THE EDMONTON OILERS AND THE HINTERLANDS

by Lowetide

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

  • 2008—
  • 2009—Kyle Bigos (BCJHL)
  • 2010—Kellen Jones (BCJHL)
  • 2011—
  • 2012—Jujhar Khaira (BCJHL) (25 NHL games)
  • 2013—Aidan Muir (MWEHL), Evan Campbell (BCJHL)
  • 2014—Liam Coughlin (BCJHL)
  • 2015—
  • 2016—Matthew Cairns (OJHL)

2017 BEST FROM THE HINTERLANDS

  1. RD Cale Makar, Brooks Bandits (AJHL). Fast, exceptional puck-moving acumen. Top 10 pick.
  2. RD Ian Mitchell, Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL). Undersized, mobile two-way defender.
  3. LD Cameron Crotty, Brockville Braves (CCHL). Intelligent two-way defender, great passer.
  4. LC Bryce Misley, Oakville Blades (OJHL). Skill C with good size. Good speed. Sleeper?
  5. R Bobby Dow, Kemptville 73s (CCHL). Impressive offense at lower levels.
  6. LC Nick Campoli, North York Rangers (OJHL). Good skater, buzzsaw, some skill.
  7. LC Alexandre Texier, Grenoble (France). Small, fast, skilled. Intriguing.
  8. LC Kale Howarth, Trail Smoke Eaters (BCHL). Big center (6.05) with skill.
  9. 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.

OILERS TARGETS

  • Cale Makar. He’ll go inside the top 10 overall.
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NSmitty:
How about Ethan Bear scoring the game winning goal with 11 seconds left of game 1 of the WHL Western Conference Championship with a HUGE clapper? Kid’s got the NHL shot.

http://www.seattlethunderbirds.com/video/game-1-highlights-at-t-birds-5-kelowna-4

What I like about Bear is his shot is one timed as good or better as anyone on oilers and most of NHL.

He also can walk the line to get his shot thru the shot blockers.

I just hope he can play defence for Ricki

Todd Macallan

NSmitty,

Great shot! Excited to see him on the PP for the Condors next yr. Hopefully being coached by Kris Knoblauch and actually getting ice time for development.

Woodguy v2.0

Kinger_Oil.redux: – LT’s been having problems with the site and logging on.I thought he banned me as well (I should be banned though)

– Hi Steve Smith

I had to create v2.0 because my original SN can sign in but the posts don’t get posted.

It did for a while after creating v2.0 but quit again.

also,

Hi Steve Smith

Kinger_Oil.redux

"Steve Smith": I was on the verge of being outed once, but the quotation marks have taken care of that.

Edit: Hey, I can post from my home computer again!My ban seems to have ended!

– LT’s been having problems with the site and logging on. I thought he banned me as well (I should be banned though)

– Hi Steve Smith

Spooky Lynx

How about Ethan Bear scoring the game winning goal with 11 seconds left of game 1 of the WHL Western Conference Championship with a HUGE clapper? Kid’s got the NHL shot.

http://www.seattlethunderbirds.com/video/game-1-highlights-at-t-birds-5-kelowna-4

Ca$h-McMoney!

Saw a fair bit of Davis while he was with the Canes. Not sure I see the offensive upside but I’ve been wrong before.

Professor Q

JDI Хоккей:
Magnificent:

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Kassian’s chops are copper, for Edmonton.

JD_Wry

Magnificent:

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Jethro Tull

spoiler:
Bruce McCurdy,

Not rubbing it in, but they were all the way into the southern half of the sky, which is super-rare.

Had some awesome ones here in the Peace on Tuesday. To the southern sky, dancing with blues and reds. Could hear them flicker.

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Bruce McCurdy,

Not rubbing it in, but they were all the way into the southern half of the sky, which is super-rare.

Bruce McCurdy

spoiler:
Some pretty nifty Northern Lights out, for southern Alberta.

Raining in Edmonton 🙁

Jethro Tull

"Steve Smith": I was on the verge of being outed once, but the quotation marks have taken care of that.

Edit: Hey, I can post from my home computer again!My ban seems to have ended!

“Welcome back, we missed you”

"Steve Smith"

Kinger_Oil.redux:
rickithebear,

– If I was a NHL player, for sh%ts and giggles, I’d post stuff.I wonder who many of the Oil do look up this site: in this day and age, and LT’s noteriety, I’m sure most know about it….

I was on the verge of being outed once, but the quotation marks have taken care of that.

Edit: Hey, I can post from my home computer again! My ban seems to have ended!

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Some pretty nifty Northern Lights out, for southern Alberta.

Diablo

who: Unless they both want to quit why would it be their last game. They are both still productive players. Think Marleau could last longer than Thornton. At 37 he still has plus NHL wheels.

I remember a story about Jumbo Joe – think it was on PlayersTribune – a former Sharks player related a story about how the Sharks were on their charter plane, heads hung low after a loss, and Jumbo Joe walks in, looks at the the boys and says something to the effect of ‘what’s everybody so down about, we’re in the f$ckin NHL!” (along with all the perks that come with it).

I think they’ll have to take him kicking and screaming out of the league.

For sure Marleau would be a good add, but if SJ wants to walk away from Joe, I’d be all over that as well – he’d fit a great with our boys.

Professor Q

who: Unless they both want to quit why would it be their last game. They are both still productive players. Think Marleau could last longer than Thornton. At 37 he still has plus NHL wheels.

I wonder if they return to Canada? Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal?

