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Lowetide
April 17 2011 09:39AM

Learning to play defense in the NHL must be a difficult process. It's certainly difficult to watch. In the 2000's, the Edmonton Oilers cut off their collective noses to spite their face: no AHL team (or a shared one) in order to save a dollar or two meant those valuable years between 20-23 were a dead zone for defensemen. With the new attention to detail throughout the organization, the OKC Barons are an important stop for future NHL defensemen. Well. How's it going so far?
 

JUST KEEP PILING ONE ON TOP OF ANOTHER

In the olden days--before free agency--NHL teams owned the rights of player's forever, or until they sold them to Oakland. However, the modern NHL team must be mindful of the UFA clock that is constantly ticking. Draft a defenseman at 18, sign him at 20 and then develop them in the AHL/ECHL until they're ready to face the NHL music. There are alternate routes: among current Oilers blue, both Tom Gilbert and Jeff Petry went the college route.

When we look forward to 2011-12 and beyond in regard to the Oilers defense, it's tempting to shoot the moon and talk about Adam Larsson. Elite level defensive talent, already playing in a strong league (SEL) and clearly available. History tells us that the pipeline from OKC will be extremely important for the Hall Oilers over the next several seasons.

A very good yard stick for development is how players are used in the post-season. Development is a key part of an AHL season, but come playoff time the desire to win hockey games means the best group available is likely to make the starting lineup. Here's how things have gone 2 games into the OKC Barons playoff series against Hamilton:

  1. Bryan Helmer (2gp, 1-0-1 +1): Legendary AHL star is playing heavy minutes and in all circumstances. At age 38 he's in the final stages of an exceptional minor league career but is clearly a leader on this team. His goal came at even strength, he's been on the ice for 2EV goals for and 1 against. He's also been on the ice for 2 powerplay goals against, so a good guess is that he's well over 20 minutes per night so far in the playoffs. 3 shots on goal.
  2. Jeff Petry (2gp, 0-0-0 E): It looks like he's getting a lot of playing time in all situations. Paired mostly with Helmer, I'd say they are the #1 EV pairing and likely the 1 or 2 PK group. Petry has been on for 2 EV goals (1 for and 1 against) and 2 powerplay goals against so far this playoff. Petry has 5 shots on goal to lead the D.
  3. Richard Petiot (2gp, 0-0-0 E): He's all over the scoresheet: 4pim's, 2 shots on goal and 2 ev goals (one for and one against) along with a PP goal against. A reasonable guess would be that he's close to leading the team in EV TOI and PK TOI but trailing overall because of Helmer's use in all situations. 1 shot on goal.
  4. Jake Taylor (2gp, 0-0-0 E): Paired with Petiot on the 2nd EV pairing (and 1 or 2 PK pairing), the veteran AHLer has been on the ice for 2 EV goals (1 for and 1 against and 2PP goals against. The Petiot-Taylor pairing is likely well over 20 minutes based on PK time alone (OKC has had a lot of PK time this series). 3 shots on goal.
  5. Kevin Montgomery (2gp, 0-0-0 E): I think he's probably a third pairing defender on this club based on the lack of activity when he's on the ice (1 ev goal for and 1 ev goal against) but that's a guess. Either way, he's ahead of a couple of the prospects based on the fact that he's been in both games of the series. 2 shots on goal.
  6. Alex Plante (1gp, 0-0-0 -1): We know from reports out of OKC that Plante's one game came paired with Jeff Petry, so I imagine he was over 20 minutes for that game. He was on the ice at 9:43 of the first period game 1 when Hamilton scored and was also on the ice for a PP goal against. I have him slotted here because the coaching staff saw fit to HS him in game 2; he might be higher on the list during the regular year but coach Nelson is looking for consistency so that's a tell. 2 shots on goal.
  7. Colten Teubert (1gp, 0-0-0 E): HS to start the series which suggests on that night he was the 7th best option. Suspect he's going to spend all of next season in OKC based on how he's faded since a nice start after the deadline. 2 shots on goal.

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

Only one of the Oiler prospects is being trusted so far in the post-season, and when push came to shove Plante and Teubert were odd men out. It's no big deal for Teubert in my opinion, he's the least experienced of the group in terms of pro experience.

But for Plante? Having Montgomery slotted ahead of him should be a concern. I don't know exactly which chair in the photo above that Plante represents, but it's not a good chair. Not a good chair at all.

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#1 gcw_rocks
April 17 2011, 10:44AM
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I was at the game yesterday, 6th row near the Barons bench. I took my two daughters (3 and 8) and so I got to watch about half the game. That said, I thought I would share a few observations.

