Edmonton Oilers add feisty RW Tyler Tullio in 5th Round, 126th over-all

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Here’s what  Steve Kournianos, the Draft Analyst, had to say about the player: “Tullio is a hunched skater and stickhandler whose hands are both soft and quick. He expertly controls the puck in full flight but also deadens tough cross-ice passes off the rush on either his forehand or backhand. He had the benefit of lining up next to superior set-up men such as Tomasino and Allan McShane, and neither had to worry about Tullio mishandling one of their dishes. He also has excellent hand-eye coordination and cleanly goes skate to stick in the event of a hard pass at his feet. His straight-line speed is above average, and he is in open ice frequently because of a quick first step, but his slight frame and average balance make him an easy target for opponents trying to knock him off the puck…. One thing that hasn’t won Tullio many friends among OHL competitors is his abrasiveness. He’s not very big but plays as if nothing can slow him down. He usually displays a good compete level, however, and will play the body while getting involved on the forecheck and hustle back full throttle to support his defensemen. Defensively, Tullio picks off a lot of errant passes in the neutral zone which is a credit to his quickness and anticipation; both which are on display during his time on the penalty kill, which is where he’ll also sacrifice his body to block shots.”

Of course we had to wait half the morning (it seemed) for some action since the Oilers had traded away their 2nd Round pick in the Andreas Athanasiou deal. Then they swapped their 3rd, essentially adding a pick to the draft (the 100th and the 126th). That 100th pick turned into LW Carter Savoie.

The club has subsequently decided to forfeit a 3rd rounder to Calgary in 2021 to complete the James Neal-Milan Lucic trade. I still think the club got royally screwed on that decision. But don’t get me started.

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