WJC: Thanks for the memories, Team Canada

bingofuel
January 06 2010 10:23AM

Regardless of what Willis has to say about Jordan Eberle's future in the NHL, I can't help but be beaming at this young man's performance in the World Junior Tournament. Whether he's breaking out, or in some kind of weird career Twilight Zone of Goodness right now isn't really that important to me.

OK, it *is* important. Or rather, it will be important once the memories of the tournament fade. Because despite the fact that Canada lost the gold-medal match (to an outstanding Team USA, can I just say), Eberle was the tournament MVP, and right now we honour his contribution to Canadian hockey.

Later on this week, we can resume the hand-wringing. Right now, let's be proud he's playing for the good guys.

Also, to the people of Saskatchewan: you are a classy bunch of hosts, and the way you all cheered on Team USA when they won the game last night was astonishing and inspirational. A lesser audience might have filed out quietly. A douchier audience would have booed, but not you. You applauded a well-fought tournament, and a winning Team USA. You've done this Nation proud.

In the words of CanucksArmy General Cam Davie: "The fans in Saskatoon are showing insane amounts of class. Good on ya.

To Team USA: We'll see you boys next year. Oh yes. We will.

Now I feel like eating a sandwich...

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#1 Robin Brownlee
January 06 2010, 10:29AM
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"Now I feel like eating a sandwich..."

You just did.

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#2 The Towel Boy
January 06 2010, 10:30AM
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God am I hungry. That sandwich isn't helping.

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#3 Jamie B.
January 06 2010, 10:48AM
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Poor kid looked so bummed out last night (well, of course he did). Hope he's proud once the sting wears off.

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#4 Harlie
January 06 2010, 10:48AM
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props to Eberle. Captain Clutch!

Sigh...now I am hungry for a sandwich and captain crunch cereal.

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#5 DK0
January 06 2010, 10:52AM
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Observations:
#1 Eberle always looks like he just smoked the hugest cannon, maybe thats why hes so smooth and relaxed.
#2 Eberle must have switched to speed as his new drug for that 2nd period intermission. He was talking so fast it was hard to keep up.
#3 The overtime winner was either the best, or luckiest shot ever. Watch the replay, he doesnt look at the goalie once. He stares at his 2on1 partner the whole time and then just lets it rip. He didnt look at the net once until it was already in the back of it.

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#6 MJ
January 06 2010, 10:52AM
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After Gagner won a tournament MVP in the Canada-Russia Super Series, I'm not falling for this again.

Great tournament for Eberle. Let's hope he's one of the rare shrimps that can take it to the next level.

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#7 Bucknuck
January 06 2010, 11:01AM
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MJ wrote:

After Gagner won a tournament MVP in the Canada-Russia Super Series, I'm not falling for this again.

Great tournament for Eberle. Let's hope he's one of the rare shrimps that can take it to the next level.

Falling for what, exactly?

Gagner cracked into the NHL and has since scored 114 pts in 197 games. This is all before he is legal drinking age in most states.

He's a proven top six forward with a huge career in front of him. He is only going to get better. If Eberle can match that I will be happy.

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#8 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
January 06 2010, 11:16AM
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Bucknuck wrote:

Falling for what, exactly?

Gagner cracked into the NHL and has since scored 114 pts in 197 games. This is all before he is legal drinking age in most states.

He's a proven top six forward with a huge career in front of him. He is only going to get better. If Eberle can match that I will be happy.

Oiler fans have a strange infatuation with rookies coming in and ripping it up. Must be Gretzky hangover I guess.

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#9 Dyckster
January 06 2010, 11:33AM
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OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F wrote:

Oiler fans have a strange infatuation with rookies coming in and ripping it up. Must be Gretzky hangover I guess.

I like this line of conversation more than the D45 stuff. The Eberle talk is more palatable (get it?). Lots of stuff has to happen before Mr. Hall or Seguin are in Oiler silks. We're pretty sure Eberle is going to be at some point.

We need something to hope for during these sad time OOB! :)

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#10 Bucknuck
January 06 2010, 11:43AM
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OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F wrote:

Oiler fans have a strange infatuation with rookies coming in and ripping it up. Must be Gretzky hangover I guess.

