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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#1 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
April 15 2014, 06:41PM
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Looks like we'll be choosing between Bennett and Draisaitl. Draisaitl much bigger....Bennett better two way center with a much better plus minus than anyone in the top 5.

Trash if you take Draisaitl.........Prop if you take Bennett.

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#2 kale
April 15 2014, 04:59PM
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so if the oilers win again, are they officially a draft day dynasty having won four out of five years?

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#3 Thumby
April 15 2014, 06:27PM
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I'm torn - if you want Eckblad Trash this - if you want a Center - hit props...

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#4 rectal place
April 15 2014, 07:17PM
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Bryant wrote:

Why does everyone on here want ANOTHER winger????? Please Not Leon D. We need Ekblad or a center

Leon Draisaitl is a center

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#5 Al77
April 15 2014, 07:34PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

Yakupov and the 3rd, to the Islanders in exchange for John Tavares and Travis Hamonic. maybe a possibility if in fact Tavares does want off the Island.

Snow can select 3rd, and let the Sabres have their 5th overall this yr, and still hold onto their first in 2015.

Islanders could get a lot more for him then that plus Harmonic not happening!

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#6 DrDave
April 15 2014, 05:02PM
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Just pick ahead of Calgary please

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#7 RexHolez
April 15 2014, 06:33PM
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That was the most exciting 10 minutes of oiler hockey I watched all year! Bennet is who we need so I'm guessing they'll screw it up and take the bust

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#8 The Crystal Ball
April 15 2014, 07:01PM
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I feel a little terrible today. Two thing happened that I believe killed the Oilers for me. 1) Mac T (who I trusted) stated Eakins chose Bucky and Smith. I no longer believe a word he says. He's become just as corporate as Lowe. 2) oilers will take Draisaitl (who bob Mckenzie admitted was far behind the other 3). Flames grab the popular choice (likely Bennett) and we get to see Burke clean our clock again.

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#10 Dog Train
April 15 2014, 08:14PM
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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.

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#11 The Real Scuba Steve
April 15 2014, 06:38PM
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Damn, maybe Tambo was good at something.

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#12 Naky
April 15 2014, 06:44PM
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Why would the Flyers ever make that trade.

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#13 Butters
April 15 2014, 07:36PM
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I might still be suffering from Steve Kelly syndrome, but picking LD worries me.

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#14 Dan
April 15 2014, 05:03PM
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This management group wins more lotteries than hockey games! This one is in the bag!

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#16 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
April 15 2014, 07:18PM
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Was trying to get a read on just how physical a player Draisaitl is. Found the following.

He hasn't missed any games in two years of CHL hockey.

The following are quotes from scouts and analysts at nhl.com

"You want to talk about a miniature Jaromir Jagr with a Doug Gilmour-type intensity, you've got him right here," Central Scouting's Peter Sullivan told NHL.com.

"Leon is a great hockey player but also a great teammate," Tuomie said. "His skill level is unbelievable. He thinks the game very well and makes players around him look better."

"That kid works so hard every shift," Bordeleau said. "I don't see how this kid doesn't go early. There's no one in this draft class who can protect the puck like him."

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#17 Rocket
April 15 2014, 04:37PM
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*Sigh*

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#18 Quicksilver ballet
April 15 2014, 06:33PM
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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.

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#19 Chris
April 15 2014, 06:51PM
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Quicksilver ballet 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.

Actually if we had lost the last game, the space time continuum would have been altered resulting in an entirely seperate reality where the panthers could still have won the lottery from the third spot.

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#20 Lowe Expectations
April 15 2014, 07:39PM
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When you look at this draft coming up, trading the pick for players who can play now makes the most sense to me.

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#21 Zarny
April 15 2014, 07:08PM
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Spydyr wrote:

The Flyers might trade Couturier straight up for Eberle.

Couturier has never topped 40 pts; Phi would be sending more than just Couturier for Eberle who has a 76 pt season under his belt and 65 this year.

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#22 RexHolez
April 15 2014, 04:52PM
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Just think of all the good players we'll be able to send to the worlds for years to come. Hall the new captain canada?? Sweet!!

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#23 Pouzar99
April 15 2014, 04:57PM
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With our luck Calgary will win the lottery, pushing us back to fourth as they take Ekblad. NOOOOOO!

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#24 Oilers need Ogie Ogilthorpe!
April 15 2014, 05:05PM
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Starving Student wrote:

Yeah man I tell ya what... Did one of them snipe hunts last night... man with them dang ol' sticks and bags and Whack! Whack! man, go Woooo-loo-loo-loo!... Talk about big mistake y'all... It's right there in that cooler.

What?

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#25 719
April 15 2014, 09:01PM
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4L×2 wrote:

If its going to be a toss up as to who will develop into the best player as it most likely will. I think you have to take a canadian. Nothing against draisaitl but canadian kids generally are way more competitive and can dig deeper to win when they have to.

I think Selanne, Kurri, Datsyuk, Zetterberg and a whole host of others would disagree with this statement.

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#26 RJ
April 15 2014, 04:38PM
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ugh..

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#27 ColourMeImpressed
April 15 2014, 05:01PM
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Please Jesus anybody but Calgary.

I'm not even religious but I'll go donate to a church or something.

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#28 Bicepus Maximus - Huge fan boy!
April 15 2014, 05:16PM
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We're takin this b**** down! It's the only thing we're good at!

The Oilers' "playoffs" start and end tonight!

