LOTTERY PICKS FOR 2014

Lowetide
February 09 2014 10:45AM

Be Bad for Ekblad. Death Rattle for Draisaitl. The early draft chants for 2014 aren't exactly poetry, and the sheer number of them tells us there's no clear cut favorite for the top spot this time. The new year does bring us some clarity, and the top 5 seem to be surrounded. Here's a guess about the current lay of the land for the 2014 NHL entry draft.

Since 2010, Edmonton Oiler fans have received an education with the entry draft. At this point, NHL teams could probably hire a group of people at any area Oodle Noodle and get an in-depth summary of how the draft works, the value of taking a defenseman in the lottery picks, and how well you can answer "Taylor versus Tyler" four years later.

Here are the 7 best prospects for this year's Entry draft:

  1. D Aaron Ekblad, Barrie (OHL) 41, 18-23-41 -4. Despite a tough outing this week, Ekblad remains the top man on the list at this time. 6.04, 216 and sporting a mature frame, Ekblad might be the most able plug-and-play defenseman in some time. If he's on the board when the  Oilers pick, expect a MacGregor sprint to the podium.
  2. C Sam Reinhart, Kootenay (WHL) 43, 27-49-76 +17. Reinhart is going to make this difficult if his offense continues to blossom. In his last 10 games, Reinhart is 11-15-26 and is rocking the dub. His NHL equivalency (82, 15-28-43) is clear of RNH's in his draft year. Similar to Nuge in that he's a cerebral player with a wide range of skills.
  3. C Sam Bennett, Kingston (OHL). 46, 29-50-79 +33. This player could end up jumping past Ekblad/Reinhart for a couple of reasons. His offense is on par with Reinhart, and his range of skills is also his equal. Bennett's "kicker" is that he's a physical center and that might tip the balance. The fact that he plays in superstar factory OHL may also benefit him. His equal strength goal totals and birthdate may also help.
  4. C Leon Draisaitl, Prince Albert (WHL). 46, 22-44-66 -1. Big center with playmaking skill was a contender for #1 overall until a disappointing World Junior tournament. Draisaitl is sometimes called "the German Gretzky" because of his excellent skills and anticipation. Scouts love the tool box inside his 6'1", 209-pound frame, but would like him to use his size more often.
  5. L Michael Dal Colle, Oshawa (OHL). 53, 32-44-76 +9. In his last 18 games, Dal Colle is 9-11-20, so he's down slightly from the fast train start to his season. 6.02, 171 he's a very good skater and has plus skills. NHL teams would love Dal Colle to play a more physical style, but his offense probably gets him inside the top 5 anyway.
  6. L Jake Virtanen, Calgary (WHL). 55, 33-18-51 +14. A terrfic skater with great hands and a late birthday, Virtanen is 6.01, 210. His 85pims and playing style suggest he may have a future as a power forward in the NHL, making him the most attractive option of that player-type in this year's draft.
  7. C Ivan Barbashev, Moncton (QMJHL). 40, 21-35-56 -7. The young Russian is trending courtesy a terrific recent run. In his last 11 games, Barbashev is 8-11-19 and ripping up the Q. Bob McKenzie had him number 13 but this recent run should get him well inside the top 10.

EDMONTON'S LIST!

Since 2008 (and Stu MacGregor's hiring) the Oilers have been "risk averse" with their first round selections. There have been no Jesse Niinimaki's, nary a trade down for Pouliot and not one Schremp in the boat. First round selections since 2008: Eberle, Paajarvi, Hall, Nuge, Klefbom, Yakupov and Nurse. Risk. Averse. In fact, the McKenzie list is now an excellent guide for Oiler fans, a far cry from "there's no picture of Alexei Mikhnov in the Hockey news, no stats online and he appears to have no passport to get out of upper Balticica."

I expect that the Oilers will select Ekblad if he's there, but if Buffalo selects first and they take the defender, the Oilers will either trade out (a very real possibility) or grab one of Reinhart or Bennett. Would they draft Sam Reinhart and trade for Griffin Reinhart same day? They could.

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

This is going to be a tough draft to judge, because all of the prospects are so close. It'll be years before we know, and the Oilers have a nice group to choose from if they keep their first round selection. Keep an eye on the defenseman.

We'll look at this year's class again before the end of the season, but this group of 7 has emerged from the pack.

