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Svechnikov tops midterm ranking of North American skaters for NHL Draft

Central Scouting places Barrie forward ahead of Zadina, Tkachuk

by Mike G. Morreale / Staff Writer

Forward Andrei Svechnikov of Barrie of the Ontario Hockey League was named the No. 1 North American skater on NHL Central Scouting's midterm ranking of the top prospects for the 2018 NHL Draft.

The draft will be held June 22-23 at American Airlines Center in Dallas.

[View midterm rankings: NA Skaters | NA Goalies | Int'l Skaters | Int'l Goalies]

The OHL has 11 players ranked among the top 31 North American prospects, followed by the United States Hockey League with nine players, including six from USA Hockey's National Team Development Program.

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Oilers grab pair of back-end prospects in third

The Oilers went for a goalie and defencemen with their two third-round picks in the 2017 NHL Draft

by Chris Wescott / Head Writer

The Oilers went into the 2017 NHL Draft lacking a second-round selection. Softening that absence was the fact they had two third-round picks - 82nd and 84th overall.

With their top winger target, Kailer Yamamoto, selected 22nd overall in the first round, Edmonton turned their focus to the back end in the third. They'd move up to 78th overall and take a goalie prospect, and at 84 they'd grab a defender.

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Hometown Oilers trade up for Skinner

The Edmonton Oilers moved up in the third round to take hometown goalie prospect Stuart Skinner

by Chris Wescott / Head Writer

CHICAGO, IL - Hearing their name called at the NHL Draft is a dream come true for the young men who converged on the United Center this weekend. Now multiply that feeling by some large amount and you may understand the emotions of Stuart Skinner.

Video: RAW | Stuart Skinner

Not only did the goaltender hear his name called on Saturday in the third round of the 2017 NHL Draft, but it was his hometown Edmonton Oilers doing the calling.

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TALKING POINTS: Bob Green wraps up draft

Read the key quotes from Oilers Director of Player Personnel Bob Green's post-draft media availability

by Chris Wescott / Head Writer

Oilers Director of Player Personnel Bob Green met with the media following rounds 2-7 of the 2017 NHL Draft. Here are a few of the quotes from that availability.

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BLOG: Oilers close out draft with Philip Kemp

by Chris Wescott / Head Writer

The Oilers have concluded their 2017 draft selections with Philip Kemp from the USA U-18 program, taking him 208th overall in the seventh round.

The right-shot defenceman is a Yale commit, set to play there in 2017-18.

Kemp is NHL Central Scouting's 175th-ranked North American skater.

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Summary of the Oilers picks on Draft Day 2

We recap the Oilers day with blogs, videos and much more

by Chris Wescott and Marc Ciampa /

The Oilers took six players on the second day of the NHL draft, including a minor trade to move up four spots in the third round. Get all the videos, blogs and info about all the picks right here.


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BLOG: Oilers take Brind'Amour 177th overall

by Chris Wescott / Head Writer

The Oilers selected Skyler Brind'Amour 177th overall in the sixth round of the 2017 NHL Draft.

His father, Rod, had more than 1,100 career points in 1,484 games as a player with the St. Louis Blues, Philadelphia Flyers and Carolina Hurricanes. Rod captained the Hurricanes to their first Stanley Cup championship in 2006 - against the Oilers.

The younger Brind'Amour is committed to Michigan State and will play for the Chilliwack Chiefs in the BCHL next season. He is NHL Central Scouting's 157th-ranked North American skater.

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BLOG: Oilers take Maksimov 146th overall

by Chris Wescott / Head Writer

The Oilers selected right-winger Kirill Maksimov from the OHL with the 146th-overall pick.

NHL Central Scouting's 66th-ranked North American skater split time between the Saginaw Spirit and Niagara IceDogs this season. He had 16 points (6-10-16) in 37 games for Saginaw, but saw his goal scoring increase with Niagara, potting 15 in 29 games. He had 22 points for the IceDogs.

Stay tuned for more information.

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BLOG: Safin hopes to complete life-long dream

by Chris Wescott / Head Writer

By selecting Ostap Safin 115th overall in the 2017 NHL Draft, the Edmonton Oilers help the player inch closer to his life-long dream.

For Safin, playing in the NHL has been a driving goal all his life.

"(When did it) become a goal? When I was born," said Safin. "The first time I went on the ice it became my dream."

The big, skilled Czech winger is ready to take the next step in his career thanks to the Oilers.

"It's a great feeling, so I'm enjoying it," he said. "It's a great feeling to be here and be a part of this organization."

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BLOG: Oilers select hulking winger at 115

by Chris Wescott / Head Writer

The Oilers used the 115th-overall pick in the fourth round to select 6-foot-5, 192-pound Czech winger Ostap Safin.

Safin played the 2016-17 season for Sparta Jr. in the Czech Jr. league, putting up 18 points in 24 games (6-12-18). He had 66 penalty minutes.

In the U20 playoffs, Safin had four goals and five assists in six games.

The winger also played eight games for Sparta in the Czech league, scoring a goal and adding an assist.

The Prague native is NHL Central Scouting's 14th-ranked European skater, while Future Considerations listed him 40th overall in their rankings.

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