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Lowetide
April 16 2011 08:25AM

This week saw all kinds of news breaking around the 2011 Entry Draft. New Jersey won the lottery (Lou must have found the Crossroads shortly after Robert Johnson, buddy's had a horseshoe implanted since the 80's) and the Edmonton Oilers won too. The town team will select first overall. Or will they? 

One of the stories coming out of the draft lottery (Darren Dreger had the story April 13: here) is the Oilers willingness to hear offers for the first overall pick. This didn't happen a year ago, and implies that the Oilers may value one or more players at the same level. Tambellini mentioned there were 6 players of interest to his scouts and we can probably guess the six names and be pretty close (RNH, Larsson, Landeskog, Couturier, Huberdeau, Hamilton).

My best guess is that the Oilers like someone aside from RNH and Larsson just as much as those two players and feel the guy they like might slip a little. If they can acquire a valuable piece for the future while also acquiring their target player, doesn't that make sense?  

HOW THE HELL DO YOU KNOW?

I don't know, that's why I said "my guess" is that there's some disagreement about the number one player. When we look at each player's season in the clear light of day it's clear ALL of the top prospects this year have some things that both recommend them and suggest the Oilers may not look their way on the draft floor.

  1. Ryan Nugent Hopkins: Elite level passing ability and a ridiculous sixth sense in regard to the highest percentage opportunities, he's the one guy I can see the Oilers walking up to the podium and selecting number one overall. Why wouldn't they? RNH is not an elite level even strength player in the WHL, and his skill set is (somewhat) duplicated on the Oilers current roster. Other than that, all arrows point to him.
  2. Adam Larsson: When you're choosing first overall, it's generally viewed as being a wise decision to take an offensive force. Larsson isn't that player, and more than that there's a long list of evidence that suggests this player type has an extremely hard time covering the bet when selected in lottery territory. Jason Gregor wrote about the defense versus forwards discussion here.
  3. Gabriel Lansdeskog: Rugged winger with solid scoring skills is a perfect fit for the young Oilers. If they had the first three selections the club could address all of their needs but that's not going to happen and the argument against Landeskog is similar to the argument against Larsson: not enough offense for a franchise player.
  4. Sean Couturier: The argument for Couturier has to do with his boxcars (58gp, 36-60-96) and his size: 6.04, 195. The toughest thing for the Oilers organization at the draft table is to pass on this kid. Why? Anyone who has followed this organization for the last 20 years knows that a center with size has been sought after over and over again. Hell, Jason Arnott was drafted almost 20 years ago and he's still going. What if Couturer is Arnott? Would that be good enough? The downside is "what if he's Doug Wickenheiser?" and answering that question makes certain the Oilers scouts will be earning their keep this spring. Couturier had a hand in 38% of his team's offense (96 points for SC, 251 goals for Drummondville) despite missing 10 contests.
  5. Jonathan Huberdeau: This year's Tyler Seguin in that he's closing late and could end up going in the top 3. He's a 2-way talent who can play center or wing and has dynamic and obvious offensive skills. The downside is that he's not much bigger than RNH and he plays on a loaded Saint John's team. Five Sea Dogs scored more than 30 goals this season, and their 324 goals were 47 ahead of the second place team. How much of that offense is Huberdeau and how much of it is the residue of the other Sea Dogs? Huberdeau took part in 32% of his team's offense (105 points on a team that scored 324 goals).
  6. Dougie Hamilton: I think he's closing the gap on Larsson. Hamilton enjoyed an excellent regular season and appears to be going super nova (9gp, 3-11-14) in the post-season. Hamilton has size, mobility and can move the puck and impact the powerplay.

Nation Radio hits the airwaves today at noon. Scheduled to appear:

  1. Kirk Luedeke from Bruins Draft Watch. We'll talk about the American kids in the draft, the U18's going on right now and his opinions on the best player available at number one.
  2. Craig Button from NHL on the Fly and tsn: Button's mock draft after the lottery selection was a very interesting item and we'll discuss that and his family connection to the Central Scouting bureau.
  3. Guy Flaming from the Pipeline Show. Guy has a good handle on the NCAA kids and can talk to us about the youngest General Manager in hockey. He's probably younger than you!
  4. Matt Bugg from McKeen's and Dobber Hockey. We'll look at the top of the draft and go deep too. Bugg is a very astute follower of each year's entry draft.
  5. Cassie McLellan from Raw Charge dot com. We'll talk about the wisdom behind selecting Hedman before Kane and ask if taking a defenseman that high looks good a couple of years later.
  6. Tim Currell from Blackhawkup.com is making life miserable for Canucks fans. So we like him. :-)
  7. Gregg Drinnan from Taking Note! the best source for WHL news.

