13-14 QUESTIONS FOR 13-14

Lowetide
June 15 2013 06:49PM

Between now and training camp, we can expect a lot of changes. New GM Craig MacTavish will work all summer to upgrade the roster in areas of need--center, defense, goal. As we've done in past summers, let's have a look at some of the major questions and see if we can predict what is going to happen.

  1. Who will they take in the first round? Sean Monahan Oilers have three strong options. Deal up for Barkov, stay the course at 7 and select Monahan, Horvat or Nurse, or deal down in hopes Horvat is there (with Curtis Lazar as a possible backup plan). I think there are so many attractive options before Monahan that he slips to #7 and the Oilers grab him.
  2. Who will help Dallas Eakins coach? The Oilers have to put together a coaching staff that can come together quickly, so my guess is that Eakins adds Derek King from his AHL staff and the Oilers keep Steve Smith from last year's group. Mark Lamb completes the staff, with Kelly Buchberger moving to another role in the organization. 
  3. How will they improve the defense? MacT has already added the Russian Belov and I believe the club will be active during the summer, too. We've already heard rumors about Paul Ranger, and I believe Edmonton will add Russian defenseman Fedor Tyutin in a blockbuster deal. He'll help form a top 6D that might go Tyutin-Petry, Smid-J Schultz, N Schultz-Belov and Paul Ranger.
  4. What's the 'wow' trade? I think the Howson connection sees Edmonton acquire Tyutin, L RJ Umberger and C Ryan Johansen from the Blue Jackets in exchange for Sam Gagner, Martin Marincin and Ales Hemsky.
  5. Will they move Hall to center? No. I think the club will use Nuge, Johansen and two free agent signings/trades up the middle. I do not think Monahan makes the team under any circumstances. Among the candidates I can see arriving in Edmonton to play center: Alexander Burmistrov, Boyd Gordon.
  6. Who will the Oilers sign to backup Devan Dubnyk? I think the Oilers will find a way to trade for a suitable backup, perhaps Eddie Lack from Vancouver. I do like Jason Labarbera, but will guess that Ben Scrivens arrives in Edmonton in a summer trade.
  7. What will the top 2 lines look like in the fall? Nuge-Hall-Eberle with Johansen-Paajarvi/Umberger-Yakupov. The club may also attempt to sign a winger with size, but those guys are at a premium. 
  8. How many of their own rfa's does Edmonton sign? Only Paajarvi.
  9. Surprise opening night roster player? Ben Eager.
  10. What current roster player on another team has the best chance of being an Oiler in 13-14? Viktor Stalberg.
  11. Where does Horcoff land? Detroit or Florida or Edmonton.
  12. Why do they trade Gagner? Money. Tambellini not getting a long term deal done cost the Oilers. He blew it, and now MacTavish doesn't have enough coin.
  13. Why did they let Hartikainen go to the KHL? Three things: he didn't get a lot done (read: anything!) at even strength in the NHL, his conditioning wasn't where it needed to be and he is not a natural PF--he's not a mean player by nature.

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

  • Nuge-Hall-Eberle
  • Johansen-Paajarvi-Yakupov
  • Burmistrov-Umberger-Stalberg
  • Gordon-Smyth-Brown
  • Lander-Eager
  • Tyutin-Petry
  • Smid-J Schultz
  • N Schultz-Belov
  • Ranger
  • Dubnyk-Scrivens

Nine additions. A summer of change.

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#1 tcho
June 15 2013, 11:23PM
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@DSF

Holy cow, you're an a-hole.

Seriously? Gagner's 4th on this depth chart? You've written no shortage of moronic comments on Oilers sites, you sad troll, but this competes for the title.

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#3 DSF is nuts
June 15 2013, 10:18PM
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DSF wrote:

Artem Ansimov

Brandon Dubinsky

Mark Letestu

Ryan Johansen

Boone Jenner

Do you think the Jackets are so desperate for a centre they'll give up a top pairing D to get one?

I would think Gagner is #4 on that depth chart and Boone Jenner may well take his lunch money.

