What Would it Look Like?

Lowetide
April 13 2011 07:46AM

At last night's draft lottery (not a great television show but there was suspense--witness Bryan Murray's facial expressions throughout the proceedings) Oilers General Manager was resolute when asked if he wanted to be back on the lottery show next year: "Absolutely not!" he told James Duthie. IF the Oilers are serious about staying away from the dungeon, what would this summer look like? 

Even from this far away I think we can agree on a few things about this summer. If the Oilers want to step into the elevator shaft that means a lottery pick they can spend the summer quietly. Draft another elite prospect, get some diamonds in the later picks and then wait for the entire group of youngsters to develop.

Steve Tambellini can't just say "you know James, we're going to spend the next few seasons getitng really good kids and then dominate for a decade" so we shouldn't put too much weight on ST's words last night. However, if the club is serious about getting better, we'll know about it this summer.

  1. The draft: If the Oilers plan to reach for higher ground in 11-12, the draft will be about the #1 pick and getting quality with the LAK pick and their own selection at #31. Veterans like Hemsky, Gagner and Gilbert won't be in play. The number one pick won't be on the big league roster.
  2. The free agency period will have some nice acquisitions. Along with Ryan Jones, perhaps a Clarke MacArthur or Scottie Upshall will be under the tree. Signing an NHL calibre defensemen (say Denis Grebeshkov) would go a long way to making things right.
  3. Another Martin Gerber type signing--a quality goalie who can play in the NHL and do the job--is vital. The Oilers don't have any AHL depth now with the free agency situation and Khabibulin's fade is likely to continue. NK has a lot of miles on him and can see his 40th birthday on the horizon.
  4. A solid center who can help on the PK and in the faceoff dot. Someone like Boyd Gordon. I know Vande Velde showed well late in the season but this team is so poor when it comes to established veterans that signing Gordon and having him play those vital special teams minutes can go along way to improving the PK.

So, what would that look like? 

  • GOALER: Devan Dubnyk, Nikolai Khabibulin, real strength in the AHL
  • DEFENSE: Whitney-Petry, Peckham-Gilbert, Grebeshkov-Smid and Foster or Chorney
  • CENTER: Horcoff-Gagner-Cogliano-Gordon
  • LEFT WING: Hall-MacArthur-MPS--Hartikainen-Reddox
  • RIGHT WING: Hemsky-Eberle-Jones-Omark-enforcer (not my choice but Renney likes enforcers)

It isn't perfect, but it's better. And there's a chance this team would be able to endure the annual injuries better and finish outside the lottery. We'll know this summer.

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#201 Ryan2
April 14 2011, 11:55AM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

To me, the #1 pick is all but untouchable. Even for Weber. Weber is an excellent player, but my bet is the number one will be better.

@ Archaeology - I respect your opinion, but disagree with you about the quality of the player the Oilers will be getting with the #1 overall pick. This is shaping up to be a weak draft year and it is questionable whether there are any true franchise players available which is what a team should land in that position. Just like the 2007 draft, there are solid prospects but no franchise players that you build a team around.

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#202 forestscooter
April 14 2011, 11:58AM
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@Ryan2

with the size of Oiler forwards you could build the team on top of shea weber .. save space

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#203 mayorpoop
April 14 2011, 12:07PM
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Ryan2 wrote:

@ Archaeology - I respect your opinion, but disagree with you about the quality of the player the Oilers will be getting with the #1 overall pick. This is shaping up to be a weak draft year and it is questionable whether there are any true franchise players available which is what a team should land in that position. Just like the 2007 draft, there are solid prospects but no franchise players that you build a team around.

how can you be so sure that no one in this draft will become a franchise player?

why the heck would nashville trade the basis for their whole system (defence) for anyone in a supposed weak draft?

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#204 Quicksilver ballet
April 14 2011, 12:10PM
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Maybe interested peoples could enter a preferred roster for the Oilers heading into next season. After the entry draft, submit a 23 man roster with the W5 to defend their roster. Could make for some interesting observations i'm sure.

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#205 Archaeologuy
April 14 2011, 12:14PM
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@Ryan2

You know they say the same thing every year. That the guy pegged as number 1 isnt as good as the guy that came before him.

I get it. But Pat Kane from the 07 draft scored the Stanley Cup winning goal and is a point a game guy in this league. Pretty much exactly what you draft a guy #1 overall to do.

