by Lowetide

Everyone has a favorite prospect and Oilers fans are fairly draft experts. My reading of the general mood today, with Evan Bouchard the selection, is positive. It was a nice start to summer.

Today sets up as an interesting experiment. The BPA at least once (second round) is going to be a defenseman, but the team badly needs to add wingers. Will we see a forward at No. 40? I believe Edmonton will in fact take one.


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  • New Lowetide: Evan Bouchard a perfect fit for need, will the Oilers fast-track him?
  • New Jonathan Willis: Oil will get a crack at another high-end prospect in round two
  • New Corey Pronman: Pick by pick breakdown of round one
  • Lowetide: Low budget free agents can deliver Oilers big bang
  • 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
  • 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: 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.

I’m pleased with the Evan Bouchard selection (I had him No. 8) and his offensive totals are grand for a defenseman. He compares well to the top CHL Oilers picks since 2008 via NHLE, especially when you consider he’s a defender:

  1. Connor McDavid 82GP, 23-40-63 .768 (Edmonton Oilers)
  2. Taylor Hall 82GP, 17-29-46 NHLE  .561
  3. Leon Draisaitl 82GP, 15-26-41 NHLE  .500
  4. Nail Yakupov 82GP, 18-22-40 NHLE .487
  5. RNH 82GP, 11-27-38 NHLE .463
  6. Kailer Yamamoto 82GP, 15-21-36 NHLE .439
  7. Evan Bouchard 82GP, 10-24-34 NHLE .414
  8. Jordan Eberle 82GP, 15-11-26 NHLE .317
  9. Darnell Nurse 82GP, 4-11-15 NHLE .183


