FTHM III: ALEX GALCHENYUK

Robin Brownlee
June 20 2012 09:07AM

A lot of people believe that if Sarnia Sting centre Alex Galchenyuk hadn't missed most of the 2011-2012 season with a knee injury he'd be neck and neck with teammate Nail Yakupov as the top-ranked prospect going into the NHL Entry Draft in Pittsburgh.

After seeing Galchenyuk blaze through fitness testing at the NHL Combine, putting to rest any fears the knee is a problem, more than a few hockey people think he still belongs in the same sentence as the dynamic Yakupov. My guess is you can count the Edmonton Oilers among them.

While that shouldn't be taken as meaning Oilers chief scout Stu MacGregor and his staff have Galchenyuk rated above or dead-even with Yakupov on their prospect list, you've got to think Edmonton's brain trust is looking long and hard at the possibility of taking a pivot to complement 2011 first overall pick Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

I've gone as far as to suggest the Oilers should swing for the fences and take Yakupov with the first overall pick and then do whatever it takes -- short of moving Nugent-Hopkins, Taylor Hall or Jordan Eberle – to acquire another top-five pick and use it to select Galchenyuk. That, obviously, would take a lot of maneuvering by GM Steve Tambellini. Suffice to say, it's a long shot, at best.

More than likely, then, it's going to be an either-or situation with Yakupov and Galchenyuk when it comes to Tambellini's trip to the podium. Is Yakupov the obvious choice or might Galchenyuk get the call? My sense is it's closer than many people think.

HOW HE RATES

NHL Central Scouting: No. 4 among North American skaters

The Hockey News: No. 7

International Scouting Services: No. 16

McKeen’s Hockey: No. 2

Red Line Report: No. 6

TSN: No. 4

THE SKINNY FROM CSS

A knee injury suffered in a 2011-12 OHL preseason game limited Galchenyuk to all but the last two regular season games and six games playoff games -- he recorded four points (2-2-4) during Sarnia’s first round loss to Saginaw.

In 2010-11, Galchenyuk finished second among Ontario Hockey League rookies with 83 points (31-52-83), behind only his teammate and good friend Nail Yakupov (49-52-101).

He was the fourth U.S.-born player to be selected first overall in the OHL priority draft (2010), joining Pat Peake (1990), Patrick O'Sullivan (2001) and Rob Schremp (2002).

Prior to being drafted, Galchenyuk competed for the Chicago Young Americans of the Midwest Elite League for the 2009-10 season -- he led the league in scoring (by 33 points) totaling 87 points (44-43-87) in 38 games.

WHAT THEY SAY

David O'Connor, NHLDraft.com

"Galchenyuk is a big, play-making center who can skate very well, especially for his size. He has outstanding vision, hockey sense and is a great passer. He’s always very aware of where everyone is and will be on the ice, and he uses that to his advantage.

"Galchenyuk uses his big body well to create space for himself in the slot and on the boards. He has a very underrated shot, exceptional release and is very accurate. He can not only produce offensively night-in night-out, but he’s also very good defensively and understands that taking care of things in his own end is as important as producing at the other end of the ice. He also has outstanding hands and can often be found stick-handling in phone booths."

MACGREGOR'S TAKE

Scouting Report: "He's an intense and highly skilled big centre. He's not going to bang you off the puck, but he'll use leverage. He's high-end."

Projection: "A tremendous No. 2 centre."

Weaknesses: "He has to add come consistency to his game. His problem is he missed so much of the year with his injury. He's missed some development time, so we haven't seen all of the package yet."

NHL Comparable: "Well, who's a great second-line NHL centre? He's not really like a Jordan Staal. He kind of reminds of (winger) Milan Hejduk, actually. In tight, he's pretty quick."

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#1 db7db7db7
June 20 2012, 09:18AM
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Man he looks young.

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#2 todie in a coma
June 20 2012, 09:18AM
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The fist thing I was wondering if the oil can trade gags to the canes for #8 would he still be available?

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#3 Archaeologuy
June 20 2012, 09:18AM
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What a shame he lost so much of the year. Someone is going to take a gamble on this guy and it could go down as the steal of the draft.

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#4 EL PRESIDENTE
June 20 2012, 09:20AM
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For the Fist and last time, take Yak and don't look back ;)

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#5 Pronger's Wife
June 20 2012, 09:30AM
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"He was the fourth U.S.-born player to be selected first overall in the OHL priority draft (2010), joining Pat Peake (1990), Patrick O'Sullivan (2001) and Rob Schremp (2002)."

