Here Comes the Sun 2021 (draft edition)

by Lowetide

Back at the first universal draft (1969) things got a little wild. Scouting director Del Wilson of the Montreal Canadiens was laying down the righteous truth.

Wilson: “We got 10 of our top 33. We were hoping to fluke out and get maybe 4. (Bobby) Clarke would have been Los Angeles’ best player. He could be Philadelphia’s leading scorer this year. Philadelphia was lucky to get him. They don’t deserve it.”

Wilson was mad. His Montreal Canadiens had used the first two picks of the draft on Rejean Houle and Marc Tardif, meaning Montreal picked 1, 2, and then nothing until 32. Philadelphia chose Clarke No. 17 overall, in the second round. Wilson, the GM of the Regina Pats, would have seen Clarke (Flin Flon Bombers) a bunch and knew damn well what Clarke was and there wasn’t one damned thing he could do about it.

That’s kind of what the draft is all about: Waiting for the chance to draft your guy, only to watch another team grab him. I think that’s what the draft is for most scouts and scouting directors. A little bit of them dies with each name off the board from their region. Pain comes in many forms, this version both obscure and exquisite. Welcome to draft weekend.

THE ATHLETIC!

I’m proud to be writing for The Athletic, and pleased to be part of a great team with Daniel Nugent-Bowman and Jonathan Willis. Here’s the latest!

THE FINAL 124

This was an unusual year for everyone and I’m glad it’s over. What I would like to see is something resembling normal for next year, but that’s a universal wish as opposed to a demand. I published June 1, which is usually three weeks before the draft, but this time seven weeks have passed and some of my list should be tweaked.

As I’m a stubborn kind of fellow, that won’t happen. Here it is:

