PLAYOFF RAMBLINGS

Brian Sutherby
April 23 2014 08:15AM

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My take on the first week of playoffs, Cooke, Keith, Getzlaf, Sam Bennett and more

COOKE



Matt Cooke made another really bad decision. My guess is he gets 7-9 games. He’s done worse, but with his track record and the significant injury to Barrie, I expect he will get something fairly severe. I know some people want more but I doubt that happens.


Bryan Bickell’s knee on Vladimir Sabotka was almost as bad in my opinion but it was Bickell not Cooke.

I played with Tyson Barrie last season and he is one of the best young players I've ever played with. He will be a star one day. This could be a series changing loss for Colorado.

KEITH - BACKES

This whole "Wakey Wakey" Duncan Keith story is just ridiculous. Its hockey, it's in the heat of the moment, be thankful that's all you heard.

Besides, Keith got filled in the next game by Steve Ott for all his stick work and yapping in the series. It was a questionable hit, but if you are doing those things eventually someone will find you.

GETZLAF - ROUSSEL

The Ducks aren't happy with the Stars targeting Getzlaf's face knowing he has 52 stitches and a significant jaw injury. If it's the regular season I probably have a huge problem with it.

It's the playoffs now and you do everything you can to win. If you can affect the other team’s best player and it helps you win, you do it. 

While we’re on the topic, how about Ryan Getzlaf? He takes that puck in the face and comes back and dominates game two and didn't back down one bit when push came to shove in game 3. That's a leader and that's what the NHL playoffs are all about.

I've said it before, that if I'm starting a team he's my pick after Crosby at forward. After his Olympics, regular season and now gutsy playoff performance, I might even rethink that order.

ROBIDAS

It was crushing to see veteran Stephan Robidas break the same leg he broke earlier in the season in game 3. The guy is an absolute warrior and I think most in the hockey world wanted to see him have a deep playoff run and shot at the cup.

BAD CALL

I’m 0 for 1 already in my playoff bracket. I picked the Lightning to upset Montreal, just a stupid pick.

The late penalty call on the Bolts that allowed the game winner was just as stupid however. Take both players if you have to make a call at that stage of the hockey game. Either way Montreal was the better team, but the series may have gone one more game.

MACKINNON


Nathan MacKinnon is a phenomenal talent. When he was in Edmonton a few weeks back I was drooling over him. He hasn't stopped in the playoffs and I'm not surprised. His ability to stick handle and shoot while moving his legs at top speed is incredible. He will chase Crosby for scoring titles in a couple years.

SAM BENNETT

I still take Ekblad if he’s available at 3, but I heard Sam Bennett on Gregor yesterday talking about his game and you can tell he plays with an edge. I haven’t seen either play and have just heard others talk about their styles, but if it came down to Bennett or Draisitl for the Oilers, I'm starting to lean towards the kid with some jam.

He’s not small at 6’1 and if Draisaitl doesn’t play physical (he’s just big) maybe he’s not the best choice. They need some grit and more character that can play. Guys like Toews, Bergeron and Landeskog aren’t monsters but they are heavy enough and competitive enough to engage physically with the biggest centers around the league.

I’ve heard about Draisaitl all year in Edmonton but there is a reason Bennett is ranked higher. He's a year younger and put up 90 points to go along with 118 penalty minutes.

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#1 Oiler Al
April 23 2014, 08:29AM
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How dumb are the Oilers Brass.... bet a hundred bucks they would have taken Jones had they had the first pick in the McKinnon draft.

Watching playoffs.. some great tough hockey. Sorry to say, but Oilers would not last a period with some of these teams. Very sad situation, this rebuild as gone sideways bigtime.

Tampa, Dallas, Colorado, Columbus dont have the luxury of 7 year rebuilds, when they had half empty buildings prior to this year. The dumbie fans in Canadian cities keep showing up regardless.Maybe thats why there is only one Canadian team in the playoffs.