Wow, alarm bells ringing! To be similar to Patrick O'Sullivan and Rob Schremp in anything terrifies me. Only thing missing is, "...and is dating Marc Pouliot's sister Bridget..."

Otherwise, I wouldn't actually mind if the Oil ended up choosing him 1st overall. Can he play next year though?

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#6 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
June 20 2012, 09:31AM
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Yak has 35+ goal scorer written all over him, that's far more valuable then a tremdous 2nd line center IMO.

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#7 Walter Sobchak
June 20 2012, 09:32AM
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Move heaven and earth to get the two kids.

Yakupov and Galchenyuk would round out the top 6 for years to come.

Seriously how do you defend that?

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#8 Giant Squid Overlord
June 20 2012, 09:35AM
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@todie in a coma

Highly unlikely to near impossible that he's still available at 8th.

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#9 madjam
June 20 2012, 09:35AM
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Take Galchenyuk , and work on subsequent to that Trouba . Two cornerstones in one draft staring us in the face . Then start working on weeding out underperforming or over priced veterans .

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#10 Rama Lama
June 20 2012, 09:37AM
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Good player, but we need size with skill. Galchenyuk is very intriguing, as is Griegrenko. If we can land another pick"............just maybe.

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#11 Walter Sobchak
June 20 2012, 09:40AM
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@ Rama Lama

Height 6.01 -- Weight 185 -- Shoots L

from Hockey DB.

so about the same size as Hall when he entered the NHL.

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#12 Jeff
June 20 2012, 09:44AM
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The boy looks like he is 14 years old.

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#13 Next Year Country
June 20 2012, 09:48AM
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He'll be taken in the top 3. If the Oil or Blue Jackets don't take him, Montreal definitely will. I think he is very close to Yak in long term potential. I would be happy with either of them. If the Oil take Yak, they will still have to upgrade the #2 centre position if they are going to become a top-tier team.

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#14 Cody anderson
June 20 2012, 10:00AM
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Offer each team behind us until he is picked Gagner and 2nd round pick. Throw in any of Peckam, Teubert, Omark, Plante or Pitlick if required. If they won't go for it replace 2nd rounder with Hemsky.

Imagine a second line of Hall-Galchenyuk-Yakupov. This would probably be the best second line in the NHL and would rival 90% of 1st lines.

With this top 6 I would think attracting a J Schultz, or another puck mofing Dman as a free agent should be much easier. Who would not want to pass to these guys?

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#16 madjam
June 20 2012, 10:08AM
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It'll be a lot cheaper to draft a NBR.1-2 center with size and grit than trying to trade for one , or UFA . Not sold on Grigorenko by the way , i think he'll slip beyond the 10 spot . Getting both Yak and Greg would be nice , but would prefer we go for someone like Trouba to anchor defence as second choice . We are pretty good at wing already , do we really need more at this stage is the question ?

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#17 Archaeologuy
June 20 2012, 10:10AM
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Need to Upgrade 2C to be a contender? Maybe after they upgrade Goaltending and Defense, but certainly an upgrade offensively at 2C is unrequired. Galchenyuk MIGHT be an upgrade on offense to Gagner, but that's obviously not the part of his game that needs to be upgraded to be a winner. Just look at this year's Cup Champion.

Mike Richards, 2C of the Cup Winning Kings: GP 74 G 18 A 26 P 44 +/- +3 PIM 71 FO% 50.5

Sam Gagner, 2C of the lowly Edmonton Oilers: GP 75 G 18 A 29 P 47 +/- +5 PIM 36 FO% 47.6

Gagner's offense isnt the problem. Galchenyuk can upgrade on physical size, but is he a dirty shot blocking physical centre willing to have 100+ hits a season? I have my doubts.

So if Gagner's Offense isnt defective in the 2C role and his proposed replacement isnt significantly better in the areas of the game that Gagner's detractors are b*tching about, then why are we using assets to address that spot and not the defense or goaltending?

What's the hurry to push Gagner out for the next big thing if his replacement isnt fixing what's "broken" with 89?

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#18 Walter Sobchak
June 20 2012, 10:17AM
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@ Cody anderson

My thought’s exactly! How do you defend two lines like that?

