COMBINE LIST OFFERS A LOOK AT 2014 DRAFT

Lowetide
May 21 2014 07:37PM

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The NHL released their combine invite list this week, it's a chance to see the young players NHL teams are really curious about for 2014's draft. The list is basically Central Scouting's list, with a few requests thrown in here and there from the clubs themselves. It can be an informative list.

RECENT OILER COMBINE ATTENDEES

2010 Oilers draft

  • Taylor Hall selected #1
  • Tyler Pitlick selected #31
  • Martin Marincin selected #46
  • Curtis Hamilton selected #48
  • Ryan Martindale selected #61
  • Tyler Bunz selected #121
  • Brandon Davidson selected #162

2011 Oilers draft

  • Ryan Nugent Hopkins selected #1
  • Oscar Klefbom selected #19
  • David Musil selected #31
  • Samu Perhonen selected #62
  • Travis Ewanyk selected #74
  • Tobias Rieder selected #114

2012 Oilers draft

  • Nail Yakupov selected #1
  • Mitchell Moroz selected #32
  • Jujhar Khaira selected #63
  • Daniil Zharkov selected #91

2013 Oilers draft

  • Darnell Nurse selected #7
  • Marco Roy selected #56
  • Bogdan Yakimov selected #83 
  • Jackson Houck, selected #94

There's a pretty strong relationship between the combine invites and the Oilers draft list. Although the team has only two picks inside the top 100 overall, chances are the players chosen will come from the invite list .

The list is here

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PLAYERS INVITED OUTSIDE THE LIST

There are several invites this season who are well down the Central list, giving us an idea that a specific team may have requested their presence.

  • #117 NA RW Tyler Bird. He's a 6.02 high school winger on his way to Brown University. Looks like a scorer, but so did Eddie Caron.
  • #134 NA LW Blake Clarke. Described as an emerging power forward by Elite Prospects, but he had just two goals this season. Solid a year ago, though.
  • #137 NA C Reid Duke. Responsible two-way player with average size, he plays for the Lethbridge Hurricanes, possibly the most obscure location in the CHL.
  • #149 NA D Ryan Mantha. USHL defender is a monster. I spoke to Kirk Luedeke about him today on the Lowdown, and he suggested the 6.05, 225 Mantha is an acquired taste.
  • #172 NA D Jacob Middleton. Interesting two-way defender with size. 


PLAYERS I'D LIKE TO SEE AS OILERS...

We all know the names of the men at the top, I don't need to go over them again. Suffice to say that if Ekblad falls to #3, MacT races to the podium. If Ekblad is taken, expect a very good center prospect. The Oilers don't have a second round selection, but let's pretend they acquire one.

  • I like Spencer Watson a ton. He's an undersized OHL winger who is an April 1996 and scored over 30 goals this season. I know, he's a small forward—but what a talent! 65GP, 33-35-68 with Kingston Frontenacs.
  • RW Vaclav Karabacek is a scoring winger from the QMJHL, he was blazing at the U-18 WJ's. Elite Prospects describes him as a guy who plays with grit and a traditional style. Oilers could use that. He might be the guy who ends up doing the job Edmonton needed Tyler Pitlick and Curtis Hamilton to do. 
  • G Alex Nedeljkovic has an impossible name (suggest we nickname him Neddie if he ends up an Oiler) but there's a nice resume there.

FIRST ATTEMPT AT OILERS DRAFT LIST

  • #3 overall C Leon Draisaitl
  • #91 overall RW Hunter Smith
  • #111 overall D Brandon Hickey 
  • #130 overall G Ilya Sorokin
  • #137 overall C Antti Kalapudas
  • #153 overall R Miska Siikonen
  • #183 overall G Jordan Papirny

They're all long shots, save the German. 

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#101 madjam
May 22 2014, 10:56AM
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Will Ritchie be another J.Nieuwendyk , seeing as he is so prolific at Lacrosse as well , and from such a competitive family ?

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#102 madjam
May 22 2014, 11:25AM
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Is Virtanen going to be more productive and more physical than ex Oiler E.Tikannen ? He has dual citizenship with father being Finnish .

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#103 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
May 22 2014, 11:26AM
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@madjam

It would take a lot more than just being Finnish to be the next Tik.

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#104 sizzay
May 22 2014, 11:30AM
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2004Z06 wrote:

Bennett, Draisatl and Reinhart had almost equivalent points. That being said, if the offensive upside is the same, you take the one with size. Draisatl is also a pass first player and that helps Yakupov immensely.

It is time to stop picking BPA. We have those in spades. It is time to pick BPA for need. What they should have done 2 years ago and grabbed Galchenyuk.

While I agree we are at the point where we can look at need (within reason), I wouldn't say Galchenyuk is much better than Yakupov.

Been pretty invisible in my personal viewings and his point totals aren't much greater.

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#105 Zarny
May 22 2014, 11:48AM
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Sizzay wrote:

Not all consensus top players end up the best from the class

Yes and no.

