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)

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#1 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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#2 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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#3 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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#4 Mike Krushelnyski
April 15 2014, 06:45PM
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Trade the pick for spezza

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#5 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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#6 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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#7 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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#8 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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#9 DrDave
April 15 2014, 07:04PM
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Here's my grand prediction:

Ottawa no longer has their 1st round pick due to the trade for Bobby Ryan and now that Spezza clearly wants out of town, the Sens will be looking for a replacement centre,

3rd overall pick + Gagner for Spezza and a pick or prospect..

Oilers then get a proven 6'3" 220lb center who can play on the 1st or 2nd line and he's only 30 (turns 31 this summer). Sens replace Spezza with Gags then draft Draisatl to be the future Spezza replacement.

I could be dreaming but I think this trade would work for both sides...

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#10 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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#11 Anton CP
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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#12 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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#13 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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#14 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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#15 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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#16 Spydyr
April 15 2014, 06:35PM
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The Oilers are so bad they cannot even lose right.

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#17 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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#18 4L×2
April 15 2014, 08:43PM
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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.

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#19 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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#20 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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#21 Zarny
April 15 2014, 06:54PM
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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.

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.

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#22 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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#23 Jerry
April 15 2014, 06:23PM
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Beating Vancouver Edmonton lost the #1 pick

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

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#25 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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#26 pelhem grenville
April 15 2014, 06:23PM
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...wow they shoulda tanked that last game afterall...

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#27 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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#28 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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#29 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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#30 Harry2
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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#31 Bucknuck
April 15 2014, 06:32PM
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Looks like Draisaitl or Ekblad will be an Oiler next year.

Sounds good to me.

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#32 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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#33 Harry2
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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#34 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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#35 The Crystal Ball
April 15 2014, 07:48PM
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Al77 wrote:

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

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.

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#36 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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#37 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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#38 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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#39 Naky
April 15 2014, 06:50PM
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@Stack Pad Save

Oh my god.

Ekblad NHL GP: 0 Nurse NHL GP: 0 Marincin NHL GP: 44 Petry NHL GP: 263 Klefbom NHL GP: 17 Schultz NHL GP: 122

And you want to put the most experienced guy as the 7th pairing guy. This is the recipe for McDavid, not for winning. If we go into next season with this...

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#40 Spydyr
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pelhem grenville wrote:

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!!!

The Flyers might trade Couturier straight up for Eberle.

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

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#42 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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#43 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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#44 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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#45 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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#46 madjam
April 15 2014, 06:37PM
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Sam , Sam he's our man , if he can't do it no one can . Booking Bennett .

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#47 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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#48 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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#49 pelhem grenville
April 15 2014, 08:43PM
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"...once in a generation d-man"

...they said that about Victor Hedman

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#50 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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