The team that has owned the first overall pick for the last three seasons now drops to the #7 pick. After stocking up on forwards with each of those picks, it might be time for Edmonton to shore up other areas.
#7 – EDMONTON OILERSApr 26, 2013; St. Paul, MN, USA; Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall (4) smiles with forward Taylor Yakupov (64) after a goal during the second period against the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
TEAM STRENGTHS: A very young forward unit that is talented and growing up as a group
TEAM WEAKNESSES: questions in goal, a weak inexperienced defense
HOCKEY’S FUTURE ORGANIZATIONAL PROSPECT RANK: 3rd of 30 teams
UNDER CONSIDERATION: Max Domi, Zachary Fucale, Elias Lindholm, Nikita Zadorov, Alexander Wennburg
FANSIDED MOCK DRAFT PICK: Oil On Whyte selected Darnell Nurse
SENSHOT’S CHOICE: Nikita Zadorov from the London Knigts of the OHL. It is no secret that the Oilers now need to focus on keeping the puck out of their net. With Jones and Nurse already gone off the SenShot draft board, the Oilers turn to the 6’5″, 230 lbs monster who patrolled the blue line for the London Knights. Zadorov will add size and defensive awareness to a blue line desperately seeking such attributes. With Oscar Klefbom, Justin Schultz, Teemu Hartikainen poised to make an impact soon, Zadorov could be the final piece to the puzzle to make the Oilers a true contender.
MOCK DRAFT TO DATE (click on team to view the selection):
|1||COLORADO||Seth Jones, Portland (WHL)|
|2||FLORIDA||Jonathan Drouin, Halifax (QMJHL)|
|3||TAMPA||Nathan MacKinnon, Halifax (QMJHL)|
|4||NASHVILLE||Valeri Nichushkin, Chelijabinsk 2 (KHL)|
|5||CAROLINA||Darnell Nurse, Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)|
|6||CALGARY||Sean Monahan, Ottawa (OHL)|
|7||EDMONTON||Nikita Zadorov, London (OHL)|