Organizational need is a bad way to draft players

Jonathan Willis
May 22 2012 03:58PM

If the Edmonton Oilers decide to make organizational need the primary criteria at this year’s NHL Entry Draft, they would be making a mistake.

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Jason Gregor
May 22 2012 01:32PM

After coaching his team to 30th and 29th place finishes, some will argue that Tom Renney didn't deserve a chance to lead the Oilers into their "next phase" of the rebuild. There might be some merit to that, but I'm not in that camp. When Steve Tambellini talked about needing more "compete" from his team, I got the sense he was saying that Renney wasn't getting/demanding that from his team.

I've said for years the Oilers, especially some veterans, have convinced themselves they were competing hard enough, when in fact they weren't, but by electing to push Renney out the door, didn't Tambellini just give his players another escape route?

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Robin Brownlee
May 22 2012 10:38AM

One of my favorite songs is Then Came The Last Days of May by Blue Oyster Cult, not that I'd expect anybody under 40 to know that tune or the band, for that matter.

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Jason Gregor
May 21 2012 10:49PM

Scouting isn't an exact science. Every scout has stories of a player they loved who never panned out, or a guy they weren't high on who played 10 years in the Show. There are rare exceptions, Sidney Crosby, where every scout ranks him #1 and labels him "can't miss."

Those players are very, very rare, and no player in the 2012 is a lock to be the next Crosby, but this draft class has a lot of very good to great players, and as usual not everyone has them ranked in the same spot.

I caught up with Mark Edwards from and got his thoughts on a bunch of players, but we focused mainly on centres and D-men.

Hockeyprospect won't release their final rankings and complete draft guide until June, but Edwards chatted about who they liked, and why they recently ranked Alex Galchenyuk #1.

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May 21 2012 09:25AM

One of the major changes we're likely to see in Edmonton this fall is playing style. If the Oilers are seriously considering Brent Sutter (seen here in a rare moment of jocularity) as their next coach we can conclude management wants a change in direction: aggressive forecheck, dump and chase, a stern hand. Spare the rod and spoil the child.

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