Trades, the Edmonton Oilers, and Magnus Paajarvi

Jonathan Willis
July 09 2012 05:05PM

Paajarvi looks skyward after breaking a long goal-scoring slump

Except for days where the Calgary Flames and Toronto Maple Leafs are making deals, or Pittsburgh is giving away Markus Naslund for Alex Stojanov, teams generally need to give up quality to land quality in return. With news that the Oilers are still looking to land a top-four defenseman, might Magnus Paajarvi be a piece the team considers moving? Should they be considering it?

Bob Stauffer, quoted in Robin Brownlee’s article today makes it clear that the Oilers are looking to the trade front to address their blue line. Given Stauffer’s enviable track record on these things, that’s as close to a sure thing as it gets.

Why do I bring up Paajarvi’s name? Mostly because the young winger is at an interesting place in his Oilers career.

A year ago, Paajarvi was a 20-year old 10th overall pick coming off a 15-goal/34-point season in Edmonton. He wasn’t quite at the same level as fellow rookies Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle, but even so he was in the same range. This year, however, Hall and Eberle both improved their totals (in Eberle’s case, greatly) and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had a fantastic rookie season. Paajarvi scored two goals in half a season and saw significant time in the AHL, where his offensive totals were okay but not spectacular.

That makes Paajarvi less integral to the rebuild, and a candidate to be moved in the right deal. (He’s not the only player in that boat – Sam Gagner and Ales Hemsky are other forwards with value who may not be considered significant parts of the rebuild.)

In the right deal, I think it makes sense to consider trading Paajarvi – but the right deal needs to involve a player coming back who fits both short- and long-term goals. In other words, it makes little sense to trade Paajarvi for a defenseman who is only likely to be an Oiler for one or two years.

The reason I say that is because while I share concerns about Paajarvi’s offensive game, I do think he has long-term upside as a top-nine forward on a good team. His offense is not as bad as he showed this year – among other things, his shooting percentage dropped to 2.9%, just over half as good as the NHL’s worst shooter since the lockout, Bruins’ tough guy Shawn Thornton. More than that, Paajarvi fared well by scoring chance/shot metrics and is one of the few young forwards in my memory who could stand to pay a little less attention to the defensive end of the rink and a little more to scoring.

Certainly Paajarvi’s physical gifts are not in question. Despite his reluctance to use his incredible speed and power forward’s frame (6’2”, 204lbs) to crash the net, he’s an excellent athlete. Even if his offense doesn’t come along, he looks a lot to me like a guy who could be a well-above average third-line winger. That has value.

What it doesn’t do is make him untouchable if the right deal comes along. Ideally, from an Oilers’ perspective hanging on to Paajarvi is the thing to do – they can wait and see if how he performs in 2012-13. But if he’s the piece that brings back a good defenseman with a long-term Oilers future, he’s movable.

This week by Jonathan Willis

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Jonathan Willis is a freelance writer. He currently works for Oilers Nation, Sportsnet, the Edmonton Journal and Bleacher Report. He's co-written three books and worked for myriad websites, including Grantland, ESPN, The Score, and Hockey Prospectus. He was previously the founder and managing editor of Copper & Blue.
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#1 Wax Man Riley
July 09 2012, 05:59PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

Paajarvi will not be enough to bring a regular top-4 D-man...

He would be part of a package, but he's not proven enough on his own to garner that at this point.

I don't know Gregor.

My sources are telling me Pittsburgh covets him and would be willing to part with Letang or Crosby to get him...but only if they throw in Omark. He would be key in the deal as well.

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#2 Fish``
July 09 2012, 10:29PM
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P.S. Does any team in the league wanna go toe to toe in a shoot out this year?

Should be fun.

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#3 westcoastoil
July 09 2012, 11:46PM
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I agree with the approach that unless he's part of a return for a top tier D it makes no sense to move him until we know what he is. A top notch 3LW who can move up when needed is very valuable to a winning team.

It'll be a dog fight to sneak into 8th (and many will say that's still a year away), so what's the rush on the kid. Give him a full year in OKC if that's what it takes for him to learn what he can/can't do at the pro level. Giving up early on kids like this makes you the NY Islanders.