- Nelson was learning heavily on his veteran d-men. - Interesting to watch Teubert getting PK time with Helmer after missing Game 1. The coach showed a lot of faith in him, from what I could see. Frankly, I felt the coach was showing him more faith than Petry. He had Tuebert out with Helmer and with Petry - On Tuebert, the guy has something few of the current Oilers have – a mean streak. You could see it in his face at times. That could be one scary dude. I hope this guy has the skills to make the Oilers in the next year or two. - Something was going on with Petry. The vet d-men kept talking to him as he came of the ice, like they were trying to keep his confidence up. - I didn't know who the six d-man was the Baron's dressed until I read this article, meaning Montgomery either wasn't used much or didn't do much (or both). I mean, it was odd, we were on the Barons blueline for 2 periods and I remember thinking after the game, "who the hell was the 6th d-man?"

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#2 Tha Legion
April 17 2011, 09:40AM
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Plante used to be my favorite prospect, oh how the mighty have fallen..

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#3 Matt Henderson
April 17 2011, 10:33AM
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It's gonna take time for those guys. Even Petry has taken a relatively long time to develop considering he went the NCAA route. Defensive defensemen, IMO, take forever to become reliable.

I'm interested in seeing how the Oil handle this Barons blue line next year with the possibility of Marincin coming up and the obvious need to play him, Teubert, and Plante for development reasons. Petry is all but a lock to play with the big club full time, Helmer is looking at retirement, and Petiot is a FA (I think, correct me if I'm wrong). There should be some big holes to fill.

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#5 Jonathan Willis
April 17 2011, 12:42PM
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Again, on Plante: the guy was a consensus first-rounder, just a bit of a reach at 15.

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#6 JohnQPublic
April 17 2011, 12:55PM
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Nice article. The method of determining the development of a player based on playoff usage is simple and revealing.

Unless there is an injury/sickness issue, it reveals a lot of the prospects development.

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#7 Krusher
April 17 2011, 01:16PM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

Again, on Plante: the guy was a consensus first-rounder, just a bit of a reach at 15.

You're right, it's not like a team was picking some kid named Jesse Niinimaki that early. Oops.......

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#8 Matt Henderson
April 17 2011, 03:04PM
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@a lg dubl dubl

He reminds me a lot of Semin, just with 30 less goals a year.

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#9 Matt Henderson
April 18 2011, 10:33AM
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@madjam

wrote a big response. it was eaten by the interwebs.

just know that I'm shaking my head at you in disappointment yet again.

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#10 Reality Check to the head
April 17 2011, 09:46AM
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When Plante was drafted, everyone wondered why the Oilers were picking him in the 1st round. I guess we see the doubters were right.

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#11 stevezie
April 17 2011, 09:57AM
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As a doubting naysayer, I would like to point out to everyone how incredibly smart I am, because it's very smart to figure out who won't make it.

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#12 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
April 17 2011, 10:23AM
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Pretty ugly list of defensive prospects when the only guys (outside of one) playing regularly in the AHL are journeymen.

Lets hope Marcin is far better then Plant and Tuebert.

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#13 edmontoncritic - BRoadwAY
April 17 2011, 10:36AM
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Just goes to show that when you go off the board in the draft (Plante and Teubert for LA) it rarely works out. At least the oil managed to turn Nash into Marincin from the draft yr.

The future still looks good though. Look how long oiler fans waited for Teddy Peckman. Teubert is in the same mold and should be expected to be a 4/5 guy I hope. To me, if Plante is a Cory Cross type where he's your 7th D-man(if he gets decent) thats ok. Marincin really needs to be in the bottom 4 at minimum if the oil don't take Larsson.

Kinda tough to see the seguin-esque playoff shutout vs medicine hat for RNH. He had 2 pts I think but that team needed more from him. Anyone watch the series?? Was it a 5 on 1 whenever he was on the ice or was he just not playing well?

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#14 Oilers G- Nations Poet Laureate
April 17 2011, 10:52AM
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Matt Henderson wrote:

It's gonna take time for those guys. Even Petry has taken a relatively long time to develop considering he went the NCAA route. Defensive defensemen, IMO, take forever to become reliable.

I'm interested in seeing how the Oil handle this Barons blue line next year with the possibility of Marincin coming up and the obvious need to play him, Teubert, and Plante for development reasons. Petry is all but a lock to play with the big club full time, Helmer is looking at retirement, and Petiot is a FA (I think, correct me if I'm wrong). There should be some big holes to fill.

