CENTRE OVER A WINGER?

Jason Gregor
May 04 2012 11:05AM

History tells us that a centre, D-man or goalie can have a bigger impact on winning than a winger. It's not to say you don't need solid wingers to win, but a dominant centre will usually have more of an impact than a dominant winger.

Last night I chatted with a scout who's been around the NHL for over 20 years and asked him about the centre/winger debate and if the Oilers should/could take Nail Yakupov's teammate Alex Galchenyuk instead.

"I'm a firm believer in taking the best player available. Yakupov is a hell of a talent, but Galchenyuk is just as good in my eyes. If he hadn't been hurt I honestly believe it would be a huge debate. The fact Alex plays centre makes the debate even better, because centres have a bigger impact on the game.

"Alex is a dynamic centre. He skates exceptionally well, he's got great hands and he's committed to playing a strong two-way game. He's 6'2" and 205 pounds, so he'll be a load to handle for NHL defenceman."

Would his injury scare you? Should that be a concern, I asked.

"It is hard to say with certainty, but I was very impressed that he was able to return from his injury (ACL tear) for this year's playoffs. He has a reputation of being a gym rat and has an excellent work ethic. You can't teach that, and for him to work that hard during rehab really impressed me."

I've always wanted to do research on the accuracy of how an injury impacts a player long-term; especially if a player gets hurt when he is 17 or 18. We've seen it go both ways. Some players are always getting hurt, but guys who are injury-prone seem to suffer from various different injuries, rather than always hurting the same joint, tendon or ligament.

Marian Hossa suffered a serious knee injury in the Memorial Cup final v. Guelph in 1998. He was out for six months, before he made his debut with the Senators in December. Since that injury, he never played fewer than 70 games in a season until 2009/2010.

There is a long list of players who are constantly injured, but I wouldn't shy away from Galchenyuk just because of one injury.

Many scouts feel Yakupov was the best player this year, but with every scout I've talked to in the past month, they all said, "If Galchenyuk had played he'd be in the conversation."

THE FINAL NAIL

I've said before I'd take Yakupov because he's considered the best player, but the more I hear about Galchenyuk the more intrigued I am about him; mostly because he plays centre.

The Oilers desperately need another skilled centre, especially one with size. A few scouts have said Galchenyuk's game is similar to Jonathan Toews, in that he plays hard/smart in both ends of the ice. I don't like comparisons, because usually we are comparing a player to the "best-case scenario."

I find it interesting, and disappointing, that we compare these kids to great players, but recently many have said they are leery of drafting Russians because of the KHL and the actions of Radulov, Filatov, Zherdev and others. They bring up the worst-case scenario for what a Russian player might become rather than pointing to Datsyuk, Malkin, Ovechkin, Zubov or other elite Russians.

Galchenyuk was born in Wisconsin, but he spent time in Italy, Germany, Switzerland and Russia because his father was a pro hockey player. Their family moved back to the States when Alex was 15 and he considers himself American. He played for Team USA at the Ivan Hlinka U-18 in 2011.

The more I hear about Galchenyuk the more I wonder if he'd be the right player for the Oilers.

It is possible that Yakupov will put up more points, but would Galchenyuk be a better fit?

"Great question. The Oilers need size down the middle," the scout told me last night. "Yakupov and Eberle would be a great 1-2 punch on the right side for years, but I think now more than ever you need strength down the middle to win. I don't think Stu (MacGregor) can go wrong with either pick, but I bet they will look long and hard at a centreman."

Two years ago when the Taylor v. Tyler debate was on, everyone had Hall listed as the best player, and the Oilers wisely took him. Two years later though, the Oilers have Hall and Eberle as dominant wingers, and I wonder if there is a slight temptation to look at Galchenyuk because he's a centre.

It is clear that Yakupov is the best player, based on play this year, but Galchenyuk's injury didn't allow him to compete for that title.

Every scout I've ever spoken with has told me that they try to draft the player they feel will be the best in three to five years. Galchenyuk's injury makes that assessment much harder, and when you factor in the Oilers need for a big, skilled centre I wonder how the Oilers feel he grades out five years from now?

