GDB 65.0: ANYONE FEEL A DRAFT?

Lowetide
March 09 2014 10:33AM

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The Los Angeles Kings roll into Edmonton tonight, in search of two points and a healthy roster at minute 60. The Oilers? Evaluating the recalls, making sure next year's goalie tandem doesn't spring a leak, and trying to straighten out the ghastly power play.

In February I looked at the lottery section of the  2014 Entry draft

  1. D Aaron Ekblad
  2. C Sam Reinhart
  3. C Sam Bennett
  4. C Leon Draisaitl
  5. L Michael Dal Colle
  6. L Jake Virtanen
  7. C Ivan Barbashev

It's time to add another name, we'll call him #8 on the list: RW David Pastrnak. Each year I look for a name (near springtime) to emerge from the Europeans and for 2014 I believe it's Pastrnak.

  • Craig Button: Pastrnak's ability to challenge defenders with his skating from both straight-ahead and darting positions makes him dangerous. He has very good hands and is always looking to create scoring opportunities.

If the season ended today, Edmonton would be drafting 2nd overall (I believe they'll pass the Islanders and the Panthers). I also believe they'll be happy with any of the top 4 names above, and that there's a slight chance Ekblad is not chosen #1 overall. It's a very interesting top of the draft board currently.

My bet for Oilers pick: Ekblad if they can make a move draft day, Draisaitl any other way.

TRADING SAMWISE

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After the trade deadline passed without a second or third-round selection coming to Edmonton, I think there's an increased chance we see Sam Gagner dealt for picks (or a pick and a player). Bruce Garrioch talks about NHL teams holding their high picks more dear at the deadline here. 

If the Oilers deal Gagner for a second and a third at the draft, I'm absolutely certain many Oiler fans will be up in arms. However, the Gagner money ($4.8M) may be better spent on a free-agent defender (possibly Brooks Orpik or Andrei Markov) or in trade for Braydon Coburn or Christian Ehrhoff.

Gagner for Ehrhoff works too, but the Oilers may have to offload the Gagner contract and then pursue a player with the cash in hand.

LINEUP

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Perron-RNH-Eberle
Hendricks-Gordon-Joensuu
Gazdic-Smyth-Jones

Ference-J.Schultz
Marincin-Petry
Fraser-Larsen

Scrivens

WESTCOTT KEL

I've lifted this from the last GDT, the two recalls won't play. Both men are on emergency recall, so we'll see how it rolls. Edmonton is down to three recalls available now (Larsen being the first) so at least three of the guys in OKC we thought we would see won't be here this season.

TONIGHT

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PREDICTION: Scrivens stops 50 and the Oilers win 2-1. Team takes Scrivens out for fries and a Coke after the game.

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Los Angeles will dominate entire shifts.

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS PREDICTION: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins breaks out of his slump with both goals—on the power play!


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#1 Spydyr
March 09 2014, 10:43AM
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Another year picking fist.Don't know whether to laugh or cry.

Edit: Missed it by that much.

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#2 Total Points
March 09 2014, 11:07AM
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I can not believe that Gagner is still on the first line.

Arco should have taken his place before Christmas and Gagner should have been placed on waivers (nobody would have picked him up on waivers) and then banished to the press box until he figures out how play the game.

It is hard to believe that MacT and 6 rings actually considered him as Captain. Goes to show how out of touch these 2 are.

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#3 Jay Gray
March 09 2014, 11:24AM
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I'm of the belief that if Ekblad does not fall to the Oilers, you trade that pick for experienced help.

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#4 samurai003
March 09 2014, 01:56PM
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Oiler Al wrote:

Any chance that Eakins is history at the end of this season, along with the other two statues behind the bench.?

Its troubling when you hear comments about the lack of intensity in the teams practice habits! More than one source, must be something to it. However, non of the Edmonton scribes dare do a research and write up on this issue.

Heck there were times when Eakins was in the stands during practice... to big to communicate to the players.

Also: Why does he always send out the 4 th line after a [rare] goal is scored. Should send a line that can build on the momentum of the game.

Careful Guys...when someone leaves their current position, eventually it leads to a management promotion, like MacT and Howson.

It's interesting on the basic stats of these three: Howson: ran CBJ into the ground, and now they are in the playoff race. Only been with the Oilers and CBJ. Maybe no other takers for his services except KBlowe.

MacT: As a failed coach with Oilers, and Chicago Wolves(AHL), TSN pickup him for a short stint. Only to leave that post for a promotion - with the Oilers. No other NHL takers except for KBlowe.

