This is going on now on TSN… I’ll “live blog” this in the comments, since Steve-O did this last year, then I’ll update the main post with the winner.
Live Blogging the NHL draft lottery…. right now TSN has the bottom 5 GMs in the house right now… these are the guys that all can potentially earn the #1 overall draft pick in this year’s draft.
Right now they’re doing a spot on Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, and he gives his own self-assessment…
- Notes his strengths as: Vision, side to side agility / speed
- Notes that without that speed he’d get bumped around a lot
- Notes he’s more of a setup man on the PP
- Feels his defensive game has improved
- Likes to separate man from puck rather than lay the big hit.
1. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
2. Adam Larsson
3. Gabriel Landeskog
4. Jonathan Huberdeau
5. Sean Couturier
6. Ryan Strome
7. Dougie Hamilton
8. Ryan Murphy
9. Duncan Siemens
10 Mika Zibanejad
It sounds like there was a pretty big gap between RNH and Larsson.. so RNH sounds like the current consensus #1 pick.
Landeskog gets interviewed by Duthie. Duthie mentions how Taylor Hall thinks he can play in the NHL next year. Landeskog mentions he’s a 2-way player that can play in any situation (even mentions taking draws??). James Duthie notes that he has ZERO accent (like Nick Lidstrom)
Ryan Rishaug now interviewing Taylor Hall about his experiences last year. Rishaug points out that the Oilers were impressed with Hall’s knowledge of the organization. Hall notes he also knew a lot about the Bruins and was very excited to be selected by us (for what it’s worth).
Rishaug also notes that Oilers fans were polled by the Sun on who we should take in the draft: take the forward, take the center, take the defenseman, or take the best player…
Overwhelming 50% of scouts saying: take best player available if you have the #1 pick
#5 goes to… the NYI…. there is a change… which means that the Oilers didn’t win the lotto…. the Devils did…
THE OILERS GET #1!!!!
#4 goes to the Devils
Again.. the Oilers get #1!!! (this is pointed out by James Duthie who knows that the Devils moved up in the draft, thus the Oil keep their spot).
#3 goes to the Panthers and #2 goes to the Avalanche
So to sum up:
1 – Oilers
2 – Avalanche
3 – Panthers
4 – Devils
5 – NYI
The Senators get bumped down to #6.
Congrats, Oil fans!!!
Here is the current pick order that has been determined as of this point:
1. Edmonton Oilers
2. Colorado Avalanche
3. Florida Panthers
4. New Jersey Devils
5. New York Islanders
6. Ottawa Senators
7. Atlanta Thrashers
8. Columbus Blue Jackets
9. Boston Bruins (from Toronto Maple Leafs)
10. Minnesota Wild
11. Colorado Avalanche (from St. Louis Blues)
12. Carolina Hurricanes
13. Calgary Flames
14. Dallas Stars