You are so right about that. You bring up a very good point. Unrealistic expectations have resulted in any unsatisfied fans over the years, and the players they are flaying are actually pretty good.

Arnott has never eclipsed his rookie numbers, but I bet you if the Oilers had kept him they would have been a better team. Fans drove him out of town as a 'bum' and a floater etc. I was sad to see him go.

Stoll brought lots of "intangibles" with him (booming shot, faceoffs etc), but everyone wanted a first line centre out of him, too. I remember a few people thinking he should be traded for a bag of pucks...

Cole was billed as a first line winger, but if people would have expected a big gritty 2nd line winger instead of a superstar they would have enjoyed watching him check everything that moved as much as I did.

Peca was supposed to be a first line centre, so everyone was constantly ripping on him. I bet you the Oil don't make it to the SCF without him. I bet he would have been a great option for Quinn the last few months.

And Hemsky... can everyone relax and be happy we have a 70 point player who can rip you out of your seat with happiness and joy at a fairly regular pace. Does he have to get 100 pts in order to be appreciated. I guess so. In this town anyways.

I guess that is my rant for the day

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#11 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
January 06 2010, 11:46AM
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Dyckster wrote:

I like this line of conversation more than the D45 stuff. The Eberle talk is more palatable (get it?). Lots of stuff has to happen before Mr. Hall or Seguin are in Oiler silks. We're pretty sure Eberle is going to be at some point.

We need something to hope for during these sad time OOB! :)

Amen!

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#12 Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach
January 06 2010, 11:51AM
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@Bucknuck

That would be managements fault for talking the way they do about the players they acquire. Add Lupul and Penner to your list as well.

Just read the Oil website in the off-season how the build up all of their prospects, after reading those articles it makes you think that every pick we made was a steal.

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#13 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
January 06 2010, 11:52AM
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Bucknuck wrote:

You are so right about that. You bring up a very good point. Unrealistic expectations have resulted in any unsatisfied fans over the years, and the players they are flaying are actually pretty good.

Arnott has never eclipsed his rookie numbers, but I bet you if the Oilers had kept him they would have been a better team. Fans drove him out of town as a 'bum' and a floater etc. I was sad to see him go.

Stoll brought lots of "intangibles" with him (booming shot, faceoffs etc), but everyone wanted a first line centre out of him, too. I remember a few people thinking he should be traded for a bag of pucks...

Cole was billed as a first line winger, but if people would have expected a big gritty 2nd line winger instead of a superstar they would have enjoyed watching him check everything that moved as much as I did.

Peca was supposed to be a first line centre, so everyone was constantly ripping on him. I bet you the Oil don't make it to the SCF without him. I bet he would have been a great option for Quinn the last few months.

And Hemsky... can everyone relax and be happy we have a 70 point player who can rip you out of your seat with happiness and joy at a fairly regular pace. Does he have to get 100 pts in order to be appreciated. I guess so. In this town anyways.

I guess that is my rant for the day

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I'm guessing it comes through from the 90's (and today) when we are consistantly icing teams full of unproven talent, we're always told how much "potential" each guy has.

We set some arbitrary number thinking that is player X's "potential" (ie Hemmer at 90 points) when they don't achieve what we randomly picked for them, we call them underachievers and want to run them out of town.

...completely backwards thinking. A 70 point Hemsky is still better (offensivly) then anything we have. Rather then dumping him, you add around him.

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#14 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
January 06 2010, 11:54AM
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Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach wrote:

That would be managements fault for talking the way they do about the players they acquire. Add Lupul and Penner to your list as well.

Just read the Oil website in the off-season how the build up all of their prospects, after reading those articles it makes you think that every pick we made was a steal.

I would bet all teams do that.

Also, blaming it on managment is a cope-out (reminds me of the talk of the division from the team last year).

We are supposed to be one of the "smartest hockey markets" time to take some responsibility with fair evaluations of the team/prospects without simply swallowing what the marketing department feeds us.

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#15 Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach
January 06 2010, 12:04PM
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@OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F

Problem is people don't do their homework and listen to only the positives from the media.