KBlowe: No management experience except with the Oilers - he's successfully been golfing in April for 9 (soon to be 10) years since 2000, the year he was given an office as GM. He works on his golf skills more than his management skills.

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#5 I AM KEVIN L.
March 09 2014, 06:22PM
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Score!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Most posters here are negative drama queens and not true Oilers fans. Go the real Captain, Taylor Hall!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#6 john
March 10 2014, 12:15AM
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Forget about Ekblad, we need another good big center, winning games at end of last year cost us Monahan (Flames got him). Now there's no point to win games again that will cost us high draft pick in last 17 games. Stay competitive and score some goals but lose some games, win 5 and lose 12. With 62 points is good enough to pick 2nd or 3rd.

Taylor Hall is amazing but we should have picked Tyler Seguin (he is coming to his own now) and Landeskog at left wing the next year. Yukopov will turn into a natural scorer soon. Then we would have a good team now, RNH is too soft like the Sedin sisters.

That's what I think, props if you agree.

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#7 Ari Gold
March 09 2014, 10:47AM
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I feel completely embarrassed to be talking about the draft yet again. This game is honestly not even worth watching.

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#8 Naky
March 09 2014, 02:27PM
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@Serious Gord

The way you keep going on and on about Gagner's contract makes you look a bit silly. Gagner's not that drastically overpaid as a guy who has routinely put up 40-50 points a year on the worst team in the league every year since he joined the Oilers. In that guy's scenario, look up Myers contract and tell me that he's worth the full 5.5m per year right now. Here's a hint: it's not at all. In that situation, the Oilers shouldn't have to eat anything and if they did, the amount would be so little it'd be laughable. For crying out loud, Vancouver managed to trade Roberto's contract without eating hardly anything and that contract's far worse than Gagner's.

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#9 Wyatt
March 09 2014, 01:57PM
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TeddyTurnbuckle wrote:

No way Oilers take Draisaitl if they are picking top three. Bennet and Reinhart are way too good. Who cares about size when they are easily the best forwards in the draft. Either one of these guys would set the Oilers up at center for 15 years.

Who cares about size...? If you've been watching the oilers for the past 7 years you would know that statement is ludacris.

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#10 Oiler Al
March 09 2014, 09:35PM
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Rod from Viking wrote:

And Rockey Thompson for Bucky, bring up there play by play team as well and send the Sportsnet team down there on non-recallable waivers.

No kidding about the Sportsnet twins... three different times Quin referred to Quick as Scrivens. I can see one slip up but three?

I suggest that Principi, take over from Cherry when he retires.... two clowns.

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#11 nuge2nail
March 09 2014, 10:53AM
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Oiler Domination To Follow

I would be happy with any of the top 3. Bennett's the grittiest, Ekblad fills the teams biggest need.

Watching McKinnon play, I am starting to think Oilers ruin prospects, even if they are 1st overalls.

Hearing guys like Bryz and Smid say they are "shocked" at the intensity and speed of other teams practices is very concerning.

Is it possible Hall would be a consistant 40 goal scorer on another team? Hopkins would be a league leader in +-? We all know how good Yakupov was before spending a year with the Oilers.

There's a chance no matter how good Reinhert or Bennett are they will not perform on this team... As an Oilers fan that's devastating.

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#12 Curcro
March 09 2014, 02:36PM
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I know allot blame Eakins for not getting players to follow his systems.

I once took over a Management role, were my Assistant was stepped down, so she was resentful of me for the whole year she worked for me. Our lack of progress as a team was often the result of her subverting things I was trying to achieve.

The only constants in the last few years is Bucky and Smith. They may feel resentful of Eakins, here is a guy who has leaped frogged them from the AHL, they don't even a thought of being in the running for the job.

It doesn't take much to subvert things. "Hey what do you think of this drill?" "I don't like it, we never did anything like that in the NHL when I was there." "Do I have to do it?" "Yes he is the boss."

Little stuff like this is all it takes to derail efficient change.

When the assistant coaches run drills do they go off the plan?

If Bucky & Smith are not fully with the program, it could explain the year.

I don't have any inside information, but it is a possibility that MacT has to consider when making decisions at the end of the year.

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#13 Fumanshu
March 09 2014, 10:46AM
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This summer is turning up draisaitl!

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#14 nuge2nail
March 09 2014, 11:02AM
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Oiler Domination To Follow

An example of the above is Ales Hemsky and Andrew Cogliano.