  1. LW William Eklund, Djurgardens. Exceptional offensive talent already in SHL.
  2. RW Dylan Guenther, Edmonton Oil Kings. Great skater, has pure goal-scoring ability.
  3. RD Brandt Clarke Barrie Colts. Puck-moving D smart player with good size.
  4. LW Matthew Beniers, Michigan Wolverines. Two-way center with impressive skill.
  5. LD Owen Power, Michigan Wolverines. Great skater, terrific two-way ability, great passer.
  6. LD Luke Hughes, USNDTP Terrific skater with complete range of skills.
  7. RW Nikita Chibrikov, St. Petersburg Small skill winger. Massive U18’s in Texas.
  8. LC Mason McTavish Peterborough Petes. He’s a pure goal scorer, PF’s tools.
  9. LW Kent Johnson, Michigan Wolverines High skill level, impressive numbers.
  10. LC Zachary Bolduc, Rimouski Oceanic. A fairly complete talent.
  11. LD Simon Edvinsson, Vasteras IK Huge (6.05, 207) two-way blue with great mobility.
  12. LW Zachary L’Heureux, Halifax Mooseheads Plays like PF, is a streaky scorer, filthy.
  13. LC Francesco Pinelli, Kitchener Rangers  Smart, skill C who passes well, plus speed.
  14. RC Xavier Bourgault, Shawinigan Cataractes There’s just too much offense to ignore.
  15. RW Chaz Lucius, USNDTP Great shot, high skill, good speed. He could be a steal.
  16. RC Logan Stankoven, Kamloops Blazers 5.07, 165. Demon on the forecheck, plus skills.
  17. RW Fabian Lysell, Lulea. Breathtaking skill winger, great release.
  18. G Sebastian Cossa, Edmonton Oil Kings. Giant had a .941 save percentage this season.
  19. G Jesper Wallstedt, Lulea. 6.03, 214, 22 games and a .908 SP in the SHL.
  20. LW Matt Coronato, Chicago Steel Pure scorer, great release, headed to Harvard.
  21. RW Olivier Nadeau, Shawinigan Cataractes More bull than beauty, he is effective.
  22. LD Daniil Chayka, CSKA Moscow Two-way defender, plays in all game states.
  23. LW Brennan Othmann, Flint Firebirds Best first-shot scorer in the OHL.
  24. LW Eric Alarie, Moose Jaw Warriors 6.01, 196. Big PF with plus skill.
  25. LW Fedor Svechkov, Ladia Togliatti. Smart two-way winger who can push the river.
  26. LC Aatu Raty, Karpat Talented center who struggled in the Liiga
  27. LD Carson Lambos, Winnipeg Ice A big man already (6.01, 200) he is a fine skater.
  28. RC Ryder Korczak, Moose Jaw Warriors A top play-making center in the WHL.
  29. LW Oskar Olausson, HV 71Skill winger, great hands and 6.02, 181.
  30. RD Corson Ceulmans, Brooks Bandits. Tremendous offensive defenseman.
  31. LW Ayrton Martino, Omaha Lancers Small speedy winger, September 2002.
  32. LW Conner Roulette, Seattle Thunderbirds He has good hands/speed.
  33. RW Chase Stillman, Sudbury Wolves At 5.11, 170 he has plus speed.
  34. RW Isak Rosen, Leksands. Speedy playmaker, March 2013. Sixth sense offensively.
  35. LD Olen Zellweger, Everett Silvertips He is undersized (5.09, 165) but very skilled.
  36. LW Joshua Roy, Sherbrooke Phoenix. High-end skill, could go higher.
  37. RW Simon Robertsson, Skelleftea.  Bert’s boy, has a powerful shot. Feb. 2003.
  38. LC Cole Sillinger, Sioux Falls Stampede Dangerous shooter, fine passer.
  39. LD Evan Nause, Quebec Remparts Two-way defender is 6.02, 186 and spiking offensively
  40. LC Brett Harrison, Oshawa Generals A two-way center with good speed.
  41. RC Connor Lockhart, Erie Otters.  Probably the best skater among OHL eligibles.
  42. LW Sasha Pastujov, USNDTP Plus shot, offensive winger. Average speed.
  43. LW William Stromgren, MoDo  Big skill winger with good wheels.
  44. RC Riley Kidney, Acadie-Bathurst Titan. Another skill pivot, a good skater.
  45. LD Stanislav Svozil, Brno. Impressive with the puck, solid without it.
  46. LC Oliver Kapanen JYP Smart offensive player who drives offense.
  47. LC Wyatt Johnson, Windsor Spitfires Skill center showed second half improvement
  48. RC Justin Robidas, Val d’Or Foreurs. He’s Yvan Cournoyer small, bullet on skates.
  49. LW Alexander Kisakov, Moscow Dynamo  Just 5.10, 141, terrific skill.
  50. LD Sean Behrens, USNDTP. Undersized blue is very skilled and smart.
  51. LC Lorenzo Canonica, Shawinigan Cataractes. Another skill center, great skater.
  52. G Alekesi Kolosov, Minsk. KHL goalie, .911 SP and still a teenager.
  53. RW Samu Tuomaala, Karpat Good shooter, average speed, two-way resume.
  54. RW Prokhor Poltapov, Moscow.  Skilled winger plays NA style. 25 goals in 61 games.
  55. LD Ethan Dal Mastro, Mississauga Steelheads A big, strong shutdown blue.
  56. LC Sami Päivärinta, Lukko. Small two-way center, fine playmaker.
  57. RC Danila Klimovich, Minsk Zubry. Size, speed, shot, set the U18s on fire.
  58. LC Zach Dean, Gatineau Olympiques. He is going in the first round.
  59. LD Artyom GrushnikovMoscowBig shutdown blue, mobile, great passer.
  60. LW Zack Ostapchuk, Vancouver Giants. Speed and size, plus some skill.
  61. RD Aleksi Heimosalmi, Assat. Versatile two-way defender.
