NURSE TO JUNIOR, EAKINS HATES SITTING BACK

Jason Gregor
September 25 2013 09:16AM

Darnell Nurse definitely made an impression in his first NHL camp. His infectious smile and polite demeanor allowed him to fit in off the ice, but it was his on-ice play that impressed his teammates the most. None of the Oilers had ever seen him play before, but his fluid skating stride grabbed their attention the first day of camp.

"He moves incredibly well," Taylor Hall said to me on the second day of training camp. "He's so smooth for a big man. He'll be scary when he fills out," continued Hall.

When Hall is impressed by a player's skating ability, you take notice.

Last Wednesday in Vancouver, Nurse played a dominating 24 minutes vs. the Canucks. He gave management, coaches, teammates and the fans a glimpse of his future potential, and he should go back to Sault Ste. Marie feeling very good about his game.

While Nurse dominated in Vancouver that night, in his other preseason games he was solid. At times he looked his age, and you could see that he'll need to add some weight to his 6'4" frame, but every game he played he did something that caught your attention.

Even the most pessimistic Oiler fan was impressed by Nurse, and in 12 months I think he'll be even more impressive.

The Oilers made the right decision to send him to junior. He'll go back to the OHL, play 25-30 minutes a night, develop his game, improve his strength and he'll take on more of a leadership role. He'll be a better player next year, and when he comes to training camp he'll be focused on making the team.

Prior to the draft I interviewed Nurse, and when I asked him about going straight to the NHL he gave an incredibly honest and mature answer, "I think I need to keep developing my game. There are areas I need to improve on, and I think it would be best for me to play another year in junior."

For Nurse to recognize in the summer that the best thing for him would be another year in junior, shows you why he'll be successful, but that doesn't he mean he wasn't crushed when Eakins told him the news last night.

"If anyone tells you it feels good to get cut, they're probably lying to you," he said. "It sucks. There's nothing fun about it but they (Oilers) have the best plan for me and my development. I'm going to go back and dominate my league and hopefully I'll have the opportunity to play in World Juniors," continued Nurse.

I love his attitude. He'll use this as motivation to become even better. He'll make a serious push for the World Junior team and that experience will also help his development.

THIS IS A GOOD THING

There is no negative in sending Nurse back to junior, the only negative out of training camp was that we didn't get to see him play against a complete NHL team. Every game he playe, the opposition had very few proven NHL players. Regardless, that game in Vancouver gave us all a glimpse of his potential. 

He didn't look out of place, even when the Sedins were on the ice, and the best part was that he didn't look intimidated at all. You can't teach confidence, and you can't teach competitiveness. Nurse has both in abundance, and I can't wait to see how he looks next September.

THREE MORE CUTS

Tyler Pitlick, Anton Lander and Taylor Fedun were assigned to OKC last night. They will be on the team charter to OKC this morning and all of them will play significant minutes in OKC this season. Fedun continues to improve. He's an incredibly smart player who rarely makes mistakes. He or Oscar Klefbom will be the first call up, if the Oilers suffer any injuries on the blueline.

Pitlick had the best training camp of his short career. He is close to being an NHL player, and if he can stay healthy this year. and keep improving. he should make a serious push to crack the lineup next season.

Lander wasn't a factor in training camp. He just never looked comfortable and wasn't able to stand out in any of the games. If he can get off to a good start and play well, I think there is a good chance he will play some games in Edmonton this season. He needs to be a leader and one of the best players every night in OKC.

***EDIT at 10:00 a.m.***

The Oilers placed Ryan Jones on waivers this morning. If he clears he'll start the season in OKC. I haven't seen anything from Ryan Hamilton or Ben Eager that suggests they are better NHL players than Jones, but Jones didn't have a strong camp and the Oilers do save cap space by keeping Hamilton up and sending Jones down.

Eager brings a completely different element, so I understand why he is here. Hamilton's footspeed in the preseason was an issue, we'll see how he looks against NHL lineups. Good for him he worked hard to make the lineup, but I don't think anyone on the Oilers fourth line is a lock to stay the entire season.

A WELCOME CHANGE

A few things I've never understood; how someone thinks Olivia Wilde isn't hot or why coaches play prevent defence in football or sit back when they have a lead in hockey.  The picture answers the first question, and when I've watched the Oilers games this season I've noticed a refreshing approach when they have a lead. Eakins wants them to keep pushing forward, rather than sitting on a lead. THANK GOODNESS.

