Draft Day 2009: THE LIST

Robin Brownlee
June 24 2009 02:39PM

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You don't want guesses from rank amateurs. Mock drafts? Pfft. You want THE LIST. You want to know what name will be on the tip of the tongue of Oilers GM Steve Tambellini when he steps to the podium in Montreal Friday with the 10th pick at the NHL Entry Draft.

I want THE LIST, too. But, as in years past when I covered the draft for The Journal and The Sun, none of the Oilers brass or scouting staff has slipped it to me on the down-low. Zero chance, Mr. Inside Guy.

As fans know, that's never stopped me from asking questions, taking names or rummaging through Kevin Prendergast's garbage, then offering my best projection as to how things will unfold.

Prendergast, chief scout Stu MacGregor and his staff have compiled a list ranking the top 150 prospects. While there might be some tweaking when the staff gathers in Montreal Tuesday, it's pretty much set.

So, for those who recall my draft previews in those newspaper days, I'm going to take another swing rolling it out OilersNation style -- and, yes, I did have Jordan Eberle on the WISH LIST in 2008.

As always, everything goes out the window if Tambellini deals and moves up in selection order -- he'll be pitching to get into the top seven -- but I'm writing this with the assumption the Oilers stay where they are.

The wish list

John Tavares? Victor Hedman? Matt Duchene? Duh! They don't count.

Obviously, Tambellini, Prendergast and MacGregor will sprint to the podium screaming like their hair is on fire if one of these three blue-chippers is available at 10th. They won't be. So, let's get a grip and stick with players who might be available in the first round.

MAGNUS PAAJARVI-SVENSSON, F, Timra (Sweden)

ISS Ranking (International Scouting Services): 4th

WHAT THEY SAY

Director of NHL Central Scouting E. J. McGuire: "Magnus perhaps is the stereotype of the skilled Swede coming over here in recent years – outside speed extraordinaire, ability to freeze defenders and make all his good moves work even more effectively. He was a good contributor to his team at the World Junior tournament and I think will be an essential member of any NHL team in years to come. He showed, at the World Junior championships, why the 1980 comparisons to Mats Naslund, Kent Nilsson and more recently a Peter Forsberg will follow him over to his NHL team. He’ll be a high draft pick and I’m sure he’s going to be a combination of the kind of offensive flare and skills that have made those other three predecessors great NHL players."

MACGREGOR SAYS: "He's a great skater. He takes it to the net, drives to the net with speed. He's one of those players who's around the puck a lot. He's not overly tall, but he's a solid 198 pounds and he's going to get bigger."

THE SKINNY: The Oilers like his skill and compete-level. He's also got some flair, having suggested Canadian players at the World Junior Championship would "shit their pants" if Sweden scored a couple quick goals. The buzz is some scouts are picking Paajarvi-Svensson to drop a notch or two, but as far as 10th? Not likely.

EVANDER KANE, C, Vancouver (WHL)

ISS Ranking: 5th

WHAT THEY SAY

NHL Central Scouting’s Blair MacDonald: "He has power forward qualities from the blue line in. He's the type of player who doesn't like being denied access to the net. You can almost see when he's got the puck he's going to the net and defying people to stop him. He'll be a 200-pound forward in the NHL. He plays like he's six-foot-two, six-foot-three, bigger than his size. He's surprised a lot of people with his strength going to the net."

MACGREGOR SAYS: "He's everything we could use. He's an offensive player with a real physical edge. There's just a real edge to his game. He competes extremely hard."

THE SKINNY: To steal from Paajarvi-Svensson, the Oilers would "shit their pants" in unison if Kane was around at 10th. They've got no chance at getting him unless they move up to the 4th-7th picks. Take this to the bank: they like him enough to try.

