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

baggedmilk
April 15 2014 04:34PM

BillDalyOilers

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

Today is your last chance to sign up for the Nation Charity Pool. We want to raise as much money for the Inner City Children's Program as possible, so I beg you to go to www.nationdrafts.com and sign up. It'll only cost you $10, so do what you have to do make it work. Go a day without buying a $15 coffee. Skip the latest Angry Birds update. Sell your kidney.  Lord knows we won't be buying Rexall beers anymore, this year. Whatever it takes - make it happen. Put your hockey knowledge to good use and support a great cause. And who knows, maybe your gypsy hockey predictions will land you one of our ultra sexy grand prizes

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#101 Anton (still waiting for playoffs)
April 15 2014, 06:35PM
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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.

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#102 Quicksilver ballet
April 15 2014, 07:01PM
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Chris wrote:

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.

Hey man, that stuff is true. Don't be foolin with forces we know so little about.

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#103 Lochenzo
April 15 2014, 07:01PM
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Butters wrote:

Howson is bad luck. Don't send him next year.

Tambi was 3-for-3. Wonder what he would charge to be GM on a per diem basis?

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#104 Bryant
April 15 2014, 07:02PM
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Why does everyone on here want ANOTHER winger????? Please Not Leon D. We need Ekblad or a center

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#105 Spydyr
April 15 2014, 08:04PM
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pelhem grenville wrote:

...K Spydyr so then Eberle isn't overpaid...

he's WAAAAY overpaid!!!

They paid Eberle on potential what he might do and if I remember correctly they purchased two years of his free agency.

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#106 The Crystal Ball
April 15 2014, 08:37PM
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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.

I agree with you about Bennett but we really need to stop with the giant talk. Everyone is talking like Draisaitl is Eric Lindros, he was listed on TSN as 6'1 203lbs, I get the Oilers need size but I think we are trying too hard to force someone into that role.

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#107 Joey
April 15 2014, 08:44PM
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Noah Hanifin is projected to be a better Dman than Seth Jones. Ekblad is behind both of them.

With Eakins in place and KLowe Oilers should get a realistic chance at Noah Hanifin

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#108 BC BOY
April 15 2014, 09:16PM
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Any pick in the top 4 in most drafts can be as good as a #1. It worked alright for Colorado. As good as ekblad looks there is no guarantee that he is going to be a #1 dman in the NHL. The NHL is a whole different beast for Dmen coming out of junoir.

Maybe its a good thing the Oilers get a Reinahart or Draisitl as either have a good chance of being a #1 center in the NHL or at least a very good #2.

Draisitl would add another element to the oilers top six as he brings heaviness and is amazing at protecting the puck. He has an underrated shot and is also a great passer.

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#109 Danoilerfanincalgary
April 15 2014, 09:45PM
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Ekblad reminds me of when Jovanowski was drafted and thats not bad but somehow I think we are overlooking Bennett. The guy I hear competes big time and is skilled to boot and he is a centerman. Gagners is good as gone anyways so why not. In Stu we trust.

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#110 pelhem grenville
April 15 2014, 06:24PM
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. . . THE CARD GIRL WAS CLEARLY OVERDRESSED!!!

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#111 boxman
April 15 2014, 06:58PM
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So the Oilers get Draisaitl, Ekblad or Reinhart…… Hell yeah!!!

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#112 pelhem grenville
April 15 2014, 07:07PM
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...K Spydyr so then Eberle isn't overpaid...

he's WAAAAY overpaid!!!

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#113 Thumby
April 15 2014, 07:56PM
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Al77 wrote:

Good point Gregor interviewed Bennett today and he said his weight was only 180lb

And we all know the heights & weights these players toss around are in their skates & with gear on...at least on the Oilers that is.

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#114 pelhem grenville
April 15 2014, 08:53PM
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...hold up Crystal

Draisaitl ain't Lindros...I might go as far as saying he could be better than the oilers current 2C ...I might say he's going to play 2C on the oilers in the fall if he gets picked...I won't say a Bennett will play or even a Reinhart will play...I see Leon as a close enough comparable like Nathan Mckinnon who will compliment a Taylor Hall and a RNH...a REAL 2C ...like a Couturier might be one day...nevertheless I can't see the Ekblad pick being done because this club needs a 2C now...

