In past summers, the Oilers have telegraphed exits. We knew in 2016 Hall was in play, certainly by the time the name Lucic leaked. A year ago, we were running Strome’s numbers against Eberle’s 10 days before the deal was done. This year? Milan Lucic. And?
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- New Lowetide: Can the Oilers repeat the 2017 draft haul?
- Lowetide: Embracing a two-way mentoring role key for Ryan Strome
- Lowetide: Oilers coveted righty defenceman could come in Round Two of the draft
- Tyler Dellow: Milan Lucic’s transition into rush player wiped out much production
- Lowetide: Shopping Milan Lucic for another problem contract.
- Tyler Dellow: The value of draft picks and reasonable trades Canadian teams can make
- Corey Pronman: 2018 NHL draft board.
- Lowetide: Draft 2018: The Oilers and the USHL.
- 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.
- Lowetide: Draft 2018: The Oilers at the draft: Overagers.
- Lowetide: Draft 2018: Oilers scouting directors: A history.
ASKED AND ANSWERED
- Who is a lock to be traded? I have a list of players who could be in play, plus the pick at No. 10, but honestly I think this is going to be a summer where the Oilers look to win a few hockey trades.
- Who do you think is in play? We know Lucic is the big ticket in terms of money, the news is out all over town. He is up to No. 11 on the TSN Trade Board, the record company has a lot of money in promotions and there’s a lot of buzz in the northeast and California. Alan Freed is playing the hell out of it in Cleveland.
- Salary dump on Lucic? Pierre Lebrun says hockey trade. Chiarelli can’t afford to bleed any more talent, but upending that big contract would be fabulous. If not, they’ll have to wait for the lockout and the free buyout if things continue down the current road.
- Who are the other candidates? I think there are several players who could be pried away, plus the pick. We’ve talked about them, Oscar Klefbom, Jesse Puljujarvi, maybe Zack Kassian or Ryan Strome. The Oilers don’t have a large number of players who could fetch a big piece.
- How much currency does Klefbom have? A lot of value. If the Oilers are going to make a blockbuster with a roster player, he’s the man.
- What about Jesse Puljujarvi? There might be a market for him but I think JP could catch a break because his value isn’t high. We’ll see. Carolina seems a welcoming destination, maybe the Hurricanes feel Aho can unlock him.
- The Fourth Period says Nuge and Talbot are being discussed. I read that, interesting idea to trade Talbot but I would stay the course. Unless someone overwhelms with an offer, Talbot is the best option I see. There are no obvious replacements in free agency.
- So a misguided rumor? Well, one of the things PC had in Boston was a true No. 1, like one of the best. If there’s a trade in place for Phillip Grubauer then maybe there’s a Talbot trade. I doubt it happens.
- Is it possible? Of course. The Oilers have a limited inventory, difficult to sell ‘savings down every aisle’ when you only have 12 items or less. If Talbot is a key element in a deal that brings Colton Parayko, that’s a deal PC makes. But you need Grubauer or other to replace Talbot. Highly unlikely.
- And trading Nuge? Madness. Edmonton has McDavid-Nuge as an emerging pair, the goal at forward should be finding a second for Leon. Max Pacioretty, Jeff Skinner, Phil Kessell.
- Who is the biggest name they’ll pursue? I assume they’ll call about Erik Karlsson.
- What do you think of the Habs-Coyotes trade? The Habs made a ‘two years from free agency for a player under control’ trade, similar to Eberle for Strome. Eberle has one year left, Islanders may not sign him. Same as Galchenyuk. I still wouldn’t have made either deal, but there you go.
ENTRY DRAFT 2018
My final top 31 for the 2018 NHL Draft : pic.twitter.com/lKmKmGJSwr
— Simon Boisvert (@simonsnake70) June 8, 2018
Boisvert is a fabulous observer of prospects and his list (imo) tells the story of this year’s draft: After Dahlin, it’s wide open, baby. It’s like that episode of Seinfeld where Kramer maintains a certain section of highway. He takes the lines off his mile of the highway, thinking it will give people freedom, when it actually invites chaos. That’s what Friday night is going to be, in my opinion. When a team walks to the microphone and says “we select Ty Dellendrea” or “Ty Smith” there will be audible gasps. Followed by many and more. Cannot wait!
OILERS AT THE DRAFT ’18
The drafting order is final final now, it came down from the mountain last night. Edmonton will be selecting as follows:
- First Round—No. 10 overall
- Second Round—No. 40 overall
- Third Round—No. 71 overall
- Fifth Round—No. 133 overall
- Sixth Round—No. 164 overall
- Seventh Round—No. 195 overall
SECOND LAST OILERS MOCK
- First Round—No. 10 overall—R Oliver Wahlstrom, U.S. N. D. P. (USHL). Steve Kournianois:Wahlstrom is a dominant power winger with elite puck skills, highlighted by a devastatingly accurate shot. He is one of the top goal scorers available for the draft. Source.
- Second Round—No. 40 overall—RD Calen Addison, Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL). A quality offensive player who can pass like a demon. Good wheels. Smaller but effective and aggressive defensively.
- Third Round—No. 71 overall—L Jakob Lauko, Chomutov (Czech). Burner with goal-scoring ability.
- Fifth Round—No. 133 overall—RD Joey Keane, Barrie Colts (OHL). I’m on him now, he’s a fabulous puck mover with plenty of skill for the power play.
- Sixth Round—No. 164 overall—L Jack Randl, Omaha Lancers (USHL). Another goal scorer, he’s an aggressive player.
- Seventh Round—No. 195 overall—G Veini Vehviläinen, Karpat (Sm-Liiga). A fine season in the Finnish league (.925), good resume all down the line.
DRAFT ASKED AND ANSWERED
- You seem confident in this team at the draft table now. Yes, I think this team has some good things going on at the draft. Need to keep those picks, though.
- Do you see them doing more than they did a year ago? I think the pick at No. 10 is likely to be a better player than Kailer Yamamoto, so the possibility exists.
- Why so confident? The Oilers haven’t really told us how their scouting works since PC’s arrival, but they seem to have turned from a team constantly reaching to one who trust their board and aggressively pursue the best available. The only real wobble was third round 2016, other than that you can see the plan.
- If the consensus top 9 is gone (Dahlin, Svechkinov, Zadina, Hughes, Bouchard, Wahlstrom, Tkachuk, Dobson, Kotkaniemi) do you really think they’ll draft Ty Smith? I think they might, he’s an excellent prospect. That doesn’t mean they will.
- Of the nine names mentioned as being gone, which player would you most like to see fall to Edmonton? Well, assuming we can’t discuss Dahlin and Svechnikov, I’ll go with Zadina or Hughes. Of the late group, I’ll say Wahlstrom. They’re all terrific!
- Will you have the same draft coverage here this week? Wall to wall at The Athletic (there are so many stories over there right now, I’ll try to link them all this week) but I’ll have thoughts here, will post my final list again draft day and then “Harvest Moon” as well.
- Will Chiarelli trade the pick? In a way, he has to trade the pick. It’ll have great value when No. 10 arrives. I guess it’ll depend on how strongly the scouting staff argues for their player, but man it’s got to be tempting to trade No. 10 overall for someone who is a young plug and play and under control.
- Like Alex DeBrincat? Or Griffin Reinhart.
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