GLAD FOR EKBLAD

Lowetide
January 23 2014 07:11PM

If the Edmonton Oilers don't trade their first round pick in 2014, there's a very good chance they'll select Aaron Ekblad. The Buffalo Sabres are loaded with young defensemen and are likely to take a forward, and Edmonton looks like a good bet to finish 29th or 30th overall. Unless another team wins the lottery, the Oilers are going to have a chance at the big man.

IS IT WISE TO SELECT A DEFENSEMEN EARLY?

No. ON has discussed this many times, Jason Gregor pointed out the facts here. The prevailing wisdom is correct, as pointed out by Jason:

  • In the past 25 years, only five times has the first D-man drafted turned out to be the best in his class:  #3 Scott Niedermayer in 1991, #1 Roman Hamrlik in 1992, #2 Chris Pronger in 1993, #1 Ed Jovanovski 1994 and Johnson in 2006. Since 1994, it has only happened once, so it is clear that it is become harder to project who will become the best defender out of an entire draft class.

I agree 100 times out of 100. If there's a forward available who is better than the top defenseman, it makes that rule easy. Draft Nail, pass on Murray. Adam Larsson looks good? Take Nuge! However, what if there's no clear choice among the remaining forwards, and in fact the #1 overall prospect is a defenseman?

That's where we are headed.

MCKENZIE'S BIBLE 

Bob McKenzie's mid-season rankings are out today, and Aaron Ekblad ranks #1 overall, ahead of a plethora of forwards. The list is here. The tsn link also gives insight into each player, including the defenseman.

  • Craig Button: When you build a team, you need a solid foundation. Aaron is a pillar defenceman who can play 25 minutes or more and do so in all important situations. His on-ice maturity is exceptional.

He's a righty, and could form an insane tandem with Darnell Nurse a few years down the road. Added to the fact Edmonton has so many skill forwards they have little or no room to add another, is Ekblad the choice?

POWER FORWARDS?

There are some interesting options, but Leon Draisaitl is falling down the list and the other OHL kids of note (Ritchie, Perlini, Dal Colle) have not emerged as clear lottery selections. The season still has some track to run, and the Oilers must be hoping for someone to pull out and pass the rest.

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

I'm no scout, and absolutely subscribe to the idea that teams should take a forward early and save the drafting of blue until later. One problem: no one is emerging.

We wait.

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#51 Serious Gord
January 23 2014, 11:14PM
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thebiggestmanintheworld wrote:

It's hard to get anywhere, when a Norris trophy finalist is too soft and weak defensively to play for our team....

...and we wonder why we can't have nice things...

Letang was very badly exposed in last year's playoffs. If we can get him cheap (a fire sale after the GM is fired this spring for not getting the pens to the promised land perhaps?) then sure. But he's not worth a number one pick.

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#52 toprightcorner
January 24 2014, 12:23AM
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Thumby wrote:

Screw it, I have given up on seeing a competitive Oilers team before the new barn opens.

Stack the hell outta the defence prospects now so we can enjoy a decade of better teams.

You are never going to get a top 10 or Norris level defence man in Edmonton unless you draft him.

Besides if we suck it another year, we just might be in line for the generational forward we have not found so far.

#depressed

so in 5 years when we have 4-5 great defenceman we drafted, haven't made the playoffs yet and Hall and Ebs with 1 year left on contract and Nuge with 2 years left, You really think they will want to stick around.

Too late to keep building through the draft, we need quality players now while our core is entering their prime to give the 7-8 years to compete before it starts all over again

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#53 RexHolez
January 23 2014, 07:53PM
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Draft Bennet and trade for a dman who's a quality NHL player NOW. This team can't wait 5 years on hope that a young guy can potentially become a good dman maybe 1 day. They need someone now

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#54 Primo
January 23 2014, 07:54PM
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The drafting of young top talent is no longer a sustainable strategy for the Oilers. Go ahed McT and try it again. The kid is 17 and it will be 3-5 years before he even starts too make any kind of noticeable impact. Do you really think you and 6 rings will be around by that time?

Suggest you package this pick for a veteran top level D man!!!

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#55 SlaveLake
January 23 2014, 08:28PM
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RexHolez wrote:

Draft Bennet and trade for a dman who's a quality NHL player NOW. This team can't wait 5 years on hope that a young guy can potentially become a good dman maybe 1 day. They need someone now

I agree they need someone now... but who ?

