30 in 30 Edmonton Oilers

Peter Harling


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For the Oilers, the best move they made was simply not making a move at all. For days, weeks and months there were rumours swirling around a potential trade for a RHD, and there was good reason to believe the Oilers may have been willing to part with the fourth overall selection.


Despite the constant chatter on the NHL draft floor leading up to the third overall selection between Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli, Columbus Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalanen and Calgary Flames GM Brad Treliving, no deal was made.


As we all know ever to well now, the Blue Jackets made the decision to select Pierre-Luc Dubois, which in turn gave the Oilers the opportunity  to select Jesse Puljujarvi – the player everyone and their mother expected to be drafted by fellow Finn Kekalanen.

puljujarvi draft


The opportunity to draft Puljujarvi comes at a time when the Oilers were clearly in a position to make a trade. With him standing at 6’3 and over 200 lbs, he fits right into the mold of what Chiarelli seems to be getting at and at the same time, he is drawing comparisons to another Finn Teemu Selanne.


He is an offensive monster, with a great ability to get up and down the ice controlling the speed of play with his skating. He has a knack for the net, and oozes the high end offensive zone ability that will make him a superstar scorer in the NHL. 


All in all, it’s fair to say that Puljujarvi has the ability to be an absolute staple on the Oilers top line in the future. He could very well be the Jari Kurri to Connor McDavid.

Not bad, not bad.


In the second round, the Oilers selected LW Tyler Benson from the Vancouver Giants. The rugged winger is an Edmonton native, and stands at 5-11, 197 lbs.

Tyler Benson

Benson plays a sound, reliable two-way game and has a hard shot to go along with some soft hands. He is a player that is built for the professional game and his ability to play a solid game in both ends of the rinks makes him a solid draft choice for the Oilers. His draft stock plummeted after injuries derailed his draft season.

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Benson has the ability to one day be a top nine forward for the Oilers.


The Oilers used their three third round draft choices all on defencemen. 6-4, 198 lb Markus Neimelainen was selected from Saginaw (OHL), 6-2, 200 lb Matthew Cairns was selected from Georgetown (OJHL) and 6-3, 209 lb Filip Berglund from Skelleftea in Sweden.

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