Draft Lottery... Here We Go Again ***Updated***

baggedmilk
April 15 2014 04:34PM

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Well, well, well... Look where we're at... again. For the 300th consecutive season, Oilers fans will be watching TSN to see what another pitiful season's reward will be. It's no doubt that the Tambellini's tie jokes will be flying, in full force, as we hope and pray that the Oilers will be picking 1st overall for the 4th time in 5 years. First, third, or fourth - what will it be?  Such is life in the City of Champi.... Uhh... Nevermind.

Expectations

When the season started, the last thing any of us expected was another date with the draft lottery. For me personally, the idea of watching the lottery was repulsive, almost offensive to the core of my being. The rebuild has gone on for decades and another top pick wasn't supposed to be in the cards anymore, and I was excited about that. We were supposed to make a push for the playoffs, not suck to the point of depression.  This year, we were supposed to be debating our first playoff opponent not which player we're hoping for.  Ohhh how we overestimated.

Another Scratch Ticket 

Tonight, the Oilers have a 14.2% chance at picking 1st at the draft, and a 100% chance of James Duthie making fun of Craig MacTavish for being a yearly guest at the lottery. Oh the memories. Anyway... Join me in watching the spectacle and cheering on the Oilers logo to be the last to flash across the screen.  I want to see Bill Daly hold up the Oilers logo and imagine the cheshire grin that used to flash across Tambellini's face.  I want the rest of the NHL to think that the lottery is rigged because once again we hold the power to choose who we want.  I want the Sabres terrible season to get one last kick to the pills!  Oh the sadness... 

The draft lottery show starts at 6pm mst on TSN and it will give us a better idea which player we may be seeing in the fall. Unfortunately, it was another year of wanting cereal but the milk has, once again, gone bad.  I can't wait for another 2 months of arguing who the Oilers will pick. Summer is always so much fun! *sigh*

Top 5 - Draft Order

1. Florida

2. Buffalo

3. Edmonton

4. Calgary

5. Islanders (unless they give this pick to Buffalo as part of the Vanek trade)

Nation Charity Playoff Pool

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#151 The artist formerly known as Harry
April 15 2014, 10:23PM
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RexHolez wrote:

Ekblad is a once in a generation d-man?

Maybe generation was the wrong term. But, hes got Doughty, Hedman, Weber ect... writen all over him

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#152 freelancer
April 15 2014, 10:24PM
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Florida picks Ekblad Buffalo picks Bennett Edmonton will pick Drasaitl.

Reinhart is a Nuge clone and we don't need wo small centers. Agree that Bennett may be the best centre skill and compete wise but I think he's gone before 3. Calgary is going to be getting scary in a couple years too. Monahan and Reinhart...

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#153 Fumanshu
April 15 2014, 10:25PM
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Ok oiler fans, certain things need to be cleared up:

NO FRANCHISE PLAYERS ARE AVAILABLE IN THIS DRAFT INCLUDING AARON EKBLAD. REPEAT. EKBLAD IS NOT PROJECTED AS A FRANCHISE DMAN. Tim Murray said himself, likely not a franchise dman. Could he become one? Sure. Likely a good number 3.

this is looking like the 2007 draft where good complimentary players can be had.

Ekblad scores 65% on the power play and is prone to defensive mistakes but can play a good two way game

Bennet is smaller but intense. Mini toews. Not sure how well it translates to the NHL

Draisatl plays centre not wing. Centre. Big and controls the play. Excellent passer and awareness. Protects the puck well.

Reinhart has high hockey iq like nuge. Isn't big or flashy.

I'd be happy with anyone of these guys including dal colle.

I lean to draisaitl as we desperately need a centre with size that can put up points in the system.

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#154 Fish
April 15 2014, 11:20PM
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Good thing we beat Vancouver the last game of the year. It would have really sucked to be picking 1st overall again. Stupid Panthers.

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#155 sam
April 15 2014, 11:31PM
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Draft Leon with the third pick. Trade ganger and yak plus a prospect to the. Jets for Buf and Kane. Find another veteran d to help out the young guys and a vet third or fourth liner.

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#156 Oil Can
April 15 2014, 11:31PM
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Leon Draisaitl will probably be a decent centre in the NHL. But he is not going to be the star player that some on here think that he will be. He is a soft offensive player who is not good defensively and does not back check. He protects the puck well against the smaller junior players, but against the larger NHL players, he will probably struggle to be as good. Sam Bennett is a great two way player who competes hard, and plays well in both ends of the ice. Bennett would be along the lines of a Toews, Bergeron or Doug Gilmore type of player. It should be a complete no brainier to take Bennett if he is available.

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#157 Dan
April 15 2014, 11:38PM
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Oil Can wrote:

Leon Draisaitl will probably be a decent centre in the NHL. But he is not going to be the star player that some on here think that he will be. He is a soft offensive player who is not good defensively and does not back check. He protects the puck well against the smaller junior players, but against the larger NHL players, he will probably struggle to be as good. Sam Bennett is a great two way player who competes hard, and plays well in both ends of the ice. Bennett would be along the lines of a Toews, Bergeron or Doug Gilmore type of player. It should be a complete no brainier to take Bennett if he is available.

