In a lot of ways, it was the most important piece of the draft in years.
It’s not a huge surprise to see that the Oilers were interested in adding prospects like Jakob Chychrun, Nikolay Goldobin and Jake Virtanen in the draft, but it also doesn’t seem like it was a surprise to the rest of the NHL.
The Oilers are going to be going with the same players that they drafted, and it’ll be up to them to make a difference in the way they do business in the future.
So, for the moment, let’s talk about the prospects.
The list is pretty obvious: Connor McDavid, Auston Matthews, Jake Virtansen, Jussi Jokinen, Jordan Eberle, Connor Murphy, Dylan Strome, Jakob Burrows, Christian Dvorak, Anthony Mantha, Nikita Scherbak, Jacob Trouba, Michael McLeod, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Nikolas Pettersson and Nikolay Gudas.
That’s pretty much the whole top of the list, right?
Well, it’s not.
The biggest surprise in the top three is Josh Manson, a former first-round pick who will likely end up at the top of this list.
Manson is a great skater who is already known for his ability to create space in the offensive zone, and he’s got great size (6’2, 207 lbs).
He’s also a smart player who understands the game and is good at using his size.
The reason why Manson didn’t get the first pick was because the Oilers drafted a forward.
The next guy in line after Manson was Filip Chytil, a 6’0, 200 lb forward from the Finnish junior league.
If Manson doesn’t get there in the next few rounds, Chytill is going to get the nod.
I think the Oilers have some good prospects up front, but they’ll have to make some decisions about how they spend their picks in order to get their best prospects.
In this case, they’ll likely go with a defenseman, and if they do, Manson and Chytilk would be top candidates.
The big question with Manson is whether he can stick in the NHL, or whether he’s going to find his way to the AHL.
Manson’s biggest weakness is his size, and that could be a problem down the road.
He’s got a lot to learn about being a pro, and the fact that he’s a prospect doesn’t necessarily make him a good fit in Edmonton.
The fact that Manson has played in the American Hockey League (AHL) for a few seasons shows he’s still learning.
Manson had one assist in seven AHL games for the Oilers last season.
That wasn’t the worst performance he’s had this season, but he’s not going to have the big minutes to make an impact.
Manson played in seven games last season for the London Knights, and there weren’t many good things to say about his game.
His offense was average, and his shot was terrible.
Manson doesn’s size and skill make him more of a risk-reward prospect than someone who could contribute immediately.
Manson isn’t going to make the Oilers much more money in the short term, but if he’s there for a while, it will help them draft a prospect in the first round.
He has some skill, but I don’t think Manson can translate that to NHL minutes, especially in an AHL.
I also think the best thing the Oilers could do for Manson is find him a team that has a strong young core.
The Ducks, Oilers, Predators and Blackhawks are all likely candidates, and Manson could also get a look from the Kings and Flames if they’re in need of a defenseman.
The other big surprise in this group is Maxime Lagace.
Lagace is the best defenceman in this draft, and I think it’s safe to say that’s the best pick in the entire draft.
Lagacades big play ability was a key to the Oilers success in the last two years, and while his offensive skills were good, his defensive play has been a bit of a concern.
His game was never quite consistent enough to get him a first-line role, and now that he is a restricted free agent, I think he’ll be a restricted Free Agent in the summer of 2019.
Lagcace is a natural centre, but the fact he played in only three AHL games last year shows how important size is to him.
He’ll need to add more weight to his frame, but overall he’s just a solid defender with solid size and a strong shot.
I would like to see Lagace stick around in the AHL a bit longer, but that’s not really something that can be done right away.