JARED COWEN, D, Spokane (WHL)

ISS RANKING: 7th

WHAT THEY SAY

E.J. McGuire: "Cowen made his name last year as a Memorial Cup winning member of the Chiefs and the comparisons that were thrown around at that time were that of Zdeno Chara. Physically, he looks big, strong and rangy. Offensively he has that kind of contribution and if he, despite the pressure that we are putting on him, blossoms into half the player that Chara he is going to be a solid NHL player for years to come."

MACGREGOR SAYS: "He's a shutdown-type defenceman. He's got great reach. He loves the challenge of being matched up against the other team's offensive players. He plays a simple, easy game with the puck. He isn't punishing physically, but he uses his body effectively."

THE SKINNY: While Cowen might not develop into a first pairing defenceman in terms of offence, he's got the size and skill set that makes him a sure-fire NHLer as no worse than a second-pairing guy.

The Oilers select...

Don't expect the Oilers to have a Jesse Niinimaki flashback and go off the board if Tambellini can't make a move up from 10th pick.

MacGregor refused to discuss the Oilers list of rankings in relation to those of Central Scouting or ISS, but I'd be surprised if anybody utters WTF?, as was the case with Niinimaki, when Tambellini leans into the microphone.

NAZEM KADRI, C, London (OHL)

ISS RANKING: 8th

WHAT THEY SAY

E.J. McGuire: "He's big, lanky and skilled. He uses his size to accentuate his puck skills. Size, reach, stick handling ability, those long kinds of stick movements that Mario (Lemieux) used to make, like (Vincent) Lecavalier makes."

MACGREGOR SAYS: "Sure, we like him. He's very good with the puck and he uses his size to his advantage."

THE SKINNY: Can he be an elite centre one day? The jury is out on that. The consensus seems to be that Kadri's got the tools that project to him being no worse than a second-line centre.

DMITRY KULIKOV, D, Drummondville (QMJHL)

ISS RANKING: 10th

WHAT THEY SAY

Central Scouting’s Chris Bordeleau: "In his first year, he’s been an all-around good player. He’s a great skater; he can carry the puck and shoot the puck well. He’s strong too, he can take big hits and they don’t seem to bother him. What we saw this year is likely what we are going to see from Kulikov in the future; he’s going to play the same way in the NHL. He knows when to join the rush, he plays defence first, but recognizes the holes. He can shoot the puck well on the power play and I wouldn’t be surprised if he played in the NHL next year."

MACGREGOR SAYS: "He's an excellent two way defenceman with some offensive upside. He's a guy who is going to give you a lot of minutes as develops."

THE SKINNY: Everything about Kulikov's resume -- he was defenceman of the year and rookie of the year in the QMJHL and voted best pro prospect -- screams blue-chipper.

SCOTT GLENNIE, RW, Brandon (WHL)

ISS RANKING: 19th

WHAT THEY SAY

E.J. McGuire: "Glennie was mislabelled earlier in the year as perhaps being only a finisher for linemate Brayden Schenn. Yet Scott took matters into his own hands with an equal number of goals and assists and contributed greatly this season with a power forward type attitude. Glennie might remind the fan of NHL players with power forward abilities coming off the wall like Jonathan Cheechoo and Jonathan Toews -- that kind of offensive ability."

MACGREGOR SAYS: "He has some real athletic aspects to him. When Schenn was out early in the year, he still played at a high tempo. He's a guy who really has untapped potential at this point."

THE SKINNY: While the scouting staff won't admit it, I have a sneaking suspicion -- nobody's tipped me off, I'm reading between the lines -- they're almost as ga-ga about Glennie as they are over Kane.

Taking a Flyer

Looking for a darkhorse pick if the WISH LIST is picked clean and Glennie, Kulikov and Kadri are gone?

DAVID RUNDBLAD, D, Skelleftea (Sweden)

ISS RANKING: 22nd

WHAT THEY SAY

CS Director of European Scouting Goran Stubb: "He has a very good shot. He is a right-handed shot and he is used on the power play, even in the (Elite) League despite being a young player. He is a very smart player. He could be a little more physical in his game, but that is something that he is learning."

