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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#1 CM
April 13 2011, 07:51AM
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Not the biggest fan of FISTs on the roster but overall I like it

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#2 recklessk
April 13 2011, 07:52AM
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Would we be in a worse position if our FIST pick in Landeskog made the opening day roster? I think not.

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#3 Chaz
April 13 2011, 07:54AM
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Lowetide, are you insinuating through their absence in the list at the end of the article that neither RNH or Larsson will be playing in the show next year should they be chosen? If so, is this a consensus amongst writers? I haven't heard if these two are considered to be ready to make the jump to the NHL.

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#4 Archaeologuy
April 13 2011, 08:14AM
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I don't know if the 1st Overall won't make this club. Even if it's skinny RNH. The guy is still the #1 pick. If he legitimately can't make the club then that's one thing, but you cant keep a guy out of a spot he earned for artificial reasons.

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#5 michael
April 13 2011, 08:14AM
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I see that Frasers name is not on your list. He is on mine. Starting in OKC. He has so underwhelmed me that I think that he either needs to be traded or sent packing to OKC. A push from Anton Lander in training camp might put a wrench into the fouth line. I don't see the Oilers looking at Grebby again. Been there done that. Rather see Vandermeer again at a more reasonable number. I also see that Cogliano has earned a spot? Upgrade? draft day is going to see alot of moves for teams. The Cup will weed out the wannabes from the also rans and that will help determine who will be the buyers and sellers at the draft. By the way do you think Penner gets a mulligan because of Kopitars injury? 2 goals in 17 games?

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#6 Dan_H
April 13 2011, 08:15AM
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Lowetide:

Think the Oilers draft and keep RNH in the dub so in theory he plays in the Memorial cup that Edmonton is co hosting giving fans a chance to adore him before he ever dawns the copper and blue. That with the WJHC.

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#7 Ken
April 13 2011, 08:19AM
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The oil better sign some decent free agents because other than the no 1 pick the record shows pickings are slim. Thru 1999 to 08 the no 31 pick yielded ten players who played a whopping 301gms.There was only one player over 100gms and three who have never played a game in the NHL. Over the same period the number 19 pick had somewhat more success with 1789 gms played and three players with over 250 gms.Unfortunatly three players in this group never played a game. Better get to work Tambo because the draft alone isnt going to be your answer.

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#8 Hemmertime
April 13 2011, 08:23AM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

I don't know if the 1st Overall won't make this club. Even if it's skinny RNH. The guy is still the #1 pick. If he legitimately can't make the club then that's one thing, but you cant keep a guy out of a spot he earned for artificial reasons.

Really? Ask Omark.

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#9 baggedmilk
April 13 2011, 08:26AM
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I'd like to see the Oilers try and sign Zenon Konopka. He was almost 60% on the dot, and is more than tough enough to protect the kids. He would be a great 4th line center.

That being said, I don't know how he is in the room (obviously) or if he's any good on the PK, but having a guy that can consistently win faceoffs and drops the mitts when needed would be an excellent pickup.

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#10 smytty777
April 13 2011, 08:28AM
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LT: I agree with your assessment of needs (one capable D, a vet winger and a center that can win draws). I don't like any of the names that you've thrown out but that's just personal preference ;)

I would be targetting Konopka or Fiddler; Upshall or Glencross; and Hejda or Ericsson.

Likely the Oilers strike out as the UFA market is not likely to be kind to them, but even filling one of these positions would help.

MacArthur is a RFA I believe, so I don't see him signing anywhere. Trade maybe.

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#11 Cose16
April 13 2011, 08:30AM
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I like vandermeers game

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#12 stevezie
April 13 2011, 08:31AM
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@Hemmertime

Or Don Cherry. Every second Saturday he's railing against the politics in the Leaf's player selection.

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#13 Coco crisp
April 13 2011, 08:33AM
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No brule? Solid 4th liner

I guess we all have different visions. I see Larson going 1 then trading up for sc And they both make the opening day lineup.

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#14 Ca$h-Money!
April 13 2011, 08:47AM
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We have money to spend, especially over the next two years. I think we draft RNH and hope to get a guy like dman JAMIESON OLEKSIAK (6'7, 244) with the kings pick.

In the mean time, we need 2 free agent signings:

Up front, I propose we go after Jamie Langenbruner. The guy was captain of the US olympic team, so he would provide some really solid leadership and help mentor our youth. At the same time his production has been declining, so he might be willing to come on board if we offer to overpay. In this case overpayment would mean matching his current contract @ 2.8 million for 2 years, meaning he's done once we need to spend money resigning the kids.