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#206 Oilfan00
April 14 2011, 12:22PM
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I find it funny that people are saying its a weak draft year, I am guessing they hear it and they assume everyone is bad, a weak draft year just means that it isn't really deep, last year was a deep year aka Oilers getting Pitlick in the second round etc. If your picking top 3 arguably top 5 you are still getting a Franchise player (barring a huge choke or injury), just because there isn't a Crosby doesn't make it a bad draft, you replace Hall and Seguin with RNH and Landeskog and people would still say its a weak draft just with two clearcut number ones.

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#207 Dominoiler
April 14 2011, 12:22PM
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still looks like a 22-30th place team to me.. 30th with just a couple injuries to key players, a la 2010-2011..

Nice depth player additions in key positions (marginal quality, but can do their job).. would be nice to see these types of pick-ups.. at least the team could start moving in the right direction..

Playoffs, are still a mid/long term goal at this point..

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#208 Ryan2
April 14 2011, 12:24PM
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forestscooter wrote:

maybe they are over-valued, but they're needed.. with a trade like that we watch Weber laugh out loud for the next five years as he passes the puck up the ice to ??? nobody at center once horcoff gets hurt again ?

I'd say draft the potential 1C player in RNH, or hell even SC if you want. Then worry about a Weber-like player next year.

@ forestscooter - Weber would pass the puck up to Hall, Eberle, Paajarvi, Omark, Hemsky (if he is still here).......

This year the problem was that as soon as Whitney went down there was noone to pass the puck up. It was horrible watching the games in person - none of the other d-men could hit a winger breaking in stride. I can remember one game I went to where the d-man hesitated twice bringing the puck up (Anaheim game?) until he finally had the opponent strip the puck from him close to the blue line then go in and score. It was not the first time (or the last time) I had seen bumbling plays from their d either.

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#209 Ryan2
April 14 2011, 12:26PM
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@ forestscooter - Good one. LOL

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#210 Ryan2
April 14 2011, 12:29PM
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@ mayorpoop - I am not certain that Nashville will trade him, but if the rumors about their financial situation are true then they may need to trade him since he will command big $$$ as a RFA.

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#211 Quicksilver ballet
April 14 2011, 12:29PM
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@OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F

I don't mind throwing Omark in the reduced to clear basket Obbie if it gets us what we need. Some of you guys are patient to a fault. This so called "Laying up" all the time waiting for someone to throw us a bone is so conservative it makes me ill guys. Just my 2 cents.

I treasure every moment we spend together here Obbie, thanks for your efforts to keep this thing on the rails, i don't know where ON would be without your words of wisdom brother.

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#212 Archaeologuy
April 14 2011, 12:30PM
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@Boris

Stastny is not all that proven, plus he's making way too much money, and is 3 seasons away from being a UFA.

The Avalanche could take the #1 pick and when his ELC is up they could re-sign him AND pluck Stastny back up as a free agent.

The Oil need help for longer than the Length of Stastny's contract.

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#213 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
April 14 2011, 12:37PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

I don't mind throwing Omark in the reduced to clear basket Obbie if it gets us what we need. Some of you guys are patient to a fault. This so called "Laying up" all the time waiting for someone to throw us a bone is so conservative it makes me ill guys. Just my 2 cents.

I treasure every moment we spend together here Obbie, thanks for your efforts to keep this thing on the rails, i don't know where ON would be without your words of wisdom brother.

I'm here to help my son.

Also, who said I'd be "laying up waiting for someone to throw us a bone" I'd be aggressively trying to make moves to improve the team if I was in charge. The difference is though that those moves to improve the team in 3 years or less *doesn't* included trading for draft picks (outside of the top 5ish)

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#214 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
April 14 2011, 12:38PM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

Stastny is not all that proven, plus he's making way too much money, and is 3 seasons away from being a UFA.

The Avalanche could take the #1 pick and when his ELC is up they could re-sign him AND pluck Stastny back up as a free agent.

The Oil need help for longer than the Length of Stastny's contract.

Agreed, I wouldn't hesistate to move that #1 pick for the right player. It's just that player isn't Stastny IMO(for all the reasons you listed)

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#215 Ryan2
April 14 2011, 12:46PM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

You know they say the same thing every year. That the guy pegged as number 1 isnt as good as the guy that came before him.

I get it. But Pat Kane from the 07 draft scored the Stanley Cup winning goal and is a point a game guy in this league. Pretty much exactly what you draft a guy #1 overall to do.

