HERE COMES THE SUN (2018 DRAFT EDITION)

We enter draft weekend 2018 with every possible outcome under the hockey rainbow in play. The first-round pick is available, trading up or down is possible and standing pat at No. 10 overall is the obvious move. I always prefer to make the pick, but the RHD itch is one this organization is hellbent on scratching. The pipeline may have to wait even longer to reach completion.

THE ATHLETIC!

Give The Athletic as a gift or get it yourself and join the fun! Offer is here, less than $5 a month and your Dad will love a unique gift. I find myself reading both the hockey (Willis, Dellow, Pronman, et cetera) and the baseball coverage a lot, it’s compelling reading and a pure pleasure to visit. I’ll be running draft articles for my contribution to The Athletic now through next weekend, come aboard!

  • New Lowetide: Low budget free agents can deliver Oilers big bang
  • New Jonathan Willis: NHL awards showcased what might have been for the Oilers
  • Lowetide: The maturation of Daryl Katz, or heading down a dangerous road?
  • Lowetide: Oilers top 10 prospects in front of the 2018 draft.
  • Lowetide: tough and important week for Peter Chiarelli
  • Corey Pronman: 2018 Mock Draft.
  • Jonathan Willis: Ranking the 2018 draft based on statistical performance.
  • Lowetide: The WHL draft pool 2018: Where are the forwards?
  • 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
  • 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 2018Oilers 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.

THE FILTER

I use NHLE as a strong guiding light. I also use scouting reports from trusted sources and publications. I punish average to poor foot speed liberally. My list rewards offense heavily, and the most gifted offensive players will be at the top. Players with a range of skills usually do well, but there is a fine line between a two-way player and a checking future (Allan McShane, Linus Nyman would have been higher on this list a few years ago). The list does not give high numbers to players who have a lot of their value tied up in the defensive side of the game. Goalies are graded (almost exclusively) by save percentage, although success over more than one season has terrific value. It is very rare for me to rank a defenseman No. 1 overall. Last time? Victor Hedman, 2009.

TOP 120, 2018

  1. LD Rasmus Dahlin, Frolunda (SHL). Impact player. Complete. Franchise. Ready.
  2. R Andrei Svechnikov, Barrie Colts (OHL). Major talent. 40 goals in 44 OHL games.
  3. L Filip Zadina, Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL). Size, shooter, speed, skill.
  4. LD Quinn Hughes, Michigan (NCAA). Fast as lightning, smooth. Elite passer.
  5. LD Ty Smith, Spokane Chiefs (WHL). I wrote about him here. A fine talent. Prototype.
  6. RC Oliver Wahlstrom, U.S. N. D. P. (USHL)Huge talent, emerging. Sensational release.
  7. L Brady Tkachuk, Boston University (NCAA). Rugged power winger with two-way skills.
  8. RD Evan Bouchard, London Knights (OHL). Big numbers, intelligent two-way D.
  9. RD Adam Boqvist, Brynas (SuperElite). Brilliant puck mover, chaos defense.
  10. RD Noah Dobson, Acadie-Bathurst Titan (QMJHL)Two-way defenseman who has a big shot.
  11. LC Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Assat (Sm-Liiga). Smart, very skilled and he’s 6.02, 190.
  12. L Joel Farabee, U.S. N. D. P. (USHL). Speedy winger with legit skill, chance machine.
  13. LC Barrett Hayton, SSM Greyhounds (OHL). Great skater, great shot. Complete skills.
  14. LC Jacob Olofsson, Timra (Allsvenskan)Two-way center with skill, he’s an emerging player.
  15. RD Ryan Merkley, Guelph Storm (OHL)Ridiculous offensive package. One dimensional.
  16. LC Joe Veleno, Saint-John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)Good size and speed, creative center.
  17. RC Akil Thomas, Niagara Ice Dogs (OHL)Undersized center with all of the tools, playmaker.
  18. R Dominik Bokk, Vajxo Lakers (SuperElite)Elusive skater and a fine stickhandler. First-person shooter.
  19. LC Filip Hallander, Timra (Allsvenskan). Big, fast forward is an excellent puck transporter.
  20. RD Bode Wilde, U.S. N. D. P. (USHL)Has size, skill, speed, plus can shoot the puck. Chaos.
  21. R Vitali Kravtsov, Traktor (KHL)Terrific skill, impressive KHL playoff.
  22. RD Calen Addison, Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL)Creative player, a two-way defender.
  23. RC Rasmus Kupari, Karpat (Sm-Liiga). Skilled center, offense is the big selling point.
  24. L Grigori Denisenko, Yaroslavl (MHL). High-end skill and he’s a puck wizard. Great one-timer.
  25. LC Ryan McLeod, Mississauga Steelheads (OHL). Size, speed, skill. One of the oldest players in draft.
  26. R Serron Noel, Oshawa Generals (OHL)Big PF with improving speed, he’s an August 2000 birth date.
  27. R Jonatan Berggren, Skelleftea (SuperElite). Fearless two-way W, closed like a demon.
  28. L Isac Lundestrom, Lulea (SHL). He is a burner, probably a little shy offensively.
  29. LD Rasmus Sandin, SSM Greyhounds (OHL). Smart, undersized skill defenseman.
  30. RC Cam Hillis, Guelph Storm (OHL). He’s a burner, has skill, came a long way in one calendar year.
  31. LC Allan McShane, Oshawa Generals (OHL)A wide range of skills, McShane is an excellent passer.
  32. LD K’Andre Miller, U.S. N. D. P. (USHL)Big defender who can skate and has a big shot.
  33. W Samuel Fagemo, Frolunda (SuperElite). Quick release, great shot.
  34. R Jesse Ylonen, Espoo United (Mestis). Tall, thin skill winger who is both shooter and playmaker.
  35. LC Linus Nyman, Kingston Frontenacs (OHL)Strong two-way C with impressive offense.
  36. RD Jett Woo, Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL). A fine two-way prospect. Good skater, smart.
  37. LD Alex Alexeyev, Red Deer Rebels (WHL). Big man, calm feet, has skill. (6.03, 190).
  38. LC Phillipp Kurashev, Quebec Remparts (QMJHL). Intelligent two-way center.
  39. RC Ty Dellandrea, Flint Firebirds (OHL)Skill center plays a rugged style. Wild card.
  40. G Jakub Skarek, Jihlava (Czech)Huge goalie, quality resume.
  41. LC Alexander Khovanov, Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL).Unreal skill, inconsistent.
  42. LC Nathan Dunkley, London Knights (OHL)Impressive young player with offensive ability.
  43. LD Jared McIssac, Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL). Powerful skater, emerging offense.
  44. L Jake Wise, U.S.N.D.T.P. (USHL). A burner with emerging offense, two-way potential.
  45. RD Sean Durzi, Owen Sound Attack (OHL). Puck mover, could be fantastic value.
  46. L Cole Fonstadt, Prince Albert Raiders (WHL). Good hands, skilled.
  47. LC Liam Foudy, London Knights (OHL)Skill center. Speed merchant.
  48. L Martin Kaut, Pardubice (Czech). Big, strong, excellent skater. Offense unclear.
  49. LC Blake McLaughlin, Chicago Steel (USHL). Undersized skill player. Rising.
  50. LC Benoit-Olivier Groulx, Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL). Two-way C with some skill.
  51. LD Filip Kral, Spokane Chiefs (WHL). Smart puck moving defender.
  52. L Adam Mascherin, Kitchener Rangers (OHL). Re-entry, great skill, small.
  53. LC Jack McBain, Toronto Jr. Canadians (OJHL). Two-way C with size and skill.
  54. L Jakob Lauko, Chomutov (Czech). Skilled winger with good speed. Offense a mystery.
  55. LC Milos Roman, Vancouver Giants (WHL). A smart player in all areas of the ice.
  56. L Albin Eriksson, Skelleftea (SHL). Big winger, plus speed, promising offense.
  57. LC Matej Pekar, Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL). Playmaking Czech in USHL.
  58. LD Jonathan Tychonick, Penticton Vees (BCJHL). Puck mover, creative, chaos.
  59. L Alex Steeves, Dubuque (USHL). Smaller winger, speedy, physical.
  60. G Oliver Rodrigue, Drummondville (QMJHL). Best NA goalie by consensus.
  61. R Aidan Dudas, Owen Sound Attack (OHL). Small, very skilled forward.
  62. RC Semyon Der-Arguchintsev, Peterborough Petes (OHL). Playmaking center, growing buzz.
  63. L Gabriel Fortier, Baie Comeau (QMJHL). Speedy winger with skill.
  64. RD Axel Andersson, Djurgardens (SuperElite)Speedy blue with skill.
  65. RC Kyle Topping, Kelowna Rockets (WHL)Impressive even-strength offense.
  66. LC Jack Drury, Waterloo Blackhawks (USHL)Chris’ boy, smart and skilled. (USAToday).
  67. R Vladislav Kotkov, Chicoutimi Sagueneens (QMJHL). Big, mobile offensive winger.
  68. LD Mattias Samuelsson, U.S.N.D.T.P. (USHL). Shutdown skills, some offense.
  69. LC David Gustafsson, HV71 (SHL). Two-way C with emerging offense.
  70. RC Ivan Morozov, Mamonty Yugry (MHL). Solid two-way C, offense improving.
  71. G Lukas Dostal, Brno (Czech). Fabulous numbers over the last two seasons.
  72. L Sampo Ranta, Sioux City Musketeers (USHL). Skill winger with speed and a plus shot.
  73. L Kirill Marchenko, Mamonty Yugry (MHL). Size, skill, spiking.
  74. LD Nicolas Beaudin, Drummondville (QMJHL). Impressive puck mover, speed a concern.
  75. R Niklas Nordgren, HIFK (Sm-Liiga). Undersized, skilled, ripped up U18’s.
  76. R Riley Sutter, Everett Silvertips (WHL). A gritty winger with skill.
  77. L Justin Almeida, Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL)Good speed, two way ability, spiked offensively.
  78. L Anderson MacDonald, Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL)Big W is talented scorer.
  79. RC Ryan O’Reilly, Madison Capitals (USHL). Power forward with skill.
  80. L Cedric Desruisseaux, Drummondville (QMJHL). Small, skilled.
  81. R Kody Clark, Ottawa 67’s (OHL). Rambunctious PF with some skill.
  82. L Johnny Gruden, U.S.N.D.T.P. (USHL). Good speed, two way acumen.
  83. L Jack Randl, Omaha Lancers (USHL). Impressive scorer. Zero buzz.
  84. RD Mac Hollowell, SSM (OHL). Undersized puck mover can skate.
  85. R Pavel Gogolev, Peterborough (OHL). 30 goals in world’s best junior league.
  86. R Arttu Nevasaari, Karpat (Jr. Sm-Liiga). Top-end skill.
  87. RD Nils Lundkvist, Lulea (SHL). Speed and can pass plus transport the puck.
  88. RC Jay O’Brien, U.S.N.D.T.P. (USHL). Skilled, undersized.
  89. LD Justin Bergeron, Rouyn-Noranda (QMJHL). M-A Bergeron 2.0.
  90. L Jan Jenik, Benatky (Cze-2). Solid two-way prospect, size, skill.
  91. R Yegor Sokolov, Cape Breton (QMJHL). Skilled power forward with good numbers.
  92. LC Lukas Wernblom, MODO (SuperElite). Small, skilled, needs better results.
  93. RD Jacob Bernard-Docker, Okotoks Oilers (AJHL). Great tools, unsure of offense.
  94. R Dmitri Zavgorodny, Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL). Small, effective goal scorer.
  95. LD Scott Perunovich, Minnesota-Duluth (NCAA). Late developing, great passer.
  96. LD Adam McCormick, Cape Breton (QMJHL). Smart D, excellent skater.
  97. C-R Blade Jenkins, Saginaw Spirit (OHL). Scorer with size, better on the wing.
  98. LD Danila Galenyuk, St. Petersburg (KHL). Strong two-way D, good skater.
  99. LC Jason Willms, Barrie Colts (OHL). Two-way C, 1999.
  100. RD Alec Regula, London Knights (OHL). Big two-way D with good mobility.
  101. LD Marc Del Gaizo, Muskegon (USHL). Impressive skill defender.
  102. L Oliver Okuliar, Dukla Trencin (Slovakia U20). Skilled, big U18’s.
  103. L Nikolai Kovalenko, Lokomotiv (MHL). Andrei’s boy. He’s a train.
  104. RC Tyler Madden, Tri-City Storm (USHL). Speedy center
  105. L Karel Plasek, Brno (Czech). Skill winger with a plus shot.
  106. LC Matthew Struthers, North Bay Battalion (OHL). Big two-way C.
  107. LC Riley Stotts, Calgary Hitmen (WHL). Found his offense with the Hitmen.
  108. L Gavin Hain, U.S.N.D.P (USHL). Intelligent player, terrific skater.
  109. L Ryan Chykowski, Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL). Throwback W, good shot.
  110. L Paul Cotter, Lincoln Stars (USHL). Impressive athlete plus skills.
  111. RC Chase Wouters, Saskatoon Blades (WHL)Nice range of skills.
  112. L Hudson Elynuik, Spokane Chiefs (WHL). Smart, skilled, huge. Re-entry.
  113. LC Curtis Douglas, Windsor Spitfires (OHL). Giant center with skill.
  114. LD Adam Ginning, Linkoping (SHL). Big D, good speed, shutdown type.
  115. RD Ondrej Buchtela, Pirati Chomutov (Cze U20). Puck mover, good speed.
  116. RD Ty Emberson, U.S.N.D.P (USHL). Intelligent two-way player.
  117. G Olof Lindbom, Djurgardens (SuperElite)Good size, rebound control, strong U18’s.
  118. R Kirill Nizhnikov, Sudbury Wolves (OHL). Volume shooter, could spike.
  119. RC Oscar Back, Farjestad (SHL). Strong start to U18 has him on the radar.
  120. L Michal Kvasnica, Ocelari Trinec (Czech). Smart two-way winger.