I find when I watch games on TV, even worse on the web, that it is hard to see some of the small nuances of the game. The camera only focuses on the puck carrier, so it's hard to see what players are doing away from the play. Luckily the Oilers have had the lead for every home game this season, and I noticed early on that they never "sat back" on a lead.

In the first few games I wondered if it was just the quality of the opposition, but after watching last night's game I was confident the Oilers' were in fact trying to remain aggressive.

David Perron played in St.Louis the past few seasons, and the Blues have a reputation of protecting leads, so I asked him if Eakins' message, when protecting a lead was different than what he'd previously experienced. 

He tells us to keep going, and I love it and I think everyone in the room does. I don't think that other coaches say sit back, but they way they react it says it without saying it. If you read between the lines, it is pretty easy to figure out that (sitting back) is what they want from the team. 

If you are up 3-2, yeah you need to be smart, but even if you are down 1-0 you need to be smart. It is the same game all the time, and I like that. Dallas wants us to learn to play the same game; in the preseason, the regular season and then when we get in the playoffs we won't be as nervous. 

It is refreshing to hear that a coach is constantly telling his team to push forward, and it is equally good to hear a player already thinking about the playoffs. That is the type of attitude the Oilers need.

After speaking with Perron, I asked Eakins about his gameplan to never stop attacking. 

It kills me. It makes me crazy. I was getting ready to check myself in in the third period because we started to sit back and I don’t understand  why you would. After having great success for two periods by pushing the pace, and limiting their time and space, why would we suddenly give them time and space when the otherwas working for us. I feel the best way to defend a lead is to score a goal. That’s the way to do it. To sit back and give them chance after chance doesn’t make sense to me. 

There are things we can do in practice to work on that, but that is more of a mentality. We have to plant the seed, then start taking great care of that seed and watering it every day, and that's what we are going to do here. That is the one thing I didn't love about the game, because we started to sit back in the third period. 

When the regular season begins and the games matter, if the Oilers are sitting back on a lead, don't blame the coach. He'll be just as frustrated and perplexed as you if his team stops pushing forward. I'm curious to see how long it takes before the players are confident enough not to sit back.

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#1 I tried it at home
September 25 2013, 09:20AM
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it was greatvto see Nurse put himself back in with a good camp after the prospects tourney. He'll be a beast on the blue line soon enough

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#2 Quicksilver ballet
September 25 2013, 09:20AM
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Stand pat and make due with what's already in the system. Ride this season out, and hope the kids can do it on their own. One more season of hockey that doesn't matter coming to RX1 this fall.

It's difficult to understand how a team with so many holes on the roster can send someone who may have been able to contribute back to junior. To even believe he couldn't be a contributor under Eakins watch is stuborn. Guess we'll never know now. Despite being well inside the top 6 group of defenders on this team during camp, we won't get to see how he'd fare against NHL players, he didn't even get that opportunity.

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#3 Will
September 25 2013, 09:28AM
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In one or two years, after he fills out and improves on his game a bit, the Oilers are finally going to have their number one stud D man. Nurse and Schultz will be our top pair.

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#4 Spydyr
September 25 2013, 09:30AM
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Too bad the team did not have the depth at the center they now enjoy on defense.

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#5 Czar
September 25 2013, 09:33AM
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It might be disappointing for him to get sent down but at least he'll get to WIN a gold medal at the WJC. Absolutely the right call for his development.

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#6 Reg Dunlop
September 25 2013, 09:34AM
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@Quicksilver ballet

What are you talking about, man? McDavid is TWO years away, so we need to sewer NEXT year too.

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#7 Spoils
September 25 2013, 09:34AM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

Stand pat and make due with what's already in the system. Ride this season out, and hope the kids can do it on their own. One more season of hockey that doesn't matter coming to RX1 this fall.

It's difficult to understand how a team with so many holes on the roster can send someone who may have been able to contribute back to junior. To even believe he couldn't be a contributor under Eakins watch is stuborn. Guess we'll never know now. Despite being well inside the top 6 group of defenders on this team during camp, we won't get to see how he'd fare against NHL players, he didn't even get that opportunity.

Not understanding the value of sending a kid down to ensure he gets top minutes against the best competition just shows me you don't get it.