  • No. 14 LC Jacob Olofsson, Timra (Allsvenskan). Two-way center with skill, he’s an emerging player.
  • No. 17 RC Akil Thomas, Niagara Ice Dogs (OHL). Undersized center with all of the tools, playmaker.
  • No. 19 LC Filip Hallander, Timra (Allsvenskan). Big, fast forward is an excellent puck transporter.
  • No. 20 RD Bode Wilde, U.S. N. D. P. (USHL). Has size, skill, speed, plus can shoot the puck. Chaos.
  • No. 22 RD Calen Addison, Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL). Creative player, a two-way defender.
  • No. 25 LC Ryan McLeod, Mississauga Steelheads (OHL). Size, speed, skill.
  • No. 26 R Serron Noel, Oshawa Generals (OHL)Big PF with improving speed.
  • No. 27 R Jonatan Berggren, Skelleftea (SuperElite). Fearless two-way W, closed like a demon.
  • No. 30 RC Cam Hillis, Guelph Storm (OHL). He’s a burner, has skill, came a long way.
  • No. 31 LC Allan McShane, Oshawa Generals (OHL). A wide range of skills.
  • No. 33 W Samuel Fagemo, Frolunda (SuperElite)Quick release, great shot.
  • No. 34 R Jesse Ylonen, Espoo United (Mestis). Tall, thin skill winger who is both shooter and playmaker.
  • No. 35 LC Linus Nyman, Kingston Frontenacs (OHL). Strong two-way C with impressive offense.
  • No. 36 RD Jett Woo, Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL). A fine two-way prospect. Good skater, smart.
  • No. 38 LC Phillipp Kurashev, Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)Intelligent two-way center.
  • No. 40 G Jakub Skarek, Jihlava (Czech). Huge goalie, quality resume.
  • No. 41 LC Alexander Khovanov, Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL).Unreal skill, inconsistent.
  • No. 42 LC Nathan Dunkley, London Knights (OHL). Impressive young player with offensive ability.
  • No. 43 LD Jared McIssac, Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL). Powerful skater, emerging offense.
  • No. 44 L Jake Wise, U.S.N.D.T.P. (USHL). A burner with emerging offense, two-way potential.
  • No. 45 RD Sean Durzi, Owen Sound Attack (OHL)Puck mover, could be fantastic value.
  • No. 46 L Cole Fonstadt, Prince Albert Raiders (WHL)Good hands, skilled.
  • No. 49 LC Blake McLaughlin, Chicago Steel (USHL). Undersized skill player. Rising.
  • No. 50 LC Benoit-Olivier Groulx, Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL). Two-way C with some skill.
  • No. 51 LD Filip Kral, Spokane Chiefs (WHL)Smart puck moving defender.
  • No. 52 L Adam Mascherin, Kitchener Rangers (OHL). Re-entry, great skill, small.
  • No. 53 LC Jack McBain, Toronto Jr. Canadians (OJHL)Two-way C with size and skill.
  • No. 54 L Jakob Lauko, Chomutov (Czech). Skilled winger with good speed. Offense a mystery.
  • No. 55 LC Milos Roman, Vancouver Giants (WHL)A smart player in all areas of the ice.
  • No. 56 L Albin Eriksson, Skelleftea (SHL). Big winger, plus speed, promising offense.
  • No. 57 LC Matej Pekar, Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL). Playmaking Czech in USHL.
  • No. 58 LD Jonathan Tychonick, Penticton Vees (BCJHL)Puck mover, creative, chaos.
  • No. 59 L Alex Steeves, Dubuque (USHL). Smaller winger, speedy, physical.
  • No. 60 G Oliver Rodrigue, Drummondville (QMJHL). Best NA goalie by consensus.
  • No. 61 R Aidan Dudas, Owen Sound Attack (OHL). Small, very skilled forward.
  • No. 62 RC Semyon Der-Arguchintsev, Peterborough Petes (OHL). Playmaking center, growing buzz.
  • No. 63 L Gabriel Fortier, Baie Comeau (QMJHL). Speedy winger with skill.
  • No. 64 RD Axel Andersson, Djurgardens (SuperElite). Speedy blue with skill.
  • No. 65 RC Kyle Topping, Kelowna Rockets (WHL)Impressive even-strength offense.
  • No. 66 LC Jack Drury, Waterloo Blackhawks (USHL). Chris’ boy, smart and skilled. (USAToday).
  • No. 67 R Vladislav Kotkov, Chicoutimi Sagueneens (QMJHL). Big, mobile offensive winger.
  • No. 68 LD Mattias Samuelsson, U.S.N.D.T.P. (USHL). Shutdown skills, some offense.
  • No. 69 LC David Gustafsson, HV71 (SHL). Two-way C with emerging offense.
  • No. 70 RC Ivan Morozov, Mamonty Yugry (MHL). Solid two-way C, offense improving.
  • No. 71 G Lukas Dostal, Brno (Czech). Fabulous numbers over the last two seasons.
  • No. 72 L Sampo Ranta, Sioux City Musketeers (USHL)Skill winger with speed and a plus shot.
  • No. 73 L Kirill Marchenko, Mamonty Yugry (MHL). Size, skill, spiking.
  • No. 75 R Niklas Nordgren, HIFK (Sm-Liiga). Undersized, skilled, ripped up U18’s.
  • No. 76 R Riley Sutter, Everett Silvertips (WHL). A gritty winger with skill.
  • No. 77 L Justin Almeida, Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL)Good speed, two way ability, spiked offensively.
  • No. 78 L Anderson MacDonald, Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL). Big W is talented scorer.
  • No. 79 RC Ryan O’Reilly, Madison Capitals (USHL). Power forward with skill.
  • No. 80 L Cedric Desruisseaux, Drummondville (QMJHL). Small, skilled.
  • No. 81 R Kody Clark, Ottawa 67’s (OHL). Rambunctious PF with some skill.
  • No. 82 L Johnny Gruden, U.S.N.D.T.P. (USHL). Good speed, two way acumen.
  • No. 83 L Jack Randl, Omaha Lancers (USHL). Impressive scorer. Zero buzz.
  • No. 84 RD Mac Hollowell, SSM (OHL). Undersized puck mover can skate.
  • No. 85 R Pavel Gogolev, Peterborough (OHL). 30 goals in world’s best junior league.
  • No. 86 R Arttu Nevasaari, Karpat (Jr. Sm-Liiga). Top-end skill.
  • No. 89 LD Justin Bergeron, Rouyn-Noranda (QMJHL). M-A Bergeron 2.0.
  • No. 90 L Jan Jenik, Benatky (Cze-2). Solid two-way prospect, size, skill.
  • No. 91 R Yegor Sokolov, Cape Breton (QMJHL). Skilled power forward with good numbers.
  • No. 92 LC Lukas Wernblom, MODO (SuperElite). Small, skilled, needs better results.
  • No. 94 R Dmitri Zavgorodny, Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL). Small, effective goal scorer.
  • No. 95 LD Scott Perunovich, Minnesota-Duluth (NCAA). Late developing, great passer.
  • No. 96 LD Adam McCormick, Cape Breton (QMJHL). Smart D, excellent skater.
  • No. 97 C-R Blade Jenkins, Saginaw Spirit (OHL)Scorer with size, better on the wing.
  • No. 98 LD Danila Galenyuk, St. Petersburg (KHL)Strong two-way D, good skater.
  • No. 99 LC Jason Willms, Barrie Colts (OHL). Two-way C, 1999.
  • No. 100 RD Alec Regula, London Knights (OHL). Big two-way D with good mobility.
  • No. 101 LD Marc Del Gaizo, Muskegon (USHL). Impressive skill defender.
  • No. 102 L Oliver Okuliar, Dukla Trencin (Slovakia U20). Skilled, big U18’s.
  • No. 103 L Nikolai Kovalenko, Lokomotiv (MHL). Andrei’s boy. He’s a train.
  • No. 104 RC Tyler Madden, Tri-City Storm (USHL). Speedy center
  • No. 105 L Karel Plasek, Brno (Czech). Skill winger with a plus shot.
  • No. 106 LC Matthew Struthers, North Bay Battalion (OHL). Big two-way C.
  • No. 107 LC Riley Stotts, Calgary Hitmen (WHL). Found his offense with the Hitmen.
  • No. 108 L Gavin Hain, U.S.N.D.P (USHL). Intelligent player, terrific skater.
  • No. 109 L Ryan Chykowski, Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL). Throwback W, good shot.
  • No. 110 L Paul Cotter, Lincoln Stars (USHL). Impressive athlete plus skills.
  • No. 111 RC Chase Wouters, Saskatoon Blades (WHL). Nice range of skills.
  • No. 112 L Hudson Elynuik, Spokane Chiefs (WHL)Smart, skilled, huge. Re-entry.
  • No. 113 LC Curtis Douglas, Windsor Spitfires (OHL). Giant center with skill.
  • No. 114 LD Adam Ginning, Linkoping (SHL). Big D, good speed, shutdown type.
  • No. 115 RD Ondrej Buchtela, Pirati Chomutov (Cze U20). Puck mover, good speed.
  • No. 116 RD Ty Emberson, U.S.N.D.P (USHL). Intelligent two-way player.
  • No. 117 G Olof Lindbom, Djurgardens (SuperElite). Good size, rebound control, strong U18’s.
  • No. 118 R Kirill Nizhnikov, Sudbury Wolves (OHL). Volume shooter, could spike.
  • No. 119 RC Oscar Back, Farjestad (SHL). Strong start to U18 has him on the radar.
  • No. 120 L Michal Kvasnica, Ocelari Trinec (Czech). Smart two-way winger.


