The Hawks have defensemen. Some they stole from certain teams, shipping off their cap nightmare in the process, and some they drafted with picks they stole from other teams by trading off their cap nightmares. Either way, they have d-men. So, it was safe to say the fans weren't going to pick a d-man this time around. Right?
Right. With the 18th pick, the Chicago Blackhawks have selected Brandon Saad, a good sized left wing that is rated as a mid-round pick. Great pick for them at 18.
2. : Gabriel Landeskog
3. Florida Panthers: Adam Larsson
4. : Sean Couturier
5. : Jonathan Huberdeau
6. Ottawa Senators: Ryan Strome
7. Winnipeg: Mika Zibanejad
8. Columbus Blue Jackets
9. Boston Bruins
10. : Sven Bartschi
11. Colorado Avalanche: Duncan Siemens : Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
12. : Mark McNeill
13. : Joel Armia
14. : Zack Phillips
15. : Mark Scheifele
16. : Nathan Beaulieu
17. : Jamie Oleksiak
18. Chicago Blackhawks: Brandon Saad
Up next in this fake draft, the Edmonton Oilers with the pick the received from Los Angeles in the Dustin Penner trade. Make the jump and help our friends out west make their second pick in the first round.
Taylor Hall, Magnus Paajarvi, Jordan Eberle, Linus Omark, Jeff Petry, Tyler Pitlick, Anton Lander, and they already added Ryan Nugent Hopkins. Now they get another pick? This is just disgusting. Flat out unfair and plain disgusting. How excited they must be about the future... must be nice.
So, with all of this young talent already on board, who do the Oilers at with this 19th pick? The prospects are a good mix, so it really should just be a matter of the best available player. According to most rankings I have seen, that player (in our particular draft) is Alexander Khokhlachev, who remains in free fall. I'm not sure why everyone is passing on the kid, he is already here, though he could use a cheeseburger or 20.
There is still a laundry list of players available, though, so choose wisely. This really is the last first round pick the Oilers get. This year.