Take O'Sullivan for example. Last year he is brought in. He was billed as a former 90 point AHL player with an amazing shot who has potential to score 30+, he also plays a solid two-way game and can play any of the three forward positions. But if you go an take a look at his numbers in LA over the course of 82 games a year he averaged 18 goals and 30 assists. Guess what this years numbers are 17g, 25a. Not really far off but for the 2 minutes of research for offensive production you could see that maybe 30 is too much for O'Sullivan right now and that he really is probably playing about where he was when we traded for him.

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#16 Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach
January 06 2010, 12:06PM
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As for the smartest hockey market comment, I'm not even sure how you prove something like that.

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#17 Bucknuck
January 06 2010, 12:23PM
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There is something to be said for underselling and overdelivering. That is not likely to happen with Pendergast around. Also, as fans we tend to be optimistic because hope is a wonderful thing. Hope sells tickets, which is the marketing people's jobs.

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#18 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
January 06 2010, 12:24PM
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Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach wrote:

As for the smartest hockey market comment, I'm not even sure how you prove something like that.

Ha-ha, well that's what we keep hearing.

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#19 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
January 06 2010, 12:27PM
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I hate to be a party pooper, but Trenton just put up some starteling numbers on Eberle in the last thread.... and since they seem to die when a new one comes up:

"Too lazy to look up the full list but the WHL site says Eberle in 28GP has:

20 PPG, 13 PPA, 3EVG, 18EVA, 6SHG, 0SHA.

So 55% of his production is on the PP, 35% at EV and 10% SH."

3 EVG's is a frieghtening number. I'm glad we have him, and he's certainly a top notch prospect, but lets temper expectations a little.

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#20 Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach
January 06 2010, 12:31PM
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Bucknuck wrote:

There is something to be said for underselling and overdelivering. That is not likely to happen with Pendergast around. Also, as fans we tend to be optimistic because hope is a wonderful thing. Hope sells tickets, which is the marketing people's jobs.

After the Oilers were said to be icing a competitive team I started doing my own research when opinions by the team and media were thrown out there. If the research backs the opinions then great, but 9 out of 10 times it doesn't.

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#21 Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach
January 06 2010, 12:32PM
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@OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F

That is probably about the worse set of stats that we could've seen for him, although the 6SHG makes you take a second look.

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#22 dragon
January 06 2010, 12:41PM
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OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F wrote:

I hate to be a party pooper, but Trenton just put up some starteling numbers on Eberle in the last thread.... and since they seem to die when a new one comes up:

"Too lazy to look up the full list but the WHL site says Eberle in 28GP has:

20 PPG, 13 PPA, 3EVG, 18EVA, 6SHG, 0SHA.

So 55% of his production is on the PP, 35% at EV and 10% SH."

3 EVG's is a frieghtening number. I'm glad we have him, and he's certainly a top notch prospect, but lets temper expectations a little.

it will be interesting to see if Eberle will bring his style of play to the NHL, 'cause the junior numbers don't matter much, in my opinion.

now, who do we have on this Oilers roster that can come out and score a goal when you need it? ah...nobody!

(oh, I forgot, we have one that can dangle...does that count?)

i really hope between Gags, Ebs, MPS and Smid, this organization builds some great young leadership core. that's what we need.

btw: how about Cam Fowler iso T.Hall?

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#23 Millertime
January 06 2010, 12:45PM
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Bucknuck wrote:

You are so right about that. You bring up a very good point. Unrealistic expectations have resulted in any unsatisfied fans over the years, and the players they are flaying are actually pretty good.

Arnott has never eclipsed his rookie numbers, but I bet you if the Oilers had kept him they would have been a better team. Fans drove him out of town as a 'bum' and a floater etc. I was sad to see him go.

Stoll brought lots of "intangibles" with him (booming shot, faceoffs etc), but everyone wanted a first line centre out of him, too. I remember a few people thinking he should be traded for a bag of pucks...

Cole was billed as a first line winger, but if people would have expected a big gritty 2nd line winger instead of a superstar they would have enjoyed watching him check everything that moved as much as I did.

Peca was supposed to be a first line centre, so everyone was constantly ripping on him. I bet you the Oil don't make it to the SCF without him. I bet he would have been a great option for Quinn the last few months.

