DRAFT DAY: LIVE BLOG... 1ST ROUND

Jason Gregor
June 30 2013 12:11PM

 

This will be an open blog for the draft, and it will be updated with thoughts from Gregor, Willis, Brownlee and Lowetide as well as your thoughts in the comment sections.

12:00... One hour until the draft starts, which means the Oilers likely don't pick until closer to 1:45. I picked the worst time of the year to give up alcohol for a month. I could use a beer or two to get through the next 90 minutes.

12:06... Recap: Van asking price is too high for Schneider...hmmm Where did we hear that before? Hello, Luongo. Gillis isn't in a position of strength when trading a goalie. He needs to recognize that.

12:08... Carolina is open to trading the #5 pick. Let's hope they do and it is the beginning of a busy day of trades.

12:10... I still believe the Oilers will pick #7, unless the swap with Flyers in Coburn deal. I expect their trades to involve roster players, prospects and their 2nd round picks.

12:12... Non-hockey note...I watched Dead Man Down last night...Great movie. The ending didn't fit with the rest of the flick, but overall it was solid.

12:15... Going on TEAM 1260 at 12:20 with Guy Flaming. I'm sure we will talk about the Eskimos excellent effort last night.

12:19... I'd draft Darnell Nurse ahead of Elias Lindholm.

12:21... (JW)... For what it's worth, my preferred draft order for the top seven is MacKinnon, Jones, Drouin, Barkov, Lindholm, Nichushkin, Monahan. Just barely have Nichushkin ahead of Monahan, just barely have Monahan ahead of Nurse.

12:30... Reminder if you are looking to have beers and watch the draft with fellow Nation readers, the Nation part is at the Pint Downtown.

12:35... The Oilers main focus is still to upgrade blueline, and most imporant they want to add players who play big, ideally have size, but also players who are competitive on every shift.

12:37... Phoenix has signed goalie Mike Smith to a 6-year extension at $5.6 million, according to John Shannon.

12:44... (JW) Adrian Dater tweets that Florida may be considering Aleksander Barkov with the second overall pick, meaning both Jones and Drouin could slide to three. Incredible; Barkov's a fantastic player but that's nutty talent still on the board with the third pick.

12:45... Darnell Nurse impresses me the more I listen to him speak. Solid kid, good interview on TSN.

12:48... TRADE... (JW)... Pittsburgh sends Tyler Kennedy to San Jose for a late second round pick (50th). Nice trade for the Sharks, and presumably one that takes them out of the running for Cal Clutterbuck.

12:50... Great news for Oilers that Sharks are likely out of Clutterbuck sweepstakes. Oilers could really use a player like Clutterbuck.

12:55...  I'm always amazed at how many kids come to the draft who don't get drafted. Each year there is usually 10 kids left sitting in crowd. Awful decision to put your son through that.

12:56 (JW)... Michael Russo tweets that Minnesota is talking to the Penguins about that second round pick they just got from San Jose. Clutterbuck or someone else?

12:58... How many trades do you think we see once the draft starts? (not including the NYR/Wild and SJ/Pitt trades that have happened). I will say we see 6 trades that involve current NHL players. We will see numerous trades involving picks, and i'll say we see 5 trades in the first round involving swapping of picks.

1:00... THE DRAFT BEGINS....

1:01... I think Nathan MacKinnon looks a bit like Ales Hemsky.

1:05... Finally Bettman speaks and the draft officially begins. I believe fans boo just for the sake of it now when Bettman makes an appearance. David Stern was booed every time he announced a pick during the NBA draft on Thursday. It's old.

1:07... Nice gesture by the NHL recognizes Don Baizley. One of the most respected men in hockey.

1:09...Love the Devils fans chanting, "Marty's better, Marty's better." to Patrick Roy.

1:10... The Avs waste no time and come right up to the podium and draft Nathan MacKinnon 1st overall. No surprise after what they said the past ten days. Great pick by Avs. He is the best player, and gives them a lot of depth down the middle.

1:14...  Duchene, MacKinnon and Landeskog. Could be great rivalry vs. Hall, RNH and Yakupov. All top-3 picks.

1:16... Florida comes up to the podium... Dale Tallon selects Alex Barkov. The first time in a long timeTallon has drafted a European in the first round. The Panthers need offence. I like this pick for them.

1:17 (JW)... I really like Barkov. A lot. I've seen him more than any of the other prospects at this draft, too. But I don't know if I could pick him with Seth Jones and Jonathan Drouin available. Wow.