4 points playing on the top line with the Sens already, can blame Eakins but on our top line he wouldnt have performed.

Good for Hemsky, happy for him, wish him all the best, but crappy for the Oilers.

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#15 Rusty Patenaude
March 09 2014, 11:55AM
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I agree that Ekblad is#1 and Draisaitl #2. I expect the Oilers to finish 28th or 29th. If they get lucky and win the lottery or if Buffalo decides to draft a forward, they get Ekblad. If not Draisaitl is a talented center and a perfect fit with his size.

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#16 Wyatt
March 09 2014, 12:27PM
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I would be extremely disappointed if the oil took Reinhart. We already have nuge. Can someone explain to me the difference between these two players? They're the exact same. Draisaitl or trade pick IMO. Ekblad would be nice but our pipeline is full of D-men on the rise. Also, we all know how risky picking a D in the top 5 can be.

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#17 Serious Gord
March 09 2014, 01:51PM
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@TeddyTurnbuckle

If the best player available when it is the oils turn is not a good match to the oils needs, the smart thing to Do is trade down.

Not sure if MacT is that smart.

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#18 Quicksilver ballet
March 09 2014, 03:25PM
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Rick Stroppel wrote:

RE LOTTERY

Literallly any team that misses the playoffs could win the # 1 pick in the new system that started last year. The 30 the place team has a 25% chance, 29th has 18.8 %, 28th has 14.2 %, down to the 15th place team (missing the playoffs by one spot) which has a 0.5 % chance of picking first overall. The only pick that is subject to the lottery is # 1 pick. Google NHL Draft Lottery for more info.

WHAT COULD HAPPEN TO GAGNER

Buffalo finishes last overall, wins the lottery, drafts Ekblad, trades now superfluous Tyler Myers to Edmonton for Gagner. Both players flourish in their new homes.

They said Seth Jones was a lock to go first overall as well. Went 4th just like the previous Adam Larsson did a couple years prior.

D'men don't go first. They rarely meet even conservative expectations. Buffalo will select the elite potential forward first.

Oilers should be interested in that Yakupov for Myers scenario after the draft. If there's a team that has had some success with Russians, it's the Sabres.

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#19 Shifty203
March 09 2014, 08:19PM
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As much as I'd like to see us bring in a bigger second line center, I don't see Gagner moving anywhere this summer. Based on how much they use him, I think management and coaches are fairly happy with him. Unless someone offers to bend over for the oilers in a trade, I think he starts next fall in oilers silks.

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#20 Twoskidoos
March 09 2014, 11:30AM
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@Oiltown3000

Horcoff was here when most of the kids came into town. Who did Tavares have? Doug Weight? That's about it.

There was also Hemsky, there's Gordo, etc.

Doubt it's a lack of vet's.

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#21 Naky
March 09 2014, 12:27PM
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If Sam Gagner is traded just for a 2nd and a 3rd draft round pick, it would be time to start throwing molotovs at that Oilers office downtown. No matter how negatively he's looked at here, he's a perennial 40-50 point player on the perennial worst team in the league. He's worth more than a prospect that might make our team on the fourth line in four years like Lander and a prospect that probably never will in a third.

A 3-4 d-man who has either been overshadowed by some younger prospects and has that dreaded extra year of term/extra million on the contract that the team is happy to offload for. You know, almost all the same reasons why some want to get rid of Gagner. We need bodies back, not draft picks in a weak drafting year.

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#22 Shaun
March 09 2014, 05:16PM
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Oilers should draft Leon Draisaitl if he is available when the Oilers pick

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#23 Andrew
March 09 2014, 10:22PM
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Are you talking about Ryan Nothing-Hopkins? Ryan Nugent-Hopkins lost his nerve and left town. Another over-valued under-performing star-child.

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#24 Stack Pad Save
March 09 2014, 10:43AM
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Nuge!!!!!!!

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#25 Quicksilver ballet
March 09 2014, 03:06PM
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Great couple weeks ahead for the Ekblad or bust enthusiasts. Should be able to pad that 29th place lead we hold right now. Only ones in doubt are the Horriblcanes and the Sabres if they want to take a run at 30th.

Doesn't take any skill to belly up to the lotto pick bar and sit there till someone pulls you out of the gutter. Lowe knows a lot about losing. He's running out of rope as far as the blame game goes.

This Eakins experiment will only confirm their incompetence. 4-zip Kings please.

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#26 Taylor Gang
March 09 2014, 03:26PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

Great couple weeks ahead for the Ekblad or bust enthusiasts. Should be able to pad that 29th place lead we hold right now. Only ones in doubt are the Horriblcanes and the Sabres if they want to take a run at 30th.