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#4 Reg Dunlop
July 10 2012, 01:42AM
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@WeridAl

I don't think I like your tone. Nobody cracked harder on young Nail, but also nobody will defend him more vehemently now he is an Oiler. Laughable that Yak will add to our 5x5 scoring? He has wheels. Big time. He will go whereever he wants to on the ice, try to stop him. Head taken off? Do you mean literally or figuratively? Come on, man, he won't be any more targeted than Hall, RNH, Eberle etal. The Oil are VERY close to making a playoff run. The oil are VERY close to making you eat your words.

Don't you know how to spell 'Weird'? Just curious.

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#5 speeds
July 09 2012, 05:12PM
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If Paajarvi becomes a good 2nd/3rd line player that can help drive possession but doesn't record a bunch of points, that's probably a player you want to keep because he's unlikely to cost a ton of money yet he's still valuable to your team.

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#6 AutoOiler
July 10 2012, 03:24AM
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PRV was given a raw deal by Renney last year. The NHL games he did play he was riding shotgun for Belanger. Who on the team could score with Belanger. Deal Belanger for Gretzky's "hockey my way!" VHS. and a pair of cooperalls.

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#7 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
July 09 2012, 05:24PM
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In my opinion, his speed and size suggest he could be an excellent second line player, if he could muster the jam and bring it to the net hard. No more of that around-the-net swoop stuff, maybe Krueger can motivate him to cut in more and drive the play to the crease.

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#8 Jason Gregor
July 09 2012, 05:56PM
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Paajarvi will not be enough to bring a regular top-4 D-man...

He would be part of a package, but he's not proven enough on his own to garner that at this point.

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#9 junior mint77
July 09 2012, 06:04PM
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@Wäx Män Riley i dont know you so i will assume you mean denise crosby,and cristina letang

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#10 nuge2nail
July 09 2012, 06:10PM
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OILER DOMINATION TO FOLLOW

I would like to see Magnus on a line with Hopkins and Eberle - unless hes in a package deal for Yandle.

The Mag had a solid rookie season, and a sophmore slump - cut the kid some slack

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#11 Digger
July 09 2012, 07:38PM
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It had better be a high quality return on Magnus P (and package) deal; as it would be Oil luck to have him put it all together (thinking Miro Satan) and light it up somewhere else. MEMO: Why rush these kids into the show, only to give up on them when/if they have a "sour" year. It's all about patience and development. Great move to ship him to OKC last year. Calm down everyone. We may risk throwing out the baby with the bathwater!!

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#12 RexLibris
July 09 2012, 08:42PM
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I don't understand the rush to trade away Paajarvi. He is still developing and is both of a size and in a position (LW) that this organization is lacking.

If Hartikainen doesn't pan out, if Hemsky can't make the shift to the other wing, if Hamilton never becomes an NHL player...

Moving Paajarvi now seems to me like a case of selling low.

I would rather see the Oilers trade Hemsky, a forward prospect in the AHL and a 2nd round pick than Paajarvi at this point.

Besides, then we have space to sign Doan. ;-)

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#13 The Talking Cucumber
July 09 2012, 08:49PM
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Eagle eyes Magnus looks like has the tools to be a potential selke award winner. I agree with a previous poster, that once he uses his sexy body to inflict pain, any team that has him stands to gain. Once he uses his speed, the opposing team will bleed. Anyone can get traded, I just hope Tamponlini asking price is a side order of steep. Magnus forever and ever amen.

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#14 dawgtoy
July 09 2012, 09:29PM
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@Wax Man Riley

TSN lists Eberle as a C on that poll. LOL

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#15 fyvmjw
July 09 2012, 10:35PM
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Stupid is as stupid does. You can't preach or sell patience during the rebuild and re-developement of the team and continue to treat draft picks this way. Paajarvi did not get a fair chance last year because he got bumped by Rennie for Ryan Smyth and he never did take his foot off the kid's throat. They put him in the bottom six and then after much pissing around they decided to send him to OKC.

For some reason Stauffer has his own agenda going here. He poses all kinds of scenarios and they are all stupid.

Leave the high draft picks alone and let them develop. I guarantee he turns his attention to Lander next and starts giving him the bums rush out the door.

Stupid organization, stupid front man!

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#16 TeddyTurnbuckle
July 09 2012, 10:42PM
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I like Magnus's speed and skill but I don't think I've ever seen him throw a body check. It is not part of his game and I don't think it ever will be unfortunately.

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#17 FastOil
July 09 2012, 11:08PM
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What will determine Pajaarvi's career IMO is whether he decides he wants the puck more than his opponent.

