PRINCE ALBERT IN A CAN

Lowetide
July 06 2014 11:54PM

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The Edmonton Oilers drafted Leon Draisaitl from the Prince Albert Raiders at No. 3 overall in the 2014 draft. Draisaitl is the fifth Raider Edmonton has drafted, and the fourth taken in the first round. It is NOT an all-star cast.

THE PA CONNECTION....

What can I say? In the history of the Oilers, Prince Albert does not inspire good memories. Here's the list:

  1. Emanuel Viveiros, 106th overall in 1984—He played 29 games in the NHL, but never for the Oilers. Edmonton traded Viveiros, Marc Habscheid and Don Barber to Minnesota in exchange for Gord Sherven and Don Biggs on December 20, 1985. He was a ridiculous offensive defenseman at the junior level, and MacT keeps trying to grab a Viveiros when he hires Brad Hunt and Phil Larsen. 
  2. Kim Issel, 21st overall in 1986—He played 4 games in the NHL, and was traded by the Oilers in 1991 for Brad Aitken. Issel was a huge winger (6-4, 200), had some talent (played on a Mem Cup winner) but the Oilers had so much depth in those days it was tough for even the first rounders to make an impact on the major league roster
  3. Scott Allison, 17th overall in 1990—A big, physical winger taken in the days after Edmonton's final Stanley, he was a good junior player but never made it to the NHL. Played pro forever, retiring in 2005.
  4. Steve Kelly, 6th overall in 1995—The speed demon, and for Oilers purposes a little extra emphasis on demon. Kelly was chosen ahead of Shane Doan with chants of "DOAN! DOAN! DOAN!" reaching deaf ears. If we're making a list of wasted 6th overall selections, the Oilers did very well (Coffey, Smyth), and also drafted Sam Gagner, Steve Kelly and Boyd Devereaux.

...and now Leon Draisaitl. I think he'll pass this group by Christmas.

NAGELVOORT?????????

Zach (the Oilers have drafted only two Zach's, Stortini and this young man) was plucked from the University of Michigan, and the Oilers have enjoyed success there. Mike Comrie, David Oliver and Mighty Dwight Helminen all came via Michigan and played in the NHL. 

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ELSEWHERE....

  • Vernon Vipers: Liam Coughlin joins Kyle Bigos and Kellen Jones.
  • Omaha Lancers: Tyler Vesel joins Jason Platt
  • Val d'Or: Keven Bouchard joins Jonathan Fauteux and Mathieu Roy

OILER TOTALS, BY LEAGUE, SINCE 2008

  • WHL 15 picks out of 55 overall (27%)
  • SWEDEN 6 picks out of 55 overall (11%)
  • NCAA 6 picks out of 55 overall (11%)
  • QMJHL 5 picks out of 55 overall (9%)
  • BCJHL 5 picks out of 55 overall (9%)
  • USHL 1 pick out of 55 overall (2%)

The Oilers avoided the OHL (7 total, 2008+), Finland (4) and Russia (2) this time around.

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FINALLY....

Lots of talk about Edmonton not getting great value from this year's draft, but I think it's completely reasonable to include the value from the draft picks sent away.

  • 1st round: Leon Draisaitl
  • 2nd round: traded (with Magnus Paajarvi) for David Perron
  • 3rd round: Ben Scrivens
  • 4th round: William Lagesson & Zach Nagelvoort
  • 5th round: Liam Couglin
  • 6th round: Tyler Vesel
  • 7th round: Keven Bouchard

Chances are that the picks we'll be talking about 5 years from now are Draisaitl, Lagesson and Nagelvoort. Let's not forget the trades that brought in actual NHL talent.

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    #51 Spiel
    July 07 2014, 01:52PM
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    rickithebear wrote:

    Spiel: if we did not have Perron we would have to pay 6M for a top 40 Goal scorer.

    That may be true. But the cost of Perron was still more than a 2nd rounder.

    I would question whether that is money and assets well spent given the makeup of the Oilers roster. Cap crunch coming next year when Yakupov is due for a new contract. Oilers will likely have a pair of $4M per season wingers playing on the third line unless they trade one of Yakupov, Perron, Pouliot or Purcell.

    Don't you think those assets (MPS, 2nd rounder, $2.6M cap space) would have been better used to get a center or a d-man?

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    #52 Stack Pad Save
    July 07 2014, 02:15PM
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    @The Soup Fascist

    I like the idea of spotting in Hall, Perron and Pouliot in spot of Gazdic for key faceoffs and shifts either in the offensive zone, or defensive zone. Say Hall/Perron get the offensive zone starts on that line, Gazdic gets neutral zone starts and Pouliot gets the D-zone draws. But that would mean the coach is actually coaching and putting players in position to succeed. I am not convinced that Eakins has that ability yet. This is going to be a very interesting start to the season to see what players make the team, where they fall in the line up and how the coach uses them.

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    #53 Qwerty
    July 07 2014, 03:43PM
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    @Spiel

    I think paajarvi would of been a good fit on the team. I like Perron and think his edge is sorely needed on the team, but what are the odds of him staying after his contract is up and what will it cost to keep him? Paajarvi is a big body, fast 2 way winger. Probably better than Purcell and maybe Pouliot.

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    #54 The Soup Fascist
    July 07 2014, 06:20PM
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    Stack Pad Save wrote:

    I like the idea of spotting in Hall, Perron and Pouliot in spot of Gazdic for key faceoffs and shifts either in the offensive zone, or defensive zone. Say Hall/Perron get the offensive zone starts on that line, Gazdic gets neutral zone starts and Pouliot gets the D-zone draws. But that would mean the coach is actually coaching and putting players in position to succeed. I am not convinced that Eakins has that ability yet. This is going to be a very interesting start to the season to see what players make the team, where they fall in the line up and how the coach uses them.

    Valid point. Eaks could always call Bucky on the bat phone when "stragetization" is required.

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    #55 Dwayne Roloson 35
    July 07 2014, 08:14PM
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    Stack Pad Save wrote:

    I like your lines, except for Gazdic as a shutdown guy. I only like Gazdic playing 4-5 minutes a night, not in a shutdown role. The Oilers need to upgrade that slot if they want the 4th line to shut other top lines down.

    i agree at the moment but i do feel gazdic can improve on last year as hes still young. if things dont work out then we can try pitlick or joensuu. another matt hendricks would make that an awesome 4th line.

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    #56 BLAKPOO
    July 08 2014, 12:05AM
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    @Oilanderp wrote:

    We are in the Pacific Division and very very weak down the middle.

    Which of these Western Conference teams can we beat to make the playoffs?

    Anaheim (116), Colorado(112), San Jose (111), St. Louis (111), Chicago (107), Los Angeles (100), Minnesota (98), Dallas (91).

    Edmonton (67).

    I'm not trying to be a black cloud, but just be careful running headlong into that light you see in the tunnel. It very well could turn out to be a train!

    That's the point total of the team that started the year with Dubnyk, Acton, Grebeshkov and Eager.

    We're pretty far removed from that... Thankfully.

    I fully expect us to see an upgrade at centre before the season starts. Honestly, I'm not naive enough to expect a deep cup run, but we definitely have more than a handful of the pieces we were missing last year.

    Why not get excited?

    Beats being one of these eternally dissatisfied losers plugging up the boards with negativity.

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    #57 Stack Pad Save
    July 08 2014, 08:58AM
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    @Dwayne Roloson 35

    I agree, I would personally love to see the Oilers pick up another Matt Hendricks type. This way Pitlick is ready is can slot into the third line and up, hopefully.

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