What exactly has Jenner proven to make you believe that? Good grief indeed.

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#4 MKE
June 15 2013, 11:46PM
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tcho wrote:

Holy cow, you're an a-hole.

Seriously? Gagner's 4th on this depth chart? You've written no shortage of moronic comments on Oilers sites, you sad troll, but this competes for the title.

When you know DSF is really Mike Milbury, it all makes sense

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#5 John Chambers
June 15 2013, 09:18PM
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@DSF

Dubinsky's a winger. Go to bed.

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#6 Citizen David
June 15 2013, 07:11PM
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I yelled "NO!!!" when I read that wow trade. I really hope your predictions aren't true. Wouldn't mind Tyutin but trading Gags and Marincin, drafting Monahan, and going after Scrivens would not make me happy one bit.

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#7 TDSM31
June 16 2013, 12:01AM
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DSF wrote:

Artem Ansimov

Brandon Dubinsky

Mark Letestu

Ryan Johansen

Boone Jenner

Do you think the Jackets are so desperate for a centre they'll give up a top pairing D to get one?

I would think Gagner is #4 on that depth chart and Boone Jenner may well take his lunch money.

Mark Letestu ahead of Gagner??? Think before you speak. Gagner is 4 years younger and has played over twice as many games in the NHL than Letestu. Gagner has averaged over 0.6 pts per game while Letestu has averaged just over 0.4. Gagner averaged over 19 min/game last year while Letestu was in at 16 and a half. Hell, Gagner even averages more PIMS than Letestu! For a team like CBJ that needs offence now way in hell would Gagner be lower on the depth chart.

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#8 OilClog
June 16 2013, 12:42PM
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@DSF

sweet! stat nit picking, we'll if it's about the size of the dog in the fight. All my money would be on Gagner to win a fight with any of your said Columbus Blue Jackets.

Sam Gagner don't back down, Sam Gagner has pissed Jerome Iginla off, Sam Gagner has scored 8 points in a single swoop! Sam Gagner grows a hell of a Mustache! Sam Gagner is my HEIGHT!

The Entire Oilers team was handcuffed 5V5 all season long, SAM GAGNER!

Sam Gagner scores on Dubinsky's penalty kill. Sam Gagner

Everyone in Columbus rode that guy in the net, won some trophy or something, had an awkward acceptance speech. Sam Gagner

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#9 Toro
June 15 2013, 07:00PM
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Please please please dont move back in the draft and take Lazar this guy is a plug , can't understand why Oilers have such a boner for this dud , he'll be biggest first round flop for the Oilers since Alex Plante..

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#10 DSF
June 15 2013, 07:47PM
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Let's examine the WOW trade in some detail.

Columbus takes on almost $10M in salary (when Gagner gets paid) in return for a top pairing defenseman, a player (Umberger) who is pretty much a match for Gagner in points scored and brings a lot more to the table and a former first round pick.

The Oilers are willing to throw in Marincin (who the Jackets don't need because they are loaded with D prospects) and an overpaid Hemsky.

The Jackets already acquired their "Hemsky" when they got Gaborik.

If you want a Jackets defenseman, start with Jack Johnson or go home.

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#11 NewfoundlandOil
June 15 2013, 08:18PM
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@DSF

Or put another way.....if you will tolerate my insolent behaviour......

Edmonton trades away 58 NHL points in 2012-2013 for 46 NHL points.

Yes you are right the trade suggestion is completely unrealistic.

Thanks for bringing the wet blanket to the discussion.

The fact that the Jackets traded for Gaborik is exactly why they will trade for "a" Hemsky....they need offence.

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#12 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
June 15 2013, 11:50PM
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tcho wrote:

Holy cow, you're an a-hole.

Seriously? Gagner's 4th on this depth chart? You've written no shortage of moronic comments on Oilers sites, you sad troll, but this competes for the title.

He just came here to express his opinion, like everyone else who comes here. Instead of another one of your drive by fruitings, why don't you put your opinion out there for all to see, whilst we warm up the bus to run you over. What makes your opinion so much more important than his?