  62. G Benjamin Gaudreau, Sarnia Sting. Impressive U18 (.919 SP) has him here.
  63. LC Jakub Brabenec, Brno. Skilled center with size, quality at U18s.
  64. LW Jackson Blake, Chicago Steel. Elusive skill winger with big-league moves.
  65. LD Nolan Allan, Prince Albert Raiders. A big (6.02, 190) D with good speed.
  66. RC Daniil Tesanov, Yaroslavl. Big center with speed and range.
  67. LC Redmond Savage, USNDTP. Solid two-way center with speed.
  68. RW Mackie Samoskevich, Chicago (USHL) Speedy skill winger.
  69. LC Cole Huckins, Acadie-Bathurst Titan. He has size, can skate. Skilled.
  70. LW Matvei Petrov, Moscow. Big winger (6.02, 178) can score, great shot.
  71. RD Jacob Guévin, Muskegon Lumberjacks. Offensive defenseman, fine skater.
  72. LD Anton Olsson, Malmo. Big, sturdy shutdown defender. Mobile.
  73. LD Graham Sward, Spokane Chiefs. He’s 6.02, 169. Physical mobile shutdown blue.
  74. LD Janis Moser, EHC Biel-Bienne. Overager, fine skater and complete skill set.
  75. LW James Malatesta, Quebec Remparts. Speedy winger is small, plays a rugged style.
  76. LD Vladislav Lukashevich, Yaroslavl. Shutdown blue, he’s a good skater, good shot.
  77. LC Florian Elias, Mannheim. Small skill center, he’s a determined player.
  78. LW Sean Tschigerl, Calgary Hitmen. Two-way winger aggressive in all areas.
  79. LD Shai Buium, Sioux City Musketeers. Big defender plays smart two-way game.
  80. LW Viljami Marjala, Quebec Remparts. C-LW is highly skilled, creative playmaker.
  81. LW Nikita Buruyanov, St. Petersburg. Small winger, terrific speed and aggressive play.
  82. LD Aleksi Malinen, JyP. Fantastic skater, skilled, some chaos.
  83. LD Jack Peart, Fargo Force. Impressive young player, undersized with range of skills.
  84. G Brett Brochu, London Knights. Under radar goalie delivered a .919 SP as a rookie.
  85. LC Victor Stjernborg, Vaxjo. Two-way forward, aggressive forechecker, great passer.
  86. LD Vasily Machulin, Moscow Dynamo (MHL). Good size, dynamic skater.
  87. RD Jack Bar, Chicago Steel. Good size, plus shot, some skill.
  88. LW Jeremy Wilmer, USNDTP. August 2003, great passer, high skill.
  89. LW Ville Koivunen, Karpat. Smart winger with skill.
  90. RW Jake Chiasson, Brandon Wheat Kings. Good size, improved offensively.
  91. LC Samuel Helenius, JYP. Huge checking center already in the Liiga.
  92. LW Tristan Broz, Fargo Force. Nice range of skills, fine passer good skater.
  93. RC Ryan Winterton, Hamilton Bulldogs. Solid prospect, skilled and September 2003.
  94. LD Aidan Hreschuk, USNDTP. Solid two-way defender, effective in coverage.
  95. LW Owen Pederson, Winnipeg Ice. Big winger with goal-scoring ability.
  96. RW Zakhar Bardakov, Vityaz Podolsk. Big PF with some skill. He is 20.
  97. LC Theo Rochette, Quebec Remparts. Undersized two-way center, intriguing offense.
  98. LC Cameron Berg, Muskegon Lumberjacks. Good speed and skill.
  99. LC Juuso Mäenpää, Kalpa. Very small but highly skilled playmaker.
  100. RC Josh Pillar, Kamloops Blazers. Fast player, scored well and is draft re-entry.
  101. LC Vasily Atanasov, Mamonty Yugry. Great speed and he is skilled. Undersized.
  102. LD Dave Ma, USHL, Chicago Steel. Tremendous skater and very creative.
  103. RW Ilya Fedotov, Nizhny. Smart player with skill and utility.
  104. RW Oliver Suni, Lukko Rauma. Strong winger with range of skills.
  105. RD Brent Johnson, Sioux Falls Stampede. Undersized chaos blue with great speed.
  106. LW Ilya Nazarov, Yaroslavl. Big winger with skill, May 2003.
  107. RC Ethan Cardwell, Surahammars. Two-way center with skill, effective forechecker.
  108. RW Nikita Grebyonkin, Magnitogorsk. Skill and size plus some speed.
  109. LW Arvid Sundin, Brynas. Underzied burner has breathtaking shifts.
  110. LD Cameron Whynot, Halifax Mooseheads. Two-way blue, fine skater.
  111. LC Samu Salminen, Jokerit. 6.03 center with real talent, heavy boots.
  112. LD William Trudeau, Charlottetown Islanders. Puck mover with calm feet. Raw.
  113. RD Roman Schmidt, USNDTP. Huge shutdown blue with some offense.
  114. LC Liam Dower-Nilsson, Frolunda. Two-way center with some offensive spark.
  115. G Patrik Hamrla, HC Energie Karlovy Vary. Dominated Czech junior.
  116. LW Matthew Knies, Tri-City Storm. 6.02, 210 PF, might be a little shy on top-9 skill level.
  117. LD Kirill Kirsanov, St. Petersburg. Good skater, passer, physical. Bet the Oilers like him.
  118. RD Scott Morrow, Shattuck-St. Mary’s. Big D has complete skill set at high school level.
  119. LD Yaroslav Busygin, Chekov. Big blue who can hit, has some skill.
  120. G Carl Lindbom, Djurgarden. Top draw U18s has him here.
  121. RW Robert Orr, Halifax Moosheads. Two-way winger with a great shoot.
  122. RD Ryan Ufko, Chicago SteelMobile puck mover can run a power play. Undersized.
  123. RW Albert Sjöberg, Sodertalje. Great shot and work ethic.
  124. RW Simon Knak, Portland Winterhawks. Prolific junior scorer, January 2002.

