QUESTIONS FOR 12-13

Lowetide
April 15 2012 09:31AM

Last spring we had a lot of questions and the summer, fall and winter delivered answers. The Nuge WAS golden, Smyth's return was wonderful and the team improved but ended up in the same old neighbourhood. What are the questions this summer? More importantly, what are the answers?

We did this last year, asking questions and then following up here and here. Here are this year's questions:

  1. Who will they take #1 overall? Nail Yakupov. It is very interesting to see that Ryan Murray has been invited to join Team Canada's WHC entry and even if it only means some exhibition time there's still a nice chance for the Oilers' brass to observe the prospect. Still, passing on exceptional offensive talent--the best available in this draft season--would take big brass. Oilers make the safe and offensively charged pick and go with the Russian.
  2. Who will coach? Tom Renney. Lots of chatter about Brent Sutter today but I don't see him as a clearly better option and Renney has been onboard with the development process. It would be wise to put together a stronger team with a better defense and then see how far up the standings they can fly. Sutter as a co-coach ala Quinn/Renney might be viable, as the Oilers seemed to like the duo coach approach (Sather-Muckler) a few years ago.
  3. How will they improve the defense? I do believe Steve Tambellini and crew will be very aggressive. Since Bob McKenzie mentioned Edmonton as a possible landing spot for soon to be UFA Justin Schultz Oiler fans have been talking about him. That kind of strategy is brilliant because the club can add to the cluster without using assets. I also think the club will be very aggressive in pursuit of Jason Garrison and adding both to a top 4 of Ladislav Smid, Jeff Petry, Nick Schultz and Ryan Whitney would go a long way to shoring up a position of weakness.
  4. If they trade to upgrade D, who will they trade? Sam Gagner is the obvious choice to my way of thinking. Solid 2line C who scores 40-49 points every year, he's young enough to improve and is a consistent player. Edmonton should be able to cobble together a deal for a quality NHL defenseman to fit the cluster if they are shopping Gagner.
  5. Will they move Hall to center? Jason Gregor and Dennis King both mentioned this awhile back and with the lottery win I thnk it might happen. Oilers up the middle would be much stronger and it allows them to deal Gagner for that defenseman so badly needed.
  6. Do the Oilers continue the DD-NK tandem or look to improve it? This is an area of need but the Oilers appear content to stay the course. Underneath the NHL depth chart, Olivier Roy and Tyler Bunz are showing very well but their ETA is down the road. Edmonton should look at buying out the Russian's final season but it doesn't sound like that is being considered at this time.
  7. Will they make a big splash this summer? An offer sheet to Vancouver's backup goalie would be a plan but one doubts Edmonton makes the call. If they do anything earth shattering it'll be via trade.
  8. What will the top 2 lines look like in the fall? My guess is that RNH, Hall, Eberle, Yakupov, Hemsky and Ryan Smyth line up together. Gagner too if he's still here and of course Smyth isn't signed yet.
  9. How many of their own unrestricted free agents do the Oilers sign this summer? Two. Smyth, Petrell.
  10. Which current NHL player on another roster has the best chance of being an Oiler in the fall? Jason Garrison. I think they send a lot of money and term his way.

 

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

The last few years, summer has been the most exciting time to be an Oiler fan. It looks like another fun summer is on the way. Stay close to the news.

 

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#51 Oilbridge
April 15 2012, 12:42PM
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@OilPuck

Boston wanted Eberle to be part of the package to even consider trading the #2. On Oil Change, Tambo chuckled when he got the call on the draft floor and said no way, no thanks.

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#53 Sox and Oil
April 15 2012, 12:46PM
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Columbus won't trade their 1st round pick after getting burned bad last year. Also Columbus will take Murray, maybe they'd take Forsberg but no Russians.

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#54 Oilertown
April 15 2012, 12:46PM
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@NateInVegas wrote:

Nail Yakupov aka Maxim Afinogenov isn't the solution to Edmonton's problems.

He doesn't play a lick of defense, +/- doesn't tell the full story, but he's only +13 despite putting up 170 points. Scoring goals isn't the Oilers problem, keeping them out is. They've given up 239-269-284 goals the last 3 years.