Shea Weber, not a chance. OEL, not happenning. Giordano, probably not. Letang, god I hope not.

The only guy I could see would be PK out of Montreal and only because there always seems to a fight there with him. And what does that cost ? Nail and this years first ? Better resign Hemsky.

I'm all for trading the pick, trading anyone... I just dont see a lot of options. The Oilers simply don't have the pawns to spare like the good teams do.

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#56 Serious Gord
January 23 2014, 11:17PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

If MacT doesn't trade the pick he should be fired. This team needs solutions now - not three or more years from now.

I LOLed when I saw how much my post had been trashed. Christ on a Kawasaki there are some head-in-the-clouds types in this fanbase.

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#57 toprightcorner
January 24 2014, 12:32AM
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RL wrote:

Does Perron and the first, or maybe less, Gagner/Hemsky and the first get you Letang from the Pens? Watching the game tonight, in intermission, analysists feel the kid Ollie Maata is making Letang irrelevant. It might be a longshot, and a risk on the Pens part,but could be feasible for the Oil.

a soft, high scoring avg defensively player making $7.25 for the next 8 seasons is not the guy to build a d-core around. That is J Schultz in 2 years.

If the Pens had the tiniest thought of trading him they would not hive extended him to a $57 mill deal 6 months ago

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#58 HardBoiledOil
January 24 2014, 07:10AM
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Loweblows wrote:

On February 2 the Super Bowl is played. The next day Edmonton and Buffalo play in the Toilet Bowl. Mark it on the calendar folks. That could be the day we secure 30th spot.

i'd like to see the fan reaction if the Oilers suck their way to a loss in this game....get your jerseys ready!!

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#59 Reggie
January 23 2014, 09:19PM
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I really can't see Buffalo taking a D man with their first pick. They are loaded with Dmen.

Ekblad will fall to #2.

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#60 Reggie
January 23 2014, 10:00PM
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Buffalo will take a forward

Calgary will have the 29th pick and take Ekblad.

Edmonton?

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#61 oilerjed
January 23 2014, 10:04PM
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What does it take to move things forward a few years and pick up a Cody Franson or Dougie Hamilton?

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#62 toprightcorner
January 24 2014, 12:06AM
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I sure hope The Oilers are not making their first round pick as that would mean they have secured a top pair dman in a package.

At the very leaset if they could trade down a bit and get a power forward likle Ritchie, Vertanen, Perlini or Tuch, all well over 200 lbs and 6'2".

Adding Ekblad means we "could" have a top 4 dman in 4 years. Using the pick in a Package for Yandle, Bufuglien or McDonagh is a far better option with the young guys in their prime with 5-6 years left in their contract.

Gagner, pick and Klefbaum should easily get a deal done. Sign one of Girardi, Nikita, Niskanen, Markov or Orpik as a top four and an older veteran hard working 6/7 guy to help the rookie we will be vastley improved

Bufuglien - Petry Girardi - J Schultz Ference - Marincin/Fedun

Robidas or Sarich

A defence like that this year ans we would still be in the hunt for sure

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#63 Serious Gord
January 23 2014, 08:10PM
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Fresh Mess wrote:

Agreed, assuming he can get huge value for the pick. They also should have traded the pick instead of drafting Fail. Just think what they may have gotten. They'll never get that for him now.

Thus Lowetide's post should be about who we can get trading the pick. Post's that even just talk about keeping the pick provide dangerous encouragement for the clowns who run this team.

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#64 HardBoiledOil
January 23 2014, 09:06PM
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hallsyoilerforever5 wrote:

sigh.. draft talk once again. How depressing.

what's even more depressing is that if Ekblad is ranked #1 by draft time, say bye bye to the Sabres for him and hello to yet another scoring forward....and more of the same. *sigh*

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#65 RexHolez
January 23 2014, 09:15PM
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SlaveLake wrote:

I agree they need someone now... but who ?

Shea Weber, not a chance. OEL, not happenning. Giordano, probably not. Letang, god I hope not.

The only guy I could see would be PK out of Montreal and only because there always seems to a fight there with him. And what does that cost ? Nail and this years first ? Better resign Hemsky.

I'm all for trading the pick, trading anyone... I just dont see a lot of options. The Oilers simply don't have the pawns to spare like the good teams do.

