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.
June 10 2016 03:59PM
Fans of the Edmonton Oilers have been talking about the need to acquire a bonafide top-pairing defenseman for months, for years actually, and debating who GM Peter Chiarelli should be setting his sights on this off-season.
June 10 2016 09:00AM
We're about two weeks away from the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, or as Oiler fans have become accustomed to calling it "The Most Competitive The Oilers Will Be This Calendar Year". As Oiler fans we're super well-versed on top 10 picks, and the first round in general. But what about those guys on the complete opposite end of the HockeyDB list? Today we're taking a look at the LAST picks in the draft!
June 10 2016 07:00AM
Samuel Girard likely has the most offensive potential of any defenceman in this draft class. He's the single most productive defender in junior hockey and he's accomplished that feat as a 17-year-old. Under normal circumstances, this would be enough to launch many a defenceman into the top ten of their class regardless of position.
We're not talking about a normal defenceman, though. Girard plays such a high risk, high reward game that one scout I spoke with at the CHL Top Prospect Game called him a fourth forward. That particular line of criticism is usually exaggerated or unfounded entirely when spent on high point producing junior defenders, but in this particular case it's grounded in reality.
Under the right circumstances, Girard can iron these wrinkles in his game, though. The tools readily available in Girard's toolkit, like his skating, vision, crisp passing and general slipperiness aren't so easily developed from the ground up. Those among countless other reasons culminated in Girard ranking 26th overall in our consensus rankings.