Vancouver Canucks: Pacific Division Draft Grade Ranking

(EDITORS NOTE: caption correction) Jun 24, 2016; Buffalo, NY, USA; Matthew Tkachuk poses for a photo after being selected as the number six overall draft pick by the Calgary Flames in the first round of the 2016 NHL Draft at the First Niagra Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports
(EDITORS NOTE: caption correction) Jun 24, 2016; Buffalo, NY, USA; Matthew Tkachuk poses for a photo after being selected as the number six overall draft pick by the Calgary Flames in the first round of the 2016 NHL Draft at the First Niagra Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jun 24, 2016; Buffalo, NY, USA; Jesse Puljujarvi puts on a team jersey after being selected as the number four overall draft pick by the Edmonton Oilers in the first round of the 2016 NHL Draft at the First Niagra Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports /

T-2. Edmonton Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers lost the draft lottery, meaning they finally won’t get a top-three talent in the draft. Seeing the Canucks drop to fifth hurt, but seeing the Oilers miss out as well could make us feel a little bit better. Or so we thought. Instead of the Oilers picking a defenseman or Matthew Tkachuk, leaving Canucks fan favorite Pierre-Luc Dubois for Vancouver, Dubois went to the Columbus Blue Jackets and Jesse Puljujarvi dropped into the Oiler’s lap.

Well sh*t.

Another player many Canucks fans would have loved to see in Vancouver was forward Tyler Benson. He, too, was picked up by the Oilers. Many fans liked big OHL defenseman Markus Niemelainen, but guess where he went: 63rd to Edmonton.

Here is the 2016 Edmonton Oilers draft class:

Rnd Pick Overall Team Player Pos Country Height Weight Amateur League Amateur Team
1 4 4 EDM Jesse Puljujarvi RW SWE 6′ 3″ 208 FINLAND Karpat
2 2 32 EDM Tyler Benson LW CAN 5′ 11″ 197 WHL Vancouver
3 2 63 EDM Markus Niemelainen D FIN 6′ 4″ 198 OHL Saginaw
3 23 84 EDM Matthew Cairns D CAN 6′ 2″ 200 OJHL Georgetown
3 30 91 EDM Filip Berglund D SWE 6′ 3″ 209 SWEDEN-JR. Skelleftea Jr.
5 2 123 EDM Dylan Wells G CAN 6′ 1″ 182 OHL Peterborough
5 28 149 EDM Graham McPhee LW USA 6′ 0″ 173 USHL USA U-18
6 2 153 EDM Aapeli Rasanen C FIN 6′ 0″ 196 FINLAND-JR. Tappara Jr.
7 2 183 EDM Vincent Desharnais D CAN 6′ 5″ 207 H-EAST Providence

The Oilers obviously had it easier than the Canucks, owning nine picks including five in the first three rounds. But the Oilers also used them well, picking players where they were expected to be picked, and grabbing others that fell much farther than expected.

Matthew Cairns is a big two-way defenseman from the Ontario Jr. A league. He is committed to Cornell University, and we won’t find out how big his potential really is until next year. But, he shows a lot of promise already, and could become a great two-way player with good size, who can solidify an NHL top four.

Read: Tyler Benson — Draft Profiles — Markus Niemelainen

Filiip Berglund is an overage D-man from Sweden who had a breakout year in Sweden’s top junior league. With 19 goals and 41 points in 43 games, he showed a lot of promise offensively, while playing a solid defensive game as well. Berglund could be an elite player in Europe or a top-four guy in the NHL, depending on his development.

Another notable pick is Finnish center Aapeli Rasanen, who was ranked 59th by Future Considerations. Only time will tell whether Edmonton made a bad pick or FC completely misjudged Rasanen. As of today, it looks like Edmonton got a great two-way center very late in the draft.

Grade: A

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