RAPID FIRE

I know Wanye and many of you will be saying "May the Fourth be with you today," so that was for all you Star Wars nerds.

  • Danny Briere became only the 5th active NHLer to score 50 career playoff goals. The other four are Jagr (77) Lidstrom (54) Marleau (52) and Zetterberg (51). I think Marleau is the biggest surprise on the list, considering many incorrectly say he never produces in the playoffs.
     
  • Another interesting trivia tidbit...Can you name the only player in NHL history who is top-ten all-time in playoff goals, assists, points, PIMs and +/-?***(answer at bottom)
     
  • All those suggesting Dustin Penner will have to sign for $2-$2.5 million this summer. Keep in mind that Joel Ward had regular seasons of 17, 13 and 10 goals before potting seven in the playoffs last year. That earned him $9 million over three years. If Penner continues to play well he will get at least $3 million on the open market and maybe even $4 million/year for two or three years.
     
  • I wonder if Peter Laviolette is regretting his post-series pot-shot at Sidney Crosby, when he referred to Claude Giroux as the best player in the world. Since that comment Giroux has one goal and is -3 in three games. Giroux is great, but he isn't the best in the game.
     
  • I can't believe some media, bloggers and fans are looking at ways to change playoff OT. What is wrong with you? Because the game lasts too long, or some whiny eastern folks can't stay up late? Give me a break. It is great TV watching players gut it out for two, three or more OT periods.
     
  • The Oilers/Oil Kings haven't done a great job advertising the Oil Kings playoff push. I haven't seen/read/heard much advertising, and when the cheapest tickets is $31.50 it is hard for a family of four to pay that much for junior hockey. Why did they only have a two-hour window yesterday of $15/tickets? Why not make it all day long? 
     
  • That being said the Oil Kings are one hell of a team. They will beat Portland. Mark Pysyk and Keegan Lowe did an incredible job of shutting down Ty Rattie and Sven Bartschi last night. Those two were invisible for most of the game, and their best chances came when they didn't have to face the Lowe/Pysyk pairing.  

*** Glenn Anderson is the only player in the top-ten in all five categories. He was 4th in pts, 5th in goals, 9th in assists, 7th in PIMs and 5th in +/-.**

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One of Canada's most versatile sports personalities. Jason hosts The Jason Gregor Show, weekdays from 2 to 6 p.m., on TSN 1260, and he writes a column every Monday in the Edmonton Journal. You can follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/JasonGregor
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#1 Hyawood Jablome
May 04 2012, 11:09AM
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Always take the BPA with the fist pick. Hello Yakupov.

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can we take Alyonka with the first pick overall instead?

in russia the hockey players may be head cases (see: radulov, kovalev, semin) but they sure do know what their doing when it comes to hot women (see: alyonka, maria sharapova, anika kournikova)

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#3 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
May 04 2012, 11:25AM
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Edmonton could get both....if they were motivated enough to do something. They choose not to. The Fire and Brimstone types (Burke and Holmgren) believe in their ideals, while Edmonton dreams about such commitment.

The seats are full for the foreseeable future, why bother to work harder. If the fans are happy watching this ship......then why change the menu?

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#4 Rob
May 04 2012, 11:26AM
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If this were the first year the Oil had a shot at the #1 overall I'd say BPA as well. However, it is the Oil's third kick at the cat so I would take a hard look at a big skilled centre if he has the other key qualities you would want longterm.

Galchenyuk does sound like someone Stewie will be looking at carefully.

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#5 Jayamania
May 04 2012, 11:29AM
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You have to take Yakupov.

In saying that, wouldn't this have been the perfect year for the Oilers to draft 2nd where they would have filled a bigger need? But you should always take BPA.

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#6 DougWeightProblem
May 04 2012, 11:30AM
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"Another interesting trivia tidbit...Can you name the only player in NHL history who is top-ten all-time in playoff goals, assists, points, PIMs and +/-??"

