The Edmonton Oilers have a chance to secure another brilliant diamond in the McDavid cluster with astute drafting at No. 9 or higher. Since 2010, the club has been (mostly) drafting in wonderful places in the first round. This time, it’s at the end of the top 10 before the lottery. If Peter Chiarelli is going to trade the pick for a RHD, one would think the acquired player would need to be under control for several years. Who could it be?
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- New Lowetide: Connor McDavid’s outstanding 2017-18 season.
- New Jonathan Willis: Leon had a good season but should be better 2018-19.
- New Jonathan Willis: Oilers Prospects and how they fared this season.
- Lowetide: Rattie signed, more work to do on right-wing.
- Lowetide: Trio of Condors blue have very different rookie experiences.
- Black Dog Pat: Not firing Chiarelli a slap in the face to Oilers fans.
- Lowetide: Trading the first-round pick: Oilers ponder summer
- Lowetide: Oilers summer to-do list short and sweet.
- Lowetide: Draft 2018: The Oilers and Russia: A draft tragedy.
- Lowetide: Draft 2018: The Oilers and the Republic of Finland
- Lowetide: Draft 2018: The Oilers and Sweden.
- Lowetide: Draft 2018: The Oilers and the QMJHL.
- Lowetide: Draft 2018: Oilers and the WHL.
- Lowetide: Draft 2018: Oilers draft history and the OHL
- Lowetide: Draft 2018: The Oilers and the NCAA.
CENTRAL SCOUTING’S FINAL LIST
There are four lists, making it impossible to debate rankings like we do on all of the other lists. What we can do is point out some major spikes from mid-term to the end. Yesterday, I mentioned a few selections I anticipated moving up, let’s see what actually happened.
- Joe Veleno moving up from No. 13 North American. He moved to No. 8 NA.
- Ty Dellandrea moving up from No. 76 North American. He moved to No. 25 NA.
- Liam Foudy moving up from No. 91 North American. He moved up to No. 19 NA.
- Aidan Dudas moving up from No. 131 North American. He moved up to No. 68 NA.
- Dominik Bokk moving up from No. 8 European. He moved down to No. 12 EURO.
- Samuel Fagemo moving up from No. 40 European. He moved down to OFF EURO.
Some major jumps and falls in this final stanza, and guess what the European rankings will adjust again for NHL teams. Although Central Scouting doesn’t impact rankings for individual teams, it does track these players over the season and trends (as above) should be monitored.
I’m about six weeks away from my final list (June 1) which will appear on this blog. I can tell you that the list (here) will be 125 names deep and the next update comes at the end of this month. I am very comfortable with the top 10 being close to final:
- LD Rasmus Dahlin, Frolunda (SHL). EURO No. 1
- R Andrei Svechnikov, Barrie Colts (OHL). NA No. 1
- L Filip Zadina, Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL). NA No. 3
- LD Ty Smith, Spokane Chiefs (WHL). NA No. 14
- RC Oliver Wahlstrom, U.S. N. D. P. (USHL). NA No. 7
- RD Adam Boqvist, Brynas (SuperElite). EURO No. 2
- LD Quinn Hughes, Michigan (NCAA). NA No. 6
- LC Jacob Olofsson, Timra (Allsvenskan). EURO No. 9
- LC Joe Veleno, Saint-John Sea Dogs (QMJHL). NA No. 8
- L Brady Tkachuk, Boston University (NCAA). NA No. 2
SIMON BOISVERT, PROSPECT INSIDER
Simon Boisvert is a wildly popular guest on the Lowdown, and from time to time I pass along his thoughts through the blog. He had a chance to watch the Condors down the stretch and had a few words about some of the late arrivals.
- Dmitri Samorukov: “He was the revelation of the bunch, he’s only in his 18 year old season. He played really well on defense. I think his ceiling is probably top 4D in the NHL, he’s big but skates well for a guy his size. Very good hockey sense.”
- Cooper Marody: “He really picked up where he left off (NCAA to AHL). Could he play in the NHL next year? I’m sure worst case he’ll get a cup of coffee. I think it was good trade for the Oilers.”
- Tyler Benson: “Flashes of brilliance, his skating may not be up to par to NHL standards now, but he’s an intelligent player, so perhaps he could be an efficient third liner for Edmonton one day.”
- Ostap Safin: “He didn’t play as much, was not as visible. For a fourth-round pick I think it was pretty amazing for this guy to play in the AHL and hold his own. Hopefully next year he graduates to the AHL.”
Stuart Skinner with three straight shutouts in Moose Jaw including a 6-0 win in Game 7 and the @SCBroncos are headed back to the Eastern Conference final against Lethbridge starting Friday in @City_SC what a performance by this hockey team tonight. We're live on @TheEagle94one
— Shawn Mullin (@shawnmullin) April 17, 2018
Skinner has backstopped the Broncos through two very difficult series, the next one (against his old team should be easier.
PULJUJARVI NOT GOING
According to this report, Jesse Puljujarvi won’t be going to the World Hockey Championships. JP told Iltalehde “there has been little trouble, they must now be put in order. I now need a good and intact training course.” Story is here.
Google translate is good and bad. Good because they give us words we comprehend, bad because the true meaning of the quote remains beyond us. I could say something like “sounds like he has a good attitude” but you would think me crazy. And you’d be right. That said, it sounds like he has a good attitude.
WHAT CAN YOU GET FOR NO. 9 OVERALL?
I’ve decided to pursue the idea of trading No. 9 overall for a right-handed defenseman. I would keep the pick unless overwhelmed by a stunning offer. Here are the best righthanded entry-level puck movers in terms of points (and who were still in entry deals this season, via CapFriendly):
- Brandon Montour, Anaheim: 79, 9-23-32. I’ve always liked him, high skill and some chaos. Very likely staying with the Ducks. Plays 20:26 a night. Age: 24
- Charlie McAvoy, Boston: 61, 7-25-32. Amazing young player, so good with reading the play and making good decisions. Zero chance he’s leaving Boston before 2040. Plays 22:05 a game. Age: 20
- Ryan Pulock, NY Islanders: 67, 9-21-30. Chiarelli and Snow have a history of making deals (Reinhart, Eberle) so this is a player Edmonton could target. Play 18:16 a game. Age: 23
- Matt Benning, Edmonton: 72, 6-15-21. He’s a rfa and it’s possible Benning gets dealt as part of the deal to upgrade. I like him, hope the team signs him to a value deal. Plays 17:19 per night. Age: 23
- Jan Rutta, Chicago: 56, 6-14-20. Interesting player, he delivered far more than expected this season. Plays 19:16 a night and an older entry player (ala Auvitu). I think there should be some interest, although lots of chaos. Age: 27
- Brett Pesce, Carolina: 65, 3-16-19. Already signed to another deal (it’s terrific value) and one of the valuable young defenders in the game. No chance he’s headed this way. Age: 23
I think the Oilers should keep Benning, suspect there’s little interest in Rutta because the organization wants to aim higher. Montour, McAvoy and Pesce aren’t going anywhere, leaving Ryan Pulock. Peter Chiarelli hasn’t done well in recent trades with Garth Snow, that may be the matchup again this summer. No way on earth the Oilers should trade No. 9 for Ryan Pulock.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
A busy morning on TSN1260, final day of winter (hehe) and we get started at 10. Scheduled to appear:
- Jonathan Willis, The Athletic. McDavid, Draisaitl and the prospects who are surging.
- Andy McNamara, TSN. NFL draft is getting closer, let’s check in on Cleveland!
- Scott Cullen, TSN. Leafs win a huge game and the series is back on.
10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. See you on the radio!