The Choice

Jonathan Willis
April 10 2014 12:07AM

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There are only so many slots available for young defencemen on an NHL roster, which is why it makes sense to think that only one of Oscar Klefbom or Darnell Nurse will play for the Edmonton Oilers next season.

The Depth Chart

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  • Justin Schultz (RFA): 23:26 minutes per game, 120 games of experience
  • Jeff Petry (RFA): 21:36 minutes per game, 234 games of experience
  • Andrew Ference: 21:03 minutes per game, 831 games of experience
  • Martin Marincin: 19:09 minutes per game, 42 games of experience

We can reasonably assume those four names. To that group we can add players from three sources: external additions, holdovers (any of Mark Fraser, Philip Larsen or Anton Belov) and youth.

As it stands, the Oilers will be icing a minimum of three defencemen with less than 250 games of experience, two with less than two full seasons under their belts, and at least one with less than a full season.

I would argue it isn’t at all a good idea for the Oilers to go into next season with five of their top seven below that 250 game mark, four under the two season mark, or three with less than a year’s experience. If Craig MacTavish agrees with me, that sets the cap for fresh rookies at one.

Who Will It Be?

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Oscar Klefbom has been a welcome addition to the Oilers’ defence corps. His player type – the big guy who isn’t totally incompetent with the puck – is one that’s been widely reputed to exist but hasn’t been seen in Edmonton for some time. He’s a very good skater, he’s strong enough to win battles in the corners and his puck-moving ability dramatically exceeds his point totals.

He’s rawer than Marincin, but his strength gives him an important edge that his teammate lacks.

Darnell Nurse

Darnell Nurse was assigned to Oklahoma City yesterday, and in a lot of ways his scouting report reads like Klefbom’s. Nurse has far shinier point totals and a reputation for a mean streak that Klefbom lacks, and it’s almost certainly not a stretch to project him as the better player long-term, but the problem for him is readiness. Klefbom’s older and more seasoned, and there’s no real downside in letting Nurse have another year of junior hockey (everything I’ve read and heard says he’s still progressing).

The wild card here is Aaron Ekblad, who might be the Oilers’ first round pick at this summer’s draft. He would figure into this conversation. Also figuring into this discussion are things like how Klefbom closes out the year, what Nurse looks like in the AHL, who gets added over the summer and what happens in training camp.

But right now, assuming no Ekblad, I’d slot Klefbom into the Oilers’ lineup and send Nurse back to junior.

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Jonathan Willis is a freelance writer. He currently works for Oilers Nation, Sportsnet, the Edmonton Journal and Bleacher Report. He's co-written three books and worked for myriad websites, including Grantland, ESPN, The Score, and Hockey Prospectus. He was previously the founder and managing editor of Copper & Blue.
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#1 Oilers
April 10 2014, 12:20AM
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The Choice!! What a title.

I thought you were going to talk about a choice Vancouver made over the last 2 days and that maybe after 14 years with Lowe in the organization, we may have an argument to make.

Alas, no deal. Bloggers too scared to write about the sacred truth of choice. To fire poor management or keep them around because they are ex-NHL players.

Keep writing articles that will not change this team, because some way or another, Lowe et al. will manage to screw it up.

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#2 Starving Student
April 10 2014, 12:27AM
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Oilers wrote:

The Choice!! What a title.

I thought you were going to talk about a choice Vancouver made over the last 2 days and that maybe after 14 years with Lowe in the organization, we may have an argument to make.

Alas, no deal. Bloggers too scared to write about the sacred truth of choice. To fire poor management or keep them around because they are ex-NHL players.

Keep writing articles that will not change this team, because some way or another, Lowe et al. will manage to screw it up.

You're serious right? Bloggers probably hold management the most accountable because they're fans with a channel of voicing their discourse!

To be fair, I thought an article titles "The Choice" would be about the draft.

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#3 Oilers
April 10 2014, 12:32AM
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Starving Student wrote:

You're serious right? Bloggers probably hold management the most accountable because they're fans with a channel of voicing their discourse!

To be fair, I thought an article titles "The Choice" would be about the draft.

Show me the links to actual blogger articles with frank and well thought out arguments to fire lowe et al., and not just comments by pissed off fans.

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#4 No longer a fan
April 10 2014, 12:36AM
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Starving Student wrote:

You're serious right? Bloggers probably hold management the most accountable because they're fans with a channel of voicing their discourse!

To be fair, I thought an article titles "The Choice" would be about the draft.

