THE GRADUATES!

Lowetide
April 28 2013 10:21AM

Another year, another astonishing rookie crop. Since 2010, the Edmonton Oilers have added exceptional young talents to their roster and watched them play major roles on the young team. This year promised to be very good, and it did not disappoint in terms of quality rookies.

2010-11

  1. Jordan Eberle 69, 18-25-43
  2. Taylor Hall 65, 22-20-42
  3. Magnus Paajarvi 80, 15-19-34
  4. Linus Omark 51, 5-22-27
  5. Jeff Petry 35, 1-4-5

2011-12

  1. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 62, 18-34-52
  2. Anton Lander 56, 2-4-6
  3. Teemu Hartikainen 17, 2-3-5
  4. Colten Teubert 24, 0-1-1

2012-13

  1. Nail Yakupov 48, 17-14-31
  2. Justin Schultz 48, 8-19-27

 

That's an amazing cluster of players. There's no goaltender, but two fine defensemen, a center with a wide range of skills, and the marquee position (winger) delivered three outstanding players (Hall, Eberle, Yakupov) and a nice one in Paajarvi. All in a three year span!

OILERS HAVE DONE BETTER IN THE PAST!

Sure, the best rookie cluster in a three year period was probably 1979-1981, and it stopped traffic:

THE ROOKIES 79-80

  • Dave Lumley (80, 20-38-58)
  • Kevin Lowe (64, 2-19-21)
  • Peter Driscoll (39, 1-5-6)

THE ROOKIES 80-81

  • Jari Kurri (75, 32-43-75)
  • Glenn Anderson (58, 30-23-53)
  • Paul Coffey (74, 9-23-32)

THE ROOKIES 81-82

  • Grant Fuhr (48, 3.31 .899)
  • Charlie Huddy (41, 4-11-15)

The list of players who were not considered rookies because of WHA games played (Gretzky, Messier, etc) would make this three year cluster the best all-time for any team. As it is, that's a handful of HOFers plus very nice pieces on top of it. Fuhr in goal, Coffey, Lowe, Huddy on the blue and Kurri, Anderson and Lumley up front is glorious in a three year span.

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

This may not be the best three season rookie cluster in team history, but it's certainly worthy of a double take. I do think the three number one picks will reach exceptional levels of play, so we should re-visit the conversation a few years down the road. Add in Jordan Eberle, Justin Schultz and a fine young player in Petry and we could be looking at something very special building here.

These kids are just getting started.

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#1 RexLibris
April 28 2013, 10:29AM
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I loved listening to PJ Stock last night talk about how tired he was of the Oilers young players and choosing instead to focus on Corrado. Good young player, perhaps, but I ended up tuning out the hockey panel until I saw Elliotte Friedman open his mouth. Then at least I knew I'd hear something worthwhile.

My Calder money is on Huberdeau because he plays in the East, and his ice sliding game is nowhere near as developed as Yakupov. Besides, we all know the Eastern media hates the Oilers, right? ;-)

Honestly, though, that is a great group to build around. Everybody is so keen to subtract from the high end in order to shore up the low end, but I remain unconvinced.

As I recall, there was no shortage of suitors calling Glen Sather offering to give a little helping hand to his young squad in exchange for one or two of those young hotshot kids he had at the time. More astute free-agent signings and a trade of one forward asset soon to be RFA could go a long way to resolving the roster's current imbalance.

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#2 Aron S
April 28 2013, 10:33AM
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While I appreciate MacT saying that he didn't want to play the game of having untouchables on After Hours last night, what was a more beautiful sound to my ears was his acknowledgement of having a "Sakic or Bourque" style franchise players in the current mix. He seems to recognize that these players could really make the team great for the next 10 years if he doesn't trade them away.

Hopefully he can identify the right players to move.

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#3 Spydyr
April 28 2013, 10:34AM
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Hope the team graduates to the playoffs soon. Like next year soon. Lets go Mac-T.

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#5 Muji
April 28 2013, 10:37AM
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Aside from the solid point totals, it's fantastic that Yak and JScultz played every single game this year (aka. avoided injuries).

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#6 Butters
April 28 2013, 10:40AM
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I think Gallagher wins the Calder. He is a worthy of it though, but MTL and east media will make sure he wins.

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#7 Rama Lama
April 28 2013, 10:42AM
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I have more respect for Mac T after listening to him for 10 minutes that I did watching Tamby talk for six years.

