OILERS WIN!

Lowetide
April 10 2012 06:45PM

We know now where Edmonton will pick in the 2012 draft (barring trade). Winning the lottery creates all kinds of options. Who is the best prospect available? What's out there? Where do Edmonton's picks come from? Who are the important men in the amateur procurement department?

Stu MacGregor is the Oilers scouting director. His team consists of several men who contribute but rarely get a mention. Leading up to the draft last season, the Oilers published their scouts names and areas they cover. Since it doesn’t happen often, I wanted to take the time to post it so we can know the names of the men doing all this good work.

  • Bill Dandy: QMJHL
  • Brad Davis: OHL, tier 2 leagues in Q and O
  • Kent Hawley: OHL, QMJHL, tier 2 leagues in Q and O
  • Bob Brown: WHL, tier 2 leagues, USHL
  • Jim Crosson: WHL, tier 2 leagues, USHL
  • Scott Harlow: NCAA and American junior leagues (east coast)
  • Frank Musil: Europe
  • Pelle Eklund: Europe
  • Robert Nordmark: Europe
  • Stu MacGregor: WHL, cross checks the world

I believe the list to be correct along with their areas of coverage. We do know that the Oilers like to get their scouts in front of the top candidates and that MacGregor will have seen these players multiple times.

OILERS DRAFT TRENDS-SOME REAL LOOKERS!

Stu MacGregor--since becoming scouting director before the 2008 draft--has changed the Oilers' draft may. He is using precious early picks on Swedes. Since taking over in 2008, two first round picks, one 2nd rder and a fourth round selection have been used on Swedish prospects. For the record, this is where Stu's team shops at the entry draft:

  1. WHL: 10 (most recent: RNH, Musil, Ewanyk)
  2. Sweden: 4 (most recent: Klefbom)
  3. Finland: 4 (most recent: Perhonen and Tuohimaa)
  4. QMJHL: 3 (most recent Jeremie Blain)
  5. OHL: 3 (most recent: Tobias Rieder)
  6. BCJHL: 2 (most recent: Kellen Jones)
  7. NCAA: 2 (most recent: Dillon Simpson)
  8. Slovakia: 2 (most recent: Martin Gernat)
  9. Belarus: 1 (most recent: Kristians Pelss)
  10. USHS: 1 (most recent: Troy Hesketh)

WHL represents 31% and the entire CHL accounts for 50% of the selections. Sweden and Finland are CHL east and 25% of the selections come from those two countries. Three quarters of the MBS era picks come from the CHL and Swe/Fin. Add the two BCJHL selections into the group and there’s a pattern forming after 4 seasons of this drafting team.

Reading the tea leaves, there’s a good chance that the WHL, OHL, QMJHL, Sweden, Finland and tier 2 junior (BCJHL, AJHL, USHL, etc) will be hotbeds for the Oilers.

An interesting scenario exists with regard to Russians. Edmonton has steered clear since 2008 but that may change with two CHL draft eligibles from the Motherland. Nail Yakupov and Milhail Grigorenko are outstanding young talents and should go at or near the top of the draft.

After winning the lottery tonight, Edmonton's choices are threefold: take the BPA (Yakupov), trade the pick or select someone #1 overall who is not the best player available.

Early thoughts: take the Russian, don't look back.

Bob McKenzie's top 10

  1. NAIL YAKUPOV
  2. MIKHAIL GRIGORENKO
  3. RYAN MURRAY
  4. FILIP FORSBERG
  5. MATT DUMBA
  6. ALEX GALCHENYUK
  7. JACOB TROUBA
  8. GRIFFIN REINHART
  9. MORGAN REILLY
  10. RADEK FAKSA
  11. TEUVO TERAVAINEN

Nail Yakupov lays it all out about Team Canada after Russia beats them 6-5 in the 2012 World Junior Hockey Championships in Calgary

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Kid loves to win and has ridiculous skill. Hall-Eberle, Nuge-Nail? Lordy.

Next up: NHL equivalencies.

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#101 Reality Check to the head
April 10 2012, 08:39PM
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I honestly think that this first pick opens up many trade possibilities. Do we trade the first pick for something great: top 2-4 dman and possibly a top ten draft pick. Or do we package some other players who are now made irrelevant (Hemsky on the RW, or Gags) because we are getting Nail for another top six forward.