And Hemsky... can everyone relax and be happy we have a 70 point player who can rip you out of your seat with happiness and joy at a fairly regular pace. Does he have to get 100 pts in order to be appreciated. I guess so. In this town anyways.

I guess that is my rant for the day

I couldn't agree more. Edmonton, be reasonable in your expectations. Especially in this world of trying to attract UFA's.

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#24 BBOil
January 06 2010, 01:03PM
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OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F wrote:

I hate to be a party pooper, but Trenton just put up some starteling numbers on Eberle in the last thread.... and since they seem to die when a new one comes up:

"Too lazy to look up the full list but the WHL site says Eberle in 28GP has:

20 PPG, 13 PPA, 3EVG, 18EVA, 6SHG, 0SHA.

So 55% of his production is on the PP, 35% at EV and 10% SH."

3 EVG's is a frieghtening number. I'm glad we have him, and he's certainly a top notch prospect, but lets temper expectations a little.

May want to recheck those goal totals.

WHL site has: 29G - 13PPG, 6SHG Seems to me that would make 10EVG.

That being said, I understand using stats to evaluate players, but I personally like to look at how the player plays combined with stats he puts up. Watching Eberle play I think it is quite obvious that he is a smart player that thinks his way around the ice and knows where he needs to be to get the puck in the back of the net. Look at his first goal last night. He re-adjusted his positioning slightly (moved back a foot or two, opening up the passing lane just enough for him to have the opportunity to score). Lots of players would have stood pat thinking they are open, and the defender gets his stick on the puck. Thats what excites me about Eberle. Lots of players put up points, but I'm more concerned with what they do that allows them to put up those points.

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#25 BigE57
January 06 2010, 01:14PM
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~If that Eberle kid doesn't come in here next year and take the Oil straight to the cup I'm going to be real disappointed~

Regardless of how his NHL career transpires he's one classy kid and is now arguably the greatest Canadian Junior player of all time when it comes to this tournament.

On another note I wasn't exactly impressed with Taylor Hall over the past few games and am a little concerned over the whole D45 scenario. Could be Alexander Daigle all over again.

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#26 Crash
January 06 2010, 01:30PM
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BigE57 wrote:

~If that Eberle kid doesn't come in here next year and take the Oil straight to the cup I'm going to be real disappointed~

Regardless of how his NHL career transpires he's one classy kid and is now arguably the greatest Canadian Junior player of all time when it comes to this tournament.

On another note I wasn't exactly impressed with Taylor Hall over the past few games and am a little concerned over the whole D45 scenario. Could be Alexander Daigle all over again.

Taylor Hall...6 goals, 6 assists, tied for 3rd overall in tournament scoring including 1 goal and 2 assists in the gold medal final...

What were you expecting from Hall?

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#27 Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach
January 06 2010, 01:33PM
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@Crash

7g , 7a

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#28 Crash
January 06 2010, 01:40PM
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Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach wrote:

7g , 7a

I suppose

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#29 Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach
January 06 2010, 01:46PM
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Crash wrote:

I suppose

The biggest problem is the guys that are ranked #1 overall get so much hype by the media and then people expect them to be the next Crosby or Ovechkin.

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#30 Milli
January 06 2010, 01:52PM
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Millertime wrote:

I couldn't agree more. Edmonton, be reasonable in your expectations. Especially in this world of trying to attract UFA's.

Arnott would have been great to keep. Stoll was awesome, and well on his way until the concussions. Cole played on the first line, why wouldn't we expect him to be a first liner? Peca was amazing in the playoffs, but, do you remember him stating that he had to clarify what his role was with coach macT? Hemsky, ya, great dangle, but, he has been teasing us for years now that he will eventually Sedin it and take the next friken step. The main problem is we lack talent, NHL talent. Over the years we've had a few good players so mgmt hypes the crap outta them.

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#31 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
January 06 2010, 01:56PM
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Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach wrote:

As for the smartest hockey market comment, I'm not even sure how you prove something like that.

it sure as hell aint edmonton

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#32 BigE57
January 06 2010, 01:57PM
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@ Crash

Points are great he just didn't seem shine in clutch situations ala Jonh Tavares or Eberle. Fact is no number 1 pick is ever a lock to make the NHL and Taylor Hall is no exception in my opinion.