Defence, we need an offensive type to partner with Smid on the second pairing behind Whitney/Gilbert and in front of Petry/Peckham. Best free agent options for that are Wisniewski and Erhoff, both of which will likely not be resigned by their current clubs and both of which should cost around 3 million.

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#15 Archaeologuy
April 13 2011, 08:51AM
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@Hemmertime

Omark was borderline even at training camp. There was a reported language barrier and questions about his commitment defensively. This is more along the lines of the group that wanted Hall to keep playing with the kiddies instead of Pro.

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#16 TonyDanzaPervo
April 13 2011, 09:03AM
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I do not enjoy Denis Grebeshkov.

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#17 Oilcruzer
April 13 2011, 09:13AM
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I think we all agree the oil need a centre and a dman and a vet like Ryan Smyth.

OKC starts in Hamilton Thursday. They could go a long (all the) way.

http://bit.ly/hzsmjq

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#18 DonDon
April 13 2011, 09:19AM
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Lowetide, I'm very disappointed in your proposed lineup. If this is what you expect from Klowe and Stambellini, it appears the Oil will at best move up from 30th to 25th next season and still be in the lottery! don't think either the fans or Katz would be happy with such an outcome for another season.

The lineup at centre alone is guaranteed to keep the club among the bottom feeders. And only two changes at the next weakest link, defence (Chorley being questionable), there is no hope. Additionally, can the club afford the risk of carrying all of the oft-injured and fragile Whitney, Horcoff and Hemsky another year?

I realize that Horcoff's and Khabibulin's toxic contracts have tied the Oilers hands for the next two seasons, but this should be reason for making hard decisions on Foster, Gagner, Cogliano, Reddox. for a competitive team, there is only room for two of them.

If it is impossible to attract NHL-calibre FAs, then promote from the farm rather than remaining pathetic (TSN's remark).

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#19 Ribs
April 13 2011, 09:24AM
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Chaz wrote:

Lowetide, are you insinuating through their absence in the list at the end of the article that neither RNH or Larsson will be playing in the show next year should they be chosen? If so, is this a consensus amongst writers? I haven't heard if these two are considered to be ready to make the jump to the NHL.

Yea, I think that's the part where he said "The number one pick won't be on the big league roster."

I think it's a pretty good plan to try not to suck next year even if it is inevitable. If they can stay out of the lottery next season and have this years pick join an improved team come two years* from now, the team will be looking good.

*After next season

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#20 Death Metal Nightmare
April 13 2011, 09:30AM
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theres a lot of bad ideas in this post, and here they are: Grebeshkov (f-any numbers you bring up with the dude, hes a turnover machine), MacArthur (redundant so-so player who showed up in a contract year for a bad Leafs team), the #1 pick not playing for the team.

i do like the Gordon idea. but on this teams sad talent pool, hes probably a third line center. Upshall isnt too bad either. how about Joel Ward?

Cogliano and Gagner have to go. yes, Gagner is better, but hes not good enough at anything. hes mediocre as hell physically and it maintains a mediocre quality to his game. short stick, short stride, perimeter vulture, cant create his own offense. delete. RNH, Horcoff, Gordon and whatever other scrub who isnt Fraser is fine down the middle.

RW: Hemksy, Eberle, J. Ward, Omark

C: Horcoff, RNH, Gordon, Halpern

LW: Hall, Paajarvi, Jones, Eager

just trade Omark too. hes never going to get used here for any true amount of time unless theres injuries because of the draft rank bias and Canada Lover Boy bias.

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#21 Archaeologuy
April 13 2011, 09:36AM
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@Death Metal Nightmare

~It was definitely the pro-Canadian pro-Pedigree bias that kept Omark to 5 goals.~

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#22 Dan the Man
April 13 2011, 09:37AM
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The real question is, what will the roster look like after Christmas when half the team is injured?

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#23 jbh
April 13 2011, 09:39AM
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Getting free agents to sign here is not the easiest thing to do.Quality free agents don't sign with teams that finish last two years running.Oilers are at the least 2 years away from being an attractive option for free agents.The only way to fill roster holes right now is thru the draft or thru trades. Everybody rags on Tambo for the UFA signings of Fraser and Foster,maybe they were the only ones who would sign here.If I was a UFA and saw Tambo's # come up on my cell phone I would hit the ignore button. And Konopka isn't coming west.I read an article this winter about him making more money with his company then he does playing hockey.