But hockey that doesn't matter?

Even last year when we lost most nights the oilers where fun to watch. What these young guns do approaches art. They are one year older, do you think they are getting worse?

Sit back and enjoy.

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#8 master of my domain
September 25 2013, 09:39AM
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my favorite part of his post game interview was right at the beginning. http://video.oilers.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=4&id=447467&lang=en&navid=DL|EDM|home

reporter- can you start by talking about the hands of David Perron?

Eakins- you want me to talk about his hands? he has a left one and a right one.

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#9 freelancer
September 25 2013, 09:40AM
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Love to see Nurse so fired up about being cut. In the end it's great to see them take their time with the kid. He's looked good in preseason but still probably not ready for full time NHL duty. Giving him the 9 games was a possibility but in the end I'm okay letting them use those spots for the guys who will stay around the whole season.

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#10 Czar
September 25 2013, 09:41AM
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After watching Perron play these past few games I'm not sure Maggie ever would have reached the level this kid plays at, love this move.

Only a blind man wouldn't find Olivia hot! I've got a buddy who has been heard to say "she's so hot I'd eat the peanuts........" I'm not sure I'd go that far but hot damn she's sexy!

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#11 Doomoil
September 25 2013, 09:45AM
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@Quicksilver ballet

you're right, we should have kept him and thrown his development out the window.

maybe if we were lucky a much bigger and stronger grown man could obliterate him in the corner and put him out with a season ending injury.

if only we could properly destroy this kid's nhl career before it gets started!

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#12 Romulus' Apotheosis
September 25 2013, 09:47AM
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Hey JG,

Can you find out what is going on with Curtis Hamilton?

Why hasn't he been cut yet? Have you seen him around, on the ice or anything?

I'm assuming he's injured, if so what's the injury? And, if so, why would that keep them from cutting him from the TC roster to rehab if he isn't going to make the team anyway?

It is very confusing.

Thanks!

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#13 Spydyr
September 25 2013, 09:51AM
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DSF wrote:

Didn't I tell y'all that Perron was the real deal?

Might even lead the Oilers in scoring this season.

Book it...... Not , Hall if he stays healthy is a beast.

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#14 vetinari
September 25 2013, 09:54AM
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Nurse is a beast and going back to the CHL is going to be good for his development-- he needs to add some meat to his frame and to up his conditioning because an 82 game NHL schedule is gruelling. Also, from the Oiler's perspective, it doesn't hurt that his ELC can slide for a year to space out the "next wave" of players.

As for Eakins, I love the philosophy-- why change what's successful? The Oilers can outskate most other teams so keep the pressure up and they can't score when they are buried in their own zone. Fantastic. Players like Hall, Eberle, and Yakupov should thrive with that kind of philosophy.

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#15 pkam
September 25 2013, 09:58AM
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Romulus' Apotheosis wrote:

Hey JG,

Can you find out what is going on with Curtis Hamilton?

Why hasn't he been cut yet? Have you seen him around, on the ice or anything?

I'm assuming he's injured, if so what's the injury? And, if so, why would that keep them from cutting him from the TC roster to rehab if he isn't going to make the team anyway?

It is very confusing.

Thanks!

If I remember correctly, he had a surgery late last season and is recovering so he will be on IR when season starts.

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#16 VK63
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Gregor.

disregarding cap missmanagement, incumbency, entry level years and such things.

Did Darnell Nurses play compared to the other dmen in this camp warrant getting cut?

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#17 Romulus' Apotheosis
September 25 2013, 10:01AM
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pkam wrote:

If I remember correctly, he had a surgery late last season and is recovering so he will be on IR when season starts.

Cool...

but why would that keep him on the TC roster for the big club?

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#18 Benny Botts
September 25 2013, 10:01AM
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Olivia Wilde is an absolute smoke show!

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#21 DSF
September 25 2013, 10:17AM
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Omark has cleared waivers.

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#22 916oiler
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I immediately took a shower after watching Nurse dish that apple to Ebs; I felt downright FILTHY just watching it.

Can't wait for that kid to make the jump!

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#23 Romulus' Apotheosis
September 25 2013, 10:26AM
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He tore his ACL playing soccer before a game in OKC late last season. He is around camp and has been rehabbing, but is still a few weeks away from playing, if not longer.