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#1 RexHolez
February 09 2014, 10:49AM
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Yay, another year talkin lottery picks

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#2 DSF
February 09 2014, 11:18AM
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Assuming Buffalo picks 1st, I think it highly unlikely they'll take a D with so many blue chip D prospects already in their system.

Tyler Meyers - 24

Brayden McNabb -23

Mark Pysyk -22

Rasmus Ristolainen - 19

Nikita Zadorov -18

Having said that, I think they'll jump on the best available C.

And, of course they may have another top 5 pick if the NYI decide to let them take it this year.

They could also end up with a couple more late first rounders if or when they trade Miller and Moulson.

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#3 speeds
February 09 2014, 01:58PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

The oil need ready to play nhlers. If MacT doesn't trade the pick he should be fired.

Again, they are trying to build a winner for 10-15 years, holding on to the pick is not an indefensible position.

There's nothing saying they can't make moves to improve the team while also retaining one of the most valuable pieces in the entire organization.

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#4 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
February 09 2014, 02:35PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

The oil need ready to play nhlers. If MacT doesn't trade the pick he should be fired.

I'm another one of your biggest fans Gord.

Trading the pick isn't in our best interests. As much as this current state sucks, waiting patiently one lottery pick at a time is the only option available to this B market. It's rather obvious they still need to add even more blue chippers to the rather small pile of legitimate assets.

If the price of patience costs the Oilers Taylor Hall, then so be it... they'll still get value back if he wants out. This team really only has 6-8 assets of value.

The Oilers have tanked it for 4 yrs now and the seats are still full. This market will easily permit them a 5th if it's needed.

Patience young grasshopper. We can all still biotch and moan ever loss along the way. Nobody said this was going to be easy.

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#5 BC BOY
February 09 2014, 02:44PM
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Next up, is Connor McJesus. wrote:

I'm another one of your biggest fans Gord.

Trading the pick isn't in our best interests. As much as this current state sucks, waiting patiently one lottery pick at a time is the only option available to this B market. It's rather obvious they still need to add even more blue chippers to the rather small pile of legitimate assets.

If the price of patience costs the Oilers Taylor Hall, then so be it... they'll still get value back if he wants out. This team really only has 6-8 assets of value.

The Oilers have tanked it for 4 yrs now and the seats are still full. This market will easily permit them a 5th if it's needed.

Patience young grasshopper. We can all still biotch and moan ever loss along the way. Nobody said this was going to be easy.

Hall is the last person I see requesting a trade. He knows he was the oilers first piece of the rebuild and has way too much self pride to pull the chute on the fans and organization that has stayed committed to him.

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#6 VK63
February 09 2014, 11:19AM
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A Stu Mac sprint would be amusing. :))

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#7 michael
February 09 2014, 04:49PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

The oil need ready to play nhlers. If MacT doesn't trade the pick he should be fired.

He should be fired if he does trade the pick. When do you expect the Oilers to get another Top 5 pick. Oh yeah. Next year and then every year after that because you believe that any player the Oilers pick is useless and will never be a NHL player.

The infibuild continues some build. Some would have you drinking the koolaid and believe that line of BS. The same people who think Klowe is a puppet master and that MacT is a puppet.

The Oilers have a huge opportunity to get a franchise centerto play behind RNH.Or a franchise defenceman to play beside NURSE or Klefbom.

Yup MacT should piss away that pick right now for Kyle Clifford or some other plug because they are already in the NHL.

Gregor has educated us about the percentages regarding draft picks making it to the NHL. The ones picked in the top 5 funnily are the most likely to be impact players.

Franchise players do not come along very often. You have to suck as badly as we do to attain one or more of them. As a fan I want success. Longterm. That means not pissing away a top 5 pick because the pundits want more grit and size in the lineup today so we can win for a year or two and satisfy their own visions of playoff glory. This franchise has been around since 1979 and will around a lot longer. We need to ensure the long term viability of this team.

My pick is Bennet because he brings a skill set that is different from RNH's. Drafting SR would give the team more of the same up the middle. Eckblad I would love to have but if I have my druthers I take the center over the defenceman.

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#8 DSF
February 09 2014, 02:07PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

I laughed out loud when I read the above. We probably have to pay the pens to take hemsky.

I don't think so.

GM's traditionally have overpaid at the trade deadline when they have a specific need and Pittsburgh desperately needs a scoring winger.

