Mark Scheifele of the Barrie Colts - Photo courtesy Terry Wilson / OHL Images

With The Nineteenth Overall Pick, Oil On Whyte Selects...

IF the Oilers hold onto their ‘other’ first round pick at 19th overall, who will they choose?

I’ll tell you who Oil On Whyte chose..after the jump.

Mark Scheifele of Barrie.

Here’s my reasoning on the pick.  You can see it along with all the other first round picks (so far) at Too Many Men, our head NHL site here on the Fansided Network:

With the 19th overall pick in the draft, Oil On Whyte is proud to select Mark Scheifele – centre from the Barrie Colts of the OHL.

18 year old Canadian Mark Scheifele (pronounced “SHY-fully”) brings with him a set of tools that will make him a valued asset in the NHL. He’s a gifted scorer (22G-53A-75PTS in 66 games with the Colts), he has exceptional puck handling capabilities, and he’s got good hockey sense, something that’s rarely able to be taught. Playing in Barrie this past season, he’s played under the tutelage of coach Dale Hawerchuk. Scheifele is 6’3″ and at 175 lbs will look to put on some size as he continues to progress to the NHL level, but he’s got speed, puck handling ability, and a scorer’s touch that we’re very much interested in. Mark is the best pick at 19th overall for the future of this franchise. Welcome to Edmonton, Mark.

A FEW NOTES ON THIS PICK

  • I went into this pick assuming that the Oilers would select Adam Larsson at number one.  (I picked Larsson earlier in the month, and I still think the Oilers should.)  I read a few good suggestions (both forwards and defence) leading up into this pick yesterday and earlier today in centre Mark McNeill  and defender Jamieson Oleksiak. Should the Oilers go ahead and pick Ryan Nugent-Hopkins first overall, I probably would’ve gone defence with this pick.
  • I’m also assuming that Scheifele will be available come the 19th pick.  It works out in our mock draft, it may not work out in real life.  It would be pretty cool if it did though.  Fingers crossed.
  • Also assuming that the Oilers actually do hold on to the 19th overall pick.  If they package it up with a player (or another pick) and trade up, or trade down, then mock-selecting a pick at 19th overall becomes a moot point.  I’ve done worse for longer.

I’ve heard some good alternate picks.  Do you have one?

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