A “trade-down” by Oilers General Manager Ken Holland during Round #3 of the NHL Draft added a pick back to the organization, but also delayed their 2nd trip to the podium until the 4th Round.
Once there, the Oilers selected at #100, and then again in the 5th Round at 126th over-all…the focus of this article.
The decision at #126 was right-shot RW Tyler Tullio. Tullio went 27-39-66 in 62 games for the Oshawa Generals of the OHL in 2019-20. The 18-year old stands 5’10 and weighs in at 165 pounds. Tullion also played some center, and performed in all situations…a well-rounded player. Very versatile. Scouts add that the kids has a very good head on his shoulders, an intelligent player with a strong competitive streak in him as well.
If there’s a knock on Tullio, it’s that he still has to fill out and get stronger. He will occasionally get pushed off pucks. His skating is considered average or a little better. So hitting the gym and working on his acceleration will be 2 focuses for this prospect in the off-season. I’d expect him back in Oshawa for a 3rd season, before graduating to Bakersfield.
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