What would you like to see from the 2018 draft? I like skill, and was especially pleased to see Kailer Yamamoto drafted by the Oilers last season. A forward so small, chosen in the first round, by the Oilers? The last forward under 5.10 drafted by Edmonton in the first round was never, although a bunch of 5.10’s (Andrew Cogliano, Rob Schremp, Tyler Wright) were chosen early. I’d like to see skill wingers and puck movers, two-way defensemen and a goalie. Please and thanks.
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OILERS PROSPECT DEPT CHART
I’m not really worried about actual slotting (feel free to fix, I didn’t spend a lot of time on sussing out why Cooper Marody is a playmaker and Cameron Hebig is a scoring forward) but I did want to see where the holes are now.
- Goalie is a position that could use an addition, it isn’t a strong year for the position. Olivier Rodrigue (Sylvain’s son) is coming off a strong U18’s and I could see the Oilers grabbing him in the second or third round.
- Puck moving D is an area that could use some help, the last time Edmonton used a first rounder on one came in 2011 (Oscar Klefbom). Ethan Bear had a good year but is probably a year from pushing for regular work. Caleb Jones should close the gap between himself and NHL employment this season. Quinn Hughes, Ty Smith, Adam Boqvist and Ryan Merkley are four who qualify, there might be some good lesser ones at No. 40 as well.
- Two-way D is another area of need, Darnell Nurse was chosen in 2013 and there hasn’t been much early since. I do like this Samorukov and maybe Berglund crosses the ocean next fall. Evan Bouchard and Noah Dobson are two impressive blue who will go in the top half of the first round.
- Shutdown D has a quality player in the NHL (Adam Larsson) and Lagesson who is a promising prospect. I’m one of the people who believes in defense, but don’t think they should be chosen in the top 100. Starting fourth round, Oilers can fill their hats. Mattias Samuelsson is my top ranked pure shutdown blue.
- Playmaking C isn’t a priority because the Oilers have Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl but any time skill is available teams should grab it. Edmonton could use an undersized center prospect right now to develop. Aidan Dudas (5.08), Jake Wise (5.10) and Allan McShane (5.11) are all worthwhile prospects. Joe Veleno will go early.
- Two-way C has Ryan Nugent-Hopkins on the NHL team (as a LW) and I’m a fan of Aapeli Rasanen but that doesn’t mean he’s going to make the NHL. Barret Hayton is the best available in this category, Edmonton would need to use the No. 10 overall selection to get him. Jacob Olofsson has a very nice resume.
- Scoring F is the No. 1 priority in my opinion, your mileage may vary. Kailer Yamamoto is bona fide and I do like Kirill Maksimov and Ostap Safin, but Edmonton should draft three more scoring wingers this summer. If any of Oliver Wahlstrom, Jesperi Kotkianiemi or Brady Tkachuk are available, the Oilers will be tempted.
- Two-way W houses Ryan Nugent-Hopkins at the NHL level, I think Tyler Benson is a good NHL prospect. Joel Farabee is a terrific prospect who would qualify in this category, he would also qualify as a scoring winger.
Looking at the Bruins' greatest offseason need later today at @TheAthleticBOS. Priority is left-side defense.
— Fluto Shinzawa (@FlutoShinzawa) May 7, 2018
As many of you may know, I’m a Bruins fan going back to Bobby Orr with a crew cut. Boston has been a playoff team all but seven seasons since Orr’s rookie season, they are a fairly consistent player in the East. Bruins lost last night, Tampa Bay had too much times too many. That said, Boston has something the Oilers badly need: A procurement system brimming with talent. Here are the Bruins (and then Oilers) rookies (one point or more) by season since Connor McDavid’s arrival.
- 2015-16 Bruins: Colin Miller (16 points); Frank Vatrano (11); Landon Ferraro (10); Joe Morrow (7); Tyler Randall (6).
- 2016-17 Bruins: Brandon Carlo (16 points); Austin Czarnik (13); Noel Acciari (5); Anton Blidh (2); Peter Cehlarik (2); G Zane McIntyre (.858); Malcom Subban (.813).
- 2017-18 Bruins: Danton Heinen (47 points); Jake DeBrusk (43); Charlie McAvoy (32); Matt Grzelcyk (15); Sean Kuraly (14); Anders Bjork (12); Ryan Donato (9).
- 2015-16 Oilers: Connor McDavid (48 points); Iiro Pakarinen (13); Brandon Davidson (11); Darnell Nurse (10); Jordan Oesterle (5); Jujhar Khaira (2); Griffin Reinhart (1); G Anders Nilsson (.901).
- 2016-17 Oilers: Drake Caggiula (18 points); Matt Benning (15); Anton Slepyshev (10); Jesse Puljujarvi (8).
- 2017-18 Oilers: Pontus Aberg (8); Ethan Bear (4); Kailer Yamamoto (3); G Laurent Brossoit (.883).
Connor McDavid is easily the best of the entire group listed, but if you ran a top 10 talents through these seasons, Boston would be well represented. What’s more, the Bruins have more talent bubbling under. People point to the Griffin Reinhart trade and that’s fair, but the Oilers 2014 and 2015 drafts were rocked by traded picks and that’s going to impact this organization for a few years to come. I don’t think it would be wise to trade the first-round selection.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
At 10 this morning, TSN1260. We’re drunk with guests and they’re all top drawer. Scheduled to appear:
- Pierre Lebrun, TSN and The Athletic. The Jets can move into the final four with a win tonight. Heady times on the prairies.
- Jason Rogers, Japers’ Rink. The Capitals can go through tonight and ensure a new Stanley Cup champion this summer.
- Jason Gregor, TSN1260. Bruins survive Lick Gate but can’t beat back the Lightning, and is this the week we see Edmonton name the new assistant coaches?
- Ken Boehlke, Sin Bin Vegas. All aboard the crazy train, the Golden Knights rule the Pacific.
10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. See you on the radio!