  • First Round—No. 10 overall—RD Evan Bouchard, London Knights (OHL).
  • 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


  • Red Line Report:  Has the ability to skate away from pressure, then find the open man in stride. Second to none in passing ability, including terrific stretch passes up the middle to break the trap.
  • Corey Pronman, The AthleticHe has great vision and a lot of poise in the offensive zone to wait out options, with one scout referring to him as a general in how he sees things develop.
  • Scott Wheeler, The AthleticI think you’re looking at a player who has all-situations potential. I can’t say that about many defenders in this draft.
  • HockeyProspect.com: Although a transitional defenseman with good overall speed, his skating stride is awkward but he still generates power and manages to shift-gears quickly, allowing him to cut-wide on defenders and create additional offensive-chances.
  • International Scouting Services: He is a smooth skating, mobile defender that has an effortless skating stride. He has excellent vision.
  • Recrutes.ca: Since the NHL lowered the draft age to 18 in the early 1980’s, no 6-2 or taller CHL de-f enceman drafted in the first round hass cored 80+ points. That is about to change.
  • Mckeens: The most frequent shooter among all OHL defensemen – with 27 more shots taken than the runner-up – he is dangerous with both his slapshot and wrister, with the former most often employed from the blueline and the latter used when he steps up further into the attack.


  • Since arriving as general manager, Peter Chiarelli has drafted 23 players, 11 of them (48 percent) blue. I think the organization has reached the point where we can reasonably claim the position as being well stocked. If the organization can develop Bouchard, Bear, Jones and maybe Lagesson or Berglund, you might see them trade from strength in the coming years.
  • That means we should see a plethora of forwards drafted today. My list has some nice options on the board.
  • I spoke to Cam Hillis on the Lowdown this week, he told me the interview with the Oilers was very good. He’s a player to watch, he was outstanding as a pure OHL rookie this season.
  • My best available for today includes a lot of playmakers and two-way types, typical for the second round. One shooter I do like is Sampo Ranta, his shot is exceptional. I have him No. 72, but he may go higher.
  • The USHL had three picks in the first round, the WHL two selections. I think the USHL runs over the dub today.
  • With Bode Wilde, Calen Addison and Jett Woo still available, I wonder if the Oilers will be tempted to draft two blue in a row. It’s a rare item for the organization.
  • Based on PC verbal, sounds like Edmonton might draft a goalie later on today.
  • Who would I take at No. 40? Jacob Olofsson.
  • I have had a few people asking if I expect a trade today. I expect one, but maybe not today. I have a feeling Ilya Kovalchuk is holding something up.