1:20... Tampa Bay selects another forward, Jonathan Drouin. Kid has unreal hands. He was playing midget AAA hockey 18 months ago.

1:22... Nashville desperately wanted an offensive player, but I can't see them passing on Jones. They really need Filip Forsberg (traded for Erat) to pan out.

1:27... Preds gladly select Seth Jones. Their blueline looks good for next ten years with Weber and Jones. I wonder if this means they consider trading Weber in a year or two.

1:33...Canes don't trade pick...They take Elias Lindholm. I'm curious where he plays in Carolina with the Staal brothers as the #1 and #2 centres.He is committed to one more year in Sweden before he comes over.

1:34... Will the Flames take Monahan? Calgary picks six for 4th time in franchise history. Fans hoping for a player closer to Cory Stillman than Rico Fata or Daniel Tkaczuk. They need a centre.

1:40... Flames make the smart pick and take Sean Monahan. Flames would be smart to let him play one more year in junior.

1:42... Nichushkin might be best player, but Nurse makes most sense for the Oilers. Interesting to see which way they go.

1:45... Oilers take Darnell Nurse. Smart pick. Big, mean and athletic kid. Here is the interview I had with Nurse earlier this month. 

1:50... Bad news for Oiler fans... The Islanders have acquired Cal Clutterbuck and 3rd rounder (70th) from the Wild for Nino Niederreiter. Interesting to see the Islanders give up so quickly on a top pick.

1:54... Sabres take Rasmus Ristolainen #8. Solid pick. Devils up next and I have to think they take Nichuskin. Ilya Kovalchuk can mentor him.

1:58...TRADE.... Devils trade #9 pick to Vancouver for Corey Schneider... Thoughts???

2:02... Canucks take Bo Horvat 9th overall. Rumour has it the Oilers offered a 1st, 2nd and a prospect. Interesting.

2:04... Thoughts on Nurse. He should go back to junior and develop for one more year. No need to rush him. The Oilers are going to give Oscar Klefbom a chance this season, so no one should expect the Nurse to play this year. Be patient.

2:08... Dallas with the #10 pick.... They take Valeri Nichuskin. This guy is huge. Jim Nill has had lots of success in Detroit drafting Euros, so I'm not surprised they took him. He's big enough, he's talented enough and he will play in Dallas next year.

2:15... Flyers take Sam Morin #11. They rarely draft D-men, but Morin had a great 2nd half of the season. Very good skater for a big man and very physical. Flyer fans will love him.Chris Pronger did some scouting for Flyers this year, so he likely had some input on Morin.

2:21... Coyotes take Max Domi 12th overall. The third year in a row the Coyotes have drafted a son of a former NHLer. They took Connor Murphy in 2011 and Henrik Samuelsson last year.

2:28... The Jets take Josh Morrissey. This is where we will start to see some "surprise" picks based on rankings. Morrissey was ranked in mid-teens to low-20s on some rankings. Jets have lots of D depth. I'm surprised they didn't take a forward.

2:31...The Blue Jackets take Alexander Wennberg 14th. No surprise the Jackets took him with Nokelainen's background as Finnish scout, he's seen him a lot.

2:35... Still only one trade so far through 14 picks. Screw you SPECULATION.

2:39... The Islanders draft Ryan Pulock 15th. Really like this kid. He's endured a lot in his life, lost his younger brother in car accident a few years ago. He has a cannon of a shot and I think he will develop nicely. Crazy that the Islanders have drafted a D-man with their last 8 picks.

2:46...The Sabres take another D-man in the first round. They take Nikita Zadorov #16th. He was rated higher, so this could turn out to be a great pick.

2:51... Senators take the Oil Kings Curtis Lazar 17th. He will be a solid NHL player. Of all the mid first round picks, I'd be most confident that he becomes a regular. Not flashy necessarily, but he is a very complete and focused player.

2:54...TRADE... San Jose trades the 20th and 58th pick to Detroit for #18...

2:55... Doug Wilson is never afraid to make a trade. Acquired Kennedy earlier today and now moves up a few spots. The Sharks grab D-man Mirco Mueller 18th.

2:58... Columbus with their 2nd pick of 1st round. They choose Kerby Rychel19th. Plays hard game, but he has some hands with back-to-back 40 goal seasons. Columbus seems to have a lot of gritty, grinding forwards and Rychel fits that bill.