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#115 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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#116 pelhem grenville
April 15 2014, 06:42PM
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If MacT wanted to be BOLD this summer!!!

could he make Eakins happy by

TRADING JORDAN EBERLE

to the Flyers for

right winger

Jakub Voracek 6 ft 2 215 lbs 4.5/yr

and centre

Sean Couturier 6 ft 3 200lbs 1.75/yr ?

...if not does that mean Eberle's overpaid?

EDIT: Leon Draisaitl...another centre...we could make the playoffs next year!!!

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#117 Al77
April 15 2014, 07:29PM
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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

3/4 of an inch and 30 lbs!

Bennett does sound a lot like Perron...only better.....and a center.

It's going to be interesting.

Good point Gregor interviewed Bennett today and he said his weight was only 180lb

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#118 The artist formerly known as Harry
April 15 2014, 08:20PM
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Randaman wrote:

Bennett or Leon are both fine with me. I prefer Bennett but Leon is obviously a great choice too. We do not need Ekblad as much as #2C. Glad we won the last game to reduce managements chance of screwing it up again

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

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#119 pelhem grenville
April 15 2014, 08:21PM
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rectal place wrote:

Leon Draisaitl is a center

...that's confirmed? he IS a centre? so many are saying he's a winger and so you are going to give this forum the IN STONE version?

he's a CENTREMAN ??? one million thankyous

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#120 pelhem grenville
April 15 2014, 09:02PM
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Lyxdeslic wrote:

I don't remember anyone saying that. Plus why would you bash a 23 year old who just put up 55 points as a D-man?

...there's no bashing going on...in '09 hedman was touted as THE next best thing since Pronger to come along zzz...he went second to Tavares...so it's been five years he's hit 55points with 42 assists...5years...seth jones fell like a rock last year another once in a generation d-man ...just saying you wanna wait more for ANOTHER D-man? tell me

when's Nurse gonna be really ready ...

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#121 The artist formerly known as Harry
April 15 2014, 10:21PM
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pelhem grenville wrote:

"...once in a generation d-man"

...they said that about Victor Hedman

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

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#122 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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#123 Rust In Peace
April 15 2014, 04:55PM
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I want cereal. Damn you, lactose intolerance/Kevin Lowe.

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#124 kale
April 15 2014, 06:23PM
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That last game of the season may have had a lot more impact than we thought had we been sitting in Floridas spot...oh well

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#125 Quicksilver ballet
April 15 2014, 07:08PM
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Zarny wrote:

You can't assume the ball that was picked was one of the extra from Florida finishing 29th over 28th. It's possible but no way to prove it.

Realistically with Nurse, Klefbom, Marincin and other D prospects a 2C is a fine pick.

The right answer is to trade the pick.

There's zippo for the right side there Zarny. That's why he was so important.

You're right, might as well trade that pick for Ben Lovejoy. He's all world against the Oil. Perhaps he's all world in an Oiler jersey.

When you have a chance to get a guy with the pedigree of a Jeff Woywitka, you do it. Said the Oilers boss Kevin Lowe after the Comrie trade. He's the guy still making the decisions around here.

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#126 Al77
April 15 2014, 07:16PM
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vetinari wrote:

I'm not mad at the Oilers for winning Smyth's last game... I'm mad at the Panthers for not winning one more regular season game in April... c'mon... they lost to the Islanders AND to the Flames for pete's sakes.

Florida was the second worst team in the league remember how can they be expected or favoured to beat anyone just like our Oilers!

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#127 Quicksilver ballet
April 15 2014, 07:31PM
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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.

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#128 myGuess
April 15 2014, 08:05PM
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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.

The more realistic trade with the Isles is to trade 3rd straight up for Griffen Reinhart. GM Snow gets a bit of a break from his past bad deals by acquiring a higher draft pick for a prospect that was drafted in 2012 that Isle fans have no idea who he is.Isles already are stocked with future rearguards. Win win for both.

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#129 Sevenseven
April 15 2014, 08:21PM
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They should have left the city of champions as "Suck it Calgary" when it was "vandalized".

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#130 Zarny
April 15 2014, 09:48PM
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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.

That won't do it but that is exactly the kind of thinking MacT needs.

If it were possible you're likely looking at more like Nuge + 2014 3rd overall + 2015 1st overall and there is likely spare parts on both sides as well. If Hamonic was included the Oilers are likely sending a D prospect like Klefbom, Marincin, Simpson etc back.