It sucks to be out of the playoffs, but the future is even brighter after today.

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#102 Stocc
April 10 2012, 08:42PM
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Lowetide wrote:

I laughed out loud (it was sent to me). He was like opposite Pakleds with a Russian accent. :-)

I keep forgetting that you're a Star Trek fan. I have a comic for you:

Scat Trek: The Next Generation

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#103 ray
April 10 2012, 08:45PM
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they should seriously try and trade with boston to get t.seguin.....thats a nice big smooth center we could use!

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#104 Crondor
April 10 2012, 08:45PM
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steve tambellini should be fired for that smile!!! "oh, look at me and the great job i've done! we get to pick number one again! i'm the best GM ever."

LAME!

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#105 DSF
April 10 2012, 08:47PM
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ray wrote:

they should seriously try and trade with boston to get t.seguin.....thats a nice big smooth center we could use!

Should have drafted him in the first place.

The team would be substantially better now.

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#106 bazmagoo
April 10 2012, 08:50PM
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Just speculating here, but what if the Oilers didn't want to draft Yakupov?

Would the Oil #1 pick and Paajarvi to Columbus for the #2 pick and Ryan Johansen make sense to anyone?

Ryan Murray does make more sense from an organizational need stand point, and Johansen is a big young right handed centre.

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#107 bazmagoo
April 10 2012, 08:53PM
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@bazmagoo

Actually I think #1 plus Omark & Peckham for #2 and Johansen would be better!

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#108 Mutt Heatly
April 10 2012, 08:53PM
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Hmmm. Maybe I was a bit hasty in turning down the Oiler trade. . .

In many ways the draft is like a trade. The team that winds up with the best player usually wins the trade. And the draft. Draft the Yak!

Even a guy as inept as Bwana Steve should be able to build lines 3-4 with size, sand and grit. If ole Bwana is still here for the summer, let's see how he shakes.

Finding a 1-3 D by way of trade actually requires a bit of thought, skill and guile. I'm not optimistic that Stevey has the sense that God gave geese but I guess we'll see.

Lots of goalies around. Better that DD turns out to be an actual #1, but if he doesn't, there's gotta be a FA out there who's capable. Alternatively, one could also be found by way of trade. (Excepting of course for Bwana's distinct lack of acumen in the guile department.)

The good thing about where we are is that if Bwana Steve doesn't louse it up, we should win it all in about 4 years or so. The bad thing is that there's still more pain in front of us, probably one more year. The developing young Dmen might, MIGHT, be absolutely awesome in about 4-5 years, and the forwards WILL be, very little question, at least in my mind. Unless the Club addresses the immediate needs this summer there'll be one more year of early golf.

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#109 The Soup Fascist
April 10 2012, 08:57PM
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bazmagoo wrote:

Just speculating here, but what if the Oilers didn't want to draft Yakupov?

Would the Oil #1 pick and Paajarvi to Columbus for the #2 pick and Ryan Johansen make sense to anyone?

Ryan Murray does make more sense from an organizational need stand point, and Johansen is a big young right handed centre.

Based on their history, Columbus is unlikely to trade for the right to draft a Russian. Oil would jump at it but I would not hold my breath.

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#111 Oilcan
April 10 2012, 09:00PM
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Reality Check to the head wrote:

I honestly think that this first pick opens up many trade possibilities. Do we trade the first pick for something great: top 2-4 dman and possibly a top ten draft pick. Or do we package some other players who are now made irrelevant (Hemsky on the RW, or Gags) because we are getting Nail for another top six forward.

It sucks to be out of the playoffs, but the future is even brighter after today.

WHY? Why does drafting Yakupov make other guys irrelevant?

Hall-RNH-Ebs look like they can play against tougher opposition next year and I think Gagner Yakupov and Hesmky could do the same, lets get a talented top 6 who both can put the puck in the net and then find a way to bolster the blue line.

I would like to see Yakupov and Hall on the same line though...scary.

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#112 Kevin
April 10 2012, 09:00PM
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Jerod wrote:

You got to build a team thats why Team Canada is not an all-star team.

I don't trust the driver of the Bus.

Bang on ! should be interesting how we deploy the water bugs now. Assuming we take Yak it should open up some interesting trade talk to move some pieces now to acquire a more developed D-man. Maybe we have the right combination to land another top 10 pick to add to our D prospects. As Gregor says too,we need to start drafting some sandpaper.