Is it Messier?

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#7 me
May 04 2012, 11:36AM
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I think it is Mr. Clutch Glenn Anderson.

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#8 Truth
May 04 2012, 11:37AM
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First it was Yakupov or Grigorenko, then it was Yakupov or Murray, now Yakupov or Galchenyuk, and I am now seeing other reports that Yakupov and Grigorenko are closer than people think.

Who is the common name in the discussion? Yakupov. Pick him.

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#9 KHR
May 04 2012, 11:41AM
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Any draft pick that will get Alyonka Larionov to visit Edmonton on a regular basis is good enough for me . . . Just saying.

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#10 Rama Lama
May 04 2012, 11:43AM
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The answer to the trivia question............Jarri Kurri?

On the article JG is closing in (IMHO) on the gems that will be available in the draft. Galchenyuk and Reilly are strong candidates for the " hidden gem " category!

We need to find a way to draft this centre.

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#11 Millertime
May 04 2012, 11:44AM
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Trade the pick to Boston along with a prospect/pick for Seguin.

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#12 Rama Lama
May 04 2012, 11:45AM
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By the way Nail described Galchenyuk as being more skilled than himself.........I will take his word on this for sure!

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#13 Harlie
May 04 2012, 11:54AM
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RIP MCA!!

"Ain't seen the light since we started this band M.C.A. - get on the mic my man Born and bred Brooklyn - U.S.A. They call me Adam Yauch - but I'm M.C.A. Like a lemon to a lime - a lime to a lemon I sip the def ale with all the fly women Got limos, arena, TV shows Autograph pictures and classy hoes Step off homes - get out of my way Taxing little girlies from here to L.A. Waking up before I get to sleep Cause I'll be rocking this party eight days a week

No sleep till brooklyn .... No sleep till brooklyn ... No sleep till brooklyn ... No sleep till brooklyn... No sleep till brooklyn..."

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If the Oilers want Galchenyuk and CBJ wants Yakupov, I'd throw that organization a bone and let them pick 1st. Maybe they take something off our hands in terms of a prospect contract and they throw us a late round pick.

It is after all positive Friday.

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#15 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
May 04 2012, 11:56AM
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One has to ask the question. If Taylor Hall, playing in a mans game, hasn't been able to change his game in an effort to preserve ones self in two yrs. How long does Edmonton wait before having to cut bait on this kid. I know this seems absurd but Taylor is only one significant injury away from being damaged goods with deminshed value. His left shoulder went last season, what happens if his right shoulder goes this year? Taylor needs to keep his head up and be the hammer, not the nail.

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Also who does the blonde come with?

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Bang on with your assessment of OT. It's only the Eastern media that really get their panties in a knot. They seem to forget that they have a pretty cushy job, so what if you have to work a little OT to watch OT. Happens every year.

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#19 Mason Storm
May 04 2012, 12:22PM
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Gordie Howe.

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@gregor

What Omark, Barker and a 2nd doesn't get it done

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#21 revingev
May 04 2012, 12:36PM
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I could agree with trading our pick if that 2nd option was Galchenyuk. Alex and Rielly's injury were the same and no one at this point seems worried about Morgan. Galchenyuk took longer on the recovery but also happened earlier then Morgan.

It should also be noted that Alex Galchenyuk has followed the Oilers closely and likes following "Oil Change" these past couple seasons. While all players would say they like to come to Edmonton and be #1 Overall, Alex was tweeting about this at the beginning of the Oilers season.

Also for what it means Galchenyuk while off recovering from his injury was very kind to several of his fans and would respond to tweets from several, including myself. It's nice to see a player get into the everyday life of their followers.

Just some food for thought.

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#22 stevezie
May 04 2012, 12:37PM
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@Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach

Better throw in Peckham and a fifth. No sense going half way on this.