I have been very critical of Tamby mostly because he refused to admit anything, say anything, do anything, except speak in general terms about nothing. What a refreshing change.

I get the sense that in spite of everything else the last two games were statement games from the skilled players...........do something and support us by providing role players that can actually play the game of hockey.

Based on his performance, I say Yaks has now entered the untouchable zone.

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#8 Butters
April 28 2013, 10:45AM
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LT, did Yakupov win the Rookie scoring race? I know he and JH were tied, but Yak had more goals so...

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#9 Randaman
April 28 2013, 10:45AM
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Bold? Eberle, Magnus & our 2014 1st rounder for Weber. Draft Monahan because Barkov is probably out of reach now. Sign Mike Smith as his puck handling abilities will take a lot of pressure of the defence. The time is NOW!!

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#10 Harlie
April 28 2013, 10:48AM
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#YAK4CALDER

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#11 Spydyr
April 28 2013, 10:49AM
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Mac-T was right on. The skill players have to learn to play without the puck.

What exactly does Gagner, without the puck, bring to the team ?

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#12 John Chambers
April 28 2013, 10:49AM
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I wonder what Jim Nill will do this summer to make over the Stars' roster. Perhaps he could be conned out of Goligoski.

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#13 Harlie
April 28 2013, 10:50AM
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This is a beautiful sight for sore eyes..

http://www.nhl.com/ice/rookies.htm

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#14 wiseguy
April 28 2013, 10:53AM
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Aron S wrote:

While I appreciate MacT saying that he didn't want to play the game of having untouchables on After Hours last night, what was a more beautiful sound to my ears was his acknowledgement of having a "Sakic or Bourque" style franchise players in the current mix. He seems to recognize that these players could really make the team great for the next 10 years if he doesn't trade them away.

Hopefully he can identify the right players to move.

What???!! When did Marty Reasoner rejoin our team????

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#15 Rod from Viking
April 28 2013, 10:59AM
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Now the season is over again I really hope the talk can be a little less pessimistic for now on Oilers Nation. Lets give Mac T the benefit of the doubt and see what he can get done between now and the end of summer. It was really brutal to have Mac T's after hours cut short by the LA/SJ game and the CBC HNC desk of mostly Toronto and Montreal homers.It would be really great if Scott Oak could be replaced on after hours as well. I also lost count on how many times during the game the broadcasters mentioned the Oilers were out and the Canucks were in, it would sure be nice to get Jim Hughson and Craig Simpson for some west games next year.

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#16 DSF
April 28 2013, 10:59AM
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John Chambers wrote:

I wonder what Jim Nill will do this summer to make over the Stars' roster. Perhaps he could be conned out of Goligoski.

The Dallas situation is going to be very interesting.

With Nill in charge, a billionaire owner, $20 million in free cap space and a top 10 draft pick, there could be some massive changes there.

They have Radek Faksa and Joe Morrow in the system so are pretty well stocked with young talent.

Why would they move Goligoski?

They signed him through 2016 and he has a NTC.

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#17 Randaman
April 28 2013, 11:07AM
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@Rod from Viking

Cudos Rod, I really feel PJ Stock is a complete idiot but I don't mind Scott Oak. I would rather see Hrudey out of the picture. Healy has to go too. What is this thing with ex goalies?

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#18 Will
April 28 2013, 11:15AM
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Mac T has already said it would take quite the return to move the wonder kids. I like that attitude as in if someone is willing to pay hi enough, and make our team that much better, then the kids aren't untouchable. That is a better mentality as a GM then the old wait and see.

The off season and draft is going to be exciting. We could win the lottery again, draft 7th, or fall as low as 8th. That means we're not getting Barkov, but we might get our hands on either Mohnahan or more likely Gauthier who has come up through the standings since the beginning of the year. Gauthier would certainly solve the team's size issues.

It's about time the Oilers had some impressive young talent in their ranks. Taylor Hall begins his reign of being in the top ten scoring int he league for years to come. However one look at Tampa bay and it's obvious that even having the leagues top two best scorers, does not make a good team.

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#19 Eddie Edmonton
April 28 2013, 11:16AM
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Spydyr wrote:

Mac-T was right on. The skill players have to learn to play without the puck.

What exactly does Gagner, without the puck, bring to the team ?

Give Gagner a few years to develop, he's only been in the league for 6 years.

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#21 Yes
April 28 2013, 11:20AM
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RexLibris wrote:

I loved listening to PJ Stock last night talk about how tired he was of the Oilers young players and choosing instead to focus on Corrado. Good young player, perhaps, but I ended up tuning out the hockey panel until I saw Elliotte Friedman open his mouth. Then at least I knew I'd hear something worthwhile.

