INSIDE THE OILERS
POSTED ON Saturday, 28.06.2014 / 1:13 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers used their final selection in the 2014 NHL Draft (183rd overall) to take their second goalie of the day. The Oilers chose Vald’Or Foreurs netminder Keven Bouchard.

Bouchard had a record of 17-6-1 with the QMJHL champions and posted a 2.95 GAA and a .887 save percentage.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 28.06.2014 / 12:49 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Dysin Mayo, Brandon Baddock and Aaron Irving join Brett Pollock as members of the Edmonton Oil Kings to be selected on day two of the 2014 NHL Draft.

The Arizona Coyotes took Mayo with the 133rd overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft. Baddock and Irving went with back-to-back picks (Baddock at 161 to New Jersey and Irving to Nashville at 162).

Mayo, the 82nd-ranked North American skater, had 35 points this season (7-28-35) and added 15 (3-12-15) in the WHL playoffs.

Baddock scored 17 points (6-11-17) in 56 games this season.

Irving is the 90th-ranked North American skater by NHL Central Scouting. The defenceman played in 63 games this season and scored 30 points (9-21-30).

Oil Kings prospect Alec Dillon was also drafted. The goalie went 150th overall to the Los Angeles Kings. He played last season with the Victoria Grizzlies of the BCHL and posted a GAA of 2.88 and save percentage of .911.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 28.06.2014 / 12:37 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers have used the 153rd overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft to select Tyler Vesel from Omaha in the USHL. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound centre is ranked 188th amongst North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting.

Vesel put up impressive numbers in his first USHL season, scoring 71 points (33-38-71) in 49 games. His 71 points were third best in the league and second on the team.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 28.06.2014 / 12:21 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers have selected 6-foot-2, 190-pound forward Liam Coughlin with the 130th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Coughlin played 53 games for the Vernon Vipers in the BCHL this season, recording 45 points (18-27-45) and 70 penalty minutes.

The South Boston native is committed to Boston University. He scored 51 points (27-24-51) at Catholic Memorial High School in the 2012-13 season.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 28.06.2014 / 12:10 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers add a goalie to the mix with the 111th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft by selecting Zachary Nagelvoort from the University of Michigan.

The freshman netminder posted a 2.20 GAA and .929 save percentage as a freshman with the Wolverines. He holds the University of Michigan school record for most saves in a game (63 vs. Penn State on March 20, 2014).

NHL Central Scouting ranks Nagelvoort as the 20th best North American goalie. He is 6-foot-2, 190 pounds.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 28.06.2014 / 11:47 AM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers have selected Swedish defenceman William Lagesson with the 91st overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Lagesson is a 6-foot-2, 196-pound defenceman who played in the Swedish Junior league for Frolunda Jr. In 44 games this season, Lagesson scored 20 points (8-12-20) and had 30 penalty minutes.

At the Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament in 2013, Lagesson had two points (1-1-2) in four games for the Sweden Under-18 team.

NHL Central Scouting ranks Lagesson as the 18th European skater.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 28.06.2014 / 10:35 AM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Dallas Stars make Brett Pollock the first Edmonton Oil Kings player off the board in the 2014 NHL Draft by selecting him in the second round, 45th overall.

Ranked 34th amongst North American skaters, the winger is coming off a breakout year for the Oil Kings. He became an offensive weapon for the Memorial Cup champions, scoring 55 (25-30-55) in 71 games.

“I don’t really think you put words to it," Pollock said. "The run we had, winning the Memorial Cup, being here today and being selected by Dallas is a surreal feeling. Not a lot of guys get to experience that and I can’t really put it into words today.”

In the WHL playoffs, Pollock helped finish off Medicine Hat in the conference finals with 7 points (5-2-7) in five games, including six in the final two.

Pollock, 18, is a 6-foot-2, 182 pound Sherwood Park, AB native.

Other Oil King draft-eligible players include Edgars Kulda, Aaron Irving, Ashton Sautner, Tyler Robertson and Brandon Baddock.

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POSTED ON Friday, 27.06.2014 / 9:41 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Adding size up the middle of the ice was something the Edmonton Oilers knew they had to do to become more competitive against the bigger centres and teams in their division and conference. At 6-foot-2, 213 pounds (and still growing), Leon Draisaitl was the pick for the Oilers at third overall.

Oilers General Manager Craig MacTavish spoke with TSN following the pick and talked about what Draisaitl brings.

“We all know how difficult big centres are to obtain,” MacTavish said. “You’re going to have to draft big centres to get them because they’re very hard to come by. Leon really fits that build for us. We play in a very difficult conference, a very difficult division and we feel Leon’s skill set fits in incredibly well for us in Edmonton. There will be a lineup of wingers that will be ready to play with Leon when he gets to Edmonton.”

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POSTED ON Friday, 27.06.2014 / 9:12 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Some fans might have noticed that the Edmonton Oilers first round draft pick wasn’t wearing his new hat like the rest of the draftees. Leon Draisaitl put the jersey on but a certain member of the Oilers coaching staff didn’t allow him to take the hat. Head Coach Dallas Eakins played defence and blocked Draisaitl from putting on his new lid.

“He told me he is not going to give me the hat because he doesn’t want my mom to be mad at my hair,” Draisaitl said with a laugh.

Hat-hair crisis avoided.

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POSTED ON Friday, 27.06.2014 / 8:53 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers
The newest Edmonton Oilers centre Leon Draisaitl has done his research on the team that made him the third overall pick in the 2014 draft. Draisaitl says he’s eager to earn a spot and join a team that already boasts young and talented players, such as Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Nail Yakupov and Justin Schultz.

Draisaitl also says that he thinks the Oilers are moving in the right direction as they have brought in players through trades like David Perron and their young stars continue to mature.

“I think I’m going to have to do my job and earn my spot if I want to play in that league and on that team,” Draisaitl said. “I think they’re moving forward. They’ve made some good trades like for Perron and I think the guys are getting older and more mature and this is just awesome right now.”

On the possibility of playing with Hall, Draisaitl had nothing but good things to say:

“He’s probably the fastest skater in the league and he’s an exciting player to watch. He’s a star in the league. It might be a good fit but you never know. It’s up to the coaches to put a line together and I can only do my job.”

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