February 10 2011 05:39PM
All of the talk surrounding Hemsky and Penner being dealt is starting to cloud the issue: Steve Tambellini's job at the deadline is to deliver more bullets to Stu (Magnificent Bastard) MacGregor.
When Stu MacGregor is ordering room service in Minnesota (try the lutefisk!) here's hoping Steve Tambellini has more bullets (draft picks) for use on the draft floor. With the prospect list teeming with MacGregor gems, another mitt full of these young kids is vital.
Oilers current picks
- 1st overall
- 31st overall
- 61st overall
- Calgary's 3rd (probably about 75th overall)
- 91st overall
- Pittsburgh's 4th (probably about 115th overall)
- 121st overall
- 181st overall
I think that's right. MacGregor did a lot of damage in the second round a year ago (Pitlick, Marincin and Hamilton were all taken between 31 and 48th overall).
Today's trade (Mike Fisher to Nashville for picks, including the Preds first rounder) is only the second involving a 2011 first round pick, the other being dealt by the Ontario Teachers Pension Plan in order to get Phil Kessel away from the remedial readers in Boston.
Ottawa's acquisition of a first rounder came at a pretty steep price: a quality 2-way center with another 2 years on his contract after this one. The Preds improve their center position for years to come at a good price, all for a first round pick. Nashville is flush with quality prospects and are one of the few teams that can probably afford to deal off their first round selection (well, Nashville and Toronto).
I'd like to see the Oilers grab a couple of those second round picks like they did a year ago. The club acquired Nashville's 2nd by sending Denis Grebeshkov away, and grabbed another 2nd rd pick from Carolina (originally a Senators pick) by sending Riley Nash to the Hurricanes at the draft.
Which roster players could garner a 2nd rd pick that high? Ladislav Smid? Andrew Cogliano? Linus Omark?
We wait. More bullets, please!