We’re approaching the 2020 draft at lightning speed, and the Edmonton Oilers remain a team badly in need of at least one additional selection. Ken Holland has left himself only five picks in seven rounds, just two inside the top 100. That’s one of many questions about this year’s Oilers draft.
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How will Holland find a way to add another pick? He could (as he mentioned to Daniel Nugent-Bowman recently) trade No. 14 overall for two picks: One later in the first round and an additional pick somewhere 41-100 overall. I don’t know if that happens but that’s an easy answer to your question.
What about dealing Jesse Puljujarvi for a pick? Holland has stated in the past a desire to find a young player who can contribute right away and I think that makes sense. Grabbing the No. 35 overall pick could mean several years of watching JP thrive elsewhere while the draft picks dies on the vine. Optics are part of this, make no mistake.
Favourite player in the draft at No. 14 overall? I’ll assume that all of Lafreniere, Byfield, Stutzle, Perfetti, Rossi, Sanderson, Holtz, Raymond, Amriov, Drysdale, Lundell, Askarov and Jarvis are off the board. If that’s the case, I’d probably go with one of Jack Quinn, Dawson Mercer, Mavrik Bourque or Connor Zary.
Pick one, dammit! Dawson Mercer. Range of skills, already a strong two-way player, shoots right. His offensive ability combined with a 200-foot game makes him a splendid fit in Edmonton.
Will the Oilers pick him at No. 14? They might but the names we’re hearing are the athlete types like Dylan Holloway and Kaiden Guhle. That’s a tell for the entire draft.
And you hate that? No, I like both players, have Guhle at No. 20 and Holloway at No. 25. I think both will go before my ranking. I like other players more at No. 14, which makes sense as my list is about the math of the draft.
You and your damned equivancies! Not my NHLE’s, but rather Gabriel Desjardins. Vollman updated and tweaked, Manny Elk has had a lash at it and I’m sure others have models. I just believe there’s a spot where a player ceases to be an ‘offensive forward’ and becomes just like everyone else in the NHL. Nothing bad about it, but you’re trying to draft Jordan Eberle at No. 14 this October, not Paul Bunyan.
Is there a scouting report on the Oilers scouts? I think you can predict with some degree of confidence who Edmonton will choose, yes. The names that have been floated (Holloway, Guhle) are shy offensively compared to other names that will be available. It’s a tell because if the other 30 teams know the Oilers won’t draft (say) Seth Jarvis, then the pick at No. 15 becomes extremely valuable in trade.
Give me some names that will fit your scenario. Aside from Holloway and Guhle, I’ll mention Will Cuyle, Dylan Peterson. Several of those names showed well at the Hlinka and posted good seasons. Suspect Edmonton likes all of them.
Has Holland drafted big forwards a lot? Have they failed often? Well Tyler Wright is the director of amateur scouting, so we should be looking at his track record. Players who were big forwards who could score and had elements of a power forward’s game on their draft days include Kerby Rychel, Josh Anderson, Givani Smith, Evgeny Svechnikov, Michael Rasmussen. I’d rather have my math picks.
Favourite player in the draft full stop. Byfield. The next great skill player in a gigantic body and he looks like all that and a little more.
Best player not on your list. Probably Egor Sokolov, he’s an overage forward with size, skill and reasonable speed. If I do a revised list, he’ll be on it for sure.
Who do you think the Oilers will take? Could be any number of players. I do think Askarov will be considered, and I also think they would that a shot at a defenseman if Drysdale, Sanderson or Guhle is there. I expect it’ll be a forward, but am concerned the Oilers are going to leave a quality offensive forward like Jarvis on the board. I mean, look at the Lightning for crying out loud. Skill skill skill!
Name 10 players you hope the Oilers take at the draft. Seth Jarvis, Jack Quinn, Dawson Mercer, Mavrik Bourque or Connor Zary in the first round. After that, Vasili Ponomaryov, Veeti Miettinen, Pavel Novak, Tristan Robins, Alexander Pashin, Yevgeni Oksentyuk, Anton Johannesson.
What is the best part of the draft?For me, the best part of hockey is watching these kids grow from where they are on draft day to full bloom. The emergence of Bear, Yamamoto and Jones last year is the result of a lot of great work on several levels. Those are important steps to becoming an NHL team.
Was this a difficult season to mark? It was pretty easy for me, but my rankings don’t fit with the other lists. I think the top 8 in this draft are on an island, picks starting No. 9 could be from the moon.
Will Holland trade the first-round pick? His story as general manager has been about the long game, so my guess is he keeps most or all of his picks.
If the Oilers pick Holloway No. 14, will you write a scathing article? I won’t because Holloway is rated in that range. I do believe there are 14 players who are better bets.