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 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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#3 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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#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 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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#6 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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#7 Felix
April 10 2014, 10:23AM
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It does not matter.

Oilers will have another lottery pick next year and the one after and so on. They think they can keep young D's and young F's and the team will eventually get better. Their philosophy is to lose.

Oilers can get the #1 pick for the next 5 years , they will still be losers.

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#8 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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#9 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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#10 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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#11 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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#12 Spydyr
April 10 2014, 10:22AM
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Ivan Drago wrote:

Go ahead and express your opinion, on the TOPIC at hand. Otherwise the next time someone writes an article about Halls corsi, we might as well discuss politics and religion in the comments section.

If Brownlee or some other blogger writes an article about Oilers management, which they have, then fire away in the comments about management.

Pretty well every article here goes back to Oilers management or mismanagement.

This is a hockey blog IMO anything to do with hockey goes. Politics and religion not so much.There are many other places one can go for that.

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#13 Jerod
April 10 2014, 10:29AM
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Oilers ruin players and when they reach their bottom , the GM comes in and trys to trade them, except no one wants them at the price Oilers are selling at. Oiler management destroys confidence in the room, because they don't have a clue what they are doing. 8 years of losing and they need to move Taylor Hall around the lines to get offence. 1 player 8 years.

This is a comedy isn't it. No one could be this stupid.

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#14 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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#15 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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#16 HardBoiledOil
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 sheldon
April 10 2014, 10:32AM
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I'm curious, Do most fans not like Petry or is this just Edmonton media guys blowing things out of proportion to get a story again. On most boards I visit and people I talk to think Petry is a good player, they just wish he would hit more(which is true with practically every valuable player). Anytime someone says Petry sucks I see numerous fans jump to defend him so many fans do see his value, the guy is playing first pairing minutes and although he's not perfect doing a lot better than most dmen in the league could do. give this post props for yay petry, trash for nay petry

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#18 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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#19 BobbyCanuck
April 10 2014, 10:51AM
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Yes, not a lot of D-Men available that would not require an over pay.

I do see some options

1) Play the youngsters on D all year, and then when we go 1-9 to start the season, Hall demands a trade, we could easily get a 1D for him. This would also help insure that we lose our honour for Conner

2) One, if not more of the heavy defensive contenders get badly bounced in the first round because they cannot score enough goals, will be looking at us to get a goal scorer or two and willing to trade top D men(s) to ge it done.

Frankly, if we are not willing to be in the draft lotto position for the next couple of years, we are going to have to trade someone that the Oil faithful would be loathe to trade

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#20 2004Z06
April 10 2014, 12:38PM
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The biggest difference between what happened in Vancouver and what has yet to happen in Edmonton is that half the seats in Vancouver were empty and the other half were full of folks chanting "fire Gillis"

Will never happen here....Too many folks still drunk on the kool-aid!

Oh and why is it a blog writers job to drive change in the organization? Isn't that the responsibility of the fanbase? Do you honestly think Lowe would still be POHO if three years ago folks stopped renewing season seats and buying merchandise?

Be glad these guys take the time to write anything at all that allows you to post your comments, however misguided they may be!

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#21 nuge2nail
April 10 2014, 12:47PM
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Oiler Domination to Follow...

Trust me it's comin!

When we draft Ekblad we will be a dynasty once again!

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#22 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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#23 Ivan Drago
April 10 2014, 10:32AM
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Spydyr wrote:

Pretty well every article here goes back to Oilers management or mismanagement.

This is a hockey blog IMO anything to do with hockey goes. Politics and religion not so much.There are many other places one can go for that.

Hardly any of the articles are directed at management. Those with tunnel vision skew every article to be about something management did or didn't do. When Willis does an article about how Ebs can't sustain his shooting % (just an example), people like you blame it on Lowe.

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#24 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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#25 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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#26 Dave
April 10 2014, 09:19AM
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Off topic Question:

Could Gagner play on the wing ?

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#27 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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#28 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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#29 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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#30 Vinny
April 10 2014, 11:20AM
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Quicksilver ballet 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 hear Chris Pronger's not doing too much these days. I know reality doesn't allow such a thing to happen, but it'd be nice to have a guy like him to show these kids the ropes.

Call Pronger (or another recent ~retired top dman) a defensive consultant or whatever, since we can't seem to make space in the assistant coach ranks.

It wouldn't even need to be full-time, just get some insight for these blue chip prospects into how a top 2 dman plays this game.

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#31 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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#32 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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#33 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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#34 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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#35 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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#36 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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#37 Ivan Drago
April 10 2014, 10:19AM
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Spydyr wrote:

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.

Go ahead and express your opinion, on the TOPIC at hand. Otherwise the next time someone writes an article about Halls corsi, we might as well discuss politics and religion in the comments section.