The asking price for that pick maybe steep,

I'm thinking Gagner or Hemsky - Paarjvi- Bunz -second round pick steep.

I think as a UFA not just defensemen the team becomes attractive to play for.

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#19 Hags9k
June 20 2012, 10:23AM
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Dr. Indy Jones I agree completely. Gagner is a fine 2C and is going to get better as he continues to mature. Upgrading 2C on this club right now before dealing with the D and goal is like swapping out air fresheners on the side of the road when you have a flat. And consider what does Yakupov on the wing will do to Gags boxcars. LT mentioned yesterday they should sign Sam long term. I agree. Put an end to all these rumours. Let these kids get a pinch older, put on dark glasses and stand back.

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#20 Quicksilver ballet
June 20 2012, 10:28AM
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The Oilers have sought the services of the Mammoet corporation, oddly enough, this coming Friday. Something big is going down. They're just the company to move really big things like heavan and earth.

These articles are pure torture for the fans of a perennial last place club like our Oilers. We need them all, and we would like them now please. Please stop pimping these kids Robin.

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#21 Walter Sobchak
June 20 2012, 10:28AM
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@ Arch

Are you honestly saying Gagner blocks shots and hits?

You might want to look at the amount Gagner hits.

If you mean how many times Gagner gets hit is 100+ times a year I'll buy that.

http://ca.sports.yahoo.com/nhl/players/4245

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#22 Cody anderson
June 20 2012, 10:29AM
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Archaeologuy: I would not rush Gagner out, and agree that we could win with him. The D is a far more pressing concern although our top 4 are all solid 2nd pairing guys. I would be fine with getting another 2 2nd pairing dmen so we have 6 D and do a D by committee.

I like Galchenyuk and would go for him for a couple of reasons. one of which is not giving up on Gagner.

Galchenyuk is a bigger centre with great hands and vision. His work ethic is phenomenal which means he will likely improve quickly. the other reason I want him is he is good friends and already has great chemistry with Yak.

Adding 2 skilled physical players with great work ethic makes us a better team. Neither him or yak are huge, but both use their bodies to create space.

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#23 Archaeologuy
June 20 2012, 10:31AM
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@Wes

No, not at all. I'm saying the Upgrade at 2C people are clamoring for includes an upgrade at hitting, shot blocking, and overall physical play. I doubt that Galchenyuk brings that, at least it isnt in the scouting reports I've seen. So if he isnt upgrading that part and Gagner's offense isnt the problem, then why are we so needy to jettison Gagner?

On the list of Oiler problems, the 2C spot is actually pretty low for now. The fact that there seems to be no other options is troubling, but that doesnt change if Gagner is out and a new Gagner is in.

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#24 The Soup Fascist
June 20 2012, 10:34AM
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Funny how teams who finished above us in the standings see Gagner as the answer to their 2nd line issues and we have guys who can't wait to run him out of town. What am I missing?

Insert whatever overused cliche you want here. The grass is always greener, a bird in the hand, you don't know what you got 'till it's gone, sometimes the best trades are the ones you don't make, ..... whatever.

Unless you find a known quantity who is better than Gagner as #2 center (and Gal will NOT be available anywhere near 8, assuming he is this mensch who will light it up as an 18 year old) - he stays. Sending him for a pick that turns out to be a D-man is even more detrimental. Who then is your #2 center - Shawn freakin' Horcoff. If you are tired of all the Gagner is an underachiever talk, it will seem like a brief mention compared to the "Horc is overpaid and I can't believe he is our #2 center" posts once he lines up between Yak and Hemsky (shudder).

Gagner is our only option as a #2 center as we currently stand. I know you can sign an old fart like Langkow (yeah) or Jokinen (oh goodie) or move Hall to center (notwithstanding the fact that the last "winger to center project" that was successful happened several years before the fall of communism). For those of you throwing Gagner on / under the next train out of town, please answer the following simple question - who is our #2 center going to be?

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#25 Cody anderson
June 20 2012, 10:38AM
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Wes Mantooth: I would rather do Gagner and Hemsky then include Paajarvi and Bunz.

I think Paajarvi was set up to fail last year after they brought Smyth back. He is big, but he is a finesse player that needs to play with other skilled players in order to be succesful. I see him very possible filling the 1st or 2nd line LW hole depending where you prefer to pencil Hall in.

I would like to see him start on the 1st line with Nuge and Eberle.

