FTHM IV: JONATHAN HUBERDEAU

Robin Brownlee
May 05 2011 01:35PM

Jonathan Huberdeau can play centre or wing and he's billed by amateur scouts as being a mix of grit and skill. He's also been hotter than a 3$ pistol with the Saint John Sea Dogs in the QMJHL playoffs. Think the Edmonton Oilers might want and need a player like that?

The question is, does Huberdeau grade out and project as a prospect worthy of the No. 1 pick at the NHL Entry Draft in Minnesota June 24-25? Can Huberdeau make a case for being the top pick with a strong playoff performance in the same way Taylor Hall cemented his place as the top dog a year ago?

I talked with Edmonton's chief scout Stu MacGregor about Huberdeau and got his assessment of the Saint John forward. I've added items and comments from Central Scouting Service, courtesy of NHL.com, although there are other scouting services, such as ISS, that can be referenced for more rankings and comments on Huberdeau.

I did likewise for Gabriel Landeskog Wednesday and will do the same for Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Sean Couturier, the top-rated remaining North American skaters, as well as Adam Larsson, the top-rated skater among European players, in coming days.

THE SKINNY FROM CSS

Jonathan Huberdeau

North American Skater

Saint John, QMJHL

Final Rank: 3 Midterm Rank: 4

Position: Center Shoots: Left

Height: 6' 1" Weight: 170

Born: June 4, 1993 Hometown: Laval, QC

Born in: Saint-Jerome, QC, CAN

NHL Central Scouting's Chris Bordeleau

"He's the type of player who can change the outcome of a game suddenly and quickly. He has displayed unbelievably quick hands and an ability to set up and score goals. He definitely has NHL hands and playmaking ability . . . he's also gritty and does not back down when challenged."

-- Huberdeau helped Saint John to a first round playoff sweep of Cape Breton, recording five goals and 12 points (5-7-12) in four games. During the regular season, the Sea Dogs tied the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League record for most wins in a season with 58 and went undefeated at home in regulation (32-0-1-1) to enter the 2011 playoffs as the top-seeded team in the QMJHL.

-- In 2010-11, he finished third in the QMJHL with 105 points (43-62--105) in 67 games and set new single-season club records for Saint John in points and assists. His plus-59 rating ranked first in the league.

MACGREGOR'S TAKE

Scouting Report: "He's got hockey sense, skill and vision."

Projection: "A very solid second-line player. It depends where he plays. He plays wing now, but he played centre when he first came into the league. What will he be in the NHL? He could be a centre."

Best Case Scenario: "He could be a first-line player."

Concerns: "He's only 170 pounds. He needs to get stronger to be able to take his game forward and be able to play in the areas that he likes to play in, which is in and around the net."

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#1 firemedic136
May 05 2011, 01:43PM
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Does anybody know how to get rush delivery to Edmonton on a shipment of Extenze?

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#2 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
May 05 2011, 01:43PM
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Sounds like a Gagner clone.

Over/under for QSB running him out of town if we draft him - 3 years ;)

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#3 peter
May 05 2011, 01:44PM
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Thnx Robin 4 all of your effort,This is great reading material.

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#4 Pilgor09
May 05 2011, 01:57PM
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@OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F

Gagner=Slow and soft.

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#5 Quicksilver ballet
May 05 2011, 01:57PM
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6'2" 205 within 2 yrs. 105 pts and almost as many penalty minutes to go with it.

Wrap him up, i'll take one of those Huberdeaus to go with the NuHo we already purchased please.

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#6 Peacecountry
May 05 2011, 02:01PM
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firemedic136 wrote:

Does anybody know how to get rush delivery to Edmonton on a shipment of Extenze?

Just Drive down the QEII. They have it stocked in all the drugstores and 7-11's in town. This weekend happens to be buy 2 get the 3rd one free.

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#7 @Oilanderp
May 05 2011, 02:04PM
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Yes yes but does he stir the drink?

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#8 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
May 05 2011, 02:16PM
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Pilgor09 wrote:

Gagner=Slow and soft.

We'll see how Gritty Huberdeau is against NHL'ers instead of OHL'ers.

And got fights against JJ, Jokenin and Kessler that say Gagner isn't that soft.

