The Draft One Year Later (Part 2)

Lowetide
May 19 2011 05:00PM

If the Edmonton Oilers are going to be an impact team in this decade, the 2010 draft will serve as a foundation. Unlike previous seasons where the club lacked a 2nd and 3rd rd pick (2008) or went off the board in search of needs (2009), the 2010 draft combined three vital items: a strong scouting staff, an enormous opportunity and a quad-venti order of luck.  

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The Draft One Year Later (Part 1)

Lowetide
May 19 2011 07:21AM

The prevailing wisdom among followers of the NHL draft is that 5 years is the earliest possible point to pass judgement on a specific draft. While boring, it makes a lot of sense: 5 years gives college kids a chance to play all 4 years and junior kids can play 2 and then begin their pro careers. After five, everyone should have played at least one season in pro hockey. However, how long before a bad draft begins to smell? Not long. 

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NATION RADIO - MAY 15, 2011

NationRadio
May 19 2011 12:33AM

This is Brian Sutherby. 26th pick overall in the 2000 Entry Draft, a Silver medalist at the 2002 World Juniors and now 460 games deep in his NHL career. And today he makes his first appearance of a regular series over the summer on NationRadio.

Also on the show this week is James Mirtle, Terry Jones and Oliver Gabriel who has just been signed to a 3 year contract by the Blue Jackets.

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ARENA DISTRICT: FRAMEWORK IN PLACE

Robin Brownlee
May 18 2011 09:45PM

We're getting early indications, via Twitter from Edmonton council member Don Iveson, that council has voted 8-5 in favour of a motion "to approve a framework" for an arena deal. While this vote doesn't constitute a "done deal" by any stretch, it's a significant step in seeing the project move toward the day shovels go in the the ground.

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LONG ROAD TO CONFERENCE FINALS

Jason Gregor
May 18 2011 11:18AM

Watching the talent, skill, heart and grit on the Lighting, Bruins, Sharks and Canucks and it becomes even more clear that the Edmonton Oilers have a long way to go before contending for a conference title. I know the Oilers are in rebuild mode, but I hope their management staff has been keeping close tabs on the ingredients these four conference finalists have mixed together to be successful.

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