AARON

Lowetide
April 01 2014 07:53PM

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Aaron Ekblad remains the most interesting prospect available in this year's draft. For Oiler fans, the idea of another top 10 pick to address the blueline has wide appeal. Surely if the team picks Ekblad these defensive woes will go away? Not all defensemen are created equal, and there is some evidence that Ekblad's skill set is unique when compared to the Oilers current stable of blue.

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Aaron Ekblad is a dynamite power-play performer, we discussed that here in January

How unusual is that number? Well, based on last season's top CHL defensemen, Aaron Ekblad's source of points puts him in a different area of the offensive spectrum. He may not be Shea Weber or Sheldon Souray, but the young man's shot seems to get through a lot.

BLUE ON THE POWER PLAY

EKLBAD PP NUMBERS

Hmmm. Seth Jones and Josh Morrissey brought an offensive reputation with them to their draft seasons, and of course Ekblad does too. The 16 goals seem to be an extremely large number for a defenseman—Nail Yakupov had 12 in 42 games in his draft season—and especially for a draft eligible.

BLUE AT EVEN STRENGTH

EKBLAD EVEN STRENGTH

Ekblad doesn't score as well here, but I'm not sure how much we can gain in terms of insight. He's in the range with Nurse, and we might ask if he moves the puck up or passes it based on these numbers. I've found defensemen rarely stand out from the crowd 5x5, and this season (in which there are six D with 30 points or more in the NHL) proves the point.

NHL EV points for D. 

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  • OHL Prospects: "The absolute stud of the draft in my opinion....plays 25 minutes a night against all the best players in the league...physically ready right now....never gets to high or low...showed at world juniors that when paired with, and playing against better players, raises his game...will be a 15 year pro on a top pairing at NHL level in my opinion." - Anonymous scout

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It's very important in life to know your limitations, and not outsmart yourself. Is it better to wait your turn, or jump up in search of glory and run into a brick wall?

I think it may be very difficult for the Buffalo Sabres to pass on Aaron Ekblad. What does Edmonton do about that?

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#51 Will
April 02 2014, 12:50PM
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pkam wrote:

Assume we end up with the 2nd overall and Panthers with the 3rd overall, and Sabres will draft Reinhart, instead of drafting Ekblad, we have the option of trading that 2nd overall to Panthers for their 3rd overall plus some additional picks and draft Draisaitl.

Do you think the 2nd overall (Ekblad) will get us the 3rd overall (Draisaitl), and the Panthers' 2nd and 3rd round picks? Do you think it is a fair trade or a losing trade?

And how many would trade our 2nd overall to Panthers for their 3rd overall and their 2nd and 3rd round picks?

It's not a very deep draft like last year; however, considering whoever we pick will still need a few years to develop in order to actually impact the club. The only way I trade the pick is for actual NHL assets. For example, maybe Phoenix needs some cap space for free agency, so we trade them our pick (Ekblad) for Yandle straight up. They are already stocked with proven D talent and Yandle is an overpay playing on the second pairing.

This gives us a number 2 D man with some term left on his contract that isn't crazy high, and it gives Phoenix a blue chip defensive prospect that will help the club in a few years with OEL, and gives them space to land a big name free agent, like say Callahan.

I think a trade like this makes sense for both clubs, But if it's just for later picks, I'd much rather the Oilers take a legit D prospect that projects to be top pairing, than trade down for lesser picks and hope they work out. Unless our scouting department knows something no one else knows, that would be dumb.

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#52 oilerjed
April 02 2014, 01:16PM
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zenoil wrote:

Trade Yak or whomever to the Islanders for fourth overall. Come out of the draft with what we need. Either Ekblad and a center. Or two elite centers. Draisatl and Bennet would be two improvements to our one dimensional top six. Size and sand paper.

That's where the dissention comes in. Im not sold on the fact that the Oilers NEED another prospect. It is a nice to have but nothing more. Burning money on high end talent with no mentorship and very little hope of improving other then by magic is wasteful. What we need is a proven 1C that can teach Nuge and Yakimov how to be solid, while also putting up numbers. It will undoubtably cost a ton but that kind of experience is what is needed to get this team over the hump. Even if we pull in a talented player like Eckblad who is going to teach him how to play in the NHL? Petry? Shultz? Both are struggling to keep their heads above water as it stands. Its been said many times the best investment in your youth you can make is education. I think its far past time MacT heeded this advice.

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#53 Zarny
April 02 2014, 01:48PM
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pkam wrote:

Assume we end up with the 2nd overall and Panthers with the 3rd overall, and Sabres will draft Reinhart, instead of drafting Ekblad, we have the option of trading that 2nd overall to Panthers for their 3rd overall plus some additional picks and draft Draisaitl.

Do you think the 2nd overall (Ekblad) will get us the 3rd overall (Draisaitl), and the Panthers' 2nd and 3rd round picks? Do you think it is a fair trade or a losing trade?

And how many would trade our 2nd overall to Panthers for their 3rd overall and their 2nd and 3rd round picks?