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#24 Breakerdog
April 13 2011, 09:39AM
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If the plan was to compete next year, they would not have traded Penner. Operation Tank Job 2012 is in full effect. Enjoy those season tickets. Nail Yakupov looks good next year!

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#25 knee deep in it
April 13 2011, 09:42AM
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I think they will draft Larsson. We are just wasting development time if we keep him and pair him with Strudwich or Pekham. He needs a mentor. This has been suggested by Tencer and Bob as the plan for Petry (playing with Whitney)

If we plan to keep Larsson in the NHL next year, then we should be going after a legit top 4 dman in ufa. Throw big dollars and two years at one of Markov, Brewer, Kaberle, or Errhoff.

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#26 Breakerdog
April 13 2011, 09:47AM
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"and hope to get a guy like dman JAMIESON OLEKSIAK (6'7, 244) with the kings pick."

Yes, because thats what we need. More terrible hockey players whose only skill is being large. JFJ, SMAC, Bigos, Abney.

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#27 Kevin R.
April 13 2011, 09:47AM
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You are assuming that UFAs want to come here at the start of a rebuild. Looks like we will have to overpay again. I like the Big Z idea then we can dump the passive #33. Your goon needs to be a little bit more aggressive and actually have the spedd to hit someone.

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#28 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
April 13 2011, 09:55AM
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Death Metal Nightmare wrote:

theres a lot of bad ideas in this post, and here they are: Grebeshkov (f-any numbers you bring up with the dude, hes a turnover machine), MacArthur (redundant so-so player who showed up in a contract year for a bad Leafs team), the #1 pick not playing for the team.

i do like the Gordon idea. but on this teams sad talent pool, hes probably a third line center. Upshall isnt too bad either. how about Joel Ward?

Cogliano and Gagner have to go. yes, Gagner is better, but hes not good enough at anything. hes mediocre as hell physically and it maintains a mediocre quality to his game. short stick, short stride, perimeter vulture, cant create his own offense. delete. RNH, Horcoff, Gordon and whatever other scrub who isnt Fraser is fine down the middle.

RW: Hemksy, Eberle, J. Ward, Omark

C: Horcoff, RNH, Gordon, Halpern

LW: Hall, Paajarvi, Jones, Eager

just trade Omark too. hes never going to get used here for any true amount of time unless theres injuries because of the draft rank bias and Canada Lover Boy bias.

Dude, I take it you are European?

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#29 mikey
April 13 2011, 09:56AM
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LT, Hall sees a top 3 without SC:

http://twitter.com/hallsy04

"RNH, Landeskog, Larsson intrigue me. Tamby's got the ultimate call. All these players are gonne be great in no time."

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#30 Horcsky
April 13 2011, 09:58AM
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Grebs is a hell of an upgrade over Strudwick, that's for sure. Is the team smart enough to make a move to shore up the depth and get a fairly easy to acquire player? We shall see.

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#31 slopitch
April 13 2011, 10:04AM
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Would be hard to convince him to sign here but a 2 way dman with grit like James Wisneski is exactly what this team needs. Konopka would also be a good addition.

I dont see this team adding much via free agency but they need to do better then Foster and Fraser.

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#32 Mantastic
April 13 2011, 10:07AM
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@Ca$h-Money!

JAMIESON OLEKSIAK is projected to be picked top 20 and I'm pretty sure everyone would risk a pick in the 10-20 range for a 6'7" 240lb 18 year old d-man. no way he'll fall to the King's pick range.

and if Ehrhoff's price tag is 3mill, he's staying in vancouver because that's way below market value. Ehrhoff will likely be getting 4-5mill range which is still within our price range but then i would be matching him up with Whiteney instead of Smid which is likely going to be our 3rd pairing

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#33 John Chambers
April 13 2011, 10:08AM
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LT - I think you nail it in terms of what FA's this team might look to sign in order to trend toward competitiveness. Personnally I would attempt to sign Jonathan Ericsson from DET instead of Grebeshkov, but who am I?

In any event, I seriously hope the Oilers don't try to markedly improve. The line-up that you indicate above is still not a playoff-bound line-up. For two reasons: 1) We still won't have playoff-calibre goaltending, and 2) Not so much Hall and Eberle, but Omark, PRV, Petry etc are still a year away in terms of their development in order to provide the foundation of a competitive team.

As a result I'm resolutely against making any "big" moves this offseason, instead favouring another development year, drafting another stud, and going for broke from '12-'13 onwards.

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#34 Robin Brownlee
April 13 2011, 10:16AM
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You listed Reddox. Is he related?

