Last week in part one of this two part series we went through all the Oiler contracts, sorting out who will stay, and who will go. In this edition – trades go down at the draft, and Oilers decide to keep the first overall pick and select…
But first, the Edmonton Oilers are in dire need of a franchise goaltender. There is a team, currently still active in the NHL playoffs that arguably have two of them – the Boston Bruins with Tim Thomas & Tuukka Rask. Bruins are out of the first round, on to round two, so Thomas’ job is safe for another year.
They have another two years committed to Thomas, he’s got lot of fuel left in the engine – reminds me a lot of Dwayne Roloson. Tuukka Rask isn’t a back-up in this league anymore; he’s of starting quality.
This proposal was made months ago by me, and I’m going to stick with it today. During the first day of the draft: Oilers deal Ales Hemsky to the Boston Bruins for Tuukka Rask – Hemsky is the Oilers valued trading chip, and he’s dealt for the Oilers biggest need.
Hemsky adds scoring on the wing, something of an uncertainty on the right side heading into the offseason for the Bruins. While the Oilers finally, get the goalie that can steal games.
Steve Tambellini along with the other Oiler management crew will step up to the podium on June 24th, “The Oilers are pleased and proud to select from the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins”.
No surprise here, Ryan has all the tools to be a top line forward for the Oilers for many years to come. His coach in Red Deer, former Detroit Red Wing, Jesse Wallin compares Ryan’s hands to Pavel Datsyuk and the skating ability of Sergei Fedorov. Something Jesse got to see firsthand, with his time in Motown.
So why did the Oilers pass on using the first overall pick to select Adam Larsson? Two reasons. First, defenseman Martin Marincin who was drafted at last years draft. He has stepped up in a big way over the course of his first North American season, darting up the prospect depth chart.
He’s arguably the Oilers most intriguing prospect not in Oilers uniform right now. The second reason is the 19th overall pick from Los Angeles. The Oilers will get the opportunity to address their needs on defense here.
It is my belief the Oilers will select a defenceman with their second – first round pick. They will most likely have their choice of: David Musil, Jonas Brodin, Scott Mayfield, Joseph Morrow. Another intriguing blueliner is Jamieson Oleksiak – but he may be gone by the time the Oilers step up to select at nineteen.
Leading up to the NHL draft, I’ll be listing other players the Oilers should consider drafting with the rest of their draft picks.