3:00...Oiler fans are already ripping MacTavish because he hasn't made any moves. I'll evaluate him in mid-July when free agency has begun and the usual trade period has dried up. MacTavish put himself in a position to be questioned if he doesn't make any "Bold" moves, but I won't rip him yet.

3:05... The Red Wings draft the only 50-goal scorer, Anthony Mantha with the 20th pick. Somewhere Lowetide is smiling. Mantha was his favourite mid-round pick.

3:11...The Leafs with the 21stpick select Frederik Gauthier... He has been compared to Martin Hanzal, he won't be a big point producer but is very good defensively. Leafs will need to be patient with his development. Leafs needed a big centre, so this pick makes a lot of sense.

3:15... The Flames use their 2nd pick of the 1st round and take Emile Poirier 22nd. Every Flames fan was hoping they'd take Hunter Shinkaruk, but it is the Flames, so of course they went off the board a bit.

3:22...The Capitals take Andre Burakovsky 23rd. Skilled, offensive player but he played in division II in Sweden not the SHL (formerly SEL).

3:28... The Canucks take who the Flames should have picked, Hunter Shinkaruk, 24th. Has lots of skill, but I guess the Flames had enough offence. The Canucks added lots of offence with Horvat and Shinkaruk in the first round.

3:34...The Canadiens select Michael McCarron 25th. He is 6'5', 228 pounds already. He's a big, physical body, but he needs to improve his skating. He was the 2nd American taken today. 

3:39... The Anaheim Ducks have a history of solid draft picks, and today they took Shea Theodore 26th. Had 50 points as a D-man in Seattle this year. 

3:40... Still chuckling reading the reaction to the Flames' pick of Poirier. Feaster told Ryan Rishaug they had Poirier in their top-ten. Are you kidding me? No one else had him in the top-20, but the Flames magically felt he was that good. Hilarious.

3:45... The Blue Jackets use their 3rd first round pick and take Marko Dano 27th. He has a heavy shot. It is rare for one team to have two solid 1st round picks, so I'd be shocked if all three of the Blue Jackets' picks pan out.

3:52.. The Flames with their 3rd pick of the 1st round and they select Morgan Klimchuk 28th. Skilled forward who had 36 goals and 76 points in 72 games with the Regina Pats.  

3:56... With their 2nd pick of the 1st round Dallas selects speedy Jason Dickinson 29th from Guelph. One knock on him was that he was a bit soft. Time will tell.

4:01... The 1st round ends in under three hours as the Blackhawks take hometown boy Ryan Hartman with the 30th pick. He is just like Andrew Shaw, a great agitator.

WRAP UP....

The Canucks stole the show with the Schneider trade. Early reaction ranged from the Canucks didn't get enough for Schneider, to Mike Gillis made a mistake by not talking to Roberto Luongo before making the deal. Luongo is under contract, and I guess he could hold out, but he's due to make $6.7 million next season. Will he hold out and forfeit that much money? I doubt it.

I didn't expect the Oilers to trade their #7 pick, but look for MacTavish to use one, if not both, of his 2nd round picks to try and make a deal. We will have another article once the Oilers make a trade or if MacTavish strikes out.  

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#101 Mo Playoffs Mo Problems
June 30 2013, 02:17PM
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MacT dodged a HUGE bullet by not giving up 7th overall, 2nd and a prospect for Schneider. I see no proof that Schneider would have significantly improved next year's team and would have cost tremendous assets.

Organizational depth at D is starting to look pretty good if prospects stay on track. Next step is to find some help at C and someone to backup/push DD in goal...

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#102 Quicksilver ballet
June 30 2013, 02:19PM
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Walter Sobchak wrote:

I'm of the old school, draft forwards trade for defense.

Terrible pick for nurse, could have traded down for Horvat.

Bold was too expensive obviously. Todays 7th selection was about the future and not the present. In 12 months we'll be much more satisfied with this selection. It's good that Edmonton has locked in this investment (Nurse). Edmonton could still tinker with some 2nd teir/support players in the next week i'm sure.

Ladies and gentlemen, Bold may have just left the building.

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#103 RyanCoke
June 30 2013, 02:22PM
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donno why they reporting edmonton never selected a defenceman in the first round since 1989.... what about klefbomb... wasnt our first but we did selected him in the first round.