So Arch, are you sayin that we should draft the D-Man? It's too bad we dont have another top-5 pick, so we could take RNH AND Larsson

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#15 Matt Henderson
April 17 2011, 11:44AM
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Oilers G- Nations Poet Laureate wrote:

So Arch, are you sayin that we should draft the D-Man? It's too bad we dont have another top-5 pick, so we could take RNH AND Larsson

I will never suggest the Oilers should take a defenseman with a lotto pick unless the kid is unquestionably better than the next available forward.

Larsson is not heads and tails better than RNH, so my instincts tell me to go with the F. Rebuilding the D through the draft takes longer because it's more likely for Dmen to play all their years of Juniour eligibility and then put time in through the AHL. I would rather suggest that the Oil take RNH first then spend their next two picks taking defensemen, or combine the two picks and move up if possible.

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#16 The Beaker
April 17 2011, 11:52AM
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Is there a reason Chorney isnt playing? Is it because of some regulation about NHL games played or something or are they electing to sit him?

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#17 Halfwise
April 17 2011, 11:59AM
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Montgomery was run face first into the boards in the first period. No penalty. He did not return. Byers kept mentioning it on the broadcast for the rest of the game.

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#18 Quicksilver ballet
April 17 2011, 12:00PM
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I would've liked to have seen Tuebert up here for a couple weeks during that six week death march to seasons end. Colten may be the type of player that plays to the level of his competition. It looks to me as though he doesn't need to push himself in the AHL. Throw this kid into the deep end of the pool and we may be pleasantly surprised.

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#19 Skidplate
April 17 2011, 12:04PM
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Montgomery got hit and apparently injured in the 1st period. With all the penalties going the Oil Baron way, it sounded likethe hit should have been a penalty against the Bulldogs.

I listened to 1260 for about 5 hours yesterday at work. Excellent radio people excellent.

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#20 Brandon
April 17 2011, 12:04PM
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edmontoncritic - BRoadwAY wrote:

Just goes to show that when you go off the board in the draft (Plante and Teubert for LA) it rarely works out. At least the oil managed to turn Nash into Marincin from the draft yr.

The future still looks good though. Look how long oiler fans waited for Teddy Peckman. Teubert is in the same mold and should be expected to be a 4/5 guy I hope. To me, if Plante is a Cory Cross type where he's your 7th D-man(if he gets decent) thats ok. Marincin really needs to be in the bottom 4 at minimum if the oil don't take Larsson.

Kinda tough to see the seguin-esque playoff shutout vs medicine hat for RNH. He had 2 pts I think but that team needed more from him. Anyone watch the series?? Was it a 5 on 1 whenever he was on the ice or was he just not playing well?

I watched the series and RNH got off to a bit of a slow start in the series but really picked it up the last 3 games. Part of the reason he was held pointless was because our 5th rounder from last draft(Bunz) wasn't letting anything get past him.

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#21 Bicepus Maximus - Huge fan boy!
April 17 2011, 12:41PM
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Brandon wrote:

I watched the series and RNH got off to a bit of a slow start in the series but really picked it up the last 3 games. Part of the reason he was held pointless was because our 5th rounder from last draft(Bunz) wasn't letting anything get past him.

I watched the last three games online. You're right, Bunz was playing lights out, even last night.

One thing I noticed with the Nuge is he can carry the puck through neutral ice as well as anyone - it really shows his vision, hands, and speed. The problem was that his D couldn't really get him the puck breaking out. The Tigers' game plan against the Rebels had a lot to do with that.

The Nuge is clearly not as effective on the boards and in the corners, that's why most of his production comes on the PP and off the rush - remember the sweet assist he had in the Top Prospects game on a two on one? So to me, his game really relies on puck possession, and will benefit from a solid system and good players. He's not a one man show by any stretch of the imagination.

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#22 Biowolf
April 17 2011, 01:18PM
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If RNH requires a solid system and good players then Edmonton is the wrong place for him.

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#23 Brokenlathe
April 17 2011, 01:55PM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

Again, on Plante: the guy was a consensus first-rounder, just a bit of a reach at 15.

I'm sure he was a consensus late second round pick I remember watching that draft and the tsn guys talking about how much of a stretch he was a 15

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#24 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
April 17 2011, 02:04PM
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Brokenlathe wrote:

I'm sure he was a consensus late second round pick I remember watching that draft and the tsn guys talking about how much of a stretch he was a 15

ISS had him at 28th, Redline had him 14th and I think CSS had him at 30.

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#26 Tha Legion
April 17 2011, 02:35PM
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Gonna toss a thought that just popped into my head you guys's way

LA's 1st

for

Emerson Etem

works no?

