DRAFT THOUGHTS AT 1AM

Lowetide
June 29 2014 01:01AM

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The Edmonton Oilers entered the weekend with one lottery pick and 5 lottery tickets, and that's exactly what happened.

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THE WAY I SEE IT

Robin Brownlee
June 28 2014 04:23PM

Draisaitl

The good news is Leon Draisaitl brings the combination of size and skill the Edmonton Oilers have been lacking down the middle in their mix of top-six forwards for several seasons.

The bad news, unless GM Craig MacTavish gets something done on the free agent or trade front to acquire a pivot with the stature and skill to bring the same dimensions Draisaitl does, is the big German from the Prince Albert Raiders might be pressed into that role when the 2014-15 season begins.

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Day two at the draft and UFAs...

Jason Gregor
June 28 2014 12:17PM

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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.

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With the 3rd pick overall the Edmonton Oilers select Leon Draisaitl

Nation World HQ
June 27 2014 08:16PM

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*** Day 2 UPDATE: The Oilers have selected Goaltender Zachary Nagelvoort (111th), Forward Liam Coughlin (130th), Forward Tyler Vesel (153rd), and Goaltender Keven Bouchard (183rd). More to follow

Let's get this online draft party started early. You know Wanye and the boys at the Nation Draft Party are firing it up at the PINT right now, why can't we? 

If you don't want to deal with Nationwide fans in the other Liveblog, we will update this Oilersnation only thread with the latest picks and when breaking news rolls in. The Oilers took Leon Draisaitl with the 3rd pick read more on him here

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2014 NHL Entry Draft - Nations Round 1 Liveblog

Nation World HQ
June 27 2014 05:35PM

Pick # Team Player
1 FLA  Ekblad
2 BUF  Reinhart
3 EDM  Draisaitl
4 CGY  Bennett
5 NYI  Dal Colle
6 VAN  Virtanen
7 CAR  Fleury
8 TOR  Nylander
9 WPG  Ehlers
10 ANA  Ritchie
11 NSH  Fiala
12 PHX  Perlini
13 WSH  Vrana
14 DAL  Honka
15 DET  Larkin
16 CBJ  Milano
17 PHI  Sanheim
18 MIN  Tuch
19 TBL  DeAngelo
20 CHI  Schmaltz
21 STL  Fabbri
22 PIT  Kapenan
23 COL  Bleackley
24 VAN  McCann
25 BOS  Pastrnak
26 MTL  Scherbak
27 SJS  Goldobin
28 NYI  Ho-Sang
29 LAK  Kempe
30 NJD Quenneville


Welcome to the Nations liveblog! We'll be updating things here all night long as the action unfolds. Trades, picks, speculation and punditry will be the order of the day. 

the draft is Christmas in June for most hockey fans. Especially the Nations collective since every single Nations club has a pick inside the top-10. Edmonton (3), Calgary (4), Vancouver (6), Toronto (8) and Winnipeg (9) will all come away with high-end prospects this evening. Unless a GM goes off board or trades the pick for some immediate help. Don't say it can't happen. We all know Dave Nonis is dying to flip Kadri and 8th so they can pick Nick Ritchie...

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