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The Edmonton Oilers may have a decision to make after all at this year’s entry draft. Aaron Ekblad may still be their choice, but a big German center who plays for Prince Albert is going to make the decision difficult.

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Earlier in the month, Jim Matheson posted this on twitter, and I’ve been wondering about it ever since. Matheson is a connected newspaper guy and those connections run deep. So, let’s assume that the tweet comes from somewhere credible and there’s a chance Edmonton takes Draisaitl in front of Reinhart.

Is there a reason we can find? Why would Reinhart be behind the other two prospects, or Sam Bennett for that matter?

SCORING BY DISCIPLINE: EVENS

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We’ll take a look at Ekblad (and compare him to last year’s blue) in an upcoming post. For now, let’s have a look at the three center’s at the top of this year’s draft. This is very close, and each of these players posted strong seasons in the season leading up to their draft. 

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SIZE

The Oilers (according to Matty) value Draisaitl more than Reinhart and Bennett. From the scouting reports, we know the following about these players:

  • Reinhart is 6.01, 183 according to the WHL website
  • Bennett is 6.0, 181 according to the OHL website.
  • Draisaitl is 6.01, 209 according to the WHL website.

So, if we’re looking for things that make Draisaitl stand out the extra 25 pounds stands out. Fair?

SCORING BY DISCIPLINE: POWER PLAY

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With the man advantage, Reinhart and Draisaitl appear to be very close. The two teams are similar offensively, so without knowing time on ice I’d have to assume the two men are equal offensive talents. Bennett doesn’t have the kind of boxcars Reinhart and Draisaitl do, but opportunity may have a lot to do with it.

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

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The smart money is on Edmonton taking Aaron Ekblad. With the emergence of Leon Draisaitl as a viable option, I think there’s a chance the Oilers choose the big center instead. MacT would have to get a veteran center to bridge the time between Leon’s draft and NHL debut, but ‘building up the middle’ can be satisfied by selecting the Deutschland Dangler.

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  • Neilio

    Ekblad all the way for me. Draft him and send him back to junior with nurse while we work on this dumpster fire.
    I find it interesting that one of the reasons that teams have cooled a bit on Ekblad is that he’s man-sized playing against teenagers. But when you apply that to the forwards it doesn’t matter? Draisaitl isn’t using his size to his advantage? Its not covering up holes in HIS game?
    Bennet is the smallest of the three and he puts up points while playing exactly the style of game that the Oilers need. He has room for improvement, because he will still need to fill out some.
    I’d hate to think that the Oilers are leaning towards Draisaitl solely because he has the size to step into the NHL right away. Because if there is one thing we’ve learned, rookies are NOT saviors.

  • The Real Scuba Steve

    Lowtide, is this article a denegation of last nights game.?

    This team as bigger problem than Eckald vs ……..

    Forgive me if you wrote this before the
    Gong Show that happened at Rexall last night.

  • HardBoiledOil 1.0

    the Oilers are really in a good position here. likely to draft in the top 3, if they don’t trade the pick, having Draisaitl, Reinhart or Ekblad there for the taking is a real gift, after the Sabres likely pick *fist* overall. personally, for the Oilers needs, i’d rank them 1.Ekblad, 2.Draisaitl, 3.Reinhart.

  • CMG30

    Draisaitl, Reinheart, Ekblad… I don’t think that there’s a wrong move here for the Oilers. Anyway you slice it, the Oilers get something they need. With the Oilers not picking first this year, it takes the pressure of making the ‘right’ pick away.

  • Big Cap

    firstly, the Professional is a fantastic movie. like really good.

    second, can you not write a similar focused post next year on draft picks, please. much appreciated. i’d rather not know anything about the top 3.

    IF they keep the pick, Ekblad.

  • The Real Scuba Steve

    Still think they should it trade with a player for some NHL talent to fill the holes on the team. Drafting another young kid makings me think we will have another season like this next year.