He will likely never be a big scorer, but with his speed and size, if he always has the puck or gets it back effectively he won't need to hit.

LA threw hits, but the fact they cleared their zone so quickly and could hold the puck offensively was the key, as it usually is when a team dominates. The big mean Bruins couldn't repeat.

The Oilers lose right now because they are the exact opposite, and hitting won't fix it, although it would be fun to watch, if losing still is ok.

To beat this to death, if MP threw up 30 points next year IMO he would be a top 5 sought after young forward, because of size, speed and defensive ability. Given a decent chance I think he could get there, he did already.

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#18 Eskimo44
July 09 2012, 11:53PM
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I think Paajarvi's season in the AHL is underrated. Other than 16-17 games of Omark he had the best ppg on the squad. Also he averaged a whopping 3 shots per game. He was arguably the best forward on an elite AHL team, thats a very good arrow. We can see from Kellers totals that perhaps OKC stifled offense a little in favour of strong defense. I think Paajarvi did rather well considering this. In saying that i'd have him in the AHL again next season.

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#19 Wax Man Riley
July 10 2012, 02:00AM
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fyvmjw wrote:

Stupid is as stupid does. You can't preach or sell patience during the rebuild and re-developement of the team and continue to treat draft picks this way. Paajarvi did not get a fair chance last year because he got bumped by Rennie for Ryan Smyth and he never did take his foot off the kid's throat. They put him in the bottom six and then after much pissing around they decided to send him to OKC.

For some reason Stauffer has his own agenda going here. He poses all kinds of scenarios and they are all stupid.

Leave the high draft picks alone and let them develop. I guarantee he turns his attention to Lander next and starts giving him the bums rush out the door.

Stupid organization, stupid front man!

I think PRV got bumped last year because Smyth was a better option, and I am glad for it.

He is 20 years old. He won't be ruined by not making the club and heading to the minors to develop. Nothing wrong with players earning their time.

I would argue it is the impatient fans that want players like PRV and Lander out the door because they aren't progressing at Eberlonian® speed. He is almost a full year younger than Ebs, and not of the same caliber as Hall.

Minors this year too, and that is ok.

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#20 moreses
July 10 2012, 02:21AM
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I would not give up on MPS quite yet. I think more than anything he is a project. if his shooting % was normal last year it would have statistically looked a whole lot better and he might have received more PP time and more time playing top 6 minutes (see Ryan Jones). Paajarvii is far from a prospect I would give up on unless the return was substantial. He has all the tools to become a very good NHL player. Although his first season numbers were probably inflated (playing a lot of PP time and minutes while the other two rookies were injured) the kid can shoot the puck, skate and he's a big guy. He is one timid guy as well, but that will change as he ages and gains confidence. I see no reason why MPS could not play 3rd line minutes next season. He should be killing penalties and he should be learning how to perfect his roll as a defensive forward. Magnus is a project. He is probably not going to be a 30 goal guy, but could he score you 20 goals and 50 points at the age of 23 - 24, I think so.

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#21 russ99
July 10 2012, 11:09AM
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The Oilers really shouldn't trade Paajarvi (or Hemsky for that matter) since both players could improve drastically from a switch from Renney's dump/cycle/defend/reacquire system to a more dynamic offensive system under Krueger.

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#22 @Oilanderp
July 10 2012, 02:23PM
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If you traded Magnus straight up for a d-man, the guy you got back would probably be a worse defenceman than Magnus himself could be!

The only way you would get good value for MPS would be if some GM could see the potential he has. Otherwise, you would be selling low at this time.

If you're going to trade a guy then you need to play the crap out of him on your best offensive lines against soft opposition and inflate his numbers and then sell high.

Hemsky, MPS, and even Omark are all at a low. Their numbers haven't been artificially juiced up.

For that reason alone I would prefer to wait, unless of course some trade offer comes along that you can't refuse.

There is no rush here. Asset management.

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#23 Quicksilver ballet
July 09 2012, 05:44PM
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Of course, you're not in a hurry to move a player like PRV, but if the right piece comes along (Weber/Gudbranson type) then it has to be a no brainer.

Not sure if i mentioned it but only if Weber or Gudbranson are up for grabs.

Weber or Gudbranson......WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

BTW, where's ON's own real NHL insider Wax Man Riley?

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#24 Wax Man Riley
July 09 2012, 05:50PM
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I think Paajarvi still needs some time to realize he has NHL size and speed.