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Jethro Tull: If the Sharks lose tomorrow, could be Doug Wilson’s last game.

That wouldn’t surprise me either.

Professor Q

digger50: And there is no feeling quite like a freshly shorn scrotum.

I was just watching a video about those monks who can train and control every bit of their body, including their groin area. Can withstand large forces impacting them there.

Jethro Tull
digger50

Jethro Tull:
Don has the kind of general malaise that only the genius possess and the insane lament….

And there is no feeling quite like a freshly shorn scrotum.

Gerta Rauss

Jethro Tull: If the Sharks lose tomorrow, could be Doug Wilson’s last game.

Yeah, I was just going to post something similar

San Jose’s run to the cup last year was their chance-ownership may realize the Sharks are the 2011 Canucks and it’s time to start over

who

spoiler:
If the Sharks lose tomorrow, is that Thornton and/or Marleau’s last NHL game?

Unless they both want to quit why would it be their last game. They are both still productive players. Think Marleau could last longer than Thornton. At 37 he still has plus NHL wheels.

Jethro Tull

spoiler:
If the Sharks lose tomorrow, is that Thornton and/or Marleau’s last NHL game?

If the Sharks lose tomorrow, could be Doug Wilson’s last game.

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Gerta Rauss: I could see San Jose walking from both of the players given the recent background

I can too, and I think it unlikely they sign elsewhere. Might go play for the National team, though.

Gerta Rauss

spoiler:
If the Sharks lose tomorrow, is that Thornton and/or Marleau’s last NHL game?

Could be both but I think Joe gets another contract if he still wants to play

I could see San Jose walking from both of the players given the recent background

Spengler

spoiler:
If the Sharks lose tomorrow, is that Thornton and/or Marleau’s last NHL game?

Marleau maybe. I don’t think Jumbo is ready to go yet.

spoiler

If the Sharks lose tomorrow, is that Thornton and/or Marleau’s last NHL game?

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Lucinius,

He’s got wicked wheels, that’s for sure.

Scungilli Slushy

Williams on a 1 year might be helpful if they are short right side.

Ovechkin has been a serious headhunter in the past. You can’t feel too sorry for him. The league shouldn’t allow any reckless play. The amount of fans paying to see guys get hurt are far less than fans who want to see goals. Especially in new markets.

Lucinius

spoiler,

Yeah, very much so. Kid impressed me. Good time to get your first two NHL goals, eh?

Anderson out in no-man’s land on the game winner; went out too far to challenge and a good tip and bounce and bang — it’s over.

spoiler

Perhaps poetic that it’s Kuraly that gets the winner. He had a heckuva game.

Spengler

spoiler:
Gerta Rauss,

I thought Anderson was selling it, tbh.

Not quite as much as Andersen a couple nights ago. Looked like he put his arms around the guy screening him.

GMB3

Wasn’t there two BCHL first rounders? Last year

Professor Q

OF17: I think Lucic saw the potential to become a contender. This summer we may be able to sell that we already are one.

That’s the more and merrier part! Although obviously Chia would have to work it in the cap and other such dealings.

spoiler

AC doesn’t get to say much working with JR.

Professor Q

Inconsistent refereeing stays consistent, at least.

LadiesloveSmid

What kind of cap room are we looking at this summer? Might have to be a big 1-year deal for a Williams type

Drai scored just about the same as Gaudreau did last season, and he waited until mid October to sign for 6.75

OF17

Professor Q: I think we already are, though. It’s how we got Lucic, after all!

The more, the merrier.

I think Lucic saw the potential to become a contender. This summer we may be able to sell that we already are one.

spoiler

That’s the best stretch of O we’ve seen from the Sens in some time.

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Gerta Rauss,

I thought Anderson was selling it, tbh.

Gerta Rauss

spoiler,

Yup-weird one

And the skater didn’t really interfere with the goalie-yes, their skates contacted each other, but the goalie had his legs outstretched and the skater made every effort to jump over the goalie

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Gerta Rauss,

Was a tough call. Seems somewhat weird that there is a level of goalie interference that is not a penalty, but nullifies goals.

Lucinius

spoiler,

Should be a good goal, imo, but I’m betting it gets denied.

Gerta Rauss

spoiler:
Goal or no?

You’d think that would count but if the ref called it goalie interference…

*edit-that looks good from where I sit
*edit2-what do I know

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Goal or no?

Bad Seed

Woogie63:
Watch for Dougie Hamilton’s name to be out there this summer.Management thinks he too soft and won’t battle to stay on the right side of the puck.

Maybe Boston knew more that it appeared.

What do you expect from a grown man who calls himself “Dougie”?

LadiesloveSmid

jonrmcleod:
That 5th round pick for Larsen is looking good with Larsen heading back to the KHL. I’m not sure what Benning was thinking.

Pretty low risk move, I like Larsen’s skillset. Too bad he couldn’t stick in the NHL.

Professor Q

OF17: If we make it to the second round, we might be able to sell to UFAs that we’ll be Cup contenders in 17/18. Makes attracting guys like Williams more feasible.

I think we already are, though. It’s how we got Lucic, after all!

The more, the merrier.

OF17

LMHF#1: He’d look great on the 2017-18 Oilers.

If we make it to the second round, we might be able to sell to UFAs that we’ll be Cup contenders in 17/18. Makes attracting guys like Williams more feasible.

LMHF#1

spoiler:
I’m not a believer in clutch, but Justin Williams.

He’d look great on the 2017-18 Oilers.