FINAL MOCK

  • First Round—No. 10 overall—LD Ty Smith, Spokane Chiefs (WHL). My list is mostly about numbers and Ty Smith’s numbers are exceptional. He plays in an excellent league, anticipates the play well, can cover or carry and is an excellent passer. His one weakness is his size but he’s made for this NHL. I talked to a scout who said “new age defender with a very high ceiling in today’s game.”  I don’t know if the Oilers will take him, or even own this pick when it is time to use it, but Ty Smith’s math is undeniable.
  • Second Round—No. 40 overall—LC Jacob Olofsson, Timra (Allsvenskan). I have him No. 14 but he should be available in the second round. Swedish Poster: The 6’2 center had a great year in allsvenskan, by no means a speedster but moves ok, needs to improve his first few steps but changes directions well and has ok top speed once going. Playmaking C but can finish as well, has that ability to just control shifts, more smart than overly creative, makes the right play but not necessarily the genius one. Great puckhandling. Good defensively as well, even when playing against men, pretty complete player tbh. Shot his team to the SHL with the deciding goal in the Allsvenskan playoffs. Will get picked in the first round, very good bet to become a good NHL C down the line but needs to get quicker and more dynamic to be a #1/2C imo. Looked faster at the end of the year than he did at the start so that’s a good sign.
  • Third Round—No. 71 overall—L Johnny Gruden, U.S.N.D.T.P. (USHL). He’s skilled, works hard, aggressive, can check like a demon. Several posters have pushed him forward this spring (now summer) but the truth is Gruden is among six or seven USHL kids who the Oilers would be strong on at this number.
  • Fifth Round—No. 133 overallLC Riley Stotts, Calgary Hitmen (WHL). Terrific skater who found the range offensively after a trade to the Hitmen. Skilled player who is a little under the radar (similar to Kirill Maksimov a year ago).
  • Sixth Round—No. 164 overallR Samuel Fagemo, Frolunda (SuperElite). Swedish Poster: This quick winger plays for Frölunda, he has a really good wrister, has scored well in the U20 League, quick first few steps but his top speed is just ok to good, Pretty skilled with the puck and has that jack in the box ability of goalscorers to just show up in the right spot. Plays with intensity but I think a guy with his skill should be making plays more consistently. He’s also really frustrating at times, not very smart with the puck, has a tendency to just skate right into opponents and lose the puck, has flashes of creativity but there’s a little too much straight lines and junior decision making that won’t fly at a higher level. He got into two SHL games this season, according to his coach he could’ve gotten a few more games but they wanted him to stay in juniors to develop his offensive game instead of getting used as a grinder in the SHL which is probably smart, if devloped right there’s enough of a skillset to make him a player but he could also end up as nothing more than an SHL journey man and bottom sixer if he can’t work out the glitches in his game. I think Fagemo is a worthwhile pick in the back half of the draft since there is a good set of skills and also enough intensity and grit to play him in different roles if he can’t play higher in the line up.
  • Seventh Round—No. 195 overallL Paul Cotter, Lincoln Stars (USHL). I have been spending a lot of time staring at the USHL numbers this year, the league is at a tipping point now (or maybe earlier). The OHL and WHL are the strongest Canadian leagues, the USHL’s talent base this year is going to rival them at the draft and maybe five years down the road. Big forward, has a nice range of skills and he’s skilled. I have him at No. 110, he could go much higher. The USHL is going to run over this draft. Pretty sure.

TODAY

  • I think the pick at No. 10 may be dealt today. I’ll guess No. 10 and Jesse Puljujarvi and or a LHD for Colton Parayko.
  • I’ll be on with Guy Flaming for TSN 1260’s draft coverage beginning at 5:30 this afternoon.
  • Sam Cosentino has a sixth sense about the draft. His final mock is interesting.
  • I have given my opinion since January (here and at The Athletic): Peter Chiarelli’s best course of action is to keep his powder dry. Wait. A strong deal will come to the Oilers but it might not be this summer. Value needs to attach itself to players, giving the general manager some torque when dealing for needed talent. Edmonton isn’t here yet.
  • Peter Chiarelli’s best course of action could cost him his job. The temptation to make a trade today, using the No. 10 overall selection, must be enormous. If he can get Colton Parayko for a reasonable price (I don’t know what that might look like) I think Oilers fans will give the general manager his due. In a way, Chiarelli’s late June deals in the past three summers, along with the unrest in the fanbase, may have created a ‘trade wall’ that won’t allow PC to make another withering deal. That may sound a little farcical, but the theory does hold some water if you factor in the owner.
  • Daryl Katz benefits to the tune of $300,000 with the Eric Gryba buyout. Financially that’s not much money for an NHL owner to worry about and yet the buyout proceeded. There’s really no other benefit. This is beyond curious.
  • The Oilers and Rogers Place should be a money maker for a century but winning is a part of that scenario. I don’t know how many suites come due next summer and I don’t know how many season ticket holders walked this summer. The Gryba buyout is either an owner demanding a counterproductive move in a fit of pique, a manager who doesn’t know the cap implications, or something far more worrisome. These are the reasonable options in my opinion.

PROJECTED ROSTER

  • Nurse is a bridge, Yamamoto makes this team without a throw, Keegan Lowe or similar No. 7 blue and maybe Brad Malone is your No. 4 C.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

We are at the finish line, draft tonight! I’ll be part of the TSN1260 coverage beginning at 5:30. At 10 this morning on TSN1260, we’ll have a final look and update any trades. Scheduled to appear:

  • Steve Lansky, Big Mouth Sports. Taylor Hall MVP, draft coverage as a television event.
  • Bryan Brant, Roster Point Hockey. When should young players begin promoting themselves to enlarge the footprint of their brand in the hockey industry?
  • Frank Seravalli, TSN. Hall’s MVP, draft day.

10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter.

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  1. Alpine says:

    The Trade Guy: You made the comparison and then went on to say why there isn’t really any comparison apart from playing for London.

    I saw the comparisonon twitter and in this blog before and I figured I would quash it. Gagner was inflated by Kane. Bouchard didn’t have anyone to zoom him.

  2. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Who?

  3. Gerta Rauss says:

    Wahlstrom was my guy for sure if he made it to 10-in a million years I didn’t think all of Bouchard,Dobson and Wahlstrom would be available at 10

    Very pleased with the pick

  4. --hudson-- says:

    @VOR Columbus read your scouting report from earlier today

  5. Death By Misadventure says:

    Liam Foudy? I knew this draft for a free for all, but that’s a reach. Good.

  6. bobinyvr says:

    This fan is thrilled to have the OIlers choose Evan Bouchard.

    Based on what I had read for weeks, I had expected Bouchard to have been long gone before the Oilers made their selection.

    I truly feared that Pete was gonna trade the pick.

    Happy to have a high-end RD in the pipeline – a true need. And the Oil still have Klefbom, Nurse.

    Happy indeed.

  7. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Philly gonna draft Merkley?

  8. Pescador says:

    Jethro Tull:
    Guys, Bouchard isn’t going to be NHL good for 3+yrs. Look to a higher draft pick – Nurse – for indication.

    Bouchard will have something that Darnell and Oscar never had,
    Actual NHL veteran dmen to play alongside and to provide shelter.
    Hopefully on a decent team
    Your comparison doesn’t hold water

  9. Spooky Lynx says:

    Alpine: I saw the comparisonon twitter and in this blog before and I figured I would quash it. Gagner was inflated by Kane. Bouchard didn’t have anyone to zoom him.

    Bouchard was zoomed by… Foudy? I guess?

  10. Death By Misadventure says:

    Jay O’Brien. 88 on LTs list. That #40 quality is improving with each pick here.

  11. ArmchairGM says:

    Jethro Tull:
    Guys, Bouchard isn’t going to be NHL good for 3+yrs. Look to a higher draft pick – Nurse – for indication.

    His OHL coach is uncertain whether he’ll be back. He seems to think Bouchard is NHL ready.

