Oilers Colour Analyst Bob Stauffer had Oilers Head Scout Stu MacGregor on Oilers Now Monday afternoon to chat about the combine and draft. MacGregor said there are about six players involved in the discussion for the Oilers, who select third overall.
Having backup plans serves teams well in case they do some moving up and down the chart.
“There’s about six players that will be involved in that discussion,” he said. “And you have to be prepared for moving and if the pick moves or not moves or if you make a decision if you’re able to obtain another pick so you’re also building yourself for not only the number three overall pick but you’re building yourself for throughout the rest of the draft. The number has to be kind of at six or seven just in case there is some type of movement. You may get an opportunity or an offer that’s just incredible that you have to think about and be able to weigh the options and weigh what you’re getting in return for a possible move from your draft position.”
MacGregor says the scouting team has seen the top 4-6 prospects about 40-50 times as a unit and he personally has seen the players 12-15 times depending on what tournaments and games they’ve played in.
Edmontonoilers.com and Oilers TV will be on location in Toronto for the combine this week.