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Video and articles on location at the NHL Draft in Dallas

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

by Staff / EdmontonOilers.com

Missed any content posted from this past week? No fear, we have it all listed below. Also be sure to visit our 2018 Draft Microsite.

Video: DRAFT | Bouchard Behind The Scenes

 

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DRAFT: McLeod joins 'good friend' Bouchard as Oilers Draft picks

"He's one of my good friends. It's great going there knowing someone," said Ryan McLeod

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

DALLAS, TX - If he could choose, Ryan McLeod knows who he'd like to sit next to in the dressing room when Oilers Development Camp gets underway Monday.

That being Oilers 10th-overall selection Evan Bouchard. The two players are good friends, having both played their junior careers in the Ontario Hockey League. McLeod suited up for the Mississauga Steelheads for three seasons while Bouchard was a London Knight.

"It's going to be nice going in there with a good friend of mine," McLeod said. "We hang out in the summer. He's a great friend of mine and I'm just looking forward to it a lot."

Video: 1-on-1 | Ryan McLeod and Jessica Kent

McLeod was ranked 16th among North American skaters in NHL Central Scouting's final draft rankings. Bouchard was ranked fourth.

"It's great going there knowing someone," said McLeod of participating in development camp alongside his pal. 

"He's a fantastic player and unbelievable teammate."

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DRAFT: Kesselring & Siikanen round out Oilers picks

Plenty of time to develop for Edmonton's later-round selections in Dallas

by Ryan Frankson / EdmontonOilers.com

DALLAS, TX - The Oilers tied a bow on their 2018 NHL Draft selections by picking a blueliner and a forward with big developmental years ahead of them.

In Michael Kesselring, Edmonton adds a 6-foot-4, 192-pound defenceman slated to spend 2018-19 with Des Moines of the USHL before advancing to the NCAA level the following season.

Video: DRAFT RAW | Bob Green

"He's a big kid who's a little raw but moves the puck well," said Oilers Director of Player Personnel Bob Green. "He can shoot. He's 6-foot-4 so his feet have to catch up to his body a little bit. But he's going to the USHL next year and then add on three years of college after that… It gives us four years where he can develop."

In Patrik Siikanen, they get another big body as the Finnish forward checks in at 6-foot-1 and 198 pounds. He spent 2017-18 with Espoo in the Finnish junior league, but he'll move up to play at the senior level SM-liiga next season.

Video: THE PANEL | Weekend Wrap-up

"Hard-working kid, our guys in Europe really liked him," Green said. "Bigger guy, has some skill… We've got some time on him now to let him develop over there. He'll play in the men's league next year and we'll see how he develops."

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DRAFT: Oilers see top 'tender potential in Rodrigue

Team had Drummondville Voltigeur tabbed as top goalie at NHL Draft

by Ryan Frankson / EdmontonOilers.com

DALLAS, TX - There's a reason the Oilers dealt two of their remaining four draft picks to move up and select goaltender Olivier Rodrigue on Saturday.

"We had Olivier ranked as the best goalie in the Draft," said Director of Player Personnel Bob Green following the conclusion of this weekend's event in Dallas. "When there's a guy that good, we felt it was the right move."

Video: DRAFT | Olivier and Sly Rodrigue

Edmonton exchanged picks 71 and 133 with Montreal for pick 62 - the last selection of the second round - which they used to land the highly-touted Drummondville Voltigeurs puck-stopper.

Rodrigue went 31-16-1 during the 2017-18 season with a 2.54 GAA, .903 save percentage and three shutouts in 53 appearances.

He's excelled on the international stage with Hockey Canada as well, posting a 1.00 GAA and .942 save percentage at last summer's Ivan Hlinka tournament, followed up with a 1.33 GAA and .949 save percentage at the World U-18 event this past spring.

It's numbers like those that lead Green and the Oilers brass to foresee big things ahead for the Chicoutimi native.

Video: DRAFT RAW | Olivier Rodrigue

"We feel he's got the potential to be a number one goalie in the NHL," he said.

Rodrigue joins fellow top goalie prospects and major junior standouts Dylan Wells and Stuart Skinner in the Oilers organization.

"You can never have too many goalies," Green said.

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WRAP UP: Draft Day 2

Follow along as Rounds 2 through 7 unfold at the 2018 NHL Draft in Dallas

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

DALLAS, TX - Day 2 of the 2018 NHL Draft is underway. Follow along with EdmontonOilers.com and Oilers TV as Rounds 2 through 7 unfold from the American Airlines Center in Dallas.

The Oilers hold the 40th overall selection, the 71st pick, the 133rd choice, pick No. 164 as well as the 195th pick.