Hey JW,

Sources inside the organization say they don't want to give up on this kid as they think he has tremendous upside and are willing to wait and develop him.

However, some teams say the same thing. Calgary likes him and are in no rush to get better (see Jankowski), but are afraid of what JBo will be to play against in EDM.

You can use that for your twitter, btw

#ImAnInsiderToo

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#26 Shredder
July 09 2012, 06:08PM
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As much as we love to speculate, and I'm sure Tambi is trying to make something happen, I'd suggest we need to be prepared for the roster today being the roster on Oct. 15.

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#27 junior mint77
July 09 2012, 06:14PM
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nobody is picking on magnus here so far just silly 1 for 1 trades that inside sources are talking about!

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#28 junior mint77
July 09 2012, 06:16PM
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sorry i mean 2for1 mags and omark get you crosby lol!

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#29 Lexi
July 09 2012, 06:44PM
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Interestingly enough the WJC final from 2009 is on TSN2. MPS and Mikael Backlund look like Sweden's best players and Eberle and Hodgson look like Canada's best. Fascinating to see how different the directions certain guy's careers have taken. Canada's D is Hickey (Canada's captain), Teubert, Subban, Myers, Golbuff, Aulie and Ellis. Tavares and Angelo Esposito are on the 1st line.

I've got to think MPS will be solid as either a 2nd or 3rd liner and as long as we don't worry about the fact that he might be a bit of a disappointment for 10th pick. Now if he is the key to a trade that gets us someone like Enstrom or Bowmesster fine, but unless he helps get us a legit top 4 or big two way Centre, I think they should keep him.

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#30 Wax Man Riley
July 09 2012, 07:33PM
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Just to throw it out there.....

TSN has a poll of "Which Player is Better?"

Eberle vs. Kessel

Apparently The Center of The Universe is out in all of it's fury, and Kessel is ahead.

Let's help Ebs out. Click here to help out!

EDIT: I will also post this on the next article for those who miss it here.

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#31 speeds
July 09 2012, 07:41PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

Paajarvi will not be enough to bring a regular top-4 D-man...

He would be part of a package, but he's not proven enough on his own to garner that at this point.

Personally, I wouldn't be willing to move Paajarvi for that player unless it's a guy that can play top pairing, even though that probably means EDM is adding. For a 2nd pairing guy, I'd rather just keep Paajarvi unless the D still had some upside and/or a decent contract/term.

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#32 John Chambers
July 09 2012, 08:08PM
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@speeds

It seems you could add a 2nd pairing guy for very little (as NYI did getting Visnovski for a 2nd rounder), or signing a Colaiaccovo or Roszival.

So I agree with you - it's only worthwhile to part with Paajarvi's talent if it's going to deliver you a top-pair guy in return, even if it also costs you the 2nd rounder we obtained from Anaheim.

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#33 Sizzler
July 09 2012, 08:31PM
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I would wait to see who becomes available through waivers at the start of the season before making a trade. Phoenix has too many guys to keep with the big club.

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#34 Oilcan
July 09 2012, 08:31PM
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With the Oilers stocking the cupboards with prospects I would think their 2nd and a 3rd or their 2nd and the Ducks 2nd for a guy like Enstrom or another Dman thats 1 year away from a UFA might get the job done. Or even a second for a Paul Martin type but I would prefer less years.

The Oilers can afford to shed some draft picks next year to give a year gap to clear out the deadweight and keep the 50 contacts in check, however with the draft being a strong one next year it could be tough...but more then likely when the draft rolls around they will talk about how its weak other then the high end but the year after is strong.

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#35 RexLibris
July 09 2012, 08:44PM
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@John Chambers

Just a quick question to you sir,

Where was Tambellini when that Vishnovsky deal was being done? Maybe he didn't want to come back to Edmonton, and I accept that possibility, but when one needs a puck-moving defenceman, and one sees such a player cross the trade wire at a discount cost, I think it begs the question.

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#36 Oiler AL
July 09 2012, 09:43PM
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Not knowing who Tambelini might be targeting as a possible trade,its difficult to suggest who should be going the other way. In general if its someone at the level of Enstrom or Yandl, then he could be part of the pkg... of prospects or AHL, or future draftees.

If its a lesser level of player, why not just go out and sign Roszvil or Colavaccio, without having to give up a player.