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#9 @Oilanderp
May 05 2011, 02:19PM
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OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F wrote:

We'll see how Gritty Huberdeau is against NHL'ers instead of OHL'ers.

And got fights against JJ, Jokenin and Kessler that say Gagner isn't that soft.

Worse: QMJHLers!

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#10 Pilgor09
May 05 2011, 02:21PM
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OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F wrote:

We'll see how Gritty Huberdeau is against NHL'ers instead of OHL'ers.

And got fights against JJ, Jokenin and Kessler that say Gagner isn't that soft.

Maybe Gagner isn't soft persay, but he is easily pushed off the puck and doesn't battle for the puck. But he will fistacuffs.

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#11 jr_christ
May 05 2011, 02:27PM
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Who knew hubby would make a name for himself? If a guy has lots of points and penalty minutes maybe size shouldn't matter as much at 18?

Just because a guy is big doesn't mean he can do much about it. Cotourier is a big guy - but he's slow and EXTREMELY soft (like penner).

I'd take a 170lb hard nosed son of a b*#*ch over a 200 lb susan...

gags is expendable because his puck control is WELL below average. Omark is smaller but good luck getting him off the puck. I'd keep Omark and bate Gagner by saying, "he's only 21!" (as if that matters)

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#12 @Oilanderp
May 05 2011, 02:31PM
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@jr_christ

How do you know Couturier is extremely soft? Have you seen him good, or know people who have? Do you surmise this from some sort of statistics? Links and/or more information please!

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#13 Pilgor09
May 05 2011, 02:34PM
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@jr_christ

You my friend, will get a prop and a cyber pat on the back.

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#14 Alf - Team NuHo 4 LIFE
May 05 2011, 02:34PM
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@Quicksilver ballet

BINGO BANG-O

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#15 jr_christ
May 05 2011, 02:35PM
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@Oilanderp wrote:

How do you know Couturier is extremely soft? Have you seen him good, or know people who have? Do you surmise this from some sort of statistics? Links and/or more information please!

Dude,

Didn't you watch ANY of the world juniors? He was a softie that was scared to death of the corners!

I don't need a professional TSN analyst to tell me that.

I guess you could say i have seen him good!

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#16 Wax Man Riley
May 05 2011, 02:55PM
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2nd line player with maybe a 1st line upper edge?

RNH please.... so far anyway.

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#17 Sox and Oil
May 05 2011, 03:01PM
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@jr_christ

SC's world juniors numbers 7gp 2goals 1assist playing on the third line with very little if any pp time. Playing against the very best junior players in the world.

What were RNH's, Huberdeau's and Strome's numbers for that tournament?

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#18 Bicepus Maximus - Huge fan boy!
May 05 2011, 03:02PM
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Robin, perhaps I'm ruining the surprise but now that it looks like you got Stu's take on where he projects these guys in the show; where does he project RNH?

Did I miss that in FTHM Part Deux?

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#19 Wax Man Riley
May 05 2011, 03:04PM
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He is also almost the same size as RNH. I know which one I would pick.

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#20 Dman09
May 05 2011, 03:14PM
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My feeling is the grit factor makes him a little more desirable than RNH. The Oilers have seen first hand what a team full of guys that don't have grit and determination looks like and I don't think they want to go back to that. Ideally in this draft, and I do hope they move possibly gags and cogs to move the LA pick up, that they draft a couple centers in the first round and then try to concentrate on D men in the second. I'm of the firm belief that you need to build from center out and I think there is enough evidence going around that it highly unlikely to get your top two centers in trades or free agency because everyone holds on to them and builds around them. And Vancouver could tell you that you can never have enough good defenseman in the works even if they take 3-6 years to get up to speed.

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#21 Archaeologuy
May 05 2011, 03:16PM
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@jr_christ

Ah yes, puck control. Omark might be a beast in the corners but it sure didnt help him accomplish a whole lot. How do Omark's 5 goals clearly make him a better weapon than Gagner?

He's only 21, and he's a better hockey player than Omark. Does that matter?

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#22 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
May 05 2011, 03:18PM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

Ah yes, puck control. Omark might be a beast in the corners but it sure didnt help him accomplish a whole lot. How do Omark's 5 goals clearly make him a better weapon than Gagner?

He's only 21, and he's a better hockey player than Omark. Does that matter?