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 Video: DRAFT RAW | Bob Green

Video: THE PANEL | Weekend Wrap-up

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    DRAFT: Rodrigue ready to develop with dad in Oilers system

    Edmonton trades 71st and 133rd picks to Montreal to select top-ranked North American netminder 62nd overall

    by Ryan Frankson / EdmontonOilers.com

    DALLAS, TX -  Olivier Rodrigue wasn't born a goalie, but it was pretty darn close.

    Edmonton's 62nd overall selection at the 2018 NHL Draft was wearing puck-stopper pads as a one-year-old thanks to his father Sylvain, a former major junior and minor pro netminder who's now the Oilers goaltending consultant.

    "I was in street pads playing in the basement with the whole family every day, even the dogs," Rodrigue recalled, moments after the Oilers traded up to call his name and anoint him as the second goalie selected at this year's NHL Draft. "I always wanted to be a goalie."

    Video: DRAFT | Olivier and Sly Rodrigue

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    DRAFT: Oilers acquire size, speed up the middle with McLeod

    Mississauga Steelheads forward implements speed to the organization he grew up idolizing

    by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

    DALLAS, TX - With the 40th-overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, the Oilers selected Mississauga Steelheads centre Ryan McLeod.

    The 6-foot-2 pivot is capable of scoring after registering 70 points in 68 games last season but McLeod will tell you his best asset is skating.

    "I'm a fast, skilled, playmaking centre," the second rounder, who went from nine goals in 2016-17 to 26 in 2017-18, said.

    Video: 1-on-1 | Ryan McLeod and Jessica Kent

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    DRAFT: Oilers obtain their coveted defenceman

    Oilers 10th-overall selection Evan Bouchard is the right-shot, offensive defenceman the club has been looking for

    by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

    DALLAS, TX - You've probably heard by now.

    The talk of Oilers 10th-overall selection Evan Bouchard's draft year production and how it compares to the numbers some of the best defencemen in the National Hockey League put up when they played junior. Players including Los Angeles Kings stalwart Drew Doughty, who had 79 as a 16-year-old and 59 when he was 17. More than St. Louis Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo (62) and Florida Panthers backbone Aaron Ekblad (59).

    Bouchard recorded 92 points in 71 total games in the 2017-18 season, blowing many others out the water with a 1.30 point per game average. 

    Well, if you don't know, now you know.

    Video: DRAFT | Bouchard Behind The Scenes

     

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    DRAFT: Bouchard shared NHL Draft experience with family

    Defenceman's mother brought to tears when her son was selected by the Oilers

    by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

    DALLAS, TX - They grow up so fast.

    Paula Bouchard, mother to Oilers 10th-overall selection Evan, found that out after watching her son be drafted by the Oilers. The proud guardian couldn't help but shed a few tears in the process.

    Tweet from @NHLGIFs: An emotional moment for the Bouchard family. pic.twitter.com/FExTxqXL5L

    Although the day was mostly dedicated to Evan, the defender said it was special to share it with members of his kin. He was joined by his aforementioned mother, father, his siblings, aunt, uncle, grandparents, girlfriend and a few more friends in Dallas, TX, for the event.

    Video: 1-ON-1 | Evan Bouchard & Jessica Kent

    "It means a lot to them," said Bouchard. "The stuff they had to go through to get me into hockey, drive me to places and stuff like that, it's an achievement for all of us."

    Bouchard tried to relax on Friday and spending time with family helped alleviate some nerves.

    "I was trying to enjoy the day," he said. "Enjoy Dallas, go around the city, see some things. Relax and spend time with family, I think that's very important. This is a big event for them as well as me."

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    DRAFT: Bouchard's first thought after being selected

    Passing to Connor McDavid crossed the defenceman's mind after being drafted by the Oilers

    by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

    DALLAS, TX - What was the first thing on Evan Bouchard's mind after having his name be called by Oilers President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Peter Chiarelli at the 2018 NHL Draft in Dallas?

    Making outlet passes to Oilers Captain Connor McDavid, of course.

    "It's one of the first things you think about," Bouchard, 18, said. "You see him on all the highlights and you see what he's capable of, so it would be an honour to play with him."

    Video: 1-ON-1 | Evan Bouchard & Jessica Kent

    The 6-foot-2 defender is said to own one of the best outlet passes in the draft, in addition to being a volume shooter and playmaker. He registered 25 goals, 87 points and 297 shots on goal last season in 67 games.

    Bouchard said he's, "producing offence and getting the puck out of our zone and into the hands of our forwards with speed," when he's playing at his best and also looks to jump up into the play when he sees fit.

    The Oakville, ON, native will join the Oilers at rookie camp beginning Monday.

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