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#113 Oilcan
April 10 2012, 09:01PM
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Kevin wrote:

Bang on ! should be interesting how we deploy the water bugs now. Assuming we take Yak it should open up some interesting trade talk to move some pieces now to acquire a more developed D-man. Maybe we have the right combination to land another top 10 pick to add to our D prospects. As Gregor says too,we need to start drafting some sandpaper.

It appears the Oil kings Sammuelson has dropped a bit he would be a great pick in the second round for a little grit with some scoring ability.

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#114 DieHard
April 10 2012, 09:05PM
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With this lottery win, trading the pick is out the window. You take Yakupov and see if he makes the team. This is so cool!

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#115 renneyfan
April 10 2012, 09:08PM
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Yakupov seems like an injury prone forward who will be concussed repeatedly in the NHL before he reaches the age of 20. I also think his personality wouldn`t be a good fit on the team. He would need another young Russian on the team to make him feel comfortable in Edmonton, and that`s something I`m not sure the Oilers want to invest in.

Trade the pick to Columbus for Ryan Johanssen. Let them handle this head-case.

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#116 Wax Man Riley
April 10 2012, 09:09PM
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renneyfan wrote:

Yakupov seems like an injury prone forward who will be concussed repeatedly in the NHL before he reaches the age of 20. I also think his personality wouldn`t be a good fit on the team. He would need another young Russian on the team to make him feel comfortable in Edmonton, and that`s something I`m not sure the Oilers want to invest in.

Trade the pick to Columbus for Ryan Johanssen. Let them handle this head-case.

Can you expand why he is a head case and why he wouldn't be a fit in the dressing room? How do you know he is injury prone?

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#117 YEESSSSSSSSSS!
April 10 2012, 09:12PM
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Using market terms, Oilers brass now finally have LIQUIDITY. That means they can get what they want (whatever they want) since they have liquid assets (players & picks that others are willing to pay for) to use as payment.

With Nail now an option, this becomes the summer where the team make-up is determined based on choice, not circumstances. No more excuses like "we were stuck with contracts" or "we didn't have that in the pipeline."

For example, if the team wants D, imagine trading Nail to Washington for Alzner & Carlson. Trades like this are possible now because of our outstanding liquid assets.

I wouldn't be surprised if there's a blockbuster.

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#118 Archaeologuy
April 10 2012, 09:12PM
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Sign Schultz. Take Yakupov. High end defensive prospect? Check. Dynamic forward? Check.

OR

Dangle the 1st in Mtl's face until they cave and make them break the bank to swap picks.

History suggests trading down is a scary risk, so Option 1 looks pretty good to me.

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#119 Archaeologuy
April 10 2012, 09:14PM
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@renneyfan

Ryan Johanssen and......

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#120 bazmagoo
April 10 2012, 09:14PM
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The guy seems like a super competitive dude who wants to win, I'd say this is another case of the "Russian boogie man factor".

He's played in the OHL for years and speaks respectable English. Most of the players who needed a mentor when coming to the league were players who were straight off the boat from their native countries and couldn't speak English.

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#121 bazmagoo
April 10 2012, 09:16PM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

Ryan Johanssen and......

I think if you could get Johansen and the #2 pick for #1 I'd go for it. Columbus going for it probably depends on how desperate they are.

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#122 Stocc
April 10 2012, 09:18PM
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@Lowetide

Thanks! Plus the guy that I wrote it with is a big Lowetide fan. Unfortunately, he's also a big Leafs fan.

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#123 John Chambers
April 10 2012, 09:18PM
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Re-build = over.

For the next decade this team is going to score at will. It was worth it. All this awful hockey will have been well worth it.

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#124 Archaeologuy
April 10 2012, 09:21PM
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John Chambers wrote:

Re-build = over.

For the next decade this team is going to score at will. It was worth it. All this awful hockey will have been well worth it.

*high fives*

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#125 Tron
April 10 2012, 09:26PM
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Still need to add alot of complementary pieces to the Top 6. Need to get alot more gritty.

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#126 Wax Man Riley
April 10 2012, 09:33PM
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John Chambers wrote:

Re-build = over.

For the next decade this team is going to score at will. It was worth it. All this awful hockey will have been well worth it.

Me too!

