June 28 2014 12:17PM
The Oilers didn't have a 2nd or 3rd round pick due to the David Perron and Ben Scrivens trades. The trades look like this.
The Oilers dealt Magnus Paajarvi and Ivan Barbashev (33rd pick) for David Perron.
The Oilers traded their 3rd round pick, 63rd overall to Los Angeles for Ben Scrivens. The Kings then dealt the pick to Columbus as part of the Marian Gaborik deal. Columbus then traded the pick to Detroit for the 76th pick and a 3rd rounder in 2015 and the Red Wings selected Dominic Turgeon (son of Pierre) from the Portland Winterhawks.
June 27 2014 01:09PM
In 1991, the New Jersey Devils selected Scott Niedermayer 3rd overall. He is one of the best #3 picks in history along with Denis Savard, Pat Lafontaine and Henrik Sedin, and Jonathan Toews should be in the conversation when his career is over.
I've said for months I didn't expect the Oilers to trade up or down, and I suspect they will use their pick tonight.
But how good will their pick be? It is impossible to say, but here is a history of the #3 pick, as well as all the top-four picks over the past 35 seasons.
June 25 2014 08:51AM
The Oilers signed Nikita Nikitin to a two-year deal worth $4.5 million/year. Will the price tag is a little high, but the Oilers aren't in a cap crunch and it was worth it to sign him for a bit more money for only two years. This will allow the Oilers to develop Martin Marincin, Oscar Klefbom and Darnell Nurse slowly rather than rush their development.
June 24 2014 01:03PM
I have no idea who made that chart, but it would be awesome if anyone came close to scoring 140 points in an NHL season. Maybe a supreme optimist made that chart, but regardless of what this chart was supposed to track most of us love looking at charts. They can give us a look into the past, present and often they try to project the future. The latter is extremely difficult, but this Friday, all 30 NHL teams will do their best to project which draft eligible players will become NHL players in the future.
It isn't easy, in fact it is extremely difficult, especially once you get past the first round. Last week, I posted an article about the Columbus Blue Jackets and their draft pick value chart. Scott Howson was the GM in Columbus in 2009 when they came up with their chart, so I wanted to know if the Oilers have a similar chart.
June 23 2014 01:20PM
I love this time of year. The rumour mill will be overflowing leading up to the draft, trades will happen, free agents will be courted and the Nation will be filled with various opinions and debates.
Here are some of the story lines I will be following....