With the 3rd pick overall the Edmonton Oilers select Leon Draisaitl

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*** Day 2 UPDATE: The Oilers have selected Goaltender Zachary Nagelvoort (111th), Forward Liam Coughlin (130th), Forward Tyler Vesel (153rd), and Goaltender Keven Bouchard (183rd). More to follow

Let’s get this online draft party started early. You know Wanye and the boys at the Nation Draft Party are firing it up at the PINT right now, why can’t we? 

If you don’t want to deal with Nationwide fans in the other Liveblog, we will update this Oilersnation only thread with the latest picks and when breaking news rolls in. The Oilers took Leon Draisaitl with the 3rd pick read more on him here

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LIVE UPDATES: FIRST ROUND

5:21pm – Florida takes Aaron Ekblad #1

5:26pm – Buffalo takes Sam Reinhart #2

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5:32pm – Edmonton takes Leon Draisaitl #3

5:38pm – Calgary takes Sam Bennett #4

5:45pm – New York Islanders take Michael Dal Colle #5

5:51pm – Vancouver takes Jake Virtanen #6

5:57pm – Carolina takes Hayden Fleury #7

6:02pm – Toronto takes William Nylander #8

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6:09pm – Winnipeg takes Nikolaj Ehlers #9

6:10pm – Pittsburgh trades James Neal to Nashville for Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling

6:16pm – Anaheim takes Nick Ritchie #10

6:23pm – Nashville takes Kevin Fiala # 11

6:28pm – Arizona takes Brendan Perlini #12

6:34pm – Washington takes Jakub Vrana #13

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6:39pm – Dallas takes Julius Honka #14

6:45pm – Detroit takes Dylan Larkin #15

6:50pm – Columbus takes Sonny Milano #16

6:58pm – Philadelphia takes Travis Sanheim #17

7:03pm – Minnesota takes Alex Tuch #18

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7:09pm – Tampa Bay takes Anthony Deangelo #19

Trade: San Jose trades 20th pick and 179th to Chicago for the 27th and 62nd

7:15 – Chicago takes Nick Schmaltz #20

7:22 – St Louis takes Rob Fabbri #21

7:26 – Pittsburgh takes Kasperi Kapanen #22

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7:33 – Colorado takes Conner Bleakley #23

7:38 – Vancouver takes Jared MCcann – #24 Steve Dangle Interviewed him just before the draft here

7:43 – Boston takes David Pastrnak #25

7:49 – Montreal takes Nikita Scherbak #26

7:54 – San Jose takes Nickolay Goldobin #27

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Trade: Tampa trades 28th pick to Islanders for picks 35 and 57.

8:03 – New York Islanders take Joshua Ho-Sang #28

8:08 – LA takes Adrian Kempe #29

8:14 – New Jersey takes John Quenville #30

DRAISAITL

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Gregor and Lowetide have both done great work on the Oilers newest center. Have a peak at those here:

http://oilersnation.com/2014/5/9/draisaitl-i-know-i-m-a-competitive-person

http://oilersnation.com/2014/3/31/leon

TOMORROW

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DAY 2 (UPDATE)

With the 111th pick the Oilers selected goaltender Zachary Nagelvoort from the University of Michigan. He posted an 11-9-3 record with a 2.20 GAA and .929 save % this season in 24 games.

With the 130th pick the Oilers selected forward Liam Coughlin from the Vernon Vipers of the BCHL. Coughlin 6’3 200 pounds, scored 18 goals and added 27 assists in 53 games with Vernon last year. He is headed to Boston University next season.

With the 153rd pick the Oilers selected forward Tyler Vesel from the Omaha Lancers of the USHL. Vesel had 33 goals and 38 assists in 49 games last season.

With the 183rd pick the Oilers selected another goaltender, Keven Bouchard from Val d’Or of the QMJHL. Bouchard had a 17-6-1 record with a 2.95 GAA and .887 save % last season.


