Now it can be told. This one was slated to hit the shelf earlier in the week, but now is as good of a time as any…
Oil On Whyte supports Adam Larsson to be Edmonton’s first overall pick in next month’s draft. Oh, don’t get me wrong – Ryan Nugent Hopkins is also a fine pick, and a few other candidates could certainly be number one.
A few supporting reasons for Larsson follow the jump.
I was asked to support my pick. Here’s what I wrote for our main page Too Many Men On The Site
Adam is expected to be a fixture on our blue for years to come. He’s our number one pick for a few good reasons. In no particular order: 1. He’s on record saying that he’d like to play for the Oilers. That’s a line that will probably be buried under lines of press, but it’s an important one for a franchise that’s still heavily rebuilding. 2: Larsson is already a beast. He’s playing well over 20 minutes per game in the Elitserien at age 18. 3: The guy’s got a cannon shot, he’s mobile, and he’s big. We’re talking 6’3″, 220 lbs for an eighteen year old. For me, Larsson is an easier pick to make than Taylor Hall was last year at this time, as Larsson addresses a need on the Oilers that can’t be fixed with a band-aid any longer. Right or wrong, there are comparisons to Nicklas Lidstrom. If he’s half the player Lidstrom is, he’ll fit just fine.
4. The Oilers have many forwards in their system who have a year of NHL experience under their belt. We expect in a year or two that they will help Edmonton become the team that no one wants to play. Now, let’s add a number one defender in Adam Larsson. Here’s a guy who can play, is built like a truck, and said he’d like to be here. Välkomnande till Edmonton, Adam.
Adam Larsson is the best weapon for the Oilers at this moment.
So there you have it. I’ve already heard grumblings that the team needs to go the way of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, and again, he’s a bang up selection. But look at it this way: Edmonton’s PK unit was 29th overall in the league, and the team’s overall goals against was 28th. The organisation can’t be looking at the defence as a band-aid item; it’s time the need was addressed.
Adam Larsson will be a big plug in a defence that’s sorely lacking. Look at what he’s doing already at age 18. Now, add three years NHL experience. Tell me what you see in a few years.
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