Depres was the Penguins 30th overall pick in 2009 and, with the emergence of Olli Matta, and with Derek Pouliot in the pipeline, I think the Oilers could grab him.

Pouliot BTW is ripping up the WHL with 52P in 42 GP

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#9 Maverick007
February 09 2014, 03:02PM
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BC BOY wrote:

Oilers have to look at whats harder to get a 2C or a first pairing D. IMO its a first pairing D. So if Ekblad is still on the board oilers have to take him. Then they can use what they have (loaded with D prospects and Ganger) to get a true 2C.

Ekblad is not ready to be a first pairing D, if at all. It would take him a few years to find out. Better we take a C because those impact faster. Look at Nathan MacKinnon or Sean Monahan. We just need a few decent stop-gaps on defense so that our good D prospects are ready.

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#10 Randaman
February 09 2014, 11:29AM
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I see Buffalo selecting either Reinhart or Bennett as they are loaded on defence. Maybe they work a deal with someone for a top tier forward/centre and draft Ekblad? Personally I think Bennett is our best option. Comparison is Doug Gilmour, his G.M by the way. Not to shabby if you ask me. We need a gritty skilled centre more than Ekblad with what we have coming up. Nurse, Klefbom, Gernat, etc. the cupboards are pretty bare at the centre position. Maybe Monohan becomes available if Ekblad is still on the board when the time comes. That is if we pick before Calgary which I think will not be the case. Lots of scenarios will be in play before then so who really knows. If Ekblad is who we pick, I am fine with the twin towers anchoring our defence for many years. Maybe they trade the pick for a #2 centre + ?

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#11 Kodiak
February 09 2014, 12:46PM
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a lg dubl dubl wrote:

If the Oilers trade with the Islanders I hope Okposo is the guy coming back, has a mean streak, puts up 20+ goals a year, and signed for 2 more yrs on the cheap.

EDIT: unless of course Tavares asks for a trade.

Yeah, shouldn't be hard to get Okposo from the Islanders. He's only 8th in scoring in the entire league with a cap hit of $2.8m for two more years. *facepalm*

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#12 Serious Gord
February 09 2014, 01:53PM
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DSF wrote:

Hemsky to Pittsburgh for the Penguins 1st or Simon Depres?

I laughed out loud when I read the above. We probably have to pay the pens to take hemsky.

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#14 Randaman
February 09 2014, 11:31AM
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@ThatButthurtOilersFan

Agreed but you really think Smyth brings back a 2nd round pick? Maybe a 3rd but no more.

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#15 Taylor Gang
February 09 2014, 12:00PM
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I could see the Oilers passing the Flames with a late season push if they continue their strong play as of late. If that were to happen, would Calgary pick up Ekblad ahead of us just like Monahan last year?

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#16 Ricky's Jalapeno Chips
February 09 2014, 11:03AM
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Lowetide, how would you see a trade for Griffin R. coming about?

What would it take for the Isles to give him up?

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#17 Woogie63
February 09 2014, 12:45PM
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We have clear problems at 2C, and 1/2 D.

If we land in the bottom 4 we have a prospect that addresses a need, so we win.

My preference,

Reinhart - solidify centre for years, maybe a 1C

Ekblad - seems you have to draft a 1/2 D, rare to get in a trade

Bennett - bigger, skilled 2C seem a perfect fit for us

Draisaitl - if we don't get the top three....

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#18 DSF
February 09 2014, 01:21PM
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D wrote:

Is this the year that the Oil take a D in the top 5, and does it make sense considering their current prospect pipeline?

Also, welcome back DSF.

I would only take a D if I was absolutely certain he was an impact 1st pairing defender.

Those centres look pretty good to me.

And thanks.

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#19 Romulus' Apotheosis
February 09 2014, 02:15PM
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DSF wrote:

Who knows about how solid Gillis' footing really is but I would imagine he'll get cut some slack because of all the injuries.

He actually has done some pretty good work in finding actual NHL players in unusual places.

He picked up Ryan Stanton on waivers and he's been really solid.

He also picked up Mike Santorelli on waivers and he was having a pretty nice season (49GP 10G 18A 28P +9) but he's out for the season.

Gillis also picked up Yannik Webber and Rafael Diaz for spare parts but his D have been dropping like flies.

All of Bieksa, Hamhuis, Edler, Tanev, Stanton and Alberts have been injured since January so it's not surprising they've been losing but those injuries certainly don't explain why their goal scoring has dropped off the map.