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#2 pelhem grenville
April 23 2014, 08:56AM
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...Sam...the kid with some jam...while there may not be a youtube video of Leon Draisaitl chasing down someone for a fight in junior I'm hoping the oilers are pretty good at left wing with #4 who shouldn't be fighting anyway cuz he really can't without getting hurt ... Sam needs not to fight even in junior AND clearly this team needs a player who is large and plays 2or3C! Jam comes with 4th liners IMHO.

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#3 Quicksilver ballet
April 23 2014, 09:43AM
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Oilers should move heaven and earth to land two of the top 4 or 5 kids in this draft. Perhaps this is the summer it all comes together after more than a couple failed attempts over the last 4 years. It's not as though a playoff spot is hanging in the balance next year anyways.

Bennett and Dal Colle, Bennett and Draisitl, Ekblad and Bennett. Keep them both here in the fall, and with Dallas Eakins running things, the Oil would challenge for next yrs top prize Connor McDavid. We'd need the Oilers to keep Dallas the whole season next year to accomplish this. Bringing in a new coach halfway through the season would certainly cost the Oil that lottery pick again. The Oilers could come out smelling like roses in time for the new building to open.

Another 12 months of suckage would actually be worth it, especially since the Oilers have been a box office success ever loss along the way. Katz sure doesn't seem to mind this current state, while he hides in Vancouver.

It would also conform to Ray Ferraros "It's going to get worse before it gets better" statement a couple weeks ago. Send the season ticket holders down the river without a paddle for one more year please.

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#4 pelhem grenville
April 23 2014, 08:38AM
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...to be fair there oiler al...oilers IS the only show in town...where else would fans of hockey go if they lived in Etown...Calgary?

Cooke needs a rest of the playoffs and 25-35 games into next season type suspension...

he's a very bad man...

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#5 Aitch
April 23 2014, 09:29AM
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I have no problem with that call late in the Habs-Bolts game. Sure, the refs might put their whistles away late in games, but that was a blatant trip. It was like the kid knew and dared the refs to call him on it. What would you send the other guy off for? Getting tripped?

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#6 Will
April 23 2014, 10:02AM
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Hey Brian,

I respect that Bennet could be a good fit, especially since he plays with an edge or a passion that has been lacking in the line up. And I understand that just because he's big, doesn't mean he won't be another Penner.

But given the conference the Oilers are in and the make up of the teams they see on a regular basis, do you think the Oilers need someone who plays with jam, or someone who is hard to knock off the puck more?

After seeing some Draisaitl his greatest strength looks to be that the puck stays on his stick until he passes. It's a bit like watching Nichuskin but at centre.

Again I respect that Bennet might be the better player, but the Oilers will not start winning until they get more balance in their top six, and Bennet will not do that.

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#7 Oiler Al
April 23 2014, 10:04AM
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Craig1981 wrote:

No, the Oiler's wouldn't of, but many fans at Oilers nation would of because "we don't need another small forward"

Unless it is really close take TBPA. I don't see a draft that the Oiler's obviously took the wrong player.

Rienhart, Bennett, or Ekland, I am happy with either one.

MY point really was that Colorado didnt play the let Jim Mckenzie make the pick for us.McKinnon is 3 years behind the Nuge. McKinnon in his third year will be playing at 200 lbs. plus. , something that cant be said for RNH. RNH needs to go to the gym all suummer long.

PS. Speaking of taking the wrong player.. time will tell, but at this point Landeskog is a much better player. He plays like a man and not a junior.

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#8 Arius Mumin
April 23 2014, 10:20AM
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Canadiens must have a mole employed with the NHL officiating.

Since the Olympic break, and the playoffs: Montreal has had way too many calls go in their favor, late in, and important games.

NHL officiating is a joke at best. No equal respect or standard for all teams.

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#9 Quicksilver ballet
April 23 2014, 10:03AM
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Ambassador humantorch wrote:

Why in the bluest of blue hells is Matt Cooke still allowed to play in the league?