My Calder money is on Huberdeau because he plays in the East, and his ice sliding game is nowhere near as developed as Yakupov. Besides, we all know the Eastern media hates the Oilers, right? ;-)

Honestly, though, that is a great group to build around. Everybody is so keen to subtract from the high end in order to shore up the low end, but I remain unconvinced.

As I recall, there was no shortage of suitors calling Glen Sather offering to give a little helping hand to his young squad in exchange for one or two of those young hotshot kids he had at the time. More astute free-agent signings and a trade of one forward asset soon to be RFA could go a long way to resolving the roster's current imbalance.

And this is why winning the last two games of the season was the worst thing this club could have done. Now we go into the offseason thinking we are better than we really are. News flash: teams that can beat the canucks 7-2 dont finish out of the playoffs. This teams needs a significant roster makeover. If there are not 6-8 new face on the starting lineup next year then this summer was a fail. This is not the time to feel contented with this team, just look back at the last quarter of the season and tell me they are anywhere near good enough.

Oh and MORE astute free agent signings? Which of the past free agent signing was so bloody astute?

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#22 Spydyr
April 28 2013, 11:24AM
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Eddie Edmonton wrote:

Give Gagner a few years to develop, he's only been in the league for 6 years.

Every year outside the playoffs too. Imagine that.

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#23 719
April 28 2013, 11:28AM
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Why is Healy always angry?

After listening to MacT yesterday I am willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.

Excellent job bringing up that article from the 80s lowetide. Does anyone remember the trade proposals they used to call in to Radio Show before 84? Gretzky for a bunch of grit and toughness...sound familiar?

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#24 Eddie Shore
April 28 2013, 11:30AM
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Yes wrote:

And this is why winning the last two games of the season was the worst thing this club could have done. Now we go into the offseason thinking we are better than we really are. News flash: teams that can beat the canucks 7-2 dont finish out of the playoffs. This teams needs a significant roster makeover. If there are not 6-8 new face on the starting lineup next year then this summer was a fail. This is not the time to feel contented with this team, just look back at the last quarter of the season and tell me they are anywhere near good enough.

Oh and MORE astute free agent signings? Which of the past free agent signing was so bloody astute?

MacTavish said on After Hours last night that even after the 5 game winning streak he did not believe the team was good enough to be a playoff team. I don't think two meaningless wins at the end of the season will change his mind.

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#25 Eddie Edmonton
April 28 2013, 11:31AM
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Spydyr wrote:

Every year outside the playoffs too. Imagine that.

I've been imagining so long - I can't comprehend if it is Gagner or my reality that is metphysical.

What ever happened to H.O.P.E? Where is Omark? Is there hope without him or must the prophecies be fulfilled?

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#26 Hammers
April 28 2013, 11:33AM
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I would add Magnus to your last paragraph as he will be an excellent 3rd line winger right or left who can move up with injuries . Question , will McT see Lander & Hartski as 4th line players ???? We Still need top 6 LW ( with size ) leaving Ebs & Yak on right side.His problem is "D" . Hope we get some surprises and not just saying by to Habby , Whit , Peckham , Belanger , Eager , Pettrell , Hordichuck , Plante , . Time will tell

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#27 Oilcan
April 28 2013, 11:33AM
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Yes wrote:

And this is why winning the last two games of the season was the worst thing this club could have done. Now we go into the offseason thinking we are better than we really are. News flash: teams that can beat the canucks 7-2 dont finish out of the playoffs. This teams needs a significant roster makeover. If there are not 6-8 new face on the starting lineup next year then this summer was a fail. This is not the time to feel contented with this team, just look back at the last quarter of the season and tell me they are anywhere near good enough.

Oh and MORE astute free agent signings? Which of the past free agent signing was so bloody astute?

Thats why having Tambo gone and Mac T is great for this. When they were sitting in 8th Mac T even admitted that he didn't think they were good enough to sustain the spot. He understands teams are never as good as they seem on a win streak and never as bad as they seem on a losing streak.

Change will happen, if anything these last two games just show that the young guys are for real but everything else need to change.

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#28 DSF
April 28 2013, 11:34AM
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Lowetide wrote:

DSF: Faksa and Morrow means Dallas is "well stocked with young talent" is a curious statement. Not picking on you but that's not really a lot of quality or depth.

