We’re just a few weeks away from the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. The Edmonton Oilers have stocked the cupboards with #1 overall’s and many picks inside the top 100 since 2010, and this year’s draft will feature three early picks (unless there’s a trade). There’s a very good chance we know their names as of today: the NHL combine list has been released.

If we go back over the past 5 seasons and match the Combine list against the Oilers picks inside the top 100, we come up with the following:

2008 Oilers draft

  • Jordan Eberle selected #22 overall, ranked #29 (attended combine)
  • Johan Motin selected #103 overall, unranked (attended combine)
  • Phil Cornet selected #133 overall
  • Teemu Hartikainen selected #163 overall
  • Jordan Bendfeld selected #193 overall

2009 Oilers draft

  • Magnus Paajarvi selected #10 overall, ranked #10 (attended combine)
  • Anton Lander selected #40 overall, ranked HM (attended combine)
  • Troy Hesketh selected #71 overall
  • Cameron Abney selected #82 overall
  • Kyle Bigos selected #99 overall
  • Toni Rajala selected #101 overall, ranked #50 (attended combine)
  • Olivier Roy selected #133 overall, ranked HM (attended combine)

2010 Oilers draft

  • Taylor Hall selected #1, ranked #1 (attended combine)
  • Tyler Pitlick selected #31, ranked #25 (attended combine)
  • Martin Marincin selected #56, ranked #71 (attended combine)
  • Curtis Hamilton selected #48, ranked 57 (attended combine)
  • Ryan Martindale selected #61, ranked 58 (attended combine)
  • Jeremie Blain selected #91
  • Tyler Bunz selected #121, not ranked (attended combine)
  • Brandon Davidson selected #162, not ranked (attended combine)
  • Drew Czerwonka selected #166
  • Kristians Pelss selected #181
  • Kellen Jones selected #202

2011 Oilers draft

  • Ryan Nugent Hopkins selected #1, ranked #1 (attended combine)
  • Oscar Klefbom selected #19, ranked #21 (attended combine)
  • David Musil selected #31, ranked #41 (attended combine)
  • Samu Perhonen selected #62, ranked #51 (attended combine)
  • Travis Ewanyk selected #74, ranked HM (attended combine)
  • Dillon Simpson selected #92
  • Tobias Rieder selected #114, unranked (attended combine)
  • Martin Gernat selected #122
  • Frans Tuohimaa selected #182

2012 Oilers draft

  • Nail Yakupov selected #1, ranked #1 (attended combine)
  • Mitchell Moroz selected #32, ranked #56 (attended combine)
  • Jujhar Khaira selected #63, not ranked (attended combine)
  • Daniil Zharkov selected #91, ranked #47 (attended combine)
  • Erik Gustafsson selected #93
  • Joey Laleggia selected #123
  • John McCarron selected #153

A few notes:

  • Since 2008, when making a selection inside the top 100 players, Edmonton has selected a player who was not at the combine 6 times: Troy Hesketh, Cameron Abney, Kyle Bigos, Jeremie Blain, Dillon Simpson, Erik Gustafsson. Although Simpson is a solid to very good prospect, it is not an impressive group.
  • We shouldn’t expect this to be an area of strength, this is “drafting for need” and rarely works out. However, it’s interesting to note just how many (Hesketh, Bigos, Blain) were not extended contracts. Only Cam Abney has a signed pro contract (with the Oilers) from the group.


I have highlighted players (with some notes) the possible Oiler targets. Edmonton’s draft picks for the top 100 this summer are (at this time) #7, #37 and somewhere around #58 (ANA pick for Cogliano). List and NHL blog is here.

