(Video) Dustin Nielson Recaps the NHL Draft

Another NHL Draft is in the books and Dusty Nielson was there to witness it all. In his latest video from Dallas, Nielson gives us the breakdown on all things Oilers at the Draft, including their selection of Evan Bouchard at 10th overall and the four picks that followed in the later rounds. He also dives into the trades and signings that happened around the NHL, and whether or not the Oilers should try to score Justin Faulk out of Carolina.

Topics of discussions:

  • Evan Bouchard and what he means to the Oilers
  • How Ryan McLeod fits on the depth chart and why they traded up to grab Olivier Rodrigue
  • Why drafting Michael Kisselman out of the USHL makes sense in the long-term
  • Should the Oilers chase Justin Faulk?
  • Breaks down the trade that happened between the Calgary Flames and Carolina Hurricanes that sent Dougie Hamilton, Ferland, and Fox out of town for Noah Hanifin and Elias Lindholm.
  • More importantly, Dusty is giving away his Draft worn shoes that he seemingly hates for being uncomfortable. I don’t know why you’d want them, but there you go.

Check out the entire video here:

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  • Bluetomorrow

    Only players I’d move for Faulk would be Russell and Lucic (only because their contracts) especially with the partying and work ethic rumours. No need to bring that into the locker room. Bouchard is going to be ready to run #1 PP unit by 19-20 season and would probably be able to do it this year, he was touted as the best passer in the draft and comes with a big shot. Just what the PP requires dual threat QB.

    So Faulk for bag of pucks.. might be worth it. If you want a cheap rental PP guy, SJS have a guy, Tim Heed, that cost 650k and had higher points per 60 then Burns when given PP time. Not sure they would part with him, but he didn’t play a single playoff game so might not be part of their plans

    • toprightcorner

      So you think that Bouchard will be ready to run the #1 PP in what his likely his first full year in the NHL? I doubt he plays in the NHL this year. Rushing a draft pick is one thing, rushing a dman is much more risky.