Oilers Sign Mr. MacGregor

Lowetide
June 01 2011 07:37AM

This is Mr. McGregor from the Tales of Peter Rabbit. He tended his garden and watched out for quick moving rabbits. In this way, the Beatrix Potter character is somewhat similar to our own Mr. MacGregor: tending the garden, watching for quick moving rabbits.

For about three years now, many of us have called Stu MacGregor the "Magnificent Bastard." It is meant as a compliment and is well earned; MacGregor and the Oilers scouting staff have sussed out a few things about the entry draft and followed them religiously. First, they pay close attention to the kids who attend the scouting combine (this week, for those who don't follow the combine). Second, they usually draft players that are "inside the range" of their proojected draft number. As an example, here's last year's list:

  • #1: Taylor Hall: #1 (ISS, Redline, Bob McKenzie)
  • #31: Tyler Pitlick: ISS20; Redline30; Bob McKenzie25
  • #46: Martin Marincin ISS40; Redline 50; Bob McKenzie71
  • #48: Curtis Hamilton ISS60; Redline 121; Bob McKenzie57
  • #61: Ryan Martindale ISS61; Redline 100; Bob McKenzie58
  • #91: Jeremie Blaine Redline 156
  • #121: Tyler Bunz ISS 14G; Redline 178; Bob McKenzie NR
  • #162: Brandon Davidson ISS75; Redline204; Bob McKenzie NR
  • #166: Drew Czerwonka unranked
  • #181: Kristians Pelss Redline218
  • #202: Kellen Jones unranked

As you can see, #1, #31, #46, #48 and #61 are selected around the projected number. Why is this important? Well, when you choose a Jesse Niinimaki, you better be right. Saying "well, we heard New Jersey wanted him" implies David Conte isn't smart enough to start a rumor in hopes someone swallows it whole. No sir, better to have the courage of your convictions and follow the list that you've agreed upon and for goodness sake don't let one scout sway you when the entire room hasn't seen Alexei Mikhnov.

I suspect the scouting staff will be paying close attention to the defensemen this draft. I'm quite certain Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is number one on their list (as speeds said on Nation Radio this past Saturday, the organization made no effort to distance themselves from RNH when rumors were hot and heavy a couple of weeks ago), but would bet money that Adam Larsson and Dougie Hamilton are tucked safely inside the top 5 (MBS said as much with Bob Stauffer yesterday afternoon) and that the names of Ryan Murphy, Nathan Beaulieu, Joe Morrow and Duncan Siemens are also being discussed.

It's going to be a fun month. MBS gets his contract on the eve of June, there are trade winds blowing and the number one overall pick belongs to the Oilers. Let's get this party started.

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#1 third string plumber
June 01 2011, 07:47AM
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All I can say is- awesome!

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#2 freeze
June 01 2011, 08:54AM
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Who is the director of pro scouting? Why do we never hear about him (her)? Can Stu take over that dept. too?

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#3 freeze
June 01 2011, 09:17AM
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@Sheldon "Oilers Fan for Life!!!"

Or lack-thereof.

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#4 @Oilanderp
June 02 2011, 08:18AM
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Mmmmmmm I could use a nice hearty bowl of Bastard Stew™ at the draft again this year. *rubs belly*

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#5 Oilers4ever
June 02 2011, 08:08PM
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Lowetide wrote:

I've heard a few things, but am not "connected" like some of the ON folks are (Mr Brownlee, Mr Gregor). The stories I hear surround the club trading up with other picks (19 plus for a higher selection) and did hear a Hemsky to njd trade rumor.

Again, not a connected rumor, just stuff you hear in the ether.

And thank you for responding... that is appreciated.

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#6 Sheldon "Oilers Fan for Life!!!"
June 01 2011, 09:08AM
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freeze wrote:

Who is the director of pro scouting? Why do we never hear about him (her)? Can Stu take over that dept. too?

Time for the Oiler Nation to do its FIST article about Pro-scouting.

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#7 Sheldon "Oilers Fan for Life!!!"
June 01 2011, 10:38AM
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freeze wrote:

Or lack-thereof.

I give you props my man!

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#8 Oilers4ever
June 01 2011, 11:20AM
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Lowetide, you mentioned trade winds blowing... Have you heard any specific rumors you can commenton? The normal clown sites that sometimes report on these things don't even have anything so I was wondering if there is actually something valid or if we are due for yet another dull and boring summer...

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#9 Shane
June 01 2011, 11:49AM
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I too am curious to hear of the trade winds.

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#10 oilbaron
June 01 2011, 12:12PM
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i say we trade down from 1st to 3rd

1st to florida for the 3rd and C Nick Bjugstad

we than in turn take adam larsson.

if we could trade our 19th plus nick bjugstad and maybe a player like brule to ottawa for there pick..... wow, we could than have a shot at sean coutourier ;)

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#11 Max Powers - Team HME Evans
June 01 2011, 11:09PM
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Tambo's best signing yet... besides the first time he signed MBS.

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#12 Oilers4ever
June 02 2011, 01:20PM
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Glad to see that Lowetide bothers to answer peoples questions... seriously... if you guys are going to pick and choose who's questions to answers then why bother.... you guys suck.

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#14 freeze
June 02 2011, 07:30PM
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@Oilers4ever

That's a little harsh. These guys do have day jobs.

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#15 Oilers4ever
June 02 2011, 08:06PM
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freeze wrote:

That's a little harsh. These guys do have day jobs.

True enough.. but if you have time to put up another blog, you have time to answer a simple question.... it's not rocket science... and I have noticed that ALL of the guys here pick and choose who the respond to... quite pathetic and immature... if we are all Oilers fans here then we should treat everyone as equal.. regardless of whether they have been posting crap here for 3 weeks or 3 years... Pretty cut and dry if you ask me... You might not agree with it, but it is my opinion.. and I do expect you to respect it.

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