Edmonton Oilers 2019 Mock Draft
By the OilKnight 06/01/19
Over the last couple years I have done Mock Drafts for the Oilers, with little success in getting the actual selections correct. Mock drafts are always a crapshoot because all it takes is 1 GM to go off the board – and there goes your mock. It’s also impossible to know exactly where every prospect ranks going into the draft, despite what media types & draft experts would leave you to believe just days before the actual selections are made.
Noah Dobson was a perfect example last season. Dobson was my favourite prospect and it seemed a virtual guarantee he would be off the board when Edmonton selected. However, not only was he still on the board when they were on the clock, they passed on him and he didn’t end up getting drafted until the 12th overall pick. It still blows my mind after the season he had and the skill-set he has to offer that he lasted that long but point being – assume nothing.
That being said, here is a Mock draft based on Edmonton’s needs and my personal opinions on prospects that would be good fits as Oilers. It’s no secret Edmonton really lacks two things in particular in their pipeline – speedy prospects, and scorers. Keep that in mind in these projections.
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1st Round – 8th Overall
The Pick: Dylan Cozens (C/RW) – Lethbridge (WHL)
2nd Choice: Philip Tomasino (C/RW) – Niagara (OHL)
Jack Hughes, Kaapo Kakko, Bowen Byram will be off the board. After that, all bets are off. Edmonton needs more speed, skill & scorers up front. That’s the focus. If you’ve read my Top 31 Prospects you’ll know I’m not a big of Kirby Dach or Trevor Zegras, especially as fits in Edmonton. Vasili Podkolzin is talented but probably not a good fit either. That still leaves a talented group highlighted by Alex Turcotte, Cole Caufield, Dylan Cozens, Peyton Krebs & Philip Tomasino. All would be good fits & fill a role in Edmonton. Tomasino is the real sleeper who I would definitely consider at #8, just not sure the Oilers would.
If still on the board in order I would take: Turcotte, Caufield, Cozens, Tomasino, Krebs. I’m guessing Turcotte & Caufield will be gone by #8. So Cozens is the pick. He brings speed, skill & solid all-round game to the table. Plus, he’s got a big shot and can score. Checks all the boxes for Holland in terms of what he is looking for. Listed as a center, think he will excel as a speedy, go hard to the net type winger ala a young Ryan Smyth. Great choice and nice compliment to McDavid & Draisaitl.
Tomasino may not be ranked this high by most, but I would certainly take him at #8 if it were me. He has a dynamic skill-set & still plenty of room for growth too. Very similar to Matt Barzal. Perhaps, Edmonton trades down and still drafts him.
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2nd Round – 38th Overall
The Pick: Vladislav Kolyachonok (LD) – Flint Firebirds (OHL)
2nd Choice: Ethan Keppen (LW) – Flint Firebirds (OHL)
If the Oilers stick to the best player available motto, and Kolyachonok is still on the board at #38 – I hope they run to the podium. In my Top 31 Prospects I have Kolyachonok ranked as the 2nd best defenceman in this draft. He’s a fabolous skater, excellent defender, and has sneaky good offence. However, partly due to the fact he plays in Flint and didn’t get enough exposure or opportunity to showcase his talents, he may drop to the 2nd round. Regardless, he’s one of my favourite players in this draft and compares quite favourably to Hampus Lindholm. I would have zero faith in Chiarelli & co. making this pick here but Ken Holland gives me hope.
Ethan Keppen might be one of the most underrated players in this draft. He isn’t sexy, but he is a bulldog with a tremendous work ethic who goes hard to the net. He skates pretty well for his size & has a big shot. Very underrated playmaker too. He improves his first couple steps over the next few years he could be a real dominant force in the NHL. Looks and plays like a Pro already. More talented version of Samuel Poulin.