  12. Andy Dufresne says:

    In the 16-17 season Bouchard’s boxcars were on par with Sergachev. Of course it was Sergachev’s draft year so Bouchard was a year younger.

    this year Bouchard BLEW THOSE NUMBERS OUT OF THE WATER!!!

  13. Jethro Tull says:

    Pescador: Bouchard will have something that Darnell and Oscar never had,
    Actual NHL veteran dmen to play alongside and to provide shelter.
    Hopefully on a decent team
    Your comparison doesn’t hold water

    Your reasoning doesn’t hold water. Your projecting him straight into opening night line up? How’s that gone for us, historically?

    He needs development, which means he won’t be playing with your nhl vets straight away.

    He is a good prospect. That is all. The Oilers have a potentially good d-man. They are not a better team today than the roster on the last game of the 2017/18 season. That’s sad.

  14. Munny says:

    Alpine,

    Agreed. If anyone should be getting the Gagner comparisons it’s Farabee.

  15. Jaxon says:

    Death By Misadventure: That’s how he got all those points, isn’t it?

    Partially, but his points/minute is also among the highest.

  16. Andy Dufresne says:

    ArmchairGM: His OHL coach is uncertain whether he’ll be back. He seems to think Bouchard is NHL ready.

    I’ve heard/read from multiple reliable sources that Bouchard is close to NHL ready …comparison would be Sergachev…..

    Sergachev Draft Year 2016
    Plays 2016-2017 OHL
    2017-18 Tampa Bay Lightning….79gp 9g 31a 40pts + 38

  17. Professor Q says:

    Well I, for one, am fairly excited about Bouchard. As many of you might have expected, of course.

    A few family members (Leafs fans who watch even more of the Knights than I do) texted me right away in congratulations. Didn’t get them until now, post-work, but still nice to see.

  18. Munny says:

    Scott Oakeward should be doing this Merkley interview.

  19. Gerta Rauss says:

    Merkley to San Jose at 21

  20. Andy Dufresne says:

    I know we’ve all read and heard this stuff….But it reads SO MUCH SWEETER now!

    Elite Prospects Evan Bouchard

    A highly intelligent all-around defenceman that plays with poise and can shift the pace of play in a multitude of ways. Showcases smooth four-way skating ability and loves to get involved in all situations – especially when that situation happens to be an up-ice rush. Has a polished offensive skill-set which includes well-timed passes and a sneaky, erratic shot. Goes with the high percentage play and makes smart decisions. Could work on strength behind his shot. Defensively active, cutting off lanes and always staying in excellent positioning. Reads cues well in all three zones and seems to stay a step ahead. All-in-all, a well-rounded defender with great hockey sense and work ethic. (Curtis Joe, EP 2017)

    Mobile puck moving D with excellent offensive instincts & ability to read the game, ISS Hockey 2017

  21. Gerta Rauss says:

    OTT trades 22 to the Rangers for 26 and 48

  22. The Trade Guy says:

    Bouchard looks 35 years old.

  23. Munny says:

    You gotta know K’Andre will be one motivated prospect. Good pick.

  24. ArmchairGM says:

    Gerta Rauss:
    OTT trades 22 to the Rangers for 26 and 48

    I bet that blows a few “values” charts out of the water.

  25. Munny says:

    The Trade Guy,

    Facial hair!

  26. OriginalPouzar says:

    Andy Dufresne: I’ve heard/read from multiple reliable sources that Bouchard is close to NHL ready …comparison would be Sergachev…..

    Sergachev Draft +1 Tampa Bay Lightning….79gp9g 31a 40pts+ 38

    That was his draft plus 2 year – in his draft plus 1 he was back in junior.

  27. Wilde says:

    Sharks getting Merkley is REAL fuckin’ spooky.

  28. Andy Dufresne says:

    The Trade Guy:
    Bouchard looks 35 years old.

    I LOVE that he looks 35yrs old. 3 Guys I knew in high school/edmonton area that made it to the NHL all looked 25yrs old in high school.

  29. Richard S.S. says:

    Most expect Evan Bouchard to get a minimum of 9 games this Season if not more.

  30. Munny says:

    Cosentino loves his small sample sizes.

  31. Jaxon says:

    Somebody traded up for K’Andre!!!!!! Nice.

  32. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Wow…Dubas looks young… he looks like he’s 23…

  33. digger50 says:

    Jaxon,

    THanks

  34. Jaxon says:

    Wow, the highest anyone ranked Foudy was #27 and I read someone (was it Wheeler?) who had him on his do not draft list as his speed was otherworldly but that’s kind of it (no hockey IQ and not great ability to do anything with the speed)

  35. flyfish1168 says:

    Andy Dufresne: I LOVE that he looks 35yrs old.3 Guys I knew in high school that made it to the NHL all looked 25yrs old in high school.

    aaron ekblad was like a man-child. When I saw him I said no way is he 18.

  36. ArmchairGM says:

    No Joe Veleno so far… that’s surprising seeing how some are reaching for centers.

  37. Andy Dufresne says:

    Wilde:
    Sharks getting Merkley is REAL fuckin’ spooky.

    Maybe. last two years he was minus 41 and minus 29. Interesting gamble for sure.

  38. Death By Misadventure says:

    Jaxon: Partially, but his points/minute is also among the highest.

    Points/60 seconds. That must be the advanced advanced stats 🙂

    Just kidding around.

    I’m good Bouchard. Just glad we got a RHD.

  39. Jaxon says:

    Looking to tomorrow, I’m keeping an eye out for Jacob Lauko! One of the fastest skaters, one of the best shots, and one of the most competitive players in the draft. Sounds like a great fit for any team but a pretty nice fit for a possible McDavid winger some day.

  40. jp says:

    Andy Dufresne:
    In the 16-17 season Bouchard’s boxcars were on par with Sergachev. Of course it was Sergachev’s draft year so Bouchard was a year younger.

    this year Bouchard BLEW THOSE NUMBERS OUT OF THE WATER!!!

    Most points by a draft eligible D in any CHL league since Ellis in 2009. Good arrow.

  41. The Trade Guy says:

    If Bourchard came to the podium with his wife and three kids. I wouldn’t bat an eye.

  42. Munny says:

    I wonder if Fenton was making those Nashville D picks…

    Johansson was #10 on CSS International.

  43. OriginalPouzar says:

    Bode Wilde, Joe Valeno still on the board.

    Who is going to be available at 40? Shit, at this rate, Addison may be available.

  44. Death By Misadventure says:

    Reach by Minnesota. Would be good to have multiple picks in the second this year.

  45. N64 says:

    ” I always prefer to make the pick, but the RHD itch is one this organization is hellbent on scratching. ”

    Picked. And. Scratched.

  46. Jaxon says:

    Death By Misadventure: Points/60 seconds. That must be the advanced advanced stats

    Just kidding around.

    I’m good Bouchard. Just glad we got a RHD.

    Haha, very advanced. Speaking of… Points/60 has always bugged me. What kind of stat is that. It has no real-world comparison. Points/15 or 20 would make way more sense as that is more of a per game number. In my Projected Primary Points stat, I use Points/14.4167 (the median 5-on-5 ice time for a top 6 forward. That has a real application where you can look at it and project what they might score with top 6 minutes over a season.

    Nice to have a very real possibility of filling the nearly decade void of top 4 scoring RHD.

  47. VOR says:

    –hudson–:
    @VOR Columbus read your scouting report from earlier today

    I don’t know anyone in the Columbus organization. But I would love to know how they picked Foudy. He is truly a one of a kind test case.

    Foudy is a great half court player, and an insanely gifted penalty killer. He is arguably the best all round athlete in this draft, and the fastest skater. He is truly blessed coming equipped with all the physical tools imaginable.

    On the other hand his metrics are terrible to truly awful relative to other draft eligible players. He may actually be the worst player I have ever seen in junior with the puck on his stick in his own end of the ice. He is far more likely to pass it to a member of the opposition than a team mate.

    That was actually a really gutsy pick.

  48. Andy Dufresne says:

    Dubas trading down

  49. digger50 says:

    Serron Noel?

  50. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Seriously… how young is that guy???

    Edit: looked him up. He’s 31. Still, he must have some kick ass credentials to already be a GM

  51. Gerta Rauss says:

    The Trade Guy:
    If Bourchard came to the podium with his wife and three kids. I wouldn’t bat an eye.

    ..and 2 of those kids are from his first marriage…

    /rimshot

  52. Gerta Rauss says:

    TOR trades 25 to STL for 29 and 76

  53. Andy Dufresne says:

    EVAN F#CKIN BOUCHARD!!!!!

    EAT IT FLAMES FANS!!!

    EAT IT BRUINS MANAGEMENT TEAM!!!

  54. trencan says:

    I dont think out of the players available at 10, Bouchard was BPA. Maybe the main factor in their decision was NHL readiness. But it doesnt mean Bouchard will play in A team next to years.

  55. Death By Misadventure says:

    Jaxon: Nice to have a very real possibility of filling the nearly decade void of top 4 scoring RHD.

    Amen, brother.

  56. paper boi says:

    Death By Misadventure,

    definitely exciting, we’re all hoping the guy turns out

  57. Harpers Hair says:

    Doug Wilson’s balls just won this draft.

  58. Death By Misadventure says:

    Gerta Rauss: ..and 2 of those kids are from his first marriage…

    /rimshot

    Haha tears shed.

  59. Munny says:

    trencan:
    I dont think out of the players available at 10, Bouchard was BPA. Maybe the main factor in their decision was NHL readiness. But it doesnt mean Bouchard will play in A team next to years.

    Well, he was BPA on the board for many scouts.

  60. Pescador says:

    Jethro Tull: Your reasoning doesn’t hold water. Your projecting him straight into opening night line up? How’s that gone for us, historically?

    He needs development, which means he won’t be playing with your nhl vets straight away.

    He is a good prospect. That is all. The Oilers have a potentially good d-man. They are not a better team today than the roster on the last game of the 2017/18 season. That’s sad.

    Not exactly I’m projecting him in draft year +2.
    He needs to go back to junior, no question

  61. Biggus Dickus says:

    I think Bouchard has a shot to play the season. Very little argument to send him back to junior. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, I don’t hate our d-core. Pray the forward problem fixes itself (JP, moto), and find some versatile dept fwds, and we could be in business.

    Klef Larsson
    Nurse Benning
    Sekera Russel
    Bouchard, Bear, Jones, Simpson

    If they can move Lucic, and bring in Maroon and a similar level player, and we could be in business.

  62. Jaxon says:

    digger50:
    Serron Noel?

    In order of average ranking:
    Veleno, Wilde, Thomas, McLeod, Noel, Sandin, Berggren, Olofsson, Addison

  63. Munny says:

    A Tier 2 guy goes before a second Tier 1. This is such a weak WHL year.

  64. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Is it just me, or are there an unusual amount of right shot players being picked so far?

  65. Jaxon says:

    What the hell did teams find out about Veleno at the combine interviews!?!?! He was ranked 12th best in 20 lists I tracked.

