The 2006 draft gifted the Boston Bruins a brilliant cluster of talent (Phil Kessel, Brad Marchand, Milan Lucic) and added three quality wingers for previously drafted centers Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci. There’s more than one way to build a railroad, but I think we can draw a parallel between Boston 12 years ago and the Oilers today. Edmonton boasts two fabulous centermen (Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl) and are looking for matching wingers. You and I can yell from the rooftops that the answers are JP and KY, but life (and hockey) doesn’t work that way. This year’s draft could be a key for this organization and it all starts at No. 10 overall.
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- New Lowetide: Ty Smith a quality fit for the Oilers at No. 10 overall.
- Lowetide: Can Brad Malone find a role with the Oilers?
- Jonathan Willis: Edmonton’s pick at No. 10 has great value.
- Lowetide: Pontus Aberg has a chance to be a depth difference maker.
- Lowetide: Woodcroft walks the streets of Bakersfield
- Lowetide: Todd McLellan the only man standing after Friday coaching purge.
- Lowetide: The Oilers and Mikko Koskinen.
- 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.
2018 TOP 10 MOCK
- Buffalo Sabres: LD Rasmus Dahlin, Frolunda (SHL).
- Carolina Hurricanes: R Andrei Svechnikov, Barrie Colts (OHL)
- Montreal Canadiens: L Filip Zadina, Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL).
- Ottawa Senators: L Brady Tkachuk, Boston University (NCAA).
- Arizona Coyotes: RC Oliver Wahlstrom, U.S. N. D. P. (USHL).
- Detroit Red Wings: RD Evan Bouchard, London Knights (OHL).
- Vancouver Canucks: RD Adam Boqvist, Brynas (SuperElite).
- Chicago Blackhawks: LC Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Assat (Sm-Liiga).
- New York Rangers: LD Quinn Hughes, Michigan (NCAA)
- Edmonton Oilers: LD Ty Smith, Spokane Chiefs (WHL)
2018 OILERS MOCK
- First Round—No. 10 overall—LD Ty Smith, Spokane Chiefs (WHL). The item I wrote for The Athletic yesterday includes math and saw him good endorsements. I’m on an island with this player but that’s happened before (good and bad) and if the draft rolls out this way it’ll come down to Farabee, Dobson or Smith in my opinion. The analytics show a quality prospect.
- Second Round—No. 40 overall—R Jonatan Berggren, Skelleftea (SuperElite). All of the cats who had a big U18’s are going to be moving up everyone’s board, so it’s important to remember some of these guys are real and some are not real. I like this player because—like Farabee—Berggren has a range of skills. Undersized, skilled and smart.
- Third Round—No. 71 overall— LC David Gustafsson, HV71 (SHL). Courtesy Swedish Poster: Had a strong season as an SHL regular, which in itself is a feat, especially considering he held a spot as an actual center, put up 12 pts in 45 games which is solid for a 17 year old in that league. Very defensively responsible for such a young player, good playmaking center but won’t make the spectacular play, not the most dazzling hands but really good puck control and strong on the puck not very dynamic and needs to up his skating, works really hard on the ice. Think he’s been captain for several of his junior teams.
- Fourth Round—No. 102 overall (Oilers acquired goaltender Al Montoya from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for a conditional fourth-round pick in 2018. Montoya covered the condition).
- Fifth Round—No. 133 overall—L Michal Kvasnica, Ocelari Trinec (Czech). Smart two-way winger.
- Sixth Round—No. 164 overall—L Ivan Kosorenkov, Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL). Offensive winger from Russia, average in size but a 34-goal score in 2016-17. Scored 36 this season.
- Seventh Round—No. 195 overall—G Vincent Purpura, Omaha (USHL). Hugh goalie, .916SP, off to Boston College eventually. Fits Oilers at this position because he is a draft and follow (heading to college 2019).
TRADING UP TO NO. 2 OVERALL
Apparently Carolina’s new owner (Crazy Joe Davola) has the Hurricanes entertaining trade ideas involving No. 2 overall (Source). If this is so, Edmonton would be wise to pursue a deal. Carolina would be crazy (Joe Davola) to do it, because the guy they would be drafting should turn into a dynamic, 200-foot player. The Hurricanes lack that kind of forward, and he’s right there. Edmonton could slide him onto one of their top two lines and consider themselves fortunate for the next dozen years. At what cost? No idea.
Stuart Skinner (@SCBroncos):
1st – 1.95, .944 (17)
2nd – 2.91, .898 (23)
3rd – 2.34, .930 (17)
— Geoffrey Brandow (@GeoffreyBrandow) May 4, 2018
Swift Current lost last night, 2-1 to Hart’s club. Skinner stopped 23 and allowed two goals. No one is going to argue Skinner is the same range of prospect as Hart but he had a very nice spike in performance when heading over to the Broncos late in the season. Skinner is a good prospect, we shouldn’t project him beyond that plateau. Still, it’s nice to have one goalie in the system post career numbers in 2017-18.
Getting quite a few DM’s asking me about Manny. Figured I would post on here as well.
As I often have said I would love to hire Manny Viveiros who is the Head Coach of Swift Current Broncos in the WHL. I was touting him for Oilers Farm team Head Coach.
— Go Jets! Go Bolts! (@SuperNovs1) May 5, 2018
There are certain advantages to being old, one of which is you have trunks of memories (hat tip Neil Young) gone down and to come. If Manny Viveiros had Manny Viveiros mid-80’s on his power play I think he’d be an excellent power-play coach. I think he might be a solid choice for Edmonton’s PP coach. With Jay Woodcroft heading to the coast, rumors have Manny (whenever I hear that name I think of the movie Runaway Train) Viveiros doing just that thing. If they also grab Trent Yawney, they’d have much of northern Saskatchewan’s mid-80’s WHL defense surrounded. I like the names being dropped right now. This should be interesting.
We’re on a collision course with a quiet, around the edges summer or another late June deal that sees part of the young cluster sent away. Oscar Klefbom is the obvious one, don’t think Nuge is going. Are they going to find someone for one of the NMC’s? I can’t see an easy way out of this cask of Amontillado PC has created.