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#37 Fish``
July 09 2012, 10:28PM
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I say give PRV a chance with some offensive guys. He hasn't really had that push, granted he hasn't grabbed it, but i would give him a chance. This is his year to show where his career will go. Will he be Fernado, or Sedin lite? I say push lines of Hall, Hoppy, Ebs, then role PRV, Gagner, Yak in a sheltered role and stick Smyth, Horc, and Hemmer out against the toughs/second tier. That leaves a fourth of Belanger, Jones, and Harti/Darcy H. If PRV falters, take action and put him in role that works or move him. But give him a shot with some real players. Gagner with those two wingers putting D men on their heals could be deadly. Plus I think PRV is defensive enough to make up for some of Yaks defensive short comings. P.S: The Oilers just signed me as an associate coach. Which means they'll give the helm in two years time.

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#38 WeridAl
July 10 2012, 12:49AM
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Jonathan over the last couple of months you and some other bloggers have been trying to justify the Oilers need for another top 4 D. It seem you like Stauffer are delusional to believe that if the Oilers get another top 4 D, there is a good chance the Oilers will make the playoffs. Can you please tell use what you and Stauffer are taking so we can believe this fairy land tale. You've mention a number of D that are best 6th or 7th D from some bad defensive teams as possible targets which have been quit laughable.

Besides defense, the biggest problem the Oilers had was lack of even strength scoring and you cannot score if your butt is on the ice or face up against the boards. It's laughable to think Yakupov would change that. J.Schultz might improve it, but not Yakupov not a chance. How can Yakupov get into the scoring lanes, when Hall, Eberle and others could not, there is a good chance he'll get his head taken off.

Why trade for a 1yr or 2yr rental when have some good prospects or a possible D that could come into form like Smid. No you would rather trade a possible alstar to get a quick fix to fill some fantasy that the Oilers will make the playoffs

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#39 Wax Man Riley
July 10 2012, 01:50AM
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dawgtoy wrote:

TSN lists Eberle as a C on that poll. LOL

Haha.... I know!

If TSN was a man I would punch it! Right in the mouth. THAT'S BUSH... BUSH LEAGUE!

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#40 Wax Man Riley
July 10 2012, 02:06AM
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To add a bit more...

I think PRV will figure it out. He is very young, and will have a long career as a 2-way forward. I see him being similar to Marchant, but with a bit more skill and obviously some size.

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#41 Saytalk
July 10 2012, 04:12AM
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Paajarvi needs more a lot time in the minors to learn the North American game, develop some vision and build confidence. His game right now is purely north-south, speed down the wing and flick a soft wrister at the net, hence the low shooting percentage. He needs to learn how to see the other options available and develop the will to pursue those options (some of which include using the body). I'm not sure if he'll ever have the willingness to play physical. Like I've said before, his ceiling is to become the next Niklas Sundstrom.

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#42 pelhem grenville
July 10 2012, 05:24AM
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prv comparibles...cassey campbell-whatever her other name is...that wickenheiser gal was very good in the corners...team tough too

PRV to the A...Todd Nelson turns him into the league mvp, scoring champion and whatever else he needs to be to 'earn' a place in a trade package to get Shea Weber please...

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#43 The Beaker
July 10 2012, 07:19AM
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@Wäx Män Riley

lol at that TSN article "edmonton oilers center Jordan Eberle"...

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#44 John Chambers
July 10 2012, 07:38AM
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@RexLibris

Hey Rex,

Y'know, part if it I think is the player's likelihood of re-signing here. Just a single year of Visnovski isn't good value if he's going to be a malcontent or is slated to leave at season's end.

My guess is that this is the rationale behind the Tom Gilbert trade. I bet Gilbert was getting tired of losing in Edmonton and was unlikely to re-up two years from now. Schultz might not be as strong a player as Gilbert, but he's more likely to be here a while.

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#45 striker777
July 10 2012, 07:47AM
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RexLibris wrote:

@John Chambers

Just a quick question to you sir,

Where was Tambellini when that Vishnovsky deal was being done? Maybe he didn't want to come back to Edmonton, and I accept that possibility, but when one needs a puck-moving defenceman, and one sees such a player cross the trade wire at a discount cost, I think it begs the question.

I was thinking the same thing, until I've read Visnovsky wants to play in his native Slovakia after he plays out his current contract. Apparently, a Slovakian team from his home town just joined KHL.