Show me a blogger article that is a very frank, honest and well written argument of why the Oilers should keep Lowe et al. around as opposed to the comments by pissed off fans.

I have yet to see a good blogger article to fire Lowe. I have seen lots of well articulated comments by fans.

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#5 Hoozonphirst
April 10 2014, 12:39AM
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You would pick Belov, Larsen and Fraser over Klefbom, Nurse and possibly Ekblad who some have argued is the only player in the up-coming draft to step into the NHL next season? Thank goodness you are nothing more than another voice from the blogosphere. Thank goodness you are not the GM. Egads man.

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#6 coco crisp
April 10 2014, 12:46AM
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Nurse, Ekblad, Schultz, Nurse… Thats pretty exciting. In like 6 years.. When I'll be middle aged and balding.

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#7 Ari Gold
April 10 2014, 12:51AM
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Move Petry and picks/assets for a solid guy and I'll be happy. I'd give K-bomb the spot.

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#8 freelancer
April 10 2014, 12:55AM
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The lack of experience on the back end in key positions should be the first area of damage control this summer. I have no problem letting Klefbom and Nurse both take another year to develop if needed. Trade or free agency is the only way to get an immediate impact. Even guys like Seth Jones and Adam Larrson weren't put into the #1 spot. Hell Jones plays with Weber. Quickest way to ruin a top defensive draft is throw him into the fire immediately. Even if it's Ekblad we're going to need more help.

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#9 Oilcruzer
April 10 2014, 12:57AM
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coco crisp wrote:

Nurse, Ekblad, Schultz, Nurse… Thats pretty exciting. In like 6 years.. When I'll be middle aged and balding.

Think u meant Klefbom.

Try 3 years til a legit contender. And you could have been born a Leafs, Sens, Canucks, or Jets fan. How long have they waited for a cup?

(Going to Abbotsford Friday to watch Nurse.)

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#10 Mo Playoffs Mo Problems
April 10 2014, 01:16AM
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Oilers wrote:

Show me the links to actual blogger articles with frank and well thought out arguments to fire lowe et al., and not just comments by pissed off fans.

http://oilersnation.com/2014/3/23/from-top-to-bottom

Brownlee called for Lowe to be fired a few weeks ago. It was after a rough game, but it was a fairly written and well thought out piece

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#11 Ambassador humantorch
April 10 2014, 01:27AM
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Oilers wrote:

Show me the links to actual blogger articles with frank and well thought out arguments to fire lowe et al., and not just comments by pissed off fans.

You're kidding, right? Aside from the great articles here by Brownlee, Willis, etc. you should go read pretty much anything written by blackdoghatesskunks.blogspot.ca or mc79hockey.com over the last couple of years. Not only have they both written many MANY well thought out arguments to fire the entire management team (using actual evidence and historical accuracy to back up their arguments, not just emotional hand-wringing) but they're both fantastic writers who could make grocery lists engaging.

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#12 Westcoastoil
April 10 2014, 02:11AM
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IF they landed Ekblad he seems like he's ready to graduate junior. But the problem you've correctly pointed out is that makes sense where he is one of 2 guys tops that are

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#13 BLAKPOO
April 10 2014, 02:21AM
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Ari Gold wrote:

Move Petry and picks/assets for a solid guy and I'll be happy. I'd give K-bomb the spot.

Thank you for making sense. Props +1

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#14 BLAKPOO
April 10 2014, 02:42AM
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Oilers wrote:

The Choice!! What a title.

I thought you were going to talk about a choice Vancouver made over the last 2 days and that maybe after 14 years with Lowe in the organization, we may have an argument to make.

Alas, no deal. Bloggers too scared to write about the sacred truth of choice. To fire poor management or keep them around because they are ex-NHL players.

Keep writing articles that will not change this team, because some way or another, Lowe et al. will manage to screw it up.

To scared to write about the sacred truth of choice?

What does that even mean?

Willis has the power to write articles that will change this team? Awesome!

Willis! Do up one where we trade Acton and Belov for Couturier and Coburn!

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#15 The Real Scuba Steve
April 10 2014, 03:18AM
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Oilers wrote:

Show me the links to actual blogger articles with frank and well thought out arguments to fire lowe et al., and not just comments by pissed off fans.

What are you new to this site?

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#16 OilDieHard
April 10 2014, 05:36AM
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there's no need to rush Nurse, and Klefbom and Marincin have both earned a spot for next year as far as i'm concerned. and if we were to get Ekblad and he is NHL ready, then he gets a spot too. Petry can be traded as far as i'm concerned.

