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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#51 OilFan
April 13 2011, 08:43PM
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Crash wrote:

Not satisfied, but understand the process taking place in an attempt for this team to become a great high end team for a period of time.

Please don't pretend to know where my expectations are.

You continuously throw Gagner under the bus, yet you bitch and moan when other guys throw your fav's under....you have even defended Khabibulin.

You have tunnel vision, you pick out everytime Gagner loses a puck battle, but you choose to ignore when he wins em....and he does win em. Pretty much every player in the league loses puck battles, especially the smaller players. It's not exclusive to Gagner...it happens in the league every night and it happens to great players.

You couldn't be more wrong about the level that Gagner does, can and will be able to play at.

You continuously bring Gagner up like he is a 2nd line center. This isn't the CHL.

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#52 Quicksilver ballet
April 13 2011, 08:47PM
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@Crash

You have it all wrong Crash.

Is it at all possible that you are suffering from tunnel vision, you choose to focus on every win when Gagner's in the lineup, yet you choose to ignore him when he quits on the play/puck or continually gets knocked on his keester. Could just be a matter of perspective really.

4 years and no measurable progress with the opportunities he's had.......IS THAT BUS READY TO GO HANK?

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#53 RossCreekNation
April 13 2011, 09:00PM
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Hemsky & 1st overall for Stastny & 2nd overall.

Stastny is a good two-way guy, a playmaker, he plays pp & pk, he's good on faceoffs, he's 2 years younger than Hemsky, he's signed for 2 more years than Hemsky, the Oil can afford him, the Avs may look to dump salary (and term)/he may want out, Hemsky's a fit on Duchene's wing. Basically, he would fill a few voids.

Then you draft either Larsson (because you still need a D) or Landeskog (because Hemsky leaves a void at RW).

Hall/Stastny/Eberle
Paajarvi/Gagner/Landeskog
Jones/Horcoff/Omark
Hartikainen/Cogliano/Asham
Fraser/Winchester

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#54 Crash
April 13 2011, 10:59PM
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OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F wrote:

Ha-ha.

Well said, it's been the same song and dance for the last 12 months.

Has it only been 12 months? Seems like much more, lol

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#55 Jiame
April 13 2011, 11:13PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

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.

You do know it's a PROFESSIONAL LEAGUE, right? And that's different than JUNIOR, right? And that he's 18 YEARS OLD, right? Just checking.

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#56 fuck off
April 13 2011, 11:35PM
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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 with you on this one John (thus the non-self props). Whatever you do to this roster it is still 2 years away from the playoffs. Sure adding some vets to make it competitive would do something to add to the next year's winning percentage. But really, lets not kid ourselves, another year in the lottery range (preferably on the outside looking in, instead of #1 with a bullet) is best for the team MAINLY for development. All these kids we have in the A and sprouting from Juniors need to get the opportunity to play a handful of games like VV, Harti and the defense depth chart got this spring. Beyound every possible depth, veteren, grinder add you could possibly imagine to add to this gutter bowl competitor; the fact still remains the same: NEEDED #1C & Top 2D.

2011 #1 overall will give the Oilers a permanent plug for one of those two omnious black holes. Another year and another top 5 pick will give either the current talent time to develop into filling those needs; or another blue chip that suitably fits the final void.

Only a full year in, has everyone forgotten the motto of this rebuild? In case you did, it's PATIENCE. Suck it up for one more year you season ticket holders.

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#57 the admiral
April 13 2011, 11:38PM
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not what i really want it to be, but what i think it will be.

hall-horc-eberle

hemsky-gagner-rnh(yes i think we pick him)

magnus-cogliano-ben linus omark

brule-lander/vande velde-jones

s-mac/hartikainen as extras

whitney/gilbert

petry/foster

peckham/smid

strudwick as extra

i really dont think the oilers will go after any ufa's. i think the way they will upgrade is through trades ie cogs, fraser, foster etc. we have alot of young players that COULD do alot of things, might as well see if it works, if not, start trading.

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#58 Peterborough
April 14 2011, 08:43AM
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Jiame wrote:

You do know it's a PROFESSIONAL LEAGUE, right? And that's different than JUNIOR, right? And that he's 18 YEARS OLD, right? Just checking.

And he's lead one of the top two teams in the SEL in TOI playing all the tough minuets?

Sounds like he'll top out at a #4 D to you too, eh?

There is a reason EVERYONE has this guy in their top 3 perhaps?

As they say on ESPN's Sunday countdown "C'mon man!"

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#59 Ryan2
April 14 2011, 09:27AM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

Bingo

Let them draft defensmen with the LA pick and the 31st. They'll have just as good of a chance of becoming elite defensemen as whoever is taken in the top 5.

Bouwmeester, Bogosian, Hedman, Philips, Gudbranson, Hickey, Alzner, Erik Johnson. Would you spend another lottery pick to get any of these guys? If the answer is yes, then I would like to sell you my used Toyota Yaris for the sweet low price of 50,000 dollars.

How about putting together a package with the #1 overall for Shea Weber from Nashville?

If the rumors of the team being cash strapped are true, as well as his family ties to Edmonton, I would not mind seeing the team make a play for him via a "sign and trade" deal. The Oilers have more than enough cap space to over pay him if needed, and by doing a trade it would avoid the loss of several first round picks.