We won't be at the Pint today, but will be back next week and have some big items on the way and especially as we move toward the entry draft. You can email questions to nationradio@theteam1260.com and thanks for all the great questions.

NOTE: The OKC Barons game will be live on Team 1260 starting at 2pm today. Take your "pocket radio" with you and keep it on 1260.

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#1 speeds
April 16 2011, 02:48PM
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@Quicksilver ballet

I don't know what you were hoping to Gagner to be, but it's pretty early to give up on him. Development doesn't always go in a straight line - it's possible that Gagner has maxed out his potnetial already, but it's also possible he has another gear, or two, or more - at the same age Pavel Datysuk was a year from even leaving for NA, nevermind becoming the stunning player that he was this afternoon.

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#2 Wax Man Riley
April 17 2011, 12:21AM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

Time will tell, perhaps you're right. To me this is as good as it gets for #89. His progress looks like a sheet of glass from what i see.

I think the point is that time will tell. Believe me, we have seen Gagner for only 4 years. He is 21, which I figure means, at this stage in his development, he is an NHL player, in whatever limited capacity, he isn't going to the AHL. Agreed? Even if he doesn't develop any further, he will be in this league.

He has a very possible 14 years remaining in his career. That is over twice what he has already played.

I also think about myself at 21, and realize how good I could be at something now, if I did it everyday for the last 10 years. I would probably be pretty darned good.

Now, I don't see Gagner being an Oiler for 14 more years, But he has a lot of time to get better.

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#3 rickithebear
April 16 2011, 10:23AM
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@Quicksilver ballet

Here: is a simple points education: Not looking at zone shift or outscoring or other situational defining of ability.

Wonder what the 30th(bottom first) and 45th (top 2nd) ranked players for each position got.

LW 30th R. Smyth 47PT 45th R. Malone 38pt C 30th Jokinen 54pt 45th J. stoll 43pt RW 30th Samuelson 50pt 45th Bertuzzi 45pt

third line you have to get less than: You are 2nd line by points above this value. LW 29pt; C 37pt; RW 32pt

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#4 Crash
April 16 2011, 11:55AM
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@NateInVegas wrote:

I bet Florida wants RNH & Larsson to go #1,2..

Gudbranson, Kulikov, Ellerby...

Edmonton's in a position to get the player they want and add assets but we'll see what Tambellini's capable of. (still waiting)

Taylor Hall won't like sharing the spotlight with another 1st overall, better for the 2011 pick to know his role.

Easier to send the #2 pick back to the WHL than #1, and it gives the Oilers one more year to make a decision with Gagner.

You obviously haven't learned a thing about Taylor Hall...

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#5 They're $hittie
April 16 2011, 02:09PM
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Why does everyone assuming that if we draft a center with our first pick that they are instantly the first line center.

If we do draft a center, yes maybe gagner is up for grabs, but not for one or two more years.

You guys are delusional if you think RNH is a fully productive offensive and defesnive capable center in the nhl next yeat.

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#6 Dan the Man
April 16 2011, 05:47PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

Time will tell, perhaps you're right. To me this is as good as it gets for #89. His progress looks like a sheet of glass from what i see.

What percentage of NHLers do you think peak at the age of 21?

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#7 gusher
April 16 2011, 07:14PM
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I don't understand this talk about trading Gagner. Amongst the 2007 draft class, only Kane has scored more than Gagner in the NHL. For $2.275 a year who do you really expect to get back?

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#8 JohnQPublic
April 17 2011, 01:22PM
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I feel the Oil are going to trade down and try to come away with 4 picks in the top 31 - # 4, #9, #19, #31.

This will be the last year of hard core rebuilding. After this, it's seasoning of prospects.

It's a gut feeling.

There's a trade brewing this summer for prospects/picks - Gagner, Cogliano, or Hemsky will move.

