Who else did we draft?
RW Marc-Olivier Roy was drafted in the 2nd Round, 56th Overall
from the Blainville-Boisbraind Armada of the QMJHL.
The rest of the draft, unlike many other years was filled with depth right down to the last pick in the draft. The Oilers fared well drafting players like Marc-Olivier Roy, Bogdan Yakimov and Anton Slepyshev. Most players drafted in round 3-7 often do not turn out however we drafted a group of guys that could, with some work, maybe see some NHL action with us one day. The positions we drafted are all of need:
Big Center? Bogdan Yakimov.
Big Strong Winger? Anton Slepyshev.
Stay at home, strong, tough Defenceman? Ben Betker.
Free Agent Frenzy
New Head Coach Dallas Eakins has a lot on his plate this offseason as he will be meeting players as well as getting their offseason training started. He also has the daunting task of assigning the 14th Captain in Edmonton Oilers history. His options are plentiful with guys like Taylor Hall, Ryan Smyth and Jordan Eberle being the top 3 candidates. Based on last seasons efforts, I think that Taylor Hall would get the nod over Jordan Eberle. Personally I would like to see Ryan Smyth become the next captain, however Eakins may elect to do what Chicago and Pittsburgh did by naming a young star captain.
The next few seasons very well could be the most exciting for Oilers fans to watch since the Dynasty Days. With players like Hall, RNH, Eberle, Yakupov and J. Schultz this team is stacked full of young talent that's just waiting to blossom into an NHL powerhouse. While I don't think the Oilers will be a Top 5 team in the NHL next year, I expect nothing less than a Playoff berth and a run into the Semifinals.
Here's what some fans have to say about expectations moving forward:
@Loweded not much, in my opinion there are still 4 to 5 holes in the roster
— WildcatOil (@WildcatOil) July 16, 2013
@Loweded I still think they need a couple of forwards to round out the bottom six and another top four D. Better than last year? A little.
— Jeff Chapman (@NewWaveOil) July 16, 2013
@Loweded If coach Eakins does even a simple thing like setting up proper powerplay lines, the team will improve quite a bit.
— Rascal Gas (@rascalgas) July 16, 2013
@Loweded expect Eberle, RNH to have bounce back years. Hall/Yak will carry on their play in April. Duby with stay status quo. 4-5th in div
— Gondul (@conradforbis) July 16, 2013
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