The 2015 NHL Entry Draft is 18 days away and the Wild are looking to find that next NHL star to raise their franchise to the next level. Hockey Wilderness is counting down the days with a daily mock draft. We are at pick number 16 today.
Pick 16 was Pittsburgh's, but they moved it to the Oilers who, frankly, could use all the help they can get. With the first overall pick, they have who is universally voted "most likely to become the next best player of his generation" in Connor McDavid. McDavid is, undoubtedly, going to make Edmonton better. They still have positions of need, namely their defense and at goalie. The 16th pick is too early to take a goalie, but the Oilers will make a buck get for their blue line by drafting, from the QMJHL's Sherbrooke, defenseman Jeremy Roy.
Edmonton Prospect Rundown
Last season, the Oilers, known for their defensive woes, selected yet another forward in Leon Draisaitl. Draisaitl played in 32 games for Edmonton notching only 9 points in his NHL stint. He was then sent back to the Kelowna Rockets of the WHL for 32 games where he scored 19 goals and 34 assists. With the Oilers possibly looking to move players like Taylor Hall or Nail Yakupov, Draisaitl may be seeing more time with the big club next season.
Edmonton is still young. Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Matt Hendricks, and Iiro Pakarinen are all young (or relatively young) players that are being held down by the constant losing and terrible play in their own zone.
Edmonton's depth on defense starts and stops with Justin Schultz. The defensive prospects are thin at best, and this is their chance to address that, which they do with the addition of Roy.
About Jeremy Roy
Regarding the young defenseman, Elite Prospects has this to say:
Jeremy Roy is a gifted two-way defenceman that establishes his presence on the ice through playing authoritative hockey, with and without the puck. His absolute and total awareness of other players' positions on the ice is a testament to his incredible knowledge of the game. ... All-in-all, a highly intelligent defenceman that plays high-percentage hockey and is a catalyst for positive plays in all three zones.
Roy's stats are less than impressive; a mere 43 points and 37 penalty minutes. What is more impressive is that he accomplished this in 46 games; nearly a point-per-game as a defenseman is far from poor. At 6 feet tall and 185 pounds, Roy is a big, puck moving defenseman who could potentially anchor a blue line for an NHL squad.
As an added bonus, Roy can both kill penalties and score on the power play; he is a quintessential top-4 (probably top-2) defenseman that any NHL squad would love to have.
How He'd Fit with the Wild
Let me say that again: Roy can both kill penalties and score on the power play; he is a quintessential top-4 (probably top-2) defenseman that any NHL squad would love to have. The Wild don't necessarily need a defenseman, so it's hard to see the Wild taking Roy if he falls to them. That's not particularly likely, as all but 2 mock drafts have Roy going before the Wild pick.
He would be a great addition for Minnesota, but again, it's hard to see Fletcher picking up another defenseman, when so clearly the position of need is Center or, at worst, forward.