Burrows, for example has ZERO goals in 28 games.

Daniel and Henrik were very good to start the season and then fell into an elevator shaft.

Some pundits think it's because Tortorella has played them too much and had them killing penalties and there may be something to that.

Among forwards in TOI/G, Kesler is 1st in the league and the Sedins rank 5th and 6th.

As for their prospects, their system looks quite a bit better than a couple of years ago with Bo Horvat, Hunter Shinkaruk (injured) Brendan Gaunce, Niklas Jensen and Frankie Corrado all playing either in junior or in the AHL.

And one move that may pay off is the signing of C Dane Fox.

He is an undrafted over ager who is tearing up the OHL (53GP 55G 35A 90P +36).

Interestingly enough, Fox plays on a line with Calgary Flames 6th round pick Connor Brown who leads the OHL in scoring with 107P.

Hard to read overagers...but that some serious offensive pop.

Gillis is a really interesting GM. He's exceptional at finding bargain value. Really elite level.

But, a lot of picks higher up the chart blow up in his face.

His worst move might just be the coach shuffle. That team isn't built for Torts' style revolution. AV's hard zone push makes a lot more sense… and worked a lot better.

Burrows has a league worst PDO… luck couldn't have picked a nicer guy to eff with ;)

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#20 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
February 09 2014, 02:20PM
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Now that Ekblad is in the bag, can we focus on how to land McDavid now LT?

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#21 Tuningout
February 09 2014, 11:33AM
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Lowetide wrote:

Islanders need to recover this coming season, expectations are higher as they ready for the move to Brooklyn. I think Griffin Reinhart could be had, suspect a more established player would be the ask.

So, that's what I'm thinking. Griffin Reinhart for an NHL player.

Ugh. Can the Oilers really afford to trade any more NHL players for prospects and rookies. If this trade happens and it could just because Oil Kings. Doesn't that mean the Oilers starting lineup next year may have 4 rookie defenseman and a rookie 2C in Reinhart. :( blah

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#22 **
February 09 2014, 02:28PM
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Well MAc Tavish is all wet for Ekblad, so expect them to do everything they can to get him.

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#23 forsoothed
February 09 2014, 03:07PM
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"Be bad for Ekblad"? Please.

"Breaking Ekblad" is obviously superior :)

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#24 Chet134
February 09 2014, 11:34AM
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Lowetide wrote:

Islanders need to recover this coming season, expectations are higher as they ready for the move to Brooklyn. I think Griffin Reinhart could be had, suspect a more established player would be the ask.

So, that's what I'm thinking. Griffin Reinhart for an NHL player.

Lowetide, why would we trade for Griffin Reinhart, a 3/4 defensemam at the next level. G Reinhart reminds me of Luke Schenn. We have too many of those type of D man. (Kleffboom, Mauricin, Petry,) What a wasted trade. We need to trade for Dman that young, established in the NHL, can play 1/2 minutes with term on there contract.

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#26 DSF
February 09 2014, 01:19PM
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Romulus' Apotheosis wrote:

The most credible recent source we've had on Hemsky's value is this:

http://www.ottawasun.com/2013/11/23/phillys-captain-claude-giroux-set-for-sochi-olympics

"Edmonton GM Craig MacTavish has been calling around to get a blueliner to replace D Ladislav Smid, who was dealt down the street to Calgary. The Oilers need help everywhere, however, teams are asking for young players in return. “They want to do something but they overrate their players which means the prices are high,” said a league executive. He should be able to get a top pick for UFA RW Ales Hemsky"

I'm guessing "top pick" means late first round, which makes sense from a playoff push team.

Hemsky to Pittsburgh for the Penguins 1st or Simon Depres?

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#27 Spydyr
February 09 2014, 01:44PM
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At least this years the top picks are centers and defencmen. The Oilers should not be picking up another small skilled winger this year, thankfully.

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#28 Naky
February 09 2014, 11:04AM
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Draft Reinheart and then trade for both Reinhearts would make for such a ridiculous media fueled story that I can almost see it happening. Lowe would probably try to equate it to having all the Staal brothers or something because he's a winner.

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#29 Romulus' Apotheosis
February 09 2014, 12:01PM
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I'm pleasantly surprised to see you rate Barbashev so high.

I'm big on him too. If we were picking in the 8-12 range he'd be my target for sure.

