OILERS FAN GUIDE TO WJ'S

Lowetide
December 25 2013 11:13AM

For Edmonton Oiler fans, this is going to be an unusual World Junior championships. Over the last several years Edmonton draft picks have been front and center at the annual prospect tournament, but this year there are only two—Russians Bogdan Yakimov (in photo) and Anton Slepyshev. Is there anything worth watching? Or course!

FUTURE OILERS VIA TRADE

The Oilers did not draft Curtis Lazar (photo by Lisa McRichie via Kukla's Korner) or Griffin Reinhart but they certainly wanted to, and one suspects both young men are still on club radar. Former Oil Kings have value to the organization, as reflected in the trade earlier this season to acquire Laurent Brossoit. My belief is the Oilers put a high degree of importance on character, and from what we know of these two young men they have that part of the equation in great amounts.

FUTURE OILERS VIA DRAFTMAS PAST

As mentioned, the two Russians drafted earlier this year should be major players for the Russians. There will be three chances to see these kids via tsn if you get both channels and I'll be giving you updates throughout the tournament here at Oilers Nation through the holidays.

These two gents (Yakimov and Slepyshev) are important players for the Oilers, because it is extremely rare for the club to venture into the USSR (old timey reference) and success would probably mean more picks from that part of the world. There's no doubting the quality of these players, but signability can be an issue as we all know.

FUTURE OILERS VIA DRAFTMAS FUTURE

Folks, they're everywhere. Canada is represented by Sam Reinhart (Kootenay Ice), Aaron Ekblad (Barrie Colts), two players who are vying for number one overall. Also in the conversation are Germany's Leon Draisaitl, who plays for the PA Raiders. He's a very popular player among Oiler fans already, with Warren texting to tsn 1260 the other day that Edmonton should do the "death rattle for Draisaitl" ala Fail for Nail and Fall for Hall.

Other eligibles worth paying attention to are Kasperi Kapanen (yes, Sami's son) who is a skill winger for Finland, and Russian center Ivan Barbashev. Another player to follow is Lucas Wallmark, who passed through the draft in the summer but has a fine season going in 2013-14.

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

Merry Christmas! I'll be updating throughout the holidays on the World Juniors and following the progress of Yakimov and Slepyshev. Best of the season!

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#51 SRELIOFAN
December 25 2013, 11:42AM
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Merry Christmas LT! I hereby give you the day off!

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#52 gr8one
December 25 2013, 12:03PM
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Question for all of you people that are vastly more informed than me.

What are you're thoughts on this Michael DalColle kid?

Based on the following profile and his position(C), skillset and size, to my eye there's not a better fit for the Oilers and he's projected to go iin the range of where we'll likely be choosing, yet I haven't really heard anything about him or anyone lobbying for him as a choice.

http://www.mynhldraft.com/2014/NHL-Draft-Profiles/Michael-DalColle

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#53 gr8one
December 25 2013, 12:22PM
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Romulus' Apotheosis wrote:

And @ LT

If all goes according to plan… what exactly were those guys hoping would happen?

I can't for the life of me figure out how they drew it up on the kitchen table.

This is where my thoughts always go when I see such "jackassery".

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#54 etownman
December 25 2013, 12:49PM
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So un-Canadian, looks like they spilled a drop!!

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#55 John Chambers
December 25 2013, 01:10PM
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@Romulus' Apotheosis

Could you imagine if Buf traded for the Oilers 1st and, given that hey already own NYI's pick for Vanek, owned the top 3 picks in the draft?

Reinhart, Ekblad, and Draisaitl in Buffalo. With Grigorenko and Girgensons they would have depth at C to die for.

So maybe they throw in Grigorenko to make the deal for our 1st happen.

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#56 Pouzar99
December 25 2013, 04:18PM
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Ekblad, Ekblad, Ekblad.

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#57 michael
December 25 2013, 06:26PM
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Got my Hockey News WJHC magazine primer. Looking forward to watching Sam Rheinhart and Ekblad. Got the PVR set up to record. These 5 am games are hard on a 48 year old post Christmas body.

Lowetide what is up with the Isles. Its not like they are playing in a overly difficult division. Goodness they are just awful. They have taken a monster step backwards. Comparatively the Oilers get to play a murderers row of top teams night in night out. You need only look at the top 6 teams in the Western Conference to see how the Oilers current plight has come about.

I know that we are not a playoff bound team. But what I hope for post Christmas break is a team that comes to play hard every night. Even if they get shutout 6-0 by the likes f the Blues. I want to see effort.

BTW. My favorite Oiler moment this year was twofold by the same player. The first was Yaks celly after he scored the winning goal against LA. The other was Yak in the Penalty Box with Gazdic looking like the cat that ate the mouse. Loved that moment of bonding.

Should have Favorite Oiler Moment for 2013 article.

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#58 Brian
December 26 2013, 09:43AM
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I suspect MacT will move the first round pick for some proven assets if only to avoid the humiliation of being one of the 5 GMs onTSNs draft show. Either that, or KSlow should faced the camera with some smirk on his face; like it's all going according to plan .

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#59 Step Daddy J
December 26 2013, 10:50AM
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HardBoiledOil wrote:

^I kind of see this every year.....the next year's players at the next draft are all more valuable than the previous draft's players. and, right, the Oilers scouts are "lazy" and show "too much love" to players playing on a winning team in our own back yard....and I don't know what reports you've been reading about the d-men, but other than Ekblad, I haven't read anywhere about any of the other top d-men in this draft being NHL ready! I doubt Nick Ritchie is on the Oiler radar, though I think he should be at his size. Lazar is out scoring Ritchie too.

Michael DalColle has more potential than Lazar and Haydn Fleury is a + 200 pound defenceman that might be nhl ready . Fleury and Ekblad make me drool on the D Line ..

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#60 madjam
December 26 2013, 06:43PM
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A.Slepychev leads off with two goal performance for Russia .

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#61 JT
December 27 2013, 09:09AM
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@Step Daddy J

Oh great, here comes the "play bad for Elblad" justification

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#62 RexHolez
December 27 2013, 11:07AM
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JT wrote:

Oh great, here comes the "play bad for Elblad" justification

That's what losers do! They justify losing! It's a mindset

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