The Edmonton Oilers do not have a second round pick in this years draft. But with Jesse Puljujarvi on the trade block and the rumor that Ken Holland would like to trade down in the draft, the Oilers may end up with a few. Today I am continuing my 5 part series on who the Oilers should draft each round. After finishing up round 1 (check it out here), today we will be doing round 2.
After scoring an amazing 53 goals in 54 games in the AJHL, Carter Savoie will take his talents to the University of Denver. He has scored at an unbelievable pace this season and is currently expected to go in the second round. Savoie has an elite shot to go with his fantastic possession game. He put up 99 points in 54 games this year for the league leading Sherwood Park Crusaders. I believe that he will be a dark horse candidate for the Hobey Baker award, given to the top NCAA player, in the next few years. If the Oilers decide to draft Savoie, he would be a welcome addition to the team as he would look absolutely deadly on Connor McDavid‘s wing in the coming years.
Lukas Reichel would be very happy if he got drafted by the Oilers. Afterall, his dad, Martin was drafted by them in 1992. Reichel spent the year playing against men in the German based DEL league. He put up 24 points in 42 games this year. That may not seem like much, but it’s impressive because those points came against men. Next year, Reichel will stay in the DEL and hopefully take on a bigger role with his team. Hopefully, Reichel can develop into a top 6 forward and be a solid net front presence on the power play as the Oilers are still looking for a consistent one.
When some scouts think of a comparable for Tyson Forester, they think of Alex Ovechkin. If I were Ken Holland, I would draft him immediately. The reason scouts think of Ovechkin is because of the lethal shot Forester has from the left circle. That one timer from the left circle made Ovechkin great, and Forester could be great as well. He put up an amazing 80 points in 62 games including 36 goals. Dispite having a terrible Barrie Colts team to play with, he carried them to the playoffs. The next closest teammate to him in scoring had 47 points. A difference of 33 points! Forester led the entire OHL in power play goals with 18 this season. I see Forester playing in the Oilers top 9 in the future, maybe with Connor McDavid. It would be interesting to see what he can do with good player surrounding him.
Even though William Villeneuve was playing for a bad team, he still put up points. The Saint John Sea Dogs were rebuilding this year and Villeneuve led the team in points, as a defenseman, with 58. Villeneuve was the assistant captain as a 17 year old, something very rare in junior hockey. He has shown that he can play a solid 2 way game, combining smooth skating with stick checking to be dominant on both ends of the ice. I expect the Sea Dogs to be contending for the title for the next few years. They have some good young players to build a team around including Villeneuve. I could see him pairing up with Philip Broberg to form a formidable 2 way defense pairing in the future for the Oilers.
I hope that the Oilers will trade for a second round draft pick this year as they could choose a player that could impact the team in a few years. Other that the players mentioned above, the Oilers could also draft players like John Jason Peteka, Alex Cottton, Luke Evangelista and more! Watch for the next article on the Oilers draft targets! Next week I will be doing round 3 and boy oh boy is that an interesting round!
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