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#104 Walter Sobchak
June 30 2013, 02:22PM
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I'm now hoping the Oilers move back into the first and grab Lazar or Rychel

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#105 Walter Sobchak
June 30 2013, 02:25PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

Bold was too expensive obviously. Todays 7th selection was about the future and not the present. In 12 months we'll be much more satisfied with this selection. It's good that Edmonton has locked in this investment (Nurse). Edmonton could still tinker with some 2nd teir/support players in the next week i'm sure.

Ladies and gentlemen, Bold may have just left the building.

Yes, safe pick Quick, I thought I seen Tambellini peering behind the curtains whispering something to MacTavish.

Trade for defense, draft your centres and forwards.

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#106 Rocket
June 30 2013, 02:28PM
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Walter Sobchak wrote:

I'm now hoping the Oilers move back into the first and grab Lazar or Rychel

I like Lazar a little better but both would be OK with me.

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#107 Walter Sobchak
June 30 2013, 02:32PM
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Rocket wrote:

I like Lazar a little better but both would be OK with me.

Agreed. I like that Rychel is a goal scorer and LW, but ya at this point Lazar would be ok.

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#108 Quicksilver ballet
June 30 2013, 02:36PM
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Getting close to move up time. Oilers will package up that 37th and 56th, along with a roster player to move up into the first round again.

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#109 John Chambers
June 30 2013, 02:49PM
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Walter Sobchak wrote:

Yes, safe pick Quick, I thought I seen Tambellini peering behind the curtains whispering something to MacTavish.

Trade for defense, draft your centres and forwards.

Problem is we seem to be having a lot of problems trading for defense

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#110 Walter Sobchak
June 30 2013, 02:49PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

Getting close to move up time. Oilers will package up that 37th and 56th, along with a roster player to move up into the first round again.

This ^

Something has to happen, I feel the Oilers left a lot on the table this draft.

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#111 Walter Sobchak
June 30 2013, 02:51PM
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John Chambers wrote:

Problem is we seem to be having a lot of problems trading for defense

Seems that way, but on the other hand, next years UFA crop has an abundance of good defensmen available.

I just think its easier to get a D-man

But I agree with ya.

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#112 Rocket
June 30 2013, 02:52PM
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Looks like The Oilers missed out on Lazar. Good job MacT.

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#113 6 ring circus
June 30 2013, 02:54PM
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Mac T better make a "bold" move today,it's put up or shut up time,I have had enough of all Tambellini's BS,don't need Mac T to do the same job!!!! Get Oilers fans hope's up and then do nothing.

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#114 Oilers G- Nations Poet Laureate
June 30 2013, 02:54PM
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Dammit.....Oh well. As an A-B-C* fan, I'm glad to see Lazar go to my 2nd fav Canadian Team. Good luck in Ottawa young man.

* Anybody but Calgary, Canucks, Canadiens, and Centre of the Universe

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#115 Walter Sobchak
June 30 2013, 02:58PM
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Oilers G- Nations Poet Laureate wrote:

Dammit.....Oh well. As an A-B-C* fan, I'm glad to see Lazar go to my 2nd fav Canadian Team. Good luck in Ottawa young man.

* Anybody but Calgary, Canucks, Canadiens, and Centre of the Universe

Good point!

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#116 Rocket
June 30 2013, 03:03PM
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Oilers G- Nations Poet Laureate wrote:

Dammit.....Oh well. As an A-B-C* fan, I'm glad to see Lazar go to my 2nd fav Canadian Team. Good luck in Ottawa young man.

* Anybody but Calgary, Canucks, Canadiens, and Centre of the Universe

Is it me or has Ottawa made some really good picks the last few years? No constant rebuild for them.

Maybe MacT is waiting for free agent day to make moves?

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#117 Boxman
June 30 2013, 03:12PM
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Seriously, is an aggressive group of expert whiners trying to take over this blog. Leave your moms basement for a few hours and you will see there is an upside out there. Darnell Nurse has a chance to be an absolute home run while his down side is a great skating mean son of bitch with serious defensive skills and off the charts compete. Yup, it's a beautiful day!!

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#118 2004Z06
June 30 2013, 03:19PM
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Looks like Feaster is back to his old tricks....Off the board again.....Nice!

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#119 RyanCoke
June 30 2013, 03:20PM
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lmao feaster pulling a feaster again. so why not wait until 28th to pick this kid

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#120 Rocket
June 30 2013, 03:21PM
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Boxman wrote:

Seriously, is an aggressive group of expert whiners trying to take over this blog. Leave your moms basement for a few hours and you will see there is an upside out there. Darnell Nurse has a chance to be an absolute home run while his down side is a great skating mean son of bitch with serious defensive skills and off the charts compete. Yup, it's a beautiful day!!