North American skaters
Rank – Player Team (League) Position
1 – Seth Jones Portland (WHL) D
2 – Nathan MacKinnon Halifax (QMJHL) C
3 – Jonathan Drouin Halifax (QMJHL) LW
4 – Darnell Nurse Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) D

5 – Sean Monahan: fine -way center

Ottawa (OHL) C
6 – Hunter Shinkaruk Medicine Hat (WHL) C/LW
7 – Valentin Zykov Baie – Comeau (QMJHL) LW
8 – Frederik Gauthier Rimouski (QMJHL) C
9 – Mirco Mueller Everett (WHL) D
10 – Anthony Mantha-scorer with size
Val – d’Or (QMJHL) RW
11 – Shea Theodore Seattle (WHL) D
12 – Ryan Pulock Brandon (WHL) D
13 – Zach Nastasiuk Owen Sound (OHL) RW
14 – Chris Bigras Owen Sound (OHL) D
15 – Bo Horvat London (OHL) C
16 – Ryan Hartman Plymouth (OHL) RW
17 – Kerby Rychel: size, skill, grit
Windsor (OHL) LW
18 – Wiliam Carrier Cape Breton (QMJHL) LW
19 – Max Domi: impressive finish
London (OHL) C/LW
20 – Curtis Lazar: insider knowledge
Edmonton (WHL) C/LW
21 – James Lodge Saginaw (OHL) C
22 – Nikita Zadorov: Mountain on skates
London (OHL) D
23 – Samuel Morin Rimouski (QMJHL) D
24 – Ian McCoshen Waterloo (USHL) D
25 – Morgan Klimchuk Regina (WHL) LW
26 – Adam Erne Quebec (QMJHL) LW
27 – Joshua Morrissey Prince Albert (WHL) D
28 – Laurent Dauphin Chicoutimi (QMJHL) C
29 – Jon Hayden USA U – 18 (USHL) C
30 – Jason Dickinson Guelph (OHL) C
31 – Dillon Heatherington Swift Current (WHL) D
32 – Madison Bowey: 2-way prospect
Kelowna (WHL) D
33 – Nicolas Petan: small, skilled
Portland (WHL) C
34 – JT Compher: Skill
USA U – 18 (USHL) LW
35 – Michael McCarron: Bull in china shop
USA U – 18 (USHL) RW
36 – Oliver Bjorkstrand Portland (WHL) RW
37 – Jonathan – Ismael Diaby Victoriaville (QMJHL) D
38 – Justin Bailey Kitchener (OHL) RW
39 – Emile Poirier Gatineau (QMJHL) LW
40 – Brett Pesce New Hampshire (H – East) D
41 – Eric Roy Brandon (WHL) D
42 – Adam Tambellini Surrey (BCHL) C
43 – Jan Kostalek Rimouski (QMJHL) D
44 – Thomas Vanelli Minnetonka (High – Mn) D
45 – Connor Hurley Edina High (High – Mn) C
46 – Myles Bell Kelowna (WHL) LW
47 – Steven Santini: 2-way D, size, mean
USA U – 18 (USHL) D
48 – Nick Sorensen Quebec (QMJHL) RW
49 – Michael Downing Dubuque (USHL) D
50 – Yan Pavel Laplante PEI (QMJHL) C
51 – Gustav Olofsson Green Bay (USHL) D
52 – Gabryel Paquin – Boudreau Baie – Comeau (QMJHL) LW
53 – Keaton Thompson USA U – 18 (USHL) D
54 – Marc – Olivier Roy Blainville – Boisbriand (QMJHL) C
55 – Jordan Subban Belleville (OHL) D
56 – Ryan Fitzgerald Valley (EJHL) C
57 – Anthony Duclair Quebec (QMJHL) LW
58 – Nick Moutrey Saginaw (OHL) C/LW
59 – Mason Geertsen Vancouver (WHL) D
60 – Zachary Sanford Islanders (EJHL) LW
61 – Nicholas Baptiste Sudbury (OHL) RW
62 – Sean Malone USA U – 18 (USHL) C
63 – Ryan Kujawinski Kingston (OHL) C
64 – Teemu Kivihalme Burnsville (High – Mn) D
65 – Jackson Houck Vancouver (WHL) RW
66 – Tyler Lewington Medicine Hat (WHL) D
67 – David Pope: plus size, plus shot
West Kelowna (BCHL) LW
68 – Alexandre Coulombe Stanstead College (High – Qc) D
69 – Michell Wheaton Kelowna (WHL) D
70 – Hudson Fasching USA U – 18 (USHL) RW
71 – Remi Elie London (OHL) LW
72 – Kurt Etchegary Quebec (QMJHL) C
73 – Vincent Dunn Val – d’Or (QMJHL) C
74 – Dylan Labbe Shawinigan (QMJHL) D
75 – Anthony Florentino South Kent School (High – Ct) D
76 – Spenser Jensen Medicine Hat (WHL) D
77 – Avery Peterson Grand Rapids (High – Mn) C
78 – Ty Stanton Medicine Hat (WHL) D
79 – Jeremy Gregoire Baie – Comeau (QMJHL) C
1 – Zachary Fucale Halifax (QMJHL) G
2 – Eric Comrie Tri – City (WHL) G
3 – Tristan Jarry Edmonton (WHL) G
4 – Calvin Petersen Waterloo (USHL) G
5 – Spencer Martin Mississauga (OHL) G
6 – Eamon McAdam Waterloo (USHL) G
7 – Philippe Desrosiers Rimouski (QMJHL) G



