Edmonton Oilers head coach Todd MacLellan said Monday that no team wants the No. 14 pick in the NHL draft to trade for the top prospect in the draft.
“I think the top player in the class is going to go to Edmonton,” MacLorgans said on The Ticket.
“It doesn’t matter if it’s the No, 19 or No, 20 pick.
They all have to go there.”
The Oilers selected the 6-foot-3, 209-pound Eichels son Jack Eichsels, who was the second overall pick of the 2017 NHL Draft.
The Oilers have also been linked to former Flyers captain Wayne Simmonds, but that deal has never materialized.
MacLelly said he’s not concerned about that, but rather that Simmonds has “a little more time” to develop.
“The last thing I want to do is hurt his development,” Maclelly said.
“I want him to grow into the player he can become.”
MacLellans coaching staff has been linked by several outlets to former Philadelphia Flyers coach Dave Hakstol, who played for the Oilers from 1998 to 2002 and is now a Fox Sports analyst.
MacLelly had his coaching debut as an assistant with the Flyers in 1998 and also served as a player and scout for the Flyers.
The Eagles had a similar situation last season with assistant GM Mike Johnston, who is now the head coach of the Los Angeles Kings.
Johnston also worked for the Rangers, but he’s now a member of the Capitals.