If Brownlee or some other blogger writes an article about Oilers management, which they have, then fire away in the comments about management.

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#38 Spydyr
April 10 2014, 10:32AM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

That's unfortunate. Must be a Slats related issue, since it was long before Lowes time here.

There's just something about his character and humility that is in dire need in this organization right now.

The team sure could use his character and humility.

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#39 Tuningout
April 10 2014, 10:58AM
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Oh man tough call. I would like to see Nurse play a few games next year. But realistically nurse and Ekblad/Draisaitl should be back in junior next year. Marincin and Klefbom should be enough rookies (kinda rookies) next year. I have hope for the Oilers. But only in 2-3 years when new rexall is built. Sucks. But after this draft. And maybe next years. The Oilers are set and should compete for a long time. Despite DEakins best attempts at destroying Yak.

I don't care what happens next year. I just want to see progress from Yak. Yakupov and Yakimov. Very important forward pieces.

15/16 bring in Nurse and Ekblad/Drasaitl. Scary good. On defence. Let's see Dillon Simpson late next year.

So realistically I don't see the Oilers being good until 16/17 season.

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#40 Sam
April 10 2014, 11:23AM
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My guess for the draft for the Oilers first pick. If they pick #4 and these 3 guys are gone I could see them trading down or the pick.

1. Ekblad 2. Bennett 3. Draisaitl

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#41 David S
April 10 2014, 02:48PM
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nuge2nail wrote:

Oiler Domination to Follow...

Trust me it's comin!

When we draft Ekblad we will be a dynasty once again!

OK man look. This domination thing?

We need to talk.

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#42 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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#43 David S
April 10 2014, 09:59AM
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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.

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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#44 Ari Gold
April 10 2014, 10:42AM
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Jerod wrote:

Oilers ruin players and when they reach their bottom , the GM comes in and trys to trade them, except no one wants them at the price Oilers are selling at. Oiler management destroys confidence in the room, because they don't have a clue what they are doing. 8 years of losing and they need to move Taylor Hall around the lines to get offence. 1 player 8 years.

This is a comedy isn't it. No one could be this stupid.

Though you come off as quite the pessimist, I whole heartedly agree. This organization has been a black hole as far as drafting and development goes.

Currently, however, it looks like OKC has been doing well for development. Marincin, Arco and Pitlick have all looked a lot better than we expected. Granted, Lander just can't adjust to the timing and space of the NHL and Acton is benefitting from daddy behind the bench. I still think the development side of the organization is turning the corner.

Drafting is a big concern. First rounders are no-brainers in my opinion: you're getting an NHL player. Oilers second round and beyond picks are notoriously absent from NHL lineups.

With Smyth and Hemsky being the only top 6 forwards being drafted 1994-2008, it's obvious that management repeatedly dropped the ball.

Etown either needs to be a desired destination for players, have a culture of winning or be a draft juggernaut, like Detroit. Sadly our team is none of those three. I wish for them to turn the corner but I find myself planning for guaranteed fun those nights they're playing rather than watching the blood bath.

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#45 MrBig
April 10 2014, 11:20AM
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Given the depth of Defensive prospects, the Oilers will not rush out to get Ekblad unless he falls in their lap at 3rd overall (which is not likely to happen). They will move out Gagner and bring in Draisatl. I wouldn't be surprised in Yakupov is moved either, though I don't want him moved yet...

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#46 Ed in Edmonton
April 10 2014, 12:49PM
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@sheldon

Petry is an NHL calibre player but I wonder if he is the right fit for the Oil at this point. I am willing to give him the benefit of the doubt that he is playing more minutes and tougher minutes than he really should. However, he is now well over 200 NHL games plus how many in the AHL? What we see is probably pretty close to what he will be.

He moves well, very good straight ahead speed. But is prone to coffing up the puck when pressured gets knocked of the puck easily and rarely wins a puck battle.

I think he and Schutlz are too similar to be on the a successful Oil team and one will need to go at some time, but not necessarily this year. Schultz has come along farther and has more offensive up side, so he seems more like the keeper.

It will be interesting to see what salaries these can get this summer.

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#47 nuge2nail
April 10 2014, 10:30PM
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nuge2nail wrote:

Oiler Domination to Follow...

Trust me it's comin!

When we draft Ekblad we will be a dynasty once again!

Oiler Domination To Follow

Not cool.

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#48 nuge2nail
April 10 2014, 10:30PM
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nuge2nail wrote:

Oiler Domination to Follow...

Trust me it's comin!

When we draft Ekblad we will be a dynasty once again!

Oiler Domination To Follow

Not cool.

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#49 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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#50 BLAKPOO
April 10 2014, 02:42AM
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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.

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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