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#33 Crash
January 06 2010, 02:03PM
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Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach wrote:

The biggest problem is the guys that are ranked #1 overall get so much hype by the media and then people expect them to be the next Crosby or Ovechkin.

Well I guess given that 9 out of the last 10 forwards taken 1st overall are Tavares, Stamkos, P. Kane, Crosby, Ovechkin, Rick Nash, Kovalchuk and Lecavalier I can see why there would be some hype. I agree there are people who get high expectations and that will never change. But there are also those of us that appreciate talent and are encouraged and hopeful that the talent will shine through at the NHL level. History shows that top 3 picks tend to turn out to be very good NHLers. I do like Hall's chances and yes I know there's no guarantee.

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#34 Crash
January 06 2010, 02:09PM
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BigE57 wrote:

@ Crash

Points are great he just didn't seem shine in clutch situations ala Jonh Tavares or Eberle. Fact is no number 1 pick is ever a lock to make the NHL and Taylor Hall is no exception in my opinion.

Just had a quick look....I went as far back as 1984 when Mario Lemieux was taken 1st overall. It looks based on modern history that in fact if there ever is such a thing as a lock to make the NHL it is the number one pick. With the exception of Alexandre Daigle in 1993 and Patrik Stefan in 1999 all the other 24 2st rounders have either had a very successful NHL career or have started out having what looks like will be a successful NHL career. Rick Dipietro might be up for debate as his injury situation makes it tough.

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#35 Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach
January 06 2010, 02:11PM
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Not related but this should take away the slim chance there ever was at getting Steckel.

The Washington Capitals on Wednesday signed center David Steckel to a three-year contract extension and agreed to a two- year deal with defenseman Tyler Sloan.

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#36 Crash
January 06 2010, 02:12PM
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Crash wrote:

Just had a quick look....I went as far back as 1984 when Mario Lemieux was taken 1st overall. It looks based on modern history that in fact if there ever is such a thing as a lock to make the NHL it is the number one pick. With the exception of Alexandre Daigle in 1993 and Patrik Stefan in 1999 all the other 24 2st rounders have either had a very successful NHL career or have started out having what looks like will be a successful NHL career. Rick Dipietro might be up for debate as his injury situation makes it tough.

That should have read 1st rounders not 2st rounders, lol

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#37 Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach
January 06 2010, 02:12PM
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@Crash

I still think Stefan was the stupidest pick going into the draft. Why draft a guy that had so many question marks as he did?

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#38 Crash
January 06 2010, 02:15PM
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Crash wrote:

Just had a quick look....I went as far back as 1984 when Mario Lemieux was taken 1st overall. It looks based on modern history that in fact if there ever is such a thing as a lock to make the NHL it is the number one pick. With the exception of Alexandre Daigle in 1993 and Patrik Stefan in 1999 all the other 24 2st rounders have either had a very successful NHL career or have started out having what looks like will be a successful NHL career. Rick Dipietro might be up for debate as his injury situation makes it tough.

oh man, I mean it should have said 1st overall picks not 1st rounders or 2st rounders...sheesh my bad

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#39 Crash
January 06 2010, 02:17PM
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Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach wrote:

I still think Stefan was the stupidest pick going into the draft. Why draft a guy that had so many question marks as he did?

No doubt and then the Sedins went after him

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#40 Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach
January 06 2010, 02:18PM
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I guess the question is would people settle with a Chris Phillips or Roman Hamrlik with their 1st overall pick?

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#41 Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach
January 06 2010, 02:21PM
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Crash wrote:

No doubt and then the Sedins went after him

I guess it's tough to fault Atlanta though. The twins wanted to be together so that is pretty hard to do in itself and then after that there wasn't really anyone ranked in the top 10 that ever became anything outside of maybe Connolly. Wow looking back that was a brutal draft.

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#42 Crash
January 06 2010, 02:31PM
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Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach wrote:

I guess the question is would people settle with a Chris Phillips or Roman Hamrlik with their 1st overall pick?

It looks as though both those years were really bad years for the draft and they may have been touted as the best of a bad bunch. Myself...I hate the idea of taking a D-man with a high pick. They are so much more of a crap shoot than forwards and inevitably take longer to develop into solid pros.

