SPOILER ALERT!

Lowetide
June 26 2014 10:56PM

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It's the night before Christmas, and we're all on pins and needles about the NHL Entry draft. WHAT is going to happen? I don't want to spoil the party, but there are some things worth considering.

BOB MCKENZIE.

If Bob McKenzie picks a player to go No. 1 overall, they stay No. 1 overall.

2010

2011

2012

2013

This year?

Aaron Ekblad.

ALSO....

The Oilers may draft an Oil King. It's possible. Although everyone believes Edmonton has drafted Martin Gernat, David Musil and Kristians Pelss from the OK, the only two players drafted off the junior roster have been Mitchell Moroz and Travis Ewanyk.

The four Oil Kings everyone is talking about are:

  • LW Brett Pollock—breakout season, could go early 2nd round.
  • D Dysin Mayo—Mobile D took a step forward in the second half of the year
  • D Aaron Irving—Smart two-way defender.
  • L Edgars Kulda—A strong season and a dream postseason.

The others we may be talking about Saturday:

  • L Mads Eller—Hard working checker without a lot of offense.
  • L Brandon Baddock—Big body, raw tools
  • D Ashton Sautner—Two-way defender exploded offensively this year.

I THINK THEY'LL TAKE A GOALIE....

If the Oilers grab that big center at No. 3 overall, don't be surprised to see them invest a pick or two in a goaltender. I have no idea who it might be, but Jordan Papirny impressed the heck out of me this spring. There are a few goalies I've read about and like -- Zachary Nagelvoort, Ville Husso and Ilya Sorokin -- but who knows if they're any good? That's for the scouts to suss out.

And tomorrow it begins. Christmas in June, and then trades and free agency to be followed by all the beer I can drink on July 1st.

It's the most wonderful time of the year!

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#51 Yaz
June 27 2014, 10:47AM
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madjam wrote:

Point taken . However , did Reinhart not get 34-35n points in the playoffs basically against P.A. and a strong Calgary club . Then did he not get pretty limited in their third opponent ? Reinhart still a top contender as is Draisaitl , Bennett and likely first overall Ekblad .

Sorry I meant Griffin( I think) Reinhart the D -man for the Oil Kings. Sam did not play PA in the playoffs but sure lit up his opponents..Lets face it they are all a lot better than we have now, I am just fussed that Calgary will get the better player out of dumb luck vs skill on their part, Monahan and Bennett would drive us nuts for years.

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#52 Jeff Lebowski
June 27 2014, 10:52AM
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Jordan Nugent-Hallkins wrote:

Sweet Jesus, don't say that.

Ekblad if he's there - possible franchise defender. Nurse/Ekblad as your first D pairing? Have fun getting over that blue line, Calgary.

Ze German if Eks is not - big center that wins battles on the boards, protects the puck, and breaks up the cycle. We need this yesterday.

Bennett if all else fails, just stay the hell away from Reinhart.

Oh, and Calgary sucks.

Whomever the coilers pick, he should walk on stage take that rag of a jersey and throw it on the middle of the the coilers draft table (front row - as usual). As a tribute to you fans.

You thought by now, at the very least, the coil would be dancing around Calgary and their old, no talent, no prospect excuse for a team. You had the three first overalls and the sublime talent.

Calgary does everything better, works harder, uncovered legit players in the the lower rounds, you guys? David Musil, Slowest, heaviest feet like his old man-2nd rounder?

And now they already zoomed past you (Beat you on your own ice 1-8. 8 unanswered). After 1 year (compared to your 7 year head start).

That's the thing that hurts you greasy mullets the most. At the very least you had Calgary over a barrel.

Nope.

EDM sucks. That's a fact.

Don't believe me? Ask KLowe, he knows a thing or two about a thing or two...

-Please bring on the Stanley Cup comebacks. The funniest thing is that you believe that is the legacy of your putrid excuse of a franchise. Your real legacy is (recent anyways) is oil tankers. And being no good. At anything.

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#53 Quicksilver ballet
June 27 2014, 11:13AM
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^^^Man, that would be one of my finest efforts if I was doing the whole drama queen thing again.^^^

Can't say we aren't due this type of criticism after 8 years.

