The Oilers’ plan to move up in the draft lottery was a long-shot when they first announced the move in January, but the club has decided to go the route of making it a no-brainer.
They’ll have to wait until May 15 to draft a goaltender.
The Oilers have been on the lookout for a backup to Ryan Miller and they’re still searching for a second goalie, but they’re confident that Sam Gagner is ready to start and ready to step in after an impressive rookie season that saw him win the Calder Trophy as the league’s top rookie goalie.
Gagner has been working with Oilers coach Todd McLellan and his staff for weeks and McLellans confidence in Gag, a 23-year-old native of Finland, has been high for the last couple of weeks.
McLellans recent record of 3-4-0 with a .934 save percentage is a bit of a contrast to the past few seasons, when he’s been a .909 or better in that time.
Gangenreuter, however, was the team’s No. 2 goaltender last season, posting a .905 save percentage.
That was a huge turnaround from the season before.
The Oilers are hopeful that Gag will have a similar bounce-back season, especially given that his save percentage in the first two games of the year was .920.
McLaben is the third goalie to take over as Oilers backup this season.
Gagning and Miller both played well for the Oilers last season before going down with injuries.
Gagnans career save percentage was .926 last season and was solid enough that he was the No. 1 goalie on the depth chart.
Gagners first game back from injury came against the San Jose Sharks, so the Oilers can count on Gagners experience and familiarity.
McLeod is the fifth goalie to be selected in the top two rounds of the draft and was considered a strong bet to start this season in Edmonton.
McLellens first season as a starter was good, but he struggled in the second half of the season.
Mclaben played well last season with the Calgary Flames and he could play well in Edmonton, too.
McGill, who is coming off a career year in Edmonton last season that included a playoff series win, could potentially get the nod this year and could be a good choice to get the Oilers into the playoffs for the first time since 2008.
The Calgary Flames picked Gagnans first overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
Gigner has played in four games for the Calgary Oil Kings this season and has four points (2G, 3A) in those games.
He also has two goals and four assists in his past four games with the Oil Kings.
McLeary has been a part of the Oilers playoff run this season, leading the Oilers in wins (nine), goals (16) and save percentage (.914).
He’s been an important part of this group, and the Oilers hope to see him again this year.
McDonald is expected to be the backup to Gagns first NHL season and will be paired with Connor McDavid.
McDonnell has been in the NHL since 2010 and has a career save rate of .907, while McDavid has a save percentage of .915.
McDonagh has been the backup goaltender for the Dallas Stars since the start of the 2013-14 season and is in the final year of his deal.
McDoneagh is a native of Fort McMurray, Alta., and is a former captain of the Alberta Junior Hockey League.
McDavid, 24, played for the Edmonton Oil Kings in the Western Hockey League last season.
He has two years left on his contract with the Oilers and could potentially make the team this season if they can find a trade.
McGregor, 22, has a record of 5-4 with a 2.56 goals against average, a .925 save percentage and two shutouts in 14 games for Dallas this season so far.
He signed with the Edmonton organization this season after being drafted in the fourth round (159th overall) in the 2012 NHL Entry draft.
McGuin has a 3.25 goals against rate, a save rate and a .897 save percentage so far in his career in the AHL.
He’s also played in two games with Dallas.
McKenzie is coming out of retirement after playing two seasons with the San Antonio Rampage.
He spent three seasons with San Antonio and was a member of the Rampage in 2012-13.
McMahon is the first goaltender selected in this year’s NHL Entry Selections and is coming into his second season as an NHL coach.
McNicol is coming back after playing with the Colorado Avalanche for three seasons, including a five-year stint with the club in 2013-15.
He was a part-time starter in Colorado for five seasons and was one of the leaders for the Avalanche.
McNeil has been an integral part of a Colorado Avalanche team