With him there might be some concern about how true a center he is.

I still favor Draisaitl to the others. I don't do D in the first 10-15 picks and of the Cs available, he strikes me as the best fit for the Oil.

I think Oiler fans would sour on him pretty quick though. Not enough dickishness in him.

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#30 Chainsawz
February 09 2014, 02:15PM
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Romulus' Apotheosis wrote:

It's a term of art.

Language doesn't adhere to the strict rules of contemporary designation you are trying to assign it. We know this.

I doubt you have the authority to speak for the "we" you are attempting to speak for.

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#31 DSF
February 09 2014, 02:36PM
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Romulus' Apotheosis wrote:

Gillis is a really interesting GM. He's exceptional at finding bargain value. Really elite level.

But, a lot of picks higher up the chart blow up in his face.

His worst move might just be the coach shuffle. That team isn't built for Torts' style revolution. AV's hard zone push makes a lot more sense… and worked a lot better.

Burrows has a league worst PDO… luck couldn't have picked a nicer guy to eff with ;)

If anything takes Gillis down it will be all the no trade clauses he's handed out.

8 of them on an older team is just too many.

I agree on the coaching shuffle...I think AV needed to go because it appeared his message was stale but Torts style doesn't seem suited to the team.

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#32 OilDieHard
February 10 2014, 07:20AM
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with all due respect to those who want the 1st rounder traded for immediate help, the top 5 is just too deep to be trading it and the Oilers should just make the pick.

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#33 ThatButthurtOilersFan
February 09 2014, 11:18AM
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Oilers need to draft a goalie this year, in the top 5 rounds. We pretty much have only two G prospects in the whole system, Bunz and Brossoit, and I don't think Bunz is going to pan out. If we can trade Smyth for a second rounder and we draft a really good G prospect, I think that would be best.

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#34 Randaman
February 09 2014, 11:35AM
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Lowetide wrote:

Islanders need to recover this coming season, expectations are higher as they ready for the move to Brooklyn. I think Griffin Reinhart could be had, suspect a more established player would be the ask.

So, that's what I'm thinking. Griffin Reinhart for an NHL player.

Interesting possibility. Does Gagner + a second rounder next year get that done? I have my doubts but with Snow in charge who knows. Headline: Snow trades for Snow Pants. LOL

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#35 admiralmark
February 09 2014, 12:10PM
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As much as this team needs a top Pairing D... I am just too leary of drafting a D man in the top 5. The 2C position is almost as glaring a need so I would like to see either Reinhart or Bennet drafted this year.

I have a feeling that they are going to move up in the standings however and will be looking at the 5th pick by draft day. That being the case, I think a trade would be the right move.

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#36 Romulus' Apotheosis
February 09 2014, 01:26PM
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DSF wrote:

Hemsky to Pittsburgh for the Penguins 1st or Simon Depres?

Could be.

I don't know which MacT would prefer the pick of the player. I also don't know enough about Depres to know if he matches the value of a late 1st.

Ottawa always sounds like they are interested in Hemsky.

I hope they re-sign him. But we'll see.

Now… watch him break a wrist in Sochi and it all falls apart.

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#37 THRNHJE
February 09 2014, 06:19PM
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Heres my 2 cents. The Oilers priority in this draft should be C over D because not only do we have a logjam of capable D in our future, but D are harder to predict. So Oilers go with options 1. Bennett 2. Reinhart. 3. Ekblad and if we dont pick in the top 3, if you can get value for the pick trade it, if not hopefully you can get value enough in trading down into the 8-10 range where you can safely draft Barbashev (not really sold on Draisatl (sp?)

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#38 Walter Sobchak
February 09 2014, 10:23PM
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madjam wrote:

Lets see ? Ristolainen , Armia , Konopka and Miller for Brez , Gagner , Hemsky and our first .

Step away from the bong.......

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#39 Romulus' Apotheosis
February 09 2014, 12:04PM
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DSF wrote:

Assuming Buffalo picks 1st, I think it highly unlikely they'll take a D with so many blue chip D prospects already in their system.

Tyler Meyers - 24

Brayden McNabb -23

Mark Pysyk -22

Rasmus Ristolainen - 19

Nikita Zadorov -18

Having said that, I think they'll jump on the best available C.

And, of course they may have another top 5 pick if the NYI decide to let them take it this year.