They don't need a top 5 dman in the league, they need a top 30. It's not my job to shake one loose

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#66 outdoorzguy
January 24 2014, 07:51AM
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So if we do get Ekblad in the draft, and Nurse and Klefbom move up next year, is Steve Smith and Dallas Eakins really the guys we want to trust their development to?

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#67 Bobby
January 23 2014, 07:59PM
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Draft this guy Oilers need size

http://ca.sports.yahoo.com/blogs/jrhockey-buzzing-the-net/nhl-draft-tracker-michael-dal-colle-oshawa-generals-155301345.html

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#68 Stamsky Hemkos
January 23 2014, 08:56PM
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Select Bad for Ekblad... Suck Bad for Ekblad... the 'Bladiator is coming!

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#69 shaddup
January 23 2014, 09:42PM
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SlaveLake wrote:

I think the point is it's the guy with the 3.5 inch penis laughing at the guy with the 3.0 inch penis in the change room. It's probably better to just shut up and change with a towel.

Ohhh...sorry to hear about your penis,Dude...are you good at math? Always a big need for a math whiz...sorry,sorry didn't mean to say "whiz" I meant student.Always a big need for a math student.

Oh my,I've done it again...not a "big need" for a math student,really...more of an "adequate" need for a math student.Always an adequate need for a math student...not too large a need,yet not too weeny a need...oh,rats,here we go again...

Can somebody please pass this gentleman a towel?

No,no, not the big towel...just the adequate towel...

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#70 papler
January 23 2014, 10:53PM
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"We wait."

it's starting to feel like waiting for Godot

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#71 Cynic
January 24 2014, 12:21AM
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Suck Bad for Eckblad

Eegad, not Eckblad

Lack gonad, draft Eckblad

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#72 Spoils
January 24 2014, 03:41AM
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D may be riskier, but a top D is hugely valuable.

Did you watch what Bieksa and Hamhuis just did to us?

Plus a top D can eat up 50% of the game. All you have to do is tie for the rest.

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#73 michael
January 24 2014, 06:13AM
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Anaheim and Pheonix arrive this weekend to inflict their specialkindofmisery upon the Oilers. The Oilers may get a point but as far as this season goes lets not do anything stupid. Like win.

Eckblad and Bennet OHL. Rheinhart WHL. Oilers need a competitive 2cd line center who can play both ways. You take Rheinhart.

Unless you feel Eckblad can step in next year.And some say he can. Then you take Eckblad.

Bennet cane give you skill and also compete.Character.Gilmour loves him.He might be the guy.

St Louis with the 31-33 pick. MP + thepick worked out well for them in some ways.

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#74 Hair bag
January 24 2014, 10:54AM
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Serious Gord wrote:

If MacT doesn't trade the pick he should be fired. This team needs solutions now - not three or more years from now.

Now is not the time to panic SG, it is blatantly obvious that the Oilers are a long way from competing for the playoffs (potentially years) and even longer from competing for a cup with the strength of the teams in the west. No one in the hockey world whether it be MacT or the best hockey executive in the game (whoever that may be) is going to turn this thing around any faster. Patience, no matter how painful, is the key. Unless he can trade the first round pick as a package for a legit 1-2 defenseman or a big number 2 Center then keep it, stockpile the assets. Adding more third or fourth liners for a pick that high would be asinine. Oiler fans need to face the music and that is the fact that this team is going to have to grind in the bottom a while longer before they turn the corner. They are in a position of weakness as far as trades go and it's probably going to get worse, unfortunately, before it gets better. They need better players and they don't have the assets to get them without robbing peter to pay Paul. It sucks to be an Oiler fan right now but we still need to be realistic.

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#75 Fred
January 23 2014, 07:33PM
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My guess Oilers will end up with the third pick. Unless we win the lottery or lose the lottery

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#76 RL
January 23 2014, 07:51PM
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Does Perron and the first, or maybe less, Gagner/Hemsky and the first get you Letang from the Pens? Watching the game tonight, in intermission, analysists feel the kid Ollie Maata is making Letang irrelevant. It might be a longshot, and a risk on the Pens part,but could be feasible for the Oil.

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#77 Serious Gord
January 23 2014, 08:17PM
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Bucknuck wrote:

That depends on what is coming back the other way. It would have to be an amazing return to make it worthwhile...

It just has to be a reasonable return - we can't expect to pick someone's pocket. If we need more than a pick to get one player then let's bundle it with a prospect or one of our excess forwards and some of our cap room.