MACGREGOR SAYS: "Good size. He needs to improve his skating and speed a little bit, but he's got real good patience and calmness with the puck. He has a unique offensive vision and ability to move the puck."

THE SKINNY: The Oilers like Rundblad a lot more than ISS and CS do.

THREE DOTS...

Adam Kimelmen of NHL.com had the Oilers taking Carter Ashton 10th in his mock draft, but that won't happen... The Oilers like Zack Kassian (20th ISS), but not enough to take him ahead of Kadri, Kulikov or Glennie because he projects to a third-line player in the estimation of the scouting staff... Diminutive defenceman Ryan Ellis (13th ISS) and pint-sized right winger Jordan Schroeder (14th ISS) are pegged by some as possibilities for the Oilers, but MacGregor and his staff have other players ranked higher, so it's not in the cards.

Now, you know.

-- Listen to Robin Brownlee every Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. on Just A Game with Jason Gregor on TEAM 1260.

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#51 Ogden Brother
June 22 2009, 05:07PM
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Travis Dakin wrote:

@ Cam: You’re right. I have been pressing refresh every five minutes for two weeks now. I want Heatley to be an Oiler so bad. I dream of the magic that Hemsky and him would create. Everyone has baggage and until Heatley actually says something then all the “reasons” for him wanting out are just speculation. Either way, I don’t care what they do off the ice. Especially if I was to hear “The Oilers goal scored by number 15, Dany Heatley. That assist to number 83 Ales Hemsky” 65 times a year. haha. Heamsky would score 35-75-110 and Heatley would be at 55-50-105. It would be crazy.

We'll have 1-2 for scoring next year!

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#52 Sandra
June 22 2009, 05:17PM
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Ogden Brother wrote:

Travis Dakin wrote: @ Cam: You’re right. I have been pressing refresh every five minutes for two weeks now. I want Heatley to be an Oiler so bad. I dream of the magic that Hemsky and him would create. Everyone has baggage and until Heatley actually says something then all the “reasons” for him wanting out are just speculation. Either way, I don’t care what they do off the ice. Especially if I was to hear “The Oilers goal scored by number 15, Dany Heatley. That assist to number 83 Ales Hemsky” 65 times a year. haha. Heamsky would score 35-75-110 and Heatley would be at 55-50-105. It would be crazy. We’ll have 1-2 for scoring next year!

Like how the power play was supposed to be this past year?

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#53 Travis Dakin
June 22 2009, 05:23PM
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@ Sandra: @ Ogden Brother: I've been drinking the kool-aid for a long time my friends. With the D we have passing the puck up to that Duo.... Oh god, it would be magical. HAHA Seriously, imagine the transition game and the danlges and the oh so deft one timers. Changing out red light bulbs 6 times a year.

P.S. my favorite flavour is green

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#54 Robin Brownlee
June 22 2009, 05:28PM
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Ogden Brother wrote:

The Oilers goal scored by number 15, Dany Heatley. That assist to number 83 Ales Hemsky” 65 times a year. haha. Heamsky would score 35-75-110 and Heatley would be at 55-50-105. It

Heatley as the Oilers first-line LW: 40-47-87.

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#55 RossCreek
June 22 2009, 05:50PM
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Hemsky turns into a 35 goal scorer? 110 point player? I must be out of kool-aid... Off to the store.

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#56 Chris
June 22 2009, 05:59PM
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@ RossCreek:

Injuries aside: I would guess that a Triple H line would produce around 70-80 goals and 200-220 points. Hemsky and Heatley around a PPG and Horcoff chipping in about 60...

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#57 Antony Ta
June 22 2009, 06:05PM
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Kulikov!

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#58 Travis Dakin
June 22 2009, 06:13PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

Heatley as the Oilers first-line LW: 40-47-87.

by the all-star break! hahah I kid. The three of them would be over point a game players for sure.