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#13 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
June 16 2013, 08:34AM
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DSF wrote:

Dubinsky took 439 faceoffs and won 58.3% of them.

Get a grip.

Fool.

DSF calling someone else a fool?

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#14 Keith
June 15 2013, 07:53PM
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Why don't Oilers trade Horcoff for Toews.

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#15 RexLibris
June 15 2013, 09:58PM
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@Lowetide

I posted this over on the *other* site.

Rumours of Carolina looking to trade down or out make sense given that the other top four have more or less stated they refuse to deal.

Rutherford is now the sole owner of a highly valuable asset and he is likely getting a lot of calls on it.

My hope is that MacTavish offers him a package that scratches his "win-now" itch and moves up without giving up anything we haven't already identified as expendable.

I'd love to see the look of Feaster's face if the Oilers got to pick Barkov ahead of them.

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#16 MKE
June 15 2013, 10:54PM
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Walter Sobchak wrote:

Dubinsky is the centre, when he got hurt they slide Umberger over to fill in from time to time. You know that saying "if you aren't cheating, you aren't winning", my guess that's why he gots tossed a lot.

DSF is right, CBJ has great centre depth and Gaborik is Hemsky.

If this trade happens it will be for Dubinsky and Johnson.

You might start with Gagner but you might as well add Klefbom and Paajarvi, this trade won't be cheap.

Hemsky is a play maker. Gaborik is the sniper. CBJ still needs more high end talent. Hemsky CAN be that...if hes healthy and motivated. And a fresh start would probably help.

Ganger would also be on the first line if he was traded to CBJ.

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#17 MKE
June 16 2013, 04:54AM
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jack wrote:

Which idiot says Dubinsky is a 2 way player? He has 2 goals, he is as one sided as they get, defence, he is barely a 3rd line center. Hope he has a better year next year.

I'm "the idiot" that said that. I say that because over his NHL career he has averaged 0.55 points a game.

Last year he has 20 points in 29 games.

Even if you take last year out, he's still averaging over 0.50 points a game over his NHL career.

So ya, i'd say that he more then qualifies as a two way forward.

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#18 The Beaker
June 16 2013, 06:33AM
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Next up, is Connor McJesus. wrote:

He just came here to express his opinion, like everyone else who comes here. Instead of another one of your drive by fruitings, why don't you put your opinion out there for all to see, whilst we warm up the bus to run you over. What makes your opinion so much more important than his?

you know as well as everyone else here he doesnt just come to state an opinion. He comes purposely to get people riled up and to stir the pot.

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#19 OilClog
June 16 2013, 01:01PM
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@DSF

sweet! stat nit picking, we'll if it's about the size of the dog in the fight. All my money would be on Gagner to win a fight with any of "your said" Columbus Blue Jackets.

MEANING THE PLAYERS YOU MENTIONED PLAYING THE SAME DAMN POSITION ARE POSSIBLE SWAPS!!!

Where's the stat line for your fails? Sam Ganger

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#20 Eddie Shore
June 16 2013, 01:01PM
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@DSF

We all get it. You don't think Gagner is very good. That horse died like 2 months ago.

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#21 Oilers G- Nations Poet Laureate
June 15 2013, 06:55PM
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Change is Good.

KLowe needs to be changed next tho

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#22 Citizen David
June 15 2013, 07:13PM
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@Toro

I can't understand why you think Lazar will be a dud. Has all the tools. Worst case scenario he's a good third center. Best case he's a good second line center.

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#23 Oilers42
June 15 2013, 08:11PM
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Hall-Barkov-Yakupov Horton-RNH-Eberle Paajarvi-Burmistrov-Bickell Petrell-Gordon-Brown Smyth

Yandle-Shultz Klefbom/Belov-J.Johnson/Belov Smid-Petry

Dubnyk Khudobin

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#24 WhattaMike
June 15 2013, 08:36PM
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Hey LT, on Issue 4 I can see your point for the players involved as a possible trade deal between the Oilers and B.Jackets. A lot of guys already saying that Columbus is taking on 10 mil extra per yr haven't even looked at the salaries for the players yet...doorknobs!!!