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#27 Quicksilver ballet
April 17 2011, 02:36PM
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Philip-Micheal Devos, 20 yr old leading the Q in scoring. Wasn't drafted. 5"11" 188lbs. Have to think there will be some interest in him this summer. Anyone know much about him, late bloomer?

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#28 Bicepus Maximus - Huge fan boy!
April 17 2011, 02:51PM
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Biowolf wrote:

If RNH requires a solid system and good players then Edmonton is the wrong place for him.

Any player will benefit from a good system and teammates. I'm saying he'll benefit even more, as will that team.

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#29 a lg dubl dubl
April 17 2011, 03:00PM
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is it just me or does Omark kinda remind you of Alex Semin, i just hope Omark does fight like Semin lol

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#30 a lg dubl dubl
April 17 2011, 03:10PM
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@Matt Henderson

yea that is true but with 5 goals and 22 assists in 51 games thats not to bad considering what the team went through this season. I could see Omark getting closer to the 30 goal mark within a couple years

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#31 Matt Henderson
April 17 2011, 03:15PM
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@a lg dubl dubl

I wish him the best in his quest for 30 as an Oiler, but I don't see it. His production is suspect but I love his tenacity with the puck against the boards. I definitely expect him to score more, but 30 is a pretty big number in the NHL.

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#32 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
April 17 2011, 03:30PM
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a lg dubl dubl wrote:

yea that is true but with 5 goals and 22 assists in 51 games thats not to bad considering what the team went through this season. I could see Omark getting closer to the 30 goal mark within a couple years

Just to put things in context here. Their were 29 guys to pot 30 this year.

I guess it's possible for Omark to get there, but I think he should worry about getting to double digits first.

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#33 Team Stu
April 17 2011, 03:46PM
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I think Prendergast was about an average head scout, all in all. Some hits, some misses. Hits: Hemsky, Petry, Peckham, Greene, Stoll. Misses: just about everything else.

I think had the Oilers not hired a head scout at all, and just went with the ISS rankings alone, they would have done just as well as with Prendergast there. The guy thought he was smarter than the ISS rankings, and well, he usually wasnt. Truth be told, Plante should have gone #28 after all. Doi!

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#34 Robin Brownlee
April 17 2011, 03:48PM
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@a lg dubl dubl

Yes, 17 goals would be closer to 30 than five is.

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#35 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
April 17 2011, 03:49PM
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Team Stu wrote:

I think Prendergast was about an average head scout, all in all. Some hits, some misses. Hits: Hemsky, Petry, Peckham, Greene, Stoll. Misses: just about everything else.

I think had the Oilers not hired a head scout at all, and just went with the ISS rankings alone, they would have done just as well as with Prendergast there. The guy thought he was smarter than the ISS rankings, and well, he usually wasnt. Truth be told, Plante should have gone #28 after all. Doi!

He did seem to do alot better in rounds 2 and three then round 1.

.... actually, without doing any digging and just looking at the names you posted I'd bet he had a fantastic success rate in rounds 2 and 3 compared to other teams.

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#37 Oilersphan14
April 17 2011, 04:18PM
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Hi, I am wondering if anyone has heard of any Oiler year-end awards. I haven't seen anything on their website or in the two local papers. Usually, they hand out their year-end awards before the last home game but I didn't hear anything. Just curious.

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#38 jake
April 17 2011, 04:26PM
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Oilersphan14 wrote:

Hi, I am wondering if anyone has heard of any Oiler year-end awards. I haven't seen anything on their website or in the two local papers. Usually, they hand out their year-end awards before the last home game but I didn't hear anything. Just curious.

I think NK got MVP, or was that last year. Couldn't resist.

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#39 a lg dubl dubl
April 17 2011, 04:58PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

Yes, 17 goals would be closer to 30 than five is.

lol sure is

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#40 Sean17
April 17 2011, 06:00PM
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With all the articles and comments about not taking a lotto pick on a D-man, i wonder if the talk would be the same if we didn't get #1 last year and ending up with Cam Fowler? I would be happy with him! Sure it is early in grading this draft but, so far Hall, Skinner and Fowler are the leaders. With this article it is clear the Oilers do not have an offensive Dman in the system. So, do we trade down and take Larsson, Hamilton or Murphy? And out of those three who is a legit offensive Dman? Probably Murphy. Draft day should be interesting!

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#41 a lg dubl dubl
April 17 2011, 06:18PM
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@Sean17

yup draft day is almost as good as the start of the season, so much speculation hope and wonder(especially the last few yrs) should be another interesting day indeed.

