seem to like Hoffman? Does he spend his spare time during the season kicking hipsters in the shins in Byward Market?

  74. Woodguy says:

    CBA 9(1)(d)(i):

    (i) In the event that an 18 year old or 19 year old Player signs an SPC with a
    Club but does not play at least ten (10) NHL Games in the first season
    under that SPC, the term of his SPC and his number of years in the Entry
    Level System shall be extended for a period of one (1) year, except that
    this automatic extension will not apply to a Player who is 19 according to
    Section 9.2 by virtue of turning 20 between September 16 and December
    31 in the year in which he first signs an SPC. Unless a Player and Club
    expressly agree to the contrary, in the event a Player’s SPC is extended an
    additional year in accordance with this subsection, all terms of the SPC,
    with the exception of Signing Bonuses, but including Paragraph 1 Salary,
    games played bonuses and Exhibit 5 bonuses, shall be extended; provided,
    however, that the Player’s Paragraph 1 Salary shall be extended in all
    circumstances.

  75. Philosophil says:

    Woodguy:
    GIANT RIGHT HANDED GREAT SKATING FINN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    WWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    YAYAYAYAYYAYAYAYAYAYYAYAYAYA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Im still pumped too. Oilerfan should be feeling it.

    Is it wrong to wonder “what if” at number 4? Read PC’s version with possible trade down, and also speculation about Defenseman. Still think PLD would have been solid, also ok with Sergachev at 4.

    The smiles on PC and TMac’s face told it all. Couldn’t hide that.

  76. Johnny says:

    Puljujarvi made me forget about defenseman. What a score!!!!!

  77. speeds says:

    One thing I’ll say about the “EDM can’t draft another small F” argument against DeBrincat is you could argue he’ll eventually replace Eberle. Plus they’ve already added Maroon, Kassian and Puljujarvi in the last short while, IF you think there’s a good chance EDM doesn’t re-sign Eberle when his deal is up, you would have a potential replacement down the line, if you are viewing the draft that way.

  78. Seismic Source says:

    I wonder if Korpikoski after seeing the Puljujarvi interview was all like

    “YES!!!! He doesnt speak English!”

    “Honey, stop packing the bags!”

  79. Younger Oil says:

    speeds:
    One thing I’ll say about the “EDM can’t draft another small F” argument against DeBrincat is you could argue he’ll eventually replace Eberle.Plus they’ve already added Maroon, Kassian and Puljujarvi in the last short while, IF you think there’s a good chance EDM doesn’t re-sign Eberle when his deal is up, you would have a potential replacement down the line, if you are viewing the draft that way.

    Agreed. Though they can’t count on Debrincat to pan out, there is no other prospect like him in the system.

  80. Tcharger says:

    Chachi: Why is it that Ottawa does not seem to like Hoffman? Does he spend his spare time during the season kicking hipsters in the shins in Byward Market?

    I have no idea….and the fans hate it, we love the freaking guy. He is like the Rodney Dangerfield of our team, gets noooo respect

  81. Setting Up Day Two of the Draft • The Oilers Rig says:

    […] Here are Lowetide’s top remaining prospects: […]

  82. Professor Q says:

    speeds:
    One thing I’ll say about the “EDM can’t draft another small F” argument against DeBrincat is you could argue he’ll eventually replace Eberle.Plus they’ve already added Maroon, Kassian and Puljujarvi in the last short while, IF you think there’s a good chance EDM doesn’t re-sign Eberle when his deal is up, you would have a potential replacement down the line, if you are viewing the draft that way.

    I still bring up the Patrick Kane argument. He was smaller than DeBrincat when he won the Calder. Marner is similarly small.

  83. Chachi says:

    Tcharger: I have no idea….and the fans hate it, we love the freaking guy. He is like the Rodney Dangerfield of our team, gets noooo respect

    That is interesting. I guess every team has one or two of those guys.

  84. seanjohn667 says:

    who cares who we pick from here on? the draft should not be this interesting. it used to be something for scouts and gms, then the fans got interested in the prospects at camp, sometimes years later.

    all I know is we’ll be adding another 18 year old to the lineup in Oct, and probably another overpaid 2nd paring dman.

    oh, be still my beating heart. puke.

  85. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    https://lowetide.ca/2016/06/23/draft-post-15-gimme-shelter/comment-page-3/#comment-540762

    “Imagine Kekalainen taking Dubois at 3. Ultimate troll.”

    posted the day before the draft when the Subban speculation was rampant. Begevin looked like someone shot his puppy. How do you walk that back off the ledge with your 9m franchise player now?

  86. Woodguy says:

    Seismic Source:
    I wonder if Korpikoski after seeing the Puljujarvi interview was all like

    “YES!!!! He doesnt speak English!”

    “Honey, stop packing the bags!”

    Then Pakarinen hits him over the head with a frying pan

  87. McSorley33 says:

    Is any other team even talking about Benson?

  88. SumOil says:

    The way selection of JP worked out, my confidence in PC has grown quite a bit.
    Other than Rienhart and Korpikoski, most of his deal last season were good ones. I think he will make the right calls this season

  89. Chachi says:

    NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”:
    https://lowetide.ca/2016/06/23/draft-post-15-gimme-shelter/comment-page-3/#comment-540762

    “Imagine Kekalainen taking Dubois at 3. Ultimate troll.”

    posted the day before the draft when the Subban speculation was rampant. Begevin looked like someone shot his puppy. How do you walk that back off the ledge with your 9m franchise player now?

