So, Scott Cullen is smart fellow I met along the way, and he’s delivered a lot of knowledge to the collective. One of his contributions is “NHL draft pick values” and it provides us with reasonable expectations of the coming draft. Edmonton picks No. 8 overall, what does history tell us to expect? Mike Comrie.
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 OFFER IS HERE!
- New Lowetide: What kind of coach should Ken Holland hire for the Oilers?
- New Jonathan Willis: Every Oilers AHL prospect, rated by how close they are to the NHL
- New Jonathan Willis: A resurgent Andrej Sekera gives the Oilers much-needed defensive options
- New Lowetide: Is Joe Gambardella destined to become the Oilers’ next Fernando Pisani?
- New Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Protector, supporter, confidant: Connor McDavid’s mom, Kelly, is his off-ice rock through good times and bad
- New Jonathan Willis: Oilers goalie prospect Stuart Skinner stars as the Condors stay alive in the AHL playoffs.
- Lowetide: How the U18’s increased the draft pool and gifted the Edmonton Oilers with multiple options at the 2019 draft
- Lowetide: An offseason plan for Ken Holland to remodel the Oilers roster.
- Jonathan Willis: Which Condors made a good first impression on Oilers GM Ken Holland?
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Ken Holland steadfast that buck stops with him as new Oilers GM.
- Eric Duhatschek: Why any talk of Ken Holland being yesterday’s man should be put to rest.
- Lowetide: How will Ken Holland proceed in Year 1 as Oilers general manager?
- Jonathan Willis: What does the arrival of Ken Holland mean for the Oilers coaching search?
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Prioritizing the roster issues that await Ken Holland in Edmonton.
- Lowetide: Ken Holland’s Bakersfield production line: Elevating Jones and how long will success take?
- Lowetide: Ken Holland’s procurement list for his rumored move to Edmonton will include front-office personnel
- Jonathan Willis: A Milan Lucic trade is at the top of the to-do list for the Oilers’ next GM.
- Lowetide: Dylan Cozens might be ideal fit for Oilers at No. 8 overall in the 2019 draft
- New Lowetide: Is this the season the Oilers take the plunge and draft a USHL player in the first round?
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Ten prospects likely to be available when the Oilers make their first-round pick
CULLEN’S DRAFT PICK VALUE
10 – Generational
9 – Elite Player
8 – First Line, Top Pair D
7 – Top Six Forward, Top Four D
6 – Top Nine Forward, Top Six D
5 – NHL Regular, 350+ NHL games
4 – Fringe NHLer, 200+ NHL games
3 – Very Good Minor Leaguer, 50-200 NHL games
2 – Minor Leaguer, under 50 NHL games
1 – 10 or fewer NHL games
Scott Cullen’s draft values from 2018 are here, and allow us to establish what reasonable looks like. This year’s top 10 is good, so the Oilers may well get a better prospect. This study of Cullen’s looks back, and the information provided is valuable.
First Round—No. 8 overall—(NHL regular) Mike Comrie
Second Round—No. 38 overall—(Very good minor leaguer, 50-200 NHL games) Jujhar Khaira
Third Round—No. 85 overall—(Minor leaguer, under 50 games) Teemu Hartikainen
Fourth Round—No. 100 overall—(Minor leaguer, under 50 games) Selmar Odelein
Sixth Round—No. 162 overall—(Minor leaguer, under 50 games) Dwight Helminen
Seventh Round—No. 193 overall—(Minor leaguer, under 50 games) Alex Plante
2019 TOUCH LIST
I’m going to post five names per league every day this week, today is the WHL. The following players are outside the Central Scouting Top 150 NA list, the top 10 NA goalie list, the top 75 Euro list and the top 10 Euro goalie list. They may not be drafted but there’s something about them worth mentioning.
LC Logan Barlage scored 68, 15-24-39 in 2018-19. He is a big player already (6.04, 201, he’s a January 2001) and his strength is key to his winning battles. Excellent passer, awkward skater, skill is his main calling card.
L Dillon Hamaliuk. He posted promising numbers (31, 11-15-26) before losing his season to injury. Strong, great forechecker and he has skill. Plays a physical style. I have him inside my top 100.
R Martin Lang. He scored 65, 11-23-34 this year, and 5, 3-1-4 at the U18’s. I have him inside my top 100 for the season, he has a plus shot and might be a steal in the fourth round. Lang is the youngest player in this year’s draft.
G Dustin Wolf. He is small for the modern goalie (6.00) but my goodness can he stop pucks. In his last two seasons his SP’s are .928 (21 games) and .936 (61 games). He is quality.
G Roddy Ross. Another goalie, he has played just one WHL season despite being a 2000. His SP (.919) is quality, and he moved up from the AJHL (.920 with Camrose Kodiaks) to get it done. He’s a pencil (6.04, 174).
I have 16 WHL kids in my top 100, 16 from the OHL. The big difference? Four dub kids in the top 10, one from the OHL.
A lot of people are trumpeting this hiring and there’s no doubt RK has a giant brain. Betting on those types, people smarter than you, is a good idea. The most difficult possibility you face in hiring smart people is losing them when they step into another role you can’t offer.
One thing I don’t agree with: Strong opinions on Ralph’s record, one way or another. We didn’t see enough of him to draw a conclusion. In my opinion.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
A fun morning at TSN1260, beginning at 10. Scheduled to appear: Bruce McCurdy, who will chat about Holland’s way forward, what the new coach should have as strengths, and the defense (specifically Kris Russell). Jon Campbell from OddsShark will chat Preakness, Bruins and Warriors. Finally, Micah Adams from NBA.com will preview Raptors/Bucks. 10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. See you on the radio!