Im hoping the Oil either take RNH or suprise the SH*T outta people and take Couturier with the #1, and then trade the LA pick packaged with a roster player for a NHL dman.

*wonders what it might take to get the rights to Shea Weber

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#42 Mike Modano's Dog
April 17 2011, 07:18PM
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@gcw_rocks

Hey thanks for the info from the game, up close & personal...good stuff!!!

I was listening to the game on the TEAM 1260 and the announcer said it looked like Kevin Montgomery had gotten real banged up. I don't know if he came back after that (didn't listen to the 3rd) but he didn't come back as long as I was tuned in.

(note to self: refresh page before responding next time.)

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#43 Oilcruzer
April 17 2011, 07:25PM
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Team Stu wrote:

I think Prendergast was about an average head scout, all in all. Some hits, some misses. Hits: Hemsky, Petry, Peckham, Greene, Stoll. Misses: just about everything else.

I think had the Oilers not hired a head scout at all, and just went with the ISS rankings alone, they would have done just as well as with Prendergast there. The guy thought he was smarter than the ISS rankings, and well, he usually wasnt. Truth be told, Plante should have gone #28 after all. Doi!

Well played.

If someone has some time... it would be interesting to see who the Top ISS ranked player was that was available for every Oiler pick during the first decade of 2000.

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#44 stevezie
April 17 2011, 09:14PM
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@Team Stu

I don't think you need to pay scouts to win in the first round.I think most people on this board could have a decent first round record just from reading McKenzie's list, I know I've been pretty good over the last four years (Turris dominated a 2nd tier league!) I think where scouts make their money if rounds 2-7, and signing undrafted players. Apparantly Pheonix really cut their scouting staff over the last year, I wonder how it's affecting them.

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#45 Quintana
April 17 2011, 09:20PM
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Biowolf wrote:

If RNH requires a solid system and good players then Edmonton is the wrong place for him.

For that reason Couturier is the one!!

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#46 buttermilk buscuits
April 17 2011, 09:21PM
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I so badly wanted the Oilers at last years draft to trade up to around 25 to get Emmerson Etem, but nope..just couldnt believe he slipped all the way to 28th..I am sure the Oilers couldve traded up, but I am just a fan, what do I know.. All I know is the guy is dominating in the playoffs, at least thats what his stats show..good luck to him in Cali

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#47 Robin Brownlee
April 17 2011, 09:45PM
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@Mike Modano's Dog

MMD: Thanks for coming up and introducing yourself at the car show today. It's nice to be able to put a face to a fake name.

You look far less canine in person than your handle suggests.

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#48 Death Metal Nightmare
April 18 2011, 06:42AM
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Lowetide wrote:

Alex Plante: #28 by ISS, #19 by Redline Report, #32 by tsn, #50 by McKeen's, #16 by the Hockey News.

couldnt they have just said to not draft him? they are talent geniuses after all.

did anyone actually watch the games or did you just look at the box score and judge from there?

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#49 madjam
April 18 2011, 09:48AM
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Oilers drafted their defenceman later in rounds with the exception of Plante whom became a bust by the looks of it . They were close to getting Alzner , but he went to fast . Face it ON our defence outlook would vastly improve if we took a blue chipper with our first pick . Many clubs are doing so and having resounding success taking them early ! Ours take a lot of time as they are not that high of prospects to begin with , and it shows make no mistake about it .

Our closest rivals for next years basement seat is Colorado and i think we will not be beating them next season if they pick off Larsson . Colorado will pick off a player that should be NHL ready for next season , while we will be picking someone who will not by the sounds of it . The gap between Oilers, Colorado and other clubs will just become even wider .

We are not going to be a contender for anything but the bottom again next season . Not a chance if we are not prepared to use our first pick for one of blue chippers ready to play in NHL next season .

This draft should be dedicated to picking 2-3 blue chip defensive propects . I find that avenue should insure we have a decent basis for a climbing season the year after , with Souray and Khabby off the books by that time with any luck . Larsson , moving down for another blue chip defensive prospect and being fortunate enough to also latch onto Musil with L.A.s pick or with any luck our 31st pick .If we finish last again next season , which appears likely anyways , their is that Dumbka kid that looks good for next season . Sounds to me like we are going to ensure our rebuild takes the most time Tams can muster and get away with to delay our recovery period by at least another year by taking RNHopkins . Thats not to diminish the value of Hopkins making the NHL down the line .

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#50 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
April 18 2011, 10:41AM
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Matt Henderson wrote:

wrote a big response. it was eaten by the interwebs.

just know that I'm shaking my head at you in disappointment yet again.

Propping this just isn't enough.

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