THE LOWETIDE 2021 MOCK DRAFT

No. 19 overall: LC Zachary Bolduc, Rimouski Oceanic. I have him No. 10 overall, Bob McKenzie has him 19. Bolduc has a nice range of talent and the QMJHL seems to be producing these complete players annually now. A fine center, great passer and owner of a plus shot, Oilers fans should be thrilled if he falls to Edmonton. February 2003. NHLE 25.0

No. 116 overall: LW Eric Alarie, Moose Jaw Warriors 6.01, 196. Big PF with plus skill. I spent more time tracking down information on him than any other player this year, mostly because he isn’t listed by most scouting sources that I pay attention to each season. NHLE: 26.0

No. 180 overall: LC Sami Päivärinta. Undersized two-way center played a major role on his junior team and at the U18 championships. Maybe he’ll fall through the draft (he is a June 2003) but there is offense here. 7, 1-2-3 at the WJ’s.

No. 186: LD Vladislav Lukashevich, Yaroslavl. He plays in the MHL, Edmonton has drafted three men from the Yaroslavl program recently (Ilya Konovalov, Maxim Denezhkin, Maxim Berezkin) and this young man should be available later in the draft. He’s a stringbean (6.02, 159) and a May 2003, great skater and his skills include deft passing and wingspan. NHLE: 7.8

No. 212 overall: LD Janis Moser, EHC Biel-Bienne. Overager, fine skater and complete skill set. He had a strong World Hockey Championships and if he falls this far Edmonton would be wise to grab him. NHLE: 24.1

TRADING DOWN, OR OUT!

Ken Holland mentioned trading the pick during his avail yesterday, and said it won’t be for a rental. Although he is open for business, the turnaround time (he didn’t have anything cooking as of yesterday morning) is so small one suspects it might be next year’s first in play (and that has less value).

