Where You Going, Yak?

Matt Henderson
June 12 2016 11:59AM

It seems a foregone conclusion that Nail Yakupov won’t be an Oiler for much longer. It’s really just a couple weeks away now barring a change of heart from both the player and the organization. I’m not holding my breath. Where might he end up? I don’t have insider information, but there are a few places that make sense.

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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #22 Max Jones

Ryan Biech
June 12 2016 09:00AM

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Coming in at 22nd in our consensus draft rankings is Memorial Cup champion Max Jones.

Jones is a hard working, hard nosed and gritty power forward who plays an aggressive style that allows him to use his blend of speed, size and skill to wreak havoc on the ice. That can be a double edged sword, as he ran into some issues with the OHL and was suspended for 12 games which resulted in him missing most of the London Knights run to the OHL Championship.

Jones does possess a good skill set that if he can play within the rules, makes him a very attractive option for teams in the latter part of the first round.

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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #23 Pascal Laberge

Ryan Biech
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.

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THE PICK AT 32

Lowetide
June 11 2016 03:41PM

MOROZ WILLIAMS

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?

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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #24 Tage Thompson

AWheeler
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.

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