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#17 a lg dubl dubl
April 10 2014, 05:37AM
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Question, if MacT offer sheets Subban do the draft picks (1st,2nd,3rd round picks) go against the 2014 draft or 2015 draft?

Ference/Shultz

Klefbom or Marincin/UFA dman(Greene) or trade for one(Boychuck)

Subban/Belov

Fraser as 7th

Larsen, Petry sent packing

Nurse back to jr for one more yr

My list of dmen are just thrown together and not in any particular order, just what Id like to see the defence as going into training camp.

Greene and Boychuck were used because they were names brought up in previous articles. Subban could be the next human rake we've been looking for since Pronger(spits).

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#18 oilcountryforlife
April 10 2014, 06:08AM
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Fire Kevin Lowe...there it was asked to be said and I said it. It is curious that I haven't seen any Fire Kevin Lowe rants after seeing what happened in Vancouver. Lowe should have been fired years ago, but this is Katz's personal fun project and Lowe is his buddy. Heck his son picks the #1 draft picks after all.

We fans are just silently resolved to more of the same, as we squabble and pontificate about whether this guy or that guy would be a better #4 or #5 defensemen, when we really should be having more fun talking about the #1,2,3 defensemen we don't have. I'll talk Coffey, Chara, and Bobby Orr...now at least we can really have a fun wish list, and yes I know two of those players are retired.

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#19 Gk1980
April 10 2014, 06:08AM
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Ya let's get of petry, a defenceman with NHL experience because we have toast of this guys. Come on people! Shake your heads, he is no superstar but it's what we have right now. He is still learning the game and maybe he sees the competition coming up and steps it up a bit. Just chill on the petry trades.

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#20 DrunkGuyTy
April 10 2014, 06:30AM
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Perhaps the writers of the first few comments should open their eyes with regards to what has been written on this site over the past several months/years. Secondly, these are blogs meant for entertainment. You might be thinking they have a little more influence on the team than they actually do.

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#21 Cody anderson
April 10 2014, 06:45AM
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It is a nice problem to have after the lack of choices and gifting of spots over the last 5 years.

Nurse -Ekblad

Klefbom - Schultz

Marcinin - Petry

Ference

Holly hell would I be scared going into next season this young, but wow what potential in a year or 2.

This could easily be one of the best D corps in the NHL in 3 or 4 years.

If Nurse comes into camp over 200 lbs and looks like one of our best D, how do you send him down?

If Klefbom and Marcinin finish strong, work hard over the summer and come into camp even better how do you send them down?

If Ekblad gets drafted and is NHL ready......could be lots of great youth with limited spots.

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#22 Shredder
April 10 2014, 07:03AM
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Yes we could go from worst defense to best defense in a couple years...thanks to the draft...

but only if we don't ruin these guys. Marincin and petry and klefbom are all homegrown and took the right path (schultz even took his time developing and had to do half a season in the ahl)...but let's hope management don't rush the rest of the pack...Nurse should go back to junior (and dominate his league even more, hopefully make wjc) and Klefbom can have the NHL roster spot. If we get Eckblad I'd do the same to him: back to junior and wjc.

By the way look how good ryan murray looks in cbj...no shot at yak, but murray looks solid (he was sent down for another year too...even if he missed the season with injury).

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#23 Aitch
April 10 2014, 07:07AM
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@a lg dubl dubl

Well, seeing as how free agency happens after the draft...

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#24 madjam
April 10 2014, 07:11AM
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Oilers require a much better 1-2 top defencemen than is present on team now or in the system . Leave open those spots for acquisition in off season , and then figure out whom might be in spots 3-7 with what's left . Promoting any we have now to the 1-2 spots will just continue our futility .

We have been the flagship for futility for last 8 seasons under the watchful eye and guidance of Lowe . Howson and MacT. coming back into fold has even made us worse . All three should probably be replaced , as new ones could not fair much worse than they have . Not like any of them have had success turning our clubs fortunes for the better . Do we wait till turnstiles take a beating , or should Katz hire a new team to run this club ? I believe he should and appease the fan base .

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#25 Westcoastoil
April 10 2014, 07:12AM
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One thing that seems to come up regularly is that teams have a drafted player that is AHL inelligible who has outplayed himself from junior but isn't ready for the NHL. The NHL needs to work with the AHL so that each team can have at least 1 roster exemption for this type of player - maybe they have to be a first round pick or some other restriction. The CHL allows underagers to play in certain circumstances. It would be good for player development and also good for the AHL to get better quality players as well.