Because he's willing to do whatever it takes to win, and teams desperately need players like him. Colorados top blueliner on the shelf accomplishes a few things. It throws a wrench into their 5v5, 5v4, every area of their game. One more layer of adversity that could make the difference.

Not seeing an Oiler suspended these last 5 yrs says they have nobody willing to do what it takes yet.

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#10 Sam
April 23 2014, 11:39AM
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Brian Sutherby wrote:

I'm not going to lose sleep either way at this point because I haven't seen either player enough to really know for certain.

I'm simply going off a few highlights, stats, "expert" opinions and a Bennett interview(paraphrasing)where he talked about being a two-way player, liking the physical side of the game almost getting carried away with it a bit at times and still putting up 90 points at 17.

You talk about balance, right now I see a forward group that when they have the puck on their stick they can protect it and create offense.

I don't see a team that goes through guys to get the puck, or can create offense off a forecheck because no one wants to engage physically.

So if your talking about balance, Draisaitl is taller by a couple inches but is he that different of a player than what they already have? I have no idea...but bringing in a different type of player and skill set is what creates balance.

http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=160174

Leon Draisaitl

Center -- shoots L Born Oct 27 1995 -- Cologne, Germany [18 yrs. ago] Height 6.01

So Leon Draisaitl is couple inches taller as you say so that makes him 5 '11

Gregor interviewed Sam Bennett he said he was 6 '1 therefore Leon must be 6 '3

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#11 Quicksilver ballet
April 23 2014, 10:17AM
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From the, I'm not a Doctor, but I do play one on TV, file.

We all know 17 yr old kids stop growing by that age. There's absolutely no possibility Sam Bennett may grow and inch or two during the next couple years.

Bennett could/will be most of 6'2 and 200lbs by the time he's 20.

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#12 Oiler Al
April 23 2014, 11:41AM
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Craig1981 wrote:

But the Oilers didn't have the option between Nuge and McKinnon. McKinnon is a talent that the Oilers could use, but they never had the option to get him.

RNH was not as good as Landeskog this year, but it also isn't clear 3 years into their career the Oilers should of taken Landeskog.

McKinnon might prove to be better than Yak, RNH, and even Hall.......I think its even likely, but its no fault of the Oilers, McKinnon's draft year wasn't on a year they picked 1st.

Sorry Craig, dont mean to go back and forth on this, but my original point was that Colorado didnt take the BPA,where the Oilers would have.

I was comparing NUGE to Landeskog. I know its all hindsight, but right now Landeskog looks like the more mature player. Not saying Nuge wont be there one day.Fair or not Landeskog beat Nuge on the Calder.

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#13 Oiler Al
April 23 2014, 11:50AM
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jeremy wrote:

Wow so you predict the future now, I love this hard on for Mackinnon as I stated before in another post you people realize that first Mackinnon is playing the wing right now - a much easier position to play. I would also point out that in RNH's rookie year his points per game is higher than Mackinnon's. If you got such a hard on for the avs then go hop back on the bandwagon. As well if you think Landeskog is a better pick because he "plays like a man" then you need to give your head a shake.

Jeremy, funny I did give my head a shake the other day and saw Colorado at the top of the league and Edmonton in the basement at 29th ..yet again.

PS. I have nothing against RNH, think he may turn out to be a good player, he just needs to grow a pair!.Landeskog is ahead in his development.

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#14 Derian Hatcher
April 23 2014, 12:13PM
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I am confident that the Oiler braintrust, Klowe, MacT, Howson, Magnificent B, and the host of pro and amateur scouts will do their homework, and pick the right player to fill the team need for years to come. I know it's not an exact science, but the right minds are on the job. They have proven they know waht they are doing and their history speaks for itself. Right?

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#15 Sorensenator
April 23 2014, 11:44AM
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Oiler Al wrote:

How dumb are the Oilers Brass.... bet a hundred bucks they would have taken Jones had they had the first pick in the McKinnon draft.

