HOW GOOD IS OLIVER KYLINGTON

Lowetide
April 15 2015 07:01AM

It's very easy to overlook Oliver Kylington based on his boxcar numbers but the resume is strong and the scouting report impressive. He arrived in the Swedish Hockey League at 16 and could be the best skating defender available at this summer's draft. Oliver Kylington is a significant talent.

    SCOUTING REPORTS

    • Gorab Stubb, NHL Director of European Scouting: "He's a talented first-round prospect. He's an excellent, smooth skater. He's an offensive defenseman with excellent vision and playmaking skills. He has very good eye-to-hand coordination, is dangerous on the power play. He has all the tools needed and is a finesse-type player." Source
    • Kelly Friesen, Buzzing the Net: Kylington dropped from CSS’ top International skater of the draft to sixth and third among defencemen. He remains an excellent skater who possesses top-end skill, but there are concerns surrounding his strength and at times he has had some positional issues. Source 
    • Uffe Bodin: “Smooth skating defenceman who is very efficient in transporting the puck up the ice. Very agile and athletic, but might be missing that extra hockey sense needed to become a force on the powerplay. Could become a good two-way defenceman in the NHL, maybe even a guy for a top four assignment.” Source
    • Craig Button, TSN (September): The smooth skating Kylington was a regular in the Swedish Hockey league as a 16 year old player. Skating ability is excellent with an ease that allows him to beat the fore-check, transition from defense to offense and to jump into the offensive forays. Very good passer and his vision and smarts makes him a multiple threat because he can beat you multiple ways. Reminds one of former NHLer & fellow Swede, Calle Johansson.Source
    • Kyle Woodlief, Red Line Report, February: Until recently, offensive Swedish defenseman Oliver Kylington was in the mix, but his horrid performance at this month's Five Nations tournament in the Czech Republic scared the hell out of us, if we were a club picking in the five to eight range. Source

    NOTES

    It should be noted that the Five Nations Tournament mentioned above is another 'small sample size' tournament and sweeping statements based on that kind of event should be tempered (the longer view is the better plan).

    That said, Kylington does appear to be dropping in the rankings (Bob McKenzie had him No. 8 in pre-season and No. 11 halfway through the year, and Craig Button has him No. 29 on his latest list after having him No. 8 in January).

      WHERE WILL HE GO?

      I think Kylington may have been negatively impacted by the Five Nations and his spring performance but there's every chance he'll recover at the upcoming U18's this week (Swedish roster here). Corey Pronman and Bob McKenzie will no doubt have their takes but I'd be surprised if either ranked Kylington outside the top 20 overall on their final lists.

      My guess is he's gone by the time Pittsburgh's choice (currently owned by Edmonton) is on the clock.


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      #1 oilredemption
      April 15 2015, 07:17AM
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      Lowetide please do a "how good is Travis konecny" blog. That kid might not be the most skilled but he does everything right with the will power. In the Gallagher mold but a center and who couldn't use a player like that.

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      #2 Lofty
      April 15 2015, 07:30AM
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      If the Oil keep both first round picks, a center has to be taken as well as a Dman. I don't see where anyone will be drafting a goalie in the first round.

      My concern with Kylington would be, if his mobility & feet are elite, and he excels on the puck, there should be better boxcars. Especially when you consider his limited size.

      3 assists for a puck mover? His TOI must be very low.

      The numbers don't seem to add up.

      Good thing the Oil have a top notch scouting department (to not) figure these things out.

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      #3 HardBoiledOil 1.0
      April 15 2015, 07:35AM
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      how good is he? so good that he has continued to drop from the top 10 earlier this year to the bottom 10 now. if he's there, MAYBE? the Oilers should consider taking him if they don't trade the pick away for a goalie, which they almost seem hell bent on doing, which seems stupid to me as there are likely other team's backups that can be had for less!

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      #4 HardBoiledOil 1.0
      April 15 2015, 07:37AM
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      Lofty wrote:

      If the Oil keep both first round picks, a center has to be taken as well as a Dman. I don't see where anyone will be drafting a goalie in the first round.

      My concern with Kylington would be, if his mobility & feet are elite, and he excels on the puck, there should be better boxcars. Especially when you consider his limited size.

      3 assists for a puck mover? His TOI must be very low.

      The numbers don't seem to add up.

      Good thing the Oil have a top notch scouting department (to not) figure these things out.

      i'd just keep the first 3 picks we have in the top 33 and take a center, d-man and goalie. then work out a trade for a goalie during the summer.

