The Final Decision on the 2017 Oilers Draft – The Athletic

The 2017 Edmonton Oilers draft is one of the most interesting in the team’s history and is less than five years old.

An organization that once drafted a first-round forward (Scott Metcalfe, 1985) for reminding the scouting director to check winger Dave Hunter and an obscure giant with vision problems (Alexei Mikhnov, 2000) based on passion another pulled in scout, turned a massive corner in the 2017 draft and went small.

Tiny. At 5’11” and 156 pounds, Kailer Yamamoto was an excellent pick based on offensive performance, but he lacked stature and was not a center or defender. To say the Oilers have strayed from their own established game plan is an understatement.

So, young Yamamoto not only dreamed of making the NHL and taking care of his parents, but he also convinced an old-school NHL team that he was the best name on the board.

Five years later, the evidence shows he was the best available and is part of the team’s current and future success.

Pass or fail?

The 2015 draft was easy, the scouts had a brilliant weekend, and management traded too many picks. The 2016 draft brought quality to the top but failed to match the 2014 and 2015 quality. The Final Decision on the 2017 Oilers Draft – The Athletic

Jake Nichol

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