  66. Death By Misadventure says:

    Wow Ottawa. 93 on LTs list. Reach supreme. Oilers value at number 40 is going up. Detroit at 30, 33, and 36 could really cash in.

  67. Death By Misadventure says:

    Veleno at #40?

  68. Tarkus says:

    Crazy Pedestrian:
    Is it just me, or are there an unusual amount of right shot players being picked so far?

    Not just you. I’ve noticed that too.

    Perhaps the league likes righty forwards almost as much as righty D.

  69. Biggus Dickus says:

    Jaxon:
    What the hell did teams find out about Veleno at the combine interviews!?!?! He was ranked 12th best in 20 lists I tracked.

    Cat person, can’t be trusted.

  70. Jaxon says:

    Full list of Canadian Junior D since 2007 draft to jump right into the NHL.

    2008 was a freak year.

    2008 – Zach Bogosian
    2008 – Luke Schenn
    2008 – Drew Doughty
    2008 – Luca Sbisa
    2009 – Dmitry Kulikov
    2010 – Cam Fowler
    2013 – Seth Jones
    2014 – Aaron Ekblad
    2016 – Jakob Chycchrun

    Nobody in 2011, 2012, 2015, or 2017. But then again, he is the top drafted CHL player and he was the highest scoring. And he was playing 22.8 minutes per night at 5-on-5. And he is big enough. One of the things that might hold him back is his skating. I’m not sure what scouts to trust on that. some say he was a bit slow, some say his skating is NHL calibre, some say he was axctually a plus skater.

  71. Munny says:

    Jaxon:
    What the hell did teams find out about Veleno at the combine interviews!?!?! He was ranked 12th best in 20 lists I tracked.

    Well his teammate just went…

  72. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Death By Misadventure:
    Veleno at #40?

    Was just thinking that….
    Maybe… just maybe…

  73. Munny says:

    Lundkvist 14th on CSS Int’l.

  74. ArmchairGM says:

    Rangers pick Lundkvist – well, duh.

  75. rickithebear says:

    The 4 players I considered 0% chance of getting.
    Dahlin the best D in draft.
    Svechnikov best scorer #1 fwd math
    Wahlstrom #1 forward math.
    Bouchard best def HD, EVP, PP for RHD.

  76. flyfish1168 says:

    NYI won this draft

  77. Jaxon says:

    Right now, if the last 3 picks are according to avg rankings, then these are the players in range at #40:
    Calen Addison
    Jared McIsaac
    Filip Hallander
    Alexander Alexeyev
    Jake Wise
    Mattias Samuelsson
    Jett Woo

    For myself, I’m hoping for Jakub Lauko (speed, shot, grit). I like Addison but he’s a RHD so I doubt they go that direction with 2 picks in a row. Or maybe they reach for Jakub Skarek, the top rated goalie.

  78. Munny says:

    Everything’s coming up Rasmus!

  79. Jaxon says:

    Wow, Veleno is still available. noel is still available. He was someone I thought should be ranked higher, but he’s going lower than ranked. He had the 3rd highest primary pts / 60 in Canadian Jr after Svechnikov and Zadina. And he’s 6’5″ and fast!

  80. Andy Dufresne says:

    Lots of LTs 20-30 ranked picks left for tomorrow……about half?

    RD Bode Wilde, U.S. N. D. P. (USHL). Has size, skill, speed, plus can shoot the puck. Chaos.
    R Vitali Kravtsov, Traktor (KHL). Terrific skill, impressive KHL playoff.
    RD Calen Addison, Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL). Creative player, a two-way defender.
    RC Rasmus Kupari, Karpat (Sm-Liiga). Skilled center, offense is the big selling point.
    L Grigori Denisenko, Yaroslavl (MHL). High-end skill and he’s a puck wizard. Great one-timer.
    LC Ryan McLeod, Mississauga Steelheads (OHL). Size, speed, skill. One of the oldest players in draft.
    R Serron Noel, Oshawa Generals (OHL). Big PF with improving speed, he’s an August 2000 birth date.
    R Jonatan Berggren, Skelleftea (SuperElite). Fearless two-way W, closed like a demon.
    L Isac Lundestrom, Lulea (SHL). He is a burner, probably a little shy offensively.
    LD Rasmus Sandin, SSM Greyhounds (OHL). Smart, undersized skill defenseman.
    RC Cam Hillis, Guelph Storm (OHL). He’s a burner, has skill, came a long way in one calendar year.

  81. Jaxon says:

    Andy Dufresne: R Vitali Kravtsov, Traktor (KHL). Terrific skill, impressive KHL playoff.

    Went #9 to NYR
    EDIT: nevermind, I see what you were saying now.

  82. Munny says:

    This Sandin kid has English completely mastered in one OHL season.

  83. Andy Dufresne says:

    flyfish1168:
    NYI won this draft

    You dont like Dahlin???

  84. Andy Dufresne says:

    Jaxon: Went #9 to NYR

    Yeah….i just cut and pasted LT 20 to 30
    about half are left

  85. Munny says:

    Andy Dufresne,

    Yeah, about half. At least one of those guys should be available at 40. But we always knew it would be that kind of draft.

  86. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Dang…

  87. Jaxon says:

    Andy Dufresne: You dont like Dahlin???

    Carolina did pretty damn well, too. Picked up a big, fast energetic sniper whose production in junior is third to only Crosby and McDavid.

  88. trencan says:

    Good first round of the draft for D from SWE.

  89. Munny says:

    Detroit has done “exceptionally” well this draft.

  90. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Andy Dufresne: You dont like Dahlin???

    I would probably like Wahlstrom + Dobson over Dahlin myself…

  91. Jaxon says:

    Wow, Detroit just replenished their prospect pool: Zadina and Veleno. Crazy draft. Veleno centering Zadina for the next decade? Responsible 2-way C with vision centering one of the best snipers in the draft.

  92. Tarkus says:

    Andy Dufresne:
    Lots of LTs 20-30 ranked picks left for tomorrow……about half?

    RD Bode Wilde, U.S. N. D. P. (USHL). Has size, skill, speed, plus can shoot the puck. Chaos.
    R Vitali Kravtsov, Traktor (KHL). Terrific skill, impressive KHL playoff.
    RD Calen Addison, Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL). Creative player, a two-way defender.
    RC Rasmus Kupari, Karpat (Sm-Liiga). Skilled center, offense is the big selling point.
    L Grigori Denisenko, Yaroslavl (MHL). High-end skill and he’s a puck wizard. Great one-timer.
    LC Ryan McLeod, Mississauga Steelheads (OHL). Size, speed, skill. One of the oldest players in draft.
    R Serron Noel, Oshawa Generals (OHL). Big PF with improving speed, he’s an August 2000 birth date.
    R Jonatan Berggren, Skelleftea (SuperElite). Fearless two-way W, closed like a demon.
    L Isac Lundestrom, Lulea (SHL). He is a burner, probably a little shy offensively.
    LD Rasmus Sandin, SSM Greyhounds (OHL). Smart, undersized skill defenseman.
    RC Cam Hillis, Guelph Storm (OHL). He’s a burner, has skill, came a long way in one calendar year.

    Kupari, Denisenko and Lundestrom are already gone. LA, FLA, ANA

  93. Professor Q says:

    So how do you all feel about Smith to New Jersey?

    *ducks*

  94. jp says:

    rickithebear:
    The 4 players I considered 0% chance of getting.
    Dahlin the best D in draft.
    Svechnikov best scorer #1 fwd math
    Wahlstrom #1 forward math.
    Bouchard best def HD, EVP, PP for RHD.

    Curious, how do you measure HD for Jr defensemen?

  95. Jaxon says:

    for Washington? Noel? They liked their grit and ability to punish the other team in the playoffs this season. I think he fits the mold.

  96. Jaxon says:

    Bode Wilde is in the doghouse. Dropping more than Boqvist and Merkley. Didn’t have as much upside, but he was similarly skilled and small with perceived defense and attitude issues.

  97. flyfish1168 says:

    Andy Dufresne: You dont like Dahlin???

    2 players that were ranked within top 10 most of the year hard to beat

  98. OriginalPouzar says:

    I can’t believe Bode Wilde didn’t go in the first round – could he possibly be there at 40?

  99. Wilde says:

    Looking like Berggren might be there at 40.

  100. ArmchairGM says:

    Alex Alex at 31??? Washington competing for “showing up drunk” award!

  101. digger50 says:

    Jaxon,

    Lots of quality left

  102. Professor Q says:

    Sandin seems like a name of someone destined to become a future Leafs’ Captain for numerous years.

  103. frjohnk says:

    Chia drops a f bomb in his interview.

    Awesome

  104. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    frjohnk:
    Chia drops a f bomb in his interview.

    Awesome

    Seriously?! When did that happen??

  105. Jaxon says:

    Wow, there is a chance that Noel is there at #40.

    Here’s what’s left and where they ranked when sorted by average ranking:

    # Player HI – AVG – LO
    18 Bode Wilde 12 – 20 – 39
    21 Akil Thomas 15 – 24 – 38
    23 Ryan McLeod 13 – 25 – 43
    24 Serron Noel 14 – 26 – 40
    27 Jonatan Berggren 14 – 28 – 46
    30 Jacob Olofsson 14 – 31 – 46
    31 Calen Addison 18 – 32 – 58
    32 Jared McIsaac 20 – 34 – 60
    33 Filip Hallander 19 – 35 – 60
    35 Jake Wise 17 – 38 – 63
    36 Mattias Samuelsson 20 – 40 – 69
    37 Jett Woo 19 – 40 – 68
    39 Jonny Tychonick 17 – 41 – 67
    40 Jesse Ylonen 14 – 42 – 84
    41 Benoit-Olivier Groulx 18 – 42 – 71
    42 David Gustafsson 19 – 42 – 69
    43 Jack McBain 22 – 44 – 61
    45 Allan McShane 24 – 45 – 68
    46 Ivan Muranov 48 – 48 – 48
    48 Kirill Marchenko 16 – 49 – 89
    49 Cameron Hillis 30 – 49 – 82
    50 Jakub Lauko 29 – 50 – 81
    51 Blake McLaughlin 25 – 51 – 92
    52 Niklas Nordgren 30 – 53 – 75
    53 Ruslan Iskhakov 17 – 53 – 84

  106. Wilde says:

    Notable #40 candidates:

    Berggren
    Thomas
    Hallander
    Olofsson
    Addison
    Wise
    Gruden
    Ylonen
    Wilde
    Noel

    That’s 10, so one of those will 100% be there.

  107. Tarkus says:

    Still available for Saturday:

    Bode Wilde
    Jake Wise
    Calen Addison
    Jonatan Berggren
    Akil Thomas
    Jacob Olofsson
    Filip Hallander
    Serron Noel
    Jesse Ylonen

  108. Wilde says:

    Bouchard, Berggren, Mascherin would be a haul.

  109. Jaxon says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    I can’t believe Bode Wilde didn’t go in the first round – could he possibly be there at 40?