  • Buke

    I hope ekblad falls I know we have good young d-men in the system but I think he’s that kind of talent you don’t pass up if he’s there. We didn’t need yak wingers are easier to come by but we took him and as difficult a year he had I would do it again. BPA I think is the best way to go about the draft these are kids kids your hoping to turn into stars. Package gags with marincin or kelfbom throw in a draft pick in next year draft to address the center problem whether it be another pick to draft one or one that’s proven the rights to berglend might be worth looking into

      • Jordan McNugent-Hallkins

        ummm… because Bennett weighs in at roughly 175-180lbs while Draisaitl is about 210lbs. He’s about 6’1.5″ and Bennett is about 6′-6’1″. They are almost the same height while Draisaitl outweighs him by over 30lbs, that is significant.

        • Jordan McNugent-Hallkins

          Must be impossible to put on muscle

          I’m not completely against the pick, time will tell. But in my mind we let the better player go to calgary. Draisitl might be an inch taller and a little heavier now, but Bennet plays with an edge and is a 2 way player. Well see how this plays out

          • Wax Man Riley

            I just can’t see a player putting on 30 lbs and still being effective. If you think Bennett can put on 20-30 lbs then so can LD.

            You just can’t go from having small shoulders to being wide. RNH won’t ever be 210 lbs. he just doesn’t have the build. Sam Gagner was 190 when he was drafted, so he’s only put on 10lbs. That’s what I expect from Bennett.

          • Buke

            I agree with what you’re saying but does 20lbs make the diffrence? Draisitl is a bit bigger but he doesn’t play a big bodied game. Bennett is a little smaller but throws what he has around. He’s also a better 2way player which is what you want in a 2nd line center.

            I would’ve taken Bennett but we’ll see what happens. I think calgary got the better player

          • BorjeSalming-IanTurnbull

            Size is always a bonus. Draisaitl will control the puck and control the play much easier because of his size. He doesn’t need to piss the play away by trying numerous toe drags like our small skilled players do, because our small players think they need to be wizards with the puck to get around bigger opponents. Draisaitl is a huge upgrade over that crap.

            We don’t need top performers to be out their hammering guys, that isn’t the responsibilities of the core group but rather the complimentary players. Something this franchise has struggled to add via trade for a number of years, solid complimentary players.

          • BorjeSalming-IanTurnbull

            Ask RNH. He’s still tiny but tall. Lots of guys out there that have height but don’t have the frame. Not all are built the same, there’s bigger guys out there that are the same height. Draisaitl is a heavier player and I highly doubt Bennett will match him in that heaviness.

            I like the Draisaitl pick as I’ve watched him a ton these past couple years. What he won’t be is that guy who plays with intensity and physicality. He’s a Malkin or Joe Thornton…big, but won’t be out there hammering guys. Often I think this is what Oilers fans want, is that big guy that plays with an edge…that isn’t Draisaitl.

          • Grant

            If it was possible to increase weight and strength to your liking the Oilers wouldn’t be in this situation. Physiology plays into how strong and big you can become. Look at Bennett, he has a slight frame and smaller joints. It means he’s meant to be somewhat smaller. He could eventually probably fall somewhere in the 180 to 190 pound range when he’s around 25 (when men physically mature) but forcing body mass can have consequences. Nugent Hopkins is a prime example as he went from around 175 last year to 185 this season and he seemed to slow down and didn’t have the same agility he had last year. Draisaitl has a wider frame and at 210lbs looks natural, which means he didn’t put on gym weight (ie. bulky shoulders, arms, chest, back) it’s natural muscle strength and most of his weight is in his core and lower body.

            Also the puck skills, iq, and skating ability are all somewhat equal with the three centers in the top 4. Which means that when skill level is equal you take the bigger man. Not to mention Draisaitl’s best quality is his ability to possess the puck and not give it up. That is the number one thing lacking among the forward corps outside of Hall and Perron. That’s also the reason the rest of the team was so inconsistent outside of those two players.

  • O.C.