Trading down makes sense if Edmonton’s targets are gone (I have an article at The Athletic today on this subject) and the club can get two picks that land in good spots inside the top 75 overall. It’s such a weird draft I wonder if Holland trades for three seventh rounders. Players who are in the team’s top 60 could still be available, it’s such a wild draft.

THE SUMMER AHEAD

Based on Holland’s avail yesterday, I think it’s safe to say the organization is still reeling a little from the Larsson exit and the ramifications. There’s no one on the market who can fill that role, and coach Dave Tippett is going to play the hell out of Kris Russell, but we are here.

Edmonton needs a Steve Staios this summer and I can’t see him from here. There was a time when this organization could find good defensemen at midnight in a snowstorm with a flashlight and a four-inch strip of rebar. If the guy who identified Staios is reachable, ask him for the next Staios and get that guy.

As for people hammering Ken Holland, well that’s the job in Edmonton and we’ll see how the GM handles the rest of summer. I like the Nuge signing, believe Keith is better than many think (based on what I’ve read about his puck moving ability) but the Oilers overpaid to get him, and am less angry about Larsson leaving because you can’t hold people back from living their best lives.

So, there’s plenty of dollars for free agents and Holland is shopping in the right areas (Hyman is a fine player). Tonight, he could get a solid piece for the 2021-22 team, or a nice addition for the future. We wait.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

A busy show on the way to a busy day on TSN1260. At 10:20, Steve Lansky from Inside the Truck podcast will join us, we’ll chat about the Oilers, Adam Larsson and Zach Hyman. At 11, Matt Iwanyk will pop in to talk NHL draft, Elks and more. At 11:20, Scott Wheeler from The Athletic joins us to give final notes and set the stage for the 2021 draft. TSN1260 coverage of the draft will begin at five with Jason Gregor, and at six tonight I’ll be back on the radio with Tom Gazzola and Hernan Salas to cover the first round. 10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. See you on the radio!

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rickithebear

When I met D. Sutter at Cactus corner Truck stop corner of south HWay #36 & WWY 9, I shook his Hand Congratulated him on his cup wins & Trading for Nrayden Mcnabb replacing Mitchell & Reghr play.

He said thanks & mentioned was going to Nieces wedding.
Then Said , “You are into analytics”
I said, “YES”
He said, “We are turning them into fucking robots.”

He was correct.
Until the majority of teams are playing all the High win affects the Same (Like Robots) (Binary outcome Baseball teams do) the table scrap moneyball analytics will have no championship defining value.

Victoria Oil

What was Montreal thinking taking Mailloux, especially in the first round? I’m sure he would have been available a round or two later. But still, this doesn’t look good.

Last edited 2 months ago by Victoria Oil
Jaxon

Tomorrow:

  1. G Benjamin Gaudreau, Sarnia, OHL
  2. RW Carson Latimer, Edmonton Oil Kings, WHL
  3. RHD Miguël Tourigny, Blainville-Boisbriand Armada, QMJHL
  4. C Dmitry Zugan, Krasnaya Armiya Moskva, MHL
Tarkus

Oh Habs…didn’t Mailloux withdraw from the draft?

Turning Tikkanese

I’m going to stop guessing now. It looks like it is not my strength! Very humbling…

Turning Tikkanese

Chibrikov for Colorado?

Turning Tikkanese

Damn. Missed again. Maybe this is why I don’t work in a draft room…

Turning Tikkanese

Zellwigger or Chayka for Nashville?

Turning Tikkanese

Missed on that one. L’Heureux, another forward.

OriginalPouzar

LMHF#1

 Reply to OriginalPouzar

 July 23, 2021 8:28 pm

It’s not the NFL.

That pick likely amounts to zero.

Last three 3rd round picks are Konovalov, Samorukov and Skinner – all real prospects and one about to play a big role on the team starting at some point this year.

Bohologo
Turning Tikkanese

Funny… the NHL website draft tracker only shows 31 first round picks, including the forfeited Arizona pick at #11. They are missing Tampa’s #32 (or 31 adjusted) pick…

Crazy Pedestrian

They just won two cups. And the last one with a $100M roster. They don’t get a 1st rounder!