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#59 Ogden Brother
June 22 2009, 08:59PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

Ogden Brother wrote: The Oilers goal scored by number 15, Dany Heatley. That assist to number 83 Ales Hemsky” 65 times a year. haha. Heamsky would score 35-75-110 and Heatley would be at 55-50-105. It Heatley as the Oilers first-line LW: 40-47-87.

Ya I'd do a back flip if Hemsky went 30/85 and Heatly went 40/85.

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#60 Archaeologuy
June 22 2009, 09:01PM
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If Tambi cant/doesnt want to land Heatley by Friday will he try to use the same pieces he offered Murray to land the higher pick?

I guess the question is, what rates higher for Tambi? Landing Heatley or moving up in the draft? Heatley is big ticket but he's a real NOW player. One of the top 5 picks might be able to contribute right away but will be more of a Future player (hopefully). And, does moving up in the draft cost the same or less than getting Heatley?

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#61 Robin Brownlee
June 22 2009, 09:09PM
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@ Archaeologuy: Way less to move up than to get Heatley. If Atlanta thinks it can get a player they'd be happy with at 10th and get a roster player than can help them now, they would move down from 4th. Same with Los Angeles and Phoenix. It's going to take the 4th or 5th spot to get Kane, who is the guy the Oilers really want.

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#62 BMyhres74/33
June 22 2009, 09:11PM
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Most 'sources' don't have the Oilers as front runners for Heatley.

http://www.ottawasun.com/sports/hock...2/9891526.html

Yes, it's fat head. I never said the sources were reliable.

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#63 Ogden Brother
June 22 2009, 09:13PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

@ Archaeologuy: Way less to move up than to get Heatley. If Atlanta thinks it can get a player they’d be happy with at 10th and get a roster player than can help them now, they would move down from 4th. Same with Los Angeles and Phoenix. It’s going to take the 4th or 5th spot to get Kane, who is the guy the Oilers really want.

I could see Atl taking O'sully and the 10th (+ maybe a 2nd?) for the fourth.

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#64 Ogden Brother
June 22 2009, 09:21PM
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@ Brownlee

A Florida blogger has mentioned that one of Horton or Vokoun will be available this summer... HB guy... I know I know, but this specific isn't really a BS'er. Anyways, have you heard anything to that extent.

Also, oddly enough he also mentioned alot of the Panther fan base has the same complaints about Horton tha we do about Penner... Funny how the general perception of a player can be skewed by how he was aquired and where he plays.

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#65 416oil
June 22 2009, 10:45PM
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Mike76 wrote:

@ Robin Brownlee: Robin, What do you know about Casey Cizikas from Missisauga? He is ranked 97 right now and had a huge fall this year due to an off ice incident. Do the oilers have a pick in the 50 - 100 region and do you think they might take a shot at this guy? He is supposed to be the goods (Drafted 3rd overall in the OHL Bantam Draft when he was darfted) and this off ice issue apparently did not involve drugs, alcohol or any other kind of problem that would indicate that he has an habitual problem on or off the ice.

been reading this site for over a year now one of Toronto few oilers fans haha, but i can answer this even though it is very illegal considering he is under 18 but it is true it does not involve drugs or alcohol, i don't know if i should say it or not but its a life situation and defiantly won't affect his on ice performance that much unless he gets a sentence, but Canada's legal system is pretty soft on minors, so grabbing him might be a steal pick in 2-3 years from now

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#66 Archaeologuy
June 22 2009, 10:48PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

Way less to move up than to get Heatley.

hmmm. The Oilers wouldnt be adding salary, in fact theyd be dumping it, and they could be adding a blue chipper who should be good for 7-10 years. I like it for the future, but it would still leave holes on the club for next season. There would still need to be money spent in free agency, but there would be more short term cash available. Eegad, I would love to be a fly on the wall in Tambi's office this week.