If I recall correctly, Stamkos was viewed more highly than Kane in 2008, and Tavares was rated just as highly (or more if you listened to Pierre McGuire at the WJHC) as Stamkos in 2009. Kane is definitely a great winger - heck, look at Gagner's stats from his last year in London. However, take away Toews and the Hawks would not be close to the team they currently are.

The problem with this draft is that the most NHL ready prospects are a d-man that will need time to develop and a bigger winger which is a position the Oilers already have young depth. If MBS thinks that RNH is the centerman the team needs, then they will take him at #1. That being said, I am not certain that they feel that way, so taking him at #1 would be a risk. Personally, his low even strength scoring rate and disappearing act in the 2nd round against the Tigers is a big concern. Remember, in the NHL the bigger guys can skate as well.........

FWIW, this is probably a year where the Oilers would have been better off with the #2 or #3 overall pick. If the Oilers take a forward at #1 they will face immense pressure to match or exceed Taylor Hall's performance when they come in, and I do not believe that RNH or Landeskog can do that. If they take Larsson, will the fan base be patient enough to wait 3 or 4 years for him to develop? With this thin d-corps, it might be better for him to stay another season or two in Sweden and develop there rather than be forced into a situation he is not ready to deal with.

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#216 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
April 14 2011, 12:52PM
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Ryan2 wrote:

If I recall correctly, Stamkos was viewed more highly than Kane in 2008, and Tavares was rated just as highly (or more if you listened to Pierre McGuire at the WJHC) as Stamkos in 2009. Kane is definitely a great winger - heck, look at Gagner's stats from his last year in London. However, take away Toews and the Hawks would not be close to the team they currently are.

The problem with this draft is that the most NHL ready prospects are a d-man that will need time to develop and a bigger winger which is a position the Oilers already have young depth. If MBS thinks that RNH is the centerman the team needs, then they will take him at #1. That being said, I am not certain that they feel that way, so taking him at #1 would be a risk. Personally, his low even strength scoring rate and disappearing act in the 2nd round against the Tigers is a big concern. Remember, in the NHL the bigger guys can skate as well.........

FWIW, this is probably a year where the Oilers would have been better off with the #2 or #3 overall pick. If the Oilers take a forward at #1 they will face immense pressure to match or exceed Taylor Hall's performance when they come in, and I do not believe that RNH or Landeskog can do that. If they take Larsson, will the fan base be patient enough to wait 3 or 4 years for him to develop? With this thin d-corps, it might be better for him to stay another season or two in Sweden and develop there rather than be forced into a situation he is not ready to deal with.

The goal with pick #1 isn't to get the guy that can step in this October, it's to get the best guy long term.

How long it takes whomever we take to turn into a star shouldn't really be a concern. The concern should be that we are confident they will turn into a star.

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#217 Quicksilver ballet
April 14 2011, 12:55PM
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Not a fan of that Stastny deal, blah.

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#218 Archaeologuy
April 14 2011, 12:56PM
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@Ryan2

I put all my eggs into the Stu MacGregor basket and go where that takes me. If it's the Swedish defenseman with the low offensive numbers or the skinny Centre with the weak EV strength scoring then so be it.

The fans, myself included, need the patience of a saint to love this club. Developing a solid foundation takes time. That's why 3 years of a Stastny-type isnt enough.

I think the rookies from here on out will be better sheltered. Unlike this year's crop of rookies, next year's wont be counted on so heavily to carry the load. I think the worst is over, but it's still a ways away.

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#219 Rexall Robots
April 14 2011, 01:04PM
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Peterborough wrote:

Dude look at capgeek and see why Washington sign no one next year no room at all. Teams like Pitt, Calgary, Philly, Minny: can't sign any UFA to any decent dollars and must look to min contracts to fill out the roster. Look to these teams to get UFA from they can't match any offer. What would you do play for a winner at 600,000 or make 1.5-2? Do you think their wife would be sure honney take a 70-80% pay cut, I want you to be happy??? Then you've never had a wife, or a serious GF. Its still a biz guys remember: $ $ bills yo.

The Washington Capitals have 18 players signed for the 2011-2012 season with a little over $8.5 million in projected cap space. Resigning a player like Boyd Gordon, who only makes 800K this year, to something in the 900K to $1.1 million range is not only probably, but necessary for a team like Washington.

Gordon had three goals and six assists in 60 games this season while playing roughly 13 minutes a night for the Caps. Do you really think he is going to get more than $1 million a year going forward? Or that the Oilers should sign him $2 million a year?