No doubt, I always love when guys want to keep someone because of 1-2 attributes regardless of what the players have actually accomplished.

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#23 Dman09
May 05 2011, 03:25PM
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OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F wrote:

No doubt, I always love when guys want to keep someone because of 1-2 attributes regardless of what the players have actually accomplished.

I think in this case age might be irrelevant. Gagner has had a fair bit more time developing in the NHL than Omark and I think its only fair to say that we can't form any solid opinions. I do think however that with our current depth chart and possible prosepects coming into the organization that it is likely Gags, Cogs, and Brule are all expendable. At least that is they way I view it. I think there are a lot of other teams in the NHL that would benefit and would love to add these guys to their teams. I think they just need to be teamed up with accomplished Veterans and I don't see that happening for them in Edmonton at this time.

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#24 Sox and Oil
May 05 2011, 03:34PM
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@Dman09

'Gagner has had a fair bit more time developing in the NHL'

If I try to grow tomatoes in the closet with the light off whose fault is it when I can't make salsa?

Gagner's put up reasonable numbers playing in very unreasonable circumstances. So yes let's trade him and other assets to draft a player that may take years to become as good a player as Sam.

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#25 Clyde Frog
May 05 2011, 03:40PM
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Sam Gagner - #48 in centres scoring last season with 42 in only 68 games.

Drawing on comparasin saying the top 30 should represent "1st" line producing centres, our little Sammy is smack dab in the middle of 2nd line production on the worst team in the league at 21.

People who cry about him being soft or slow or anything else, please look at his production then look at the production afforded by 75% of the leagues second line centres and give your head a shake. The kid produces in line with the role we have given him.

Is he a walk off home run? Not yet, but he is in the middle of the pack production wise and has quite a few more years to hone his skills.

As for the assessments, I think we can see why things are so close right now. Although from the comments to date it definitely looks like they are given RNH the edge.

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#26 Bucknuck
May 05 2011, 03:41PM
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I was voting on the plays of the year on the oilers website, and I was struck a few times at how it was Gagner's hard work and hockey sense that made the goal being presented possible.

I would like to see the Oiler keep a guy like Gagner. He has drive, and he works hard, and he wants to be here... and he just keeps getting better.

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#27 Archaeologuy
May 05 2011, 03:42PM
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@Dman09

The way I see it, those 3 you mentioned are in DANGER of becoming expendable if/when the prospects pan out, and the order they will become expendable in is Brule, Cogliano, Gagner.

Here's my reasoning:

Brule is wildly incosistent, not an Oiler draft pick, and mostly plays the wing (a position the Oilers are strongest at). Additionally he cant stay healthy at all.

Cogliano is looking more and more like a 3-4 centre, but his faceoff prowess isnt good enough to be a real shutdown option as a Centre. He does though possess a tonne of speed, a little scoring pop, and plays 82 games a season.

Gagner is the highest producing Centre on the team, points-wise, but he is only producing like a #2. He has pedigree and the Oilers have invested several years bringing the kid along in the NHL. He doesnt possess blinding speed or a bulking frame, but the team doesnt have another centre ready to carry the weight offensively.

All three are in danger of one day very soon becoming expendable, but it requires a few entirely unproven players to establish themselves first.

That's my take on them.

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#28 mayorpoop
May 05 2011, 03:44PM
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Sox and Oil wrote:

'Gagner has had a fair bit more time developing in the NHL'

If I try to grow tomatoes in the closet with the light off whose fault is it when I can't make salsa?

Gagner's put up reasonable numbers playing in very unreasonable circumstances. So yes let's trade him and other assets to draft a player that may take years to become as good a player as Sam.

why anyone would try to grow tomatoes in the closet with the lights off is beyond me...i say it is time to stop hidding these tomatoes from being who they can really are....let them come out of the closet already....and SALSA!

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#29 thebiggestmanintheworld
May 05 2011, 03:53PM
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Not a chance Huburdeau goes #1. Imo, RNH and Couturier are the two we should look at if we pick a center first overall. Also, hijacking a thread with Omark v Gagner talk= weak sauce.

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#30 Wax Man Riley
May 05 2011, 04:03PM
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@Oilanderp wrote:

Yes yes but does he stir the drink?

