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

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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#151 Ambassador humantorch
April 15 2014, 05:09PM
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That image of Daly is missing the

#hereComeTheOilers

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#152 Cody anderson
April 15 2014, 05:28PM
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Luckily this year the top 4 are all pretty close.

I would rank them in order I think they would help make the Oilers a better team.

Draisatl

Ekblad

Reinhart

Bennett

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#153 Numenius
April 15 2014, 07:20PM
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Lochenzo wrote:

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

In RNH's year (2011) Tambi only won the lottery by default. The Devils won and moved from 8 to 4, leaving Edm at 1.

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#154 pelhem grenville
April 15 2014, 08:25PM
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Spydyr wrote:

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

..."purchased [of] his free agency"

...what's that mean?

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#155 4L×2
April 15 2014, 09:33PM
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@719

I hope your right cuz id bet my paycheck they will draft draisaitl.

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#156 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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#157 Anton CP
April 15 2014, 05:04PM
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We are doing playoffs draft today, at least that is something on TV.

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#158 Cody anderson
April 15 2014, 06:43PM
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I would say if they want Ekblad this was the 2nd best outcome we could have hoped for.

Florida with 1st overall could very well go with Reinhart.

Then Buffalo would take Reinhart, leaving us our choice of the 2 me most coveted.

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#159 madjam
April 15 2014, 09:15PM
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We got 3rd overall , and I doubt they will trade it away , as we do not have another pick till the 4th round . C. Pronman has European Nylander rated NBR.1 overall . Could get interesting ?

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#160 rectal place
April 15 2014, 10:03PM
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pelhem grenville wrote:

...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

Yes?

http://www.whl.ca/roster/show/id/10729

http://www.hockeysfuture.com/prospects/leon-draisaitl/

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#161 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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#162 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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#163 Thumby
April 15 2014, 06:25PM
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So does Florida need centers more than D? Pretty sure Buffalo has enough D...

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#164 Wildcard
April 16 2014, 09:07PM
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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.

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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#165 Joel
April 15 2014, 05:36PM
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