The Edmonton Oilers had three first round picks in the 2007 NHL entry draft. Their picks:
London • OHL
5’11”, 191 lbs. Centre/Wing, shoots right
Born: August 10, 1989 in London, Ontario
Final Ranking: 6 • Mid-Term Ranking: 3
Central Scouting Report: A skilled forward with the ability to make the big plays… has very good hands and is creative with the puck… has a good wrist shot with a quick release… has high-end passing skill both forehand and backhand… sees the ice very well… reliable in the defensive end and used in critical situations… a good skater, but needs to work on his acceleration and mobility… needs to improve his ability to fight through checks.
Calgary • WHL
6’4″, 225 lbs. Defence, shoots right
Born: May 9, 1989 in Brandon, Manitoba
Final Ranking: 72 • Mid-Term Ranking: 56 • North American SkaterCentral Scouting Report: A stay-at-home defenseman with good size… has a long stride and is able to skate the puck out of his own zone… moves the puck quickly and shoots well from the point… is well positioned… needs to improve his foot speed and agility… needs to improve his play under pressure.
Salmon Arm • BCHL
6’1″, 175 lbs. Center, shoots right
Born: May 9, 1989 in Consort, Alberta
Final Ranking: 64 • Mid-Term Ranking: 99 • North American SkaterCentral Scouting Report: A skilled forward… a shifty center with good skating ability… handles the puck with ease and is smart positionally… needs to be more consistent through 60 minutes… needs to improve his ability to get in to good scoring position.
I’m a little concerned that they took two guys rated 64th and 72nd overall. Hopefully they know what they’re doing! I’m a little surprised they never bundled some of these guys together for trade purposes. Can’t wait to see how they’ll do. I’m sure there may be roster spots soon – especially on D.