European skaters
Rank – Player Team (League) Position
1 – Aleksander Barkov Tappara (Finland) C
2 – Valeri Nichushkin Chelyabinsk (Russia) RW
3 – Elias Lindholm: ridiculous skill
Brynas (Sweden) C
4 – Rasmus Ristolainen: 2-way D
TPS (Finland) D
5 – Alexander Wennberg Djurgarden (Sweden) C
6 – Andre Burakovsky Malmo (Sweden) LW
7 – Jacob De La Rose Leksand (Sweden) LW
8 – Robert Hagg Modo Jr. (Sweden) D
9 – Artturi Lehkonen: skill
Kalpa (Finland) LW
10 – Pavel Buchnevich Cherepovets 2 (Russia) LW
11 – Bogdan Yakimov Nizhnekamsk 2 (Russia) C
12 – Marko Dano Bratislava (Russia) C
13 – Linus Arnesson Djurgarden (Sweden) D
14 – Viktor Crus Rydberg Linkoping Jr. (Sweden) C
1 – Juuse Saros HPK Jr. (Finland) G
  • Sox and Oil

    Man I hope they keep the 7ov pick and select either Monahan or Lindholm. Even Nurse. With the young guns starting to come off their ELCs we need young talented value players in the system. Especially C’s.

    Also and this might be a mistake but I’d like to see another first round pick from this draft. Ideally Phillys pick, which since they are going to have cap issues could be in play.

    • Spydyr

      Never made sense to me either.Tambo’s final failure?If you make that move make it when Horcoff got injured and the team free fell without a veteran centre.

    • Lowetide

      THis is what retarded management does………pick a totally over rated player and give up draft picks.

      Nothing ( outside of trading Dustin Penner) Tamby and Lowe did ever made much sense, it’s no use trying to figure out stupid.

      • Lowetide

        It was Conacher and a 4th. Edmonton could have offered immediate help (rumors had them offering Ryan Jones) and a pick (rumors had it as a second).

        If they didn’t want Jones, maybe there’s another guy. Conacher is a nice young player, and maybe that was an issue–but Tambellini didn’t get enough done when opportunities arose.

  • Spydyr

    I’ve read but don’t know if it is accurate that Nikita Zadorov is now 6’7.

    I think the only way to trade up( w/o giving up too much) for the Oilers is if Carolina is drafting a D-man.

    • Spydyr

      That is true. Watch him at the Memorial Cup. Huge! Mobile for a young fella at that size too. I think Carolina will still ask for a bunch at that spot but the Oilers can afford it if there is someone they really want at 5.

  • Word to the Bird

    I personally think if either Monahan or Nichuskin isn’t available, we should just trade the pick. I don’t think trading down is a good idea though, probably better off just giving the pick to another team for a great NHL defenseman.

    • Sox and Oil

      Who do you think they could get with the 7th?
      I can’t see teams giving up a top 2 option for 7th ov.

      Unless something like this. (Sorry Philly is on my mind today)
      7th ov + Harti to Philly for 11th ov + Coburn.

      Likely Edmonton would have to give more and I doubt Philly would consider moving Coburn but they are $3mill over the cap already.