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#23 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
May 04 2012, 12:39PM
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@Jason

Paajarvi,Hemsky,Gagner,Kelfbom,Marincin,Plante,Pitlick,Hartikainen,Lander,Omark,Peckham,Smid,Dubnyk, the 32nd pick in 2012 or first in 2013..... all are worthless? Edmonton has a bumper crop of support players up for grabs. You don't have to score with just one swing of the bat. Getting to second and having someone else bring you home (2 deals to get you to where you'd need to be) also brings you home across the plate.

We probaly couldn't move all of them but how about maybe a third of that group.Guess we can't do anything about the deadwood types in Horcoff and Whitney.

Developement shmelopement, if the Oilers could develope half of these guys we wouldn't be in the hole we are now, correct? How can they honestly say these kids will fair any better than the kids of 5 to 8 yrs ago?

Edmonton management is alot like watching a gentleman seated on the toilet. You see him there, reading his paper... but you're not sure if he's really doing anything else during this process.

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#24 majin_oil
May 04 2012, 12:41PM
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Gregor,

I'm glad someone finally mentioned Galchenyuk. My biggest concern about him (other than his acl) was that his high point total might be as a result of playing on the same line as Yakupov.

After reading this great interview with Dan Stewart of Future Considerations over at copper & blue this apparently is not the case.

According to Dan, Galchenyuk is the total package. Elite vision, skates well, size, etc. And as for playing with Yakupov, Dan firmly believes that Galchyuk's point total comes from his own high end skill rather than just who he plays with.

If the Oil trade the first pick, this is the guy we need to take. Its like you said, Yakupov is the best player at the current time, but 3-5 years down the road...

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#25 KatzKidsJewFro
May 04 2012, 12:44PM
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@ Quicksilver Ballet

I hope you drown in your self-loathing one day. Then I won't have to read your super depressing, pessimistic bullcrap in the comment section anymore. You are the exact type of fan every athlete hates. If it is such a hard time for you to "cheer" for the Oil, go give your "support" to another franchise.

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#26 Bucknuck
May 04 2012, 12:45PM
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When I read articles like this one, I wonder if trading down wouldn't be a good idea after all. I'm glad I don't have to make these decisions.

A big 2nd line centre would be a great asset.

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#27 stevezie
May 04 2012, 12:51PM
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I feel very similar to the Galchenyuk/Nail debate s the Taylor/Tyler one. Seguin might have had a higher ceiling than Hall (might), but after winning back to back memorial cup MVPs Hall showed that he was the sure thing. Hall was bust-proof.

This Year Galchenyuk looks like he might be as good or better than Nail, but Nail is a known commodity. I'm reminded of what Slats told Barry Fraser before the 1994 draft- "This organization cannot afford a blown pick. It's alright if it's not a home run, but don't miss."

I don't know who will be better, but I know which one is a higher percentage shot, I can live with passing on Malkin to take Ovie, but I can't live with Bonsignore. (This analogy only works if you consider Malkin better than Ovechkin)

Just don't miss.

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#28 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
May 04 2012, 12:59PM
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@Katskidjewfro

The first overall pick three yrs in a row is beyond questioning?

If the Oilers awlays do everything right, as you suggest, how'd we get into this sad position then?

Katzkidsjewfron, is that a kids band from Eastglen?

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#29 freeze
May 04 2012, 01:12PM
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I think the 'NHL needs to change OT" garbage is just link-bait.

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#30 jonny94
May 04 2012, 01:13PM
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Draft Nail Yakupov he's the BPA just like Taylor Hall and RNH. Put Hall on centre and trade Gagner for that D-man we're looking for. That's my opinion on this whole situation.

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So what exactly makes you think that the answer is to go out and acquire another top 5 pick?

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#32 DSF
May 04 2012, 01:19PM
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This is exactly why the Oilers should have drafted Seguin, not Hall.

They were close enough on draft day and Hall's propensity for injury was obvious enough that the Oilers should have started the rebuild down the middle FIRST.

Running Seguin and RNH as your centres with Yakupov, Eberle and Hemsky manning the wings would have been lethal.

Too bad Lowe always builds unbalanced teams.

