With the Oilers drafting 7th this season, there are plenty of different outcomes that could happen. It is very plausible that new General Manager Craig McTavish will trade the pick, or move down in order to bring in veteran talent. For the sake of this blog let's say they don't move. Jones, Drouin, Barkov, Mackinnon will all be gone in the top 4 but it gets fuzzier after that.
Carolina could go with a talented forward in Monahan, or big winger such as Valeri Nichushkin or strengthen their blue line by adding the next best d man in this draft in Nurse. Calgary has begun their own rebuild and will want players that can jump in immediately to help the team. Monahan is definitely more NHL ready than Lindholm due to playing in the OHL so given the choice I would think Calgary would take him. But if Carolina takes Monahan I foresee Lindholm being their next choice.
Which brings us to Edmonton. With the needs of Carolina and Calgary I see little to no chance that the Oil get a shot at Monahan. Really I believe Edmonton will have two choices, Nurse or Nichushkin. In Nurse Edmonton would get a guy who's ceiling is a Chris Pronger type of player. Where Schultz could be our future puck moving offensive guy, Nurse would be the hard hitting shutdown man to compliment him. Nichushkin would be a bit more of a risk but would add some much needed size to the Oilers top 6. He can play either wing and just maybe, Edmonton could try to turn him into a center.
My final draft rankings
Carolina - Monahan
Calgary - Lindholm
Edmonton - Nichushkin
Looking at Edmonton's histroy of drafting first round I think it is unlikely they use the first rounder on a d man, he would be at least 1-2 more years away from being NHL ready. What does everyone else think?