Marty McSorley was in Edmonton this past weekend for the Face Off for Alzheimers Pro Am. He’s still a huge fan favourite, as he went first overall in the draft. I had a long chat with Marty at the draft about a variety of topics, and then he came on my radio show to discuss…
Up front, three forwards separated themselves from the pack in both their ability to out-shoot and out-chance the opposition; on the back end one defenceman is well clear of the pack in those same metrics.
Photo: Mark6mauno Jason Smith arrived in a trade from Toronto (a 2nd and a 4th) in 1999, his third team in three seasons. An under the radar transaction led to a perfect fit for player and team that culminated in the "C" and a long Stanley run. It was the best of times.
There’s a chance that the "top level" forwards will be gone by the time Stu MacGregor and the Edmonton Oilers step to the podium at the 2013 draft. If so, where do they go? Reach for a lesser forward? Pick a defenseman (like Darnell Nurse, in video)? Trade down?