I would have no problem trading the #1 pick, LA's pick, one or two of Gagner/Cogs/OMarra/VandeVelde/Harski (I would hate to do this, but he probably has decent value right now) and a d-prospect or two from the farm to Nashville for Shea Webber with a contract signed in Nashville that the Oilers agreed to. Would it be an overpay? Definitely. However, that would give the Oilers a true stud d-man with another 5 - 7 years of prime performing years. He is also one of the "tweeners" at 26 that would bridge the gap between the youth movement and veteran players that the Oilers have not had since trading away Stoll and the others.

While Larsson may be a good to great d-man with time, it is not a given while we all know what Webber would bring to the table. The combo Whitney and Weber would give the Oilers a true top pairing that can play against any opposing top line, and Weber would be the big right handed shot on the point that the team could use. On the flip side, if the Preds think Larsson is another stud in the making (based on their organizational track record I would trust their judgement on this) they could take him as a replacement for Weber or draft RNH to add the offense they have always been missing.

The only downside is that it would leave the Oilers thin at the center position for another year and cost some depth forwards. That being said, he would fill the stud d-man hole on the team for several years to come.

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#60 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
April 14 2011, 09:28AM
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Oilcruzer wrote:

Thing about D men is they are so hard to project. Do you have a future Boris Mirinov, Chris Phillips, Wade Redden, or Nikki Lidstrom?

Larsson hype sounds so much like Hedman hype, and T B still don't know what they do or do not have with Victor, some three years later.

Larsson might be all that. But he just as easily might not.

Bird in hand on first overall. Get a Centre. It's a need and it's available.

The Headman example is probably the best.

Colorado knows they have a 1C in Duchene

NYI know they have a 1C in Tavares

TB has no idea if they have a 1D or a 3D in Headman.

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#61 Chris A
April 14 2011, 09:39AM
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RNH has 0 points in 4 games in the second round of WHL playoffs so far. Does everyone still think he is the BPA?

If his 2nd round choke continues and someone of the others near the top of the rankings tear it up in the remainder of their playoffs, then I think we'll see a change in expected #1...much to my relief.

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#62 mayorpoop
April 14 2011, 09:42AM
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Ca$h-Money! wrote:

Langenbruner

i would much rather find a way to fit smytty back into the back than langebruner.

would be nice to have a vet here who actually wants to be here for more than the cash money.

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#63 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
April 14 2011, 09:47AM
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forestscooter wrote:

I don't get the shea weber hype.. at least once a week i hear/read about how the oilers should try for him. I guess if they get a steal of a trade and a steal of a contract, sure maybe. But overpaying in a trade and overpaying on the contract, ridiculous.

He's a top 10 dman, arguably top 5.

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#64 forestscooter
April 14 2011, 10:00AM
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totally i understand how good weber is.. he's a great defenseman and it would be great to see him on the oilers, it just seems like the offers i hear/read are crazy.

if this were 2012 would i trade say a #10 pick + gagner (knowing rnh would be in the line-up) + prospect(s) for weber.. if he was signed at say, duncan keith money or a little more.. sure.

but every time i hear the name weber mentioned I hear trades/offer sheets that involve this years #1 overall pick, several first rounders, $8 million plus salaries.. in some combination.. that just seems crazy to me.

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#65 Quicksilver ballet
April 14 2011, 11:38AM
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OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F wrote:

It's also a joke you've got Omark in your "top 4"

Have him on the third line Obbie, 7-9 spots. Have you always struggled with math like this?

I can see why we get along so well Obbie, with me struggling to write a coherant sentence and you with your math issues, it's nice that we can help each other out like this eh?

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#66 TigerUnderGlass
April 14 2011, 11:44AM
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Ender wrote:

Quicksilver wrote:

only the top 4 forwards matter going forward Hall,Eberle,Paajarvi and Omark. If they're not in this top four the should be gutted from this team.

OB1 wrote:

You don't gut forward 5 - 13 You add players that can push guys down the depth chart and start cutting at 13.
Player 4 and 5 aren't expendable until we've added 8 superior players

Quicksilver, while I don't claim that OB1 is right about everything, he's certainly right about this. Your plan to build on the kids and throw everything not part of the H.O.P.E. caption out the window is just about the worst asset-management plan I've ever heard of.

Quicksilver wrote:

I promise you Obbie, it won't get any worse than last years epic achievements in the standings.

While I believe you when you say this, 'Silver, saying that your plan won't take us South of 30th place isn't exactly inspiring any great degree of confidence. Contriving to jettison tangible assets in the hopes of bringing potential future assets back . . . you sound like a guy that likes to lose a lot of money in the stock market. Let me know how that works out for you.

Obviously you haven't yet heard about the new 12 year plan.

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#67 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
April 14 2011, 11:53AM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

Have him on the third line Obbie, 7-9 spots. Have you always struggled with math like this?

I can see why we get along so well Obbie, with me struggling to write a coherant sentence and you with your math issues, it's nice that we can help each other out like this eh?

QSB says:

"only the top 4 forwards matter going forward Hall,Eberle,Paajarvi and *Omark*"

You've got him listed under your "forwards that matter" yet you run Gagner out of town. Rediculous.

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#68 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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#69 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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#70 Wax Man 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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#71 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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#72 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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#73 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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#74 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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#75 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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#76 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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#77 Cose16
April 13 2011, 08:30AM
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I like vandermeers game

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#78 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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#79 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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#80 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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#81 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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#82 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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#83 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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#84 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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#85 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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#86 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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#87 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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#88 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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#89 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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#90 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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#91 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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#92 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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#93 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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#94 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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#95 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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#96 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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#97 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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#98 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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#99 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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#100 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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