I wasn't including the youngsters who have already made the jump to the NHL:

Jamie Benn is only 23

Cody Eakin - 21

Antoine Roussel -23

Reilly Smith - 22

Brendan Dillon - 22 (going to be a stud)

Alex Chiasson - 22

Jamie Oleksiak - 20

Kevin Connauton (from Vancouver)

First round pick from Boston in Jagr trade

While it's a group that lacks the star power of the Oilers young group, they have complied a prospect roster that is very deep and talented.

With Nill in charge, I would expect them to become a powerhouse pretty quickly bearing in mind their new ownership has very deep pockets and that they have a tremendous amount of free cap space.

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#29 Evilas
April 28 2013, 11:36AM
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Are PRV and Lander going to be sent to OKC?

As for acquiring Weber, I would offer Gagner, Hemsky, Tuebert, Marincin and Eager and the 2014 1st pick for Weber and Gaustad (shortened season due to shoulder surgery - he was meant to be an Oiler)and a prospect

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#30 Bushed
April 28 2013, 11:37AM
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Loved watching the kids stick it to Luongo and the Canucks, especially after having to listen to the idiots on HNIC. Weekes and Eliot Friedman were the only two with any semblance of credibility.

Cherry's comments about Yak's celebrations? How about we roll some tape of Boston goals by rookies? No one ever celebrated as a rookie in Boston? Please retire, Cherry, no one is listening anymore.

Maclean is just as bad. For a guy from Red Deer he sure has a hate on for the Oilers. Move to NY to be with your beloved Islanders, Maclean. By the way, it's Hockey Night in CANADA that pays your salary, idiot.

Healy still hasn't gotten over being lit up by the Oilers during his career (ditto Darren Pang on SN).

Hughson is no better--another Canucks lover.

Can't wait for the playoffs to start, so we can watch the Canucks get pounded. At least with Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa in it, we won't have to gag on the "Canada's Team" nonsense from the left coast.

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#31 Hammers
April 28 2013, 11:39AM
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Rama Lama wrote:

I have more respect for Mac T after listening to him for 10 minutes that I did watching Tamby talk for six years.

I have been very critical of Tamby mostly because he refused to admit anything, say anything, do anything, except speak in general terms about nothing. What a refreshing change.

I get the sense that in spite of everything else the last two games were statement games from the skilled players...........do something and support us by providing role players that can actually play the game of hockey.

Based on his performance, I say Yaks has now entered the untouchable zone.

Amen to that

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#32 Oiler Al
April 28 2013, 11:40AM
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Randaman wrote:

Cudos Rod, I really feel PJ Stock is a complete idiot but I don't mind Scott Oak. I would rather see Hrudey out of the picture. Healy has to go too. What is this thing with ex goalies?

Sorry I had to chime in on this!.. Agree that PJ a total incoherent nitwit and Healy is a condescending smart alec, who can't make a remark without being a smart a...s.

Kelly Hrudy is supposed to be a color commentator, is about as dull as a pile or rocks. I taught Keven Weeks was bad a few season ago, when he was doing the job, he was a Harry Neale compared to Hrudy.

Also time to send The Coach to the retired corner, this guy lost the plot 15 years ago.

All the above are a disgrace to the word "broadcast".

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#33 yawto
April 28 2013, 11:47AM
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Lowetide wrote:

DSF: Faksa and Morrow means Dallas is "well stocked with young talent" is a curious statement. Not picking on you but that's not really a lot of quality or depth.

Come on LT, you should know dsf by now. Every other teams prospects are better than ours, every player taken in the second slot after our pick is better. Seguin>Hall, Landeskog>Nuge, Murray/Galchenyuk>Yak City.

Minnesota has the best scouting in the league and the best procurement of talent inside the organization. Now that they have proved him right by clinching a playoff in the last game of the season with all that talent, he is jumping from that bandwagon to the Stars.(I think ol dsf has an affinity for teams in green that hail from Minnesota).

Probably have to agree though, we should trade all we got got Morrow and Faksa. Amazing talent bubbling under combined with a top 10 pick means they are destined to be the next powerhouse of thfe west.

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#34 Eddie Edmonton
April 28 2013, 11:49AM
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@Rama Lama

Yak has always been untouchable, only 2nd tier fans and desperate MSMedia believed and said he wasn't.

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#35 DSF
April 28 2013, 11:58AM
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yawto wrote:

Come on LT, you should know dsf by now. Every other teams prospects are better than ours, every player taken in the second slot after our pick is better. Seguin>Hall, Landeskog>Nuge, Murray/Galchenyuk>Yak City.

