VIVA LAS DRAFTAS

Jason Gregor
June 21 2010 04:50PM

I go to Vegas for the weekend and return home with a dislocated finger, a lighter wallet, a heavier suitcase and much to my chagrin the Oilers haven’t announced who they are drafting.

I’m stunned.

Maybe it’s the lack of sleep that had me thinking four days away from the Tyler or Taylor debate that something might have changed. As the fog from a fun-filled, sleep-deprived weekend in Vegas slowly evaporates reality kicks in and I realize of course nothing has changed in the TVT debate.

And why would it.

The countdown is on, even though Wanye and Bingofuel haven’t fixed the Nation countdown counter, and by Friday most fans will be thankful it is over. But will the moment match the hype for Oiler fans?

Months of waiting will culminate with a short “The Oilers would like to thank the city of LA and the Kings organization for putting on a great event. With the first choice in the 2010 entry draft, the Oilers are proud to select from the ??”

At about 5:04 MST on Friday you will either be boasting to your friends that you called it, or screaming that Steve Tambellini just ruined the future of the team. For many of you there is no middle ground, it’s either Taylor or Tyler.

Hall really impressed the Oilers during his interview last week. He knew Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson and Jordan Eberle’s stats, was knowledgeable to the history of the franchise and displayed lots of leadership qualities.

Seguin was also impressive, but I get the sense Hall might have graded out slightly higher. As Friday approaches, it seems that Hall is the name Tambellini will announce, but that’s only a hunch. I’m on the record as stating I’d take Seguin , and I won’t change that, but some of the whispers I’m hearing make me think Hall will be the call for the Oilers.

NASHVILLE AGAIN

Being a Predators fan must really suck. You consistently lose players as UFAs, trade away high-priced veterans, yet your team is never bad enough to get a top-five pick. David Poile is a great GM. Rather than lose guys for nothing, he at least gets something. Dan Hamhuis wasn’t going to re-sign with the Preds, so Poile gets a conditional pick and Ryan Parent.

Parent didn’t look good for Flyers in the playoffs, but the Preds develop D-men better than anyone right now. Parent was originally drafted 18th overall in 2005 by Poile, so if anyone can get Parent to live up to his potential it will be Predators.

Paul Holmgren must have another trade brewing, and it has to be one of his big-ticket forwards heading out of town. Rumours are swirling that Jeff Carter is the most likely candidate, because he is better at centre and the Flyers have Mike Richards, Daniel Briere and Claude Giroux in the middle.

Tambellini should be on the horn to Holmgren and kick some tires. A 40-goal scoring centreman with size is exactly what the Oilers need. The Flyers can’t take on a lot of salary in any deal and they don’t have a first round pick this year.

The problem for the Oilers is they don’t have a lot to offer up. Sam Gagner and Andrew Cogliano wouldn’t make sense, because the Flyers don’t need a centre. I don’t see them giving up MPS, but I wonder if they would deal Jordan Eberle, Ladislav Smid and the 31st pick?

Trading Smid would hurt because the Oilers don’t have much depth on their blueline, but he is cheap and the Flyers need one more D-man. Eberle could fit in on the wing in their top nine and they get a future pick. The only concern with dealing for Carter is that he is an RFA after this season. It could be a risk, but every move and every draft pick involves some risk. I’d take the chance.

OILERS PRE-SEASON SCHED

The Oilers released their pre-season schedule today, and you can guarantee that Taylor or Tyler will be playing their first game in an Oiler uniform on September 23rd. There is no way they would debut either one on the road in Vancouver and it’s very doubtful they would play him back-to-back nights. I suspect the Tampa Bay game will be sold out with fans actually in their seats for a pre-season game.

EDMONTON OILERS 2010-2011 PRE-SEASON SCHEDULE

Game 1: Wednesday, September 22

Opponent::Vancouver Canucks

Location: General Motors Place

Game Time:  TBA

Game 2: Thursday, September 23

Opponent: vs Tampa Bay Lightning

Location: Rexall Place

Game Time: 7:00 PM

Game 3: Sunday, Sepember 26

Opponent: Vancouver Canucks

Location: Rexall Place

Game Time: 6:00 PM

Game 4:  Wednesday, September 29

Opponent: Phoenix Coyotes

Location Rexall Place

Game Time: 7:00 PM
  
Game 5:  Friday, October 1
 

Opponent: Calgary Flames
 

Location: Rexall Place
 

Game Time: 7:00 PM
 

Game 6:  Sunday, October 3

Opponent: Calgary Flames

Location: Pengrowth Saddledome

Game Time: TBA

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One of Canada's most versatile sports personalities. Jason hosts The Jason Gregor Show, weekdays from 2 to 6 p.m., on TSN 1260, and he writes a column every Monday in the Edmonton Journal. You can follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/JasonGregor
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#151 Archaeologuy
June 22 2010, 03:33PM
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TigerUnderGlass wrote:

ummm.....so....why are you questioning a 2-3 year turnaround?

Because the team has no solid prospect in Net going forward and a questionable Defence. I think in 3 years our forwards will be quite good. I really think that's possible.

It IS possible that the Oilers will be on the upswing in 2 years. 2 being the key number in the Carter discussion. So all the Oilers have to do is play chicken with Carter's contract situation long enough that he MIGHT be interested in staying long term. Sweet plan.

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#152 TigerUnderGlass
June 22 2010, 04:03PM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

So having Carter at 5+ million benefits the team's ability to re-sign players more than an RFA with no set contract how?

I'm confused how having a high priced Forward helps the Oilers re-rign RFAs.

I'm confused about when I am supposed to have made such a claim?

I have been talking about maximizing the value of the roster. The roster needs to be adjusted as time passes with the intention of keeping as much quality.

If it happens that our team plays well enough that our prospects demand big raises then Carter will have played well and done his job. This in turn means he will have a high trade value and can be moved for new prospects to replace our current prospects as they move into the "allstar" void left by Carter's departure.

This is not complicated, or even new, concept.

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#153 TigerUnderGlass
June 22 2010, 04:04PM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

Because the team has no solid prospect in Net going forward and a questionable Defence. I think in 3 years our forwards will be quite good. I really think that's possible.

It IS possible that the Oilers will be on the upswing in 2 years. 2 being the key number in the Carter discussion. So all the Oilers have to do is play chicken with Carter's contract situation long enough that he MIGHT be interested in staying long term. Sweet plan.

So if the Oiler's are clearly on the upswing in two years why would he leave?

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#154 TigerUnderGlass
June 22 2010, 04:06PM
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OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F wrote:

Not exactly, I think we have to potential to be in a bit of a pickle if all three start this year (which is part of the reason I wouldn't mind at least 1 playing a year in the A/another year of Jr). However if that's the case that means all are likely playing top notch hockey and we'll have lots of options if need be.

However, I think the odds that all three will need substantial raises in three years are pretty slim.

What is Gagner at this point? A 2.5 - 3 million dollar player? I expect Eberle to be slightly behind Gagner in 3 years and MSP to be slightly ahead of Gagner in 3 years. So I don't think either will be in line for cap crippling raises.

I also don't think we are going to see small increases in the cap each and every year. The cap has increased between 5% and 13%(ish) every year, even 8% - 9% growth is equivalent to a solid 1st line player.

So I have no idea what point you are making in regards to the Carter discussion here.

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