No, I don't expect Florida will trade their 2nd and 3rd round picks to move up one spot because no one this year is worth it. Ekblad isn't Chris Pronger or Drew Doughty; he's simply the best D in this draft. You might get their 3rd round pick to swap picks but that's about it.

I don't expect Florida will target Ekblad. They have Campbell, Kulikov and Gudbranson. Huberdeau is playing W. Their top C this year is Bjugstad who was drafted in 2010, didn't make the NHL for 3 years and only has 35 pts. Barkov is a better prospect but only has 24 pts in his rookie campaign. I expect Tallon to go after Reinhart or Bennett.

I also wouldn't take Draisaitl 3rd overall. He's not big; not by NHL standards. The scouting report indicates his tendency when he gets the puck is to slow down. He doesn't handle the puck well at high speed. That won't cut it in the NHL.

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#54 Great One
April 02 2014, 01:59PM
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Oiler have a need for both 2nd line center and d-man. You take the best asset available, simple as that. Best asset available should be determined by:

- hockey IQ - work ethic - skating ability

We'll end up with the right guy. If we need to make room for the asset by trading a guy out we do. If player doesn't fit in, GM needs to swing a deal. Look what Bruins did with Seguin. Didn't fit the jigsaw puzzle so they traded for something that does.

I hope its Reinhart we draft based on position. I can see Shea Weber being available as Nashville is well behind the rebuild in comparison to us. They have no young forwards to build around, so they at least 5 years away from becoming a playoff contender.

Package one of Yakupov or Eberle for Weber. It will give them a building block and ensure they finish in the bottom of the league for the next couple years. It could mean McDavid for them next year if they pulled a trade like that.

My 2 cents!

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#55 Will
April 02 2014, 02:02PM
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Zarny wrote:

No, I don't expect Florida will trade their 2nd and 3rd round picks to move up one spot because no one this year is worth it. Ekblad isn't Chris Pronger or Drew Doughty; he's simply the best D in this draft. You might get their 3rd round pick to swap picks but that's about it.

I don't expect Florida will target Ekblad. They have Campbell, Kulikov and Gudbranson. Huberdeau is playing W. Their top C this year is Bjugstad who was drafted in 2010, didn't make the NHL for 3 years and only has 35 pts. Barkov is a better prospect but only has 24 pts in his rookie campaign. I expect Tallon to go after Reinhart or Bennett.

I also wouldn't take Draisaitl 3rd overall. He's not big; not by NHL standards. The scouting report indicates his tendency when he gets the puck is to slow down. He doesn't handle the puck well at high speed. That won't cut it in the NHL.

I agree that unlike last year, the teams potentially drafting ahead of us will not be looking for the best D in the Draft. They will need help building down the middle in order for the Buffalo rebuild, and the Panthers perennial crawl out of the basement to get on track. No team starts a high profile rebuild by taking D 1st or Second overall.

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#56 Zarny
April 02 2014, 02:19PM
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Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results.

You would think by now, Oilers' fans would learn the solution isn't in the draft.

None of the prospects this year are considered exceptional. None of them are better prospects than Nuge or Yakupov. In a strong draft year none of these prospects make the top 5.

From the comments you'd think Ekblad was the love child of Chris Pronger and Scott Niedermayer; or that Draisaitl is 6'6" 250 lbs. They aren't. Ekblad's even strength numbers are worse than Nurse's. Draisaitl is only 6'1" 208 lbs. That isn't big. That's the size of the average NHL forward.

I'm sure Ekblad, Reinhart, Bennett and Draisaitl will all be good NHL players in 4-5 years. Just like Nuge, Yak, Huberdeau, Galchenyuk, Gudbranson, Larsson and a whole bunch of top 3 picks that aren't named McKinnon, Hall, Tavares, Seguin, Crosby, Stamkos, Doughty and McDavid.

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#57 nunyour
April 02 2014, 03:53PM
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The oilers have lots of prospects on defence,but are very thin down the middle.I think they should be looking to improve there center position,ever trading the pick for a veteran center.

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#58 revingev
April 02 2014, 05:16PM
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Reg Dunlop

your right that did sound creepy!…lol

Those saying Ekblad is not a exceptional and skilled and high hockey IQ player, I would like to hear where your basing that on? Nothing in his career to date shows us this at all, in fact it's opposite. In fact Reinhart is the same, this player has done nothing but grow and out perform the opposition and that has been as a smaller player in the WHL in a tough to score league on a team that only contends basically because he is on it this year. (The team is ok with some good players but none likely to have a NHL career)

People will soon be coming back to this draft year and say, wow! those were two elite high end players. My opinion of course…lol

As far as trading the top draft pick. Oiler fans? You do realize you get a very limited player in term or quality of skill for a draft pick. I see no d-man who is worse sacrificing a #2 OV Draft prospect. Name a player who is possibly available for that pick that is worth trading for?

Just don't see any reasonable trade that anyone would make that benefits the Oilers.

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#59 Scooter
April 03 2014, 01:50AM
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Everyone assumes Ekblad is going No. 2. If he is that good, the Sabres will take him.

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#60 Mike Modano's Dog
April 03 2014, 11:28PM
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...win the draft lottery again???

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