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#35 Boris
April 13 2011, 10:20AM
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Breakerdog wrote:

"and hope to get a guy like dman JAMIESON OLEKSIAK (6'7, 244) with the kings pick."

Yes, because thats what we need. More terrible hockey players whose only skill is being large. JFJ, SMAC, Bigos, Abney.

I don't disagree but it is clear that you haven't seen Abney much. He was injured this year but towards the end of the year he skated and played well. He is no power forward but I think he has the ability to be much better than JFJ.

To all you other guys thinking that Grebs or Langenbruner or MacArthur would look good in Oiler silks...Give Your Head a Shake

Glencross turned his back on the Oilers and not the other way around. He ran to Calgary after only a few hours into FA and said the exact same things to the Calgary media as he said when he came to Edmonton...

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#36 Mantastic
April 13 2011, 10:23AM
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why does everyone talk about Markov? why do we want someone who has played only 7 games this season and had 2 MAJOR knee surgeries this season? what's so attractive about that?

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#37 Mantastic
April 13 2011, 10:34AM
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@John Chambers

i agree with your assessment, i really can't see us landing a big name FA seeing as the FA pool is relatively small this year.

but if we did sign a bunch of FA's this year, i would think that what we did this year would have all gone to waste. having our farm hands having such a large amount of NHL time only to send them back down because of FA acquisitions seems to be taking a step down in the development stage.

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#38 madjam
April 13 2011, 10:37AM
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Tams make no sense again by saying Oilers won't draft by using a criteria that this years first pick will not be NHL ready ? Either they intend on adding RNHopkins and passing up on the Swede's, or he just contradicted what he said about the criteria .

Apparantly , Tams thinks we have enough youth already ? Then why are they still getting rid of valuable NHL talent like Penner for more futures ? He contradicts himself incessantly and one has to wonder if he knows what he is even trying to do ? Then why are we still fixing all our problems thru the draft as he claims ?

Next years squad still spells out 29th-30th place finish with probably even less good NHL talent . Smacks of Groundhog Days at the Alzheimer Corrall . Whatever he hopes to find or do , lets hope he finds and at least stick to it .

Might be a good time for Katz to step in and give our club some much needed direction before draft day .

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#39 dragon - draft RNH & Oleksiak
April 13 2011, 10:48AM
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Breakerdog wrote:

"and hope to get a guy like dman JAMIESON OLEKSIAK (6'7, 244) with the kings pick."

Yes, because thats what we need. More terrible hockey players whose only skill is being large. JFJ, SMAC, Bigos, Abney.

...you should really do your reading BEFORE you do your bashing...

college kid that can skate, has size, can shoot the puck and is a cross between Myers and Chara.

I'd take a chance.

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#40 Crash
April 13 2011, 10:55AM
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John Chambers wrote:

LT - I think you nail it in terms of what FA's this team might look to sign in order to trend toward competitiveness. Personnally I would attempt to sign Jonathan Ericsson from DET instead of Grebeshkov, but who am I?

In any event, I seriously hope the Oilers don't try to markedly improve. The line-up that you indicate above is still not a playoff-bound line-up. For two reasons: 1) We still won't have playoff-calibre goaltending, and 2) Not so much Hall and Eberle, but Omark, PRV, Petry etc are still a year away in terms of their development in order to provide the foundation of a competitive team.

As a result I'm resolutely against making any "big" moves this offseason, instead favouring another development year, drafting another stud, and going for broke from '12-'13 onwards.

I'm kinda getting tired of people who seem to know that our goaltending isn't good enough...

John, how the heck do you know that our goaltending isn't playoff-calibre already? Dubnyk put up some pretty good numbers this year on a crippled hockey team and he'll be into his 3rd nhl season next year and is now 25 yrs old.

Just what is playoff calibre goaltending? Michael Leighton? Who couldn't make anyone's roster this year and passed through re-entry waivers yet led Philly to the cup final last year? Is it Antti Niemi? The guy that won the cup but whose team walked away from his salary arbitration award...Is it Sergei Bobrovsky? Michal Neuvirth? Sergei Varlamov? Dan Ellis? Ray Emery? Corey Crawford? Jimmy Howard? Dwayne Roloson? Brian Boucher?

I'd just like to know what it is that you know that suggests the Oilers don't have playoff calibre goaltending or goaltending that is as good as those I listed that are in the playoffs this year....didn't Khabibulin win a Stanley cup? What is it about Dubnyk that you know that makes him not playoff calibre? Just curious how you know this already.

