I always wonder how many draft lists change after the McKenzie final arrives. Can you imagine being a scout in an obscure area, maybe no one else scouts your region, and some guy shows up on McKenzie’s list? “DAMMIT MCFLY, I see this Donovan kid from Duluth High School is on McKenzie’s list, and I’m holding a scouting report you filed that says “no hockey players in Minnesota this year! Can you pull two sentences about this kid out of your ass, or do I have to fire you on the spot?????”
At the other end, at the top of the list, is the ranking ahead of your team’s pick. Yesterday, the McKenzie dropped a rain cloud for the Oilers. The first seven names on the final list may well be the seven best names in the draft this year. It sets up a fascinating week.
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- New Lowetide: The Oilers’ conundrum in taking Philip Broberg with the No. 8 overall pick
- New Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Ranking the Oilers’ trade assets from the high-priced diamonds to those needing fresh starts
- Lowetide: Ken Holland’s work week: Fixing the third and fourth lines while saving money and overhauling the penalty kill
- Jonathan Willis: How are the Oilers affected by early offseason trades and buyouts to Dion Phaneuf, Andrew MacDonald?
- Lowetide: Falling talent and other fun facts that could benefit the Oilers in the NHL Draft
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Evaluating the pros and cons of potential Oilers buyout candidates
- Lowetide: Oilers GM Ken Holland is shopping for 20-goal scorers on a budget. What will he find?
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Jay Woodcroft returning to coach AHL Condors and be reunited with Ken Holland
- Lowetide: Looking at the Oilers’ options for the No. 8 pick at the 2019 NHL Draft.
- Jonathan Willis: How many of Sam Gagner, Zack Kassian and Jujhar Khaira can play top-nine minutes for the Oilers?
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Q&A with Ken Holland: On the draft, buyouts, free agency and how to have a successful offseason
- Lowetide: Trading for Loui Eriksson: What makes sense for the Oilers?
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: The top five players the Oilers could lose in the expansion draft
- Jonathan Willis: What a trade involving Edmonton’s No. 8 pick might look like given Ken Holland’s history
- Lowetide: Hard Target Search: Finding the Oilers a centre who can penalty kill, help shape a useful third line, and serve in a mentor role
MCKENZIE’S LIST (LOWETIDE COMP)
McKenzie’s list is here. His top 10 and mine are basically the same, with Russian Podkolzin making his list and OHL sniper Arthur Kaliyev making mine. Past selection No. 11, it goes off the rails, as it often does. The players I faded didn’t bring a lot of offense, or were two-way tweeners I wasn’t sure of as scorers. Plus the goalie Knight.
FINAL MOCK DRAFT
This is one of the mocks that will appear on the Friday “Here Comes the Sun” post. I’m using McKenzie’s list against mine and choosing the best available with no other requirement. BPA.
No. 8 overall—LW Arthur Kaliyev, Hamilton Bulldgos (OHL). Red Line says he’s a ‘complete package of size, skill and skating ability’ and he starts shooting during the anthem.
No. 38 overall—LW Nick Robertson, Peterborough Petes (OHL). Small skill forward (5.09, 160) with plus speed. Scored 27 goals in 54 games. Quick release, unafraid to go to high traffic areas.
No. 85 overall—R Maxim Cajkovic, Saint John (QMJHL). Fantastic skater has impressive potential, played for a poor team that limited opportunity. His offensive output is miles behind his potential ala Peyton Krebs.
No. 100 overall— LC Blake Murray, Sudbury (OHL). Big center with plus speed and a scoring touch. A July 2001.
Two Oilers are now on the list, Milan Lucic at No. 26, and newcomer Jesse Puljujarvi at No. 23. Based on the early movement of defensemen, I wonder if we see an Oilers defender on this list soon. I wrote about Philip Broberg and the possible impact he could have on things for The Athletic this morning, suspect we’re going to see something that involves an Oilers defenseman or prospect blue in the coming days.
I think a LHD is heading out. Might be Russell, could be a prospect, maybe something more. The tea leaves seem to he surrounding a lefty blue for a scoring winger deal. Nik Ehlers is No. 5 on the Seravalli list.