The 2016 NHL Draft is set to go Friday and Saturday in Buffalo. The Edmonton Oilers hold nine picks going into the draft.
Round 1, 4th overall. The Oilers finished 29th overall in 2015/16 and the had the second best odds of winning the draft lottery. However, the Oilers weren’t drawn in any of the three lotteries and fell out of the top three. There’s been a lot of chatter about the Oilers trading this pick for a high-end defenceman like P.K. Subban. If that doesn’t happen, expect the Oilers to take London Knights forward Matthew Tkachuk here.
Round 2, 32nd overall. There could be a couple of Edmonton-area products available to the Oilers here. Vancouver Giants winger Tyler Benson lit it up as a bantam with SSAC. Sherwood Park’s Carter Hart won CHL goalie of the year this season with the Everett Silvertips. He could be the first goalie taken in the draft.
Round 3, 63rd overall. The Oilers didn’t have a third-round pick last year, but this is the first of three for them in 2016.
Round 3, 84th overall. The Oilers acquired this pick by trading Teddy Purcell to Florida on February 27.
Round 3, 91st overall. Another trade acquisition. The Oilers got this position from Pittsburgh for Justin Schultz on February 27. The Penguins are picking last in every round because they won the Stanley Cup.
Round 5, 123rd overall. You never know what could happen here. The Oilers took defenceman Ethan Bear of the Seattle Thunderbirds in the fifth round last year. Bear went on to have 65 points in 69 games in 2015/16 and was named a WHL first-team all-star.
Round 5, 149th overall. Yet another pick acquired on February 27. This one came from St. Louis in exchange for goalie Anders Nilsson.
Round 6, 153rd overall. Looking for a sixth-round success story? The Oilers took up-and-coming defenceman Brandon Davidson 162nd overall in 2010.
Round 7, 183rd overall. The last Oilers seventh-round pick to play in the NHL was Kyle Brodziak, taken 214th in 2003.
The Oilers don’t have a fourth-round selection. It was traded to Anaheim on February 29 for Patrick Maroon. (jrw)
630 CHED will have live coverage of the NHL Draft from 4-9pm Friday and 8-11am Saturday.