RNH's 2 assists in 5 playoff games against The Hat doesn't bode well for a number one overall pick. Larsson's lack of offence for #2 doesn't cut it, and Landeskog will be sacrificed due to the trade down.

My best guess.

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#9 hoil
April 18 2011, 11:35AM
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math snapper wrote:

It was a clause, therefore I don't need one.

didn't need one

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#10 Peterborough
April 16 2011, 08:36AM
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Keep the FIST!

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#11 michael
April 16 2011, 09:08AM
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Sounds like a fully loaded show. I 'll be listening. As far as listening to offers for the first pick.Lets say Ottawa comes calling. Lets say the Oilers are thinking about picking Strome or Courtier. Will they be there at 6? Tough to say. If I thought either one would be there at 6 I could live with a deal that saw Ottawa and Edmonton flip picks. But here's what I would ask in return. I would want Nashvilles # 1 pick that they traded to Ottawa in the Fisher deal. 2-1. Which then would give us the 6th, and perhaps the 15th and 16th picks in the first round of the draft. 3 picks in a draft that everyone says is pretty even from the top down? Add a Courtier or a Strome, along with a McNeil and a big Dman and it would look pretty good to most Oiler fans.

I think Ottawa needs to rid itself of the ghosts of this past season. They need to make a splash. They need to give the fans in Ottawa a bone. The faithful there have been beat up and dragged through the mud this past year. Giving up that Nashville pick for a shot at the number 1 pick overall would go along way to placate the mob. Bryan Murray got a 3 year extension last week. He needs to prove that that descision was not the wrong one. The ownership have put the future of the franchise in his hands. By making a bold move he sends a message to the fans and the ownership that the Senators are moving forward.

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#12 James
April 16 2011, 09:10AM
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How do I get the Nation Radio broadcasts onto my itouch? Without the little podcast link I'm hopeless.

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#13 Quicksilver ballet
April 16 2011, 09:11AM
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buttermilk buscuits wrote:

I see move down a spot, draft Landeskog, and somehow get the number four pick and draft Hamilton...done.

That leaves us with Horcoff,Gagner,Cogliano,Brule and Fraser down the middle.....there isn't a first or second line center in the bunch.

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#14 Rich
April 16 2011, 10:22AM
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Could the Oilers trade their #1 pick and 19th pick to Colorado for the #2 pick and #11. And if Edmonton wanted to move up they could trade their #11 from Colorado and the 31st for a couple picks higher.

Wishful thinking

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#15 Dave Woodley
April 16 2011, 10:35AM
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How about the #1 pick and Cogliano to the Devils for the #4 overall and Zajac?

Relieves the Devils cap issues (they can choose RNH as a replacement), the Oil get their #1 center, and then draft Hamilton with the #4 pick.

They still have the option of upgrading the Kings pick by trading it with a roster player.

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#16 Quicksilver ballet
April 16 2011, 10:48AM
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OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F wrote:

Please review success ratio drafting 7-8 before making anymore comments on the subject.

I'll take my chances that Couturier or Strome work out better than Gagner or our fragile Hemsky have.

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#17 Crash
April 16 2011, 12:45PM
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OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F wrote:

Hey I'm a huge Hemsky fan and if I was confident he could stay healthy then I'd gladly give him an 8 year contract.

I'm just not convinced he'll play more then 1-2 full seasons the rest of his career and IMO it's too much risk going long term in that situation.

I hear what you are saying but Hemsky and a #31 for a #8? How will it look or how will you feel if Hemsky puts his 2 yrs of serious injuries behind him and holds form for another 5 yrs?

I understand the risk, but isn't it just as big of a risk or maybe even bigger making that trade for a #8 overall?

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#18 kgo
April 16 2011, 02:06PM
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Hemsky will stay if we offer him a longterm no movement deal, i'm guessing 5 years at 3mil per

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#19 Craig1981
April 16 2011, 02:08PM
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kgo wrote:

Hemsky will stay if we offer him a longterm no movement deal, i'm guessing 5 years at 3mil per

Please tell me your jokeing and that you don't actually believe that could happen

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#20 They're $hittie
April 16 2011, 05:36PM
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LOL, its funny how every topic on oilersnation turns into whether or not Gagner should be trade. I wish i was reading in his rookie year.