    I hope not. We have our skilled RHD already no need to use a pick for one that is defensively terrible with rumoured attitude issues. They should draft a FWD next. Boqvist and Merkley were skilled enough to make the risk worthwhile and some teams agreed. I think it is telling that he’s still droppping. Teams must not have liked his D or his interview or both.

  110. jzed says:

    Chia pet drops an F bomb on Matty, I got a R D, _\\\?????

    We got a R D that can shoot and pass. No complaints from me . 🤓

  111. frjohnk says:

    Crazy Pedestrian: Seriously?! When did that happen??

    When talking to Matty about “getting that RHD” on the Oilers twitter

  112. ArmchairGM says:

    digger50:
    Jaxon,

    Lots of quality left

    Are you kidding?! We need about 10 2nd round picks! Half of the first round is still available!

  113. Spooky Lynx says:

    frjohnk:
    Chia drops a f bomb in his interview.

    Awesome

    When asked about Wahlstrom being available at 10:

    “You’ve been bugging me, Matty, to get that right shot D man, so – fuck.”

    Lol moment of the offseason thus far.

  114. OriginalPouzar says:

    Is it possible one of Berggreen, Noel or Wilde slip to 40?

    That would be insane.

  115. frjohnk says:

    Spooky Lynx: When asked about Wahlstrom being available at 10:

    “You’ve been bugging me, Matty, to get that right shot D man, so – fuck.”

    Lol moment of the offseason thus far.

    Yup.

  116. Jaxon says:

    Tomorrow:
    40: Jakub Lauko
    71: Johnny Gruden
    133: Adam Mascherin
    164: Tristen Nielsen
    195: Liam Kirk

    I’d be tempted to take Mascherin sooner. Watch Florida draft him again.

  117. Pescador says:

    frjohnk:
    Chia drops a f bomb in his interview.

    Awesome

    Link?

  118. Pescador says:

    Jaxon:
    Wow, there is a chance that Noel is there at #40.

    Here’s what’s left and where they ranked when sorted by average ranking:

    #PlayerHI–AVG–LO
    18Bode Wilde12–20–39
    21Akil Thomas15–24–38
    23Ryan McLeod13–25–43
    24Serron Noel14–26–40
    27Jonatan Berggren14–28–46
    30Jacob Olofsson14–31–46
    31Calen Addison18–32–58
    32Jared McIsaac20–34–60
    33Filip Hallander19–35–60
    35Jake Wise17–38–63
    36Mattias Samuelsson20–40–69
    37Jett Woo19–40–68
    39Jonny Tychonick17–41–67
    40Jesse Ylonen14–42–84
    41Benoit-Olivier Groulx18–42–71
    42David Gustafsson19–42–69
    43Jack McBain22–44–61
    45Allan McShane24–45–68
    46Ivan Muranov48–48–48
    48Kirill Marchenko16–49–89
    49Cameron Hillis30–49–82
    50Jakub Lauko29–50–81
    51Blake McLaughlin25–51–92
    52Niklas Nordgren30–53–75
    53Ruslan Iskhakov17–53–84

    I’m not up on the draft beyond projected top 10,
    Which of these players are goal scoring forwards with speed to burn?
    Please and thank you

  119. frjohnk says:

    I sure hope that Bouchard is the guy that fills the hole in what we need. I like the pick, but we probably have to wait 3-5 years for him to be an impact player for us.

  120. Gerta Rauss says:

    Pescador: I’m not up on the draft beyond projected top 10,
    Which of these players are goal scoring forwards with speed to burn?
    Please and thank you

    I’m gonna post this again as a previous version/post got caught in the spam filter-apologies LT if you’d prefer this wasn’t (re)posted. Rankings based on LT’s final top 100

    (17) RC Akil Thomas, Niagara Ice Dogs (OHL). Undersized center with all of the tools, he scored 81 points in 68 OHL games (Steve Kournianos reports that leads all draft eligible OHL players). A complete skill set.
    (19) LC Filip Hallander, Timra (Allsvenskan). Big, fast forward is an excellent puck transporter. He is effective in all three zones. I have him very high compared to others, and he might be merely a two-way center. There’s a lot of tools here.
    (20) RD Bode Wilde, U.S. N. D. P. (USHL). Has size, skill, skating ability plus can shoot the puck. He’s a two-way defender, the offense didn’t arrive until this season.
    (22) RD Calen Addison, Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL). Creative player, can be described as a two-way defender. Excellent skater, great passer, I have him higher than most because of the speed/skill combination. Likely to go later and represent exceptional value.
    (24) L Grigori Denisenko, Yaroslavl (MHL). Shoots right, high-end skill and he’s a puck wizard. Great one-timer, he’s quick and can forecheck. Absolutely a first-round talent based on scouting reports, he might go higher.
    (25) LC Ryan McLeod, Mississauga Steelheads (OHL). Late ’99 has size, speed and skill. He is one of the oldest players in this draft, and at 6.02, 190 he is one of the biggest skill forwards available.
    (26) R Serron Noel, Oshawa Generals (OHL). Big power forward with improving speed, he’s an August 2000 birth date so has a year or close in development time available than some of the men around him. Absolutely a Chirelli-type, the size/skill combination will be very attractive to Edmonton.
    (27) R Jonatan Berggren, Skelleftea (SuperElite). Fearless two-way W, he is charging up the lists and should go inside the first round.
    (28) L Isac Lundestrom, Lulea (SHL). He is a burner, probably a little shy offensively. He is ranked much higher on most of the published lists (Button has him No. 17) and he’s advanced enough to play as a regular (16 minutes a night) in the SHL.
    (30) RC Cam Hillis, Guelph Storm (OHL). He’s a burner, has skill and has come a long way in one calendar year. It’s going to be interesting to see where he goes.
    (31) LC Allan McShane, Oshawa Generals (OHL). A wide range of skills, McShane’s offense (67, 20-45-65) is close to a point per game. I am especially fond of his passing skills and would be thrilled to see Edmonton take him in the second round.
    (33) W Samuel Fagemo, Frolunda (SuperElite). Good boots and an excellent shot. He had a strong playoff and remains a favorite of mine. Not ranked on plenty of lists, could be a draft steal in later rounds. Speed and goal scoring is always a good bet.
    (34) R Jesse Ylonen, Espoo United (Mestis). Tall, thin skill winger who is both shooter and playmaker.
    (35) LC Linus Nyman, Kingston Frontenacs (OHL). Strong two-way C with impressive offense, he’s a July 1999 so his drafting team will be getting a more mature player. He scored 50 points in 68 games last year, so his offense (85 points in 67 games ’17-18) is no fluke.
    (36) RD Jett Woo, Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL). A fine two-way prospect and a rare righty. Good skater, smart, player, he’s dropping down lists because the offense fell off in the second half of the season. He has a lot of value in the defensive side of the game and much of his offense will be situation dependent. A fine prospect.
    (38) LC Phillipp Kurashev, Quebec Remparts (QMJHL). Intelligent two-way center, he’s very creative and can also play the wing.
    (40) G Jakub Skarek, Jihlava (Czech). Huge goalie, quality resume. I’m not sure when the goalies start going but he’ll be one of the first names.
    (41) LC Alexander Khovanov, Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL). Unreal skill, Kournianos would like a better first step.
    (42) LC Nathan Dunkley, London Knights (OHL). Impressive young player with offensive ability. Works hard, starting now we’re into complementary offensive types.
    (43) LD Jared McIssac, Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL). Powerful skater, emerging offense. He is ranked inside the first round on many lists.
    (44) L Jake Wise, U.S.N.D.T.P. (USHL). A burner with emerging offense, two-way potential.
    (45) RD Sean Durzi, Owen Sound Attack (OHL). Puck mover, could be fantastic value.
    (46) L Cole Fonstadt, Prince Albert Raiders (WHL). Good hands, skilled.
    (49) LC Blake McLaughlin, Chicago Steel (USHL). Undersized skill player. Rising.
    (50) LC Benoit-Olivier Groulx, Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL). Two-way C with some skill.

  121. Gerta Rauss says:

    and apologies if there are any errors in the above post-it’s a copy/paste/edit from this post

    https://lowetide.ca/2018/06/01/here-comes-the-sun-2018-final-edition/

  122. Andy Dufresne says:

    Jaxon:
    Wow, there is a chance that Noel is there at #40.

    Here’s what’s left and where they ranked when sorted by average ranking:

    #PlayerHI–AVG–LO
    18Bode Wilde12–20–39
    21Akil Thomas15–24–38
    23Ryan McLeod13–25–43
    24Serron Noel14–26–40
    27Jonatan Berggren14–28–46
    30Jacob Olofsson14–31–46
    31Calen Addison18–32–58
    32Jared McIsaac20–34–60
    33Filip Hallander19–35–60
    35Jake Wise17–38–63
    36Mattias Samuelsson20–40–69
    37Jett Woo19–40–68
    39Jonny Tychonick17–41–67
    40Jesse Ylonen14–42–84
    41Benoit-Olivier Groulx18–42–71
    42David Gustafsson19–42–69
    43Jack McBain22–44–61
    45Allan McShane24–45–68
    46Ivan Muranov48–48–48
    48Kirill Marchenko16–49–89
    49Cameron Hillis30–49–82
    50Jakub Lauko29–50–81
    51Blake McLaughlin25–51–92
    52Niklas Nordgren30–53–75
    53Ruslan Iskhakov17–53–84

    THank you for this.

  123. Gerta Rauss says:

    I like Bode Wilde and Calen Addison but I really doubt they pick another RH D at 40

  124. Jaxon says:

    Jake Wise LHC would be a decent option. Put up solid numbers. Provides flexibility, could play C or LW in the future.

  125. Andy Dufresne says:

    frjohnk:
    I sure hope that Bouchard is the guy that fills the hole in what we need.I like the pick, but we probably have to wait 3-5 years for him to be an impact player for us.

    I dont think this pick will change the orgs desire to get another Dman this summer.

  126. Pescador says:

    frjohnk:
    I sure hope that Bouchard is the guy that fills the hole in what we need.I like the pick, but we probably have to wait 3-5 years for him to be an impact player for us.

    I say 2,
    Because ‘cover’ from
    Oscar or Nurse

  127. frjohnk says:

    Jaxon:
    Jake Wise LHC would be a decent option. Put up solid numbers. Provides flexibility, could play C or LW in the future.

    We need some left wingers in the pipeline. That spot has the worst depth in the organization.

  128. jzed says:

    LT. Called it on the radio, “just wait for somebody’ to say he could compete for a spot on this years team…..” Chia Pet before he even cleared the floor. LOL

  129. Wilde says:

    Andy Dufresne: I dont think this pick will change the orgs desire to get another Dman this summer.

    From his response to Matty’s question though, it sounds like a factor. I hope it is.

    Evan wants to play in the NHL next year, by the way, and Stauffer’s already talked about him getting a long look at training camp.