Randle McMurphy

Bourgault has the makings to become a top-six winger in the NHL. As mentioned previously, there are some concerns about his skating, but he has plenty of speed and agility and it has not hampered his offensive production nor his ability to transition seamlessly between zones. He can pick out open ice and always has his head up, looking for that opportunity. He’s drawn some comparisons to Brendan Gallagher, who also was scrutinized for his skating when he was drafted back in 2010. He’s also been compared to a more offensive, less defensive Blake Coleman in terms of his transition game, which is one of the best in the NHL.

N64

Thought with the more limited viewings that we’d see more departures from Bobfather list.

Do teams process info so much the same or are they influenced by each other’s takes or does Bob’s consensus exercise influence teams?

Oil2Oilers

The Oilers finally get their RH 3C! Just have wait for him to over rippen.

Welcome.to the city young man, godspeed

SlickOil

ISS #26
Button #25
Elite #21
Bob #20
Dobber #15
Central Scouting NA #13

Seems in the zone. Time will tell….

rickithebear

Holland resigned a goalie Top 10 goalie in Save% on the shots not directed into the goalies body which are closed and have 0%chance/SH density.

Strapping Jocks

Who is that?

rickithebear

Smith:
I am surprised you really want to see high mutivariable (go to the moon) Practical design & build low fail zero gravity/vacuum working equipment analytucs that Uni trained Hockey analytics no clue how to apply.

The leading Earospace designers like dad would not ass/u/me (pretend) that:
20 ZS shifts Of
A. bench Change without pocession
B. High Dzone FO count
C. High Ozone FO count
D. Bench Change with pocession
would “yeild the same” Corsi For Corsi against for any player in a the same ( Comp, team) situation.

That is the brutal NHL Analytics you see at MIT’s Sports analytic Conference.
The same Schools who’s engineers students got crushed in Instrumentaion design build competitions by NAIT Inst. Students.
One of the worlds best practical (Make it work) Tech schools in the World.

Jaxon

An okay pick for #22. Sounds like a decent pick and a high-energy skilled player. Right-hand C is a good thing. I still think losing out on Wallstedt wasn’t worth #90. Wallstedt was consistently between #8 & #10 on most rankings. The Oilers now have no high-end goalie prospects. Something that is very important.

Turning Tikkanese

Olivier Rodrique and Mr. Konovalov say hi.

Jaxon

Search all over the internet for lists of the top goalie prospects outside the NHL and I’ll bet you’ll rarely, if ever, find either of them in the top 30 or even the top 60 goalie prospects. The goalies that are #1 goalies were once on those lists when they were coming up through the system. Rodrigue and Konovalov are not elite goalie prospects.

BornInAGretzkyJersey

This is rubbing salt into the wound after not taking Nedeljkovic for free when he was available. I agree wholeheartedly, that when you are looking for the “next one” you are scouring the list of best goalies outside the NHL.

I wanted Cossa, but more so because I thought Wallstedt would have been picked first. Maybe Holland thinks the contention window of the club dictates drafting players early who can contribute sooner. Hope he’s right.

YKOil

Agreed,

Wallstedt was the right pick there. When a goalie prospect like that drops into your lap, you take them.

Wish the best for Bourgault but this was overthinking the draft.

DevilsLettuce

Oilers need skill forwards as much as anything, there was a time taking goalies in the first around here was sin. The future never stops tormenting.

leadfarmer

Well we definitely have a Holland type forward

Pescador

Welcome to the Oil Xavier!
I am very happy with the trade & the selection

rickithebear

Top CHL Open shot targeting Fwd.
Bourgault Was a guy I loved in limited draft work this yr.
Have to hit the open space in net not the goalie.