Thanks!

That sucks for him. That 3 (him plus Martindale and Pitlick) have a huge year ahead of them... anything in the way like a lingering injury isn't going to help.

Is that typical? For an injured prospect to remain on the TC roster? I would have assumed they'd cut him long ago, or does it affect his rehab in someway (like maybe where and with whom he can rehab)?

thanks again.

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#24 Czar
September 25 2013, 10:27AM
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In my opinion he isn't ready for the NHL. Needs to be stronger, and most of his opponents weren't NHL players. It would only have gotten more difficult for him.

Belov's overall game, today, is better, but Nurse's upside is monumental. He showed he has all the tools to be a very good, and maybe an elite D-man.

But I don't feel he was NHL ready.

In the couple games Belov has played he's already ahead of N.Schultz in my books. Hell of a pick up, can't wait until he's more comfortable with the NA game and starts throwing his weight around.

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#25 Forrestt
September 25 2013, 10:27AM
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Your article title from yesterday is funny "Players will decide who makes the team". I think Fedun played his way into the mix, was better than some proven NHL'ers, but alas, his 2 way contract was easier to park him back in the AHL rather than make a tough call on one way contracts. Hopefully the Oilers don't carry 8 defencemen at least and he gets a shot at a relief role occasionally...

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#26 Ducey
September 25 2013, 10:28AM
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I am surprised to see Jones waived. Its not that he doesn't deserve it, its that he has a one way and Ryan Hamilton has a two way contract. Not sure I saw a lot of difference between the two.

It would be cheaper for the organization to send down Hamilton.

Hopefully the Oilers are still active on the waiver wire. There will be one or two good forwards sent down. They could grab one and ditch Eager.

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#27 Czar
September 25 2013, 10:29AM
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@DSF

You sure this time dude?

The only ones who didn't see this coming were Linus and his agent.

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#28 Lochenzo
September 25 2013, 10:30AM
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The "pessimists" as you call them will continue to point to Nichuskin who is having a very good pre-season as well. There is no doubt as to Nichuskin's talent. Where there may be problems is if he gets cut from the big club or when he is negotiating a new contract. If Nichuskin doesn't get what he wants, he's prepared to go to the KHL. He's been very clear about that.

I really like Ryan Jones and I can understand why he had a tough year last year. I don't understand what's happening to him this year though. Hope he gets things going again. Joensuu has outplayed him by a mile and deserves to be here opening night.

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#29 Lochenzo
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Glad to see Arcobello play well last night with Perron and Eberle. Arcobello was invisible playing with 3rd and 4th line wingers. I guess it's top 6 forward or bust for Arcobello.

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#30 Romulus' Apotheosis
September 25 2013, 10:33AM
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Forrestt wrote:

Your article title from yesterday is funny "Players will decide who makes the team". I think Fedun played his way into the mix, was better than some proven NHL'ers, but alas, his 2 way contract was easier to park him back in the AHL rather than make a tough call on one way contracts. Hopefully the Oilers don't carry 8 defencemen at least and he gets a shot at a relief role occasionally...

Waiving Jones today counters your argument.

The team is clearly going with who they think is the better players regardless of contract situation.

It's a good sign.

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#31 Craig1981
September 25 2013, 10:33AM
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Nurse is going to be the best Sault Ste. Marie Greyhound to ever wear an Oiler's Jersey!!

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#32 Jckson
September 25 2013, 10:40AM
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Hypothetical.

If you could go back to the draft and had a chance to pick one of these players. Who do you pick?

Nurse

Lindholm

Monahan

Nichushkin

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#33 Doomoil
September 25 2013, 10:40AM
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Lochenzo wrote:

The "pessimists" as you call them will continue to point to Nichuskin who is having a very good pre-season as well. There is no doubt as to Nichuskin's talent. Where there may be problems is if he gets cut from the big club or when he is negotiating a new contract. If Nichuskin doesn't get what he wants, he's prepared to go to the KHL. He's been very clear about that.

I really like Ryan Jones and I can understand why he had a tough year last year. I don't understand what's happening to him this year though. Hope he gets things going again. Joensuu has outplayed him by a mile and deserves to be here opening night.

you're painting nicushkin as a russian diva.

he said, before the draft that he wants to play in the nhl over the khl, but those are the two options. he won't play in the ahl. considering that he was probably the most nhl ready player in the class and that any team that was going to draft him knew these things, i don't see the problem.

