Sunday, May 22, 2011

Edmonton Oilers Mock Draft: 2011

My rundown of players I feel the Oilers should take in and around the spots where players are projected to go in. I'm using the April version of the Central Scouting Bureau rankings as a guide.

1st Round - 1st Overall - Sean Couturier C - Drummondville - Big, excellant 2-way center, plays both ends of the ice equally well. Perfect compliment for Hall and Eberle. Very Jonathan Toews like.

1st Round - 19th Overall - Joel Armia RW - Finland - Big Finnish forward displays excellant puck skills, quick release and establishes a strong net presence. Reminds me a lot of a Nathan Horton type.

2nd Round - 31st Overall - Oscar Klefbom D - Sweden - Good sized, offensive minded Dmen. Excellant point shot, good puck distributor, decent skater. Reminds me of Sami Salo.

3rd Round - 62nd Overall - Adam Lowry LW - Swift Current - Potential Power forward type. Solid hitter, pretty good overall pugilist. 4th line type agitator, with 2nd line potential. Up and down winger that plays a simple game. Could have a chance to be a Mike Knuble type. At worst he'll be Brad Winchester.

3rd Round - 74th Overall - Zachary Yuen D - Tri-City - Solid, versatile Dman who is above average in both zones. Was a +41 on a team that didn't have anyone else over +30. Andrew Ference type Dman.

4th round - 92nd Overall - Dylan Wruck LW - Edmonton - Offensive player with some gusto. Plays gutsy despite his size. Strikes me as a Nathan Gerbe type.

4th round - 114th Overall - Troy Vance D - Victoriaville - Defensively sound and pretty good open ice hitter. Need to work on strength but a good prospect to take a gamble on. Skates well for 6'6" type. I think Alexei Semenov when I see him, but he skates better than that.

5th round - 122nd Overall - Mitch Elliot LW - Seattle - Best fighter amongst the bunch and can get around ice and play a little too. Only problem is he needs to be provoked to unleash the wrath. He retaliates more than initiates. Kinda like big Georges Laraque did in his day.

7th round - 182nd Overall - Andrej Stastny C - Vancouver - Intriguing prospect that is a late bloomer. Looks to be a player that can play multiple roles. Good size, good frame, looks willing to throwdown. Looks to be a Paul Gaustad type with the potential of more offense in there.

There's the rundown. Didin't mean for a WHL type heavy draft, but this year I feel the Dub is putting out a good crop of role players this year. To go on top of things it is the junior league I get to see the most. Until the next time.

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