The picks are in. Draft weekend has come to a close. The Oilers made a total of five picks between Friday and Saturday. It’s your turn to tell us how they did.
A short recap of the picks:
ROUND 1: 10th overall: Evan Bouchard, London Knights (OHL). A right shot defenceman who loves to shoot the puck. He put up 87 points in his third season with the OHL Knights, some reaches in the top 9 allowed them to snag one of Bouchard or Noah Dobson. It’s not completely off the charts to think that Bouchard could start the season in Edmonton.
ROUND 2: 40th overall: Ryan McLeod, Mississauga Steelheads (OHL). Left shot centre who put up better than a point per game for the Steelheads in his third season. McLeod’s 70 points in Mississauga was good for third in team scoring behind Vegas’ Nicolas Hague and Florida’s Owen Tippett. Speed on skates.
ROUND 2: 62nd overall: Olivier Rodrigue, Drummondville Voltigeurs (QMJHL). Oilers traded their third and fifth round picks to the Canadiens to pick the number one ranked goaltender in this year’s draft. Rodrigue’s father Sly is a goaltending consultant for the Oilers. Olivier Rodrigue was the second goaltender drafted in 2018, he’ll play two more years in Drummondville.
ROUND 6: 164th overall: After moving up to select a goaltender, the Oilers would have to wait over one hundred picks to select Michael Kesselring, Des Moines Buccanneers (USHL). Right shot defenceman who spent most of 2017-18 playing for his high school in New Hampton. Will spend next year in the USHL before heading to college.
ROUND 7: 195th overall: Patrik Siikanen, Espoo Blues (U20 SM-liiga). 6’1” left winger from Finland spent most of 2017-18 on the under 20 Blues where he registered 17 points in 24 games (7-10-17).
So how’d they do?
A couple thoughts:
- I’m a big fan of the Bouchard selection, and I really really like the McLeod selection. Right or wrong, Bouchard could play in the league next season and Ryan McLeod could be a year or two away. Or less. Bouchard will probably get a good look this year.
- Goalies are voodoo. Trading up to get a goalie doesn’t usually work for me (especially when his father consults for the Oilers) but the Oilers liked what they saw in Olivier Rodrigue. Rodrigue was the top ranked goaltender in the NHL, he’d be one of two goaltenders that the Oilers would acquire on Saturday. I’m less worried that the Oilers traded a third and a fifth to get to the end of the second round.
- The last two picks are dice rolls. I appreciate that they didn’t draft coke machines.
It’ll be two or three years (or more) before we can look back on 2018 and declare it successful, or not. But so far? I’ve seen many worse drafts.
What do you think? What do you like? What don’t you like about this draft?
How did the Oilers do in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft?
This poll is closed
A - excellent
B - pretty good
C - meh
F - this is no good