The Edmonton Oilers gave star center Connor McDavid help in the NHL Draft and more is likely on the way once free agency starts on Friday. All these efforts are being made so that the team can reach the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 2006.
How Many Players Did the Oilers Draft?
The Oilers did not have full selections in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft but they have to be pretty happy with the haul they got from the virtual event, which was held four months later than originally scheduled because of the pandemic.
Six players were drafted, all forwards. Edmonton had one pick in Tuesday’s opening round and five through the final four rounds yesterday. This is the first time in franchise history that the Oilers selected all forwards in a single draft. Center Dylan Holloway was their 1st round pick (No. 14 overall).
Holloway can also play wing and he is a former MVP with the Okotoks Oilers of the AJHL who had five goals and nine points in his last 10 games as a freshman with Wisconsin. His speed and strength will be a valuable asset for Edmonton. Here’s the list of picks made by the Oilers:
- 1st round, No. 14 overall: C/LW Dylan Holloway
- 4th round, No. 100 overall: LW Carter Savoie
- 5th round, No. 126 overall: C/RW Tyler Tullio
- 5th round, No. 138 overall: LW Maxim Beryozkin
- 6th round, No. 169 overall: C Filip Engaras
- 7th round, No. 200 overall: LW Jeremias Lindewall
Connor McDavid’s Fight with COVID-19
The Oilers recently announced that McDavid tested positive for COVID-19. The Lightning won the Stanley Cup almost two weeks ago, as favorites on the NHL odds boards. They overcame the Stars in six games and the NHL’s bubble environment was a massive success.
The league deserves credit as they went a full nine weeks without a positive COVID-19 test result while the season resumed. The virus is obviously still spreading, and last Monday it was revealed that Connor McDavid had a positive test and is experiencing mild symptoms. The star center voluntarily entered self-quarantine and is following the appropriate protocols.
McDavid and the Oilers were in the Stanley Cup playoffs bubble briefly, but the Oilers didn’t qualify for the Western Conference round-robin. Instead, they were part of a play-in round as the fifth-seed and lost in four games in a best-of-five series against the No. 12 Blackhawks.
Connor McDavid did score five goals with four assists in the playoffs and he tallied 97 points (34 goals and 63 assists) in 64 games in the regular season. BetOnline has the Oilers at +2200 to win the 2021 Stanley Cup and McDavid will be good to go for next season, so it’s hard not to consider the Oilers for my NHL picks.