    From Scott Wheeler’s feature on our selection:

    – Bouchard, who models his game after Drew Doughty and John Carlson (who both have ties to London), thinks he can play in the NHL next season, which isn’t a statement a lot of the kids who visited the combine were willing to make.

    During the NHL draft lottery, he caught himself thinking about the possibilities.

    “I know it’s a big jump and a big step but I’m confident and I’m really working hard this summer to be ready to turn heads at main camp,” Bouchard finished. –

  130. Pescador says:

    Gerta Rauss,

    Awesome Gerta,
    I appreciate it

  131. Rondo says:

    Looking at forwards 2nd rd.

    Kirill Marchenko
    Albin Eriksson
    Serron Noel
    Akil Thomas
    Jacob Olofsson
    Jake Wise
    McLeod
    Berggren

  132. OriginalPouzar says:

    Andy Dufresne: I dont think this pick will change the orgs desire to get another Dman this summer.

    Chiarelli was asked that straight up and his response was “well, he’s 19”.

    As an aside, I don’t think we will be waiting for 5 years for the player to make an impact, not with his hockey IQ.

  133. Ben says:

    Drop eff-bombs, keep Klefbom

  134. Biggus Dickus says:

    Hey LT,
    I’m sure it’s past your bedtime, but could you do a draft grade for every team during the dog days of summer? I would like to see something a little more honest, where not everybody in the first round is given at least a B+.

  135. Jaxon says:

    Pescador: I’m not up on the draft beyond projected top 10,
    Which of these players are goal scoring forwards with speed to burn?
    Please and thank you

    Jakub Lauko is my favourite.

    Gran Mccagg did a poll of 5 top NHL scouts “who see prospects all over the world

    I decided to poll NHL scouts on draft-eligible prospects {…} Five high-ranking NHL scouts who see prospects all over the world were polled, and Recrutes came up with the top five for eight pertinent categories along with honourable
    mentions.

    Best Skater
    1 Laim Foudy
    2 Quinn Hughes
    3 Rasmus Kupari
    4 Rasmus Dahlin
    5 Jakub Lauko*****
    HM Jesse Ylonen

    Most Competitive
    1 Brady Tkachuk
    2 Cam Hillis
    3 Jakub Lauko*****
    4 Matej Pekar
    5 Tyler Madden
    6 Isac Lundestrom

    Corey Pronman did an articel at The Athletic where he ranked top players at certain tools
    Best skaters: ‌‌‌

    1. Quinn Hughes, D (No. 5)
    2. Liam Foudy, C (No. 47)
    3. Rasmus Kupari, C (No. 12)
    4. Jesse Ylonen, RW (No. 14)
    5. Ryan McLeod, C (No. 26)
    6. Sampo Ranta, LW (No. 52)
    7. Ryan Merkley, D (No. 10)
    8. Noah Dobson, D (No. 20)
    9. Bode Wilde, D (No. 19)
    10 Jakub Lauko, LW (No. 69)*****

    Best shots:

    1. Oliver Wahlstrom, RW (No. 6)
    2. Filip Zadina, LW (No. 3)
    3. Andrei Svechnikov, LW (No. 2)
    4. Adam Mascherin, LW (No. 43)
    5. Evan Bouchard, D (No. 17) – WOOHOO!!!
    6. Vitali Kravtsov, RW (No. 15)
    7. Jakub Lauko, LW (No. 69)*****
    8. Simon Johansson, D (No. 74)
    9. Bode Wilde, D (No. 19)
    10. Jake Wise, C (No. 22) – still available and also a good option at #40

    PS Bouchard is also 3rd best playmaker on McCagg’s poll behind Hayton and Kotkaniemi. McCagg’s poll also has Bouchard as 4th best shot behind Wahlstrom, Zadina, and Svechnikov.

  136. dustrock says:

    Really wanted Wahlstrom but hard to complain about Bouchard. He’s already the best transition D on the team.

  137. Bill says:

    Dear Gord, that Chiarelli presser was GOLDEN!!
    Anyone have thoughts on the pick at 40ov?
    With the players left, who would be the best bet?

  138. ArmchairGM says:

    Gerta Rauss:
    I like Bode Wilde and Calen Addison but I really doubt they pick another RH D at 40

    Need more forward prospects for sure.

  139. Ben says:

    Nice thing about having Bouchard in the fold is it frees up Chia to trade out Benning, Larsson and Bear.

  140. Jaxon says:

    Pescador: I’m not up on the draft beyond projected top 10,
    Which of these players are goal scoring forwards with speed to burn?
    Please and thank you

    Noel would also qualify as a goal scorer with speed to burn. He’s fast, he’s 6’5″, he had the 4th highest Goals/60 when adjusted for age and league. I had Svechnikov prjected at 26 5-on-5 goals with median Top 6 TOI, Wahlstrom at 20, Zadina at 17, Noel at 16, Gruden (who I’m also a big fan of) at 15 and Pavel Gogolev at 15. Gogolev is way down on the rankings as there is not much else to his game.

    I’d be happy with any of Noel, Lauko or Gruden at #40. Jake Wise would also be an okay pick.

    It will be interesting to see where Tristen Nielsen winds up. He had a poor start to the year and then lit it up in the last half. his Primary Pts/60 when adjusted (age/league). I projected him at 22.5 Primary Pts 5-on-5, and 13 goals. 7th among N American players:

    Andrei Svechnikov 38.801
    Joel Farabee 32.232
    Oliver Wahlstrom 28.788
    Jonathan Gruden 27.616*****
    Filip Zadina 23.902
    Serron Noel 23.696*****
    Tristen Nielsen post injury mid DEC to END 22.544*****
    Jake Wise 22.054*****

    But the highest any ranking had Nielsen was 104, lowest was 318, average was 180 and I have him 201st on the list when ranked by average. He’ll be a steal somewhere. From Ft St John, BC, plays for Calgary Hitmen. LHC, 5’10”, 181lbs.

  141. theDjdj says:

    Crazy Pedestrian:
    Seriously… how young is that guy???

    Edit: looked him up. He’s 31. Still, he must have some kick ass credentials to already be a GM

    He’s a bit of a prodigy actually. The Athletic had a good article about him. Grew up inside Greyhounds organisation.

  142. Leroy Draisdale says:

    Rondo:
    Looking at forwards 2nd rd.

    Krill Marchenko
    Albin Eriksson
    Serron Noel
    Akil Thomas
    Jacob Olofsson

    I think the CBA says there is only 1 Krill allowed per team

  143. frjohnk says:

    OriginalPouzar: As an aside, I don’t think we will be waiting for 5 years for the player to make an impact, not with his hockey IQ.

    Looking at other Dmen picked in around his spot or later in the 1st round who have become impact over the last decade, 3-5 years is not out of the ordinary.

    If he becomes impact earlier, then bonus.

  144. frjohnk says:

    Ben:
    Nice thing about having Bouchard in the fold is it frees up Chia to trade out Benning, Larsson and Bear.

    Now we can trade some of the excess of the “Rightorium” on D to fill the holes on the left wing.

  145. Jaxon says:

    Does Edmonton have assets that would get a 2nd round pick?

    What would Caleb Jones and Pakarinen (Finnish GM) fetch? CBJ’s #49? Their right side is much stronger than their left. Their left side is almost all UFAs this summer. They could make their best player happy by getting his little brother. Too bad Caleb didn’t have a better year.

    Has Slepyshev signed in the KHL yet or is it still just rumoured? Would TBL take his RFA rights for #59? He played with Kucherov and Vasilevsky in Russia.

  146. flyfish1168 says:

    frjohnk: Now we can trade some of the excess of the “Rightorium” on D to fill the holes on the left wing.

    LOL, I believe PC will trade out too much of the Leftorium on defence that we will have to convert a RHD to Left defence.

  147. Pescador says:

    Wilde: From his response to Matty’s question though, it sounds like a factor. I hope it is.

    Evan wants to play in the NHL next year, by the way, and Stauffer’s already talked about him getting a long look at training camp.

    From Scott Wheeler’s feature on our selection:

    – Bouchard, who models his game after Drew Doughty and John Carlson (who both have ties to London), thinks he can play in the NHL next season, which isn’t a statement a lot of the kids who visited the combine were willing to make.

    During the NHL draft lottery, he caught himself thinking about the possibilities.

    “I know it’s a big jump and a big step but I’m confident and I’m really working hard this summer to be ready to turn heads at main camp,” Bouchard finished. –

    Even after considering all of this, i still hope they send him back
    Its the right thing to do for franchise & player

  148. ArmchairGM says:

    Fact: all the best RD come out of Ontario.

  149. Jaxon says:

    frjohnk: Looking at other Dmen picked in around his spot or later in the 1st round who have become impact over the last decade, 3-5 years is not out of the ordinary.

    If he becomes impact earlier, then bonus.

    I wouldn’t expect it but there is often 1 Canadian Jr D to make the jump directly to the NHL after being a high draft pick and one of the highest scoring D in Candian Jr as well as being big. So he has most of the tools. the big concern about his readiness is probably his skating. As you said, though, I’m not going to get my hopes up, but my hopes are up.

  150. Wilde says:

    Jaxon:
    Does Edmonton have assets that would get a 2nd round pick?

    What would Caleb Jones and Pakarinen (Finnish GM) fetch? CBJ’s #49? Their right side is much stronger than their left. Their left side is almost all UFAs this summer. They could make their best player happy by getting his little brother. Too bad Caleb didn’t have a better year.

    Kekelainen passed on the consensus Finn for Pierre-Luc Dubois, and it looks like you gotta deal picks to get picks in this draft. It’d be something like moving up from #71.

  151. Pescador says:

    frjohnk: Looking at other Dmen picked in around his spot or later in the 1st round who have become impact over the last decade, 3-5 years is not out of the ordinary.

    If he becomes impact earlier, then bonus.

    You are absolutely correct,
    Personally, I’m betting on the bonus!

  152. Wilde says:

    frjohnk: Looking at other Dmen picked in around his spot or later in the 1st round who have become impact over the last decade, 3-5 years is not out of the ordinary.

    If he becomes impact earlier, then bonus.

    From Dellow’s piece “When do defencemen make it?”, 50% of the current top 4 defencemen in the NHL that came from the CHL played 41+ NHL games at or before age 20.

  153. Pescador says:

    Jaxon: Noel would also qualify as a goal scorer with speed to burn. He’s fast, he’s 6’5″, he had the 4th highest Goals/60 when adjusted for age and league. I had Svechnikov prjected at 265-on-5 goals with median Top 6 TOI, Wahlstrom at 20, Zadina at 17, Noel at 16, Gruden (who I’m also a big fan of) at 15 and Pavel Gogolev at 15. Gogolev is way down on the rankings as there is not much else to his game.

    I’d be happy with any of Noel, Lauko or Gruden at #40. Jake Wise would also be an okay pick.