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3rd Round – 85th Overall
The Pick: Maxim Cajkovic (RW) – Saint John (QMJHL)
2nd Choice: Samuel Bolduc (D) – Blainville-Boisbrand (QMJHL)
3rd Choice: Patrick Moynihan (RW) – U.S. National Team (USDP)
The guesswork gets real tricky once you get this far into the draft so I’ve added an extra option. Maxim Cajkovic, is another guy that was on a real bad team but has shown flashes of dynamic playmaking ability. Cajkovic has an excellent motor, is a explosive skater and has a cannon for a shot. All needs in Edmonton & he is poised to explode next year with a much better supporting cast around him. The Oilers rarely draft out of the QMJHL and it typically doesn’t work out when they do, but none of that should matter come draft day. Cajkovic would be a great fit in Edmonton though they may have to trade up to get him in the 3rd round.
Samuel Bolduc would be my second choice if still on the board. He is an excellent skater and a real physical presence on the blueline. He has great leadership qualities & is tough to play against. Sneaky offence too. Real athletic guy, who moves the puck very well. Also, looks like a Pro.
Moynihan, is a very intriguing option & could also turn out to be a real steal if he’s still on the board at #85. He has excellent speed, nice hands including a big shot & release, and his motor is non-stop. Good value in the 3rd round.
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4th Round – 100th Overall
The Pick: Matvei Guskov (C/RW) – London (OHL)
2nd Choice: Case McCarthy (D) – U.S. National Team (USDP)
Needless to say, if any of the 3rd Round picks I suggested are still sitting there at #100, they’re the pick. If not, Matvei Guskov provides terrific value in the 4th round. Once thought of as a potential 1st round pick earlier in the year, Guskov‘s stock has dropped considerably due to a lack of production. However, having watched him up close several times I can attest that he has some real nice skill, is a very good 200 ft player and has some real upside. He just struggled a bit with the transition to North America like so many first year European players do. But, as the season went on he got more comfortable & his skill started to show more. He’s a silky smooth skater, who has a real nice shot, & nice hands in front. Excellent value here.
McCarthy, is a mobile right shot dman who is solid all-round, and might be flying a bit under the radar on a loaded USDP team. He appears to do everything well & has a nice speed/size combo too.
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6th Round – 162nd Overall
The Pick: Martin Lang (W) – Kamloops (WHL)
2nd Choice: Carter Berger (D) – Victoria (BCHL)
Martin Lang is one of my favourite sleepers in this draft for a couple reasons. For one, he’s the youngest eligible player in this draft with his Sept. 15th birthday. Secondly, while he showed flashes in Kamloops as a rookie, he really stood out for the Czech Republic both at the Hlinka-Gretzky & U18‘s tourneys. There’s a lot to like about Lang. He has a very nice skill-set & above average speed. He’s a natural goal scorer with excellent offensive instincts. He should be much more comfortable in his 2nd WHL season and has the potential to be one of the better scorers in that league.
Carter Berger is another trendy sleeper in the late rounds. He played for the BCHL but is commited to UConn. He’ll be 20 in September but is an excellent playmaker and stickhandler playing with Alex Newhook in Victoria. Worth a look
7th Round – 193rd Overall
The Pick: Erik Portillo (G) – Frolunda HC (SuperElit)
2nd Choice: Joe Carroll (LW) – Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)
Portillo, is a 6’6″ Swedish goalie who led the J20 SuperElit league last year in GAA and SV%. He was also one of the youngest draft eligibles last year but went undrafted. He is committed to Michigan this upcoming season which makes him a very intriguing option. Big, athletic goalie. Definitely worth a 7th round pick.
Injuries and inconsistency have really plagued Carroll‘s career up to this point. However, there is no question he has some elite skill. There are games you will watch him and think wow, this guy is probably ranked high. Then you check his stats and it’s mind boggling. He has very good speed & acceleration along with some sick mitts, but for whatever reason he just isn’t nearly as productive as a guy with his skill should be. Carroll just doesn’t seem to want it bad enough and can be a frustrating player to watch. But, he’s worth a late round flier based on skill alone.
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