Why draft one player when you can draft two? Or three? Or four? Or five? Not five, no...let\'s not get carried away. With picks #7 and #14 on the board, the Edmonton Oilers were in good position to add two solid prospects to the system. But when the opportunity to land more 1st round picks showed up, GM Mike Cleary couldn\'t resist. An inside look into the Oilers\' draft room...
#7 overall: Brendan Perlini, LW, Niagara IceDogs
Mike Cleary was quite active hours before the draft kicked off; working the phones to find a way to trade up a couple ranks. Just a bit out of reach to snag either defenseman Haydn Fleury or left winger Brendan Perlini, Cleary felt moving up a spot or two would be necessary. While that didn\'t happen, Perlini just so happened to fall on their lap. The 6\'2\", 205lbs forward has a scoring touch, good speed and plays a physical game. Just a solid all-around hockey player, Perlini will have no problem playing on an offensive line alongside skilled forwards Nazem Kadri and Jordan Eberle, or on a more physical unit with JF Jacques, NickBjugstad or James Neal. Perlini was ranked #5 on the Oilers big board.
#14 overall: Jared McCann, C, Sault Ste.Marie Greyhounds
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