Hey. Hey .... This kid IS The Drink!

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#31 mayorpoop
May 05 2011, 04:04PM
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thebiggestmanintheworld wrote:

Not a chance Huburdeau goes #1. Imo, RNH and Couturier are the two we should look at if we pick a center first overall. Also, hijacking a thread with Omark v Gagner talk= weak sauce.

not convinced SC is a better prospect than RNH.

i am gonna go out on a limb and say robin's atricle on SC will tell us just that.

rnh.

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#32 buttermilk buscuits
May 05 2011, 04:05PM
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First off Omark didnt play with the same offensive type players for most of the season that Gagner played with..and..Omark has only one season in the NHL compared to Gagners three.. They are two completely different types of players..but I would choose Omark if I had to choose one..his ability to control the play and have everyone in the rink caught staring is something else..

The Huberdeau kid...never seen him play, but so far sounds like the Nuge has caught the M.Bastards eye the most..we shall see..

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#33 PaperDesigner
May 05 2011, 04:06PM
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Sounds like Huberdeau is a player they might be willing to draft if they can trade up and he falls to #5-8... but not the guy they're going to target at #1 overall.

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#34 Henry
May 05 2011, 04:09PM
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RB, I really like this series of posts. The scout's skinny is quality information. Are there thoughts on Ryan Strome coming or is he out of the running for #1?

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#35 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
May 05 2011, 04:11PM
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Dman09 wrote:

I think in this case age might be irrelevant. Gagner has had a fair bit more time developing in the NHL than Omark and I think its only fair to say that we can't form any solid opinions. I do think however that with our current depth chart and possible prosepects coming into the organization that it is likely Gags, Cogs, and Brule are all expendable. At least that is they way I view it. I think there are a lot of other teams in the NHL that would benefit and would love to add these guys to their teams. I think they just need to be teamed up with accomplished Veterans and I don't see that happening for them in Edmonton at this time.

"I do think however that with our current depth chart and possible prosepects coming into the organization that it is likely Gags, Cogs, and Brule are all expendable."

That statement is of madjaming levels for bizzarness.

The fact that we have next to no center depth on the team and in the system is what makes Gagner (or at least should) a low probability candidate to be moved.

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#36 Crash
May 05 2011, 04:15PM
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buttermilk buscuits wrote:

First off Omark didnt play with the same offensive type players for most of the season that Gagner played with..and..Omark has only one season in the NHL compared to Gagners three.. They are two completely different types of players..but I would choose Omark if I had to choose one..his ability to control the play and have everyone in the rink caught staring is something else..

The Huberdeau kid...never seen him play, but so far sounds like the Nuge has caught the M.Bastards eye the most..we shall see..

You left out Omark is 3 yrs closer to age 30 than Gagner is. By the time Omark has three seasons under his belt like Gagner he'll be 27 yrs old and Gagner will just be entering his prime....so look at how good Omark is now as he has just entered his prime years and ask yourself what Gagner will look like 3 yrs from now when he reaches the same age Omark is now.

I'll take Gagner thank you very much.

If the small fan base that wants Gagner gone gets their wish, Gagner will come back to haunt you.

This notion he gets knocked off the puck all the time is nonsense....all players get knocked off the puck. Gagner wins as many battles as he loses. The haters just focus on the times he loses a puck battle.

He is going to get better in all aspects of the game over the next 3 yrs.

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#37 mayorpoop
May 05 2011, 04:22PM
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Crash wrote:

You left out Omark is 3 yrs closer to age 30 than Gagner is. By the time Omark has three seasons under his belt like Gagner he'll be 27 yrs old and Gagner will just be entering his prime....so look at how good Omark is now as he has just entered his prime years and ask yourself what Gagner will look like 3 yrs from now when he reaches the same age Omark is now.

I'll take Gagner thank you very much.

If the small fan base that wants Gagner gone gets their wish, Gagner will come back to haunt you.

This notion he gets knocked off the puck all the time is nonsense....all players get knocked off the puck. Gagner wins as many battles as he loses. The haters just focus on the times he loses a puck battle.

He is going to get better in all aspects of the game over the next 3 yrs.

it is not that i wish to see gagner gone it is that i wonder how many centers we can possibly have?