    Does anyone remember about 3 months ago, who was the first person on here to say, this is the guy the Oil need and will pick?

    Ya, okay, not good at the #ego thing. Congrats MacT on making the right choice. Much as I like Bennett, YOU CANT build an entire team with the same cookie cutter.

  • Jordan McNugent-Hallkins

    Very pleased with grabbing the German. I predict Monahan/Bennett is gonna be a nightmare, but Draisatl was the right choice.

    Should be some interesting BoAs for the next decade or so.

  • Jordan McNugent-Hallkins

    I ‘m very happy with our selection………..this kid may just be good enough to step in right away.

    It’s too bad that we gave up the second and third round picks……….this is where the horse trading really begins any ways, and it looks like we will be sidelined.

    If there is a team willing to give up a high second rounder for Gagner, Mac T should make that deal!

  • Quicksilver ballet

    The Flames look much stronger already with Monahan and Bennett down the middle. Compared to the Oilers RNH and XXX. Oiler fans best prepare to be dominated by the Calgary Flames for the next 15 yrs.

    I’m sure that XXX will insure Connor McDavid dons the Oilers colors next summer. So todays minimal effort by MacTavish isn’t all that bad. Wandering in the desert could pay off bigtime next summer. That must be when Kevin Lowes, I know a lot about winning will develop a new meaning.

  • BorjeSalming-IanTurnbull

    Hall Nug Ebs ,
    Per dry Yak ,
    Gags Grabs Ott ,
    Hens Gordie ?

    I like it. No Horcoff No Hemsky No Smyth. And Steve Smith was finally sent packing.

    Turn the page

  • Bucknuck

    I look forward to watching Bennett throw his little frame at Draisaitl… and bouncing off.

    Finally there is a chance that they can have some size in the top six. Let’s just hope he helps the Oil finish ahead of the Flames for a decade or more.

    • Jeff Lebowski

      Actually Monahan will handle Draisaitl while Bennett ragdolls baby nuge.

      For a decade or more.

      Bennett was always in the top 3. Draisaitl dipped. Perhaps nothing for teenagers or perhaps everything?

      Draisaitl is who you HAD to take given the the atrociousness in the ‘construction’ of the your roster. DRAISAITL WAS NOT THE BPA (according to the scouts and scouting services). Sam was just less big. MacT had no choice.

      But everyone knows Bennett is the superior player. Immensely skilled, elite skater but the drive, the competitiveness, the all out, never die motor.

      Bennett is a heart and soul guy with elite offensive skill.

      And you all know it.

      Calgary is over the moon to get the #1 ranked guy at 4. Unbelieveable!!!

      I can not wait for the prospects tourney – Calgary will destroy EDM. Just watch

      • Reg Dunlop

        Who in their right mind would agree with a clown flame fan… but he is correct. The oil blew this one, Leon just can’t skate well enough. Also, Quicksilver-Daddy speaks the truth. One more season in the ditch may bring us a 1st overall that actually lives up to the hype.

        • Had the oilers made the mistake of picking Bennett, they would have ruined their chances at McDavid and Eichel.

          Only if we get McDavid or Eichel will I consider this rebuild a success.

          Some teams half ass their rebuilds and grab two or three top picks before turning it around, but not the Oil, we go all the way!

          Ebs, Hall, Nuge, Yak, Nurse, Draisaitl, McDavid, Perron, Marincin, Klefbom

          Maybe we sign Grabo, but my fear is that he might make us good enough to finish 9-12 in the west when we need to be 29-30 in the league.

          Top 3 C’s Nuge Grabo Draisaitl.. Not nearly as nice sounding as Nuge McDavid Draisaitl

          • a lg dubl dubl

            If the Oilers finish 29/30th at seasons end, what makes you sure Hall, Ebs and RNH wont ask for a trade?

            Cant keep losing for the sake of the “next great #1 pick”

            This team needs to start winning now, playoffs or not, they at least have to be close next season.

