Edmonton Oilers July 31-in-31
With very little cap space and only six draft picks coming into the weekend, Edmonton, as expected, had a relatively quiet draft. The biggest surprise for Edmonton was the opportunity to draft Evan Bouchard, a player they didn’t think would still be available, at 10th overall. If the rumors are true, the Oilers were trying to trade up to select Bouchard and were ecstatic when he fell to them. Edmonton also made a couple minor trades with Montreal during the draft. Edmonton sent their third round pick in 2018 (71st overall) plus their fifth round pick in 2018 (133rd overall) to move up to 62nd overall. Peter Chiarelli and Marc Bergevin also connected on a deal that sent the Oilers’ 2019 fifth round pick to the Canadiens in exchange for goalie prospect Hayden Hawkey. Hawkey has played three seasons (two as a starter) at Providence College and posted a respectable 2.04 GAA and .919 SV% in 40 games last year. The Hawkey trade was unexpected to say the least but with the Oilers’ inability to develop goalie prospects, the more in the system the better.
Here’s what you need to know about Edmonton’s 2018 draft picks:
Evan Bouchard – RHD: 1st round, 10th overall
When a player who not only fills a need but is arguably the best player available falls to you, you get the Edmonton Oilers’ situation with Evan Bouchard. Bouchard was ranked sixth overall on ISS’s final list and seventh overall on Bob McKenzie’s final ranking. There’s a lot to like about this pick for Edmonton. Bouchard is an offensively dominant defender that was the only player over a point-per-game average on the London Knights, he had 3