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#33 DSF
May 04 2012, 01:20PM
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jonny94 wrote:

Draft Nail Yakupov he's the BPA just like Taylor Hall and RNH. Put Hall on centre and trade Gagner for that D-man we're looking for. That's my opinion on this whole situation.

Problem is Hall doesn't play centre very well and Gagner certainly won't get you a top pairing defenseman never mind the two the Oilers actually need.

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#34 Lochenzo
May 04 2012, 01:21PM
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Interesting dilemma. I wrote off the idea of drafting Murray 1st overall. Drafting a centrer #1 is intriguing tho. In a salary cap world, you have to make choices on your roster. If you can afford to keep 4 star forwards, it's much easier to mix and match if you have two centres amongs those 4. Then you go out and find nice complementary wingers to play with those 4 guys, like Dan Cleary playing with Datsyuk or Zetterberg.

Look at the LA Kings. Yeah, they're the 8th seed, but they have all of the fundamentals for winning. 3 deep at centre - Kopitar, Richards, Stoll, Dustin Brown is playing like an elite power forward, surprise contributions from an unlikely source (Penner), a stud Dman in Doughty and hot goaltending. Cup winners always seem to have each of these elements.

The Oilers need to look at what they have and figure out how they're gonna get the rest.

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#35 John Chambers
May 04 2012, 01:34PM
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@ jonny94

This is a very reasonable plan, and perhaps what ends up unfolding in the next year.

Short of dealing the pick and Gagner for say, Derek Stepan and Marc Staal, or Marcus Johansson and Jon Carlson, moving Hall to C solves a ton of problems.

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#36 oilredemption
May 04 2012, 02:33PM
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drop down to second overall draft ryan murray then trade NYI gagner, paajarvi and 1st next year our 2nd pick this year for the 4th pick and take Galchenyuk. Problem solved!

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#37 Lexi
May 04 2012, 02:41PM
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Galchynyuk is intriguing, but with him missing pretty much the whole year and the fact Yak outscored him by 18 pts in their 16 yr old season tells me there is no way you can pick him before Yak.

My sense is whoever drafts Galchnyuk will be a potential trade partner for the Oil in the next few years.

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#38 Fresh Mess
May 04 2012, 02:49PM
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If the pick can't be dealt for Seguin or Larsson, then I would be happy to get Murray or Galchenyuk and another young roster asset.

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#39 @Oilanderp
May 04 2012, 02:51PM
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Gregor,

Please stop giving us information which might cause us to not be completely certain as to who we are going to pick. Information and ideas just befuddle the decision making process.

I had already gotten past the idea of drafting a d-man with the first overall pick. Weber was drafted 49th overall, Lidstrom 53rd, Keith 54th, Chara 56th, Niedermayer 3rd, Pronger 2nd, MacInnis 15th, Blake 70th, Leech 9th, Chelios 40th, Bourque 8th, Langway 36th. These Norris trophy candidates/winners are enough to convince me that you can find extreme value in defencemen later on in the draft.

So we draft Yakupov right? My mind is made up for good. What? Galchenyuk?

Now you have me thinking it wouldn't be the end of the world to trade down, take the center, and get a little somethin somethin extra for our troubles.

Damn your confounded sensicalosityness, Gregor! *shakes fist*

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#40 TwoSkidoos
May 04 2012, 04:08PM
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Couldn't agree more. Oilers have lots of prospects, less players, but players nonetheless to offer up to CBJ or MTL.

If CBJ doesn't want to trade and MTL does, throw a pick at CBJ to stay away from Galyenchuk.

I would piss my pants if the Oil got 1-2 and got Yakupov and Galyenchuk.

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#41 RexLibris
May 04 2012, 04:13PM
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I would pick Galchenyuk.

I like Yakupov and his drive. And if the Oilers take him I won't shed a tear of regret. However, I did some reading up on Galchenyuk a few months ago, to try and see where he might fit in on draft day. His scouting report reads like a laundry list of what the Oilers could use.