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#26 fuzzy muppet
June 20 2012, 10:40AM
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@Archaeologuy

Agreed.

You ONLY move Gagner if an established NHL center with size that can handle a top six role is ready to be plugged in his place. Otherwise it's a step back.

Galchenyuk MIGHT be better than Gagner in 3-5 years. You think Taylor Hall and Eberle want to lose for 3 more seasons???

Fix the defense first. end of story

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#27 Oiler Al
June 20 2012, 10:46AM
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Yakapov over Galennyuk first off. Second not sure what the mood is like in Montreal this year, but making a trade to MTL for their third pick . I would send Hemsky & Pkg of draft or prospects for their third pick. [ Dealing with CLB/Howsen seems impossible], Oilers pick Yak in the 1 st., Clb, would take Murray, and Edm takes Gallenyuk with thrid.If Clb, takes Gal., the Oilers can pick Murray in third. Maybe for not if Clb, and Mtl are intent on keeping their picks at any cost.

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#28 Walter Sobchak
June 20 2012, 10:47AM
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@ Arch

Agreed with the upgrade at 2C not being a huge concern at this time. I'll concede that point and the upgrade on defense being a huge point.

However, there are certain points that Gagner does not bring.

Your best players need to play, Galchenyuk PK's.

Long term fit is better, cost significantly less with a better projected upside.

His I.Q offensively and defensively is great and does have size, although I agree with you he won’t go out and smash guys, but he won’t get separated as easily as Gagner does.

He’s faster and his development curve will not take as long.

I do think @Cody Anderson was on to something when he said that with these players the likely hood of landing a top tier defensemen is easier because they want to play with this offensive team.

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#29 Fresh Mess
June 20 2012, 10:47AM
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Hartsburg has been hired by Columbus as associate coach. Is that a tell that perhaps Sutter isn't getting the oilers Head coach gig?

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#30 Cody anderson
June 20 2012, 10:49AM
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The Soup Fascist:

I agree that 2nd line centre is not a pressing issue and we have holes elsewhere. I would be totally fine with Gagner and believe we can win with him. He is a competent young centre and is improving.

I hate that the rumors are always there and everyone is always talking about moving him because he surely heres or reads some of it. It is probably very hard to be happy on a team that's fans are trying to run you out of town.

I, looking at the team as a GM, think that anytime you are given an opportunity to improve your team you look at it. Offesnively who knows if Gal will ever be as good as Gagner let alone better. He is bigger and does have chemistry with Yak which makes it very hard not to look at him. He is also strong defensively, and was used heavily on the PK. He sounds like a very well rounded centre with lots of potential. The main downside I see is, after missing last year, is he NHL ready? If not, this would really hurt us for this coming season.

The only way you can trade Gagner is if there is a better, cheaper option at centre. If we trade him for a D, or worse yet a draft choice where we select a D we create a massive hole that the team cannot win with.

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#31 madjam
June 20 2012, 10:49AM
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Arch -i like Gagner as well , but his play other than offensively is challenged and just adds to our soft touch . He still has not overtaken Horcoff after all these years . Someone at center has to make room for more size and grit with an emerging Hopkins . Can we replace the overpaid Horcoff as well if we don't start upgrading the size at center this draft ? Gagner might be our best asset toward upsizing . To bad Gagner did not develop an effective defensive game , and is still to easy to bump off puck at both ends of ice . The team is not exactly going anywhere if our forwards all remain on the small side . He'll do fine on a team that has size he can play with , at least offensively .

This season should be a transition season into upsizing , something we have still yet to be successful with on our on ice roster !

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#32 Quicksilver ballet
June 20 2012, 10:51AM
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@ The Soup Fascist

Theo Peckham! According to Archies train of thought he may be the guy. There's no denying Theo would be an upgrade over Gags in the hitting department, shot blocking and overall defensive play. If Galchenyuks offensive qualities are made redundant by Hopkins then why not Peckham at 2LC?

Cancel Mammoet (to move heavan and earth on friday) the answers been right under our nose all along. Problem solved.

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#33 Walter Sobchak
June 20 2012, 10:56AM
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@ Cody anderson

If you want a shot at the # 2 pick you have to give CBJ building blocks.

You won’t get them with just Gagner or Hemsky, I'm just trying to think what CBJ would want to give that pick up.

I tend to think Paajarvi would be involved.

