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Watch video and read articles and blogs on location from the 2018 NHL Draft in Dallas

by Staff / EdmontonOilers.com

We are on location at the 2018 NHL Draft in Dallas and the content is starting to roll in! Visit this page often for regular updates as we add content from the week and also be sure to visit our 2018 Draft Microsite

Video: THE PANEL | Peter Chiarelli the day before the draft

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BLOG: Oilers options with 10th pick

Oilers President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Peter Chiarelli discussed the options available to him with the 10th-overall pick at the 2018 NHL Draft

by Ryan Frankson / EdmontonOilers.com

DALLAS, TX - A number of different scenarios could play themselves out for the Oilers during the opening round of the 2018 NHL Draft Friday night in Dallas, according to President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Peter Chiarelli.

The team currently holds the 10th-overall selection, and Chiarelli outlined a variety of options he and Edmonton's management team may have on the draft floor at American Airlines Center.

The most obvious first situation is the Oilers sticking with their pick and calling the 10th name of the night. Chiarelli said he's confident there will be a solid player available in that spot.

Video: DRAFT RAW | Chiarelli Media Avail  

"The sense that I got is after the first group of names, that there's kind of an equal group," he said Thursday during his pre-Draft media availability. "That's what our scouts tell us also. We're in that equal group, that next group."

Scenario number two is the Oilers potentially making a trade to move up a couple spots in order to select a specific player they covet.

"The moving up and moving down is positional-based, based on what I got from other GMs," Chiarelli said. "You're going to get a good player at eight, nine, 10. They could be taken five, six, seven."

Though a lot of the chatter around Edmonton's top pick has focused on the glut of smaller, puck-moving defencemen available, the aforementioned player the Oilers covet may not necessarily be a blueliner.

"There are some good defencemen in the top part of the draft, (but) we're going to draft the best player available," Chiarelli said. "If we can move to the right spot to get the right type of player, we'll look at that, too."

There's also a chance the Oilers could involve the 10th-overall pick in a trade to acquire an established NHL player - specifically a blueliner.

"We would look to move the pick if the right NHL defenceman is available," Chiarelli said. "I have had discussions with teams and it's still ongoing but I would look at that."

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DRAFT: Woo's physicality is unlike others at NHL Draft

"I want opponents to know that when they do play against me, that they'll be scared and I'll be competing every time I have the puck or don't have the puck," said Moose Jaw Warriors defenceman Jett Woo

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

DALLAS, TX - In a 2018 NHL Draft replete with offensive-minded, right-shot defencemen, Moose Jaw Warriors blueliner Jett Woo is an outlier.

Standing at 6-foot, 205-pounds, the defender is a presence on the ice capable of threatening opposition by playing the body. 

He's not of the offensive echelon like Noah Dobson, Evan Bouchard or Adam Boqvist but the 17-year-old can also produce. Woo amassed nine goals, 25 points and finished plus-29 in the 2017-18 season on a stacked Warriors squad that led the Western Hockey League with a 52-15-2-3 record and 109 points.

But make no mistake, Woo's game is separating the player from the puck and causing his competition to think twice before they enter the offensive zone from his side of the ice.

Video: COMBINE | Jett Woo

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DRAFT: Bernard-Docker following proven path through AJHL, NCAA

The Okotoks Oilers defenceman aims to take the next step at the University of North Dakota after Junior A success

by Jamie Umbach / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - There's a template forming in the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) for draft-eligible prospects like Okotoks Oilers defenceman Jacob Bernard-Docker, and it's hard to knock its effectiveness.

What do capable NHL defencemen and St. Albert, AB products Colton Parayko and Matt Benning have in common? Both plied their trade in the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) and the NCAA before becoming eventual third and sixth-round selections by the St. Louis Blues and Boston Bruins respectively at the 2012 NHL Draft.

Former Brooks Bandits defenceman Cale Makar, whose 29 goals and 91 points in 67 games during a 2016-17 AJHL Championship-winning season propelled him to a surprise fourth-overall selection in 2017 by the Colorado Avalanche, became the highest-selected player ever from Junior A in Alberta before his rookie NCAA campaign this past season at UMass-Amherst.