    It will be interesting to see where Tristen Nielsen winds up. He had a poor start to the year and then lit it up in the last half. his Primary Pts/60 when adjusted (age/league). I projected him at 22.5 Primary Pts 5-on-5, and 13 goals. 7th among N American players:

    Andrei Svechnikov38.801
    Joel Farabee32.232
    Oliver Wahlstrom28.788
    Jonathan Gruden27.616*****
    Filip Zadina23.902
    Serron Noel23.696*****
    Tristen Nielsen post injury mid DEC to END22.544*****
    Jake Wise22.054*****

    But the highest any ranking had Nielsen was 104, lowest was 318, average was 180 and I have him 201st on the list when ranked by average. He’ll be a steal somewhere. From Ft St John, BC, plays for Calgary Hitmen. LHC, 5’10”, 181lbs.

    Thank you Jaxon!
    For this & for all of your fine work on breaking down the draft.
    Serron Noel

  154. Jaxon says:

    Wilde: Kekelainen passed on the consensus Finn for Pierre-Luc Dubois, and it looks like you gotta deal picks to get picks in this draft. It’d be something like moving up from #71.

    Good point. I’m grasping at straws. He’s probably acutely aware of showing any perceived bias for Finnish players and may avoid them. #133 and Caleb Jones for #49?

  155. Jaxon says:

    BUF, CAR, NYR, DET, NYI, VAN, EDM, OTT had the best 1st rounds in that order in my opinion. Although I could be swayed on the order. The Rangers picked up 3 sleepers in Kravtsov (scored at an amazing pace in the KHL), Miller (all the numbers love him and he’s huge and fast and defensive and offensive… I have a prospect crush on this guy as many of you have noticed) and Lundkvist (I read a scout thought he was better than Boqvist in a tourny). If they’re right about them, they may have a pretty good haul. The Islanders had two amazing players fall to them and simply took the safest BPA in Wahlstrom and Dobson. The Red Wings grabbed what was considered the 3rd best player in the draft in most people’s minds and followed that with grabbing an exceptionally talented 2-way C with speed, great hands, great vision and a solid 2-way game. Those could be a pair for the next decade. The Canucks got what many considered the 2nd best D in the draft. Edmonton got the best Canadian JR D in the draft and a right shot to fit their needs! The Sens grabbed a solid, hard-working, no BS player who is one of the closest to NHL-ready. I think he’s just what they need with all the turmoil surrounding them right now. Safe and dependable.

  156. who says:

    Who was the guy sitting to Chia’s right at the draft table? Was that Keith Gretzky? Could have sworn it was Al Bundy!

  157. Lowetide says:

    Sorry I haven’t been around tonight, I did the radio and then raced home to write this for The Athletic

    Evan Bouchard a perfect fit for need: Will the Oilers fast-track him?

    https://theathletic.com/404583/2018/06/23/lowetide-evan-bouchard-a-perfect-fit-for-need-will-oilers-fast-track-him/

  158. ArmchairGM says:

    Probably been commented on already, but Grubauer + Orpik to Colorado for a 2018 2nd round pick.

  159. slopitch says:

    If I’m the oilers my plan is a 1year deal for mike green. It’s tempting to let Bouchard play next year but the extra year is the better long term play. 4f and 1d pp would also work. Play for 2020 and bouchard fits that window.

    I like the pick. RHD has been a need for so long and most lists had Bouchard > Whalstrom

  160. Wilde says:

    Jaxon,

    In terms of getting who they got with what they had, I’d go DET, NYI, NYR, SJS, and the more I do comps for O’Brien, PHI.

  161. Wilde says:

    Bouchard’s CHL tracking numbers are pretty fuckin’ disgusting.

  162. Jaxon says:

    Pescador: Thank you Jaxon!
    For this & for all of your fine work on breaking down the draft.
    Serron Noel

    The only issue with Noel is that he’s a RW, so he’s up against Puljujarvi and Yamamoto (and Rattie). A C/LW would suit the Oilers’ needs better.
    so maybe this is my list of C/LW to hope for:

    23 Ryan MacLeod
    24 Serron Noel
    35 Jake Wise
    50 Jakub Lauko
    63 Adam Mascherin
    73 Johnny Gruden
    147 Pavel Gogolev
    201 Tristen Nielsen

    EDIT: Added Noel back in. Potential and project-status may work timing wise to be very useful in a couple years.

  163. Wilde says:

    Jaxon: The only issue with Noel is that he’s a RW, so he’s up against Puljujarvi and Yamamoto (and Rattie). A C/LW would suit the Oilers’ needs better.
    so maybe this is my list ofC/LW to hope for:

    23 Ryan MacLeod
    35 Jake Wise
    50 Jakub Lauko
    63 Adam Mascherin
    73 Johnny Gruden
    147 Pavel Gogolev
    201 Tristen Nielsen

    I think it’s okay to have Noel on the right side of the system because he’s a project player, though

    And if he pans out as an above average 3rd line RW, that’s a great problem for the Oilers to have. Definitely not a solely skill-line projected player with dat size

  164. RonnieB says:

    Wilde: Kekelainen passed on the consensus Finn for Pierre-Luc Dubois, and it looks like you gotta deal picks to get picks in this draft. It’d be something like moving up from #71.

    Maybe an early 4th for the Isles 2019 3rd ?

  165. Jaxon says:

    Wilde:
    Jaxon,

    In terms of getting who they got with what they had, I’d go DET, NYI, NYR, SJS, and the more I do comps for O’Brien, PHI.

    Interesting, I don’t know much about O’Brien. They got a lot in Merkley, but they hope it’s all the good stuff, and not the bad, so the jury will be out on that one for a while. I like the pick. Not sure I would have done it with only one pick in the 1st round.

    The other crazy thing about DET, NYR, NYI is that DET drafts again at #33 and #36 (4 in top 36), NYR draft again at #39 (4 in top 39), NYI drafts at#41, & #43 (4 in top 43). MTL drafts at #35, #38, #56 and #62 in the 2nd round and #66 in the 3rd, so Kotkaniemi and 5 more in the top 66 (6 in top 66)!!! Of course, BUF gets to go again at #2, which will be . a great player to add to Dahlin. And the Canucks get to add a player at #37 to Hughes. Tomorrow’s draft will be fun too.

  166. Jaxon says:

    Wilde: I think it’s okay to have Noel on the right side of the system because he’s a project player, though

    And if he pans out as an above average 3rd line RW, that’s a great problem for the Oilers to have. Definitely not a solely skill-line projected player with dat size

    Another good point. I’d be hella happy with Noel. I think he’s one of the most underrated prospects of this draft.

  167. Bling says:

    The highlights package of Bouchard is interesting.

    Very cerebral player with great puck skills. Amazing passer. Good shot as well.

    Didn’t see him threatening anyone with his speed. I do wonder about the true upside of a guy who doesn’t skate at an elite level. That being said, a good transition pass always beats a rush up ice.

    He doesn’t look like a guy who has anything to prove in the OHL.

    I think he makes it in training camp and gets acquainted with Trent the D whisperer.

  168. jp says:

    Wilde:
    Jaxon,

    In terms of getting who they got with what they had, I’d go DET, NYI, NYR, SJS, and the more I do comps for O’Brien, PHI.

    What are the O’Brien comps showing you?

    Just having a quick look at recent Thayer seasons. Ty Amonte scored 30-17-53-70 there in his draft year (2016) but went undrafted (and he’s the son of an NHLer). O’Brien went 30-43-37-80 this year for comparison. Amonte followed that up with a 58-17-20-37 BCHL season and 36-6-3-9 this year in college.

    Not the same player obviously, but I’m having a hard time envisioning a positive looking comps from USHS…

  169. €√¥£€^$ says:

    Bling,

    Food for thought due to his massive TOI totals, discussion regarding his hockey IQ & his exceptional passing ability. Because he was a work horse and THE backbone of London’s D Corps he likely picked his spots, utiliized his passing more than his skating to a. conserve energy and b. to be more defensively responsible.

  170. €√¥£€^$ says:

    For those who don’t know, Canuck’s Army does an outstanding analysis of the top draft prospects:

    https://canucksarmy.com/2018/05/04/2018-nhl-draft-spring-rankings/

  171. Pescador says:

    Bling:
    The highlights package of Bouchard is interesting.

    Very cerebral player with great puck skills. Amazing passer. Good shot as well.

    Didn’t see him threatening anyone with his speed. I do wonder about the true upside of a guy who doesn’t skate at an elite level. That being said, a good transition pass always beats a rush up ice.

    He doesn’t look like a guy who has anything to prove in the OHL.

    I think he makes it in training camp and gets acquainted with Trent the D whisperer.

    hopefully Trent has power skating coaching certificates

  172. Pescador says:

    Jaxon: The only issue with Noel is that he’s a RW, so he’s up against Puljujarvi and Yamamoto (and Rattie). A C/LW would suit the Oilers’ needs better.
    so maybe this is my list ofC/LW to hope for:

    23 Ryan MacLeod
    24 Serron Noel
    35 Jake Wise
    50 Jakub Lauko
    63 Adam Mascherin
    73 Johnny Gruden
    147 Pavel Gogolev
    201 Tristen Nielsen

    EDIT: Added Noel back in. Potential and project-status may work timing wise to be very useful in a couple years.

    Jakub Lauko
    im an easy sell.
    anybody have some snake oil or time shares to sell?

  173. Wilde says:

    jp: What are the O’Brien comps showing you?

    Just having a quick look at recent Thayer seasons. Ty Amonte scored 30-17-53-70 there in his draft year (2016) but went undrafted (and he’s the son of an NHLer). O’Brien went 30-43-37-80 this year for comparison. Amonte followed that up with a 58-17-20-37 BCHL season and 36-6-3-9 this year in college.

    Not the same player obviously, but I’m having a hard time envisioning a positive looking comps from USHS…

    So, my deal with 2nd tier and below leagues is not to precisely rank players by 3 significant digits of points per game, but to basically make a line that a player must raze down the league by x amount, minimum, at age 15/16, 16/17, 17/18 if applicable.

    A lot of players go through prep school before moving on to college or tier 1 junior: Parise, Toews, Stafford, Hayes… I’m a fan of the notion that scoring talent reveals itself early, so I don’t mind comparing 15/16 year old seasons across from players who from there took different eventual paths to the NHL.

    The one I think got Philly: Division rival Boston’s Ryan Donato.

    Selected at #56, Donato is one of my sleeper picks for Calder consideration next year.

    Not a lot of 2nd round guys any team would swap Donato for that year.

    Thatcher Demko’s looking alright, Brandon Montour’s good, Dvorak the same.

    Donato was one of the most potent goalscorers in the NCAA this year, 26G in 29GP, following up with 9 pts in 12 NHL GP clocking 2.1 points per 60.