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#34 Romulus' Apotheosis
September 25 2013, 10:44AM
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"I haven't seen anything from Ryan Hamilton or Ben Eager that suggests they are better NHL players than Jones, but Jones didn't have a strong camp and the Oilers do save cap space by keeping Hamilton up and sending Jones down."

If I understand the rules on "burying" contracts (one-way) in the AHL (and I probably don't), the formula outlined here:

http://www.capgeek.com/new-cba/

(see "Wade Redden Rule"):

"A one-way contract counts against the cap as follows: cap hit – [ minimum salary + $375,000 ]"

Than R Jones one-way contract, 1.5M - 900, 000 = 600, 000 which is the same as R. Hamilton's NHL salary for the year.

Jones:

http://www.capgeek.com/player/1051

Hamilton:

http://www.capgeek.com/player/1290

If Jones goes down the team pays 1.2M for both players (if Ham stays up).

If Ham goes down and Jones stays the team pays 1.8M.

With Jones going down the team saves 600,000. That will come in handy when MacT picks Penner off waivers!

Good eye JG.

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#35 Czar
September 25 2013, 10:44AM
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Craig1981 wrote:

Nurse is going to be the best Sault Ste. Marie Greyhound to ever wear an Oiler's Jersey!!

Damn I wish this kid played in The WHL, would love to see his progress first hand. A few weeks with B.Sutter and top pairing at the WJC[I hope] will be great for his development.

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#37 Romulus' Apotheosis
September 25 2013, 10:47AM
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Lochenzo wrote:

The "pessimists" as you call them will continue to point to Nichuskin who is having a very good pre-season as well. There is no doubt as to Nichuskin's talent. Where there may be problems is if he gets cut from the big club or when he is negotiating a new contract. If Nichuskin doesn't get what he wants, he's prepared to go to the KHL. He's been very clear about that.

I really like Ryan Jones and I can understand why he had a tough year last year. I don't understand what's happening to him this year though. Hope he gets things going again. Joensuu has outplayed him by a mile and deserves to be here opening night.

I think, now that the decision is several months out, it isn't very helpful to keep comparing these two players.

Better to compare them against their draft age positional counterparts. It will make for a stronger comparison. That said, we are years away from knowing much about this draft...

right now we are just wandering around a wine tasting getting a tiny picture of everybody.

Both though, so far, look very, very, very good.

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#38 Romulus' Apotheosis
September 25 2013, 10:50AM
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Jckson wrote:

Hypothetical.

If you could go back to the draft and had a chance to pick one of these players. Who do you pick?

Nurse

Lindholm

Monahan

Nichushkin

Lindholm. Russian. Monahan. Nurse.

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#39 Lochenzo
September 25 2013, 10:50AM
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Doomoil wrote:

you're painting nicushkin as a russian diva.

he said, before the draft that he wants to play in the nhl over the khl, but those are the two options. he won't play in the ahl. considering that he was probably the most nhl ready player in the class and that any team that was going to draft him knew these things, i don't see the problem.

Ok, maybe I'm being hard on Nichuskin and he was the most talented player available at the #7 pick. The KHL is a great league, but it's not North American hockey. I'd prefer a player that is prepared to go to the AHL if he needs to take that step to adjust his game. Belov signed such a contract. Klefbom will play in the AHL to adapt his game to the smaller surface. Those are the type of guys I want, a high level of dedication to playing in the NHL.

Alex Mikhnov could never adjust his game from KHL to NHL and was unwilling to play in the AHL to help with the transition. Rajala is gone because he can make more money in Europe than in the AHL. Nichuskin carries that risk with him.

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#40 Czar
September 25 2013, 10:50AM
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JG, Do you think the Flames will pick up Jones? Even with the Saddledome cleaned up they're still up to their eyeballs in crap, on and off the ice?

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#41 pkam
September 25 2013, 10:50AM
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Ducey wrote:

I am surprised to see Jones waived. Its not that he doesn't deserve it, its that he has a one way and Ryan Hamilton has a two way contract. Not sure I saw a lot of difference between the two.

It would be cheaper for the organization to send down Hamilton.

Hopefully the Oilers are still active on the waiver wire. There will be one or two good forwards sent down. They could grab one and ditch Eager.