Gagner is now an RFA and will look at money in the 4.5 to 5 mil range per yr as will be Johansen next yr. Hemsky at $5 mil for one yr is only but a 400,000.00 difference between him and Umberger... but Umberger is signed up for four more yrs.

Thats a favor the Oil does for Columbus for sure. They bare stuck with Umberger not Columbus and yet he fills a definite 3rd line centre need for at least two to three yrs for sure. Now Marancin being addedinto this makes sense too although I would rather the Oil trade Gernat as he is more so closer to the NHL right now than Gernat is. But....both polayers are very much identical in size talent and skill.

But Tyutin is worth it to be part of the new D core..and he is signed up for 5 more yrs too at $4.5 million.

SO.....How do all those guys saying Columbus pays out too much for this when the Oil will be looking at close to #14 mil per season with the three of Tyutin, Umberger and Johansen's new next contract after this season?????

If we keep the #7 and get Monahan, Lindholm or Horvat, I am very comfortable with that, or...and also, even if the Oilers then choose Nurse to take over Marancin's place in the system...thats not too bad.

Not too bad I guess

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#25 John Chambers
June 15 2013, 09:03PM
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@RexLibris

Im with you - I'd rather trade next years 1st than the current. Let another team gamble on where we'll finish while providing the motivation to rocket up the standings.

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#27 Harold
June 15 2013, 09:07PM
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Jagr or Kane

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#28 RexLibris
June 15 2013, 09:12PM
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@Lowetide

If we take away the Columbus trade idea for a moment and stick with the Gagner-at-the-draft concept, does this become part of a package deal intended to move up?

Trying to be a GM in the professional world would be like playing six different chess games simultaneously. Keeping track of which pawns have moved where and what gambits are being deployed against whom must be exhausting.

Speaking of which, word is out that Shanahan may become new Flames President of Hockey Ops. I'd rather they just promoted Feaster and set up a big-top to replace the Saddledome, that would be quality entertainment.

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#29 DSF
June 15 2013, 09:35PM
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John Chambers wrote:

Dubinsky's a winger. Go to bed.

Dubinsky took 439 faceoffs and won 58.3% of them.

Get a grip.

Fool.

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#30 RexLibris
June 15 2013, 09:42PM
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@TigerUnderGlass

I stand corrected, they have dealt away 1st round picks in three of the last six years.

So 50% of the time.

I still believe it is a bad move, but I will readily admit that the Red Wings was a bad example.

Good catch.

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#31 Oilers G- Nations Poet Laureate
June 15 2013, 10:15PM
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DSF wrote:

Dubinsky took 439 faceoffs and won 58.3% of them.

Get a grip.

Fool.

All that tells me is that his C got thrown out of the circle often

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#32 quintana
June 15 2013, 10:52PM
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DSF wrote:

Artem Ansimov

Brandon Dubinsky

Mark Letestu

Ryan Johansen

Boone Jenner

Do you think the Jackets are so desperate for a centre they'll give up a top pairing D to get one?

I would think Gagner is #4 on that depth chart and Boone Jenner may well take his lunch money.

Anisimov 11G 7A -6 Letestu 13G 14A +7 Dubi 2G 18A +2

Gagner 14G 24A -6

Yes the Blue Jackets are desperate....Boone Jenner's still a prospect....now go to bed.

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#33 RyanCoke
June 15 2013, 11:39PM
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thank goodness this site wasnt around in 98-99 with this same topic. 98-99 questions for 98-99

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#34 jack
June 16 2013, 01:33AM
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Which idiot says Dubinsky is a 2 way player? He has 2 goals, he is as one sided as they get, defence, he is barely a 3rd line center. Hope he has a better year next year.

