Winning their last game for Ryan Smyth may have provided the feel-good story of the year for the Edmonton Oilers and their fans. But it doesn’t feel so good today. The win moved the Oilers from 29th to 28th. And at the NHL draft lottery Tuesday it cost Edmonton what could have been its fourth No. 1 overall selection in the last five years. The No. 1 pick went to 29th-place Florida. The Oilers will pick third. “I’m not devastated by it, that’s for sure,” said MacTavish. “It’s very debatable which players will be the best players over time. I didn’t want to drop back to No. 4. That was the important thing.” The day before MacTavish said “There would be regret” if Florida won the No. 1 pick. Still, it was another loss to complete the most disappointing season in Edmonton Oilers history. Does it mean Barrie Colts’ defenceman Aaron Ekblad, the only defenceman in most No. 1 projections, likely won’t end up an Oiler? Centres Sam Reinhart of the Kootenay Ice, Sam Bennett of the of the Kingston Frontenacs and Leon Draisaitl of the Prince Albert Raiders are rated in most top fours. Who will be there at No. 3? “Who knows?” said MacTavish. “Who would have predicted Seth Jones would have fallen to Nashville at No. 4 last year? “Offence is always such a high priority.
Oilers to draft No. 3 as MacTavish says he's committed to talented young core
Edmonton Sun | Apr 16