I always stare at the final draft list when it gets completed over at hockeydb. I’ve been staring at this one for four years and have run the gamut of emotions: Denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance. It’s that last one that appears to be the sticking point.
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No. 14 overall RW Jacob Perreault, Sarnia Sting (OHL). I chose him because he has so many good arrows. Perreault is an April 2002, shoots right, is a volume shooter (207 shots) and a productive player (39 goals). He plays in the world’s great junior league and has an outstanding release. He’s a fine skater but described as inconsistent and has the usual teenage deficiency with defensive play.
No. 76 overall: LHD Yan Kuznetsov, Connecticut (Hockey East). I wasn’t convinced of him early but he posted good results in a man’s league as a teenager (March 2002). Good speed, big man (6.04, 209) with a massive wingspan.
No. 135 overall: LC Eliot Ekmark, Linkoping (SuperElite). Terrific skater and a skill pivot who is undersized (5.09, 162) but not shy. Plays a ton, good at gaining zone entry. He has a lot of tools.
No. 169 overall: RHD Landon Koisor, Prince Albert Raiders (WHL). Good skating defenseman who is a little undersized (5.11, 190). He is an excellent puck transporter, and a perfect fit for the modern NHL that requires both standing up at the blueline and beating the winger to the defensive end for puck retrieval.
No. 200 overall: LW Eric Juhlin, Vasteras (SuperElite). A great skater and stickhandler, smart player with a physical edge despite average size (6.0, 176).
I believe the Oilers will find another pick, likely somewhere between 35 and 90, and add another scoring prospect. Edmonton does have a quality scorer on the horizon (Raphael Lavoie) but Kirill Maksimov, Matej Blumel and Maxim Denezhkin are the other notables on a small list of players who at least have a chance of scoring buckets of goals in pro hockey. An aggressive draft with five pure shooters is recommended, but the three forwards out of five picks reflected above is probably a reasonable prediction for Holland’s Oilers.
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