I'm tired of overpaying in trades and I certainly don't want to see Paajarvi moved before we know what kind of player he becomes, unless we get a clear upgrade (eg. Bowmeester).

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#46 Dman09
July 10 2012, 08:39AM
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WeridAl wrote:

Jonathan over the last couple of months you and some other bloggers have been trying to justify the Oilers need for another top 4 D. It seem you like Stauffer are delusional to believe that if the Oilers get another top 4 D, there is a good chance the Oilers will make the playoffs. Can you please tell use what you and Stauffer are taking so we can believe this fairy land tale. You've mention a number of D that are best 6th or 7th D from some bad defensive teams as possible targets which have been quit laughable.

Besides defense, the biggest problem the Oilers had was lack of even strength scoring and you cannot score if your butt is on the ice or face up against the boards. It's laughable to think Yakupov would change that. J.Schultz might improve it, but not Yakupov not a chance. How can Yakupov get into the scoring lanes, when Hall, Eberle and others could not, there is a good chance he'll get his head taken off.

Why trade for a 1yr or 2yr rental when have some good prospects or a possible D that could come into form like Smid. No you would rather trade a possible alstar to get a quick fix to fill some fantasy that the Oilers will make the playoffs

Right and I supposed RNH didn't play well last season and has no physical game to speak of being so small. It was an illusion him laying out one of the most solid players in the game Brendan Morrow.

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#47 Cody anderson
July 10 2012, 09:09AM
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@ WeridAl

I will try to keep this from sounding to derogatory but you sound a lot like a Vancouver fan. We all know there are a couple of holes that need filling and we are probably still 2-3 years away from being one of the NHL Elite teams.

I don't have a crystal ball that can guarantee the team will be in the playoffs this year but i think if the team went in as is with improved coaching we have a very good shot to be competing for the playoffs. That being said we all know they are still planning on making a move or 2 to address the holes we do have.

If you are comparing the team on paper going into this season as opposed to the last 2 we look very good! One thing that we were missing in years past is depth. We are still thin but getting deeper each year. It is a lot easier for a team to put their top checkers out and have them key on one or two scoring threats then it is to have them try to match lines and stop 5 or 6 players. If you look at the stats from the young guys they have been going at a pretty good clip, and as that depth improves they will get more room. J schultz should open the ice up a little bit. Yak is fast and probably uses his body more then any of the young guys other then Hall.

If you are so certain we have no chance at the playoffs this year what types of odds would you be willing to give in a bet?

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#48 Joy S. Lee
July 10 2012, 11:04PM
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@Jordan Nugent-Hallkins

My sentiments exactly. Not if, but when Paajarvi learns to drive to the net, he becomes a huge asset, and especially on this team. It's a team that attacks in waves, and if they're going in to follow up a net drive, they're going in to clean up the chaos Paajarvi leaves behind.

Not to mention, we're talking about sick speed and skating. He's not a sniper, but this guy will be very valuable in a multitude of other ways. I know I'm different than many, but I consider him a vital cog -- in an understated sort of way -- if this machine is to deliver Stanley.

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#49 Joy S. Lee
July 10 2012, 11:29PM
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Actually, I'm happy to see many others in agreement with me on PRV. Way too early to give up on him. Ceiling higher than most realize. Good kid, great attitude. May be the type of player who, as he matures, doesn't score a ton, but scores the big goals in the big games, because he can get to places on the ice before others can, and he has the size to back it up. Krueger (or Nelson) may turn this kid into a star, but if we give up on him when he's 20, someone else might do it instead. And THAT is why the return had better be plenty if entertaining the idea of dealing him. As Oilanderp said, to get to the top, it's all about asset management, with a dash of patience.

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#50 Wax Man Riley
July 11 2012, 02:50AM
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Wax Man Riley wrote:

Just to throw it out there.....

TSN has a poll of "Which Player is Better?"

Eberle vs. Kessel

Apparently The Center of The Universe is out in all of it's fury, and Kessel is ahead.

Let's help Ebs out. Click here to help out!

EDIT: I will also post this on the next article for those who miss it here.

GO NATION!!

Eberle won! Eberle won!

given the choice of Kessel vs Eberle for real though, it's clear. Kessel is a scorer for sure, and he had a pretty sweet 82 point year, but he isn't Captain Clutch.

Next up is a tough one. Looks like it will be Jonathan Toews. Tough one for sure.

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