It’s my goal to have individual posts for each selection today, that may not be possible but I promise to try.


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Sent a few texts out to NHL scouts asking their biggest surprises of the night: 2 said Jay O'Brien to Flyers, one said Hayton at No. 5, another said Zadina falling to sixth. Another said Ryan McLeod dropping out of the first round. Not surprised to get so many different answers.— Chris Peters (@chrismpeters) June 23, 2018

Richard S.S.


I agree completely.

Play him a lot in his nine games, figure out what you have.
Option 1: He makes the Team, because he plays well enough, or is close enough.
Option 2: He doesn’t make the Team, because he needs to work on stuff.
I believe he could stay.


The odds of Evan Bouchard playing in the NHL this year are very high. In fact, I would suggest at a minimum a 9 game look. He is 19 in October. The amount of 19 year old defensemen that have made the league and contributed in the past 10 years will surprise you. Given his size, skating ability, years of junior experience, vision and shot, he will probably make the team. Off course, if he is not ready, they will slow play him ala Nurse.

Check out the stat lines for Provorov, Werenski, Sergachev, Jones, Rielly, Lindholm, Trouba, Larsson, Hamilton, Fowler, Faulk, Hedman, Ekman-Larsson, Leddy, Doughty, Karlsson..

A heady list of players, I know. They are all 19 year olds that showed well as rookies in the NHL, and Bouchard’s junior stats, experience and size compare favorably.

Professor Q

Washington is big on the legacy picks today: Kody Clark and Riley Sutter.

Kody Clark is a good player. Saw him play against London, alongside Oliver True, Austen Keating, and Noel Hoefenmayer (Ottawa seems to have a “Legacy” thing too).

Barrie also has this, with Svechnikov, Suzuki, et al.


Hoping for 2 of Pavel Gogolev, Tristen Nielsen or Liam Kirk with remaining picks.

Preferred order:
Nielsen, Gogolev, Kirk


Washington is big on the legacy picks today: Kody Clark and Riley Sutter.

Crazy Pedestrian

Dallas takes Mascherin


Bos8: Just in passing and in the minority. Chia has done a hell of a job in this time frame.

Props to him for drafting a defenceman.

Jethro Tull

Loving all the flames picks so far.


It’s sure goes rapid fire watching this on sportsnet compared to yesterday.

They do 6 rounds today in essentially the time it took to do round 1 last night.


Goalie Oliver Rodrigue.


Oilers move up to 62 with the 71st and the 120somethign…. who are we taking?


How did Chia not get multiple picks like these other teams if we were sellers?

Detroit, Montreal and NYR are cleaning up!Filling the pipeline in one draft….

I am happy with Cooper Marody over a 2nd round pick.


Richard S.S.:
Bouchard being 19 has played three full years of junior, AHL next year?

Not eligible – too young.

We are lucky that he’s a bit older and eligible in his draft plus 2 year.

Many CHL drafted prospects aren’t eligible for the AHL until their draft plus 3 year.

Andy Dufresne




Actually a late birthday


We should have drafted Jet Woo and Axel Anderson – would have had 2 members of our rock band.

Tesla's Hair


Thanks for this great, abundantly civil forum you provided us last night Lt, I hope you can drop by today (likewise myself) but if not, enjoy the rest of the draft!


I think that most of us in here last night were all a bit freaked out when Whalstrom, Bouchard and Dobson were still available to us at 10. It was hard to process in real time….it was like SHIT! (good shit in this case….the kind where those monkeys shit out coffee beans)…..and we all had to decide in a heartbeat Forward or Defensman?!?!?
But in the end one thing was unanomous…….The Oilers did Good. I really appreciated the posters yesterday…..made it pleasure to be an Oilers fan…..if even for one day. Thanks to everyone who participated. Jaxon and others did Yoemans service.



PS. Wonder what the draft board was like on Arizona and Montreal forums after they picked? Maybe not so civil? More like civil war?

Gerta Rauss

There goes Addison to PIT




That’s like driving from Saskatoon to Regina. That’s close in my neck of the woods!


First pick I don’t like from the Flyers so far.


It’s sure goes rapid fire watching this on sportsnet compared to yesterday.

Professor Q

Richard S.S.:
Bouchard being 19 has played three full years of junior, AHL next year?

He’s 18, actually (until October 20th). So 2 more years for AHL eligibility.


Islanders are winning this draft though. Get 4 top 43 picks and pick everyone who falls to you. Elegant and smart.


Best 2nd round pick by Oilers in a long time. Take an OHL player with speed and good production (and a young birthday). Great pick.

