June 26 2016 10:02AM
As a fan of the NHL, few things have more appeal to me than the draft. I became interested during the lead up to the 1971 draft (junior hockey was front page news that year) and never really left. During the period just before the draft, fans are gifted with several tools—Bob McKenzie's list, NHL combine attendees and process—to help us follow along. How did the Oilers do? Let's have a look.
June 25 2016 03:13PM
There’s reason to believe that plans were likely changed at the last minute for the Oilers at the 2016 Draft. They weren’t supposed to be drafting in the top 3. In fact, the NHL’s new lottery rules made Edmonton the first team to drop more than a single place in the draft order. They should have been drafting 4th. Well, technically they did, except Columbus excused themselves from using their top 3 pick to select a top 3 player. Win, Edmonton.
June 25 2016 12:56PM
As entertaining as the selection process was, the 2016 NHL Draft was shockingly quiet on the trade front. The Edmonton Oilers weren't able to make any moves over the course of the draft, which is a bit of a surprise because it was widely expected that at the very least the club would be trading Nail Yakupov.
It didn't happen, and when asked about the lack of movement Oilers G.M. Peter Chiarelli had some interesting comments.
June 25 2016 09:55AM
The Edmonton Oilers entered the 2016 NHL Draft with four picks in the second and third rounds, and contrary to expectations didn't trade any of those selections away. The club drafted winger Tyler Benson No. 32 overall, then turned to defence, taking three blueliners in rapid succession.
June 25 2016 08:55AM
If there's one thing that everybody in the NHL knows about the Edmonton Oilers, it's that they need a good right-shot defenceman as soon as possible. The 2016 Draft was an obvious place to make a trade for help, but according to TSN's Darren Dreger the prospects aren't looking so bright this morning.