There are draft classes with players like Sidney Crosby, Steven Stamkos, John Tavares, Taylor Hall where all were projected to go 1st overall since they were 14 y/o. They were head and shoulders better than everyone else. Next year it is Connor McDavid.

Sometimes players like Matt Duchene and Tyler Seguin get themselves into the conversation; but to date both still lag Tavares and Hall. Next year it's Jack Eichel.

Your statement applies to draft classes like 2006, 2011, 2012 and 2014. Weaker draft classes with no consensus #1.

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#106 Zarny
May 22 2014, 12:06PM
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LOIL99 wrote:

That's very true, and teams like Detroit find those players almost yearly.

But I have to ask you, based on past performance, do you trust the Oilers amateur scouting staff enough to trust them to go off the board even slightly?

I sure don't.

Detroit hasn't drafted an elite player in over 10 years. They're reputation is based on being ahead of the curve with European scouting and snagging Datsyuk and Zetterberg in the 6th and 7th in '98 and '99 and Lidstrom and Federov in the 3rd and 4th round in '89.

With that core they relied on drafting support players but mostly on signing big name free agents like Shanahan, Hull, Hasek, Rafalski or whoever was available on a yearly basis to stay Cup contenders.

Their last good draft was 2002 with Hudler, Fleischmann and Filppula in the 2nd and 3rd rounds. Howard was a 2nd round pick in 2003 and Franzen a 3rd round pick in 2004. All very good but none even remotely considered best of their class.

Since 2004 they've drafted Kindl, Abdelkader and Helm in 2005, Nyquist in 2008 and Tatar in 2009. Good players but nowhere close to elite.

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#107 Rondo
May 22 2014, 12:08PM
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Brock Otten of OHL prospects posted his top 10 for the 2014 draft.

http://ohlprospects.blogspot.ca/2014/05/my-final-top-50-ohl-players-for-2014_22.html

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#108 mayorblaine
May 22 2014, 12:30PM
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i surmise the reason people may be apprehensive or opposed to drafting Draisitl is because, apparently, the Oilers organization thinks highly of him.

i don't trust Oilers management, seems to be a common theme.

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#109 madjam
May 22 2014, 12:45PM
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mayorblaine wrote:

i surmise the reason people may be apprehensive or opposed to drafting Draisitl is because, apparently, the Oilers organization thinks highly of him.

i don't trust Oilers management, seems to be a common theme.

Like most years , I doubt that has much bearing on how others feel about who to draft . We all have our preferences and quite often same as organization . Draisaitl not a bad pick as are most of the others .

Will the Oilers try to draft Kulda or Pollock later ?

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#110 Fresh Mess
May 22 2014, 01:14PM
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Thanks again to Hallsy, Ebsy, and Nugeybaby for answering the call for their country.

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#111 Oiler Al
May 22 2014, 01:59PM
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If Ekbald is gone, you pick Draisaitl.

Points wise there is not much difference between the top three forwards.

Oilers are not good at puck battles along the boards and in the corners. They also need presence in front of the Blue Paint.Thats why you take the big German kid.

He might be a tad slower, and not the shiny marble that Reinhardt is but he is what you need playing in the Pacific Div.

We have enough toe draggers on the team.

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#112 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
May 22 2014, 02:22PM
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ubermiguel wrote:

Are you calling the the MVP of the WHL championship team a pylon?

Yes. From what I've seen he's looked like a pylon. Not good at all. Bad decisions, coughing up puck regularly.

And all that while being older than most of the players around him. PASS!

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#113 Mr Big
May 22 2014, 02:42PM
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I would assume Oilers list looks like this

1. Ekblad

2. Bennett

3. Reinhart/ Draisaitl

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#114 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
May 22 2014, 02:47PM
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madjam wrote:

Like most years , I doubt that has much bearing on how others feel about who to draft . We all have our preferences and quite often same as organization . Draisaitl not a bad pick as are most of the others .

Will the Oilers try to draft Kulda or Pollock later ?

LW Edgar's Kulda has looked good for the Oil Kings at the Memorial Cup. And he was last ranked somewhere around 145 by ISS. So he could be around by the time we make our fourth round pick.

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#115 Jeffff
May 22 2014, 04:34PM
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Mr Big wrote:

I would assume Oilers list looks like this

1. Ekblad

2. Bennett

3. Reinhart/ Draisaitl

I think it looks like for the Oilers

1. Ekblad- may go #1 -# 3

2. Bennett- 1-3

3. Draisaitl - 3-4

4 .Reinhart- 1-4

If Ekblad and Bennett are gone Oilers will pick Draisaitl

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#116 Mason Storm
May 22 2014, 08:06PM
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@Lowetide

If the Oil draft the impossibly named goalie, I suggest the nickname Needle instead. Cause scoring on him will be like threading one.............and if you don't know, threading a needle is hard

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