But...but it's cool here in my moms basement. Plus she just made me sandwiches with the crusts cut off.

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#121 Rocket
June 30 2013, 03:22PM
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Classic Feaster

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#122 Forrestt
June 30 2013, 03:23PM
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Radio coverage of this draft is lameo in YEG. Mixed up station 630 Ched (Am I news? Am I sports? Am I talk show?) cutting out to do whatever. Greggor and 1260 not directly at draft this year. A sad day for Edmontonians...

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#123 EricOG
June 30 2013, 03:40PM
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Boxman wrote:

Seriously, is an aggressive group of expert whiners trying to take over this blog. Leave your moms basement for a few hours and you will see there is an upside out there. Darnell Nurse has a chance to be an absolute home run while his down side is a great skating mean son of bitch with serious defensive skills and off the charts compete. Yup, it's a beautiful day!!

But, but, but, what about boldness and all that?

Looks more like the other 29 gm's told MacT to stuff it and let the big boys get to work.

Sure looks like trades ARE hard to make at the NHL level.

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#124 RSD
June 30 2013, 03:42PM
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Perhaps Oilers is a team that Vince Lecavaleir might be interested in.

(Wishfull thinking)

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#125 toprightcorner
June 30 2013, 03:43PM
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Forrestt wrote:

Radio coverage of this draft is lameo in YEG. Mixed up station 630 Ched (Am I news? Am I sports? Am I talk show?) cutting out to do whatever. Greggor and 1260 not directly at draft this year. A sad day for Edmontonians...

Guy Flaming may not be a polarizing radio personality but he is probably one of the most knowledgeable people in Western Canada when it comes to draft eligible players, that is his full time job. You will not find anyone else more insightful on the players picked to listen to today.

BTW, Guy Flaming does work for 1260 so they are involved, just no Gregor.

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#126 Tetsutsu
June 30 2013, 03:47PM
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Clutterbuck, Schneider, Bernier... probably others we haven't heard of...

If these rumors are true, seems like MacT is taking a lot of swings and getting a lot of misses. Maybe pulling off trades isn't as easy as he thought it would be.

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#127 toprightcorner
June 30 2013, 03:50PM
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Feaster probably takes 6'2", 165 lb highschool defenceman Thomas Vannelli with their next pick.

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#128 boxman
June 30 2013, 03:52PM
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Seriously rocket, no crusts. Does she do egg salad??!

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#129 EricOG
June 30 2013, 04:12PM
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Dom and Brian

Cagney and Lacey

Riggs and Murtaugh

Kevin and Craig

One of those things is just NOT like the others.

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#130 Bucknuck
June 30 2013, 04:13PM
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Just cracked my first bevy... I'm pretty happy with Nurse.

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#131 YFC Prez
June 30 2013, 04:27PM
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Darn. Fucale just needed to fall one more spot

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#132 Spydyr
June 30 2013, 04:28PM
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Bucknuck wrote:

Just cracked my first bevy... I'm pretty happy with Nurse.

Yes, nurse was the safe pic. The thing is I'm sick and tired of safe.safe gets you out of the playoffs for seven years.

Where is the bold moves Mac-T keeps talking about.Cal is gone now missed out on every player he tried for.

Hope you Bevy is kool-aid....lol.

Selling hope is getting old.

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#133 BArmstrong
June 30 2013, 04:29PM
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BOOM - is that bold? Right?

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#134 RJ
June 30 2013, 04:31PM
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Objectively, not paying a king's ransom for Schneider is a smart move. Drafting a big, physical D like Nurse give the Oilers something they don't have down the road.

But promising "bold moves" is not the same as delivering "bold moves". Sure seems like MacT could have learned from the simple adage: underpromise and overdeliver.

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#135 boxman
June 30 2013, 04:31PM
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The new bold is sensible.......

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#136 RyanCoke
June 30 2013, 04:38PM
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well I just waited for our 2nd pick forever... they traded down. I will catch the updates tonight.

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#137 EricOG
June 30 2013, 04:39PM
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When you think about it, the draft is supposed to be about the future. And Nurse looks like a keeper. But, if you talk the talk, you better walk the walk.

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#138 2004Z06
June 30 2013, 04:54PM
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Surprised the Oilers traded down instead of taking Jarry, but I guess they had to replace the 3rd and 4th they lost last year.

