#14 Edmonton Oilers – Jack Quinn, RW/LW, Ottawa (OHL)
It isn’t every season we see an OHL youngster pot 50 goals, and it’s unheard of for one to do it in a shortened season. Yet, Quinn managed to pull this feat off as part of a stacked 67’s squad. More to the point he managed to do it playing away from the more highly touted Rossi (at 5v5 at least).
One of the older players in his draft class he really came out of nowhere this season, which he attributes to finally deciding to work out. That is somewhat frightening for two reasons: 1.) that he had that much improvement in him, and 2.) that he may not have the drive to keep that up in his pro years. It’s a fun puzzle to unravel.
The Oilers add another goal-scoring forward to a playing group that already scores in bunches, but couldn’t stop a beach ball. I don’t know what it is about the Oilers that make them force themselves to make bad decisions, but as a division rival, I’m here for it. Great for the Anaheim Ducks, terrible for the Oilers.
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Pre-Draft Grade: F
#15 Pittsburgh Penguins – Hendrix Lapierre, C, Canada, Chicoutimi (QMJHL)
Has the moves like Jagr. Well not really, but he does have an absurd upside if we are to judge from the minimal time we’ve seen him After having his 3rd concussion Lapierre could be closer to the end of his career than the start of it, which would be a terrible shame (honestly) for the player.
Like most injuries, concussions tend to come more frequently after the first, and hockey is a sport that lends itself to a lot of physical contacts. The Penguins are no strangers to injury, but this is a gamble for them. Let’s hope it pays off for the youngster.
Pre-Draft Grade: D
And there you have it. A mostly underwhelming display of poor asset management sprinkled with a nugget of gold and a backhanded slap to a Canadian staple. Which team’s “mock” draft selection did you enjoy the most? Let us know in the comments below.
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