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

Hall-Gagner-Yakupov
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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#101 Rusty Patenaude
March 09 2014, 03:48PM
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What are you basing that on? He is very close in scoring to Reinhart and bigger. There seems to be very little to differentiate between Reinhart, Bennett, Dal Colle and Draisiatl. Different packages but they all project well as NHLers. I like Bennett too actually, my only problem with him is he might not be a center in the NHL.

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#102 Taylor Gang
March 09 2014, 03:49PM
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Sevenseven wrote:

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.

Gagner's cap hit is 4.9 million, and Horcoff netted Edmonton virtually nothing in return. The Oilers would never make it in the stock market with their buy high, sell lowe (pun intended).

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#103 Sevenseven
March 09 2014, 03:50PM
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Oh I like the golf talk Katz: Kev, tank the the season so we can hang out on the golf course with tier one fans money quicker. Kev: Done and done.

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#104 Taylor Gang
March 09 2014, 03:50PM
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Spydyr wrote:

So in the same box he keeps the incriminating photos from the 80's?

The ones where Lowe is polishing Gretzky's shoes.

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#105 Sevenseven
March 09 2014, 03:54PM
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Taylor Gang wrote:

Gagner's cap hit is 4.9 million, and Horcoff netted Edmonton virtually nothing in return. The Oilers would never make it in the stock market with their buy high, sell lowe (pun intended).

You are right, it was pretty much nothing. But we got rid of him and got gordon= a cheaper horcoff.

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#106 Dog Train
March 09 2014, 03:54PM
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Well this game is a mismatch. I was looking forward to seeing Klefbom in action but I guess that day will just have to wait. I say Scrivens plays well, Kings win 2-0.

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#107 Czar
March 09 2014, 04:11PM
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@Taylor Gang

The only person who knows how to run an organization worse than 6 rings is Mike Milbury, and its close too.

Snow has to be given some consideration as well,with Gillis in contention soon.

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#108 Alsker
March 09 2014, 05:14PM
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With Yak and Gags back together which line does Eakins put them out against? This could be a long night for that trio. Atleast we already know whos fault it will be.

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#109 Butters
March 09 2014, 06:48PM
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Shaun wrote:

Oilers should draft Leon Draisaitl if he is available when the Oilers pick

Eckblad.?..Is that you?

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#110 dougtheslug
March 09 2014, 07:40PM
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Gk1980 wrote:

Soooo....when are they going to start covering the point and not run around like a bunch if idiots? Boys against men or Scrivens against LA. Size is an issue but some smart plays and you could attempt to counter that. Boys look lost out there. They give LA too much respect.

Boys look lost most nights. They don't look much different tonight than they have for the past couple of months.

Only difference is pucks that were bouncing into Scrivens for the past month are bouncing by him tonight.

This is what a half decade of Lowe led rebuilding looks like.

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#111 Seth
March 09 2014, 07:42PM
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Oilers have to play a real team today. LA is an NHL team and they want to win today. They will bring their A game, which does not happen against Oilers much, but LA wants points

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#112 Rod from Viking
March 09 2014, 07:42PM
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Lander and Klefbom in the press box, please send us back to OKC so we can play for a good AHL team.

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#113 Rod from Viking
March 09 2014, 07:48PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

can't view the game tonight - how is scrivens playing against his old team?

Average and getting absolutely no help or luck.

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#114 Rod from Viking
March 09 2014, 07:56PM
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dougtheslug wrote:

On that note, another 2 points for Arcobello in an OT win over Rochester tonight.

Two callups are required immediately: Arco for Gagner, and Todd Nelson for Eakins

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.

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#115 Serious Gord
March 09 2014, 08:38PM
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Shifty203 wrote:

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.

If you are right then the oil will move up five spots in the overall standings at the very most.

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#116 dougtheslug
March 09 2014, 08:40PM
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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.

I think Quinn called Quick, "Scrivens" about four times tonight.

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#117 Rod from Viking
March 09 2014, 08:46PM
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dougtheslug wrote:

I think Quinn called Quick, "Scrivens" about four times tonight.

Size 52 blaser, size 1 hat Lou Debrusk only mentioned "Blue Paint" six times tonight, that must be a record.

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#118 Jordan1126
March 09 2014, 10:12PM
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I wish the oilers could take Scrivens attitude and effort and x it by 20!

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#119 Anton
March 10 2014, 03:08AM
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john wrote:

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.

No team that ever want to have successes should try to lose. You can have 10 years first overall pick in a row but still be a bad team without the mine set of winning.

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#120 Will
March 10 2014, 10:59AM
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admiralmark wrote:

Sam Bennet is the player we want. Gagner for a bag of pucks and his $4.8 Million cap space back would be just fine. Arco is a better player then Gagner and I think everyone knows it. But Bennet or Reinhart will likely be better long term then Arco. As for Ekblad well I guess if he's there they will feel forced to take him.

I also think we should grab a center. I would really like to see the team sign a stop gap UFA for some big dollars until our draft pick can take over as second line center in one or two years, right around the time Nurse makes the show.

Sam Gagner is not the solution to second line center.

Stasny, Downie, and maybe even Markov are the free agents I would like to see arrive here for next year.

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#121 Rdubb
March 12 2014, 07:00AM
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If, and I mean IF the Oilers pick 1st, than pick the d-man with size and character, but my guess, & odds say they won't so, if they pick 2nd, then instead of trading and moving up only 1 spot in the draft, Edmonton should pick on of the top C's, and from what I hear, I think that there are 2 or 3 in or near the top of draft. But, MacT must not just pick the best player @ the C position, he must pick the C with the most size & character, especially since there isn't a big difference between them...At this moment in time, I feel that the Oil need more size with good skill and character over good size & better skill & little or no character... As mentioned in the article, Edmonton can chase Markov in free agency or trade for Erhoff or someone of the sort...what gets my goat is that MacT could have easily had a character D-man in Hainsey (@ least I think it was Hainsey) @ very little cost as he sat @ home after the lockout. He was a leader for the NHLPA, & that showed character... What are your thoughts??? Peck

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