They could also end up with a couple more late first rounders if or when they trade Miller and Moulson.

I think you need to put the two thoughts together.

I was thinking no way BUF takes Ekblad because of all the young D too until I realized how many top picks they may have.

It really depends on where the other picks fall and if they want a D from that range or a F… who knows how their scouting team ranks these players.

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#40 nuge2nail
February 09 2014, 01:48PM
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Oiler Domination To Follow

Oilers biggest needs are a 2C, 1/2D, 3/4D, 1G.

This years lottery will fix one of the top two needs. Nurse is the 3/4 long term solution and should be an impact player.

Tough dilemma for macT, solidify the center position or strengthen the defense?

Hopkins, Reinhert or Ekbad Nurse?

34+ million in cap space, the return on Gagner should determine alot.

Good thing about the deadline is that theirs only 5 sellers and 25 buyers (Buf,Edm,Cal, Flo, Nyi), which adds some additional value for our rentals.

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#41 Zarny
February 09 2014, 07:43PM
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Plan A should be to trade the pick.

Not for Kyle Clifford or a package of players. That's silly. The goal is to trade the pick for what Ekblad, Reinhart or Bennett will be in their prime.

Never assume. Seguin was traded last year. Phi might consider a package for Couturier and Simmons. I would sweet talk Bowman about a succession plan for Seabrook and Keith. I'd talk to Bos about Lucic. I'd make David Poile specifically say the words "I won't trade Shea Weber". I'd anonymously mail Bergevin a video compilation of Subban acting like a spoiled brat with a CGI'd grill of gold $$$. You only need one yes. A lottery pick is something every GM is interested in.

If MacT can't trade the pick Ekblad or Bennett make the most sense. A bookend for Nurse or a second 1C.

If the difference between prospects remains marginal trading down and getting Draisaitl or Dal Colle plus something useful might be the answer.

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#42 DSF
February 09 2014, 02:33PM
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Maverick007 wrote:

FYI, Connor Brown was drafted by Toronto not Calgary..

Mibad.

You're correct.

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#43 BC BOY
February 09 2014, 02:35PM
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Oilers have to look at whats harder to get a 2C or a first pairing D. IMO its a first pairing D. So if Ekblad is still on the board oilers have to take him. Then they can use what they have (loaded with D prospects and Ganger) to get a true 2C.

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#44 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
February 09 2014, 04:57PM
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Not going to try and predict what the Oilers will do at the draft but they HAVE to be in the top 4 to get the D or C they so desperately need. So while I will not be cheering for them to lose games after the break....when they do lose I will not be complaining as much.

Please let them bring up 4 or 5 guys from OKC after the break.

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#45 TayLordBalls
February 09 2014, 12:07PM
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Griffin Reinhart plays angry and with an edge:

"Anybody can become angry — that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way — that is not within everybody's power and is not easy."

Aristotle

...almost a Pronger

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#46 Romulus' Apotheosis
February 09 2014, 01:30PM
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DSF wrote:

I would only take a D if I was absolutely certain he was an impact 1st pairing defender.

Those centres look pretty good to me.

And thanks.

this.

I don't have faith in Ekblad.

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#47 Serious Gord
February 09 2014, 01:54PM
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The oil need ready to play nhlers. If MacT doesn't trade the pick he should be fired.

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#48 Rick Stroppel
February 09 2014, 06:37PM
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Chainsawz wrote:

What are "lottery picks" anyway? I hear the term "lottery team" used by bloggers on this site and I'm not sure if they understand the changes to the draft lottery after the CBA was ratified. Every non-playoff team is a "lottery team" with a shot at first overall.

SERIOUS QUESTION, SERIOUS ANSWER

Google "NHL Draft Odds and History" and you will find an article that explains it quite nicely. EVERY team that misses the playoffs has a theoretical chance at first overall. Before 2013, a team could only move up a maximum of four spots, meaning only the bottom five teams had a chance at number one. Now, for instance, the team that finishes seventeenth overall, missing the playoffs by one place, has a 0.5 chance of picking first overall (one chance in 200).

So every team that misses the playoffs is a "lottery team".

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#49 a lg dubl dubl
February 09 2014, 12:12PM
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If the Oilers trade with the Islanders I hope Okposo is the guy coming back, has a mean streak, puts up 20+ goals a year, and signed for 2 more yrs on the cheap.

EDIT: unless of course Tavares asks for a trade.

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