I also would sell Hemsky first, so I could move Gagner to the wing or for a Defenseman later on.

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#34 The Soup Fascist
June 20 2012, 10:57AM
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@Cody anderson

@ Cody Anderson

And if anyone can see a way Gagner gets you Gal it is a discussion worth having - even though I would be scared poopless with a 19 and 18 year old as your top 2 centers, no matter their talent level. But Gal goes top 3 and Gagner does not come close to getting Columbus or Mtls pick. So it becomes a navel gazing exercise IMO.

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#35 Cody anderson
June 20 2012, 11:00AM
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Dark Parade: I hope you are joking! Peckam is an AHL/NHL bubble player in the role he knows. I would be surpised if he could sucessfuly transition into the centre role, but even if he could it would be as a 4th line defensive centre.

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#36 sloppy joe
June 20 2012, 11:01AM
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I am in the Arch / Fuzzy Muppet / Soup fascist camp.

Gagne was a highly touted pick who slipped to 6th, and we felt we stole him in that spot at the time.

Now he's got 5 years of development and is a 'good but not great' 2C. Why would we trade him for another pick who may or may not be as good as him 5 years from now?

If we jettison our real NHL players for shiny new picks every year, we will be in an Islanders-esque perpetual rebuild (and you can argue we're already there).

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#37 Quicksilver ballet
June 20 2012, 11:01AM
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Brandon Sutter and the 8th in exchange for Gagner and Hemsky.

Yes Cody, i was foolin around

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#38 oilers2k12
June 20 2012, 11:02AM
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Oilerd must draft Yakupov, he's proven the most.. Gagner-Yakupov or RNH-Yakupov would be unbelievable on the first or second line..Big gritty winger on the other side.

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#39 Cody anderson
June 20 2012, 11:03AM
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I don't do a trade until right before they go to the podium so you know who is available unless ofcourse it was CBJ.

If we draft Yak all Hemmer is to us is salary or trade bait. He is my first option in any trade. If it is for Gal I would include Gagner and a sapre piece if need be. If it is a team that values both Hemmer and Gagner they could be enough.

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#40 Cody anderson
June 20 2012, 11:12AM
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Dark parade: Creative trade adding Hemmer and Brandon Sutter. I still don't do this trade unless Galcheyuk or Grigoreko are avalable.

I don't see Sutter being a good replacement for Gagner in the 2nd centre role. He would look awful good in Horcoff or Belager's role though, and would add the grit we need in horcoff's spot.

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#41 The Soup Fascist
June 20 2012, 11:13AM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

@ The Soup Fascist

Theo Peckham! According to Archies train of thought he may be the guy. There's no denying Theo would be an upgrade over Gags in the hitting department, shot blocking and overall defensive play. If Galchenyuks offensive qualities are made redundant by Hopkins then why not Peckham at 2LC?

Cancel Mammoet (to move heavan and earth on friday) the answers been right under our nose all along. Problem solved.

Steve Tambellini, is that you?

Thanks Dark Parade. Gotta admit that was funny.

Question asked and answered.

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#42 Minister D-
June 20 2012, 11:16AM
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I hope that the Oilers land both Galchenyuk and Yakupov; failing that, I'm going to go against the consensus here and hope that the Oilers draft the former instead of the latter. Nuge-Galchenyuk at C would be fantastic. I suppose the question is whether Galchenyuk would likely spend another year in junior; are fans/management willing to be that patient when we could have Yakupov in the lineup next year?

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#43 maverick
June 20 2012, 11:27AM
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I know we all hope this draft will make the oilers better now but this is about 3 years down the road.

Gagner is a RFA in need of a contract and is 2 years away from UFA status. His contract might be $20million over 4 years. In 3 years who will be the 2nd line center if gagner leaves in two years?

If galchenyuk is ready in 3 years to replace would anyone complain about drafting a complement player to RNH at center??

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#44 moosewacker
June 20 2012, 11:29AM
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Would the Islanders be open to dealing the 4th overall pick in a package involving Gagner ? If the Oil could somehow pry Ryan Strome out of them as well they could walk up to the podium select a D and have our future 2nd line C. One of Murray, Reinhart, Riley, Dumba etc will be there at 4. Let Stu Decide who he likes best.

Islanders need D, but hey it's the Islanders anything can happen. Hopefully the ghost of Mike Milbury can help us.