Yakupov's a late birthday, small, plays the wing, doesn't hit or play defense, and he's Russian...It's simple. When Yakupov doesn't score he doesn't impact the game one bit.

How many red flags do the Oilers need?

It scares the crap out of me to think Edmonton's had 5 top 10 picks in the last 5 years and only managed to get 1 elite player(RNH)and 3 wingers...

SMH!

Get off the glue my friend, have you not seen any YouTube highlights.

The kid is a mini ovechkin 5'11 190 with legs like tree trunks sign me up!

Seen him break glass on 1 hit.

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#55 Oilers
April 15 2012, 12:52PM
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Hey Lowetide, Any chance of Yakupov going to the worlds? What a great scouting opportunity that would be, If he does I wish he scores 5 against canada and puts an end to all this trade talk

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#56 Sox and Oil
April 15 2012, 12:53PM
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The only way to get Columbus to trade the 2nd overall would be to draft Ryan Murray 1st OV. Then call Howson(if he's still there)and offer Parjaavi and a prospect.

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#57 Oilbridge
April 15 2012, 12:54PM
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Haven't watched him much this year and watched him a few times when he was with the Av's when he had a breakout season. I'm thinking that it would be nice to have that big body and grit that can play in the top 6 with the kids. He can also help protect the kids too! He could be our version of Milan Lucic.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXkoaqOVdqc

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#60 @NateInVegas
April 15 2012, 01:12PM
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@Oilerguy,

"mini" in the NHL puts you on the IR..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXkI9lwjiOg

I've counted scoring chances /Neilson Numbers for Team Russia at the WJHC and some Sarnia games and Yakupov's a nightmare in his own zone.

You Tube Highlights are fun to watch but they don't always translate in the NHL ... Omark ??? Schremp???

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#61 Lexi
April 15 2012, 01:16PM
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@Lowetide

Is there any way for Justin Schultz to be named to Team Canada, or at some point would Hockey Canada catch on that Lowe is using this as a "fact finding" mission.

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#62 Oilcan
April 15 2012, 01:22PM
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@NateInVegas wrote:

@Oilerguy,

"mini" in the NHL puts you on the IR..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXkI9lwjiOg

I've counted scoring chances /Neilson Numbers for Team Russia at the WJHC and some Sarnia games and Yakupov's a nightmare in his own zone.

You Tube Highlights are fun to watch but they don't always translate in the NHL ... Omark ??? Schremp???

I wouldn't consider 5"11 200 pounds "mini" he is thick and would have no problem at the NHL level. Kid is legit, and will be star in the NHL.

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#63 oilpuck
April 15 2012, 01:34PM
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Yakupov likes to skate with head down. When interviewed about it said that in doing so, he can skate faster. Do any of you see how bad it will be if he does that in the nhl?

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#64 Lochenzo
April 15 2012, 01:35PM
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Watching some of the nastiness in the first few days of the playoffs has me thinking the Oil need to make sure they address their toughness in the offseason. Finding a guy who can contribute to the top 6 and be a part time beat cop would be ideal.

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#65 justDOit
April 15 2012, 01:38PM
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@NateInVegas wrote:

Nail Yakupov aka Maxim Afinogenov isn't the solution to Edmonton's problems.

He doesn't play a lick of defense, +/- doesn't tell the full story, but he's only +13 despite putting up 170 points. Scoring goals isn't the Oilers problem, keeping them out is. They've given up 239-269-284 goals the last 3 years.

Yakupov's a late birthday, small, plays the wing, doesn't hit or play defense, and he's Russian...It's simple. When Yakupov doesn't score he doesn't impact the game one bit.

How many red flags do the Oilers need?

It scares the crap out of me to think Edmonton's had 5 top 10 picks in the last 5 years and only managed to get 1 elite player(RNH)and 3 wingers...

SMH!

You're correct that he's more inclined to the offence than defence, but that's what players like him do - score.

He's a tank, short and stout. I guess that could be considered small.