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#67 416oil
June 22 2009, 10:55PM
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johnny wrote:

Mike76 wrote: @ Robin Brownlee: Robin, What do you know about Casey Cizikas from Missisauga? He is ranked 97 right now and had a huge fall this year due to an off ice incident. Do the oilers have a pick in the 50 - 100 region and do you think they might take a shot at this guy? He is supposed to be the goods (Drafted 3rd overall in the OHL Bantam Draft when he was darfted) and this off ice issue apparently did not involve drugs, alcohol or any other kind of problem that would indicate that he has an habitual problem on or off the ice. This is just speculation but Casey Cizikas might be the OHLer that is involve in this incident: http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/2009/06/19/brophy_draft_rugby/

hah saw this a couple posts later wink wink nudge nudge

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#68 Robin Brownlee
June 22 2009, 10:56PM
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@ Archaeologuy: Like I said earlier, the guy they really want in a move up to 4-7 is Kane. He's the target.

I'm also of the mind Tambellini will try to move a couple contracts at the draft in an effort to make a pitch for Heatley -- that's not news, but I sense there's a real push being made. You may have heard Ottawa would prefer to get a deal done before July 1 to avoid paying the $4 million bonus.

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#69 BigE57
June 22 2009, 11:35PM
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@ Robin Brownlee:

If they can't move up into the 4 spot and virtually guarantee themselves Kane do they even bother trying to move into 5-7?

Also, this might be a dumb question but if the Oilers were to get Heatly arethey on the hook for the 4 mill bonus he is due on July 1st?

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#70 Sandra
June 22 2009, 11:55PM
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@ Robin Brownlee: Hey Robin would you say that Rolison is a butterfly goalie? What is Garon and Desjarlais considered?

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#71 RossCreek
June 23 2009, 12:52AM
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BigE57 wrote:

Also, this might be a dumb question but if the Oilers were to get Heatly arethey on the hook for the 4 mill bonus he is due on July 1st?

Whoever has Heatley July 1st will pay him his $4M.

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#72 Jamie
June 23 2009, 02:14AM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

Heatley as the Oilers first-line LW: 40-47-87.

Still a crap tonne better than what we have now.

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#73 Archaeologuy
June 23 2009, 08:13AM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

You may have heard Ottawa would prefer to get a deal done before July 1 to avoid paying the $4 million bonus.

A perfect example of when an owner with deep pockets makes all the difference.

Sounds like Tambi will be uber busy. I need to find a reason to be sick on friday so i can watch this all go down.

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#74 Jonathan Willis
June 23 2009, 08:28AM
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Thanks for this, Robin. Great article.

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#75 Jonathan Willis
June 23 2009, 08:30AM
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RE: Casey Cizikas

He isn't big, and he doesn't score (19th among draft-eligible OHL forwards). I haven't seen him, so it wouldn't be fair of me to write him off, but why not grab a lower-ranked guy like Darren Archibald or Benjamin Casavant instead?

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#76 Jonathan Willis
June 23 2009, 08:37AM
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Also, I'm sorry to hear that Ellis isn't of much interest to the Oilers at #10, but honestly I'd be pretty happy with either of Kulikov or Glennie. A guy like Paajarvi-Svensson (per Bob McKenzie) would be awesome.

Kulikov's a very good player who I'm a little shy about because I'm worried his totals are inflated playing in Drummondville and that perhaps his offensive game isn't as well-developed as is being reported; still, he'd be a fine pick.

Glennie played very well with and without Schenn, so calling hiom just a complementary player is probably wrong; he also got better as the season wore on which is nice to see. Zack Kassian actually contributed more offense relative to his team's production level; this isn't a good thing.

And I really like the notion of trading up to grab Evander Kane. I'd probably be fine with something like O'Sullivan + 10th OV for 4th OV. Paajarvi-Svensson would be an awesome choice if he falls that far.

The only guy I'm really scared about is Nazem Kadri; playing in London has really done funny things to his point totals, he's not the biggest guy in the world and his two-way game is by most accounts lacking.