How many more people would be willing to wait if we didnt get taylor hall this year.

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#21 Team Stu
April 16 2011, 08:05PM
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Well, I'm sure glad its not me picking this draft. Talk about pressure. No clear-cut #1 pick. I have this sick feeling that Couturier is still the best guy in the draft. Scouts just got ansy on him. He had consistent points, and size. Stu will get the right guy though. The worry about RNH is that most of his points came on the PP. What happens if he only gets limited PP time this year? Couturier, Strome, Huberdeau, RNH all put up about the same points per game this past year. The only difference is that Couturier did it 2 years in a row. That's pedigree. That's what separated Hall from Seguin.

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#22 Rogue
April 16 2011, 09:58PM
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Craig1981 wrote:

I know Hemsky has been hurt and only played 72 games the last 2 years, but don't forget Patrice Bergeron had 2 seans he played only 74 games, Malkin has played less then 70 games a season the last 2 years. and even Paul Kariya did loss many man games, but yet would have 3-5 year streaks he hardly missed a game and put up 80+ points. There aren't many 80+ players out there.

Can we afford to keep Hemmer for 3-5 years if he is only playing 60 games? And how many times has he scored 80+ points? I like Hemmer but reality has to kick in sometime. Just like everyone who says we should keep Cogs and Brule and Reddox, how will this team improve with the same small soft forwards unless we begin to thin them out?

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#23 Matt Henderson
April 17 2011, 10:23AM
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@rickithebear

You are aware that Daigle had higher goal and point totals than Taylor Hall, right? Does that mean Hall will be a bust too?

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#24 Matt Henderson
April 17 2011, 02:00PM
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tyler wrote:

you guys that compare hall todaigles season and other busts are nuts hall had 22 goals in 65 games and was just starting to get comfortable theirs a good chance he wouldve got 30. Dont worry about hall being a bust he loves playing the game to much

The whole point of my comment was to point out how flawed comparing Daigle to RNH would be by comparing Daigle to Hall.

Fail

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#25 Oilcruzer
April 18 2011, 09:02AM
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Please flip to next page

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#26 hoil
April 18 2011, 10:11AM
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For SC, RNH & Huberdeau I did a quick scoring percentage analysis by using the teams overall scoring per game and their individual ppg.

example: RNH: 106 pts in 69 games = 1.54 ppg Red Deer: 268 goals in 72 games = 3.72 gpg

1.54/3.72 = 0.41 of goals per game involve RNH

Obviously this does not take into account actual scoring with and without these players in the line-up, that would take more research than I have time for.

Results:

1) SC: 0.45 2) RNH: 0.41 3) JH: 0.32

A quick look at the season scoring leaders in each league will reveal that RNH did it more on his own than the other two, but the stat does look good for SC regardless.

It may or not be related that Red Deers GAA was 1/2 goal less than the next closest team in the WHL or SC's team in the Q, as we are talking scoring here. It is related that SC & JH had a lot more help than RNH did. The Sea Dogs were a force in the Q and Drummondville had a linemate with SC with an equal number of points. Not sure how the those factors get corrected in NHLEs.

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#27 Jimmer
April 16 2011, 08:38AM
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@ Lowetide

With only two legit Top 4 d-men on the roster (Whitney and Gilbert) how do the Oilers not take Larsson? Don't they have a better chance of fixing their centre issue via trade than trying to fill two holes in our top 4 defensive core?

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#28 Spin2WinLenny
April 16 2011, 08:39AM
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The article you referenced on the Oilers accepting offers for the first overall pick is from last year. It says they could target Florida for their first rounder and Nathan Horton.

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#29 Quicksilver ballet
April 16 2011, 08:49AM
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The Oilers need NuHo and Strome or Couturier this summer. Maybe Gagner or Hemsky and the 31st gets us that pick from Columbus, i'd even take Commodore back. If we do find a partner to help us move up into the top 7-8 it makes it easier to gamble and take RNH No.1 overall.

That Devils pick at No. 4 is a unique opportunity as well. With the Devils right up against the cap maybe flip that 4 for 16 for a prospect and take some salary off their hands.

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#32 buttermilk buscuits
April 16 2011, 08:58AM
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I see move down a spot, draft Landeskog, and somehow get the number four pick and draft Hamilton...done.