      • Sox and Oil

        For that,I would think the Flyers would consider moving Coburn. Frees up cap space and gives them a shot at an elite center or one of those coveted top 3 def.

  • Romulus' Apotheosis

    The real piss-off RE: Bishop is not getting him when he went for a 2nd.

    The whole year was a C debacle for the GM. Let’s hope we never see that again.

        • Romulus' Apotheosis

          Colorado needs D and as long as Jones in the conversation I wouldn’t go near them betting against him.

          In smaller markets you need to consider ad value… Jones is ripe for Colorado to build a whole media narrative they can sell tix on for years.

          That’s far from the main consideration… but I think it tips the scales.

    • Lowetide

      First thing I thought of when I watched those 2 head to head. Jones was so soft in that game, it was scary. You would still think he would go top 3 as he is such a great skater but….. Let’s see how he looks tonight against Domi and the boys.

    • Romulus' Apotheosis

      I watched that game yesterday…………I think that Jones may be a star but no more of a star than either Mckinnion or Drouin.

      Small sample size one game……..but it was a televised game and Mckinnion stole the show!

  • Lowetide

    Totally a fun hypothetical question, what if, the Oilers were picking first this year, and seeing as how their need is both at center and defense,.. Who would they pick?

  • Lowetide

    Instituting real change requires a significant emotional event. Real Oil change will require moving #7 & one of the kids (Eberle) in order to get quality top 2 and add grit + size to top 9. I love Zadorov but he won’t be there at 7. Anyone else is a longer term project.

  • Stack Pad Save

    From all reports over the year and especially the last few months, this is a definite deep deep draft in quality prospects. Not all superstars, but better odds than last year that some players into the 4th round might see some NHL action.

    Trading a 3rd and a 4th round pick in a year with a deep deep draft for a UFA depth defenseman that hardly played and may not resign and a 34 year old center who came to them 3 weeks too late, makes my head hurt. Tambellini really was Dithers but his decision-making was sometimes odd. I understanding getting NHL players for draft picks is a good idea especially here in E-town but two over payments none the less.

    The 7th overall is either a center or the big defenseman or traded away. There is value in either option. MacT won’t screw it up too much.

    The two second rounders are of the most interest, either Jarry or Comrie at #37 and my hope at #57 or whatever the Anaheim pick ends up, I would be pleased with Ryan Kujawinski. Big depth centre who reminds people of a Boone Jenner. If after the first 5 hours of the draft we get the big D, in Nikita Zadorov, Eric Comrie (G)and Ryan Kujawinski (C). I think that would be a good start. Thoughts??

  • Slapshot

    Watching Horvat right now on sportsnet. This guy’s the real deal. If he works on his speed a little bit, he will be a real threat. Really hard to find who to pick in this draft. So much sublime talent.

    • Tsnivek

      Watching Horvat as well and I see him differently than you ! He does nothing on back check nor does he look adequate defencesively . I’d avoid him -to one dimentional .

    • Quicksilver ballet

      He has to keep his mouth shut an co-operate with his co-conspirators. A last minute agreed upon severance package probably came with a gag order.

      As the hush money comes to an end for Tambellini, i’m sure some of the goings on with Oiler management will start to surface. He’ll be needing work again soon, and have to defend his role in this debacle. Soon he’ll confirm this was Lowes team all along and he was just hired to take any bullets headed in Kevins direction.

  • Tsnivek

    Oilers take Nicushkin if he is available at nbr.7 . Reason : They can trade him later , or sell his rights up to 4 years down the road for a big return at a later date .

  • Quicksilver ballet

    might be going against the grain here but i think draft nurse and zadarov if the draft falls that way and makes it possible(even if we have to give up apick or player), rather have a shot at finding the next chara, doughty, then give up picks for another top 3,4 def(yandle, etc.). we would be stacked at d,competition would be awesome, it would also give us 2 of the top 3 rated def in a very strong draft, might not solve our problems for this coming year, going forward def becomes a strength.

      • Stack Pad Save

        Zadorov is 6″7. At his age, he is struggling against a huge growth spurt. He will not look super quick but he has a brain, skills and a mean streak. Once he matures, look out. As a Flames fan, I would much rather the Oilers take Monahan than this beast.

