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by Marc Ciampa / Edmonton Oilers

There are a number of players that the Oilers could potentially draft in the fourth spot. Oilers Director of Player Personnel Bob Green talked about a few of them.

Among the defencemen who will be available, Green was asked about Olli Juolevi, Mikhail Sergachev and Jakob Chycrun.

“Those three guys, they’re all good. They’re all a little bit different one way or the other. Physically, they’re good-sized kids. Juolevi is going to get bigger and stronger. Sergachev and Chycrun are big, strong kids already but they all move the puck really well. Sergachev may have a little bit more offence in him but Juolevi put up good numbers, as did Chycrun. They’re three really good defencemen.”

Up front, Jesse Puljujarvi and Matthew Tkachuk are two potential options who may be available at number four. Green talked about both.

“They’re high-end skilled guys. The biggest difference is probably size. Puljujarvi is a big kid and is strong. That’s a big part of his game, puck protection and everything else. Matthew (Tkachuk) is a really smart, clever player with the puck. He sees the ice very well and thinks ahead of the play an does a good job complementing Mitch Marner and Christian Dvorak this year. We watched him play last year with Auston Matthews and he did the same thing with him.”

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