Doesn't take any skill to belly up to the lotto pick bar and sit there till someone pulls you out of the gutter. Lowe knows a lot about losing. He's running out of rope as far as the blame game goes.

This Eakins experiment will only confirm their incompetence. 4-zip Kings please.

Trashed and propped, I agree with your points except the last sentence. NEVER cheer for the Oilers to lose.

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#27 I AM KEVIN L.
March 09 2014, 04:50PM
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Our new resident goalie will get us a great win tonight.

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#28 TeddyTurnbuckle
March 09 2014, 01:38PM
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Personally I feel the hole at 2nd centre is bigger than the one at D with Klefbom and Nurse coming up. We only have three choices to improve at that position because bringing Gagner back as a 2nd line centre is not an option. If they do then the pitch forks need to come out in Edmonton. They either move Hall back to centre, draft a centre this year or sign a guy like Paul Stastny. The problem with drafting a centre this year is that he may not be ready to play for a few years so if we went that route we would probably have to sign a free agent. I hope we don't regret not trading Gagner for Clifford and he becomes unmovable down the road with his big contract.

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#29 TeddyTurnbuckle
March 09 2014, 01:43PM
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@@Oilanderp

No way Oilers take Draisaitl if they are picking top three. Bennet and Reinhart are way too good. Who cares about size when they are easily the best forwards in the draft. Either one of these guys would set the Oilers up at center for 15 years.

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#30 Tim in Kelowna
March 09 2014, 02:57PM
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LT, there are a few things in the first few sections that I disagree with:

- If the Oilers don't end up with a Top 3 pick, I would be horrified if they selected Pastrnak, a 5'9" "skilled" speedster. - If we end up in the 3,4 or 5 spot, it would make no sense to move up to get Ekblad. If we're trading for a quality Dman, why not grab someone in their early 20s? - FLA will finish ahead of the Oilers (Luongo) - If we trade Gagner, we need a player in return rather than picks. MacT can't bank on the teams ability to address weaknesses in free agency.

Based on his last few moves, I'm optimistic about what MacT will be able to accomplish this summer. All we need is a D-corps and a handful of big, mean top 9 forwards...

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#31 Sevenseven
March 09 2014, 03:45PM
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Gagners play of late has been a little better, but not close to where it needs to be. That being said, 4.5 million a year is not that horrible of cap hit. Horcoffs cap hit was much worse, and we got a fair trade for him. The only way the oilers should have to take a cap hit is if we get something juicy in return. But trading a vastly underperforming, but veteran nhler for pics is a dumb move for the oilers. I think Sam sees the writing on the wall. He better get his game back together, cause Arco and Lander are making a case for his job. I like watching players play for their job. I wish we had another top 6 rw prospect to push ebs and yak to play better.

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#32 Jackson
March 09 2014, 01:36PM
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I have never been a fan of Gagner wanted to trade hi years ago when most people wanted to sign him. However I do think the broken Jaw has hurt him this year, look at Burrows. I think it takes time to heal mentally. They should try and trade him next trade deadline.

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#33 Rick Stroppel
March 09 2014, 02:03PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

Lowetide:

"If the season ended today, Edmonton would be drafting 2nd overall (I believe they'll pass the Islanders and the Panthers). "

1- isn't it a lottery for the top five? If so then there is no guarantee that finishing second last gets you the #2 pick.

2. Almost impossible for the oil to catch either of those two teams - the oil have a far tougher schedule.

As for the gagner trade discussion - no way anyone gives up a second and a third unless the oil are allowed to buy up a huge percentage of his contract (and keep that chunk of cap room. And the oil doesn't need more picks - it needs real nhl ready players. Thus the best route would be to trade the underperforming, negative value gagner for another underperforming negative value player who has a skill set that better addresses the oils needs.

RE LOTTERY

Literallly any team that misses the playoffs could win the # 1 pick in the new system that started last year. The 30 the place team has a 25% chance, 29th has 18.8 %, 28th has 14.2 %, down to the 15th place team (missing the playoffs by one spot) which has a 0.5 % chance of picking first overall. The only pick that is subject to the lottery is # 1 pick. Google NHL Draft Lottery for more info.

WHAT COULD HAPPEN TO GAGNER

Buffalo finishes last overall, wins the lottery, drafts Ekblad, trades now superfluous Tyler Myers to Edmonton for Gagner. Both players flourish in their new homes.