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#77 Robin Brownlee
June 23 2009, 08:44AM
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@ Jonathan Willis: On Kadri, I suspect the Oilers feel the same way as you do because I didn't get the sense they'd be high-fiving if they can get him. If they can't move up and he's there at 10th, they'd have to make a decision if any of the other guys they like were still available. To me, Kadri sounds like a sure-fire NHLer, but not a "big bang" pick.

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#78 Jonathan Willis
June 23 2009, 09:44AM
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To clarify, that Kassian comment was in reference to Kadri, not Glennie. Apparently I don't know how to use a computer.

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#79 Peter Pan
June 23 2009, 09:59AM
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If the Oilers find themselves at teh tenth pick with nobody left on their "Upper-End Wish List", then I hope Tambo deals it away. I don't want any "gut feeling" picks. If they aren't sure, sell it for other assets.

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#80 Austin Ayala
June 23 2009, 10:31AM
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At the draft I hope we see:

To Edmonton: Stafford, Gaustad (If Stafford signed for $4.00 million, Oilers take on $6.3) To Buffalo: Visnovsky, Pouliot, Nilsson, rights to Potulny (Leaving Edmonton would be $8.4 million)

Buffalo needs scoring depth at their top 6. Roy and Connoly is a solid 1-2 punch down the middle. But other than Stafford, Vanek and Pominville, the don't have much depth on offense. So with this deal, they acquire Nilsson and Pouliot who could step in on their top 6. Potulny has the ability to be an offensive player and could be the dark horse in the deal. On top of this, the Oilers get $2 million in salary cap relief. In today's cap world, that means a lot.

In Stafford, they acquire a scoring LW'er that plays a style that resembles Ryan Smyth. That should work well with Hemsky. Gaustad is a beast at 6'5 220lbs and is the type of the guy that that Oilers have been missing since Peca left.

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#81 Slurve
June 23 2009, 10:36AM
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We need a Zack Kassian type player. It is the norm to pick the best player available but it is as important to compromise some depending on the team's immediate need. Right now, we need a guy with size, grit, willing to stick up for our small players, soft hands and can score. Zack Kassian is our man. He is rated no. 10. We have alot of mobile d-men and more upcoming in the ranks but we don't have the traits as mentioned above of a Zack Kassian.

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#82 Austin Ayala
June 23 2009, 10:38AM
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Top it off... sign Bouwmeester and Afinogenov (for cheap or a forward like him - Sykora etc.)

Stafford Horcoff Hemsky Brule/UFA Gagner Cogliano Moreau Gaustad Pisani Schremp Brodziak Stortini

Bouwmeester Smid Grebeshkov Gilbert Staios Souray

XXXXX JDD

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#83 OvenChicken8
June 23 2009, 10:44AM
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@ Austin Ayala: I like how you say to sign Afinogenov... and then you don't even put him in your line-up.

Unless the XXXXX for goalie would be him of course :p

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#84 Robin Brownlee
June 23 2009, 10:53AM
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@ OvenChicken8: How did you even get to that screw-up before laughing out loud at the suggestion Nilsson and Pouliot would fit in Buffalo's top-six?

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#85 myteammytown
June 23 2009, 11:02AM
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@ OvenChicken8:

common sense has no place on hockey related message boards. please refrain from using it ever again.

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#86 Jonathan Willis
June 23 2009, 11:06AM
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@ Slurve:

Kassian, realistically, is probably three years away from being an NHL'er. In other words, by the time he's ready for that role the Oilers better already have found another solution, unless Tambellini's comfortable going the next three years with not much size/grit in his top-nine.

If, on the other hand, Tambellini fills the hole immediately, than there's no need to take Kassian 5-10 picks before he should be drafted, since the hole will have been filled.

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#87 Jonathan Willis
June 23 2009, 11:07AM
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@ Robin Brownlee:

Thanks for the reply about Kadri; it's reassuring.