N64

You have to change angles well at NHL level or goalers win

Gerta Rauss

Friedman saying there was 2 or 3 teams trying to get Wallested

“MIN LA and one or two more”

EDM didn’t want to drop too far and LA was too far

tcho

Well, we got the 14th player on LT’s list at 21… That’s not too bad. Am I missing something?

Pescador

You are not

pts2pndr

Holland is using LT’s list which is a good thing! I love LT’s remarks reference this player ( too much offence to ignore). Right hand center which the Oilers don’t have and an excellent skater! “I like the pick even though I think the better player may be Wallstedt.
Only thing missing is the pressure on LT 😉

leadfarmer

Well we got a guy that put up points on s team that couldn’t score
but we probably could have traded down

Jaxon

Xavier Bourgault
Ht/Wt: 6′ 0″/172 lbs
Position: C
Team: Shawinigan (QMJHL)

Xavier Bourgault’s Player Profile
Adam Kimelman – NHL – July 12th: “His skating and speed are standout qualities and he showed a knack for finding the soft spots in defensive coverages to create scoring chances for himself and his teammates.”

Mike Morreale – NHL – July 12th: “Bourgault is a dynamic offensive player who is relentless in his puck pursuit.”

Josh Bell of FC Hockey – July 8th: “Bourgault is a highly-dynamic offensive player with impressive intelligence. He’s an above-average skater with excellent positioning and awareness.”

Andy Lehoux of FC Hockey – July 8th: “He enjoys expressing his imagination with brilliant dekes and flashy moves, yet his play flows in harmony with the offence through his simplicity”

Brayden Olafson – Dobber Prospects – July 7th: “His blend of technical and cognitive strengths result in a player who consistently creates synergy among his linemates and he is capable of elevating his play to exceed and overcome the style of his opponents.”

Scott Wheeler – The Athletic – June 22nd: “Bourgault’s game doesn’t leap off the ice at you but he’s dangerous in a variety of ways, with a deceptive release that comes off of his blade early in his shooting motion and stance to surprise goalies (off of either foot or from awkward postures, too) and good playmaking instincts inside the offensive zone.”

Steve Kournianos – The Draft Analyst – May 24th: “An exceptional stickhandler with buttery-soft hands and a quick-strike mentality, Bourgault has to be in the running for the flashiest wingers available in the draft. ”

Sam Cosentino – Sportsnet – May 12th: “An excellent finisher who works best in the offensive zone. An underrated playmaker, too.”

Mike G. Morreale – NHL – Apr. 23rd: “Bourgault is a dynamic offensive player who is relentless in his puck pursuit.”

Brayden Olafson – Dobber Prospects – Mar. 8: “Although the Shawinigan forward is highly capable of transitioning the puck himself and thinking on his feet to evade congestion, his uniqueness comes in the form of regularly being one of the most reliable and productive pass outlets in the offensive zone.”

Tony Ferrari – Dobber Prospects – Feb. 22nd: “He shows some very nice transition ability both offensively and defensively. He uses short passes and the boards to get around neutral zone defenders when he’s carrying the puck offensively to get the puck up ice.”

Harpers Hair

Ranked 37th by Elite Prospects.

leadfarmer

For some reason you went away from McKenzies list?
Now why would that be?

theDjdj

He has Bourgault at 20?

N64

Bobfather’s 20 at 22 (with the 3rd in hand)

Brewha Ha

Didn’t know much about him but that is very impressive remarks…sounds like a future top 6 player…

Brewha Ha

Didn’t expect this player but hey…welcome to the Oilers Xavier!

Randle McMurphy

LT will be very happy 🙂

Xavier Bourgault AND a 3rd round pick

Last edited 2 months ago by Randle McMurphy
LMHF#1

Why???

Not for need and not the BPA.

Should’ve traded the pick for a player then.

leadfarmer

Who though?

Harpers Hair

That was always the right play.

Another pick who is years away.

Lucinius

Almost all the picks this year are ‘years away’. There are none who are immediate players, with the possible exception of Eklund and even that is partly on the team picking him.