Watching playoffs.. some great tough hockey. Sorry to say, but Oilers would not last a period with some of these teams. Very sad situation, this rebuild as gone sideways bigtime.

Tampa, Dallas, Colorado, Columbus dont have the luxury of 7 year rebuilds, when they had half empty buildings prior to this year. The dumbie fans in Canadian cities keep showing up regardless.Maybe thats why there is only one Canadian team in the playoffs.

They probably would have picked Jones because they drafted forwards in the first round like 67 years in a row.

The Oilers have not had a #1 defenceman since Chris Pronger and Jones has the potential to be that guy.

MacT made the right decision by settling with Darnell Nurse.

And we are going onto year 5 of the rebuild. 7 years ago the Oilers were trying to puke things together to make a run at the playoffs again. Their record was 41-35-2-4. I pretty sure teams that finish above 500 are not in a rebuild stage. Yes players came and left but that happens on every team, every year.

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#16 Quicksilver ballet
April 23 2014, 01:49PM
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NJ wrote:

Sorry. Are you saying you don't want PK here? A guy who competes, boomer of a shot for our ailing PP and plays with the passion of draft year Yakupov?

*pokes eyes out with fork*

I'd give him 8 million for 7 years to sign here. Just sayin.

The guy the Montreal Canadiens are about to give up on, because they know giving him that contract is a huge mistake for a solid #2 guy, and far from the #1 guy needed here. The Oilers have many potential #2 guys playing on the team now. Why make a mistake like Subban and throw your whole salary structure out the window?

The Canadiens are willing to part ways with PK. That should say something to you.

Best not poke out both your eyes NJ, you may need one to watch the telly.

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#17 Jeffff
April 23 2014, 02:38PM
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Brian Sutherby thinks Bennett is 5'11 or Leon D is 6'3

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#18 Ambassador humantorch
April 23 2014, 09:44AM
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Why in the bluest of blue hells is Matt Cooke still allowed to play in the league?

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#19 Quicksilver ballet
April 23 2014, 09:55AM
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@Brian Sutherby

Remember when players would do anything to win, even during the 82 game pre-season?

I miss those days...

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#20 Oiler Al
April 23 2014, 10:08AM
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Aitch wrote:

Columbus? You can't rebuild something that was never built to begin with. They've been on a slow climb since joining the league... and they probably wouldn't have made the playoffs this season either if they hadn't moved out East.

Not every team needs a rebuild to get back in contention. Some teams suck just badly enough with some good players that they only need tweaks.

Take of your MacT glasses. Your saying that the Oilers are a better team than, Columbus,Dallas, Colorado and Tampa, who all happen to be in the play offs.

Dont tell me if the Oilers would have moved to the East they would be in the playoffs this year... not likely.

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#21 He Who Knows
April 23 2014, 10:25AM
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Nathan McKinnon is getting compared to Crosby...nice going Oilers for not even getting the tanking right. The dude who said they would have taken Jones is probably right too. Fools.

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#22 Quicksilver ballet
April 23 2014, 11:02AM
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madjam wrote:

J.Virtanen is the fastest going forward and also reverse . He has the hardest shot of group , and goes thru people (toppling them over) rather than trying to dipsy doodle around them all the time . He could end up being the best overall in a year or two .

Check that.

We may need that Flames (6th) pick as well. This way we get Bennett, Draisaitl and this Virtanen kid as well.

Fastest going forward AND in reverse, rolls over people. This kid is a virtual human automobile. He goes thru people as well, without using Jean Luck Pickards transporter.

Star trek meets car meets hockey player. So much for Oiler fan to be excited about this summer.

I want this Virtanen kid too please.

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#23 Sorensenator
April 23 2014, 12:15PM
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Pizzy wrote:

Anyone think there is any truth to this?

http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog/Eklund/Edmonton-Readying-Major-Offer-Calder-Finalists-NamedYour-pick/1/59611

Eklund RSS• Archive• CONTACT

From a source..." the Edmonton Oilers are putting together a major package for a big time top two defenseman on a team that is still playing in the NHL playoffs... This trade would include their first round selection, plus a major player and would return the defender and a first and second round pick." Stay tuned...