I've seen a fair bit of his play, and he hits hard. One of his favourite moves is to beat the dman into the corner, and then stop short and give him the shoulder.

He's tough and talented, but he's not OV sized.

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#66 WhattaMike
April 15 2012, 01:58PM
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The kid Yakupov is an excellent first over-all pick this year with speed, firepower and an edge. I have checked his bio and profiles out....and with the videos of him, he is very fast, patient to score around the net, greatb shot, can pass the puck with precision, and he likes to hit and agitate. He is definitely not a soft player and he doesnt dive when hit either. This looks like a combo of Bure and Ovechkin. He may not be as pure as either of those two superstars but he is alot of both which is elite enough in my mind. His speed and skill, as like with Taylor Hall, will back off the other teams easily. With Eberle and Hopkins these four will have the Oilers with two lines that can take the offense to a higher new level we havent seen in many years. Now if the Oil can get Hemsky and Horcoff, Smyth and others to slowly take lesser minutes and still play the best they can, then we have a hell of a great young team up front. Now the defence can be traded for. We have many hot young prospects on defence which can be equal to or better than this year's draft core of defenceman but the Oil should trade for another first rounder somehow and take Griffin reinhart. Khabibulin will stay one more year with that contract to not only just spell off Dubnyk, let Bunz and Roy get more professionally ready, and....also help Yakupov get better fitted in with the team and city.

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#67 Reg Dunlop
April 15 2012, 02:01PM
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As many of you have astutely pointed out, this version of the oil would get snot-bubbled if they were in the postseason. Adding big,tough skill is difficult and expensive if done through FA or trades. Reclamation projects like Stewart, where Hitchcock says he has to get more involved and compete harder, don't work often.

We are intent on having skill on our 1st 2 lines. Fine, but then it is ESSENTIAL that our D and 3rd/4th lines can respond physically or, better yet, instigate some mayhem. For a homegrown solution how about this: retool OKC as a training ground for young,hungry, predatory types. Instead of playing veteran AHL types to develop a winning team to attract fans, why not entertain the good folk of Oklahoma with the wildest collection of snap shows you can find. These are the players the oil will need down the road on there bottom 6 as their top 6 seem set for a decade.

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#69 Reg Dunlop
April 15 2012, 02:11PM
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Anyone watching Philly-Pitt? Yikes. WWF on ice. How would young RNH fare? Would any of the young oil get Philly flu? Any of them pull a Turgeon, tying his skates for 20 minutes during the 'punch-up in Piestany'? We need gristle on our bottom 6, no more Jones/Horc/whatever.

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#70 French Toast Mafia
April 15 2012, 02:17PM
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LT, I'm not sure if you have ever mentioned it before or not but I'm wondering what your reasoning is behind the Garrison love. He only has 2 years NHL experience and is having a year where he has managed to score a lot, something he has never done consistently at any level. Why would you want to throw a lot of money and term at that?

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#71 Zamboni Driver
April 15 2012, 02:21PM
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Totally agree. Anyone thinks the Oilers are anywhere near competing - at least this collection of smurfs and self-satisfied millionaires (Hi Shawn, s'up Smytty - is NOT watching Pitt/Philly.

either of these two teams would absolutely destroy the Oilers in the playoffs.

4-0 sweep...5-0 scores and about a dozen concussions.

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#72 Oilcan
April 15 2012, 02:23PM
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oilpuck wrote:

Yakupov likes to skate with head down. When interviewed about it said that in doing so, he can skate faster. Do any of you see how bad it will be if he does that in the nhl?

I believe the interview was why do you skate so low and he said because he goes fast. He skates low to the ice but he has a thick frame.

Do you have a link to that interview?

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#74 Al Davis
April 15 2012, 02:32PM
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I like Ganger, but he is far from consistent.

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#75 French Toast Mafia
April 15 2012, 02:34PM
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@Lowetide

Would you not rather put money and term on the table for a guy like Matt Carle? He is a hell of a player and has been around for a long time. Add him and if this Schultz kid (if he is as good as they say) and the D looks a lot better. Carle has played 80, 82, and 82 games the last 3 years, has size, and puts up 35-40 points every year.