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      #5 oilredemption
      April 15 2015, 07:51AM
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      Hanifin, konecny and then Mckenzie blackwood and I would think that would be a very successful top 33

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      #6 24% body fat
      April 15 2015, 07:58AM
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      screw over the leafs and make the right pick at the same time "Strome"

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      #7 Wintoon
      April 15 2015, 07:59AM
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      Strome, Crouse and Kylington would be very solid for the Oilers. Once the Euros are included in the draft rankings you can expect some of the mid range picks to drop slightly. With luck the Oilers can capitalize.

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      #8 SmellOfVictory
      April 15 2015, 08:18AM
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      Lofty wrote:

      If the Oil keep both first round picks, a center has to be taken as well as a Dman. I don't see where anyone will be drafting a goalie in the first round.

      My concern with Kylington would be, if his mobility & feet are elite, and he excels on the puck, there should be better boxcars. Especially when you consider his limited size.

      3 assists for a puck mover? His TOI must be very low.

      The numbers don't seem to add up.

      Good thing the Oil have a top notch scouting department (to not) figure these things out.

      The SHL/Allsvenskan are not particularly good places for young dmen to put up numbers (or young players in general). In his draft year, Erik Karlsson had one point in seven games, followed by 10 in 45 in his draft+1 year (and 1 in 7 in Allsvenskan). Lidstrom had 2 points in 19 games in his draft year.

      Now there are guys like OEL and Hedman who produce reasonably well in those leagues at a young age, but low point totals don't mean as much in the Swedish leagues as they do in North American ones.

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      #9 Parallex
      April 15 2015, 08:30AM
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      I hope he's around when the Flames draft (And before anyone asks why I'm mentioning the Flames this is an all-Nations articule). Calgary needs some D prospects with significant upside and he just might be the highest upside d-man left when the Flames make their pick.

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      #10 MattyFranchise
      April 15 2015, 08:45AM
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      @Parallex

      Agreed. Sounds like a kid that would fit well in the flames system.

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      #11 Steven Schlempingo
      April 15 2015, 08:56AM
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      Just as long as he's not a Buzz Kylington, right guys?

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      #12 Rob Huck
      April 15 2015, 08:58AM
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      1) Man, I love that big international ice

      2) Are they calling him "Zhilington"? Is that "K" actually a "zh" sound in Swedish?

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      #13 A rye morning
      April 15 2015, 09:18AM
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      I would not hate it, if Kylington dropped into the Flames lap on draft day.

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      #14 Lowe But Now High Expectations
      April 15 2015, 09:20AM
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      Has skill, but has a lack of strength & positional problems. Justin Schultz?

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      #15 Add
      April 15 2015, 09:25AM
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      He is sinking like a stone . could be a late first rd

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      #16 S4H1
      April 15 2015, 09:28AM
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      Please do Pavel Zacha soon. ☺

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      #17 j
      April 15 2015, 09:31AM
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      Somewhat related and yet unrelated to the draft, there is a fair bit of literature suggesting that 'will power' is a greater indicator of success than 'talent' within cohorts of professionals. If you randomly choose ten engineers out of 100 and tell them they scored really well on entrance exams and are deemed elite, these 10 will continually exceed all performance targets - even though they actually didn't score better at the beginning. The point - if you can tap into drivers for 'will power', you can have these kids exceed expectations. This may be where Nelson (and Kruger) excel. They promote self-confidence and esteem BEFORE the kid shows great promise. And by doing so, it becomes self-fulfilling. Most systems wait for the talent to rise before giving them props - this is backwards. Summary - development is key. Focus on the AHL and get some positive influences in the locker-rooms/boardrooms.

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      #18 ColourMeImpressed
      April 15 2015, 09:57AM
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      TL;DR

      "Not very".

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      #19 Joe
      April 15 2015, 10:00AM
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      Rob Huck wrote:

      1) Man, I love that big international ice

      2) Are they calling him "Zhilington"? Is that "K" actually a "zh" sound in Swedish?

      So you love boring hockey? All you have to do is just compare 2010 Olympics to 2014.

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      #20 ZZ Bottom
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      How in the world does Peter Chiarelli get fired while Lowe and MacT keep their jobs?? Zero sense

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      #21 Mike Krushelnyski
      April 15 2015, 10:12AM
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      Great article as usual, Lowetide, but man do I ever not give a fiddler's f*ck about draft picks anymore.

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      #22 916oiler
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      I really hope we don't have that draft pick come draft time. We need to trade it (and more of course) for an established top pair defenseman!

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      #23 bsmart
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      @HardBoiledOil 1.0

      Better yet, sign Matt O'Connor and take 2 Dmen. Pilon out of Brandon at #33 and #20 Kylington. If we win draft lotto McDavid, if lose #3 Hanifin.