The one reason is Jones may improve if he can get more ice time in OKC and Hamilton probably won't. And at the moment, Jones will be the man sitting in the press box if he stays in Edmonton.

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#42 Will
September 25 2013, 10:58AM
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Jones got placed on waivers as well. I guess Eager just out played him for the spot, although maybe one of the younger kids took his spot? Has Hamilton been sent back down yet?

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#43 pkam
September 25 2013, 10:58AM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

I don't think he he was better than Belov, and both have a two-way contract. We will all see players differently, but Fedun's biggest hurdle will be that he footspeed and size.

He's only had one pro season, so he has lots of time to keep developing, but with Nurse, Klefbom and Marincin all developing as well, he will need a great season and impress the organization so he gets a good look next year.

I think Nurse, Klefbom and Marincin are top 4 defense prospects, while Fedun is a 3rd pairing defense and I'll take him over Potter.

I believe once Potter is traded or his contract is up, Fedun will have a chance.

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#44 Darrell
September 25 2013, 10:59AM
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Jckson wrote:

Hypothetical.

If you could go back to the draft and had a chance to pick one of these players. Who do you pick?

Nurse

Lindholm

Monahan

Nichushkin

Should be fun to watch since we took a tied-man and a rookie center may have made the team due to injuries .... As of now Nurse feels right to me.

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#45 Will
September 25 2013, 11:00AM
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Lochenzo wrote:

Ok, maybe I'm being hard on Nichuskin and he was the most talented player available at the #7 pick. The KHL is a great league, but it's not North American hockey. I'd prefer a player that is prepared to go to the AHL if he needs to take that step to adjust his game. Belov signed such a contract. Klefbom will play in the AHL to adapt his game to the smaller surface. Those are the type of guys I want, a high level of dedication to playing in the NHL.

Alex Mikhnov could never adjust his game from KHL to NHL and was unwilling to play in the AHL to help with the transition. Rajala is gone because he can make more money in Europe than in the AHL. Nichuskin carries that risk with him.

Have you been watching any clips of Nichushkin in Dallas pre season. Sending him down to AHL would hinder his development if anything since he would just skate through most of the competition down there. At least up in the NHL he'll have to learn play on both sides of the puck.

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#46 TOM//MTL
September 25 2013, 11:01AM
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Totally unrelated but did anyone else catch Ryan Whitney's sarcastic rip on Joey Moss when replying to an Eberle tweet? He should be worrying about not fading into oblivion rather than cracking on a legend

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#47 Ron
September 25 2013, 11:01AM
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Darrell wrote:

Should be fun to watch since we took a tied-man and a rookie center may have made the team due to injuries .... As of now Nurse feels right to me.

I'll answer that question in 5 years

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#48 Lochenzo
September 25 2013, 11:08AM
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Jckson wrote:

Hypothetical.

If you could go back to the draft and had a chance to pick one of these players. Who do you pick?

Nurse

Lindholm

Monahan

Nichushkin

I would have taken Monahan if he was available us. But after watching Regehr drill Hemsky all those years, it's nice to be on the other side of that fence in the Battle of Alberta. Nurse drilling Monahan, I see it already.

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#49 Will
September 25 2013, 11:10AM
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Jckson wrote:

Hypothetical.

If you could go back to the draft and had a chance to pick one of these players. Who do you pick?

Nurse

Lindholm

Monahan

Nichushkin

Monahan. Especially given our injuries at centre. He wasn't available at 7 though, neither was Lindholm. I am very happy we didn't take Nichushkin, even though at the time I really wanted him.

I only take Monahan because he is having a great camp in Calgary, and I think he could help us out this year on the fourth line, then move up the line up as injuries dictate. Depth at centre is very important in this league.

Having said that, ask this question again in three years when Nurse and Schultz are our top pair defence and I might change my mind.

I would have liked to have seen Yak and Nichushkin play on a line together, but no one is really sure in the scouting reports where Nichushkin plays. Rw, LW, or centre, so if he does play RW, then I'm extra glad we did not take him.

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#50 Spydyr
September 25 2013, 11:12AM
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Craig1981 wrote:

Nurse is going to be the best Sault Ste. Marie Greyhound to ever wear an Oiler's Jersey!!

99 was not too bad.

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