Harpers Hair

The Oilers, with Holloway, Savoie and Lavoie who are all better prospects hardly need to be stockpiling this kind of pick.

The clock is ticking.

pts2pndr

I’m not sure you could manage a bowel movement much less an NHL franchise so exactly what is your purpose?

Someone

At 22? That’s unusual.

pts2pndr

You are a total jerk! Does it make your depression better by your totally negative narrative on all things Oiler. Or is it a case of misery likes company and you desire to bring others down to your level!

pts2pndr

How many right hand centre’s does the team currently have? You are assuming things that we don’t know as fans. Let’s see who we get in the third round. There is still a UFA goalie available. Judging the race when the horses are in the backstretch is a little premature!

Sierra

This is a fair take on things.

doritogrande

Welcome to Edmonton, Xavier Bourgault.

Last edited 2 months ago by doritogrande
theDjdj

“Too much offense to ignore”. I like that. Happy with that.

Rondo

Not a great skater

N64

LT’s #14. Don’t think bad skaters make his list.

Rondo

I went 20 for 21 picks. How did you do?

Tarkus

The Oilers have found their Xavier!!

theDjdj

Chibrikov would be spicy

leadfarmer

This is when you trade down
idiots

leadfarmer

We know we are picking a forward

SlickOil

Drop again then get L’Heureux!

rickithebear

Hyman is an elite Open shot targeting forward.
which leads to high career xSH.
His all goal SH% last 4 yrs is Draisaitl & Mcd level
15.4%

theDjdj

Do we trade back again for more 3rd rounders?

leadfarmer

Holland subscribes to the same don’t pick goalies in first round montra as most here
which is dumb

N64

Unless he wanted Cossa.

Diablo

This is the first time in the past few drafts where I have no idea who the Oilers are going to pick beforehand.

Funny Bissonness

Good move. We need more picks. Especially in this draft. Jesper seems great but I’ll take the 22nd and the 90th all day long.

Crazy Pedestrian

Yup. Saw that coming. So who are we picking guys?

N64

Lysell was top holdover from Bob’s list after Jasper W went.

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Turning Tikkanese

I think they are higher on Konovalov than many think…

LMHF#1

Heir and a spare. Always.

Jaxon

Well, I say trade down again to #27, and pick L’Heureux. Get another 3rd round pick.

Rondo
Fiveinatrailer

I wanted a goalie too, but I have to say it here, because I haven’t seen it posted anywhere yet:

Ive been reading LT since the blogspot days, and I could conservatively say there have been 1000 posts about NOT taking a G in the first round. Easily.

does anyone else find it ironic that we are gnashing our teeth about not getting a goalie in the first round?!

LT site has now come full circle. Hahaha

Kert

I have a theory as to why that became a common thing to say around the blogspot days. 🙂
2004: Montoya (6), Dubnyk (14), Schwarz (17), Schneider (26).

rickithebear

Holland did not want the Goalie.
Skinner
Konovolov?

John Chambers

This is the kind of trade that can cause you an aneurysm if Wallstedt turns into a quality #1.

theDjdj

Or a good trade if he struggles. Nobody has a crystal ball. I think the trade is good asset management given the climate around this year’s draft

jojonoshow

It will be talked about for years.

Turning Tikkanese

Okay, I officially don’t know what the Oilers plan is… I thought the goalie was a telegraphed move as is their usual practice… Lysell??

LMHF#1

So when this guy’s a #1 – is the extra AHL 3rd liner they got going to make people feel great??

Stupid. Just like it was when Parise and Getzlaf were there for the taking.

Lucinius

Or there could be a reason he dropped so far. Who knows, especially with goalies.

Jaxon

Yup, that’s how I feel.

YKOil

Yep. Wallstedt was the right pick.

Tarkus

And there goes Wallstedt to Minny.

One of Lysell, L’Heuereux, Ceulemans will be available.