Cult of Hockey: Edmonton Oilers select RD Filip Berglund 91st overall

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-06-25

Edmonton Oilers started the third round with zero defencemen on their draft roll, but ended it with three. The Oilers used their own selection at #63 overall plus picks acquired in the Teddy Purcell and Justin Schultz deals to acquire a trio of rearguards. The most recent is right-shooting Swedish defender Filip Berglund, a 19-year-old who is in his second year of draft eligibility. Listed at a hulking 6’3, 209 pounds, Berglund put up some impressive numbers with Skelleftea’s U20 team, finishing third in team scoring with 19-22-41 in 43 GP, while tallying just 6 minutes in penalties. As an overager there is little information on Berglund from International Scouting Services or th

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The Best Player Available

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2016-06-25

The Edmonton Oilers didn’t have the first overall pick. In fact, they lost the lottery by slipping to the number four spot. But thanks to a curious decision by the Columbus Blue Jackets, the consensus third-best player in the draft fell into the Oilers lap. Peter Chiarelli wanted to be in the that number three slot. He wanted Jesse Puljujarvi all along, but knew it would be unlikely barring a trade. In the days leading up to the draft, it seemed as though Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalianen wasn’t sold on his Finnish countryman. It was somewhat surprising, considering Jesse’s high skill level. But obviously, there was something that Jarmo didn’t like about him. OK, the Oile

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OILERS AT 91: FILIP BERGLUND

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2016-06-25

I had him at No. 61, and like this selection a lot. Elite Prospects: A big and strong two-way defenseman with good hockey sense and passing ability. Valuable on the man advantage with a strong release and good puck control. Not a speedster and should use his large frame to his advantage. The Black Book: Filip Berglund is a pro-sized right-shot right-defenseman who significantly improved his last season’s total from 11 points to 41, especially notable however was the increase in goals from just 1 to an impressive 19 this year.  Despite the large frame and not the fastest stride, Berglund actually has good finesse with the puck. He controls the puck very well and uses his size to protect i

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Cult of Hockey: Edmonton Oilers select LD Matthew Cairns No. 84 overall

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-06-25

The No. 84 selection originally belonged to the Florida Panthers, but was shipped to the Edmonton Oilers in the trade deadline deal that saw right wing Teddy Purcell head south. With the pick, the Oilers drafted left-shot defenceman Matthew Cairns from the OJHL’s Georgetown Raiders. Cairns was ranked precisely 84th in The Hockey News’ 2016 Draft Guide, and that outlet offered the following capsule summary: Big and fast. Sometimes tries to do too much. Cornell-bound. More to come.

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OILERS AT NO. 84: MATT CAIRNS

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2016-06-25

I had him No. 145 on my list:   No. 145—LD Matthew Cairns, Georgetown Raiders (OJHL). Smart defender with good size, mobility. McKeens had him No. 100 overall. Black Book: Matthew is a big defenseman with a good frame. His skating has experienced some improvements but his first few steps are still a little choppy. Simple has been the key for Cairns. He does a good job playing his man one on one letting the play come to him and attacking at the right time. He moves the puck well when he has time, choosing high percentage options instead of trying to make the big play. He has had some struggles when he doesn’t have time and space. He will jump up in the rush and did a good job on t

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OILERS AT NO. 63: MARKUS NIEMELAINEN

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2016-06-25

Markus Niemelainen is a Peter Chiarelli defenseman. He is 6.06, 205 and mobile, with much of his value on the defensive side of the puck. He is the first of what I hope are several OHL kids chosen today. Bob McKenzie: No. 38 Corey Pronman: No. 68 Craig Button: No. 36 Corey Pronman: Niemelainen was a fine two-way player for Saginaw this season. He’s a fantastic skater for a defender of his size, moving effortlessly around the ice. His skill isn’t high-end, but he moves the puck at a solid-to-average level, showing good hands and coordination for a player his size, and decent offensive instincts. Since Niemelainen was loaned to Saginaw this season from his club team in Finland,

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TSN's Darren Dreger suggests prices for defence are too high for Edmonton

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2016-06-25

If there's one thing that everybody in the NHL knows about the Edmonton Oilers, it's that they need a good right-shot defenceman as soon as possible. The 2016 Draft was an obvious place to make a trade for help, but according to TSN's Darren Dreger the prospects aren't looking so bright this morning.

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16 Best Moments of 2016 NHL Draft: Leaks, steals, tears

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-06-25

The Blue Jackets shock, the Red Wings steal, some fan “scoops” the Lightning’s draft plans, and the Bruins draft a player who hated them. It’s the 16 Best Moments from Round 1 of the 2016 NHL Draft, and we promise it will take you under four and ahlf hours to read this. 1. New sweater, new third-line centre in Toronto The Toronto Maple Leafs used all three minutes of the clock, for reasons unknown, before making the night’s first selection and then simultaneously unveiled a gorgeous new sweater and the most promising centre to don the Blue and White since Mats Sundin. “It just goes to show if you really love the game and you work at the game, you can turn

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Oilers Take Local Boy With 2nd Rounder

Source: Beer League Heroes
Date: 2016-06-25

The Edmonton Oilers selected Vancouver Giants Captain Tyler Benson with their 2nd rounder 32nd overall. I’m skeptical of this pick because, and I don’t really know if there’s a true correlation here apart from the obvious, but he reminds me of Tyler Pitlick. Difference being he’s smarter but is not on the same level skating-wise and I’m always weary of players who have an injury history in junior. I should probably holster that opinion though as we’ve seen players like Alex Galchenyuk and Ryan Murray come out okay and become very good NHLers. Some believe that the Oilers might feel as if they’ve gotten another 1st round pick here in Benson. I hope h

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NHL Draft 2016: Day 2 TV, Live-Stream Schedule, Order and Predictions

Source: Bleacher Report
Date: 2016-06-25

With the first round of the 2016 NHL draft in the books, teams around the league will look to find some depth and potential sleepers Saturday, Day 2 of the selection process. While the big names in the first round typically garner all of the attention, there is also legitimate talent in the later stages of the draft. For example, stars such as Johnny Gaudreau (fourth round), Nikita Kucherov (second round) and Ondrej Palat (seventh round) were all taken on Day 2 in 2011. Each has had considerable success, putting up at least one 60-point season since breaking into the league. The 2016 class is deep, and impact players will be found on Saturday. Here is how where you can watch the action

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