The fact that Eklund can only narrow it down to it's going to be a player on a team still in the playoffs makes me think he is making it up as usual.

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#24 DisappointedFan
April 23 2014, 12:19PM
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Derian Hatcher wrote:

I am confident that the Oiler braintrust, Klowe, MacT, Howson, Magnificent B, and the host of pro and amateur scouts will do their homework, and pick the right player to fill the team need for years to come. I know it's not an exact science, but the right minds are on the job. They have proven they know waht they are doing and their history speaks for itself. Right?

Just like when Katz picked Yakupov...right? The brain-trust was in on that one too.

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#25 madjam
April 23 2014, 12:53PM
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Pizzy wrote:

Anyone think there is any truth to this?

http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog/Eklund/Edmonton-Readying-Major-Offer-Calder-Finalists-NamedYour-pick/1/59611

Eklund RSS• Archive• CONTACT

From a source..." the Edmonton Oilers are putting together a major package for a big time top two defenseman on a team that is still playing in the NHL playoffs... This trade would include their first round selection, plus a major player and would return the defender and a first and second round pick." Stay tuned...

Sounds like P.K. Subban if Perron or Yak is involved .

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#26 Quicksilver ballet
April 23 2014, 01:05PM
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madjam wrote:

Sounds like P.K. Subban if Perron or Yak is involved .

The last superstar we got from Montreal (Souray) was thrown under the bus in record time by this management group.

Oilers would have to give him 8 mill a year to keep him here. Don't we have enough guys who struggle in their own end already?

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#27 DisappointedFan
April 23 2014, 09:26AM
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pelhem grenville wrote:

...Sam...the kid with some jam...while there may not be a youtube video of Leon Draisaitl chasing down someone for a fight in junior I'm hoping the oilers are pretty good at left wing with #4 who shouldn't be fighting anyway cuz he really can't without getting hurt ... Sam needs not to fight even in junior AND clearly this team needs a player who is large and plays 2or3C! Jam comes with 4th liners IMHO.

Well Bennett is a natural centre but plays whatever position he needs to play. I'd take a guy who can put up a ton of points while still playing on the edge any day. How many times do we complain on the nation about how none of the Oilers players play with any fight in their game, then you see a kid who goes out there and fights a guy or gets some PIMs because he likes to engage in the physical side of his game...then guys like you come out waving the red flags saying "whoa there boys we don't need physicality in our top 6"

The Oilers don't need a guy who is marginally bigger than Bennett, they need a guy who can step up his game and be that second line 2way gritty center who puts points on the score sheet.

Leon is going to turn out just like all those other players with size that don't use it in Edmonton, queue the Dustin Penner hatred reel. People complained through the teeth that Penner didn't try or play a physical game with his size...do you really think that Leon is going to use his size out there the way you expect him too? Not a chance bud.

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#28 Wintoon
April 23 2014, 09:30AM
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When we talk character and culture Bennett has to rank higher on the scale than Draisaitl. When we talk skill and talent, Reinhart has to rank higher than Bennett. While there are similarities in the style of play when comparing Reinhart and RNH, how can this be bad when they are both incredibly talented players.

Personally, I believe the Oilers have to take a centre with their #3 overall pick. We will have to trust to MacT to choose wisely from the assets available when the Oilers go to the podium in June. I only hope that the decision is (in this order) Reinhart, Bennett, Draisaitl based on who is still on the board.

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#29 916oiler
April 23 2014, 10:23AM
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Spydyr wrote:

One Sam in one Sam out works for me.If Ekblad is gone by their pick.

This.

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#30 jeremy
April 23 2014, 11:01AM
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@Oiler Al

Wow so you predict the future now, I love this hard on for Mackinnon as I stated before in another post you people realize that first Mackinnon is playing the wing right now - a much easier position to play. I would also point out that in RNH's rookie year his points per game is higher than Mackinnon's. If you got such a hard on for the avs then go hop back on the bandwagon. As well if you think Landeskog is a better pick because he "plays like a man" then you need to give your head a shake.

