The Edmonton Oilers have been adding draft picks in 2015 for the draft this summer. Management is telling us those selections could be used to add actual NHL players but the truth is those picks may end up having so much value the club uses them on players they covet. What kind of haul could we see?
OILERS 2015 MOCK!
Here are possible selections for 2015 based on Edmonton’s current position and the position of acquired selections.
— ISS Hockey (@ISShockey) March 6, 2015
- No. 2 overall: C Jack Eichel. Absolutely a plug and play for 2015-16, franchise player. Some are saying that a drafted Eichel may mean Hall traded for a blue. Hell boys, let’s see how Eichel—Hall run for a time, that could be golden.
I really like Jansen Harkins as a 18-30 pick. Very mature, good work ethic and has produced big time this year.
— Kelly Friesen (@KellyFriesen) March 3, 2015
- No. 22 overall (PIT selection for David Perron): C Jansen Harkins. A two-way center and regarded as one of the smartest players in the draft this season. Edmonton typically chooses a defenseman this season but this is a terrific value if available.
Mackenzie Blackwood won 7 games in February while also reaching the 30-save plateau 4 times. He sat 61st in our midterm draft rankings.
— FutureConsiderations (@FCHockey) March 5, 2015
- No. 32 overall: G Mackenzie Blackwood. Highly regarded goaltending prospect, suspect Edmonton will spend two more picks at the position in an effort to overhaul this summer.
— DraftBuzz (@draftbuzzhockey) March 5, 2015
- No. 58 overall (MON selection for Jeff Petry). D Ethan Bear. Trending defenseman who can move the puck smartly. Terrific skater, has a bomb for a shot.
#1 G Daniel Vladar
8-5-3 1.97GAA .933SV%. Intimidating 6’5 frame and presence in net. Developing pro level tools.
— ISS Hockey (@ISShockey) March 5, 2015
- No. 71 overall (OTT selection for Ales Hemsky). G Daniel Vladar. Massive Czech goalie hasn’t allowed too many goals this season. Combined with Blackwood—and the signing of college goalie Matt O’Connor—Oilers should look much better after the draft in terms of stocked prospect goalies.
QUE LW Vladimir Tkachev (#121 NA) had 2nd 4-pt night in 3 gms in 9-3 romp over VIC. LW Dmytro Timashov (#58) leads all rookies with 85 pts
— Steve Kournianos (@TheDraftAnalyst) March 6, 2015
- No. 84 overall (STL selection for Magnus Paajarvi). W Dmytro Timashov. He’s a brilliant offensive player at the junior level, the boxcars should make him more famous than he is currently.
@SabresProspects I saw Vladimir Tkachev a couple times on TV and I was wondering why he is rated so low in the draft? He looked elite.
— 50 Years Buf Fan (@Buf50) February 14, 2015
- No. 122 overall: L Vladimir Tkachev. It’s difficult to suss out where he’ll go but in a deep draft it is possible we’ll see him drop due to lack of size and early injury issues. Expect Oilers could be looking at him as early as third round.
— Mike Mackley (@Macker61) March 6, 2015
- No. 152 overall: R Matt Luff. Another guy who could go much earlier but if he slides (the last few seasons have involved many overagers being taken in middle rounds) Edmonton will grab him. Bigger player with some skill.
— Claes Elefalk (@elefalk) February 28, 2015
- No. 182 overall: R Fredrik Forsberg. Filip’s brother he’s scoring well but hasn’t shown up on any rankings I’ve seen. When you’re drafting No. 182, Filip Forsberg’s brother is probably a good bet if he’s available.