2016 NHL Entry Draft marked the start of very busy summer for Edmonton Oiler's Peter Chiarelli. A 4th pick overall, a huge trade [Hall/Larson] and the signing of Lucic plus picking up some excellent prospects.
Ethan Bear is a highly-touted Edmonton Oilers' prospect. It was his strong defence that got the attention of the Oilers, who chose Bear in the draft's fifth round. Bear says he almost "blacked out" when he heard his name. "I couldn't believe it. I was in shock. I was kind of stunned," he said. "I hugged all my family...I couldn't wait to go down and meet all the Edmonton guys."
Mathew Tkachuk, draft prospect. A multi-dimensional energy winger that plays a pro-style, adaptive game. Well-versed as a guy who can consistently put up points, but also as an agitator who plays with a little bit of bite and nastiness.
The Edmonton Oilers won the Connor McDavid sweepstakes. The Oilers’ card was pulled by NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly, as a team with the third worst record and an 11.5-percent chance to win the lottery took the top spot and the chance to draft the OHL super prospect. “It’s going to affect your entire lineup, and getting the No. 1 pick is certainly going to fill a big hole in our lineup,” said Bill Scott, assistant general manager.
EDMONTON -- Connor McDavid put on a show for roughly 7,300 fans Monday at Rexall Place during a 4-on-4 intrasquad scrimmage for Edmonton Oilers prospects. The No. 1 pick at the 2015 NHL Draft had three goals in two 20-minute halves of 4-on-4 play, then scored two more in seven minutes at 3-on-3, leading his team to an 8-6 win.
"He was saying all the right things... He was intense and he's definitely looking to win. He's not going to settle for mediocrity." Top-ranked draft prospect Connor McDavid had that and much more to say about GM Peter Chiarelli and the #Oilers after meeting with the team today at the NHL Scouting Combine.
Olli Juolevi [draft prospect from Finland] Defenceman, Very sturdily built D-man that leans into his hits, competes hard, and possesses elite-level vision and hockey sense. Looks stronger game-by-game and adapts very quickly to his surroundings and situations.