During the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, teams drafted from the CHL, NCAA, USHL and established European leagues for the first 74 selections. At No. 75, the Carolina Hurricanes chose G Jack Lafontaine from Janesville (NAHL). Chicago took G Wouter Peeters out of Austria at No. 83 and the Edmonton Oilers chose D Matthew Cairns from Georgetown Raiders of the OJHL at No. 84. I think it’s fair to say (then) that the top players from established leagues were picked through by selection No. 75 or so, and after that teams decided to go walkabout. It seems like a reasonable strategy to me.
OILERS AND THE HINTERLANDS
- 2009—Kyle Bigos (BCJHL)
- 2010—Kellen Jones (BCJHL)
- 2012—Jujhar Khaira (BCJHL) (25 NHL games)
- 2013—Aidan Muir (MWEHL), Evan Campbell (BCJHL)
- 2014—Liam Coughlin (BCJHL)
- 2016—Matthew Cairns (OJHL)
2017 BEST FROM THE HINTERLANDS
- RD Cale Makar, Brooks Bandits (AJHL). Fast, exceptional puck-moving acumen. Top 10 pick.
- RD Ian Mitchell, Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL). Undersized, mobile two-way defender.
- LD Cameron Crotty, Brockville Braves (CCHL). Intelligent two-way defender, great passer.
- LC Bryce Misley, Oakville Blades (OJHL). Skill C with good size. Good speed. Sleeper?
- R Bobby Dow, Kemptville 73s (CCHL). Impressive offense at lower levels.
- LC Nick Campoli, North York Rangers (OJHL). Good skater, buzzsaw, some skill.
- LC Alexandre Texier, Grenoble (France). Small, fast, skilled. Intriguing.
- LC Kale Howarth, Trail Smoke Eaters (BCHL). Big center (6.05) with skill.
- G Benjamin Beck, Salzburg (RBHRC U18). .897 in Red Bull Hockey Rookies Cup U18.
OILERS AT THE DRAFT 2017
- First Round: No. 24 overall
- Third Round: No. 84 overall (FROM ST. LOUIS—this is payment for Nail Yakupov)
- Third Round: No. 86 overall
- Fourth Round: No. 117 overall
- Fifth Round: No. 126 overall (FROM Vancouver—this is payment for Phil Larsen)
- Fifth Round: No. 148 overall
- Sixth Round: No. 179 overall
- Seventh Round: No. 210 overall
I think we may see the Oilers grab a second round pick before draft day, some attractive forwards are going to be in that 35-50 area.
MOCK DRAFT (SEVENTH EDITION)
- First Round: No. 24 overall—R Kole Lind, Kelowna Rockets (WHL). Speedy W with skill, he has real offensive ability and displays two-way acumen. Drafting this late in the first round, Lind would represent the best offensive potential on the board, along with the potential to be a good bottom 6F if the offense doesn’t come with him to pro hockey.
- Third Round: No. 84 overall (FROM ST. LOUIS—this is payment for Nail Yakupov)—L Jonah Gadjovich, Owen Sound Attack (OHL). Emerging PF, 40-goal man. Average speed. He is a shooter, that fits with Edmonton’s need on the prospect level. He might be gone by this number.
- Third Round: No. 86 overall—LD Mario Ferraro, Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL). Undersized OD with real offensive potential.
- Fourth Round: No. 117 overall—R Brett Davis, Kootenay Ice (WHL). Good size, impressive offense for a June 1999.
- Fifth Round: No. 126 overall (FROM Vancouver—this is payment for Phil Larsen)—G Matt Villalta, SSM Greyhounds (OHL). Rookie with a .913 SP.
- Fifth Round: No. 148 overall—R Marcus Sylvegard, Malmo (SuperElite). Scored 15, haven’t read a thing on him.
- Sixth Round: No. 179 overall—RD Martin Bodak, Tappara (Jr. Sm-Liiga). Mobile two-way D who is a good passer.
- Seventh Round: No. 210 overall—LC Kale Howarth, Trail Smoke Eaters (BCHL). Big center (6.05) with skill.
- Cale Makar. He’ll go inside the top 10 overall.