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#29 Lochenzo
April 15 2014, 06:51PM
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That's a really good kid they're picking at #3 and it's either a defenceman or centre, two areas where this organization really needs improvement.

Be mindful of the fact that your enemies get fat on what you leave behind (Calgary is at #4), so if Ekblad miraculously falls to 3, take him!

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#30 BingBong
April 15 2014, 05:26PM
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At this point I'd rather NOT draft 1st overall, just so others can't say "Wow, four #1 picks and you guys still suck..."

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#31 Butters
April 15 2014, 06:54PM
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Howson is bad luck. Don't send him next year.

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#32 The artist formerly known as Harry
April 15 2014, 08:07PM
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Anton (still waiting for playoffs) wrote:

Panthers can draft Ekblad without any issues of rushing him. They have veteran Ds and that can certainly help Ekblad to grow. If Ekblad is coming to Edmonton that he will likely have a very tough career in front of him. Sabres' case is very simple, they need a big time scorer. The best forward will goes to Buffalo. So, Oilers will get whatever is left behind.

I think that Oilers pick third is a good thing, why wasting another player's career like Ekblad when you know full well that this organization will rush him and ruin him. After that the whiners will come back and b!tch about how those players are bad choices etc. For those whiners who whines about the wins, you don't deserve to have a winning team period.

Do you ever get tired of constantly bitching and whining? Seriously man, get some help

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#33 Rama Lama
April 15 2014, 08:42PM
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Okay........here is the deal well before the draft.

Oilers draft Sam Bennet. Leave him in the minors for a couple of years. People eventually forget about him. He grows to 6'2" and 210 lbs. He gets to be a better player, fighter, and team mate.

He comes out in his first year and scores 50 goals and we win the Stanely Cup........must be dreaming......oh god someone please help.

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#35 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
April 15 2014, 06:34PM
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Come on MacT.....pull a Burke here and trade Gagner (eat 1.5 million of his contract) and next years first to Florida for this years first overall and then pick Ekblad and a Center.

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#36 Spydyr
April 15 2014, 06:35PM
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The Oilers are so bad they cannot even lose right.

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#37 MacTastic
April 15 2014, 07:40PM
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THIRD PLACE IN THE DRAFT LOTTERY!!! THE MORAL VICTORIES CONTINUE IN THE OFFSEASON!!!!!!

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#38 Al77
April 15 2014, 07:50PM
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Butters wrote:

I might still be suffering from Steve Kelly syndrome, but picking LD worries me.

Come on man if you don't want to think about Steve Kelly,there's always Jason Bonsignor:)!

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#39 Chris
April 15 2014, 08:13PM
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@myGuess

We don't need more D prospects at this point. We're pretty thin at centre though, so why not keep the pick and take one?

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#40 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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#41 Jerry
April 15 2014, 06:23PM
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Beating Vancouver Edmonton lost the #1 pick

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#42 Al77
April 15 2014, 06:29PM
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So barring a trade say hello to Leon!

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#43 Stack Pad Save
April 15 2014, 06:45PM
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I am hoping for Ekblad

Oilers run a D corps of:

Ekblad - Nurse

Petry - Marincin

Klefbom - Schultz

Ference is the 7th D man

Oilers finish dead last and draft Conor McDavid...then win the cup 2 years from now....who's ready for another crapper of year to complete Tambelinni's master plan?

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#44 Drowning in Oil
April 15 2014, 06:57PM
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Wow, so if we didn't win against Vancouver, that 1st pick would have been ours. That is incredible for a team 8 years into a rebuild.

So glad Mc T gave Eakins a vote of confidence. Like he would admit he was wrong. After next year, we will see how solid that vote is.

Can't see how in Gods green earth, the Oilers will ever be able to put a team together that can match up with the Kings, Ducks, Sharks, Blackhawks, Blues, or Bruins in the league. It's fantastic that Hall is progressing at a steady pace but he will soon be alone on an island here in Edmonton. Eberle has stalled and RNH seems to have taken a step back.

It's going to be a very long summer and quite possibly an even longer 2014/15 season if things don't improve.

PS. how can anyone pay a mortgage payment to go to Rexall and watch the crap on the ice?

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#45 Spydyr
April 15 2014, 08:06PM
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Zarny wrote:

Couturier has never topped 40 pts; Phi would be sending more than just Couturier for Eberle who has a 76 pt season under his belt and 65 this year.

Yes because all that matters is points.The rest of what you bring to the ice means nothing.Playing good defence and battling mean nothing either.The Oilers have proved that the last eight years.

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#47 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
April 15 2014, 06:00PM
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Any chance we can sign Tambo to a 24 hour contract? The guy has an incredible record at the draft lottery!

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#48 Al77
April 15 2014, 06:23PM
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So bring on the if the Oilers just would of lost they would be 1st overall bitching !

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#49 Messiah
April 15 2014, 08:01PM
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Al77 wrote:

Calm down there guy don't have a heart attack when did I say he wouldn't grow but I'd rather a guy start from 210 then 180 in our division

Why would we want to start getting bigger now? Being small and skilled is working for us

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#50 RexHolez
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The artist formerly known as Harry wrote:

A 2C can be found through free agency or trade much much easier than a once in a generation type defenceman like Ekblad.

You want a 2C? Call up Philly and see what it would take to get Couturier. Or call up Colorado and see what they want for O'Rielly. I dont see them being able to afford Stastny and Orielly

Ekblad is a once in a generation d-man?

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