Now that the NHL Entry Draft is over, it’s time to look at the haul that the Edmonton Oilers walked away with in terms of prospects for the future.
While fans were hoping and waiting for that ‘bold’ move that GM Craig MacTavish said he’d deliver come draft day, there are still plenty of draft picks that the Oilers were able to secure.
Rugged defenseman Darnell Nurse leads the way, being selected seventh overall and while he’s likely to need a year or two to develop his game, the future looks bright with him in it.
With their second pick the Oilers took forward Marc-Olivier Roy out of the QMJHL who put up an impressive 67 points in 65 games this season playing for the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada.
In the third round Edmonton added Russian forward Bogdan Yakimov who stands in at 6’4″ and is said to have a great set of hands. While he’s the big bodied center that the Oilers need, he’s likely a couple of years away from having an impact on this hockey club.
At the end of the draft the Oilers walked away with eight forward, two defenseman and not a single goalie. They didn’t exactly address a gapping need by grabbing a netminder or two and you could possibly argue that they should have gone after more blue-liners with the possibility of their minor league team potentially losing a couple of young defenseman.
In the end the Oilers drafted the players they felt were best suited to fit their organizational needs. In all likelihood we won’t see any of these players for two or three years at a minimum, leaving plenty of time to debate whether or not another prospect should have been chosen instead. Of course there will be the debate about whether or not MacTavish should’ve made a better attempt at pulling off that big move that he talked about, despite being linked to several trade rumors.
So now we ask you the fans. How do you think the Oilers did at this year’s NHL Entry Draft? Take part in our daily poll and let’s see how the fans feel Craig MacTavish made out on his first draft day as GM.
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