Last year there was the big storyline between Taylor Hall and Tyler Segin. Edmonton ended up picking Taylor as the #1 pick, and he has already shown that he will do great things for our team.
This year the draft is a little bit more open. Not only will Edmonton pick #1, but we also have the #19 pick. My hope is that we trade the #19 pick and player or other pick to try and move up higher in the first round. We are in a big rebuilding phase and there is a lot of great talent in the draft this year.
The two players that the Oilers will pick from are Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Adam Larsson. I am really hoping they take Larsson as we need some strong defense on our team, but I guess we will find out what is going to happen later tonight!
1. RYAN NUGENT-HOPKINS
|2010-11 Team: Red Deer Rebels||League: WHL|
|Position: Centre||Height: 6-1|
|2010-11 Stats: 69 GP, 31 G, 106 PTS||Weight: 170 lbs.|
|NHL Central Scouting: 1 NAS, International Scouting Services: No. 1, The Hockey News: No. 1|
|TSN Scout Grant McCagg:|
|Had a slow start in terms of goal production, including going goalless in 13 games in October, but ended the 2010-11 season with 17 goals in his final 20 games after being cut from Canada's U-20 team. Strengths - high end skills, including amazing vision and agility. Quick elusive skater with superb edges. Soft hands and creative puck handler. Solid work ethic and character. Weaknesses - Needs to add some muscle to compete with NHL defencemen in tight quarters. More of a playmaker than a goal scorer, although he began showing more finish at season's end. NHL Upside - first-line center who draws comparisons to Pavel Datsyuk in terms of style.|
2. ADAM LARSSON
|2010-11 Team: Skelleftea HC||League: SEL|
|Position: Defence||Height: 6-3|
|2010-11 Stats: 37 GP, 1 G, 9 PTS||Weight: 200 lbs.|
|NHL Central Scouting: 1 ES, International Scouting Services: No. 2, The Hockey News: No. 2|
|TSN Scout Grant McCagg:|
|He's already a solid contributor in the Swedish Elite League. Tried to do too much in U-18 competitions last fall and was prone to mistakes, but simplified his game at the WJC and dominated physically and defensively despite playing with a knee injury. Strengths - Thick, physical kid with some jam, poised puck mover, has some power play ability, hard shot, can contribute at both ends of the rink, keen hockey sense, solid positionally. Weaknesses - he's a clunky forward skater. Not most fleet of foot. Loses concentration at times, not fast enough to be a frequent puck carrier. NHL Upside - Has been compared to Victor Hedman, but with more offensive upside. Projects to be a workhorse, a top two defenceman that can do it all.|