Minnesota has the best scouting in the league and the best procurement of talent inside the organization. Now that they have proved him right by clinching a playoff in the last game of the season with all that talent, he is jumping from that bandwagon to the Stars.(I think ol dsf has an affinity for teams in green that hail from Minnesota).

Probably have to agree though, we should trade all we got got Morrow and Faksa. Amazing talent bubbling under combined with a top 10 pick means they are destined to be the next powerhouse of thfe west.

Here's a look at the future Dallas D.

Alex Goligoski - 27

Phillip Larssen - 23

Brendan Dillon - 22

Jordie Benn - 25

Ken Connauton - 23

Jamie Oleksiak - 20

Joe Morrow - 20

That's a very, very strong group.

Do you disagree?

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#36 Walter Sobchak
April 28 2013, 11:59AM
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yawto wrote:

Come on LT, you should know dsf by now. Every other teams prospects are better than ours, every player taken in the second slot after our pick is better. Seguin>Hall, Landeskog>Nuge, Murray/Galchenyuk>Yak City.

Minnesota has the best scouting in the league and the best procurement of talent inside the organization. Now that they have proved him right by clinching a playoff in the last game of the season with all that talent, he is jumping from that bandwagon to the Stars.(I think ol dsf has an affinity for teams in green that hail from Minnesota).

Probably have to agree though, we should trade all we got got Morrow and Faksa. Amazing talent bubbling under combined with a top 10 pick means they are destined to be the next powerhouse of thfe west.

I believe DSF said they would finish tipy top dog in the western conference.

he was way off, they squeaked in...barley beating the second last place team.

you know, having to beat the last place team on the last day of the season to qualify.

....I've heard someone mention something like that a lot on here recently?

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#37 DSF
April 28 2013, 12:06PM
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Walter Sobchak wrote:

I believe DSF said they would finish tipy top dog in the western conference.

he was way off, they squeaked in...barley beating the second last place team.

you know, having to beat the last place team on the last day of the season to qualify.

....I've heard someone mention something like that a lot on here recently?

Of course the LA KIngs finished 8th in the WC last season.

Turned out okay for them.

I don't think the Wild match up very well against Chicago so not expecting them to advance but stranger things have happened.

See 2006 for reference.

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#38 DSF
April 28 2013, 12:07PM
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Colorado fires Sacco.

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#39 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
April 28 2013, 12:10PM
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DSF wrote:

Of course the LA KIngs finished 8th in the WC last season.

Turned out okay for them.

I don't think the Wild match up very well against Chicago so not expecting them to advance but stranger things have happened.

See 2006 for reference.

gonna be tough to hit 60 home playoff dates over the next 10 years if they dont make a run of somekind.

first round exit with say 3 home dates leaves 57 to go over the next 9.. which is averaging late second round/3rd round every year for the next 9.

not so reasonable of an expectation now is it?

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#40 Fisher
April 28 2013, 12:17PM
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This summer I'd move Hemmer, but I'd keep PRV for sure. Same with Hall, RNH, Yak, Ebs and Shultz. I feel like PRV just finally figured out how to play in the NHL, and based on the last three years, you'll get him cheap on this next contract. He'll for sure end up being a value contract and out preform whatever we sign him for. He might not be a banger, but I think you need value contracts as we move forward. I'd also shoot big on the draft, and package up the 7th, and both 2nds, trying to move up for Barkov (4-5th). If not, perhaps a play for Larsson out of NYJ. They have the draft and the 7th, plus Hemmer might get that done. I'm sure Kovi wouldn't mind that. Sean Monahan wouldn't be bad and although Mantha could look nice in Copper and Blue I'd prefer a Center. Alternatively, packaging both ends up and moving up into 23-26 range and grabbing a Gauthier (6-5 C), Lazar, or D man Robert Hagg (6-2, great skater and solid puck mover). If they're there, fingers crossed. Hagg and Klefbom Shultz and Petry could be a very good core D two years from now.

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#41 The Soup Fascist
April 28 2013, 12:18PM
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Walter Sobchak wrote:

I believe DSF said they would finish tipy top dog in the western conference.

he was way off, they squeaked in...barley beating the second last place team.

you know, having to beat the last place team on the last day of the season to qualify.

....I've heard someone mention something like that a lot on here recently?

Wes, you are brave making fun of a team about to begin a streak of 60 home playoff games over the next 10 years. Do so at your own peril.

