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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
Colorado- Jones
Florida- Mackinnon
Tampa- Drouin
Nashville- Barkov
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?
Filed Under:   draft   Monahan   Nichushkin   Oilers   Edmonton  
May 17, 2013 11:46 AM ET | Delete
Good blog. I have no idea what they do. Depending who you talk to there is half a dozen different options at 7.Will be a good test for Stu.
May 17, 2013 1:54 PM ET | Delete
Hopefully Nurse.
May 17, 2013 6:40 PM ET | Delete
This team needs defense bad. Tambellini should have addressed that in the draft last year. Schulz is good but I do not see him as a strong two-way defenseman.
May 19, 2013 3:22 PM ET | Delete
how about the oilers just stop sucking
May 21, 2013 5:09 AM ET | Delete
we should follow the sabres model....oh wait
May 21, 2013 8:13 PM ET | Delete
I think nitchuskin will fall quite a bit. If Monahan is taken, which is most likely the case, i think the Oilers will trade the pick, whether for a dman, or trading down and getting another asset. Maybe somewhere like 12th and picking Horvat?
May 26, 2013 10:49 AM ET | Delete
good blog. If Monahan is gone by 7th I think Nichuskin would be a good pick and could play with Gagner and Yakupov on the second line. P.S. To everyone that says that we should pick a d-man, we have good d prospects but we have next to no forward prospects. Our defense will improve in a year or 2 when the prospects become NHL ready.
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