      I think that is a good days work. Rounding out what is out primary weakness, D and goaltanding.

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      #24 freelancer
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      ZZ Bottom wrote:

      How in the world does Peter Chiarelli get fired while Lowe and MacT keep their jobs?? Zero sense

      Because Boston isn't as visually good as us... well he doesn't have a defender with Norris... we know a thing or two about winning... MacT has blood on his hands?

      #becauseoilers

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      #25 Craig1981
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      Rob Shremp, Kirill Kabanov, and others, have me worried about taking players that were rated close to top 5 and fall hard on their draft year.

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      #26 Jake the Snail
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      j wrote:

      Somewhat related and yet unrelated to the draft, there is a fair bit of literature suggesting that 'will power' is a greater indicator of success than 'talent' within cohorts of professionals. If you randomly choose ten engineers out of 100 and tell them they scored really well on entrance exams and are deemed elite, these 10 will continually exceed all performance targets - even though they actually didn't score better at the beginning. The point - if you can tap into drivers for 'will power', you can have these kids exceed expectations. This may be where Nelson (and Kruger) excel. They promote self-confidence and esteem BEFORE the kid shows great promise. And by doing so, it becomes self-fulfilling. Most systems wait for the talent to rise before giving them props - this is backwards. Summary - development is key. Focus on the AHL and get some positive influences in the locker-rooms/boardrooms.

      Where is Will Power ranked and will he win the Norris?

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      #27 GCW
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      Questions about hockey sense. Average size. Concerns about strength. Left shot. Pass...

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      #28 David S
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      ColourMeImpressed wrote:

      TL;DR

      "Not very".

      #FiveMoreMonths

      #NoPlayoffsAgain

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      #29 Sameol'crap
      April 15 2015, 12:13PM
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      Sorry for the bad attitude Lowtide- How about an article called "How bad is MacT"

      I get it-these are about the next 16-18 yr old saviors of our team, the team that just set a franchise low in win totals---with 3 #1 picks !!!

      Here's a bold move- minimum for Jultz is his last contract?? Don't offer him anything. Let him walk for nothing. Let him take that "I don't give a crap attitude" somewhere else.

      Guaranteed this ex-oiler will never come back to haunt us

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      #30 HardBoiledOil 1.0
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      oilredemption wrote:

      Hanifin, konecny and then Mckenzie blackwood and I would think that would be a very successful top 33

      or how about Hanifin, Svechnikov or Harkins, and Blackwood? unless we actually sign UFA goalie Matt O'Connor, then we could take a guy like C Tom Novak or F Jens Looke or wingers like Nikita Korostelev or Christian Fischer, depending on who's still there?

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      #31 Bruins
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      @Sameol'crap

      You guys keep slamming mact and you are right mact is a terrible inexperienced gm" but the guy calling the shots is kevin "teflon man" lowe. I think the only reason they hired mact is so lowe doesn't have to news conferences anymore. The GM of the bruins was fired today because the Bruins underperformed the past two seasons. Now the oilers haven't made the playoffys for 9 years. I don't understand how a director of hockey operations as incompetent as teflon kevin still has a job in hockey period

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      #32 wojohowitz
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      A lot of Oiler fans here. Cheering for Calgary are you?

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      #33 Mike Krushelnyski
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      @Bruins

      We've been calling for Lowe to get fired for like 5 years now. We're bored of it.

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      #34 Ash
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      His nickname has to be Buzz.

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      #35 Xavier
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      My bet is be and Provorov will both be better then Hanifin

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      #36 Ca$h-Money!
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      Craig1981 wrote:

      Rob Shremp, Kirill Kabanov, and others, have me worried about taking players that were rated close to top 5 and fall hard on their draft year.

      Hard to say. Brandon Saad was top 5 at the start of the year and ended up going late too, and that turned out pretty well.

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      #37 HardBoiledOil 1.0
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      bsmart wrote:

      Better yet, sign Matt O'Connor and take 2 Dmen. Pilon out of Brandon at #33 and #20 Kylington. If we win draft lotto McDavid, if lose #3 Hanifin.

      I think that is a good days work. Rounding out what is out primary weakness, D and goaltanding.

      i still feel that we already have a bunch of d-men wanting spots in the next few years, so why continue to load up on them? if we get Hanifin, it would be him, Nurse, Musil, Davidson, Simpson, LaLeggia, whomever else they sign/trade for. *in my opinion only*, we should take no more than 2 d-man this draft and concentrate on forwards and a goalie, unless we sign O'Connor, then perhaps with Brossoit as well, we don't need to take a goalie? but our forward talent is really dry....we have big guys coming but only limited offensive production it looks like so far.

