Should the Edmonton Oilers have made a pitch for Zbynek Michalek?

Jonathan Willis
June 23 2012 01:33PM

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A pair of veteran defensemen switched teams yesterday. Former Oilers Lubomir Visnovsky was dealt from Anaheim to Long Island in exchange for a 2013 second round pick; a small price to pay for a top-four blueliner with a high level of offense.

Perhaps more interesting was the trade of Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Zbynek Michalek. In exchange for the big 29-year old, Phoenix dealt away an unimpressive package centered on a third-round pick and a pair of middling prospects. Should the Oilers have pushed for Michalek?

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Jason Gregor
June 23 2012 10:09AM


I'll be live blogging from the draft floor in Pittsburgh today.

The Oilers have an opportunity to add some depth to the organization today, and I expect them to add some players with a combination of size and skill.

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The Edmonton Oilers select Mitch Moroz 32nd overall at the NHL Draft

Jonathan Willis
June 23 2012 08:20AM

The Edmonton Oilers have made the 32nd overall selection this morning, drafting forward Mitch Moroz.

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The Five Top-Ranked Players Left At The 2012 NHL Draft

Jonathan Willis
June 23 2012 07:51AM

The first round of this year’s draft saw some surprising selections. At the very top, Nail Yakupov went first overall as the Oilers opted for the consensus best player, but there were reaches and slides sprinkled throughout. Filip Forsberg, ranked 2nd on the consensus list, fell to 11; Teuvo Teravainen was pegged as a top-10 talent and he slid to 18th.

Based on the consensus list, who are the five best players available in Round 2?

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June 23 2012 04:07AM

The 2012 NHL draft (so far) has been an absolute show stopper: wonderful script, top drawer acting, stunning plot twists and a range of emotions for the viewer. What's next?

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