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#31 Wonger
April 23 2014, 11:16AM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

Check that.

We may need that Flames (6th) pick as well. This way we get Bennett, Draisaitl and this Virtanen kid as well.

Fastest going forward AND in reverse, rolls over people. This kid is a virtual human automobile. He goes thru people as well, without using Jean Luck Pickards transporter.

Star trek meets car meets hockey player. So much for Oiler fan to be excited about this summer.

I want this Virtanen kid too please.

I want ritchie!!!! NICK RITCHIE!!!!!

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#32 Shaun
April 23 2014, 04:10PM
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Draisaitl

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#33 HallFever
April 23 2014, 08:55AM
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I vote for Bennett over Draisaitl. I probably would take Ekblad over Bennett however it depends on the trade front on what is available (2nd line C vs Top Dman).

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#34 Aitch
April 23 2014, 09:34AM
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Oiler Al wrote:

How dumb are the Oilers Brass.... bet a hundred bucks they would have taken Jones had they had the first pick in the McKinnon draft.

Watching playoffs.. some great tough hockey. Sorry to say, but Oilers would not last a period with some of these teams. Very sad situation, this rebuild as gone sideways bigtime.

Tampa, Dallas, Colorado, Columbus dont have the luxury of 7 year rebuilds, when they had half empty buildings prior to this year. The dumbie fans in Canadian cities keep showing up regardless.Maybe thats why there is only one Canadian team in the playoffs.

Columbus? You can't rebuild something that was never built to begin with. They've been on a slow climb since joining the league... and they probably wouldn't have made the playoffs this season either if they hadn't moved out East.

Not every team needs a rebuild to get back in contention. Some teams suck just badly enough with some good players that they only need tweaks.

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#35 BIGDAWG
April 23 2014, 09:36AM
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WOW,

who to pick!! my head is spinning... Well its pretty clear that the Oilers Brass need to get this one right.... FLamers could have 2 solid Centers in year 2 of the rebuild.. ALREADY!!!!!Cross our fingers nation.. maybe even pray a lil........

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#36 Spydyr
April 23 2014, 12:27PM
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Derian Hatcher wrote:

I am confident that the Oiler braintrust, Klowe, MacT, Howson, Magnificent B, and the host of pro and amateur scouts will do their homework, and pick the right player to fill the team need for years to come. I know it's not an exact science, but the right minds are on the job. They have proven they know waht they are doing and their history speaks for itself. Right?

I would prefer they just followed Mackenzie's draft list than having "The braintrust" thinking they are the smartest people in the room and making another Plante type pick.

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#37 Time Travelling Sean
April 23 2014, 12:28PM
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To everyone saying Landie is better than Nuge at this point in their careers needs to look back at their respective scouting reports.

Landie was more NHL ready with a lower ceiling, Nuge had a sky high ceiling but needed to mature.

I guess that's what your seeing now, Landie probably won't get any better than he is now, whereas Nuge has the ability still to be a 90 point guy.

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#38 Wonger
April 23 2014, 01:22PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

Okay Wonger, hold your horses.

Who elses pick do we need to acquire to get this Nick Ritchie kid? Is he in that 10-15 range, or will he still be there when our 4th rounder rolls around?

Between you and I Wonger, we can rebuild this thing!

WCC -Wonger Central Scouting - rates Ritchie 6th but he could go anywhere from 5 (Brian Burke) to 10! By the way, Brian Sutherby would be an excellent choice for an assistant coaching position with the Oilers!

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#40 Spydyr
April 23 2014, 09:11AM
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One Sam in one Sam out works for me.If Ekblad is gone by their pick.

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#41 Joe
April 23 2014, 09:26AM
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Corey Pronman and Brock Otten( OHL Prospects) have Bennett as a better prospect than Sean Monahan.

