Hello hockey fans across North America and around the World! Most mock drafts are put together by a single person or site, who look at rankings and team needs and then assigns picks for all clubs. BORING, right!
Well, starting this Monday evening, and continuing for the next month, I will be introducing a new and innovative mock draft here on the Fansided Network, hosted on Too Many Men On The Site, the likes of which I haven’t seen done before. Each site on the network covers an NHL team, and for the purposes of this mock draft, the site will make the selection on behalf of the team they cover. The writers you enjoy reading on a daily basis will be acting as the GM for your team! For those sites who choose not to participate, I will be making the selection for them, but hopefully those occurrences will be few and far between.
So beginning on Monday, Oil On Whyte will be making the first selection on behalf of the Edmonton Oilers. Tuesday will be Colorado, represented by Mile High Sticking, and so on until the end of the first round.
I hope you follow along and join with your individual teams as they make their picks along the way! I will also provide a brief preview for each pick outlining needs and potential prospects the day before each team makes their pick.
Oil On Whyte & the Oilers, you are now on the clock!
PREVIEWING THE OILERS
2010-2011 Record: 25-45-12 (30th Overall)
Goals for: 27th
Goals Against: 28th
Power Play: 27th
Penalty Kill: 29th
TOP 5 Prospects in the system: Martin Marincin (D), Jeff Petry (D), Tyler Pitlick (C), Curtis Hamilton (LW), Linus Omark (RW)
NEEDS: Edmonton need a little bit of everything. However, the bounty of youth (Hall, Eberle, Paajarvi, Omark) currently in the Oilers fold bodes well for the future up front. The outlook on the blue line is not so bright, so the Oilers could lean towards Swedish defenseman Adam Larsson. However, the urge to draft the kid playing in nearby Red Deer, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, might be too hard to resist.
TOP 5 PLAYERS ON THE BOARD (per ISS):
1. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, C, Red Deer (WHL)
2. Adam Larsson, D, Skelleftea (SweE)
3. Sean Couturier, C, Drummondville (QMJHL)
4. Gabriel Landeskog, LW, Kitchener (OHL)
5. Dougie Hamilton, D, Mississauga (OHL)
Check back on TOO MANY MEN ON THE SITE Monday evening to see what direction “OIL ON WHYTE” chooses to take for the EDMONTON OILERS, as the Fansided mock draft begins!