As far as playoffs go and this is just my opinion, it's not a bold statement. If the Oilers 1st overall pick makes the team this coming season and I don't see why he wouldn't (based on history) and the Oilers stay healthy, they may only be one decent d-man addition from making a run at the playoffs.

Hall-1st overall pick (RNH, Landeskog, Couturier)-Hemsky

Paajarvi-Gagner-Eberle

Hartikainen-Horcoff-Omark

4th line take your pick: Cogliano, Brule, Jacques, SMAC, UFA (ie: Kenopka, Rupp, Gordon), Jones

Whitney/Petry

Gilbert/Peckham

Smid/Foster

Add the decent pick up (fingers crossed). Myself I don't consider Grebeshkov a decent pickup, Ericsson either....they have to aim higher or don't bother. Bring back Vandermeer if need be. Jim Matheson suggests the Oilers may target Shea Weber for an offer sheet.

This lineup could surprise and take a run at a playoff spot....if they stay relatively healthy IMO. I don't think it's out of the question to think that we'll get even more next yr out of Hall, Eberle, Omark, Paajarvi, Hartikainen, Petry, Peckham, Dubnyk, Gagner, Cogliano and even Khabibulin than they delivered this year.

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#41 Quicksilver ballet
April 13 2011, 10:57AM
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As good as it is to have that 1st overall pick i still think we need another shot in the 7-8'ish zone. Moving up to grab Couturier or Strome would help if NuHo goes back to Red Deer for another year. Address this center issue this year and see what could be done for Bogosian or even Shea Weber next summer to go with a stronger group of defenseman in next years draft.

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#42 Westcoastoil
April 13 2011, 11:06AM
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Let's bypass the patience, draft RNH and try and sign Shea Weber (who is only 26). Erhoff will be closer to $5 than $4 once the playoffs are done

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#43 BigDawg
April 13 2011, 11:23AM
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Garbagekov??? come on really?? there is no other d man we could get?? we get Denis i would be very disappointed.. didnt they buy him out?? i also like Konopka.. I love BigMac but.. it might be time to let him go if we could get a Konopka type..

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#44 Biowolf
April 13 2011, 11:30AM
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No matter how you slice it: Hallo No.1 pick 2012.

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#45 Quicksilver ballet
April 13 2011, 11:34AM
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Adam Larsson 4 goals,26pts combined the last two years in the SEL. Where did all the hype about this kid come from. A first overall for potentially a 3-4 d'man doesn't mesh with what the Oilers need.

Colton Orr 2 yrs @ 1 per may be a good fit. wonder what the Leafs would want for Colton if he's available.

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#46 Eric Johnson
April 13 2011, 11:42AM
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AS PER GENE PRINCIPE ON TWITTER:

@GenePrincipe Multiple sources reporting, including Sportsnet radio, that once playoffs are over that Phx will turn on the 'Jets' and head to Wpg..

YEAH!

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#47 ubermiguel
April 13 2011, 11:43AM
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More Lander. Less Grebeshkov. Keep Cogliano the f#$% away from the faceoff circle. VV or Lander might be the faceoff winning centres we've badly needed since Reasoner and Stoll left.

2011/2012 plan for improvement: play Dubnyk more, get above .500 in the faceoff circle, stay reasonably healthy.

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#48 Max Powers - Team HME Evans
April 13 2011, 11:59AM
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#1 overall pick this year (RNH) won't play in the NHL next year, the oil will finish dead last again, and they start the NEXT year with TWO rookie 1st overall selections in their starting lineup. I can honestly see this happening.

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#49 Dennis
April 13 2011, 12:08PM
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MacArthur and Upshall were both big Oilers fans growing up, right?

Yeah, I'm sure Lupul was too but at least we wouldn't have to deal Pronger to get one of these;)

Of course it all depends on the price but it would be nice if someone outside of Strudwick actually signed here because he really wanted to.

Looks like it might be a battle with the Leaves and the former though because they have the courage of their convictions on how they dealt with Moore in a similar situation and MacArthur did struggle down the stretch.

In any case, it would be nice to see some vets lifted onto the club but the burden of proof is on MGMT to actually do something in that regard other than talking about the time they tried to sign Malholtra.

Bieksa would be nice as well though I see no reason why he'd sign here.

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#50 Justin
April 13 2011, 12:08PM
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I worry about RNH size, will he ever be strong enough to play in the NHL?

How about Zach Parise, Martin Hanzal wouldn't these guys be good for EDM.

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