*High Fives*

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#127 majin_oil
April 10 2012, 09:34PM
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@Archaeologuy

Option 1 sounds perfect. Season 3 of "Tambellini and Friends"(I still laugh at that comment) ends a shocker.

Not to mention this gives us another shot at the calder in 2013 in case Nuge gets robbed this year.

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#128 DSF
April 10 2012, 09:35PM
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John Chambers wrote:

Re-build = over.

For the next decade this team is going to score at will. It was worth it. All this awful hockey will have been well worth it.

This is WRONG on so many levels.

The Oilers were 29th in shots/game this past season and only 00.2 shots/game better than Minnesota.

They were 20th in goals/game which would indicate they likely were lucky in their shooting percentages.

They were dreadful 5V5 (22nd) and every team below them missed the playoffs except Florida.

Adding one more offensive piece hardly rectifies that.

Until they get two top pairing defensemen, two NHL calibre goaltenders and address how soft the team is, they're not going anywhere.

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#129 Wax Man Riley
April 10 2012, 09:41PM
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@DSF

Good idea to draft Yakupov?

Or bad idea?

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#130 db7db7db7
April 10 2012, 09:42PM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

Sign Schultz. Take Yakupov. High end defensive prospect? Check. Dynamic forward? Check.

OR

Dangle the 1st in Mtl's face until they cave and make them break the bank to swap picks.

History suggests trading down is a scary risk, so Option 1 looks pretty good to me.

Hmm... I like both options. I wonder if Mtl would give up Subban and their pick for our pick plus Omark?

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#131 Oilcan
April 10 2012, 09:48PM
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DSF wrote:

This is WRONG on so many levels.

The Oilers were 29th in shots/game this past season and only 00.2 shots/game better than Minnesota.

They were 20th in goals/game which would indicate they likely were lucky in their shooting percentages.

They were dreadful 5V5 (22nd) and every team below them missed the playoffs except Florida.

Adding one more offensive piece hardly rectifies that.

Until they get two top pairing defensemen, two NHL calibre goaltenders and address how soft the team is, they're not going anywhere.

Haha you go on talking about how they were lucky to score and how they were 29th in shots/game and then you say get a defenseman. How about taking a dynamic game changing forward he is an elite game changer. Yes they need D but they need another scorer as well you can't have RNH Eberle and Hall carry the load and I think that was proven this year. Take Yakupov and deal with the D in the summer.

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This is such awesome news... So much possibilities.

New shutdown line:

Horcoffin, Hemmer and a Nail

Or new second line:

Ryan Nugent Handy, Hemmer and a Nail

Or works with Gags too:

Handy Smurf, Hemmer and a Nail

If you shut down our first line, our second line will score. They're handy that way.

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#133 Romulus' Apotheosis
April 10 2012, 09:49PM
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Wax Man Riley wrote:

Good idea to draft Yakupov?

Or bad idea?

Why bother.

I'll give you his answer:

"something something Wellwood... something something Seguin... something something irrelevant stat... something something florida panthers... something something... burke (oh yea... not that one anymore)... something something disappear..."

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#134 knobby
April 10 2012, 09:54PM
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ST should auction off that charmed tie to a GM who makes the best offer. I'd be putting that tie under lock and key.

I think they take Nail after dangling him first. ST hasn't got the orbs to get creative. He would be too afraid of criticism if he blows this pick. If they don't pick the concensus BPA the Oil risk getting laughed out of the league.

Whoever the Oil took in trade would never be better than Yakupov. Quantity doesn't make up for quality.

Katz wants Yakupov to amp up the draw at the ticket window. Luke Schenn or whoever will never have the same cachet.

Trading the pick will be born of impatience and that will be disastrous.

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#135 Reality Check to the head
April 10 2012, 09:54PM
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@ Oilcan

What position does Nail play...what position does Hemskey play? You can not have 3 RW with high skill levels that play the same position. OR Maybe it is just me.

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#136 DSF
April 10 2012, 09:55PM
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Wax Man Riley wrote:

Good idea to draft Yakupov?

Or bad idea?

I think you have to draft him but adding him and doing nothing else is pretty much a waste of time.

The ELC's of the youngsters are being burned off at a great rate so following through on the "6 year rebuild" isn't going to work.