Here are two reasons I think he'd be a great fit:

1. He is known for his vision, creativity and strong work ethic, and his best seasons were playing with a speedy, strong winger noted for his fiery competitive nature.

2. While sitting out he fell no further than 19th overall in the scouting lists and as soon as he returned was climbing back into the top five and as high as 2nd or 3rd overall.

I don't like drafting for need, but the Oilers have a Yakupov. They don't have a Galchenyuk.

They could select him, send him back to junior for another season, and then work on other areas of the roster to improve in this upcoming season.

Picking Yakupov means likely having to trade him for other pieces sometime in the next five to eight years.

Picking Galchenyuk means that the center position is locked up for the next decade and the Oilers can then develop 2nd line wingers (a far easier task than 1st line talent or centers).

1. Yakupov/Galchenyuk 2. Grigorenko 3. Rielly/Murray

In Stu We Trust.

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#42 jr_christ
May 04 2012, 04:14PM
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Alyonka you dirty girl you

if i played hockey i'd have a chance with that little fiesty monster mash

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#43 Fresh Mess
May 04 2012, 04:21PM
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I don't care if it is politically incorrect: attitude problems seem to be more prevalent in Russian scorers. It has been this way for years.

Obviously you can't paint all russian scorers with the same brush, he may be the greatest kid you'll ever meet. But add in his diminutive size, his natural position, and the KHL factor and I say there is too much risk for an extremely valuable pick.

If the Oilers can leverage this pick for one of the other kids in the draft plus another valuable asset, they should do it.

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#44 Smokey
May 04 2012, 04:37PM
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Yakupov is the prize for winning the draft lottery, lets not bung up what the Gods gave us or they will give us many years more of hockey pergatory. We won the right to take NAIL, lets take the consensus first overall pick. I did not watch Khabby blow chunks for the final 3 months of the season to take another player. If you want Galchenyuk or Murray or Grigs then trade down, and pick up another asset.

Id like to see an article on what the Oilers could recieve as compensation for a trade rather then the plethera of article coming outta the woodworks saying the Oilers should take this guy over Yakupov. A month ago the consensus was 9/10 scouts picked Yakupov and compared him to Bure. I think trading down to second is at least a 3rd round pick. I think theres a gap this year.

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#45 TwoSkidoos
May 04 2012, 04:56PM
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There's no more assessing going on with regards to these players, why do the assessments seem to change over time during the course of the spring/summer leading up to draft day?

With the first overall pick in the 2012 Entry Draft, from the Sarnia Sting, the Edmonton Oilers are proud to select........... Gal... whoops, Yakupov.

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#46 BURROWSHASCRABS
May 04 2012, 05:08PM
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Sorry Gregor, you are wrong Portland Dominated the second half of the game. The hawks will win tonight. St. Croix was hardly even dangerous.

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#47 Oiler Al
May 04 2012, 05:09PM
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I said this a couple a weeks ago,, Hemsky, and Gagner, to Colbumbus for their 2 nd pick in 2012. Oilers would get 1 and 2 picks this year. Or maybe Hemsky some other components. Yakapov can replace Hemsky.. If you trade Gagner, have find another 2nd center unless you draft Galechhenyuk.

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#48 Mutt Heatly
May 04 2012, 05:10PM
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Hey Katskidjewfro, wish the 'props' button was working cause the idea of Quicksilver taking a hike is not only a good one, it's long overdue. Of all his postings, there may, MAY have been one, that was worth reading. (Possibly more, I guess, because I've not read any of his horsesh*t for months, but I doubt it.) Otherwise? Rubbish. Total frickin and frackin rubbish.

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#50 Maverick
May 04 2012, 05:18PM
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I have been suggesting Galchenyuk for weeks now and I still believe he might be a better fit down the road. Trading down remains an option. 2nd line centre with skill and size, and is an American plus a possible extra pick in the second round...hmm... something to think about. They took the winger in 2010 and 2012 will be the center.

Plus Alex Galchenyuk wears 94 and that's Smyth's number, the jersey won't be in moth balls for long. ;-)

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