June 12 2016 07:00AM
Pascal Laberge comes in as the 23rd ranked prospect in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft by our estimation. The former 2nd overall pick in the 2014 QMJHL draft is an adept playmaker, who can skate well and has the ability to create offence through the use of his varied skill set.
Although he battled injuries this season, Laberge had a fantastic showing at the BMO CHL/NHL Top prospect game and followed up the QMJHL season with a good showing at the U18 in North Dakota.
No matter which team takes the Victoriaville Tigre, they will be adding a great prospect who looks poised to develop into an NHL player.
June 11 2016 03:41PM
The last time Edmonton used the No. 32 overall selection, Mitch Moroz (photo by Mark Williams) was named in 2012. The club also grabbed Chris Hajt in 1996 and Mike Watt in 1994 with the No. 32 selection. Who will be chosen this time? Will Edmonton make the pick?
June 11 2016 09:00AM
Coming in at #24 we have we have the prodigiously sized Tage Thompson. Thompson brings a skill game rarely seen in such a big man and was exceptionally productive for a 17 year old NCAA freshman. That said there are some reasons for concern when it comes to how and when he was scoring those points, as well as whether it was him or his frequent line mates who were really driving the offense.
After the jump we'll take a look at Thompson and why he's a guy who would be considered more of a long term prospect, but one with whom the upside at the end may be too much to pass up.
June 11 2016 07:00AM
The highest ranked Russian forward of the 2016 draft, German Rubtsov seems to be a member of a new breed of European skaters - ones that appear to be groomed for the North American style of game at a young age. While he can put up points, Rubtsov is garnering a lot of attention for his two-way acumen and defensive responsibility - traits not frequently seen in Russian teenagers.
June 10 2016 09:56PM
In a recent conversation with our own Jason Gregor, Edmonton Oilers head scout Bob Green talked about making later picks count. Although Green is relatively new on the job, we have some track to observe—and the results are solid to very good.