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#26 TigerUnderGlass
April 10 2014, 07:51AM
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Westcoastoil wrote:

One thing that seems to come up regularly is that teams have a drafted player that is AHL inelligible who has outplayed himself from junior but isn't ready for the NHL. The NHL needs to work with the AHL so that each team can have at least 1 roster exemption for this type of player - maybe they have to be a first round pick or some other restriction. The CHL allows underagers to play in certain circumstances. It would be good for player development and also good for the AHL to get better quality players as well.

The AHL isn't the problem.

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#27 Ivan Drago
April 10 2014, 07:53AM
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To all you posters, who regardless of what the topic of the article is about, continue over and over with the fire management comments, I have a comment for you............shut the eff up and contribute something worthwhile to the article. I don't like Lowe either, but this non stop barrage of comments from the same dozen or so posters is ridiculous

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#28 @mbrunihockey
April 10 2014, 07:54AM
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Oilers wrote:

Show me the links to actual blogger articles with frank and well thought out arguments to fire lowe et al., and not just comments by pissed off fans.

http://oilersnation.com/2014/3/23/from-top-to-bottom

Theres one. Are you really criticizing the bloggers for not basing every one of their articles around Lowe? They hear it enough from the fans every single day. Does it not get repetitive?

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#29 kboob
April 10 2014, 07:56AM
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Get some legitimate coaches to work with these dmen and you could easily have 2 rookies in the line up next year.

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#30 CaptainLander
April 10 2014, 08:00AM
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Would you move one of these young d-men if it brings back a legit top 2 d-man?

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#31 S cottV
April 10 2014, 08:06AM
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Really like the looks of Klefbom and it's time to keep him in the lineup.

If MacT can swing a legit first pairing veteran d man and second pairing veteran d man - Nurse and Ekblad (if available) could stay in development.

Otherwise - we are not making the playoffs anyway, so - maybe fast track one or both Nurse and Ekblad.

While risky - the Oilers have to get a first rate back end going one way or another.

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#32 michael
April 10 2014, 08:36AM
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If Nurse and Klefbom and Eckblad are on the roster this fall it will because they outplayed and earned their spots on the roster. Not because of their draft position.

MacT will sign a FA or bring in another dman via trade.Who that will be is anybody's guess.

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#33 Spydyr
April 10 2014, 08:49AM
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At first I thought there is no you can have that many rookies on defence.

Now with next years draft having Connor in it.Well do it, dress all the rookie defencman(Klefbom,Nurse,Marincin and hopefully Ekblad) and fail with honor for Connor.

I'm not sure if I'm being sarcastic here.Man, this is a the strangest time to be an Oiler fan.

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#34 Britts94
April 10 2014, 08:59AM
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kboob wrote:

Get some legitimate coaches to work with these dmen and you could easily have 2 rookies in the line up next year.

Development includes coaching, but it's not the end all be all. Coaches can talk and motivate till theyre blue in the face and it could have no effect. You can rarely fast-track defencemen in this league now, mostly because they have bodies and minds that are still developing (scientifically, 21 is the age you stop growing). Nurse and Ekblad would get demolished in the corners and in front of the net regardless of size whether they play the first line of an oppponent (Getzlaf or Backes for example) or the third line (Steve Ott or Raffi Torres). Let them play in the minors, where they can still play against men, but won't be absolutely annihilated every time they step on the ice.

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#35 Mo Playoffs Mo Problems
April 10 2014, 09:08AM
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CaptainLander wrote:

Would you move one of these young d-men if it brings back a legit top 2 d-man?

I think top priority for MacT is trying to land an experienced D-man that isn't too old and can play the tough minutes. With the FA market looking weak and Edmonton sure to have a tough time luring anyone without massive overpayment, I think it makes sense that one of Klefbom/Marincin/Nurse may be asked for as part of a package if he's going to get a top pairing D.

If they draft Ekblad then I don't know how you can develop all of those prospects over the next 3 years. I'd rather acquire a legit top pairing guy to mentor 2-3 of these prospects rather than trying to develop 3-4 of them playing over their heads in the NHL.

