WORLD JUNIORS DAY ONE

The world Junior Championships hold sway in this country in a way that can’t possibly be justified by the actual prize at sake. No sir. The appeal of the WJ’s is the “lore” of the event and many of the significant moments in the tournament’s history have been provided by teenagers drafted by the Edmonton Oilers. What does this year’s tournament hold for us? Hold on!

OILERS’ PROSPECTS

William Lagesson had a strong game for Sweden today, playing solid defense, providing effective outlet passes and coming to the aid of a fallen teammate late in the contest. It’s important to remind ourselves this is the ultimate tournament of small sample sizes but Lagesson’s performance today is a nice item all the same.

NURSE!

Darnell Nurse is a big defenseman with a major league edge. I’d tell you the last one Edmonton drafted and developed but I honestly don’t remember. He’s a pleasant young man off the ice (from what we know) but when he puts on the uniform Nurse is a nasty piece of work. THAT’S why the Oilers drafted him.

I thought Nurse played well tonight, although he certainly has the rover in him. When he turns pro, the ramblin’ man will have to pick his spots to roam. At this level he can get out of position and recover in time. His size/speed combination is terrific, it’s a matter of being patient and developing those “calm feet” as a defender. He’s wildly talented and I think wants to be a bigger part of the action (Team Canada seemed to be using him sparingly—haven’t seen TOI).

THE RIDICULOUS EICHEL

Buddy’s a freak. He had several fine moments but I’ll pick this bit of ridiculousness for a highlight. He’s the consolation prize? Okay. The thing I noticed most about Eichel is how much the play flows through him. He’s an exciting player with an amazing future.

MCDAVID

I thought he showed flashes tonight but there were other Canadians driving the game. It’s important to remember he’s coming back from injury and this is a 19-year old tournament. 

God I love this tournament! More tomorrow.

  • Paq Twinn

    I’m getting the impression that Eichel is more of a Pat Kane type. Electrifying. While McDavid is more similar to Crosby. Complete. Both are fantastic players but bring different elements. I couldn’t possibly pick one without feeling like the other will burn me.

  • Serious Gord

    I get the sense that the buzz around the WJC isn’t as Intense as it has been in the past. Perhaps it’s that Rogers has been showng lots more NHL and hasn’t promoted the WJC as it is a TSN product. I guess the ratings will reveal the truth one way or the other.

  • PutzStew

    Here is my prediction. Arizona will be winning the McDavid sweepstakes and there is no chance what so ever, Edmonton even gets a wiff of McDavid, even if they do finish 30th.

    Thrash me but make sure you mark this down, The NHL is about making money and they need a McDavid in Arizona more then Edmonton to help bring in fans. Plus they have watched the clowns running Edmonton and an’t see how they would allow them to ruin another talented kid until they get their business back in order.

    Eichel is a whole different story but he could also put a shultz, do the college thing and walk out a free agent, which if I was being drafted by Edmonton, I would highly think about.

    • PutzStew

      You think a kid with Kane like talent, would play 3 more years of college; when he could go play 3 years at top rookie contract and be a restricted fee agent? Probably the dumbest comment I’ve ever seen.

      • PutzStew

        First off that wasn’t an option for Kane because he was playing in the OHL, so this might not be the best option.

        And second, that is just an option. Eichel could very politely say “I’m going to College” instead of playing for the Oilers. It is a bargaining chip he has, that could be used, to avoid playing for the Oilers. And yes I would have to think there are a few agents that would be somewhat concerned about their clients, especially higher end ones, playing for a team like the Oilers and may use options like college to get out of it, especially after after watching the stock of other top end draft picks, drop like the russian rubble, when draft to Edmonton. Not saying is gonna happen for sure but I wouldn’t be surprised.

        Now if you would like to talk about dumb, lets talk about the suckers that are paying for a billionaires, new arena or forking over thousands of hard earned dollars to the same said Billionaire for a very subpar product. Don’t even need to mention any names but just saying. Now tat would truly be dumb.

      • Serious Gord

        There was a very good goalie a long time ago who finished his degree even though the team that drafted him was anxious to get him on the team. So much so that the day he finished his final exams he was brought up and played. Barely a month later he won the cup for that team.

        So it is possible that eichel stays in school.

        • Serious Gord

          Ok, ASSUMING Oilers finish 30th, and Arizona wins the lottery, Oilers WILL draft Eichel, and he WILL play for them. You heard that here first as well. Oh wait. No, only about 99% of people would agree with this statement

          • PutzStew

            Never said it wouldn’t happen, just said I wouldn’t be surprised if it didn’t happen. My point is more that the NHL has more to win by Arizona winning the lottery and getting the generational talent that is McDavid then Edmonton so I don’t think there is anyway the NHL gifts Edmonton the first overall, even if they do finish 30th, which is were they are sitting right now.

      • PutzStew

        Possibly but returns on high end players aren’t what the use to be when Lindros played. I don’t think any team would give that away again. I’m interested in what you think they would get for either one?

  • Does Arizona have all the pieces that Mcdavid puts them over the top? One player does not make you an automatic winner.Sid only has one cup so far and Wayne never won another after he left here. this team needs to get going on its own or its back to square one Mcdavid or not

    • PutzStew

      You are correct but given the 2 lockouts, the arena mess in Edmonton and the really great record the the Oilers have held over the past 9 years, what makes you think this has anything to do with winning. It’s all about putting bums in the seats and money sir.

  • If Arizona only wanted a player to “build the game”, it would be Eichel, not McDavid. Kid is American and going to be a huge star in any market he plays in, but an American market… yikes.

    NHL or the NBA don’t fix drafts. Period.

    • PutzStew

      You might want to change that to ” the NHL or the NBA do not fix drafts, that you know of”

      With all the other things Bettman and Company have done to increase the profits of these league, why would they not use two money makers like McDavid and Eichel to boost attendance in weaker markets, especially one like Arizona were Bettman has done every everything he possibly could keep that organization afloat including sinking a bunch of NHL money into it.

      I think it is too big a opportunity for Bettman.

    • Serious Gord

      not so confident that the NHL and or the NBA haven’t fixed a draft. Both Ewing and Crosby went to the team their respective leagues wanted them to. And in the case of Ewing, the frozen envelope theory got so much play that they changed how they do the draw.

      • PutzStew

        Thanx for Weighing in Gord. I agree in both terms. a friend mentioned to me that he doesn’t think either top two pick will go to a Canadian team, because the NHL doesn’t have anything to benefit if they do. I think he might be right in that.

  • PutzStew

    So for those of you sure Edmonton will get Eichel, who goes then. Your will have Hall, RNH, Drisital, Yak, Eberle and Eichel on this team. Your defense and goal tending still suck, so what are you gonna do then?

    • Serious Gord

      Uhm, most likely to the least likely to be traded (in order is)
      Yak, Eberle, Schultz, Hall.

      Yak and Schultz will have to be packaged with a draft pick/current player(or prospect) in order to bring a valuable piece back.