Video: COMBINE | Jacob Bernard-Docker

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DRAFT: Tychonick's personality shines at Scouting Combine

Penticton Vees defenceman Jonny Tychonick takes an honest and enthusiastic approach to everything

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - It's a little bit like a loop.

Interviewing roughly 80 NHL Draft prospects at the NHL Scouting Combine, that is.

"It's pretty much becoming the same thing every year," said Oilers Director of Player Personnel Bob Green, who was in Buffalo, N.Y., for the 2018 edition of the event two weeks ago. 

"Kids, every year, they get a little bit better at dealing with all these things. The pressures of being in their draft year and talking face-to-face to team personnel, that type of thing."

Video: COMBINE | Jonathan Tychonick

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DRAFT: Green discusses Combine dinners

Four 2018 NHL Scouting Combine attendees were treated to dinner by the Oilers organization

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - What's on the menu?

The NHL Scouting Combine, which sees dozens of NHL Draft prospects interviewed by National Hockey League organizations ahead of June's Draft, also sees some select players taken out for dinner.

"I'm not going to tell you who they were but we took four players out this year," quipped Oilers Director of Player Personnel Bob Green. "It's nice because you talk to them during the day and it's a lot more formal when they come into that room with a bunch of grown men and they're nervous and everything."

Video: DRAFT | Bob Green 1-on-1

The standard club interviews at the event - which are confined to only 20 minutes of routine questioning - can become repetitious but the suppers are usually a bit different.

"It was a little bit more relaxed," said Green. "So, we had good dinners. We just tried to get a feel for a player in that setting. They're all such good kids, it's a lot of fun."

The Oilers own the 10th-overall selection in the first round of the Draft, which will take place in Dallas, TX, on June 22-23.

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DRAFT: Bouchard's production unrivalled

The 6-foot-2 defenceman and consensus top-10 pick led the London Knights and OHL defencemen in scoring by a considerable margin

by Jamie Umbach / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Players who have pulled on the green and gold of the London Knights know the expectation that comes with the jersey.

Add to that being a consensus top-10 pick at this month's NHL Draft and the captain of the Knights during a rebuilding year, then you have defenceman Evan Bouchard.

"As a leader I was just trying to lead by example, especially with the young and new guys coming in you have to make sure they know London has a winning mentality," said Bouchard to EdmontonOilers.com at the NHL Combine in Buffalo earlier this month. "I think once you have that in mind it's great and all the coaches have been through this process, so they really help you get ready for that next level."

Video: COMBINE | Evan Bouchard

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DRAFT: EdmontonOilers.com Mock Drafts

Watch our Mock Draft Show and view all our mock drafts ahead of the 2018 NHL Draft in Dallas

by Staff / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The 2018 NHL Draft is next weekend in Dallas and as they do each year, EdmontonOilers.com and the Oilers TV Sport Chek Panelists broke down the first round.

Video: DRAFT | 2018 Mock Draft Part 1

 

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DRAFT: Kotkaniemi parallels Barkov

NHL Draft prospect and Finnish centre Jesperi Kotkaniemi mimics his game after Florida Panthers pivot Aleksander Barkov

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Of all the great Finnish players in the National Hockey League, 2018 NHL draft prospect Jesperi Kotkaniemi's style of play is an imitation of compatriot Aleksander Barkov.

"I think he's a little bit of the same kind of player as me but I try to be like him," Kotkaniemi told EdmontonOilers.com at the NHL Scouting Combine in Buffalo, N.Y. 

"He's very calm when he's on the ice and I like that."

Video: COMBINE | Jesperi Kotkaniemi

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DRAFT: Smith defying expectation

The former first pick in the WHL Bantam Draft aims to take the next step in his development at this year's NHL Draft.

by Jamie Umbach / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Being the first-overall pick in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft carries with it a heap of responsibility and expectation.

Now, three years after Smith went first overall to the Spokane Chiefs, the Lloydminster, AB native aims to make good on those expectations by being drafted in the first round of the NHL Draft on June 22, in Dallas.

It's the next step in the progression of an 18-year-old who's already made a name for himself in the WHL as a workhorse defenceman capable of shutting down other teams' top lines in his own zone while generating offence at the other end of the ice.

Video: COMBINE | Ty Smith

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