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INBOX: Bob's Top 5 Draft Rankings

by Bob Stauffer / Edmonton Oilers
Every Monday, Oilers radio colour analyst and Oilers Now host Bob Stauffer answers questions submitted by fans about the team.
  1. Bob, as it stands right now the Oilers appear headed to another top-five overall pick. How would you rate the top five overall picks? — Fred in Edmonton

Fred, I have only seen Connor McDavid and Dylan Strome in person, but have seen all the top guys on TV. Here is my top five:
#1. Connor McDavid (C) — The best Canadian-born prospect since Sidney Crosby is coming off of a five-point performance on Saturday night and now has 32-60-92 in just 36 games this season with Erie. By the start of the 2016-17 season I believe McDavid will be one of the top five players in the World. Super-elite high-speed skills.
#2. Jack Eichel (C) — In any other year he would be the consensus number one pick. He is tearing up the NCAA with 16-33-49 in 29 games with perennial power Boston University. Eichel has size, speed and power in his game and will be an impact player upon entering the NHL.
#3. Noah Hanifin (D) — The Boston College D-Man will be at worst a Jay Bouwmeester-type, which is a top-two left-shot D. His numbers are pedestrian (4-16-20 in 30 games) but he too could step in and play right away.
#4. Dylan Strome (C) — Strome lacks the explosiveness in his game that both McDavid and Eichel possess but he has a big frame 6’3” and has a really heavy shot and is already very good in the faceoff circle. He likely would need another year of junior but is having a heckuva year (35-65-100 in 56 games) for the Erie Otters.
#5. Lawson Crouse (F) — It is really going to be interesting to see if Crouse’s numbers pick up now that the Calgary Flames have assigned 2014 number-four overall pick Sam Bennett back to Junior.  Crouse has 22-14-36 in 44 games with 64 PIM and is considered a legitimate power-forward in the making. Crouse was stellar for Canada’s Gold Medal winning World Junior team and would likely be ready to step in and play at the NHL level for the start of the 2016-17 season.

  •  I am a lifelong Oilers fan and living in Vancouver. The rule of the NHL Draft is the winner cannot move up more than 4 spots. Is that still the case for this year's draft? Also, how many spots can a team drop? — Aman in Vancouver        

    This year, the NHL Draft Lottery has changed. Each team that misses the playoffs has a chance to get the number one overall pick.
    Updated odds for the 2015 Draft for the 14 teams that don’t make the playoffs:

    Non-Playoff Team
    (Fewest Pts. to Most)
    New Draft Lottery Odds Odds Under Former Allocation
    1 20.0% 25.0%
    2 13.5% 18.8%
    3 11.5% 14.2%
    4 9.5% 10.7%
    5 8.5% 8.1%
    6 7.5% 6.2%
    7 6.5% 4.7%
    8 6.0% 3.6%
    9 5.0% 2.7%
    10 3.5% 2.1%
    11 3.0% 1.5%
    12 2.5% 1.1%
    13 2.0% 0.8%
    14 1.0% 0.5%
    The most a team can drop in the 2015 lottery is one spot

  • Bob Stauffer is Colour Analyst on the Oilers Radio Network and Hosts “Oilers Now” each day Noon to 2:00 PM Monday thru Friday on 630 CHED and you can follow him on Twitter at @Bob_Stauffer
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