The 2012 NHL Draft is history. For the third year in a row, the Oilers had the top pick. They did the right thing by selecting Nail Yakupov (who will hopefully be a fixture on this team for the next fifteen years), but that was just the tip of the iceberg.
Here’s a few things going through my head today about this past weekend:
- Instead of selecting a defenceman, what on God’s green earth were the Oilers thinking in selecting LW Mitchell Moroz at 32nd overall? This is a guy that was tabbed to be picked somewhere in the third or fourth round of the draft. Moroz spent 2011-12 as member of the Oil Kings, scoring 25 points (and notching 131 PIM) in 66 GP, so you’d have to think that the scouting department would have an accurate idea of what this guy can do. Tambellini was quoted as saying he didn’t think Moroz was going to be around at the next pick. Would definitely have gone Matt Finn (ranked 15th, went at 35th overall to Toronto) with this pick. Prove me wrong, Moroz.
- For as much as I’m not yet sold on Moroz, the Oilers did real good in picking winger Daniil Zharkov at 91st overall. Zharkov was originally targeted to go early in the second round, but fell off quite a bit due to his lack of point production as the season went on. I suggested he might be a good option for the Oilers at 32nd overall, and would rather have seen him go at 32 and Moroz at 91. Really like this pick.
- Jujhar Kharia was picked early in the third round by the Oilers. He put up 79 points with Prince George of the BCHL. See what that gets us in three years.
- No goalies picked by the Oilers at this year’s draft. I’m just fine with that.
- WHY did the Toronto Maple Leafs select Morgan Rielly at 5th overall? WHY did Brian Burke say that they “had this player rated first overall”? I love delusions of grandeur, and this is awesome on a level of crazy that I enjoyed very much.
- Other round one head scratchers – Anaheim picking Hampus Lindholm at 6th overall, Calgary trading down from 14th to 21st. At least Calgary got another pick out of the deal.
- Defenceman Lubomir Visnovsky is a player I really like, and he’s now headed to Long Island for a 2013 second round pick. Heck of a pickup for the Islanders.
- The Pittsburgh Penguins did a good job in trading Jordan Staal 24 hours after it was determined he didn’t want to sign a ten year deal. They also got the 8th round pick (Derrick Pouliot, although I think he was taken a little high), centre Brandon Sutter and defenceman Brian Dumoulain. Spot on.
And that’s your draft. Thanks to everyone who bantered back and forth with us on Twitter, we’ll try to make it even bigger next year.
Development camp begins this Wednesday. Here we go again.
Follow Oil On Whyte on the Twitters.
Jeff – @OilOnWhyte
Samson – @threwittki
Ian – @ibleedoil
Jonathan – @jonrmcleod
Marcus – @SportMajor
Check out the Oilers Army!
Click Here to visit our NHL main page “Too Many Men” – Fansided’s Hockey Home on the Internets