The Edmonton Oilers have assigned prized prospect Jordan Eberle of the Regina Pats to their AHL affiliate in Springfield. It’s an exciting move, as Eberle is touted to be a huge part of the Oilers future. And do they ever need some positivity. After dropping two straight games, the Oilers are looking to face the healthy Detroit Red Wings, who are surprisingly battleling for a playoff spot. Needless to say, things aren’t going to get any better this season for Edmonton, until that is, the NHL entry draft day. The Oilers sit dead last in the league with 49 points, and the closest team to them are the Toronto Maple Leafs who have 60 points. Because of the draft lottery, the Oilers may not get the first overall pick, but odds are they will have their choice between Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin. They finished tied for the OHL lead in points with 106, so there’s really no advantage there. (Ironically, Eberle finished his season with 50 and 106 points). So which young prospect will the Oilers choose should the opportunity present itself?
The rankings for the top prospects have come out, and Tyler Seguin is ranked number one, with Hall at number two, and defenseman Cam Fowler at number three. Should the Oilers look to fill the position they need the most, or nab the best player available? Thankfully for the Oilers, the choice may be an easy one. Eberle is a center, as is Seguin. Hall is a left winger. How great would this line look next season? Sam Gagner and Taylor Hall centered by Jordan Eberle? Now obviously, there will be a ton of pressure on the young prospects to produce, and it might be unrealistic to expect huge numbers right away, but the future could be very bright with those three young stars.
Some have suggested that Edmonton goes off the board and selects Cam Fowler, who is touted to be an impact franchise defenseman. But with Tom Gilbert continuing to improve his game, the Oilers can afford to pick a forward, and they desperately need some offense up front. And that’s Taylor Hall. He has a knack for the net, loves to shoot the puck, but is also a great playmaker. He was a force at the recent World Junior Championships and has the ability to dominate games. Seguin is a great playmaker as well, and has incredible vision and hockey sense. The Oilers really can’t go wrong with either of these budding superstars, but thankfully, with a long playoff run ahead for both players, Edmonton will be able to see how they perform when the pressure is on. Good luck to them.