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#76 Rama Lama
April 15 2012, 02:49PM
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LT, I would love to hear about role players and what we could be doing to secure some much needed toughness.

If you look at the playoffs this year, most of the good work is being done by the so called "role players". The superstars are being hacked and checked to death......and I was wondering how our smaller players would fare with this stle of hockey?

We need some toughness and this may be the draft year to get some!

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#79 Lexi
April 15 2012, 02:58PM
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I'm actually feeling pretty comfortable that the Oilers should be able to get two competent NHL D-men even if they don't get Schultz and without sacrificing too many assets.

I believe the second tier of UFA are Carle, Garrison and Wideman, and the only teams I see with the need and ability to pay them more than $4.5Mill a yr are: Ottawa, Carolina, Winnipeg, Detroit (if they don't get Suter), Calgary (which would actually be hilarious if they sign one of these guys, talk about denile)Colorado and Minnesota. Not exactly "Murderer's Row of desired destinations. There's also not a bad next tier of UFA including; Salo, Kubina, Oduya, Stuart, Roscival, Aucoin, Colovacio, Jackman, Kuba and Bryan Allen. There's got to be two guys in there that the Oil can sign for reasonable amounts to at least have a adequate top 6.

I'm out to lunch, or is that a lot more serviceable dmen available this year than last year, which is why we were stuck with Barker?

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#80 justDOit
April 15 2012, 03:01PM
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Reg Dunlop wrote:

Anyone watching Philly-Pitt? Yikes. WWF on ice. How would young RNH fare? Would any of the young oil get Philly flu? Any of them pull a Turgeon, tying his skates for 20 minutes during the 'punch-up in Piestany'? We need gristle on our bottom 6, no more Jones/Horc/whatever.

This from the Flyers website:

Briere: 5'10" 179 lbs Giroux: 5'11" 172 lbs Read: 5'10" 185 lbs Rinaldo: 5'11" 169 lbs Schenn: 6'1" 190 lbs Talbot: 5'11" 190 lbs Wellwood: 5'11" 180 lbs Carle: 6'0" 205 lbs Timonen: 5'10" 194 lbs

I'm as surprised by this as anyone.

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#81 Clyde Frog
April 15 2012, 03:33PM
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Not suprised at all, size is the low hanging fruit for the fearfull...

Willingness to hit and compete in that style is a mindset. Raffi Torres was barely 6'0" on skates but was willing to truck anyone, at least until MacT decided to never let him off the bench again.

Bryan Marchment, was a beast but skirted around the 200 pound mark for his career... No-one can question that guys tenacity and penchant for the bone crushing hit.

Yakupov brings scoring in spades, grit and speed... Everything that we want for our wing, so what if he gives up 3 inches?

/sigh

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#82 justDOit
April 15 2012, 03:41PM
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But at least Torres is over 200 lbs.

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#83 justDOit
April 15 2012, 03:45PM
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And Torres' main problem was not being able to clear the puck out of his own zone along the boards. Maybe that's the coach's problem of putting him in that role, but Raffi gave up the puck along the boards, just inside the blue line, over and over and over.

I don't miss him, and the Canucks didn't seem to want to renew his services.

I'd much rather have a guy like Nail in the lineup, playing defence by getting the puck deep into the O zone.

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#84 Clyde Frog
April 15 2012, 04:12PM
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Torres is also much older than Nail, who hasn't put on weight as they got older?

Just saying this idea of the grittiest "impact" players all being 6'3" 220+ and anyone under 6'1" is a "smurf" is a farce. But people trot it out on these boards time and time again as a way to back off skilled players...

RNH, Hall, Eberle all have the skill to contribute beyond their height, and Nail looks like an extension of that, the fact that he loves to try and truck people isn't a bad thing either.

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#85 justDOit
April 15 2012, 04:38PM
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I think we're agreeing. I'm not a Torres fan, aside from his physical play, and even that I'm not fond of because he's dirty.