Exactly

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#158 nuge2nail
April 16 2014, 01:36AM
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Oiler Domination To Follow

Panthers will take Reinhert.

Sabres will take Bennett.

Oilers will take Ekblad.

Defencemen always drop at the draft... Larsson, Hedman, Jones, etc.

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#159 pelhem grenville
April 16 2014, 04:16AM
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The artist formerly known as Harry wrote:

You might want to check Hedmans numbers. He had a great season and is becoming a bonafide #1 dman

...I did check his numbers...42assists13goals

I said meh...good for him after five years...

geeesh I'm sorry I even brought up his name

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#160 jonnyquixote
April 16 2014, 08:02AM
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Dog Train wrote:

Assuming that Ekblad is gone by the time we pick, I vote for Sam Bennett. Cue the 'we don't need another small forward' crowd. He might not be a giant like Draisaitl, but from what I've seen and heard he competes harder. The Oilers do need size but more than anything they need players who compete harder. I'm sure I'll be in the minority but I would take Bennett over the big guy.

^This. I'd rather have another David Perron than an Olli Jokinen. If the best-case scenario with the two is Gilmour vs. Kopitar, and the worst case scenario with the two is something like Langkow/Mueller, and the middle, likely road is something like a Peca/Bonk... I'd take the Gilmour/Langkow/Peca player any day.

I agree that this team needs heart as much, or more, than it needs size, and the thing with a player like Bennett is that it seems like there isn't quite as much risk. The Oilers can't muff this pick, they just can't.

If this team is picking Draisaitl ahead of Bennett, they need to be really, really sure that he's got the fire and the work ethic to make it in the NHL where 80% of the players are as big and strong as him. They can't be basing this decision on an inch and 25 lbs.

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#161 Ari Gold
April 16 2014, 08:55AM
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sam wrote:

Draft Leon with the third pick. Trade ganger and yak plus a prospect to the. Jets for Buf and Kane. Find another veteran d to help out the young guys and a vet third or fourth liner.

You can't be serious. Do you actually think Yak + Gags = Buf + Kane???

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#162 ghostofberanek
April 16 2014, 10:22AM
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jonnyquixote wrote:

^This. I'd rather have another David Perron than an Olli Jokinen. If the best-case scenario with the two is Gilmour vs. Kopitar, and the worst case scenario with the two is something like Langkow/Mueller, and the middle, likely road is something like a Peca/Bonk... I'd take the Gilmour/Langkow/Peca player any day.

I agree that this team needs heart as much, or more, than it needs size, and the thing with a player like Bennett is that it seems like there isn't quite as much risk. The Oilers can't muff this pick, they just can't.

If this team is picking Draisaitl ahead of Bennett, they need to be really, really sure that he's got the fire and the work ethic to make it in the NHL where 80% of the players are as big and strong as him. They can't be basing this decision on an inch and 25 lbs.

Excellent point, I totally agree.

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#163 Wildcard
April 16 2014, 09:07PM
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Next up, is Connor McJesus. wrote:

One friggen useless win during the annual death march cost the Oil the first overall selection.

Even when we win we suck at it. Add a couple more years onto the rebuild/walk in the desert. Could be a couple years before Bennett is ready.

Clearly only three quality players in this draft. Scouts barely even acknowledged Draisaitl. Rather large step down from that 3 to 4 spot no doubt.

It's comments like this that make me happy. I love seeing the pro tanking crowd cry.

The tears are delicious.

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#164 Dockstaff
April 16 2014, 10:53PM
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Oil Can wrote:

Leon Draisaitl will probably be a decent centre in the NHL. But he is not going to be the star player that some on here think that he will be. He is a soft offensive player who is not good defensively and does not back check. He protects the puck well against the smaller junior players, but against the larger NHL players, he will probably struggle to be as good. Sam Bennett is a great two way player who competes hard, and plays well in both ends of the ice. Bennett would be along the lines of a Toews, Bergeron or Doug Gilmore type of player. It should be a complete no brainier to take Bennett if he is available.

I live in PA and have watched Draisitl the past two seasons. He is strong on the puck in the corners, but he doesn't back check. He's slower than avg and has an average shot. Quick release but avg power.

Most of the Oilers now don't back check, so other than having something in common with his teammates, Draisitl would not be the best pick.

Bennett or Reinhart. Strong, smart Centres who can play 200ft & score points. We haven't seen that since Dougie Weight.

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#165 Dockstaff
April 16 2014, 11:04PM
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The Crystal Ball wrote:

Good Point, 18 year old kids are done growing.

Bennett is also 10 months younger but just like weight everyone is where they are going to be in five years. No development to see folks.

Most men don't stop growing until 20, 21. Both height but definitely in weight. Reinhart will make 200lbs by the time he's 24.

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