          • I was trolling there. But for the sake of argument, if Hall asked for a trade because of another year of losing but we got McDavid I’d call that an upgrade. I guess the legit fear is that all four of Hall Nuge Ebs and Yak ask for a trade.

          • Jeff Lebowski

            If Calgary or EDM or any Canadian not named Toronto are the odds on fav to land a generational talent …. They WON’T.

            The NHL & Fehr run NHLPA know that to maximize revenue ( revenue that instructs where the cap goes) the generational talent has to be in the eastern time zone, where all the people live.

            You can have guys in Cali because that state is more populous than all of Canada.

            But McDavid and Eichel WILL FIND THEMSELVES ELSEWHERE.

            Why are the bingo balls behind the curtain?

            Because Bettman has to keep league interests primary. That’s what he was hired to do. Grow the game in the US.

            Fehr knows how to get players paid. Entertain the MASSES.

            Do you really think small markets have the same chance? Ok.

          • a lg dubl dubl

            SWIGGLY LINES MAN, SWIGGLY LINES!! LOL

            I didn’t realize what you really meant, my bad 🙂

            That would be a catastrophe if the core asked to get the heck out of Dodge you’re right on that.

        • Grant

          Actually when I watched the draft yesterday, they said draisaitl was a very strong skater and had his skating ranked a 4/5.
          If we would have picked Bennet people would have freaked out on Mact for picking a smaller forward again.
          We made the right pick!

      • EugeneV

        we will not take long to give you a chance to gloat. If Leon doesn’t score 30 goals, or get 80 pts as a teenager, us Oiler “fans” will boo him out of town for being slow and lazy…….

      • Brian Sutherby

        I wonder at prospects game whether Nurse and Munoz will test Bennett , maybe even Chase ? Yakimov could prove to be physical as well . Could be some good tilts .

        • Jeff Lebowski

          Doesn’t matter who you have. Just like last year the prospects tourney will reveal how bad EDM is at scouting outside top 3 picks.

          The oil are devoid of talent and full of plugs like Moroz , Musil, Pitlick.

          It doesn’t matter what I or you type here. The proof will be on the ice.

          EDM SUCKS. I’m not saying anything you don’t know or haven’t witnessed. Those coiler kids are terrible uses of top of the round picks. Terrible. Just awful.

      • How are you ever going to get McDavid if you pick the BPA? It’s like MacT said, he’s going to pick the player that will have the biggest impact Long Term. By picking the worse player, he’s thinking about next year’s draft. 🙂

      • Jeff Lebowski

        you might want to check who the highest scoring player (PPG) in this year’s draft class was. Heres’ a hint: Deutschland. Uber Alles!! 38g-67a-105p in 64 games. You can have the small guy that plays big; I’ll take the guy that actually is big.

        Sure, every now and then the small guy ends up being a Toews, but the odds are lower then that of the big man. Your odds of getting a Getzlaf, Carter or Kopitar are much higher with a guy of the same body type, than a small guy ending up being a Toews.

        • Grant

          Highest PPG available I assume you meant. Reinhart had the same amount of points in less games in the WHL. He should be a solid centre. How interesting would it be if Leon became the most valuable of the top 3 picks Edmonton has had in 4 of the last 5 years? Him and Hall could be monsters for you guys if Leon plays to his potential, leaving RNH in the dust.

  • Quicksilver ballet

    Trash if you feel the Flames make the playoffs first.

    Prop if you feel the Oilers make the post season first.

    Hope we’re all still alive when this happens for our Oil.

  • BorjeSalming-IanTurnbull

    I’m looking forward to battle of Alberta a little more now after draft . Who knows for sure next year if both will be 1 and 2 in Eichel and MacDavid draft and Oilers and Flames get both ? Let the battle begin .

  • Quicksilver ballet

    Being an oiler fan in June is awesome. I can drink the kool-aid and keep pretending how awesome we are finally going to be. I don’t have to worry about reality and watching my Oil making fools of themselves on the ice for another 3 months! Summer time Oil fan!