If the Flyers can compete with that many players under 5'11" (which in reality is 5'10...), then I'm sure the core of the Oilers talent will be fine. They have to find the grit to go with that.

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#86 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
April 15 2012, 05:38PM
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so what if he gives up 3 inches?

i just got out of the pool! the pool!

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#87 fuzzy muppet
April 15 2012, 05:40PM
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Agreed.

Size doesn't matter that much(though I do think they need more at Center). Brad Marchand is SMALL, but he's willing and often runs players. Ill take a 5'9" willing guy over a 6'3" unwilling guy anyday.

Like you said, it's a MINDSET. The Oilers don't have a guy with that mindset anywhere in the lineup except for Sutton.

Eager was brought in because they thought he had that mindset. For whatever reason, he didn't have it this year and was very passive. The Oilers have enough passive guys.

Yakupov is very willing....

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#88 Walter Sobchak
April 15 2012, 05:43PM
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Yakupov embarrassed Ryan Murray at the WJC at least twice. Yakupov had 4 assist that game and really should have had at least one goal. He was a + player in the WJC , was a constant threat in the Sweden game. Playing against the best 19-20 year olds in the world.

Think of Yakupov as insurance to Hall.

Somebody mentioned here that if Murray was two weeks older he would have been in last years draft somewhere around 10th to 15th.

If the Oilers ice anywhere near the same team you can forget the playoffs.

The Oilers need better players period. This has to be one of if not the softest team in the NHL.

At the same time, I would be trying to move Paarjarvi before Gagner. The upside on this kid has to be attractive to others. If the Oilers get Schultz then I say go hard at Suter, Garrison, and Jackman.

You can't go into next year with these players

-Jones-Hemsky-Paajarvi-Lander-Horcoff-Potter-Peckham-Barker-Whitney if not healthy - Smyth if he's not willing to take a 3rd line roll - Possible even Gagner.

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#89 gravis82
April 15 2012, 05:46PM
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We have so much skill in our line up. We just need 3 big and nasty forwards that can play in our top 9 and we are set. Put four complimentary hard nosed players around eberle, yakapov, hall, rhn, hemsky, ganger in the top 9 and we would be a force. There is no need to put all 6 on the top two lines. Look at the ice time in Philly thus far this year. Through the first three games, 10 forwards have averaged between 9 and 11 minutes of ice time a game, with the one exception being Giroux at 14 minutes. Edmonton has drafted the skill to roll three lines like that, we just need to round it out with some sandpaper and look out.

PLAYER 1 - RHH - Eberle Hall - PLAYER 2 - Yakapov PLAYER 3 - Ganger - Hemsky Smyth - Horcoff - Jones Eager

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#90 Alex Steenberger
April 15 2012, 05:53PM
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TAMBO ARE YOU LISTENING?

Never Ever ..... Ever trade a #1 draft pick away unless another team ABSOLUTELY blows your socks off!

TRADE 1: YAKUPOV and Gagner for Rick Nash - Chris Mason - and Ryan Murray

TRADE 2: YAKUPOV and Gagner for Brayden SCHENN - Sean Couterier and 1st round Pick in 2012

Does anyone have any better Trade Scenerios????

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#91 revingev
April 15 2012, 05:59PM
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Not sure where this statement came that Nail says he keeps his HEAD DOWN to skate faster. He said, he keeps lower to get more speed, much like a power skater (See RNH when he moves and moves quick) Not to mention Nail has spped to burn and can still almost turn at a dime. His skill at high speeds is what makes him so dynamite on the ice. As far as questioning his +/-, you really need to watch and follow Sarnia Sting games. He produced more this year without any extra help. He is the one who made others around him better. He pretty much alone was the only high end player as Galchenyuk was injured all year. Still he was on pace to post even better numbers this year then previous not to mention fighting through 3 totally sperate injuries.

Don't under estimate this guy. Does he need to be taught some things about the NHL game? Yup, I am sure he will need to learn more to play without the puck, most draft picks do. When you have world class talent and think the game at a elite level then the potential is there to do some pretty incredible things.

