Today is the Draft! Even though the Oilers don’t pick till #22 I’m still excited as the Draft is my favourite time of the year. I have lobbied for the Oilers to take more OHL players (check my other links) for years maybe this will be the year they load up. When I made my picks I used Central Scouting as a guide to where each player may be drafted and looked for guys with Translatable NHL skills or traits not necessarily production (see Scouting Tab for more details). I stayed away from European players since I just did not get enough information on them. With that being said here is my mock draft of WHO I WOULD TAKE as opposed to who I think we actually select as I rarely get any actual Oiler selections correct. Hopefully a couple will match up for once.
My first choice – C Robert Thomas (London)
2nd choice if not available – RD Conor Timmins (Sault Ste. Marie)
Thomas is a 5 tool prospect with exceptional speed, High IQ and underrated set of hands. He is a RH centerman who can play the Wing. PP & PK. Good faceoff guy. He is clearly my #1 choice. For more on him check out: https://theoilknight.ca/category/uncategorized/scouting-the-ohl/
Timmins is a great puckmover who can run the PP, makes great decisions, wonderful outlet passes, pretty much solid all around. RH shot. Would be a nice fit for the Oilers and is who I actually do think they select if he’s still on the board.
Maybe we move up from 3rd round?
3rd Round (2 selections)
D Markus Phillips (Owen Sound)
F Ivan Lodnia (Erie)
2nd choice – Maksim Sushko (Owen Sound) & Kiriil Maksimov (Niagara)
Markus Phillips appears to be a popular sleeper so I’m not convinced he will be there when Oilers pick at #82. If he is, he would be the pick I just don’t see it. If Lodnia is there I run to the podium. So much skill and determination this kid was forced to play on the 4th line on a deep Erie team. Make no mistake he can do it all and should be on the Top line next year. Both may very well be gone by 3rd round so if we trade up that’s who I would take. Sushko and Maksimov are both right shot RWers who can shoot the puck. I was very impressed with Sushko in the playoffs he looks like a great breakout candidate. He is fearless going to the net and has some nice moves. Maksimov finished the year on a tear for Niagara. He can really shoot the puck which is always a nice trait to have. A bit flashier than Sushko but both have a lot of potential in my mind. I like Sushko and Maksimov a lot as 3rd rd picks.
D Cale Fleury (Kootenay)
I wouldn’t take him any sooner than this but it seems once he fills out his skinny frame he could be a force. Looks pretty solid defensively by my eye not sure if offense will be there but RH shot competes hard, has the bloodlines and enough quality traits to maybe make it to next level after some seasoning. If Maksimov is somehow still on the board here, run to the podium.
F Skyler Brind’Amour (USHL)
Limited reports on him but appears to have the measurables and the pedigree. If he’s anything like his dad I wouldn’t count him out.
D Matt Brassard (Oshawa)
Brassard is raw but he’s a big guy who can really shoot the puck appears to have enough mobility though will still need to work on it moving forward.
F Drake Batherson (Cape Breton)
Right-handed shot Center who was a PPG in playoffs and almost PPG in regular season. Excellent playmaker seems to be a good decision maker on the limited tape I saw. Good speed. Enough there to warrant the pick.
D Brandon Crawley (London)
Crawley always seemed to take penalties at the wrong time but his combination of size, speed & skill plus developing in London under Hunter gives him enough of a chance. More of a Girardi type.
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