If you look at how Lombardi rebuilt the Kings, he accumulated assets for 4 years and then started making moves. Tambellini is now entering year 4.

BUT, Lombardi built from the back end out with Quick, Bernier, Doughty, Johnson, Voynov etc. and then started adding complimentary forwards.

The Oilers, conversly, are loaded with high end forwards but have black holes on defense and in goal.

So how do the Oilers address those issues?

Gagner has plateaued, Hemsky just had a dreadful season and the rest of the bottom 6 and defense are pretty much junk.

How do you get the goaltending and defense you need in a time frame that fits with the window of the youngsters?

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#137 DSF
April 10 2012, 09:56PM
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Romulus' Apotheosis wrote:

Why bother.

I'll give you his answer:

"something something Wellwood... something something Seguin... something something irrelevant stat... something something florida panthers... something something... burke (oh yea... not that one anymore)... something something disappear..."

Is that you Tambo?

What a cracker!

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#138 Clyde Frog
April 10 2012, 09:57PM
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Don't you dare trade our #1 Tambellini!

Look at Yakupov's 16 year old season, 49 goals........ ....

Now compare that to Hall, RNH, Seguin and the rest from the past 7 years, see a difference?

For the love of god draft that kid.

KKTHXPLZDRVONTHRU!

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#139 Oilcruzer
April 10 2012, 09:58PM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

Ryan Johanssen and......

Scarlet?

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#141 DSF
April 10 2012, 10:00PM
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Oilcan wrote:

Haha you go on talking about how they were lucky to score and how they were 29th in shots/game and then you say get a defenseman. How about taking a dynamic game changing forward he is an elite game changer. Yes they need D but they need another scorer as well you can't have RNH Eberle and Hall carry the load and I think that was proven this year. Take Yakupov and deal with the D in the summer.

You, of course missed the point.

The Oilers are already dreadful offensively.

Adding one more forward should help.

But it doesn't matter one whit if the opposition outscores you at will.

Relying on a PP to win only works if you can play the opposition to a draw 5V5.

The Oilers are dreadful 5V5.

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#142 Oilcan
April 10 2012, 10:02PM
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Reality Check to the head wrote:

@ Oilcan

What position does Nail play...what position does Hemskey play? You can not have 3 RW with high skill levels that play the same position. OR Maybe it is just me.

Says who? That means you have potentially three legit scoring lines...but ya scoring goals is bad. Plus Hemsky has 2 years on his contact and then is probably done unless he takes a lot less money. Yakupov can get eased in for a year and then make a decision.

~And here is something completely crazy that has probably never been done before-- Yakupov or Hemsky can move over and play LW~

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#143 The Soup Fascist
April 10 2012, 10:04PM
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DSF wrote:

I think you have to draft him but adding him and doing nothing else is pretty much a waste of time.

The ELC's of the youngsters are being burned off at a great rate so following through on the "6 year rebuild" isn't going to work.

If you look at how Lombardi rebuilt the Kings, he accumulated assets for 4 years and then started making moves. Tambellini is now entering year 4.

BUT, Lombardi built from the back end out with Quick, Bernier, Doughty, Johnson, Voynov etc. and then started adding complimentary forwards.

The Oilers, conversly, are loaded with high end forwards but have black holes on defense and in goal.

So how do the Oilers address those issues?

Gagner has plateaued, Hemsky just had a dreadful season and the rest of the bottom 6 and defense are pretty much junk.

How do you get the goaltending and defense you need in a time frame that fits with the window of the youngsters?

Some valid points, but I am curious why you are using the Kings' model? Isn't that sort of like asking Germany for tips on winning World Wars?

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#144 Oilcruzer
April 10 2012, 10:04PM
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Kid wants a Stanley. No KHL. Good sign.

Nice to have two months of options.

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#145 Johe
April 10 2012, 10:06PM
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The following is an actual conversation between Oilers GM Steve Tambellini and Flames GM Jay Feaster.*

Tambellini: Hey my friend from down the highway. Just wanted to congratulate you and your team on making the playoffs this year.

Feaster: mumble mumble mumble

Tambellini: Wait! What's that?! You missed the playoffs??!! I'm sorry to hear that. I was sure you'd said before the season you would make it. Oh well. Congratulations on your first overall draft pick. (Dumb grin begins spreading on face) They're handing these things out like lollipops!