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#92 WhattaMike
April 15 2012, 06:36PM
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Wow...so many trade scenarios online for this upocoming draft I see...but I'm of the strong consensus opinion that unless the kids or package deals the Oiler would get with the #1 pick of only taking Yakupov, then they better take the kid and trade others (Gagner, Hemsky, Jones, Horcoff) to fill up the other improvable positions of defence and one newer younger goaltender to go with Dubnyk.

I would rather see a whole lotta firepower up front on the first two lines now with the four kids (Yakupov included)than the way it has been going without good enough scorers for a long time since the eighties and early nineties after Doug Weight.

Now I do agree that while the Oil should taking Yakupov the team very much needs strong bigger aggressive agitators and enforcers who can play two ways good enough. Hordichuk did decently and should stay next season but Renney did not play him enough minutes each game to provide the other teams any concern or terror enough. Eager did not do this consistently and while injured he seemed sometimes lazy or distracted.

Our stars and superkids need great protection at any given moment, NO More gentlemen rules.

Thats why Philly is easily winning its series now with the Penguins,....skill and toughness.

Jones is not playing gritty enough nor does he ever with agitation but he does well on the P.K and as a versatile relief player on the top three lines.

Smyth is wonder with tipping shots and going to the net in a hard drive but he is getting on the older slower side. He is a good mentor and third line guy now in my mind.

The young guys like Shultz and Garrison should be picked up as they have definite upside.

The Oil need a strong mobile defence that can pass and shoot extremely well but also players with absolute hitting and toughness like of a Jason Smith, Craig Muni, Dave Manson, type.

The Oil also need a Kenny Linseman, Kevin Mclelland,Marty McSorley kind of guy.

Peckham should be that type but he is not getting there.

Trade the other third fourth line type guys players and get this kind of toughness and defence and soon the Oil will be doing well very soon.....especially with the Yakker!!!!!

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#93 WhattaMike
April 15 2012, 06:36PM
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Wow...so many trade scenarios online for this upocoming draft I see...but I'm of the strong consensus opinion that unless the kids or package deals the Oiler would get with the #1 pick of only taking Yakupov, then they better take the kid and trade others (Gagner, Hemsky, Jones, Horcoff) to fill up the other improvable positions of defence and one newer younger goaltender to go with Dubnyk.

I would rather see a whole lotta firepower up front on the first two lines now with the four kids (Yakupov included)than the way it has been going without good enough scorers for a long time since the eighties and early nineties after Doug Weight.

Now I do agree that while the Oil should taking Yakupov the team very much needs strong bigger aggressive agitators and enforcers who can play two ways good enough. Hordichuk did decently and should stay next season but Renney did not play him enough minutes each game to provide the other teams any concern or terror enough. Eager did not do this consistently and while injured he seemed sometimes lazy or distracted.

Our stars and superkids need great protection at any given moment, NO More gentlemen rules.

Thats why Philly is easily winning its series now with the Penguins,....skill and toughness.

Jones is not playing gritty enough nor does he ever with agitation but he does well on the P.K and as a versatile relief player on the top three lines.

Smyth is wonder with tipping shots and going to the net in a hard drive but he is getting on the older slower side. He is a good mentor and third line guy now in my mind.

The young guys like Shultz and Garrison should be picked up as they have definite upside.

The Oil need a strong mobile defence that can pass and shoot extremely well but also players with absolute hitting and toughness like of a Jason Smith, Craig Muni, Dave Manson, type.

The Oil also need a Kenny Linseman, Kevin Mclelland,Marty McSorley kind of guy.

Peckham should be that type but he is not getting there.

Trade the other third fourth line type guys players and get this kind of toughness and defence and soon the Oil will be doing well very soon.....especially with the Yakker!!!!!

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#94 michael
April 15 2012, 07:32PM
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Philly is winning because. A They are paying the price.B Fleury is in Lalala land C.Thier overall team speed surpasses that of Pittsburgh.

Any thoughts on Fleury's play? Where is head space? Is he seeing a bear?