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#220 Ryan2
April 14 2011, 01:04PM
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OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F wrote:

The goal with pick #1 isn't to get the guy that can step in this October, it's to get the best guy long term.

How long it takes whomever we take to turn into a star shouldn't really be a concern. The concern should be that we are confident they will turn into a star.

True enough, but I threw in the NHL ready point since the past few #1s have been NHL ready which says a lot about this draft as well. I can't recall a year when there were so many question marks surrounding the potential #1 pick. Last year the only reason there was a debate was that everyone knew that the Oilers needed a centerman (and the debate of Hall vs. Seguin still lingers from time to time). However, listening to interviews with people from the OHL and NHL, it was clear that Hall was the best player available.

FWIW, I still think the dark horse of the top 3 picks in the draft is Couturier. His problem was that he was rated #1 since last season so the scouts were able to focus on his flaws. I still like his combination of size and skill, and the fact that he posts solid numbers even strength. I think he might be the best choice for the Oilers since they have plenty of smaller skill players already. However, he is a definitely a reach at #1 at this point.

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#221 Crash
April 14 2011, 01:06PM
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OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F wrote:

Agreed, I wouldn't hesistate to move that #1 pick for the right player. It's just that player isn't Stastny IMO(for all the reasons you listed)

I'll third that sentiment...I think Stastny is an ok player but he's overhyped.

He had a couple of decent years when the Avs were a stronger team but on a weak team I think he's shown that he's not quite the player some think he is. Certainly not worth #1 overall.

And as Arch says, he's makin a pile of dough and can walk away in 3 yrs.

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#222 Ryan2
April 14 2011, 01:09PM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

I put all my eggs into the Stu MacGregor basket and go where that takes me. If it's the Swedish defenseman with the low offensive numbers or the skinny Centre with the weak EV strength scoring then so be it.

The fans, myself included, need the patience of a saint to love this club. Developing a solid foundation takes time. That's why 3 years of a Stastny-type isnt enough.

I think the rookies from here on out will be better sheltered. Unlike this year's crop of rookies, next year's wont be counted on so heavily to carry the load. I think the worst is over, but it's still a ways away.

@ Archaeology - I trust MBS as well, but would still prefer to have the #2 or #3 pick instead of #1. The chances of making a mistake this year are higher than in years past with no clear cut #1 and the Oilers can't afford that. While I agree that they have time to develop players, I would feel way more comfortable if there were a Hall, Stamkos or Tavares at the top.

That being said, I still think that Couturier is worth a shot with the #3 - #8 pick. He has been picked apart the whole season, but he looked okay to me as the young guy at the WJHC.

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#223 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
April 14 2011, 01:26PM
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Ryan2 wrote:

True enough, but I threw in the NHL ready point since the past few #1s have been NHL ready which says a lot about this draft as well. I can't recall a year when there were so many question marks surrounding the potential #1 pick. Last year the only reason there was a debate was that everyone knew that the Oilers needed a centerman (and the debate of Hall vs. Seguin still lingers from time to time). However, listening to interviews with people from the OHL and NHL, it was clear that Hall was the best player available.

FWIW, I still think the dark horse of the top 3 picks in the draft is Couturier. His problem was that he was rated #1 since last season so the scouts were able to focus on his flaws. I still like his combination of size and skill, and the fact that he posts solid numbers even strength. I think he might be the best choice for the Oilers since they have plenty of smaller skill players already. However, he is a definitely a reach at #1 at this point.

Ya I'm kind of leaning back towards Couturier too. I was all about RNH for the last few months, but I'm probably back to a toss up between the two.

I'd still rather have pick #1 though, if we aren't sold on the top few and thing Couturier is the guy and can be had somewhere in the 3-6 slot we can still trade down and collect a few more assets.

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#224 brodie
April 14 2011, 01:43PM
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If you are an Oiler's supporter with a sense of humor read an article by Benjamin Massey at Copper & Blue from April 10th titled Colorado - Edmonton Post Game.

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#225 mayorpoop
April 14 2011, 01:50PM
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if the choice is between rnh and coutrier then we must choose rnh.

yah he's smallish, i get it. coutrier is bigger i understand that as well. the common ground is they both are offensively talented and both play about the same size.

from what i have heard through tsn etc.. reports say possibly the reason coutrier has fallen is because he is "soft" (such a bad description). exceptionally skilled but doesn't play strong and physical or as big as he could.

that won't work here is etown. we expect (maybe foolishly) a player to play to his size and bigger (ie. penner). sometimes they don't have that makeup or skillset required.

keep in mind like many, i have never seen either play live and most of my knowledge is based on someone else's knowledge...so if they are stupid then...