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#54 Casey
June 27 2014, 11:17AM
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I really do hope we draft Jordan Pypriny. He is very underrated and could be a late round gem.

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#55 Wombat
June 27 2014, 11:23AM
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@Jeff Lebowski

I think most oiler fans hate the team more then you flamers. Unfortunately we can't fire KLowe. All we can do is throw jerseys, put up billboards, signs, bumper stickers.... And I remain hopeful people will stop going to the games

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#56 nuge2nail
June 27 2014, 11:37AM
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Zarny wrote:

Haha...trade Yak for the 1st overall lol.

Think more painful...like Eberle + 3 to get Ekblad.

I wouldn't do it but that is the rumor.

Oiler Domination To Follow

Worst rumour on the net. I wouldn't trade Eberle straight up for the number 1 pick.

Who comes up with this crap...

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#57 Ed in Edmonton
June 27 2014, 12:05PM
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Jeff Lebowski wrote:

Whomever the coilers pick, he should walk on stage take that rag of a jersey and throw it on the middle of the the coilers draft table (front row - as usual). As a tribute to you fans.

You thought by now, at the very least, the coil would be dancing around Calgary and their old, no talent, no prospect excuse for a team. You had the three first overalls and the sublime talent.

Calgary does everything better, works harder, uncovered legit players in the the lower rounds, you guys? David Musil, Slowest, heaviest feet like his old man-2nd rounder?

And now they already zoomed past you (Beat you on your own ice 1-8. 8 unanswered). After 1 year (compared to your 7 year head start).

That's the thing that hurts you greasy mullets the most. At the very least you had Calgary over a barrel.

Nope.

EDM sucks. That's a fact.

Don't believe me? Ask KLowe, he knows a thing or two about a thing or two...

-Please bring on the Stanley Cup comebacks. The funniest thing is that you believe that is the legacy of your putrid excuse of a franchise. Your real legacy is (recent anyways) is oil tankers. And being no good. At anything.

The Oilers are very good at selling tickets.

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#58 madjam
June 27 2014, 12:14PM
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It's started ! Vanc. deals Kesler to Anaheim for one of their first round picks , a third rounder and C-Bonino and D-- Sbisa . If it's Anaheims 10th pick then whom might they take at 10 spot ?

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#59 madjam
June 27 2014, 12:22PM
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Sounds like Vanc. got the 24th pick and not Anaheim's 10th as per Canuck site . Win for Anaheim if that's the case . Should free up a Canuck defenceman for trade later on today I suspect with Sbisa on board . Perhaps MacT. can pounce like Tigger on this opening /opportunity ?

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#60 BingBong
June 27 2014, 12:28PM
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Coyotes thinking of buying out Ribeiro. Another 2nd line vet center option for MacT.

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#61 pelhem grenville
June 27 2014, 12:43PM
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madjam wrote:

Sounds like Vanc. got the 24th pick and not Anaheim's 10th as per Canuck site . Win for Anaheim if that's the case . Should free up a Canuck defenceman for trade later on today I suspect with Sbisa on board . Perhaps MacT. can pounce like Tigger on this opening /opportunity ?

nice work ...just you and the globe&mail have this up... http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/hockey/vancouver-canucks-trade-ryan-kesler-to-anaheim/article19369772/

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#62 pelhem grenville
June 27 2014, 12:47PM
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...finally the canucks say they have acquired Bonino and Sbisa

http://canucks.nhl.com/

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#63 pkam
June 27 2014, 12:59PM
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madjam wrote:

Sounds like Vanc. got the 24th pick and not Anaheim's 10th as per Canuck site . Win for Anaheim if that's the case . Should free up a Canuck defenceman for trade later on today I suspect with Sbisa on board . Perhaps MacT. can pounce like Tigger on this opening /opportunity ?

You're right, it is the 24th pick, and the two teams will swap their 3rd rounder so it is even more favorable for the Ducks.

But honestly, what can the Canucks do? Kesler only gave them 2 teams to work with and the Hawks didn't seem to be too interested. And Canucks management knows well that there is zero chance Kesler will re-sign with them when the current contract expires in a year, they just have to get whatever Ducks are willing to give them. Kesler's value is not going to get any higher.

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