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#95 Time Travelling Sean
April 15 2012, 07:33PM
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Wow...so many trade scenarios online for this upocoming draft I see...but I'm of the strong consensus opinion that unless the kids or package deals the Oiler would get with the #1 pick of only taking Yakupov, then they better take the kid and trade others (Gagner, Hemsky, Jones, Horcoff) to fill up the other improvable positions of defence and one newer younger goaltender to go with Dubnyk.

I would rather see a whole lotta firepower up front on the first two lines now with the four kids (Yakupov included)than the way it has been going without good enough scorers for a long time since the eighties and early nineties after Doug Weight.

Now I do agree that while the Oil should taking Yakupov the team very much needs strong bigger aggressive agitators and enforcers who can play two ways good enough. Hordichuk did decently and should stay next season but Renney did not play him enough minutes each game to provide the other teams any concern or terror enough. Eager did not do this consistently and while injured he seemed sometimes lazy or distracted.

Our stars and superkids need great protection at any given moment, NO More gentlemen rules.

Thats why Philly is easily winning its series now with the Penguins,....skill and toughness.

Jones is not playing gritty enough nor does he ever with agitation but he does well on the P.K and as a versatile relief player on the top three lines.

Smyth is wonder with tipping shots and going to the net in a hard drive but he is getting on the older slower side. He is a good mentor and third line guy now in my mind.

The young guys like Shultz and Garrison should be picked up as they have definite upside.

The Oil need a strong mobile defence that can pass and shoot extremely well but also players with absolute hitting and toughness like of a Jason Smith, Craig Muni, Dave Manson, type.

The Oil also need a Kenny Linseman, Kevin Mclelland,Marty McSorley kind of guy.

Peckham should be that type but he is not getting there.

Trade the other third fourth line type guys players and get this kind of toughness and defence and soon the Oil will be doing well very soon.....especially with the Yakker!!!!!

Philly is beating Pittsburgh because of MAF. I thought Dubby let in the soft goal? Jesus.

What skilled players with size and grit does Philly and Pitt have? Simmonds and Neal. Who else?

Why is everyone so high on Garrison? I don't want to sign a player having 2 good years in one of the worst divisions in hockey.

Look at Bouwmeester, Kolvachuk, Hossa, Jokinen. All besides Bouwmeester playing well but not at their relative point totals prior to being traded/signed.

Besides if we get J.Schultz, Klefbom could play next year.

If they don't find a capable back-up/insurance for Dubby then Tambi isn't setting up this team to be successful.

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#96 Brett B.
April 15 2012, 08:18PM
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you can't buy out Khabibulin because of his age. do you think there are any takers?

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#97 Lexi
April 15 2012, 08:35PM
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Brett B. wrote:

you can't buy out Khabibulin because of his age. do you think there are any takers?

Maybe Pittsburgh for Tuesday.

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#98 WhattaMike
April 15 2012, 09:38PM
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Hey guys I said that there should be another younger new goalie playing with Dubnyk, but in an earlier post I also know that Khabby's contract can't be bought out and he is virtually too old to be traded. So ya can keep him to help Yakupov adjust and let Dubnyk show what he can do for half the year at first. Dubnyk has played outstanding the last 20 or so games for the Oil and he deserves a chance to go to the next level. I see that Pittsburgh has next to no grit like a Mclelland or Ken Linseman or a McSorley type player and that is hurting them. We need another high skill mean playing type Glenn Anderson winger which I think Yakupov might very well turn out to be. Now if Eager can get to being how he was for some games being consistent, effective and mean spirited along with Hordichuk then thats good. Philly has size and grit to go with their skill and they can play tough very well. The Oil will be fine by trading a package for a top defenceman or by aggressively seeking shultz and even Suter, if he is available. Yes Klefbom can probably play here next season but we dont know all he can do yet. We would still need another puck mover for more offense and very tough guy defenceman who can play good solid defence minutes like Smid

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#99 Fresh Mess
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Take Murray or trade the pick.

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#100 TigerUnderGlass
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@Alex Steenberger

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Brilliant. This way we can keeping picking in the lottery indefinitely.

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