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#226 Clay
April 14 2011, 01:54PM
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@hoil

I didn't say being a PP specialist was a bad thing. In fact I said that's all he's proven he can do.

The Oilers have the market relatively cornered on smallish PP specialists. They need a 1C who can carry the mail at EV. Huberdeau, Strome, and Couturier have all shown that they can get it done at even strength. RNH hasn't.

Combine that with the fact that he's the smallest of the four centremen, and that there just isn't a lock #1 pick in this draft, why would they pick the guy that has the weakest numbers?

And, yes, PP assists are the easiest numbers to get.

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#227 Ender
April 14 2011, 02:17PM
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If there was ever a year I'd lean towards trading the #1 pick, this would be it. RNH is not inspiring me with the kind of confidence I should feel about the BPA, and drafting a defenseman first overall is a big ol' lottery ticket. That leaves us with . . . Landeskog? Huberdeau? Take a flyer on Couturier and let your scouting staff try and prove they're smarter than everyone else?

Too much room for error, not enough upside for this team even if you guess right.

I'm not advocating giving the pick away. It's valuable, it doesn't come along too many times in a generation, and if the best you end up with is another Gagner it's still better than a kick in the head. That said, if it's more valuable to another GM than what it's worth, maybe this is the year to let someone else try for what's behind Door #1 and we take the known commodity instead.

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#228 TigerUnderGlass
April 14 2011, 02:57PM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

Stastny is not all that proven, plus he's making way too much money, and is 3 seasons away from being a UFA.

The Avalanche could take the #1 pick and when his ELC is up they could re-sign him AND pluck Stastny back up as a free agent.

The Oil need help for longer than the Length of Stastny's contract.

We get it. You believe nobody will ever extend with the Oilers as long as they have UFA rights.

I do agree that Stastny is not worth the #1 pick, but is your plan really to decide all player acquisitions based on the fear of rejection?

There is no chance a team built that way will ever contend for a cup.

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#229 Archaeologuy
April 14 2011, 03:10PM
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@TigerUnderGlass

It's not whether we could extend Stastny or not. It's about the fact that the option is even available in the first place.

You're trading a guarantee for a possibility (contractually speaking).

7 years before UFA vs 3 years before UFA. I'm not a mathmatographer, but I dont need to plug those numbers into my Casio wrist-watch calculator to figure out which is bigger.

But since we're on the topic, why are you so ready to dismiss concerns about re-signing valued assets when the Oilers have failed to do exactly that for years? Where is your conviction that ST can do exactly what his predecessors failed to do for so long?

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#230 TigerUnderGlass
April 14 2011, 03:26PM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

It's not whether we could extend Stastny or not. It's about the fact that the option is even available in the first place.

You're trading a guarantee for a possibility (contractually speaking).

7 years before UFA vs 3 years before UFA. I'm not a mathmatographer, but I dont need to plug those numbers into my Casio wrist-watch calculator to figure out which is bigger.

But since we're on the topic, why are you so ready to dismiss concerns about re-signing valued assets when the Oilers have failed to do exactly that for years? Where is your conviction that ST can do exactly what his predecessors failed to do for so long?

1. Historically player were not extended because of financial constraints more often than anything else.

2. I am more concerned with making the team competitive to foster an environment in which players want to re-sign. Obsessing about them leaving simply leaves the team unable to compete, and in the process creates the proverbial self-fulfilling prophesy.

I am not talking about this trade in particular because I can't see any real justification for trading the first pick overall for Stastny, I'm just talking in general terms.

However on this particular deal you demonstrate your angle by framing the deal purely in contractual terms.

You see it as guarantee(7 years) vs possibility(3 years) but most people would see it as guarantee(a player we know can fill the role) vs possibility (a player who might fill the role someday)

Again, I don't see Stastny specifically to be enough to justify that trade, but we clearly have a huge difference in how we frame the deal.

I my opinion the difference is that my framing will solve those problems while yours will make them worse.

