Overall, just getting Eberle made me happy. And I'm comfortable with the rest of the draft and not trading any of our roster guys "just because".
My theory on drafting is that you need to get at least one NHL player out of each draft. If you are able to get two than you are doing well, and setting your team up for success. Even more and you are laughing.
One question, how do you pronounce Eberle? I've heard it a few different ways now.
I'm happy with the Eberle selection, because at that point I think he was the best option for us. I'm kind of disappointed to see that Colbourne was taken before we had a shot, I honestly think that a big offensive center was the main need for us up front heading into the draft. Comparable: Brad Boyes
Montin is a solid pick. The comparisons to Kronvall are fair in terms of defensive style, but the fact is he'll never have the puck-handling prowess Kronvall has. I like the pick, however. At this point, Lowe is trying with whatever he's got to address one of the biggest needs of the team: big, physical, shutdown defensemen. Comparable: Jan Hejda
Cornet is an interesting pick. He's got a helluva lotta skill, but he's limited by his size and lack of finishing ability. He's quick, tough along the boards, and fights for every inch on the ice. If he ever makes the NHL, it's going to be in a 4th line role. Character kid though, he'll always show signs of brilliance, but I don't think it'll translate into NHL success. Comparable: Patrick Thoresen
Hartikainen is a disappointing pick for me. Sure, he's got the size and strength, but his speed will never reach that necessary for the NHL game. The skills are there, but I don't think he's going to be able to put together the full package in order to exploit them to the best ability. Comparable: Geoff Paukovich without the height
Wary of their fragility and susceptibility of their current team to physical dominance, the Oilers took a flyer on a potential 6-7 D-man with their last pick. Bendfeld is a mean, green, fighting machine. He plays a simple, efficient defensive game, but his one and only role within the organization is going to be bringing that rough physical edge night-in, night-out, protecting his teammates. He's fun to watch, and is sure to be a fan favourite if he makes it. Comparable: Sean Brown
Overall, I'm going to give this draft a B-. We were limited in the number and quality of picks we were handed, but other than the Eberle selection, I couldn't agree with Lowe and Co. on the other picks.
The team deviated from what I thought would be a new Red Wing-esque drafting strategy. Instead of taking flyers on high-risk, high-reward, high-skill players in the later rounds, like we saw with the selection of Linus Omark last year, we reverted back to the pre-lockout obsession with bigger forwards and defensemen.
I would have tried to target some of the Swedish/Russian over-agers and fallers. I'd rather take a risk on them than Bendfeld, someone I highly doubt will ever get a chance at the NHL level.