RNH? Gagner Horcoff - not going anywhere Cogs Brule Fraser - bad deal VanVelde (spelling?)

we need to make a choice somewhere and at some point, lets make it value of asset based and fill a need where/when possible.

all signs point to gagner being most profitable.

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#38 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
May 05 2011, 04:24PM
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buttermilk buscuits wrote:

First off Omark didnt play with the same offensive type players for most of the season that Gagner played with..and..Omark has only one season in the NHL compared to Gagners three.. They are two completely different types of players..but I would choose Omark if I had to choose one..his ability to control the play and have everyone in the rink caught staring is something else..

The Huberdeau kid...never seen him play, but so far sounds like the Nuge has caught the M.Bastards eye the most..we shall see..

Omark is 24 years old, he's essentially already in the prime of his offensive career.

He's scored 81 goals over his past 5 pro hockey seasons, 76 of them in 3 inferior leagues.

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#39 @Oilanderp
May 05 2011, 04:26PM
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Wax Man Riley wrote:

Hey. Hey .... This kid IS The Drink!

Not a chance. Look at the Saint John Sea Dogs of the QMJHL. They are ridiculously stacked. I think that's the fear of Huberdeau, that his numbers are artificially juiced because he is playing on an all-star team pretty much. The question is, is he along for the ride or is he driving the bus? Judging from Macgregor's comments, he doesn't seem to be driving it often enough to warrant a first overall pick.

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#40 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
May 05 2011, 04:26PM
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mayorpoop wrote:

it is not that i wish to see gagner gone it is that i wonder how many centers we can possibly have?

RNH? Gagner Horcoff - not going anywhere Cogs Brule Fraser - bad deal VanVelde (spelling?)

we need to make a choice somewhere and at some point, lets make it value of asset based and fill a need where/when possible.

all signs point to gagner being most profitable.

Seems pretty straight forward to me.

1. RNH

2. Gagner

3. Horcoff

I don't even know how guys like Fraser, VV or even Brule/Cogs get in the mix when we are talking about the 2 top 6 center spots

Those guys can move to the wing or fight for 4C.

*Of course anyone is available for the right price, if a deal for a better player at the same position or an equivalent player in a position of more pressing need comes available you make the swap.

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#41 Crash
May 05 2011, 04:28PM
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mayorpoop wrote:

it is not that i wish to see gagner gone it is that i wonder how many centers we can possibly have?

RNH? Gagner Horcoff - not going anywhere Cogs Brule Fraser - bad deal VanVelde (spelling?)

we need to make a choice somewhere and at some point, lets make it value of asset based and fill a need where/when possible.

all signs point to gagner being most profitable.

Yes you are correct Gagner would be the most profitable....so why wouldn't you hold on to a player like that?

By the time this team gets really good Gagner will just be entering his prime. Horcoff's contract will be up, he'll be mid 30's and he'll either be gone or down the depth chart. Also as others have stated, if the Oilers ever get to a point whereby they have 2 really solid 1 and 2 centers they can move Gagner to the wing if he hasn't grabbed one of those spots which I think he stands a very good chance of doing. In the meantime I think some are selling Gagner short on how good of a player he is and will become. He's already middle of the pack 2nd line center and he's only 21.

I'm not sure why people want to give up on one of our best players at age 21, it's mind boggling.

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#42 HockeyNut98
May 05 2011, 04:32PM
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Omark did have a few years of professional play in both the SEL and KHL, so its not like he hasn't had time to develop already. And he is 2 or 3 years older than Gagner. I like Omark, but I think he is more Hemsky's successor than he is Gagner's.

Gagner might not be a first line center, but he should be able to kill the second toughs with some offensive help in the wings. He, Penner, and Hemsky were a solid trio for a while even with their respective warts.

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#43 mayorpoop
May 05 2011, 04:42PM
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OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F wrote:

Seems pretty straight forward to me.

1. RNH

2. Gagner

3. Horcoff

I don't even know how guys like Fraser, VV or even Brule/Cogs get in the mix when we are talking about the 2 top 6 center spots

Those guys can move to the wing or fight for 4C.