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      #38 Pouzar99
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      This is interesting, and I think the draft evaluation focus should now be mainly on players likely to be available in the 15th or 16th overall slot, where our first round pick from the Pens will fall if, as widely expected, they go down to the NYR in Round One. GO Rangers GO! If Calgary beats Vancouver the pick will be 15th, and if they Flame out, 16th. Assuming we don't trade this pick, I presume the Oil will be looking for a D man, so Kylington is a possible, although he looks like he may still be around when we pick 33rd overall. D men like Chabot and Zboril seem like stronger possibilities, or possibly a center like Harkins or Merkeley. The profiles you have already done cover anyone likely to be considered third or fourth, assuming there is no McJesus miracle. On the other hand, I would not mind if the Oil uses this pick and their two second round picks as trade bait for experienced D men or a goalie. Love hese profiles LT, keep them coming.

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      #39 Tikkanese
      April 15 2015, 02:24PM
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      Is it just me or do these scouting reports sound just like the reports for J. Schultz and P. Larsen?

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      #40 Spoils
      April 15 2015, 02:29PM
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      Who is buzz killington?

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      #41 Tikkanese
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      You had me at "but there are concerns surrounding his strength and at times he has had some positional issues", Craig Mactavish.

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      #42 Spoils
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      With the playoffs on, I'm actively looking for a bandwagon and imagining scenarios where Calgary and Vancouver both lose in the first round.

      any thoughts on:
      - which UFAs should we watch - potential trade targets to watch - which teams play a style the Oiler's need to work towards (the LAK prototype interests me)

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      #43 pkam
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      If Kylington is a defenseman, why the video only shows clips of him in the offensive zone? Shouldn't it show some clips of his defensive play in the defensive zone too?

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      #44 Parallex
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      @HardBoiledOil 1.0

      "why continue to load up on them?"

      Because prospects will break your hearts... they'll bust and fall short of potential far more then they'll meet even reasonable expectations. And if by some miracle you get more hits then you have any right to expect... well now you have a surplus of what is probably the most valuable trade commodity in the NHL... young Top 4 Defensemen.

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      #45 Parallex
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      pkam wrote:

      If Kylington is a defenseman, why the video only shows clips of him in the offensive zone? Shouldn't it show some clips of his defensive play in the defensive zone too?

      Because poke checks, good first passes, and sound positioning don't make highlight reels.

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      #46 HardBoiledOil 1.0
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      Parallex wrote:

      "why continue to load up on them?"

      Because prospects will break your hearts... they'll bust and fall short of potential far more then they'll meet even reasonable expectations. And if by some miracle you get more hits then you have any right to expect... well now you have a surplus of what is probably the most valuable trade commodity in the NHL... young Top 4 Defensemen.

      ^and i don't disagree, but i just don't want the Oilers to go bananas on the d-men this draft when Klefbom and for now anyways, Marincin are already here and Nurse is on his way. if we were to take Hanifin, then i'd rather these 4 guys get the future available spots on the Oilers and not some 5th rounder. yes, you can still find quality d-men in later rounds like Davidson, but he and Musil and Simpson primarily are also looking for spots, so why go bonkers on taking more?

      if they took say Hanifin at #3, then 2 forwards or a forward and goalie with the next 2 picks, i'd be OK with that. we still apparently have a pick at the end of the 2nd round? if so, we can take another d-man there. but it's really going to be up to the Oil to decide. just my opinion.

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      #47 Casey
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      Victor Hedman had 21 points in 43 games in his last year in the SEL. OEL had 27 in 42 for his last season in the SHL. If Kylington only had 7 in 17 than he will be lucky to be half of Hedman and OEL. I'm praying our golden boy Hanifin won't be another Jultz.

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      #48 Mike Modano's Dog
      April 16 2015, 04:59AM
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      I hope he is gone before the Pittsburgh pick comes up. The Oilers have a history of ignoring what everybody else has noticed in my opinion...and almost seem like their mind is 'set in stone' by the halfway point of the season.

      I have to admit the Jason Bonsignore pick at #4 overall weighs heavily on my mind - still! (I know I SHOULD let it go - but...) He WAS a very highly thought of prospect - but the same issues that impacted his career later had been discovered by others, causing his draft stock to slide an entire round (if memory serves me correctly), possibly more... yet the Oilers still saw fit to pick him as an amazing gift 'still available' when they picked!

      Please prove me wrong Oilers. I want to think you are doing your homework now - I really do!

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      #49 STAN
      April 16 2015, 02:36PM
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      Whomever the Oilers pick is guaranteed to be a bum who will contribute to losing.

      Previous 1st round (VERY TOP) examples - Hall, Nugent-Hopkins, Yakupov.

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