    Here’s those cut-off lines I was talking about:

    15/16 year old season: over 1.0 pts/GP

    16/17 year old season: over 2.0 pts/GP

    17/18 year old season: over 2.5 pts/GP

    Here’s those two:

    Donato

    age – pts / / gp

    15/16 – 36 / / 26 – 1.38

    16/17 – 60 / / 28 – 2.14

    17/18 – 78 / / 30 – 2.60

    O’Brien

    age – pts / / gp

    15/16 – 34 / / 29 – 1.17

    16/17 – 65 / / 30 – 2.17

    17/18 – 80 / / 30 – 2.67

  174. Andy Dufresne says:

    “Let’s start with the positives for Bouchard, and how he got his gaudy statistics. Bouchard has a cannon of a slap shot, but is adept at getting his shot on net in multiple ways. He’s able to shorten the backswing on his slap shot to get it away more quickly, fake a shot and open up a lane for his wrist shot, or quickly release an accurate snap shot, depending on the situation.

    Bouchard clearly loves to shoot the puck, and led all OHL defencemen with 4.43 shots per game. That was good for sixth in the OHL, with Canucks prospect Jonah Gadjovich one of the five forwards ahead of him.

    More dangerous than his shot, however, is his passing ability. He might be the best passer in the draft, whether making a stretch pass to break out of the zone or setting up a teammate for a scoring chance in the offensive zone. It’s not just that Bouchard has great vision, but that he is calm and poised with the puck, choosing the right moment to find a teammate with a pass instead of rushing the play.

    The combination of Bouchard’s shot and passing made him an excellent power play quarterback for the Knights. At the blue line, Bouchard looks like an NHL defenceman, using fake shots and quick shifts of weight to open up passing and shooting lanes.

    Bouchard is also fond of joining the rush and has good speed in transition. He uses a good chance of pace and plus stickhandling to beat defenders and create odd-man rush situations. The Knights were clearly dependent on Bouchard, as he devoured minutes, frequently playing more than half the game. He played in all situations.”

  175. Munny says:

    Pescador: Jakub Lauko
    im an easy sell.
    anybody have some snake oil or time shares to sell?

    WelI, I do have these beans,,,

  176. Munny says:

    Andy Dufresne,

    Hockey porn. Titillating as all fuck.

    This boychild has far more offense in him than Darnell tho’. Not the same raw athlete, but brainy and coordinated.

  177. Wilde says:

    Jacob Lauko didn’t smash the U16, U18, and U20 Czech leagues enough for me to believe there’s substantial offense being hidden by his men’s league deployment this year

  178. Munny says:

    Gerta Rauss:
    I like Bode Wilde and Calen Addison but I really doubt they pick another RH D at 40

    I don’t think there’s any way that Serron Noel will go untaken by the Oil if he’s on the board. But like Wilde and Addison almost certainly gone by 40.

    Jaxon,

    This is a pretty compelling argument for Lauko. And he’s likely to be there at 40. 9 points in 42 games against men with likely 4th line ice time. Kid turned 18 in March.

    I wouldn’t be unhappy if they select him.

    That there Czech goalie might tempt the Oil tho’.

    And if Nyman is available…

  179. leadfarmer says:

    While i dont mind the pick, i think we will ultimately regret passing on Wahlstrom.

  180. JimmyV1965 says:

    Can Bouchard play in Europe next year or the KHL? Seems like a waste to go back to junior, but it’s unlikely he’s ready for the NHL.

  181. theDjdj says:

    Bling:
    The highlights package of Bouchard is interesting.

    Very cerebral player with great puck skills. Amazing passer. Good shot as well.

    Didn’t see him threatening anyone with his speed. I do wonder about the true upside of a guy who doesn’t skate at an elite level. That being said, a good transition pass always beats a rush up ice.

    He doesn’t look like a guy who has anything to prove in the OHL.

    I think he makes it in training camp and gets acquainted with Trent the D whisperer.

    Jason Bourne made an interesting comment that the league will over correct towards speed and some of these zippy kids are going to get crunched. While I think Bouchard has some work to do on skating, I don’t think a lack of elite speed in a defenseman places a ceiling as long as they have “good” speed, which Bouchard has. His combination of size and strength is a winning combination imo.

  182. Bank Shot says:

    Bling:
    Didn’t see him threatening anyone with his speed. I do wonder about the true upside of a guy who doesn’t skate at an elite level. That being said, a good transition pass always beats a rush up ice.

    Is a lack of skating any worse than the true upside of a guy that is 5’10” or less?

    Not too many amazing two way defenceman in the 5’10” or less category.

    Ellis who is one of the better short defenders also had skating concerns.

  183. Ryan says:

    leadfarmer:
    While i dont mind the pick, i think we will ultimately regret passing on Wahlstrom.

    Yup.

  184. digger50 says:

    who:
    Who was the guy sitting to Chia’s right at the draft table? Was that Keith Gretzky? Could have sworn it was Al Bundy!

    Ha. So true

    He looks like the shoe salesman

  185. OriginalPouzar says:

    slopitch:
    If I’m the oilers my plan is a 1year deal for mike green. It’s tempting to let Bouchard play next year but the extra year is the better long term play. 4f and 1d pp would also work. Play for 2020 and bouchard fits that window.

    I like the pick. RHD has been a need for so long and most lists had Bouchard > Whalstrom

    1) I believe Green is looking for term

    2) who do you move out to open up the cap space – we have maybe a couple of million to spend on a UFA (and that’s if Nurse signs a reasonable bridge around $3.5M).

  186. Professor Q says:

    leadfarmer:
    While i dont mind the pick, i think we will ultimately regret passing on Wahlstrom.

    You can’t pick all the players.

    Even with that, I don’t necessarily agree with you. What is there really to regret? Go get your RHD. Get a shooter in trade, FA, 2nd Round, next year’s draft, etc. They very well could be better (and more of a chance of getting them than another top RHD).

  187. ArmchairGM says:

    Jaxon: The only issue with Noel is that he’s a RW, so he’s up against Puljujarvi and Yamamoto (and Rattie).

    And Maksimov, and Safin.

  188. OriginalPouzar says:

    Bah – we don’t need Whalstrom – we have our elite shooter in Maksimov – yes, fantasy, I know, but he has a fantastic shot – here is hoping he keeps developing because, if his overall game can make it to the NHL, his shot will score goals.

  189. ArmchairGM says:

    Add Fonstadt and Dunkley to the list of acceptable Oilers picks today.

  190. Donye West says:

    I’m in the minority I realize, but I’d have picked Wahlstrom. BPA? It chafes me that it had to be the Islanders to get him. Corey Pronman had him ranked #6, Bouchard 17th.

    Bouchard in my mind is a Dan Hamhuis. Useful player.

    Picks for today:

    Bode Wilde! I know we need a forward, but still, BPA it.
    Calen Addison – nice NHLE
    Jacob Olofsson – plays both special teams
    Ryan McLeod – 6’2 point-a-game player
    Jonatan Berggren
    Jesse Ylonen
    Jared McIsaac
    Cam Hillis
    Niklas Nordgren
    Jake Wise

  191. Professor Q says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Bah – we don’t need Whalstrom – we have our elite shooter in Maksimov – yes, fantasy, I know, but he has a fantastic shot – here is hoping he keeps developing because, if his overall game can make it to the NHL, his shot will score goals.

    And just think of that name being called during goal announcements!

    “Maksimov Effort there, boys! We have a goal!”

  192. Rondo says:

    Forward picks for today.

    Kirill Marchenko
    Albin Eriksson
    Serron Noel
    Akil Thomas
    Jacob Olofsson
    Jake Wise
    Ryan McLeod
    Jonatan Berggren

  193. jp says:

    Wilde: So, my deal with 2nd tier and below leagues is not to precisely rank players by 3 significant digits of points per game, but to basically make a line that a player must raze down the league by x amount, minimum, at age 15/16, 16/17, 17/18 if applicable.

    A lot of players go through prep school before moving on to college or tier 1 junior: Parise, Toews, Stafford, Hayes… I’m a fan of the notion that scoring talent reveals itself early, so I don’t mind comparing 15/16 year old seasons across from players who from there took different eventual paths to the NHL.

    The one I think got Philly: Division rival Boston’s Ryan Donato.

    Selected at #56, Donato is one of my sleeper picks for Calder consideration next year.

    Not a lot of 2nd round guys any team would swap Donato for that year.

    Thatcher Demko’s looking alright, Brandon Montour’s good, Dvorak the same.

    Donato was one of the most potent goalscorers in the NCAA this year, 26G in 29GP, following up with 9 pts in 12 NHL GP clocking 2.1 points per 60.

    Here’s those cut-off lines I was talking about:

    15/16 year old season: over 1.0 pts/GP

    16/17 year old season: over 2.0 pts/GP

    17/18 year old season: over 2.5 pts/GP

    Here’s those two:

    Donato

    age – pts / / gp

    15/16 – 36 / / 26 – 1.38

    16/17 – 60 / / 28 – 2.14

    17/18 – 78 / / 30 – 2.60

    O’Brien

    age – pts / / gp

    15/16 – 34 / / 29 – 1.17

    16/17 – 65 / / 30 – 2.17

    17/18 – 80 / / 30 – 2.67

    Cool, thanks for that.

    He didn’t stand out from his own teammates enough (in my very brief look) to make his value clear to me. Your lines in the sand certainly make sense, and yeah, nice comp for Donato.

  194. slopitch says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    Has green been good enough to command term? He’s also older. I guess the idea is I want a stop gap solution and Bouchard to get another year in junior.

  195. Andy Dufresne says:

    slopitch:
    OriginalPouzar,

    Has green been good enough to command term? He’s also older. I guess the idea is I want a stop gap solution and Bouchard to get another year in junior.

    I think the Oilers will proceed with their plan to obtain an offensive minded defensmen this summer.

    IMO The difference between today and 2 days ago is:
    1) that they might not care as much about handedness now so players like Krug and Hanifin become bigger targets.
    2) They might not be as agressive, meaning they might be in a position to strike a better deal.
    3) Like you said, the option of a stop-gap becomes a legitimate option.

  196. russ99 says:

    Wahlstrom was a pick for current need and Bouchard is a pick for current and later need. Let’s not forget Sekera and Russell could be dealt as early as next summer, but can stick as long as it takes for Bear, Jones and Bouchard to take their jobs.

    Wahlstrom’s commit to Harvard is scary stuff. If he doesn’t make the Isles, he won’t get the opportunity to improve that prospects in the CHL get, and at some point to NCAA players an education matters as much as the NHL. Will he be the same player after two years at Harvard, after four?

  197. Andy Dufresne says:

    From “The Hockey News” yesterday:

    DALLAS – There is one certainty in this draft: Buffalo taking Rasmus Dahlin first overall. And conventional wisdom will tell you that Dahlin is also the most NHL-ready defenseman in the class. It’s a near lock he will be playing solid minutes for the Sabres next season. But a lot of teams need help right away, so who is the next-best case on the blueline? In terms of NHL readiness, it’s Evan Bouchard.

    The London Knights rearguard has an October 1999 birthday, meaning he is one of the older first-time eligible players in the draft class. But that means he is also one of the most experienced.

    “Elite hockey sense, elite passer,” said one scout. “He can make any pass and he always seems to do it at the right place and the right time. Has the best chance after Andrei Svechnikov to go straight to the NHL next year (among OHLers).”

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