*Of course anyone is available for the right price, if a deal for a better player at the same position or an equivalent player in a position of more pressing need comes available you make the swap.

we both missed Lander. where does he fit then?

and i'm not advocating for the trade of gagner. i do think we select rnh and the gaping hole that is our defence is gonna need some filling.

trade whoever/ rfa webber (haha sorry couldn't resist) get a d-man with skill.

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#44 mayorpoop
May 05 2011, 04:47PM
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Crash wrote:

Yes you are correct Gagner would be the most profitable....so why wouldn't you hold on to a player like that?

By the time this team gets really good Gagner will just be entering his prime. Horcoff's contract will be up, he'll be mid 30's and he'll either be gone or down the depth chart. Also as others have stated, if the Oilers ever get to a point whereby they have 2 really solid 1 and 2 centers they can move Gagner to the wing if he hasn't grabbed one of those spots which I think he stands a very good chance of doing. In the meantime I think some are selling Gagner short on how good of a player he is and will become. He's already middle of the pack 2nd line center and he's only 21.

I'm not sure why people want to give up on one of our best players at age 21, it's mind boggling.

gagner is a good player and i never said give up on him, but if you want to to win monopoly you can't offer baltic for park place and expect anyone to sell.

the reality is at some point we are going to have to "give up" someone to address a need.

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#45 DC
May 05 2011, 04:53PM
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Ganger is the man end of story. Now draft the Nuge. Great reads Brownlee, Thank you.

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#46 Dman09
May 05 2011, 04:55PM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

The way I see it, those 3 you mentioned are in DANGER of becoming expendable if/when the prospects pan out, and the order they will become expendable in is Brule, Cogliano, Gagner.

Here's my reasoning:

Brule is wildly incosistent, not an Oiler draft pick, and mostly plays the wing (a position the Oilers are strongest at). Additionally he cant stay healthy at all.

Cogliano is looking more and more like a 3-4 centre, but his faceoff prowess isnt good enough to be a real shutdown option as a Centre. He does though possess a tonne of speed, a little scoring pop, and plays 82 games a season.

Gagner is the highest producing Centre on the team, points-wise, but he is only producing like a #2. He has pedigree and the Oilers have invested several years bringing the kid along in the NHL. He doesnt possess blinding speed or a bulking frame, but the team doesnt have another centre ready to carry the weight offensively.

All three are in danger of one day very soon becoming expendable, but it requires a few entirely unproven players to establish themselves first.

That's my take on them.

Totally agree, the only reason I have Gagner on the list is because of the lack of support he gets. I've been a fan of his before he was even drafted but I think his game would really take off if he were with top notch Veteran guys. I think in Edmonton there is too much pressure already, and he is still young, to be the guy to look up to for others. I think that is too much to be expected of him right now and I think that is hurting his game. I think he has a lot more potential and could be a leader later in his career.

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#47 DC
May 05 2011, 04:55PM
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I really can't see whoever the Oilers draft playing in the NHL next season. Trade Gagner now. Why?

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#48 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
May 05 2011, 05:05PM
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mayorpoop wrote:

we both missed Lander. where does he fit then?

and i'm not advocating for the trade of gagner. i do think we select rnh and the gaping hole that is our defence is gonna need some filling.

trade whoever/ rfa webber (haha sorry couldn't resist) get a d-man with skill.

I'd put Lander in the same boat as VV and Omara until proven otherwise.

I doubt he ever has the offense to play 2nd line center, might be a good Horcoff replacment for 3C in 3-4 years.

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#49 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
May 05 2011, 05:07PM
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mayorpoop wrote:

gagner is a good player and i never said give up on him, but if you want to to win monopoly you can't offer baltic for park place and expect anyone to sell.

the reality is at some point we are going to have to "give up" someone to address a need.

We need to be adding more centers, not subtracting from the ones we have.

If anything we should be dealing a winger for a center.

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#50 Wax Man Riley
May 05 2011, 05:08PM
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@Oilanderp wrote:

Not a chance. Look at the Saint John Sea Dogs of the QMJHL. They are ridiculously stacked. I think that's the fear of Huberdeau, that his numbers are artificially juiced because he is playing on an all-star team pretty much. The question is, is he along for the ride or is he driving the bus? Judging from Macgregor's comments, he doesn't seem to be driving it often enough to warrant a first overall pick.

I agree. I just wanted to say that. I have nothing of value to contribute, but still want to be included.

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