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#35 Rod from Viking
June 16 2013, 08:36AM
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This speculation is fun and really what a site like this is all about. The trades will be interesting and so will the draft. I really think the Oilers will take a real serious run at David Clarkson, he is the right fit and is far more durable than Nathon Horton, this is of course if he makes it to free agency."BOOK IT"

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#36 Randy
June 16 2013, 09:14AM
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Elias Lindholm

Nashville Predators Chief Amateur Scout Jeff Kealty’s player synopsis: “He is another very good two-way player,” Kealty said. “He has a very good sense of the game, great vision and good competitiveness. He can make plays on both ends of the ice. He is one of those players that makes guys around him better. He is a real versatile player – for him to be contributing at the level he is in the Swedish Elite League at 18-years old is very impressive.”

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#37 Rama Lama
June 16 2013, 10:37AM
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So many trade options so little time.........the era of blockbuster trades is over. It seems that the logistics of the " Cap" situation has spoiled everthing related to trades.

I hope that we get another first rounder by trading Hemsky.......even if it is low this should give the Oilers Brass what they have been coveting, Curtis Lazar. I'm not sure what they see in this guy but he sounds like a good third line centre.......exactly what we need.

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#38 OilClog
June 16 2013, 12:57PM
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@DSF

WHEN DID YOU SAY BOLL?!?!? OMGFG MAN! BOLL?!?!?! Sam Gagner says stop Bolling around. 8 points.

Yea, Sam Gagner gonna go fight Boll. How about Dubinsky go fight Boll.. Maybe! Bobrovsky could sweet suit him to a pummeling!!

Oilers should just keep him, but as LT has stated, Tambi's mismanagement has probably costed us that chance.

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#39 mlcselli
June 15 2013, 07:02PM
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Lowetide, wouldn't this be great if the line up works out this way. Is there any way you can get this article to MacT?

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#40 Colin
June 15 2013, 07:10PM
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Hemsky, Rajala, Fedun, 7th overall for Yandel and 10th. Phoenix needs offense. May have to take some of Hemsky's contract too.

Deal prospect Dman (Tuebert) and later round pick for Shenn and Briere. I know, doesn't sound fair but, Philli is in cap crunch. Oilers buyout Briere and Philli resigns him for 1.25M. Briere stays where he wants, makes more money, Philli frees up 10M in cap space to chase Petrlangelo or Shattinkirk. Puts pressure on Blues and when Philli signs offer sheet, Oilers offer Stewart offer sheet. Blues face tough decision.

One can dream. Can't one?

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#41 kdunbar
June 15 2013, 07:14PM
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Do you really see Columbus making that deal? I love it if this were to happen, especially with Klefbomb and Monahan having time to develop.

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#42 Razor
June 15 2013, 07:14PM
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Not much ever happens. A trade here and there. Oilers will pick 7th if Monahan is there they will pick him if not then Lindholm.

Don't believe the hype, just ask Lou

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#43 geno
June 15 2013, 07:16PM
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Toro wrote:

Please please please dont move back in the draft and take Lazar this guy is a plug , can't understand why Oilers have such a boner for this dud , he'll be biggest first round flop for the Oilers since Alex Plante..

Not at all a flop. Probably one of the safest guys in the draft. I guarantee he'll be a 3rd line C in the NHL

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#44 gcw_rocks
June 15 2013, 07:19PM
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Keeping with the Leafs theme, I think they sign Macarthur instead of Stalberg.

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#45 fifthcartel
June 15 2013, 07:19PM
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If there is as much change as here, I will be ecstatic. Either way, I'm still eager (pun intended) to see what moves happen.

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#46 fifthcartel
June 15 2013, 07:20PM
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Agreed on Gagner, if they almost went to arbitration last year, I don't expect this to be any easier.

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#48 Mikey
June 15 2013, 07:21PM
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I could definitely get behind that lineup.

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#49 MarcusBillius
June 15 2013, 07:33PM
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Monahan won't be there at 7. Calgary is taking him, or whoever Calgary trades 7 with.

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#50 Mike Krushelnyski
June 15 2013, 07:33PM
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LT, aren't you glad there were no sports blogs in 97-98? These articles would be murder.

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