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#34 Jeffff
March 09 2014, 08:59PM
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Funny how fans are when Oilers win a game against non playoff teams, they get excited and think only a few more players. Well today Oilers faced a real playoff team that need to win. Why are the fans surprised at the results . 8 YEARS and still fans are fooled.

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#35 Andrew
March 10 2014, 01:24AM
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risto siltanen's slapshot wrote:

the nuge is one of the soldiers.he does what the coach wants.we've turned a scorer into horcoff.we tried with cogliano and we're even trying with yakupov.sometimes it is the coach.can't wait to get a real one and see what the talent can do.until...

WTF? Check your meds or stop drinking asap.

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#36 Al Low
March 09 2014, 11:14AM
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nuge2nail wrote:

Oiler Domination To Follow

I would be happy with any of the top 3. Bennett's the grittiest, Ekblad fills the teams biggest need.

Watching McKinnon play, I am starting to think Oilers ruin prospects, even if they are 1st overalls.

Hearing guys like Bryz and Smid say they are "shocked" at the intensity and speed of other teams practices is very concerning.

Is it possible Hall would be a consistant 40 goal scorer on another team? Hopkins would be a league leader in +-? We all know how good Yakupov was before spending a year with the Oilers.

There's a chance no matter how good Reinhert or Bennett are they will not perform on this team... As an Oilers fan that's devastating.

Great point. Just look at how well Cogliano's playing in Anaheim. It makes me wonder if Gagner will flourish on a new team like many other ex-Oilers have.

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#37 Oiler Al
March 09 2014, 11:14AM
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Any chance that Eakins is history at the end of this season, along with the other two statues behind the bench.?

Its troubling when you hear comments about the lack of intensity in the teams practice habits! More than one source, must be something to it. However, non of the Edmonton scribes dare do a research and write up on this issue.

Heck there were times when Eakins was in the stands during practice... to big to communicate to the players.

Also: Why does he always send out the 4 th line after a [rare] goal is scored. Should send a line that can build on the momentum of the game.

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#38 Randaman
March 09 2014, 11:17AM
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nuge2nail wrote:

Oiler Domination To Follow

I would be happy with any of the top 3. Bennett's the grittiest, Ekblad fills the teams biggest need.

Watching McKinnon play, I am starting to think Oilers ruin prospects, even if they are 1st overalls.

Hearing guys like Bryz and Smid say they are "shocked" at the intensity and speed of other teams practices is very concerning.

Is it possible Hall would be a consistant 40 goal scorer on another team? Hopkins would be a league leader in +-? We all know how good Yakupov was before spending a year with the Oilers.

There's a chance no matter how good Reinhert or Bennett are they will not perform on this team... As an Oilers fan that's devastating.

I agree with you except in the largest area of need. We are absolutely worse at the centre position considering what we have coming up in terms of defence. If Gagner is dealt for a second & third, I for one would be extatic. He needs to go to another team that needs to reach the cap floor or that needs offence first because we all know what he brings defensively. That leaves a huge hole @ 2C. Are they easier to acquire via trade than a 2D? Possibly. If we could somehow acquire a 2D via the UFA route (Markhov overpay) then we can bring up either Klefbom or Nurse to be mentored by a quality D like Jones with Weber. Yes Jones + - doesn't look good but that is an over rated stat with rookie evaluation in my mind. I really prefer Draisaiti or Bennett as Ekblad will be gone and so will Reinhart.

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#39 Randaman
March 09 2014, 11:25AM
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Is there at least one reporter in this city that will call out this organization for what it is? It's not like the games are all that great to attend anyway or is it more of a status thing to flash that press pass around?

Homers!!

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#40 Oiltown3000
March 09 2014, 11:28AM
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nuge2nail wrote:

Oiler Domination To Follow

I would be happy with any of the top 3. Bennett's the grittiest, Ekblad fills the teams biggest need.

Watching McKinnon play, I am starting to think Oilers ruin prospects, even if they are 1st overalls.

Hearing guys like Bryz and Smid say they are "shocked" at the intensity and speed of other teams practices is very concerning.

Is it possible Hall would be a consistant 40 goal scorer on another team? Hopkins would be a league leader in +-? We all know how good Yakupov was before spending a year with the Oilers.

There's a chance no matter how good Reinhert or Bennett are they will not perform on this team... As an Oilers fan that's devastating.