Feaster: mumble mumble mumble

Tambellini: Wait! What's that?! You didn't get one??!! That's odd. We have three! Oh well. I'm sure you'll enjoy your top pick just about as much.

Feaster: mumble mumble mumble

Tambellini: Wait! What's that?! You have the worst draft pick of any non-playoff team??!! Ouch!!

Feaster: mumble mumble mumble i want a cheeseburger mumble mumble mumble

Tambellini: Well, sorry to bother you Jay. Good luck next year. Enjoy that oasis in Calgary while I wander through this Edmonton desert. Maniacal laugh. Maniacal laugh. *Not really

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#146 Oilcan
April 10 2012, 10:07PM
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DSF wrote:

You, of course missed the point.

The Oilers are already dreadful offensively.

Adding one more forward should help.

But it doesn't matter one whit if the opposition outscores you at will.

Relying on a PP to win only works if you can play the opposition to a draw 5V5.

The Oilers are dreadful 5V5.

The Oilers obviously need help on D that is a given, however with the maturity and progression of Hall RNH and Ebs they will be getting more playing time and start in both zones, adding a talent like Yakupov now gives the Oilers two scoring lines and creates space for whoever he is playing with (If it happens to be Hemmer and Gagner) so that should improve 5 v 5 play offensively and if the puck is in the other teams end for the shift then they aren't a threat to score.

The Oilers are still moves away from being a playoff team but adding an elite offensive player helps, but Tambo has to do his job and bring in 2 dman and a backup goalie or a 1B.

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#147 Archaeologuy
April 10 2012, 10:08PM
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DSF wrote:

You, of course missed the point.

The Oilers are already dreadful offensively.

Adding one more forward should help.

But it doesn't matter one whit if the opposition outscores you at will.

Relying on a PP to win only works if you can play the opposition to a draw 5V5.

The Oilers are dreadful 5V5.

Nothing here I could even argue.

They need defensemen. Even high end prospects like Schultz are still rookies. Lets hope those UFAs start liking what they see here in Oilerville.

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#148 John Chambers
April 10 2012, 10:09PM
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LT wrote an article this past week about how cap space is now the team's new best friend. RNH has two years, and Yakupov will have 3 on their ELC's.

I say we load up a short-term offer to Suter - 2 years $16M. There's now enough studly young talent that it won't be a farce when the Oilers call on July 1st.

I'll even high-five DSF when we make the playoffs next year, and every year for the next 12. You won't be able to contain my jubilation!

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#149 WhattaMike
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well, well.... a very surprising development. I am an Oiler fan so this is excellent and hopefully having first over-all picks end here and now for a few many years. That being stated, I am thinking the Oilers take this dynamo kid Yakupov and our top six is magnificent. Wow, our powerplay unit is going to be even more spectacular if all connect as a five man unit. Now you take this kid and start getting those defencemen in trades....such as pitch for that Justin Shultz kid with his early rights from Anaheim. We have a decent third line now with Hoecoff, Smyth and Jones inplace for a couple years. Then ya package Gagner and Hemsky to Toronto with a draft pick or two for Luke Schenn or Jake Gardiner. If Ryan Whitney can be wha he was two years ago then we have the makings of a good start. I like seeing maybe Yakupov with Hall and Paarjarvi then Hopkins with Eberle and Hartikainen. Do not trade the pick for a defenceman pick cause the time to wait for deevlopment is kind of passed dont cha think?

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The Soup Fascist wrote:

Some valid points, but I am curious why you are using the Kings' model? Isn't that sort of like asking Germany for tips on winning World Wars?

Appears to me that the Kings have made the playoffs in years 4 and 5 of Lombardi's tenure and appear to have a chance to make some noise this year.

Tambellini has been running the circus for 4 years now.

Does he have an NHL calibre defense or two quality goaltenders?

They're kind of important.

Do you think the Oilers will challenge for the NW division title next season just by adding Yakupov?

Are Hall, Eberle, Hopkins, Hemsky and Yakupov better than Kopitar, Brown, Williams, Richards and Carter?

Is Whitney better than Doughty?

Is Petry better than Voynov?

Is Smid any better than Greene?

Is Dubnyk better the Quick?

Is Khabibulin better than Bernier?

Do you think the Oilers still have a lot of work to do?

Looks to me like one of these teams is the Italian army...and it isn't the Kings.

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