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#139 shifty203
June 30 2013, 04:55PM
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boxman wrote:

The new bold is sensible.......

The new bold is apparently doing the same thing as the last GM .... nothing.

There was obviously moves available, and I didn't think any of them were overpayments, so he should have been able to come away with something.

As MacT said himself, talk is cheap, and right now he's looking like a copy of "Disaster Movie" in the Walmart clearance bin.

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#140 2004Z06
June 30 2013, 04:59PM
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Oilers wanted Fucale, as soon as Montreal took him, Lombardi and Mac T made the swap.

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#141 WhattaMike
June 30 2013, 05:01PM
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I am still waiting for "Bold" from MacT and the Oilers too...as many others...and yet nothing has been coming so far.

On the draft for now, Nurse is an excellent pick as he has size great skating abilities, decent offence so far and he is loving to be mean, mean, mean...Love it!!! I agree with TSN and the media, and many Oiler fans too...that he was the very best pick when all the very top centres were taken by then.

The defence core for the future looks awesome now...but we need now now now too and centres, centres, centres... Oh yeah and a top type 1A goalie to go with Dub (like Khudobin, or even a good backup like Emery)would be most excellent too.

Come on MacT...do something now most worthy....like trade for Seguin with the Bruins, at least...

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#142 Rocket
June 30 2013, 05:05PM
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With no stand out picks remaining, I like that MacT traded for more picks later.

(BTW That Brasil Spain game is getting chippy!)

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#143 EricOG
June 30 2013, 05:06PM
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I just saw Tambo sitting in the crowd at the Prudential Center!!

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#144 YFC Prez
June 30 2013, 05:24PM
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@EricOG

probably thinking this is exactly what he would have done if he were still GM

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#145 WhattaMike
June 30 2013, 05:28PM
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Wow...its great the Oilers got several more picks and I do like the team getting Olivier-Roy at centre...now that I read about him...lol...but this team needs to either start making trades today going forward or start getting players/prospects.

A #7 (Nurse - excellent) and a #56 (Marc Olivier Roy - good) does not clearly show the Oilers getting quickly upgraded as much as they should be...but I will wait until by the end of Round 5 to see what has been accomplished (or not).

I am still strongly hoping for a Seguin to the Oilers deal from Boston BTW...

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#146 Naky
June 30 2013, 05:28PM
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Guys. Seriously, stop whining like little entitled children about the lack of moves. MacT said bold moves, not stupid moves made for the sake of making moves. It takes two to tango and no other team in the league has any interest in helping Edmonton get the pieces it needs to become a dangerous cup contender and certainly not for bargain bin prices. If what Gillis did to MacT with Schneider is any indication, other GMs are asking for the moon for the kind of players he wants, but are willing to get less from other teams they don't feel are as big of a threat. Now is not the time to sell the farm for a few role players and a highly debatable marginal upgrade on goaltending.

As for the second round, it was clear that the players they wanted were selected by the time their pick came around. My guess is that they had their eyes on Hartman and Fucale and both were gone.

The world is not over after this draft is over. The horizon changes significantly again once free agency starts and teams lose out on the games of musical chairs they're going to be playing. Furthermore, for the few moves that have been made none of them are the blockbuster ones that people have been expecting and will still need to be made for cap salary relief.

If you want to judge, judge a couple weeks from now but certainly not today.

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#147 Big J
June 30 2013, 05:48PM
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If NAS is as loyal an Oiler fan as he says, MacT could put a package together of : Next year's number one pick, one of our defense prospects, and a copy of The New Age Hockey System for Subban. No competent gm could turn that down.

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#148 WhattaMike
June 30 2013, 05:56PM
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Love it!!!! We have a Yakupov and a Yakimov (centre) and both from same city too... Also, I read this kid has very good talent too and is a very big type centre (6'4" - 201 lbs).

Two centres and a top defenceman. getting better and better if this talent comes thru in the very near future...

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#149 2004Z06
June 30 2013, 06:03PM
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Oilers have no fear of drafting Russians, Slepshyev and Yakimov

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#150 Rob...
June 30 2013, 06:28PM
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@Naky

Well said. What MacT offered for Schneider was bold, if not insane. That was just the offer that was leaked, it's likely the Oilers also made insane bids for other players that also didn't work out. The summer is young. If two months from now the bold move involves reclamation projects instead of acquired valuable assets then I'll start calling him out.

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