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#42 DSF
April 28 2013, 12:19PM
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cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan wrote:

gonna be tough to hit 60 home playoff dates over the next 10 years if they dont make a run of somekind.

first round exit with say 3 home dates leaves 57 to go over the next 9.. which is averaging late second round/3rd round every year for the next 9.

not so reasonable of an expectation now is it?

Shouldn't be too difficult.

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#43 John Chambers
April 28 2013, 12:23PM
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DSF wrote:

Here's a look at the future Dallas D.

Alex Goligoski - 27

Phillip Larssen - 23

Brendan Dillon - 22

Jordie Benn - 25

Ken Connauton - 23

Jamie Oleksiak - 20

Joe Morrow - 20

That's a very, very strong group.

Do you disagree?

Hmm Goligoski is a top-3 Dman, Larsson looks steady, and then there is a long list of tweeners, not-yet-ready's, and AHL'ers cited there.

Then again we all got blitzed with how potent a lineup of Granlund (who I like), Coyle, Zuckerbaby, and a bunch of other irrelevant AHL players were going to carry Minny to something special.

Nill's got some dough to spend, but he's also got to wear Coles contract, an overpaid Lehtonen, while relying on B+ stars like Benn and Eriksson to really carry the mail.

You're reaching (again) if u think adding say Nate Horton, Steve Weiss, and Radek bloody Faksa will serve as any panacea.

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#44 EHH Team
April 28 2013, 12:23PM
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Randaman wrote:

Bold? Eberle, Magnus & our 2014 1st rounder for Weber. Draft Monahan because Barkov is probably out of reach now. Sign Mike Smith as his puck handling abilities will take a lot of pressure of the defence. The time is NOW!!

I wish people would get off this idea of a mega trade for Weber. His contract has a cap hit of $7,857,143 though 2025-26, when he will be 40 years old. Nashville has already paid $14 Million or so with another signing bonus payment of $13 Million due July 1 (I think is the date). For the last three years, his salary will be $1 Million per year, and he likely will be retired by then, but his cap hit will continue.

As Nashville's performance this year shows, Weber, while being an exceptional defenceman, cannot do it alone. Further, if his performance drops off in five or six years when he turns 35, the team will have another five years to carry his cap hit: totally crippling if we also want to keep Hall, Yak and others.

He has a no trade clause, so the idea of trading him away for the last three or four years of his contract to a team requiring cap to meet the floor might not work as he would be able to veto any trade.

There must be better options to pursue.

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#45 David S
April 28 2013, 12:34PM
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Spydyr wrote:

Mac-T was right on. The skill players have to learn to play without the puck.

What exactly does Gagner, without the puck, bring to the team ?

He's bringing 65 points (equivalent/82G) to the table in a position he's not best suited for (C). A smart team shifts him to the wing and brings in a C to "do more without the puck".

Gagner goes to wing on 2L, shift PRV to 3L. Alot of our problems would be solved if this happened.

Then you'd have:

Hall-Nuge-Yak, Gags-new guy-Ebs

Then fix the 3L: PRV-Horc-new guy

Your 4L: Harti-Lander(?)-(designated face puncher)

*Sorry Smytty

Bam! Stanley Cup playoffs!

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#46 Jasmine
April 28 2013, 12:38PM
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@Spydyr

Oilers fans up to their usual tricks running players out of town and blaming management when fans are the reason players don't sign in Edmonton.

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#47 Jasmine
April 28 2013, 12:41PM
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@Rod from Viking

Asking Oilers fans to be less pessimistic won't happen as Oilers fans love bashing the team and being negative. They don't know how to be optimistic and positive.

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#48 Jasmine
April 28 2013, 12:43PM
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@Eddie Edmonton

But Oilers fans hate him because they wanted Voracek instead of Gagner and Slats wasn't the GM that drafted him.

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#49 Ralph
April 28 2013, 12:45PM
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Everyone one seems on the good mood regarding the Oilers. Last night's game was about a team not caring and going through the motions . Vancouver used this game as practice. They games really means nothing, but fans will put faith in it.

I wonder if Sam Gagner not being pick for the World Championship means Oilers are trading him. Nice to see Justin Schultz play in the Worlds event hough he does not deserve to. It will be a excellent learning experience.

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#50 Jasmine
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@Yes

Making 6-8 changes every season is the reason team never makes the playoffs. Enough of changing have the team. Oilers will never make the playoffs with 6-8 changes every season.

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