The pick has value. This team has little else to offer besides cap room and sacrifice of what we once considered untradeable.

I can only imagine what taylor hall and perhaps the nuge would do if by august MacT and lowe haven't gotten a solid #one goalie and two 1-3 d-men and one or more big 1-2 line wingers. If this team is just going to try and muddle through like it tried to this season, i'm betting that hall demands to be traded.

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#78 Return of the Mac
January 23 2014, 09:33PM
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I wouldn't touch Ekblad with a 10-foot pole... he doesn't have the footspeed to play in the NHL.

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#79 wiseguy
January 23 2014, 10:01PM
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TeddyTurnbuckle wrote:

http://canucksarmy.com/2014/1/21/canucks-army-gdt-51-canucks-oilers

Lots of Oiler trash talk going on over at Canucks army. The writer calls our team a "joke of a franchise" I wouldn't be counting my chickens if I was a Canucks fan these days. They are the flames 4 years ago.

We should support the trashing of the oilers on the Canucks boards. It's the only ones Katz reads while living in Vancouver and attending Canuck games. Can someone confirm if I am correct that Katz had never attended an Oiler game at Rexall? I have only seen him on camera at Canucks games in Vancouver. Sad.

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#80 Rama Lama
January 24 2014, 10:28AM
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Let's see........we have been whining about not having a franchise defenceman for the better part of a hundred years, and we are discussing the potential of taking the BPA.

For any one who thinks we should be talking a forward over a future franchise defenceman, just ask yourself where do you expect to find one of these??

Team don't trade them very often ........the only way to get them is thorough the draft.

If we take another highly skilled forward over Ekblad........I'm done with the Oilers!

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#81 Lochenzo
January 23 2014, 09:24PM
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VK63 wrote:

One enticing thing about Ekblad is a physical maturity that has him knocking on the door already.

AND

we are talking about the Edmonton freaking Oilers. How hard a roster is that to make at any position?

ha, ha! Get Ekblad some goalie pads.

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#82 Fresh Mess
January 24 2014, 07:09AM
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toprightcorner wrote:

so in 5 years when we have 4-5 great defenceman we drafted, haven't made the playoffs yet and Hall and Ebs with 1 year left on contract and Nuge with 2 years left, You really think they will want to stick around.

Too late to keep building through the draft, we need quality players now while our core is entering their prime to give the 7-8 years to compete before it starts all over again

That makes too much sense for the 20something fangirl fanatics here. They would rather draft a cute new prospect whose potential they can swoon over. Just like their lover, the uber effective Yaksy.

Who needs results when you can fantasize about potential?

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#83 Hall the time
January 24 2014, 08:26AM
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outdoorzguy wrote:

So if we do get Ekblad in the draft, and Nurse and Klefbom move up next year, is Steve Smith and Dallas Eakins really the guys we want to trust their development to?

Stop with the first overalls I'm done with these kids. The Oilers don't develop people well, we need strong Vets ASAP.

OH but what about Taylor Hall Luck of the draw, literally.

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#84 vetinari
January 24 2014, 09:21AM
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Take Ekblad. Good defencemen are worth a premium in the NHL and with a few staggered in the pipeline (J. Schultz, Marincin, Klefbom, Nurse, and then Ekblad), we could be set for the next 5-10 years with the potential to deal one or two of them for help elsewhere, if needed. Frankly, our free agency options are limited and will continue to be limited until we post a few winning seasons and the draft is our best bet out of this sewer.

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#85 Chris A
January 24 2014, 10:20AM
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toprightcorner wrote:

a soft, high scoring avg defensively player making $7.25 for the next 8 seasons is not the guy to build a d-core around. That is J Schultz in 2 years.

If the Pens had the tiniest thought of trading him they would not hive extended him to a $57 mill deal 6 months ago

Soft? Hahahahahahaha you obviously know nothing about Letang or the Penguins. Letang has his flaws for sure - namely stupid decisions and turnovers, and a lot of injuries.

But he is anything but soft. He plays a very physical game, similar to Ference in that neither of them are big but both play very physical.

As an Oilers fan, I will be absolutely thrilled if J Schultz ever gets to be as good as Letang.

Having said all that, as a Pens fan - no way Perron and the first get Letang. Gagner AND Hemsky AND the first would likely end with Shero hanging up on MacT. The Pens are Cup contenders, they need good roster players (a top 6 wing and a 3rd line wing), not high draft picks and definitely not garbage like Hemsky and Gagner.