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#42 Lofty
April 23 2014, 09:37AM
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Brian Sutherby wrote:

Jam doesn't mean fighting. It means character, the will to finish checks, win puck battles and be able to match up physically with similar players. The type of thing you need to win in the playoffs. You need that in your top 6 too. The guys I mentioned aren't fighters.

I put the clip as much for the hit on the forecheck as the fight. Don't see many top 6 Oiler forwards get in on a forecheck like that.

Perron needs someone else to run around and cause trouble with. I think if you have two "jammers" on the 2nd line it'll rub off on Yak. At that point that line could become what the Oilers need... menaces.

I think of it as the mindset of frat boys. They're all tough and cocky when there with the boys, but there nothing without them.

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#43 oilabroad
April 23 2014, 09:49AM
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You keep hearing over and over again that the oilers are not tough to play against, so adding a big soft Euro is likely not the answer to their problem. They need grit, sandpaper, call it whatever you want but they have to become a tougher team to play... Bennett is the only C in the top 4 to bring this element

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#44 Sam
April 23 2014, 10:04AM
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Will wrote:

Hey Brian,

I respect that Bennet could be a good fit, especially since he plays with an edge or a passion that has been lacking in the line up. And I understand that just because he's big, doesn't mean he won't be another Penner.

But given the conference the Oilers are in and the make up of the teams they see on a regular basis, do you think the Oilers need someone who plays with jam, or someone who is hard to knock off the puck more?

After seeing some Draisaitl his greatest strength looks to be that the puck stays on his stick until he passes. It's a bit like watching Nichuskin but at centre.

Again I respect that Bennet might be the better player, but the Oilers will not start winning until they get more balance in their top six, and Bennet will not do that.

Nichuskin is 6' 4 excellent skater. Draisaitl is 6' 1 and average skater.

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#45 jeremy
April 23 2014, 10:05AM
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@Oiler Al

Comments like this make me laugh especially the love in with the avs, you realize they have 4 top three picks on their roster right now right where the Oilers have 3. The one thing that the Avs have done better than the oilers is having impact players come out of round one with Stasny and O'Rielly, where the Oilers are currently beyond terrible.

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#46 madjam
April 23 2014, 10:43AM
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J.Virtanen is the fastest going forward and also reverse . He has the hardest shot of group , and goes thru people (toppling them over) rather than trying to dipsy doodle around them all the time . He could end up being the best overall in a year or two .

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#47 paulghar
April 23 2014, 10:54AM
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Eckblad Bennett Reinhart

On All lists rank between 1-3

Drasiatl ranked 4,4,4,6 right from oilers website. I'm not a genius or anything but you gotta take the guys that CSS, ISS, Redline, button and Mckenizie put out. Take BPA no doubt Draisatl shouldn't even be in the discussion, no other draft pick should be we pick 3rd not 4/5.

Any of those three will do and one has to be available.

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#48 pelhem grenville
April 23 2014, 11:21AM
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Brian S...yes jam is a term with many meanings as you have pointed to and the current oiler top six have little including getting in on the forecheck as you have pointed to as well...Hall is the best we got in the grit column top 6 wise...my concern is that Bennett is the same size as RNH and I think this team needs a larger 2C moving forward...

Draisaitl is going to be Penner 2.0 in the mind of one here but with the top six here being soft&gritless than most top six anywhere why not add a larger skilled play making puck possession centre to the mix...for this club a novel idea and may even get 64 motivated...

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#49 Pizzy
April 23 2014, 11:22AM
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Anyone think there is any truth to this?

http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog/Eklund/Edmonton-Readying-Major-Offer-Calder-Finalists-NamedYour-pick/1/59611

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From a source..." the Edmonton Oilers are putting together a major package for a big time top two defenseman on a team that is still playing in the NHL playoffs... This trade would include their first round selection, plus a major player and would return the defender and a first and second round pick." Stay tuned...

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#50 Will
April 23 2014, 11:23AM
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@Brian Sutherby

Thanks.

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