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#33 They're $hittie
April 16 2011, 09:28AM
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These evaluations of these players seem fairly similar to the ones i posted as a comment on yesterdays article. However I tended to highlight the negatives of each player.

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#34 Woogie
April 16 2011, 09:48AM
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http://www.edmontonjournal.com/mobile/iphone/news/top-stories/Dustin+Penner+starts+playoffs+Kings+fourth+line/4625050/story.html

Ouch if you are LA

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#35 MarkH
April 16 2011, 10:01AM
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I really believe they actually have to, and are going to trade the pick. The best player available doesn't smoothly fit into the organizations depth chart... Especially after they have finally realized that high compete players that are below avg size and are willing to go to the dirty areas are most likely to ge hurt... Duh. Sound like the current roster much?

Horcoff is forever our 3rd line C (and he will be the best and most over paid at the position in the NHL) which leaves holes at 1st, 2nd, and 4th. 4th liners are a dime a dozen, there is no clear franchise first line C in this years draft class, and lots of 2nd line C's in the draft. Problem is we have a crazy log jam at 2C (Gagner, Pitlick, Lander, etc) and we have lots of quality wingers.

Long story short, i believe the pick + assets will be moved for a 1C or 1D.

Or take Larssen and set the record for 3 first overall picks in a row.

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#36 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
April 16 2011, 10:05AM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

The Oilers need NuHo and Strome or Couturier this summer. Maybe Gagner or Hemsky and the 31st gets us that pick from Columbus, i'd even take Commodore back. If we do find a partner to help us move up into the top 7-8 it makes it easier to gamble and take RNH No.1 overall.

That Devils pick at No. 4 is a unique opportunity as well. With the Devils right up against the cap maybe flip that 4 for 16 for a prospect and take some salary off their hands.

Please review success ratio drafting 7-8 before making anymore comments on the subject.

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#37 oilersrule05
April 16 2011, 10:10AM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

That leaves us with Horcoff,Gagner,Cogliano,Brule and Fraser down the middle.....there isn't a first or second line center in the bunch.

I don't agree as both horcs and gagner are good second liners. I'll agree on not having a true first line centre.I wouldn't mind trading down if obtained another first rounder.after its all said and done 2 top ten pics could fill some holes. That said in Stu we trust.

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#38 Dodd
April 16 2011, 10:10AM
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Jimmer wrote:

@ Lowetide

With only two legit Top 4 d-men on the roster (Whitney and Gilbert) how do the Oilers not take Larsson? Don't they have a better chance of fixing their centre issue via trade than trying to fill two holes in our top 4 defensive core?

In Gregor's article he makes it pretty plain that D men are often a bust, and there's no guarantee of making the big show. Of course this could be said of anyone, but forwards in the top 10 are a better bet.

I say Couterier. We need his size. We need a strong center. Done. Trade for a couple D men.

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#39 madjam
April 16 2011, 10:37AM
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Keep our first pick , and try and move down with L.A.'s pick and a smallish incumbent forward . Maybe even our 31st pick if it means top 5 or 6th depending on whose available at that time . Can a scenario be found to rid team of Khabby and or Souray with little to no damage ? If there be any movement , we'd have to be sure what other top 5 and six clubs are taking and that order . What is best deal with Colorado that we might hope for ? I know i'm not sold on smallish defenceman Lilies .I'm leaning to have some space to try and get Musil later in the first round if possible as a priority .

Moving up will be costlier than most of us think . The other clubs would rather move down as well , and are unlikely to give much in return to do so , seeing as their appears to be no clear consensus or franchise player like a Crosby , etc..

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#40 madjam
April 16 2011, 10:44AM
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I doubt Devils would go for that , as i doubt they put much value in Cogs .

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#41 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
April 16 2011, 11:02AM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

I'll take my chances that Couturier or Strome work out better than Gagner or our fragile Hemsky have.

Which is basically the equivalent of cashing in your pension for lottery tickets.

Solid strategy.

(I would do the Hemsky deal though)

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#42 @NateInVegas
April 16 2011, 11:03AM
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I bet Florida wants RNH & Larsson to go #1,2..

Gudbranson, Kulikov, Ellerby...

Edmonton's in a position to get the player they want and add assets but we'll see what Tambellini's capable of. (still waiting)

Taylor Hall won't like sharing the spotlight with another 1st overall, better for the 2011 pick to know his role.