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#131 Woogie63
April 15 2014, 09:55PM
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We need a centre.

6 Leon Draisaitl C 10/27/95 L 6.00.5 199 Prince Albert WHL 6 4NA

Draisaitl is only not much bigger than Gagner who is 5-11 204 lbs.

I get he is 18, but he is not going to be a huge man (Thorton, Getzlaf).

I would go with the higher skill center and add size on the wing.

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#132 michael
April 15 2014, 05:20PM
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If here is one thing we can d right it is win the Draft Lottery. People speaks of odds. I speak of heavenly intervention. God loves us. Let the pagans from Buffalo and Florida burn in their Hot Wings and Sunshine.

Our motto- "Winter never leaves, and damn it we like it that way".

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#133 Jason
April 15 2014, 05:39PM
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I would rank them for the Oilers

Ekblad

Draisatl

Reinhart

Bennett

Michael Dal Colle

Nikolaj Ehlers

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#134 Spydyr
April 15 2014, 06:36PM
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They still might get Ekblad .Florida might not take him first and Buffalo needs scoring more than defence.

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#135 GCW
April 15 2014, 07:05PM
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Bold move would be to trade RNH to the offence starved Coyotes for Ekman-Larsson.

Then draft a centre with the third pick.

Then go hard after Statsny and Grabovski in free agency. Oilers could offer Statsny $7M per. Could offer Grabovski Gagner money.

If both sign, great, if not they should be able to get one in an overpay. Then let the rookie and Arcobello fight it out for the second line centre spot. They could also go sheet Spezza if they couldn't sign a free agent to replace RNH.

Also could talk to New Jersey about Gagner for Henrique.

At least that way you have your top pairing defender for the next ten years. And there are more options to replace RNH.

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#136 Al77
April 15 2014, 08:07PM
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Messiah wrote:

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

Your preaching to the choir my man!

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#137 Tuningout
April 15 2014, 10:21PM
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Whoever they draft I hope that player spends another year in junior. Gain size and experience. Spread out the expensive contracts.

Whoever wants to trade the pick or Yakupov. Even if you trust MacT. Do you trust the pro scouts enough to make that trade ? I don't.

Do you trust MacT after his endorsement of Eakins and Schultz ? Apperently Schultz is the next Coffey and can write his own ticket. I'm not sure.

Why do I think the Oilers will screw all this up ? Evidence of the past is a good prediction of the future.

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#138 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
April 15 2014, 05:28PM
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More rum...

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#139 Reg Dunlop
April 15 2014, 06:14PM
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This could be the last chance we have at a 1st overall. You know the NHL will change the process for the McDavid draft; like only media markets larger than 5million will be eligible. At least we can be assured that this years 1st overall can't be a bigger bust than comrade Yak.

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#140 D
April 15 2014, 06:56PM
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Jordan Nugent-Hallkins wrote:

More rum...

But why is the rum gone?

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#141 voom04
April 15 2014, 07:17PM
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Picking third is the best thing that could happen, if ekblad falls to them more teams might step up to trade, if not they will pick between 2 of sam, sam or leon

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#142 jonny94
April 15 2014, 07:30PM
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Say FLA drafts Ekblad, and Buffalo drafts Bennett....

Do you take Reinhart or Draisaitl? Very possible Buffalo could want Bennett

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#143 backup bob
April 15 2014, 09:47PM
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Trade the pic for a quality player to help NOW.

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#144 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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#145 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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#146 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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#147 Ari Gold
April 15 2014, 05:10PM
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Boooo Draft Lottery!!! I can't believe we're here again.

Please turn this bloody franchise around!

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#148 Al77
April 15 2014, 08:05PM
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Thumby wrote:

And we all know the heights & weights these players toss around are in their skates & with gear on...at least on the Oilers that is.

The Oilers didn't weigh him as far as I know! Look we may or may not agree on who they should take but people need to stop putting words in other peoples mouths just because I'm not in love with another guy who is 6-6'1who ever you choose to believes measuring tape but Bennett himself said the 180 lb

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#149 james_dean
April 15 2014, 09:52PM
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Whatever you do mac dont trade down again

"I am more comfortable with the gm than I was when I hired him."

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#150 Starving Student
April 15 2014, 04:54PM
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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.

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