The 2007 NHL Entry Draft slated to kick off Friday, June 22 in Columbus is fast approaching. As part of the ongoing coverage from edmontonoilers.com we take a look at exactly where the Oilers are drafting this year.
With three choices in the first round and four picks in the top 36, Edmonton will be among the busier teams in the early going but due to some past dealings they will be less active as the draft goes on. In fact, as it stands right now the Oilers will have almost as many picks on the first day of the draft as they will on the second day - despite the fact that day one is only the first round.
The Oilers' first choice will be their own at sixth overall. It will match the second-highest position that the team has ever drafted. The Oilers previously took Paul Coffey at sixth in 1980 and drafted Steve Kelly and Boyd Devereaux in 1995 and 1996 respectively. Ryan Smyth
was also taken sixth overall in 1994 though the Oilers' first choice that year was Jason Bonsignore at fourth overall.
Edmonton's second choice will be 15th overall. The selection was acquired as part of a trade with the New York Islanders that saw Smyth head east. The Oilers' third pick in the draft is also in round one and will be 30th overall as a result of the Anaheim Ducks winning the Stanley Cup.
After three picks on the first day of the draft, the Oilers are far less busy on day two. Despite rounds two through seven being held that day, the Oilers only have four picks total.
The team will draft in the second round, 36th overall, for their fourth pick in the draft but they don't draft again for quite awhile. The Oilers' third round choice was dealt to Minnesota when the team acquired Dwayne Roloson in 2005-06.
With Minnesota receiving the 42nd overall pick as compensation for losing 2004 first rounder AJ Thelen, Edmonton's next choice will be 97th overall in the fourth round instead of 96th. That choice will be followed by a 127th overall pick in round five. The Oilers' last pick of the draft is 157th overall in round six.
Edmonton's seventh round pick was traded to Buffalo last offseason when the team acquired Jan Hejda. Oilers 2007 Draft Picks
Round 1: The rest of the NHLRound 2-7: The rest of the NHL
- Round 1 - 6th overall
- Round 1 - 15th overall
- Round 1 - 30th overall
- Round 2 - 36th overall
- Round 4 - 97th overall
- Round 5 - 127th overall
- Round 6 - 157th overall