Easier to send the #2 pick back to the WHL than #1, and it gives the Oilers one more year to make a decision with Gagner.

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#43 Wes Mantooth
April 16 2011, 11:34AM
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Maybe you all can help me figure this out I think the best thing the Oilers should do is draft or trade for needs, we badly need a center that is almost unanimous from what I read and hear. I don’t care about size as it makes little difference if the players got talent. I do care about BPP, if that’s RNH, Couturier or Strome, Huberdeau I don’t really know, as I have only seen RNH play, and he looked impressive. (sorry I seen SC at the WJC and did not look bad) I do know that Horcoff is a third line center and not a true top 2, and if the do sign Lander I’m guessing he’s a 4th or OKC bound. Does that not leave Cogliano or Gagner available? I completely agree with Gregor in the fact that we should not draft a defensemen but trade for one, but who’s out there that’s potential top 4 and available? (If your Nashville you do not trade Weber as some have suggested) What do the Oilers give up to attain a top 4 D player? Can or should the Oilers retain the 1st overall pick and try and trade up to the top 5 for a potential top 2 centers? Or a 1st line center and defensemen? Possibly Landeskog? I do know the Oilers need 2 top centers and 2 top D-man and a good goalie to be competitive team, can we not obtain these this summer? Or do they want a top 5 pick again next year?

I’m so confused!

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#44 Rondo
April 16 2011, 11:44AM
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Edmonton would like Dougie Hamilton and and Sean Couturier in the draft. I don't know how they are going to work it.

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#45 Nathan
April 16 2011, 11:52AM
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@ Lowetide.

If you are arguing from a Larsson supporter's view, what kind of things would you be saying to boost the idea of drafting Larsson over RNH? Because I'm mostly reading about taking the offensive power, taking forwards over defensemen so early in the draft, etc., which is legit. But I"m wondering what kind of arguments you could make for taking Larsson over RNH.

Thanks!

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#46 Marc
April 16 2011, 11:52AM
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LT

Ottawa may be the team to watch. They want to move up:

http://www.ottawasun.com/sports/hockey/2011/04/12/17973431.html

They have Nashville's first round pick and three second rounders, plus a bunch of good young D in the system.

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#47 Crash
April 16 2011, 12:00PM
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Dave Woodley wrote:

How about the #1 pick and Cogliano to the Devils for the #4 overall and Zajac?

Relieves the Devils cap issues (they can choose RNH as a replacement), the Oil get their #1 center, and then draft Hamilton with the #4 pick.

They still have the option of upgrading the Kings pick by trading it with a roster player.

Now here we finally have a good trade suggestion...this is an excellent idea. Jersey may even go for this. They get the #1 pick, plus more cap space to resign Parise.

The only worry would be if Zajac would resign here after his contract expires in 2 yrs.

Doesn't necessarily mean the Oilers would have to grab a d-man with the #4....but this is a solid idea.

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April 16 2011, 12:14PM
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OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F wrote:

Which is basically the equivalent of cashing in your pension for lottery tickets.

Solid strategy.

(I would do the Hemsky deal though)

Cmon OB1, I thought you were one of the guys who wanted the Oilers to add transition vets...now you're endorsing Q's get rid of Hemsky idea for the #8 overall plus throwing in #31? Unless Hemsky has indicated he is not interested in coming back, would we really want this?

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#49 speeds
April 16 2011, 12:17PM
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OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F wrote:

Which is basically the equivalent of cashing in your pension for lottery tickets.

Solid strategy.

(I would do the Hemsky deal though)

To be fair, w.r.t. Hemsky, it's more like you're trading a pension that (potentially?) expires in one year for a chance at a future cash flow.

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#50 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
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Crash wrote:

Cmon OB1, I thought you were one of the guys who wanted the Oilers to add transition vets...now you're endorsing Q's get rid of Hemsky idea for the #8 overall plus throwing in #31? Unless Hemsky has indicated he is not interested in coming back, would we really want this?

Hey I'm a huge Hemsky fan and if I was confident he could stay healthy then I'd gladly give him an 8 year contract.

I'm just not convinced he'll play more then 1-2 full seasons the rest of his career and IMO it's too much risk going long term in that situation.

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