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#86 RexHolez
January 24 2014, 10:32AM
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HardBoiledOil wrote:

i'd like to see the fan reaction if the Oilers suck their way to a loss in this game....get your jerseys ready!!

All these empty promises about jerseys being tossed, when are we actually gonna see it again??

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#87 Death Metal Nightmare
January 24 2014, 10:43AM
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that woman looks like a boy. better pic better gender defined pics next time so it doesnt scare the Hetero Hockey Bros away.

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#88 sizzay
January 24 2014, 11:13AM
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Start of the year he was pegged as a #4 dman. Looks like he's improved but don't have your hopes up that he is going to be a guaranteed #1 Dman in the NHL.

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#89 brian hitchinson
January 24 2014, 09:52PM
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The Oilers, again will "fight" for last place. It doesn't seem to matter, because the scouts have done a piss poor job in selecting their previous picks. I will guarentee, a small, "talented" forward, that will do nothing again. If these scouts were any good, they would have got rid of Kevin Lowe, because he has done more damage to these teams over the last 8 yrs. Unitl the owner, finally has had enough with him, this teams will struggle for yrs to come!!

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#90 Pouzar99
January 25 2014, 12:34AM
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Don't be silly, Brian, if Ekblad is available when the Oiler first pick comes around they will take him. Book it. If he isn't available, they will likely trade the pick or grab the biggest, meanist and most talented forward available. Given that Buffalo has talent on the blue line, and is only a little below average defensively, but dead last by a huge margin Offensively, they may well go for the best forward. If any other team picks ahead of the Oilers they will take Ekblad, as he is quite obviously the best choice in the draft, based on what we know.

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#91 Brian
January 25 2014, 08:36AM
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"They", the experts , say building a team from goaltending, defense, Center is the way to go. If Ekblad is available, take him . If not, parlay the pick into proven Tender, D-man, Center.

Or do what Daryl and Harrison want. It's their toy after all.

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#92 Serious Gord
January 23 2014, 08:18PM
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Show me da Money wrote:

Does anyone really think that the pick will be traded? I don't.

I believe that Eberle will be gone and not the pick.

Wouldn't a team more than likely be trading for something tangible rather than someone who might not pan out? Eberle is a known quantity. He is also the same size as our other munchkin forwards.

The offense has to be getting bigger.

Goodbye #14. Hello Aaron Ekblad.

eberle isn't enough. There are too many holes (see my post above) to fill.

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#93 Serious Gord
January 23 2014, 11:23PM
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Andrew wrote:

L..T. That's fine in theory. I assume your rule applies to a well managed and motivated organization. The Oilers are not one of those. I don't how much Koolaid one has consumed but this organization as well as the construct of the on-ice team are a dreadful mess. IMO the Oil are just not at that point yet. I would take Ekblad in a New York minute.

If the Oil only needed minor tweeks to the line-up I agree your theories may apply. They don't just need 1 or 2 D they need a wholesale re-do on the D. With the Oils un-attractiveness to F.A.'s they have to build through the draft. We've seen Mac's results of trading for top 2 D.

You can trade picks and avoid the FA market altogether until this team gets competitive - and hopefully Lowe has moved on.

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#94 toprightcorner
January 24 2014, 12:37AM
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TeddyTurnbuckle wrote:

http://canucksarmy.com/2014/1/21/canucks-army-gdt-51-canucks-oilers

Lots of Oiler trash talk going on over at Canucks army. The writer calls our team a "joke of a franchise" I wouldn't be counting my chickens if I was a Canucks fan these days. They are the flames 4 years ago.

~Oh No, I guess in 4 months if an Oiler fan sees a Nucks fan they have to get revenge and beat them up so we can save face! Cause waiting 4 months fixes everything and instantly makes the oilers tough and hard to play against~

~ = sarcasim

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#95 Chris A
January 24 2014, 10:31AM
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As a diehard Oilers fan and a diehard Penguins fan, I have to laugh at all the Letang hate. Ya, he has significant problems (see my earlier comment), but he would be the Oilers' best defenseman by a huge (gaping chasm - like Grand Canyon scale) margin.

Letang mans the point on the league's best powerplay and plays significant minutes (2:03 per game) on the league's best PK. He also plays a good physical game despite his small size.