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#231 Boris
April 14 2011, 03:37PM
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Arch and OB1, your points make sense, I concede

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#232 iamdannybailey
April 14 2011, 04:56PM
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This is the team I think they should try and ice if they draft RNH and he makes the team out of camp

(Hemsky - Horcoff - Harti) (Eberle - RNH - Hall) (Omark - Gags/Cogs/Brule* - PRV) (Jones** - Konopka** - Upshall**)

(Mac, Cogs/Gags/Brule*)

(petry - whitney) (Gilbert - Smid**) (Peckham - Vandy**) (Struds)

Dubie Gerber/khabi

*with one of these being traded ** if they sign for reasonable term and price

This should leave the oil a fairly competitive team. While still lacking size would bring in more grit with help on the dot.

Or not!

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#233 Wäx Män Riley
April 14 2011, 05:39PM
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So really tho, what does everyone think of Landeskog? I don't count him out yet. He is big, mean, gritty talented, and a leader. Sounds great to me.

I understand he isn't a center, but if we look at BPA, he may be it. I am a fan of taking either Swede to play with PRV, Omark and Lander.

In Stu we trust, so if he ends up saying RNH, I'm sure there is a reason.

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#234 Wäx Män Riley
April 14 2011, 05:41PM
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I don't think any player taken at the draft has to be an NHL ready player. We have enough talented youth on the team and on the farm.

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#235 Ca$h-Money!
April 14 2011, 05:53PM
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Hall-Horcoff-Eberle Paajarvi-Gagner-Hemsky Omark-Cogliano-Langenbruner/Glencross Harti-VandeV-Jones

Signing: Langenbruner or Glencross Extra: Brule, O'marra, Reddox

Gilbert-Whitney Wisniewski/Erhoff -Smid Petry-Peckham

Signing: Wisniewski or Erhoff Extra: Vandermeer, one of Plante/Teubert/Chorney

Draft:

1) RNH, keep him in WHL, let him go to WJC and show he can dominate there (just like Schenn did this year).

2) Jamieson O. with kings #18 selection, give him a year or two before bringing him up.

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#236 Quicksilver ballet
April 14 2011, 08:25PM
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Horcoff for Brian Campbell, Blackhawks could sure use that 2 million dollar difference in cap space.

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#237 Coco Crsip
April 15 2011, 02:20AM
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How Dirty would It be if Landeskog was a clear cut center? Would be no debate, just draft him and lets go to the post season..

However, I am still very much sold on sean couturier. Either 1st overall or somewhere in top 5, assuming we move up.

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#238 steelymac
April 15 2011, 04:21PM
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Holy smokes!!!I found this site earlier and have just read 5 pages of PASSIONATE OIL fans and what WE should do.As I read i keep thinking to myself god im happy Calgary dont have these options available.You people have alot if interesing ideas and options.As a lifelong Oilfan I think we have to remember OUR team has never had this opertunity to better itself since there inception into the leauge.Having the first overall two years in a row is special and what choices they make will impact OUR team for the next decade one way or another.We as OIL fans have to remember we are in rebuild for the second true year as far as im concerned,and we shouldnt rush it for a better spot in the standings NEXT YEAR.This will take a few years and so we accumulate a few more top prospects next year,the following years are when you make drastic changes such as bringing in a Stastny type.The Webber sugestion is tempting for sure.One other defenceman the Preds have that i would love to see as an Oiler is Ryan Ellis.His name hasnt come up that i have seen but this dude could be deadly with some of our other young guns.What would it take to pick him off there squad?Anywho keep the postings coming i got this on my fav list.Once again arnet you glad were not Flame fans.

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#239 mayorpoop
April 15 2011, 04:25PM
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steelymac wrote:

Holy smokes!!!I found this site earlier and have just read 5 pages of PASSIONATE OIL fans and what WE should do.As I read i keep thinking to myself god im happy Calgary dont have these options available.You people have alot if interesing ideas and options.As a lifelong Oilfan I think we have to remember OUR team has never had this opertunity to better itself since there inception into the leauge.Having the first overall two years in a row is special and what choices they make will impact OUR team for the next decade one way or another.We as OIL fans have to remember we are in rebuild for the second true year as far as im concerned,and we shouldnt rush it for a better spot in the standings NEXT YEAR.This will take a few years and so we accumulate a few more top prospects next year,the following years are when you make drastic changes such as bringing in a Stastny type.The Webber sugestion is tempting for sure.One other defenceman the Preds have that i would love to see as an Oiler is Ryan Ellis.His name hasnt come up that i have seen but this dude could be deadly with some of our other young guns.What would it take to pick him off there squad?Anywho keep the postings coming i got this on my fav list.Once again arnet you glad were not Flame fans.

welcome aboard my oiler friend.

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