First Round Position: 10th
Best Picks in last 3 Years:
Sam Gagner-C-1st 2007
Jordan Eberle-C-1st 2008
Theo Peckham-D-3rd 2006
Jeff Petry-D-2nd 2008
Riley Nash-LW-1st 2007
Coming Down the Pipe - The Oilers are hoping that Sam Gagner starts next year the way he’s finished his first 2 NHL seasons. Theo Peckham should challenge for a roster spot next eyar, while Jeff Petry continues to season at Michigan State. Jordan Eberle became a Canadian hero last year at the WJC but should return to Regina next season. Riley Nash needs to make the most of a short season at Cornell while Alex Plante, the 3rd first round pick in 2007 had a bounce back season. The wild card in Edmonton’s draft deck is 2007 4th rounder Linus Omark who lit it up in Sweden but is playing in the KHL this year.
Draft Trends - The Oilers have been long known as a team that isn’t afraid to go the college route but Edmonton has taken just 3 players with college connections in the last 3 years and stayed away from NCAA players all together last year.
Millard: Oliver Ekman-Larsson-With Kulikov gone, the Oilers will settle for a skilled Swede on the back end instead of a Russian. Larsson was a second rounder in January, but has shot up the rankings almost as fast as his rocket shot.
Flaming: John Moore – The Oilers can’t afford to draft for present need so this good sized, 2-way D-man who is arguably the best skater in the draft might just be the best player available.