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#36 City of Champignons
April 10 2014, 09:09AM
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Ivan Drago wrote:

To all you posters, who regardless of what the topic of the article is about, continue over and over with the fire management comments, I have a comment for you............shut the eff up and contribute something worthwhile to the article. I don't like Lowe either, but this non stop barrage of comments from the same dozen or so posters is ridiculous

PROPS X 1,000,000.

I agree 100% - enough with the whining about the management! If you want to be negative go post on Coppernblue. Let's have thoughtful, meaningful, and positive discussion.

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#37 City oif Champignons
April 10 2014, 09:11AM
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Cody anderson wrote:

It is a nice problem to have after the lack of choices and gifting of spots over the last 5 years.

Nurse -Ekblad

Klefbom - Schultz

Marcinin - Petry

Ference

Holly hell would I be scared going into next season this young, but wow what potential in a year or 2.

This could easily be one of the best D corps in the NHL in 3 or 4 years.

If Nurse comes into camp over 200 lbs and looks like one of our best D, how do you send him down?

If Klefbom and Marcinin finish strong, work hard over the summer and come into camp even better how do you send them down?

If Ekblad gets drafted and is NHL ready......could be lots of great youth with limited spots.

Looks like a pretty sweet depth chart in a few years! Here's hoping we can afford all this talent in the years to come.

Thanks for some optimism to start my morning!

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#38 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
April 10 2014, 09:15AM
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Cody anderson wrote:

It is a nice problem to have after the lack of choices and gifting of spots over the last 5 years.

Nurse -Ekblad

Klefbom - Schultz

Marcinin - Petry

Ference

Holly hell would I be scared going into next season this young, but wow what potential in a year or 2.

This could easily be one of the best D corps in the NHL in 3 or 4 years.

If Nurse comes into camp over 200 lbs and looks like one of our best D, how do you send him down?

If Klefbom and Marcinin finish strong, work hard over the summer and come into camp even better how do you send them down?

If Ekblad gets drafted and is NHL ready......could be lots of great youth with limited spots.

Bravo Cody.

It certainly conforms to the rebuild from within blueprint the Oilers would have us believe.

On a side note, Marincin and another piece would land you that second line center that's been vacant for years. The Oilers should think long and hard about that though, with Marincin perhaps being the best of that Klefbom/Nurse/Schultz/Ekblad bunch. Petry + could bring something worthwhile back as well. Now that he's an NHL regular, Jeff can't wait to get outta here and be somewhere south of the boarder.

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#39 BGH
April 10 2014, 09:16AM
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Getting younger and less experienced on the blue line will not help and does not solve anything.

Any young dman not named Doughty who has excelled right out of the gate, has been paired with a stong veteran D-Man to shelter and guide them. Something we are desperately lacking on the oilers.

IMNSHO, we need to trade for a top dman and sign another. To start the year I would love to see a defence lineup that started something like :

Trade / Free Agent Shultz / Marincin Ference / Fraser

7th - Larson.

Nurse to go back to juniors, Klefboom to start in AHl and first call up once injuries hit.

As for trades - would Eberle, Gagner and Petry get us Buf and Kane out of Winnipeg? If so, forward lines could look something like :

Hall / RNH / Kane Perron / Draistl / Yakupov Hendricks / Gordon / Pitlick Gazdic / Lander / Pinzotto

13th - Smyth (assuming a low value 1 year contract)

Hey, a guy can pipe dream right....

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#40 Spydyr
April 10 2014, 09:17AM
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Ivan Drago wrote:

To all you posters, who regardless of what the topic of the article is about, continue over and over with the fire management comments, I have a comment for you............shut the eff up and contribute something worthwhile to the article. I don't like Lowe either, but this non stop barrage of comments from the same dozen or so posters is ridiculous

How about we just go ahead and let everyone express their opinions freely .No one is making anyone here read anything they don't want to.

Sometimes venting is therapeutical.

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#41 OilDieHard
April 10 2014, 09:17AM
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people shouldn't be scared to have Ekblad, Nurse, Klefbom and Marincin on this team next year if they have earned it. we suck anyways, so would we really be any worse with those guys? and what do you draft all these top d-men for anyways? to use as trade bait? for more experienced d-men who don't have the upside that these kids do if we're just a little more patient? it's a nice problem to have though isn't it? Ekblad (if we get him), Nurse, Marincin, Klefbom, Simpson, Schultz, Ference and Petry. and i'm not against trading a couple of these guys because it's obvious all can't play here due to lack of room, but other than trying to get a "top" d-man, the Oilers have other holes throughout the lineup that need to be addressed, and some of our defensive depth could get us the players we need.