    I guess Subban can soothe himself with the 63 million they have to pay him, but boy does that really look bad on Montreal management right now.

  90. McSorley33 says:

    Benson is a LW.

  91. Seismic Source says:

    Woodguy: Then Pakarinen hits him over the head with a frying pan

    Touché

  92. SumOil says:

    kulikov to buffallo

    Bogosian to Oiler? 😛

  93. Woodguy says:

    Elliotte Friedman ‏@FriedgeHNIC 3m3 minutes ago
    Just saw BUF and FLA reps at Central Registry table. I think this might be Kulikov

  94. SumOil says:

    Chachi,

    Things have a way of working out especially for successful teams. Read Joe Thornton and SJS

  95. Younger Oil says:

    Is there a stream or decent draft tracker out there?

    nhl.com is poo.

    Edit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tKF_1I55H8 may work.

  96. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    Friedman says done deal on Kuli

  97. Chachi says:

    SumOil:
    Chachi,

    Things have a way of working out especially for successful teams. Read Joe Thornton and SJS

    Yes, have to grow a pretty thick skin, or in Thornton’s case, a giant ass beard to deal with the business side of the league.

  98. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    SumOil:
    Chachi,

    Things have a way of working out especially for successful teams. Read Joe Thornton and SJS

    Montreal successful?

  99. Chamucks says:

    Pysyk and picks for Kulikov

  100. Younger Oil says:

    There goes Pysyk dreams.

  101. fifthcartel says:

    Pysyk in the Kulikov deal. Damn.

  102. Woodguy says:

    McSorley33:
    Is any other team even talking about Benson?

    He’s ranked top 40 I thiink

  103. Woodguy says:

    Chamucks:
    Pysyk and picks for Kulikov

    Shit

  104. jake70 says:

    The draft is on SN, they are using NHL network feed. Friedman is part of the floor crew.

  105. npanciroli says:

    jake70:
    The draft is on SN, they are using NHL network feed.Friedman is part of the floor crew.

    On TV?

  106. russ99 says:

    Way to go Tallon and co. save us from more Oil King “inside knowledge”.

  107. Rondo says:

    Are the Leafs picking Boris K ?

  108. JOFA says:

    Does Toronto pass on Debrincat?

  109. RandomPoster says:

    SumOil: Other than Rienhart and Korpikoski, most of his deal last season were good ones.

    And the Reinhart deal was a very good one.

  110. Oil2Oilers says:

    LT thanks for this incredible resource. Just amazing.

  111. fifthcartel says:

    Please don’t go goalie Chia.

  112. Oil2Oilers says:

    Finish Giant woooooottt!

    Bear Cat woooooottt???

  113. Chachi says:

    Woodguy: Shit

    The Oilers will have to bring in Reed Larson to play RD this year. He’s 59 years old but he has a hell of a shot.

  114. russ99 says:

    Leafs pick Ygor Korshkov.

  115. npanciroli says:

    DeBrincat please

  116. doritogrande says:

    Benson was having trouble with his tailbone all year. I have ankylosing spondylitis which affects my tailbone quite a bit. I had to quit playing hockey all together because of the pain. I’m 27.
    If he’s healed up he will be an entirely different player moving forward.

    You’re not along here with the AS diagnosis. Started to hit me at 23, now on diclofenac when needed so that I don’t wake up at 5:30 with crippling back pain.

    Fun deal, yeah?

  117. Younger Oil says:

    Edmonton gets Benson.

  118. Woodguy says:

    Bob McKenzie ‏@TSNBobMcKenzie 34s34 seconds ago
    TOR opens 2nd round by taking RUS F Yegor Korschkov. No. 65 on TSN rankings.

  119. doritogrande says:

    Benson.

    Nice call LT

  120. npanciroli says:

    I’m okay with Benson. Preferred DeBrincat.

  121. Ice Sage says:

    Hometown boy! SSAC forever

  122. Tarkus says:

    It’s Benson.

  123. russ99 says:

    Benson. Crap.

    Never change Oilers.

  124. doritogrande says:

    Don’t think Pitlick, he was healthy during his draft year.

    This is Curtis Hamilton.

  125. Oil2Oilers says:

    Leadership
    Complete level
    Oft Injured

    Red Flag terms

  126. Lowetide says:

    New post is up.

  127. stephen sheps says:

    if anyone needs a link, reddit has provided. it’s not the most stable but it’s better than the nhl.com radio only feed

    http://onhockey.tv/cricfree.php?channel=update/snontario

  128. russ99 says:

    Would really be nice that one day we take best player available over big, local, WHL players.

    When does Chia get to bring in his own scouts again?

  129. SwedishPoster says:

    Asplund in that spot is a good pick from Buffalo. His offensive upside has been hidden getting bottom six minutes in the SHL. Zetterbergesque in style. High hockey IQ.

    Peeke looks really good on paper.

  130. JOFA says:

    One unnamed scout interviewed by The Hockey News was particularly critical.

    “I’m not a Benson guy,” the scout said. “I know he was hurt and had that cyst on his back that was painful, but he just isn’t a good skater. He can’t get in on the forecheck, he can’t separate himself when he has the puck. Heavy body, though, and he can shoot the puck pretty well.”

    Not a good skater. Perfect Pick;)

  131. Rondo says:

    Yes Niemelainen big D

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