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INBOX: Oilers draft pick dilemma

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, there seems to be some confusion on how many draft choices the Oilers have in the first three rounds of the 2015 draft. Can you clarify this for us? — Dallas in Kelowna, B.C.      

 

The Edmonton Oilers have two first-round picks: their own and the Pittsburgh Penguins, acquired in the David Perron trade.

The Oilers also have their own second-round draft choice. The team has two third-round picks but neither are their own. The Oilers traded their third-round pick in 2015, as part of the Viktor Fasth trade, to Anaheim but they acquired a third-round pick from Ottawa as part of the Ales Hemsky trade. And they also have St. Louis’ third-round pick as part of the original David Perron trade, which sees Edmonton gain St. Louis’ third. As a result of gaining that third-round pick from the Blues, the Oilers send their fourth-round pick to St. Louis.

 
  • Hey Bob, people have been talking about the Oilers lack of grit through the long rebuild. I often think how great it would be to have past Oilers players in their prime to fill that need. Who do you think was the best bodychecker all-time among Oiler D-men and also at forward ? — Dave from St. Thomas, Ontario

    To me, the two Oilers defencemen that really scared opponents with their ability to hit were Craig Muni and Bryan Marchment. Muni was borderline dirty and notorious for low-bridging opponents in a much nastier time in the NHL, but he was nonetheless a highly-effective player. Marchment was also a robust defender who took healthy runs at opposition players and if he had to was more than willing to back it up by dropping the gloves.

    On top of being one of the greatest players in NHL history, Mark Messier was also a punishing hitter. He exploded through guys when he hit them, it was a thing of absolute beauty!

  • Bob, are the Oilers going to look at signing John McCarron out of college?   — Gerald from Edmonton

    Gerald,
     
    John McCarron has had a very pedestrian season in his fourth and final season at Cornell registering 1-7-8 in 25 games with a -7 rating. The Oilers took the 6’2”, 225-pound McCarron in the sixth round of the 2012 Draft after his freshman season playing for the Big Red where he put up decent numbers: 6-13-19 in 35 games with 61 Pims.

    I would say that defenceman Joey Laleggia, who the Oilers selected in the fifth round of that 2012 draft, is a more likely player to be signed by the Oilers. LaLeggia has had a stellar campaign at Denver this year with 10-17-27 in 27 games.

    Four times this season, LaLeggia has been named NCHC Defenceman of the Week and is tied for fourth among NCAA defencemen in scoring.



  • 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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