  • Stack Pad Save

    Barkov all the way. Somehow the Oilers gotta get this guy. He is a beast, go watch highlights of this guy on youtube. He is the big strong center the Oilers are in desperate need of.

    • I agree!!

      If Barkov had played in N.A I’m willing to bet he would be hands down number one.

      Strength, size, skill, two way game….everything the Oilers need down the middle!

      Take a look at what Barkov does in a game at the WJC against team USA, he absolutely owns Jones!! Barkov picked up 3 or 4 points that game all against Jones….the highlights are on YouTube.

      I would say its a small sample size except he was doing that to grown men as well in Finland.

      Head to head vs Mikko Koivu…..Koivo stated Barkov is an amazing player.

      Jari Kurri, Ya, he’s really good.

      I’m sold. Get it done Lowe!

  • Citizen David

    Huge Max Domi fan. He’s got crazy skill. Don’t see the Oilers going for him though.

    I know I’m in the minority but I would be all over trading down. Adding an additional piece while still having players like Domi, Horvat, Lazar, Rychel, Zadorov, Pulock available… This is the right move.

  • Citizen David

    Here are the players I think who down the road will show that they were taken too high:

    Seth Jones. I put him simply cause I think he’ll go number one when MacKinnon should go number one and because based on history, I bet he won’t be the best defenseman from the draft class. He will be a good defender.

    Zachary Fucale. Seriously how is he ranked as the best goalie? Spent most of the season with a sub .900 save percentage, got it just above at the end. People say he’ll be good cause he has so many wins. When his team was ranked number one in the CHL. Has not looked good at the top prospect game or so far at the memorial cup.

    Sean Monahan. Another player I think will be good. Anyone with foot speed issues scares me a little. I think people who have him projected as a 1a or great #2 center an might be let down. He might just be a Shawn Horcoff. We’ll see. He is sort of only picked cause if players move up, some have to move down.

    Players I think will cause teams to kick themselves over passing on them:

    Max Domi. Crazy skill. So far has out performed Ty Rattie by considerabe margins comparing them year to year. My pick for “should have gone top 5”. Height only concern however he is built thick and plays hard. His numbers the next two years of junior will be off the charts.

    Kerby Rychel. What is not to love about this player? Back to back 40 goal, over a point per game seasons leading up to his draft year while having good size and a nasty physical edge to his game. Hits, fights, scores. On a brutal team. He’ll be the top six power forward every team covets. Mostly I get mad at the lack of respect he gets. Mock drafts and rankings having him in the 20’s, and Pronman has him in the 40’s! Ridiculous!

    Ryan Pulock. Simply astronomical points for a 16 year old defenseman last year: GP 71 G 19 A 41 P 60 +33. This year his stats took a hit but not significantly since he missed games due to injury and his team went from being a second round playoff team last year to being beyond terrible this year. Good size 6’1. Already 210 pounds. And unlike pure offensive Defensemen like the Ryan Murphy’s of the world that are defensive liabilities. His scouting reports read that he is a solid reliable all around d-man. My bet for steal of the draft

    • I’ll give you the Kerby Rychel, love this player.

      I have him well ahead of Lazar at any rate.

      I watched a lot of OHL this year, I’m telling you Monahan will be better than Horcoff, no question.

      As for Pulock, I have questions about his foot speed and overall game? Why he was left off the WJC team?

      No question his shot is world class already.

      The player that has me warm and fuzzy is Horvat, this is your Horcoff – Peca clone.

      I honestly think he could step in next year as a fourth line player, especially on the Oilers.

      If these players are gone.

      Barkov – Monahan – Lindholm – Nichushkin –

      I would finally be willing to trade and move back to pick ether

      Gauthier, Horvat or Mantha.

      • Citizen David

        Pulock being left off the WJC team just has to do with being a 17 year old. 17 year old Defensemen very rarely make the WJC and it’s no worry when they don’t make it.

        I am a fan of Horvat, if the Oilers get him I’ll be very happy.

        Not a Gauither fan, I didn’t know anything about him until January. Then I started following him and his game went off a cliff.