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#43 offside
January 06 2010, 02:54PM
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@ BigE57

I agree, Hall didn't impress me much at all, he is still young, but he didn't seem like a team player, seemed pretty selfish. Hall also seemed to take some big hits during the tournament. Also, is it just me or did Petriangelo seem like a huge defensive liability out there? Sure he put up points but I bet in the NHL he's a minus player.

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#44 Hawaiin Jeanshorts
January 06 2010, 03:12PM
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*wipes the sand off his feet*

Did you guys know that it's super hot in Hawaii? And there's beautiful girls everywhere? And it's way easier to swallow a heartbreaking loss when you get to read about it on a balcony over looking the ocean while you soak up all sorts of skin cancer?

I'm gonna try and find some kind of rich, widowed snowbird to shack up with me thinks, because I never wanna leave!

Have fun watching your "iced hockey"!**

*runs naked into the ocean and gets eaten by a shark*

**I actually watched the Ducks/Wings game and some of the Hawks/Wild game yesterday. Surprising amount of hockey coverage on this little island.

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January 06 2010, 03:29PM
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Hawaiin Jeanshorts wrote:

*wipes the sand off his feet*

Did you guys know that it's super hot in Hawaii? And there's beautiful girls everywhere? And it's way easier to swallow a heartbreaking loss when you get to read about it on a balcony over looking the ocean while you soak up all sorts of skin cancer?

I'm gonna try and find some kind of rich, widowed snowbird to shack up with me thinks, because I never wanna leave!

Have fun watching your "iced hockey"!**

*runs naked into the ocean and gets eaten by a shark*

**I actually watched the Ducks/Wings game and some of the Hawks/Wild game yesterday. Surprising amount of hockey coverage on this little island.

jokes on you, we found your car at the airport and dumped a 4L jug of urine all over the dash

enjoy the smell when you come back to -30 and crank on the heat

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#46 Rogue
January 06 2010, 03:34PM
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Jeez,dont be so hard on Hall. He is only 17. Oil have grown men that make more mistakes and put up less production than him. Give the kid a chance to mature. My hope is that Eberle is a Joey Mullen, Haken Loob kind of player. I just think he thinks the game better than a lot of players. He makes space and finds the gaps. Hope he can do it at NHL level.

~~~~Of course, they could both turn out to be 3rd line players, too.~~

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#47 The Towel Boy
January 06 2010, 03:41PM
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cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan wrote:

jokes on you, we found your car at the airport and dumped a 4L jug of urine all over the dash

enjoy the smell when you come back to -30 and crank on the heat

I hate to point out the obvious...but Jeanshorts' car smells like that all the time.

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#48 Sexy Randal
January 06 2010, 04:47PM
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I can't stop laughing at that picture.

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#49 roughneck
January 06 2010, 05:12PM
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I think Willy D bought himself a life sentence to the DUB.

Of interest to the Oilers MPS was WAY better than Ellis in the tourney which means dick all (in a future relative to the draft) but was nice to see. Also of interest (if you lean that way)... Nemicz was largely a non factor (for ross creek ;-)....)

Great event... saskatoon rolled out the red carpet, had 1700 volunteers, awesome Worldfest venue, huge 50/50 draws... and generally just took care of the business of hosting a big event. They pulled it off with aplomb IMO. The event also provided great access to the powers of the NHL, Olympics, Hockey Canada etc. very cool event. Chatted with Babcock, Nicholson, Lowe, tambo, Niewendyke, mcguire, mckenzie, duthie, koulious, miller.

Did ya catch that brilliant question from Terry Jones of the Sun at the Olympic announcement? We started laughing and got the hairy eyeball, then one of the group spouts off... can I answer that Steve? I thought koulie was going to piss himself.

Had fun.. glad its over... Im fat and my liver hurts.

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#50 Arby
January 06 2010, 06:16PM
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MPS looked better than Kadri, Cowan (obviously), AND Ellis. I wonder wich one we would have ended up with if MPS was gone. I suspect we would have traded down ala Nash/Plante.

On the subject of Hall, I was probably most impressed with his speed and effort on the backcheck.

To be honest, I don't really like the idea of Ebs being on Gags wing. Ever. But with a big skilled center (not that we will have one) i think he would excell.

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