Posted October 14, 2018 11:03:24It may seem like it’s been awhile since we last saw a healthy Connor McDavid and the Oilers have had their eye on him for some time now.
However, the rookie winger is still looking to make a big impression in his first season with the Oilers, and there’s a good chance he will.
The Oilers have an interesting amount of options to pick from at the top of their draft, and with that in mind, here’s a look at how much each of the players is making in the NHL right now.
Connor McDaniel, Centre, Erie OttersSource: Hockey Prospectus article Connor McDonagh has a $4 million cap hit in 2019-20, and it’s a big number considering he only turns 19 this summer.
That’s not a big surprise, but McDaniel has been a top-six centre in the Ontario Hockey League for his entire career, so he could earn some serious extra money if he sticks around.
His production and leadership qualities are very high, and he has the ability to get the puck out of the offensive zone and create scoring chances.
His high-end skating ability is second to none, and his combination of size and speed makes him a threat on the rush.
If McDaniel is able to keep his production up and continue to improve his skating, he could be an impact player for years to come.
Nick Baptiste, Defence, Prince Albert RaidersSource: NHL.com article The Raiders were looking for a defenseman after signing Michael Chaput, but Baptiste has proven to be one of the best available in the 2018 draft class.
He’s a great skater with great acceleration and the ability in the cycle game, and that’s just what the Raiders need.
He was drafted third overall by the Flyers, but his performance on the ice could be a big reason why he lands in Edmonton.
He is one of few prospects in the 2019 draft class who have already proven they can play in the AHL.
Sam Bennett, Left Wing, Portland WinterhawksSource: Habs.com.au article Bennett’s first year in the QMJHL was an absolute disaster.
He scored just seven goals, was injured twice, and had to sit out two games due to concussion issues.
He looked like a player who was simply struggling to make an impact in the league.
However he is a highly skilled, dynamic player who has a high ceiling.
Bennett is also a smart, tough, hard-working winger who will get minutes for his team if he can continue to develop.
Jacob Bronson, Centre/Right Wing, London KnightsSource: CTV Ottawa.ca article Bronson is the fourth player selected in the first round of the 2019 NHL Draft, and the fifth overall pick in the 2020 draft.
He has some pretty impressive skills and is one for the future.
Bronson has the size and skill to be a top winger in the League, and has shown that he can score goals on the powerplay as well.
He could be the perfect player to partner Ryan Nugent-Hopkins with in Edmonton if the Oilers are interested.
Jake Virtanen, Centre and Right Wing, Barrie ColtsSource: AHL.com source CTV Toronto article Virtanens draft stock is up again.
He will have the opportunity to take the reins of a team that has been trying to find an identity for years.
is the kind of player who will help a team out if he gets on the scoresheet, and will be an important piece of the team’s bottom-six this year.
Dylan Strome, Defence/Left Wing, Niagara IceDogsSource: Wojtek Wojtkiewicz/NHLI via Getty Images Strome was the second pick in this year’s draft, but is expected to be taken one spot ahead of his teammate.
The 20-year-old has a very similar skill set to Zach Bogosian, and is a strong defender who is an excellent passer.
Strome has the potential to be an elite two-way defender, and could be one to watch if his team is looking for someone to play on the second line.
Jacob Larsson, Defence and Left Wing/Right Center, Boston University TerriersSource: Sportsnet.ca source NHL.co.uk/sportnet-movies-the-franchise-that-is-stevie-talks-football-and-pets-a-lot-about-st-evie/article The Toronto Marlies have a great history of drafting hockey players, and Larsson is no different.
The 6-foot-1, 215-pound forward is the brother of defenseman Connor, and they are currently battling for the Marlies third straight draft pick.
Larsson had a terrific junior season for Boston University, leading the team with 11 goals and 26 points. He