        I have a ton of belief in Lazar. He’s the type of player that Championship teams have on their roster.

        • Yes, Gauthier game did go side ways there at the end.

          The thing I like to use as a tool on whom I think quality of a player is, are they the best player on there team?

          I look at players like Gauthier – Horvat – Rychel – Mantha – Monahan players in the Oilers range.

          These players are there respective teams best player.

          Lazar was arguable the third best player on the Oil Kings.

          Is Lazar play inflated by his team? I watched a lot of Oil Kings games and came to the conclusion that while Lazar is good, his team made him better.

          These other players aside from Horvat, all come from mid to low end teams which they all put up impressive numbers.

          It may not mean much but it has to have some effect.

          • Citizen David

            Lazar is where you and I cannot agree. Watching the Oil Kings in the Playoffs I noticed the same thing every single game. Lazar’s line and Lazar in particular drove the play, and when they were on the bench the Oil Kings chances were at a minimum. I found myself without any hope the Oil kings would score if Lazar wasn’t on. His finish wasn’t there in the playoffs and that could be a concern. But Lazar is a player that isn’t restricted to if he wasn’t on the score sheet, he wasn’t a factor. That’s not Lazar. He wins face offs, he hits everything, he hustles back to play defense, and he creates scoring chances. Tons of speed, tons of heart. I think next season will tell a much clearer story once he’s on the first line and has to carry the load offensively. Will he be up to it? We’ll see.

    • Excellent post David, I totally agree 100% with you. I wouldn’t have a problem with the Oilers trading down for one of the guys you mentioned. To be honest, if they can’t trade up to get Barkov which is what I would like to see them do, then trade down for one of the three you mentioned.

    • HardBoiledOil 1.0

      “Max Domi. Crazy skill. So far has out performed Ty Rattie by considerabe margins”

      Reeeeheeeheeealy!!! Are you fu%$in high?? what the hell are you watching dude? have you not seen Ty Rattie goals? or are you a little Bias becasue he’s playing on an Americam team?

      • Citizen David

        I could have been more clear. Rattie is two years older than Domi so to compare them look at Rattie’s numbers at ages 16-17.

        Ty Rattie 16 year old season: GP 61 G 17 A 20 P 37
        Max Domi 16 year old season: GP 62 G 21 A 28 P 49

        Ty Rattie 16 year old playoffs: GP 13 G 2 A 2 P 4
        Max Domi 16 year old playoffs GP 19 G 4 A 5 P 9

        Ty Rattie 17 year old season: GP 67 G 28 A 51 P 79
        Max Domi 17 year old season: GP 64 G 39 A 48 P 87

        Ty Rattie 17 year old playoffs: GP 21 G 9 A 13 P 22
        Max Domi 17 year old playoffs: GP 21 G 11 A 21 P 32

        To be fair I have no idea if Domi got more opportunity than Rattie ( I don’t think so) and Rattie’s last two seasons have been amazing and Domi will be hard pressed to match. But Domi preformed better than Rattie’s first two years. And his skill is evident.

  • OilersBrass

    I think if the Oilers have the chance to draft Elias Lindholm, they will. Everyone seems to be over looking him a bit because of the depth of this draft, but this kid has a TON of skill.
    People aren’t realizing he actually has a decent defensive part to his game, and can be really physical.

  • OilersBrass

    Taylor Cammarata – all 5 ft. 6 in. -150lbs. of him. An offensive dynamo . The race is on to see who gets him . One less goal than Crosby at Shattenkirk – 70 , but in 5 less games than Sidney’s 71 . Coveted by the Flames by the sounds of it .

  • HardBoiledOil 1.0

    i REALLY hope the Oil can score Michael McCarron with pick #37. yes, he’s a bit high to be taken there, but if he ever turns out, big, tough, mean and has some skill…he’d be what we have been looking for up front for a long time!

  • Citizen David

    No I don’t. That’s why I said I don’t know if they got equal opportunity. Both were on loaded teams. Rattie would be playing behind, Niederreirer, Johanson, and Baertchi. Domi would be playing behind Namestnikov, McKegg, Knight, and Griffith. I suspect it would be close. But I don’t know.