Letang's turnovers would drive Oilers fans bat-sh*t crazy (sometimes I throw things at the TV when watching him in Pens games), but his ability to skate or pass the puck out of the D zone along with some pretty incredible offensive skill would make him a huge addition to the Oilers.

As an Oilers fan, I would love to see the Pens trade him here. As a Pens fan, I don't want to see that happen because Edmonton has nothing the Pens need or want except maybe Eberle and his contract would kybosh that pretty much right away.

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#96 RexHolez
January 24 2014, 10:39AM
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Rama Lama wrote:

Let's see........we have been whining about not having a franchise defenceman for the better part of a hundred years, and we are discussing the potential of taking the BPA.

For any one who thinks we should be talking a forward over a future franchise defenceman, just ask yourself where do you expect to find one of these??

Team don't trade them very often ........the only way to get them is thorough the draft.

If we take another highly skilled forward over Ekblad........I'm done with the Oilers!

It's been proven many times over that the best defenceman at draft time rarely turns out to be the best defenceman in the draft.

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#97 Oiler Al
January 24 2014, 11:06AM
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Serious Gord wrote:

Letang was very badly exposed in last year's playoffs. If we can get him cheap (a fire sale after the GM is fired this spring for not getting the pens to the promised land perhaps?) then sure. But he's not worth a number one pick.

He's not worth Eberle trade either!. People are bent on trading Eberle, yet we put up with the Glider Twins [ 89 and 83 ] for how many years now, and still there are those that would keep those two over #14.

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#98 Zarny
January 24 2014, 11:22AM
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Serious Gord wrote:

If MacT doesn't trade the pick he should be fired. This team needs solutions now - not three or more years from now.

The Oilers need solutions now and three or more years from now. The goal is to create a program that will contend for 10-15 years.

IF MacT can trade the pick for what Ekblad will be in 4-5 years that is best case scenario.

That is a very short list of D however; especially when you remove players who simply aren't available.

If the best case scenario isn't available then the answer might be to trade Klefbom, Marincin, Petry, Schultz etc for the next step down. Dan Girardi, Ehrhoff, Campbell etc.

They won't be "the" answer over the long term but they can give the Oilers a legit top pairing D while kids like Nurse and Ekblad transition into the roll over the next few years.

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#99 Zarny
January 24 2014, 11:34AM
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Hair bag wrote:

Now is not the time to panic SG, it is blatantly obvious that the Oilers are a long way from competing for the playoffs (potentially years) and even longer from competing for a cup with the strength of the teams in the west. No one in the hockey world whether it be MacT or the best hockey executive in the game (whoever that may be) is going to turn this thing around any faster. Patience, no matter how painful, is the key. Unless he can trade the first round pick as a package for a legit 1-2 defenseman or a big number 2 Center then keep it, stockpile the assets. Adding more third or fourth liners for a pick that high would be asinine. Oiler fans need to face the music and that is the fact that this team is going to have to grind in the bottom a while longer before they turn the corner. They are in a position of weakness as far as trades go and it's probably going to get worse, unfortunately, before it gets better. They need better players and they don't have the assets to get them without robbing peter to pay Paul. It sucks to be an Oiler fan right now but we still need to be realistic.

I don't think it's blatantly obvious that the Oilers are a long way from competing for the playoffs.

The top pairing D basically play half the game. Look at what Erik Johnson and Jan Hejda have done for Colorado.

If you put Keith and Seabrook on the Oilers blueline they'd make the playoffs. That's two players. Two very key players but still only two.

MacT won't get Keith and Seabrook; but he can get stop-gaps that are just a step down.

Yes, it will mean trading picks and/or prospects. That's fine. The Oilers have a logjam of young D prospects. They can't keep them all.

And you're right fans do need to be realistic. The situation wasn't as rosy as some deluded themselves into believing at the beginning of the season, but it also isn't quite the armageddon some make it out to be now.

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#100 BobbyCanuck
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I would be very curious to find out that if any top projected draft picks reduce thier output in such a way that they fall out of the top 5. just so they do not wind up on a bottom feeding team?

I know if I was Ekblad, I would start playing bad, but not bad enough to fall out of the first round, but thats just me, follow the path of least resistance to get to attain your goal.

I do not know if the goal of draftees is just to make the NHL, win the cup, or win the lotto (contract)

Any thoughts?

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