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#88 RossCreek
June 23 2009, 11:15AM
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Austin Ayala wrote:

Buffalo needs scoring depth at their top 6

So they're going to trade a talented youngster that fits in their top 6 just fine thank you, for SOFTY Nilsson & Marc POULET? ~Ya, that'll solve their problems~

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#89 Austin Ayala
June 23 2009, 11:21AM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

@ OvenChicken8: How did you even get to that screw-up before laughing out loud at the suggestion Nilsson and Pouliot would fit in Buffalo’s top-six?

Why wouldn't they? Nilsson is easily a top 6 forward. He's basically Hemsky-lite who struggled under MacT. Pouliot is a solid 2-way player. He's a better option than Hecht.

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#90 Travis Dakin
June 23 2009, 11:28AM
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Austin Ayala wrote:

Nilsson is easily a top 6 forward. He’s basically Hemsky-lite who struggled under MacT. Pouliot is a solid 2-way player. He’s a better option than Hecht.

Then why aren't the Oilers better?

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#91 Austin Ayala
June 23 2009, 11:35AM
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1. The Oilers play a dump and chase game. Not a puck-possesion game 2. Nilsson makes one mistake, he's in the dog house. He needs to make mistakes, he's a playmaker. 3. Lot's of players suffered under his helm.

If the Oilers played a puck-possession game, he would have been better.

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#92 OvenChicken8
June 23 2009, 11:36AM
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@ Robin Brownlee:

Next time I better not let my brain go on vacation.

@ myteammytown:

My bad... Schremp and our 4th round pick for Malkin (better?)

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#93 Curious
June 23 2009, 11:49AM
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Nilsson is going further and further down the depth chart for all teams. He needs a change of scenery. He is a throw in at best with any deal now because of his contract. He will find himself in Europe real quick if he does not focus himself on trying to get stronger on the puck. He has talent but he seems disinterested and has no drive to step up to the next level.

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#94 Ducey
June 23 2009, 11:57AM
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@ Austin Ayala:

Austin, did you ever hear that maxim that its better to keep your mouth shut and have people think you are a fool, than open it and prove to all the world that you are a fool?

Didn't think so...

Stop proving it.

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#95 patty
June 23 2009, 12:43PM
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@ Austin Ayala: Smid must be having a hell of a summer to become a top pairing Defenseman. Poor Shelly must not be having a good summer though. And what about Penner? He's not even in our top 12 forwards. Must be good donairs in Winkler.

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#96 Oilersordeath
June 23 2009, 01:41PM
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Austin Ayala wrote:

1. The Oilers play a dump and chase game. Not a puck-possesion game 2. Nilsson makes one mistake, he’s in the dog house. He needs to make mistakes, he’s a playmaker. 3. Lot’s of players suffered under his helm. If the Oilers played a puck-possession game, he would have been better.

Hell if the Oilers could learn how to control the puck, then they can play a puck-possession game.

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#97 Robin Brownlee
June 23 2009, 09:55PM
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BACK ON TOPIC (Let's not let some knob derail the whole works) . . . Nothing I've heard since writing this piece changes the feeling I have that the Oilers will try to movce up to get Kane and, if they can't do that, Glennie is the guy they want at 10th.

Also, as per my earlier comment about Oilers making a push for Heatley, you may have seen an item at Cult of Hockey today from Pierre LeBrun saying the Oilers are in the mix on the short list.

Between those two fronts, I'm getting the sense this could be te busiest Entry Draft for the Oilers since 2000, when Lowe tried to move up to get Gaborik and later swung the Hamrlik deal with the Islanders. Gregor might be busy in Montreal.

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#98 Archaeologuy
June 23 2009, 10:03PM
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@ Robin Brownlee: Is there a chance to break the top 3 or is that really pushing my pipedream too far?

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#99 Robin Brownlee
June 23 2009, 10:13PM
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@ Archaeologuy: There's always a chance, but I'm telling you: KANE, KANE, KANE, KANE. Capiche?

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#100 Ogden Brother
June 23 2009, 10:16PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

@ Archaeologuy: There’s always a chance, but I’m telling you: KANE, KANE, KANE, KANE. Capiche?

Kane would be MORE then enough.

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