Woodguy v2.0

New thread up


Andy Dufresne,

Andy Dufresne: Hope Lucic likes golf…..Hilton Head….Carolina……..Can play wtih Messier….

I live in South Carolina and your point is taken but Raleigh is central NC and Hilton Head is almost in Georgia. Might as well compare Philly to Long Island.




Oilers need to somehow find a Milan Lucic type with their next pick.



Andy Dufresne

It wasn’t until his draft year that McLeod really showed what he was all about, however, scoring 26 goals and 70 points in 68 games. He’s an intriguing prospect due to his combination of size, speed and high hockey IQ.

While McLeod has a decent finishing touch, his playmaking is what sets him apart from other players in this draft class. He has a very good shot and knows how to use it but when push comes to shove, McLeod’s ability to find an open player and feed them the puck is something he excels at. Part of that playmaking ability is what makes him such a good center prospect.

While NHL teams love versatility, they’d also love for McLeod to develop into a consistent center at the NHL level. Fortunately, he’s proven that he can be a very good center when given the opportunity. He’s also proven he can be a fixture on the power play and on the penalty kill.


Younger Oil:
Happy with the picks so far, only thing I’m concerned about is they are both on the older side.

If McCleod was born 2 weeks earlier, he would have been draft eligible last year.


I think Trent Yawney woke this morning as the happiest cat in Canada. He has a full warchest to sink his teeth into on the backend.

Further, if we do pick a Wilde or Addison here in a sec we will have done a complete 180 as far as the leagues elusive RD currency. We were the annoying team crying at the moon for RD and noe the league will be at our door asking for the same. Wew. 😀


Just in passing and in the minority.Chia has done a hell of a job in this time frame.The D he got had one defenseman.Now they are ten deep,counting the two Swedes and Jones/Bear.There are four forwards waiting in the wings – Marody, Benson, Maksimov and Safin.All this and saddled with the Wine Board and a coach that went on an ego trip.

NB. I have no idea what the Russel signing was about.

The year before no one wanted him, the next year he gets four years and NMC.Suspect Chia was over ruled.

I agree. The job Chia has done, for the most part, belongs in Hell.

Younger Oil

Happy with the picks so far, only thing I’m concerned about is they are both on the older side.


NYI with Dobson, Wahlstrom, Wilde.



Akil is better, but I like what I’ve read about McLeods speed and most rankings had him in the first.


I was happy for the Bouchard pick, even though Dobson was “my guy” earlier in the year. I thought Dobson would go 3 or 3 spots higher than Bouchard due to recency bias (Mem Cup) and his superior skating.

I had watched video and tried to figure out each player and Dobson stood out with his good stick and his quickness on loose pucks in the.D-zone. Bouchard stood out with his passing and his ability to get.the puck on the net.

I watched a lot of video last night and after thinking he was NHL-ready or close to it, but now I am now very concerned with his D zone coverage. He kind of reminds me of Schultz in his own zone. Let’s hope Yawney helps him here. But I don’t think he will see any time in the NHL this year, unless he really clues in.



Like Thomas more than McLeod, better scoring while younger in the same league


Woodguy v2.0:
TSN’s tracker is updated much faster than Sportsnet:



doing a good job also

Todd Macallan

I thought they may go Akil Thomas from watching Maksimov in Niagara. Am beyond excited at McLeod. What a draft for so far for the good guys!

Woodguy v2.0

Good pick.

I like McLeod

Crazy Pedestrian

Damn… oilers could have picked Wahlstrom and Addison after all…
Oh well McLeod is good pick



Andy Dufresne

Ryan McLeod

Skill Size Speed pt a gm guy

LT had him at 25


How did Chia not get multiple picks like these other teams if we were sellers?

Detroit, Montreal and NYR are cleaning up! Filling the pipeline in one draft….

Woodguy v2.0

TSN’s tracker is updated much faster than Sportsnet:


Andy Dufresne

Woodguy v2.0:
Stephen Whyno

@SWhyno7s7 seconds ago

#LAKings agree to terms on 3-year deal with Ilya Kovalchuk.

There goes the Lucic to LAK dream.

Hope Lucic likes golf…..Hilton Head….Carolina……..Can play wtih Messier….


Akil thomas, one more pick??


To me Bouchards closest comparison in terms of style is Ryan Ellis. Obviously both had huge OHL numbers and got drafted similar positions, both are similar skaters and are strong on their skates. Very good passers and very good shots from the point. They rely on their smarts and outlet passing as opposed to lugging the puck. Bouchard is bigger so I would imagine he is more NHL ready at the same age. Plus he looks like he will be able to grow a beard like Ellis to