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#45 junior mint 77
June 20 2012, 11:44AM
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hi nation a newbie here so dont bite my darn head off,but trading gagner for anything less than a nhl c is just taking a step back,a center in this draft will not be playing in nhl come oct or whenever season starts if there is a lockout gal played what a combined 6 games this season he lost a whole year he shouldn't be making the league this upcoming season if you dont want to ruin him but dont get me wrong im not saying i dont like his game i do ,and if steve by miracle,fluke,or dumb luck can get another pick in top 5 with out trading sam i say go for it and draft gal,sam might have more value in a season or too after gal has time to be nhl ready and sam plays with yak,and hall.p.s dont draft a defenseman if with #1

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#46 vetinari
June 20 2012, 11:51AM
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Some thoughts on management's likely approach at the draft on Friday:

The Oil will take Yak at #1--he's the BPA and although we have a lot of wingers, there's not another player in the draft that I would trade "straight up" for him, telling me that he's the player Tambi should go with.

Edmonton needs to be aggressive at looking at another top 8 pick because the UFA market is pretty thin this year. If we want immediate help through the draft, the Oil will likely target a centre for the second line with a second first round pick. If they are still in development mode, they may take a defenceman as a project pick if they feel Gagner is the answer to their second line. I say this because I can't see the Oilers turning to an 18 year old rookie defenceman for help for 2012-13; they'll go the trade market for help there.

Columbus is open to moving down (which we can't help with unless we involve a third team in a deal); Toronto wants to make a splash and will be open to moving its' #5 to either go up or down depending on what it gets back in return; NYI at #4 is always up for "pick swapping" if history is any indication; Montreal is unlikely to move its' #3 in a year where they have a new GM and coach; but Anaheim (#6) and Carolina (#8) may be open to dealing their picks.

Frankly, if I'm the Oil, I would be targeting Columbus and Toronto for a veteran defenceman in a player-for-player swap (possibly dangling a combination of anyone NOT named Hall, Eberle, RNH or Yakupov), and try to pry out their pick in a separate transaction. If I'm unsuccessful there, I would be talking to NYI, Anaheim and Carolina depending on whether my player of interest is still on the board at their picks.

At this point, I'm expecting the Oil to make a trade for at least one veteran/promising defenceman by the time they announce their first pick and I'm expecting some long breaks between the first 10 picks as the phones ring off the hook on each of the GM's tables.

I've heard that this isn't regarded as a deep draft, however, after Yakupov, there is a cluster of about 12 notable prospects that a team could build around. There is also a cluster of about 4-6 teams that could conceivably move their top 10 pick, depending on what happens. Go get one of them, Tambi!

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#47 Racki
June 20 2012, 11:59AM
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I've seen a bit of Galchenyuk.. certainly not enough to be considered having scouted him out well. But I really loved what I saw. He plays physical, he has an incredible shot (QUICK release) and he is very difficult to knock off the puck. I'd love to have him here, especially given he is a center.

I know a few teams have considered drafting Nail and Galchenyuk. But if he drops a bit in the draft, I'd like to see the Oilers do what they can to get that 2nd pick, a la Vancouver Canucks and the Sedins. Barring failure of that, maybe they have some time to work out a trade.. but it's likely they'll have to overpay.

Anyways, love the idea of both. We'd have two pretty potent offensive units.

That all said, bigger priority for me would be to flip assets for an established, very good d.. but picking up Galchenyuk doesn't mean we can't get that good D too.

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#48 Kevin
June 20 2012, 12:29PM
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Hey - I like that idea ! big fan of Trouba and if the big Center is close with Yak then take the big center. This fills a couple holes.

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#49 mayorpoop
June 20 2012, 12:47PM
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i like Gagner's drive, desire, heart and skill as much as the next guy but if you had the opportunity to draft Galchenyuk and didn't want to, then you'd be a bit too conservative for my liking.

take yakupov first and foremost then if that option arises where Gagner can be moved to draft Galchenyuk...pull the trigger.

this is not a setback or 3-5 year proportions as some would claim. for sure 1 yr. he may not be ready for the NHL this year. the year after it is not unfathomable to believe he can hit 40-50 points. this is not an outrageous number for someone with high end offensive skill (and size).

listen it probably won't happen but if it could then...make it so.

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#50 Thinker
June 20 2012, 12:48PM
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If they pass up yak for his inferior linemate, I will not be impressed.

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