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#42 Dave
April 10 2014, 09:19AM
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Off topic Question:

Could Gagner play on the wing ?

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#43 Spydyr
April 10 2014, 09:24AM
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Dave wrote:

Off topic Question:

Could Gagner play on the wing ?

He is weak on the boards weak in the corners does not win puck battles and gets knocked off the puck easily and does not stand in front of the opponents goal. He sure has pretty shootout moves though.

What do you think?

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#44 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
April 10 2014, 09:48AM
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Conventional wisdom checking in here........a 19 yr old Darnell Nurse could make more of an impact on the Oilers lineup than an 18 yr old Ekblad could have. Play them all, but see to it a couple of them do not play more than 45 games in each of their first two seasons. This way the Oilers can control them for 8 yrs instead of 7.

We'd just need to get Rod Langway in here and help coach these kids. With Ekblad, all the desires of bringing in an high priced established top pairing blueliner go out the window. It's cheaper to rebuild from within.

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#45 Spydyr
April 10 2014, 09:51AM
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Next up, is Connor McJesus. wrote:

Conventional wisdom checking in here........a 19 yr old Darnell Nurse could make more of an impact on the Oilers lineup than an 18 yr old Ekblad could have. Play them all, but see to it a couple of them do not play more than 45 games in each of their first two seasons. This way the Oilers can control them for 8 yrs instead of 7.

We'd just need to get Rod Langway in here and help coach these kids. With Ekblad, all the desires of bringing in an high priced established top pairing blueliner go out the window. It's cheaper to rebuild from within.

I would still like to see a top pairing veteran guy come in to show the kids the way.He could be in his early thirties a transition player to get the kids up to speed.

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#46 David S
April 10 2014, 09:59AM
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The Choice!! What a title.

I thought you were going to talk about a choice Vancouver made over the last 2 days and that maybe after 14 years with Lowe in the organization, we may have an argument to make.

Alas, no deal. Bloggers too scared to write about the sacred truth of choice. To fire poor management or keep them around because they are ex-NHL players.

Keep writing articles that will not change this team, because some way or another, Lowe et al. will manage to screw it up.

What a comment.

Because there hasn't been NEAR enough discussion on every damn Oilers blog in existence about Lowe and front office management.

Hey thanks alot for bringing this to our attention! I for one will work hard over the next while to bombard comments sections about this. Because we all know just a few well placed comments will force the team to do EXACTLY what we want.

*Slap*

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#47 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
April 10 2014, 10:05AM
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Spydyr wrote:

I would still like to see a top pairing veteran guy come in to show the kids the way.He could be in his early thirties a transition player to get the kids up to speed.

Guys like that don't come cheap though, and they also want to win one before they retire. I see where you're coming from though.

Maybe a wounded soul warrior like Lee Fogolin could help these kids. Lee hasn't been corrupted by the entitlement era that seems to have taken hold in coaching/management. One mentor, who would also make Kevin Lowe take notice. Bringing these kids along is much more important than how the fanbase will perceive Lowes centered efforts.

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#48 Tikkanese
April 10 2014, 10:08AM
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The best choice is none of the above. It would be better long term for both the Oilers and these young D(Nurse, Marincin, Klefbom & Ekblad if drafted) to spend at least another year seasoning.

Marincin and Klefbom might not look too out of place at the moment, or next year for that matter either but another half year+ in the AHL will do wonders for their offensive games. Also in Marincin's case, another year of putting on some much needed muscle on his skinny frame. Also playing in the likely losing atmosphere next year in Edmonton won't help develop them much either.

We want these kids as beasts, not just as average NHL'ers which they basically are at now.

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#49 Spydyr
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Next up, is Connor McJesus. wrote:

Guys like that don't come cheap though, and they also want to win one before they retire. I see where you're coming from though.

Maybe a wounded soul warrior like Lee Fogolin could help these kids. Lee hasn't been corrupted by the entitlement era that seems to have taken hold in coaching/management. One mentor, who would also make Kevin Lowe take notice. Bringing these kids along is much more important than how the fanbase will perceive Lowes centered efforts.

I have heard rumors and again I want to state they are rumors.

Something happened between the Oilers and Fogolin. A promise was broken now Fogolin wants nothing to do with the Oilers.

He has also been out of NHL hockey for a very long period of time.

I do like your idea, get a recently retired ex top pairing guy to come in and help.Rob Blake worked out pretty well for the Kings.

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