The reasons for bad development:

a) Too many Coach changes

b) No veterans too help the players learn

c) No bodyguard for the players

d) Not a good assistant or goalie coach

e) Rushing the players to the NHL

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#41 mlcselli
March 09 2014, 12:22PM
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Oiler Al wrote:

Any chance that Eakins is history at the end of this season, along with the other two statues behind the bench.?

Its troubling when you hear comments about the lack of intensity in the teams practice habits! More than one source, must be something to it. However, non of the Edmonton scribes dare do a research and write up on this issue.

Heck there were times when Eakins was in the stands during practice... to big to communicate to the players.

Also: Why does he always send out the 4 th line after a [rare] goal is scored. Should send a line that can build on the momentum of the game.

I remember a radio interview Lowe gave when Renney was not renewed. He said the onus is on the GM when it comes to the future of the head coach, but the exit interviews from the players, regarding the coach, weighs heavily into the decision. For the benefit of the team and the fans, hopefully the players give a scathing review (Ference won't because he is an ass kisser), and MacT realizes he bet on the wrong horse. If an experienced guy like Laviolette os Sutter…coached the Oilers, we would have a system that everyone can learn in a timely manner. This season is over 60 games old, and the boys still don't have a clue. Coaching is the problem without a doubt.

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#42 @Oilanderp
March 09 2014, 12:52PM
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@Rusty Patenaude

Draisaitl will NOT be picked in the top 3.

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#43 Serious Gord
March 09 2014, 01:33PM
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Lowetide:

"If the season ended today, Edmonton would be drafting 2nd overall (I believe they'll pass the Islanders and the Panthers). "

1- isn't it a lottery for the top five? If so then there is no guarantee that finishing second last gets you the #2 pick.

2. Almost impossible for the oil to catch either of those two teams - the oil have a far tougher schedule.

As for the gagner trade discussion - no way anyone gives up a second and a third unless the oil are allowed to buy up a huge percentage of his contract (and keep that chunk of cap room. And the oil doesn't need more picks - it needs real nhl ready players. Thus the best route would be to trade the underperforming, negative value gagner for another underperforming negative value player who has a skill set that better addresses the oils needs.

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#44 Serious Gord
March 09 2014, 01:38PM
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As for the game tonight - a loss to the oil would be the low point of LAs season. Goal-scoring has been a perennial issue for the kings - additions at the deadline were supposed to help correct that.

If the oil can keep it close they have a punchers chance of winning. 3-2 oil.

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#45 Stack Pad Save
March 09 2014, 01:42PM
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Yah! Draft prognostication begins before the season is over again.............I want Ekblad first, and trade Sam Gagner for Bennet somehow.

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#46 Dave
March 09 2014, 03:21PM
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Gagner for a second and third?? You nuts LT?? If hemmer got a third and fifth I can't see getting any better for gagner with his over inflated contract

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#47 Anton
March 09 2014, 04:38PM
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I was hoping that they would start Vasth instead of Scrivens, it is usually a disadvantage to have a goalie play against his former team. To be honest that I am not expecting Scrivens to steal this game for Oilers.

Kings 4 Oilers 0

Fire Eakins! Fire Eakins! Fire Eakins!

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#48 Craig1981
March 09 2014, 09:38PM
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Wyatt wrote:

Who cares about size...? If you've been watching the oilers for the past 7 years you would know that statement is ludacris.

But early in the draft are you suggesting you take the biggest player not the best player. Would to Oil be better of if they switched out Hall for Ryan Johansen, RNH for Sean Couturier or Yak for Mikhail Grigorenko..... Serious question. I don't think so personally.

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#49 Spydyr
March 09 2014, 11:11AM
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nuge2nail wrote:

Oiler Domination To Follow

I would be happy with any of the top 3. Bennett's the grittiest, Ekblad fills the teams biggest need.

Watching McKinnon play, I am starting to think Oilers ruin prospects, even if they are 1st overalls.

Hearing guys like Bryz and Smid say they are "shocked" at the intensity and speed of other teams practices is very concerning.

Is it possible Hall would be a consistant 40 goal scorer on another team? Hopkins would be a league leader in +-? We all know how good Yakupov was before spending a year with the Oilers.

There's a chance no matter how good Reinhert or Bennett are they will not perform on this team... As an Oilers fan that's devastating.

Well you don't just get to end up out of the playoffs for eight years ,most as a lotto team by having intense up tempo practices. It takes an team effort to be that bad for that long.

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#50 Chainsawz
March 09 2014, 01:17PM
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LT,

Where do you see Nick Ritchie going? I've seen him #5 on some lists and a 6'2, 230 lbs winger has to be attractive to the Oilers.

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