We’re close to the final top 100 “Here Comes the Sun” list that will end our draft coverage in early June. From here, spikes from European tournaments, injury news and other facts revealed will be the only changes. My list doesn’t wait for the Bob McKenzie consensus and doesn’t resemble other scouting services or rankings. Here’s the 93 best in the draft.
The Athletic Edmonton features a fabulous cluster of stories (some linked below, some on the site). Great perspective from a ridiculous group of writers and analysts. Proud to be part of the group. INSANE NEW OFFER IS HERE!
- New Lowetide: Colby Cave and Joe Gambardella build late-season resumes with Edmonton.
- Lowetide: The Oilers made a rare move and shopped the QMJHL at the 2018 draft. It could happen again.
- Eric Duhatschek: Sorting through the organizational problems in Ottawa and Edmonton.
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: After a year of despair, Oilers prospect Cameron Hebig grateful for latest chapter with the Condors
- Jonathan Willis: Bob Nicholson’s misguided Tobias Rieder comments reveal deeper problems within Oilers management
- Jonathan Willis: Ken Hitchcock knows why Edmonton has trouble exiting its zone, but lacks the players to fix it.
- Lowetide: Trimming cap fat and adding speed and skill will shape Oilers’ offseason.
- Jonathan Willis: Former Canucks architects Mike Gillis and Laurence Gilman should be considered for any vacant NHL GM job
- Jonathan Willis: The Oilers need to drastically revamp their forward group.
- Lowetide: Identifying the risk and the right price if the Oilers were to trade Adam Larsson (to Toronto?)
- Lowetide: Oilers’ prospect Tyler Benson’s rookie AHL season a revelation.
- Lowetide: The Edmonton Oilers draft early, the WHL is loaded and there’s a lot of history.
- Jonathan Willis: Analyzing how much the Oilers should be willing to spend on pending free agent Alex Chiasson.
- Jonathan Willis: Keith Gretzky is a legitimate Oilers GM candidate, but would be a hard sell in Edmonton
- Lowetide: How the Oilers can build a contender during Connor McDavid’s prime.
- Jonathan Willis: The Oilers aren’t good, but this group has more potential than teams from the decade of darkness
- Lowetide: Bob Nicholson’s search continues for the Oilers new tomorrow, but at a leisurely pace.
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: How Leon Draisaitl has found ‘another level’ by matching offensive wizardry with sound positioning.
- Lowetide: The Edmonton Oilers and the OHL.
HERE COMES THE SUN
- No. 9 overall— L Peyton Krebs, Kootenay Ice (WHL). Krebs offense (64, 19-49-68) led his team by 16 points. He was quality at the Hlinka, is aggressive and plays with an edge. More passer than shooter.
- No. 40 overall—LC Blake Murray, Sudbury (OHL). Power forward with good speed and hands, Murray has a good shot and what is described as deceptive speed. Not much buzz but he’s a solid prospect.
- No. 88 overall—L Brayden Tracey, Moose Jaw (WHL). Played very little previous to this season in the WHL, spiked this season.
- No. 102 overall —R Sasha Mutala, Tri-City Americans (WHL). Heavy shot, excellent skater, 20 goals, May 2001.
- No. 164 overall— LD Justin Bergeron, Rouyn-Noranda (QMJHL) . He isn’t getting mentioned at all, but Bergeron has good speed, creativity and is a good defender.
- No. 195 overall—LC Linus Nassen, Frolunda (SHL). Solid two-way player who plays a strong checking style.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
At 10 this morning, TSN1260. I’ll also be on the roundtable at 9 with Matt Iwanyk. Scheduled to appear:
- Andrew Peard, Oil Kings PBP. We’ll chat about a split with Medicine Hat and what looks like a long series.
- Michael Hurley, CBS Boston. Gronk retires after 20 years in the NFL. Well, it was only nine but the man had an incredible impact.
- Jason Gregor, TSN1260. The Oilers and the future.
10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. Talk soon!