Step 1. Trade NHL player for draft pick.
Step 2. Draft 18 year old, hoping that one day they get good enough to make it to the NHL.
Step 3. Wait patiently, hoping that drafted player doesn’t elect to quit playing hockey, get a career ending injury, fail to develop as hoped, get hit by a falling piano when crossing a street, etc.
If the Oilers are VERY lucky, after 5 years or so they MIGHT have a player who is ALMOST as good as the player that they traded away.
Why keep players like Hendricks and Gordon when there’s such a foolproof plan in place?
Trade Hendricks and Gordon!! Not sure what his name is, but there’s gonna be a really good prospect at the top of the draft that we can tank for next year!!!
Great piece. If anything the team should think about going the other way and get rid of one more young gun in the core, and replace him with a legit vet.
Even given the fact guys like Nuge, Hall, and Ebs have a bit of experience at the NHL level now, the team is very soon going to have an incredibly green blue starting next year. Schultz, Nurse, Klefbom, and maybe even Marincin. That is not the type of blue that will be competitive.
But how will we get McDavid? These two jerks don’t know the plan! Why are they playing to the best of thier abilities?
We lost McDavid the second Eakins was fired. Dallas was a moron, an inept coach who was all talk and no game. That was obvious to a lot of us 20 games into last season. Coaching is a major factor in the NHL.
Completely agree with Gregor. Only in Edmonton would a 23 year old prospect who was rushed into the NHL due to managerial incompetence be considered a potential bust. Anton possesses high end leadership skills and a solid defensive acumen, he could be a legitimate 3rd line center in a year or two.
Trading Gordon or Hendricks would be pure lunacy. If MacT does he should be fired immediately.
what got us in this mess in the first place is trading away proving vets for magic beans and draft picks starting in 2009. history should prove to the oilers that you can not win with kids.you need leadership and hard work.
Add Colonel Klink to that duo and let’s make it a threesome!
Mac T do not trade MH, BG, or Klinkhammer……..we finally have a third/fourth line that is making a difference, so please leave these two lines alone.
Also, I like how Roy, Purcell, and Puliot are playing, leave them alone as well.
Just go get us a goaltender like Dubby ……..Okay?
Who did the Oilers get back from that Dubnyk trade again?
..hmmm, Matt Hendricks, what a deal!
It’s not the trade or the return that bothers me about the Dubnyk trade, it’s the due process.
Trade Dubby…get 2 backup goalies to shoulder a larger than heavy load due to porous defence that remains unaddressed…fire goalie coach…hire a new goalie coach that is inexperienced and has no experience at the NHL level…fire the head coach DEakins!
Why was a new goalie coach not decided upon earlier?
Why not fire the goalie coach and try a new coach with Dubnyk before getting rid of the player?
Better yet, why not fire the head coach AND goalie coach at the same time since the team was losing anyway, bring in new voices and try them with the players before giving up on them?
This organization’s management group has no idea how other teams are able to be successful because they keep re-inventing the wheel thinking they have a better wheel. Guess what??? Wheel’s broken fellas!!!
Now who’s turn is it to get fired?? And why is Nikitin still occupying a roster spot instead of developing someone in that role? Is this MacT being stubborn and failing to admit he made a bad move again? Honestly, who sees Nikitin as part of the team in a few years, why is playing him so important at this point, especially when he can’t stay healthy?
I agree, Nilotic should not be playing but they are paying him 4 mill so you can’t sit him I guess. In a perfect world you would sit him and let a young guy play and learn the game for next year. Get a head start for next season.
I wish the organization would treat the rest of this year as an extended training camp for next year.
Agreed, except the Dubby part!
Soooo, what does that leave us to trade? The golden core, I know you did not write that, but I shall infer…great idea
We may be able to get actual NHL players, if we were only willing to trade actual NHL players.
I do not buy that we are winning our way out of the lotto, pretty simple really.
If we have the lead with 5 minutes left in the game, all our coach has to do is double shift Schultz, Eberle, Nikki, and Yak, may be even Hall, he just doesn’t seem to care any more. I promise we will gas every game.
All of the above could become serviceable to great players, just not on this team, with the current mix.
More “tounge in cheek”, when referring to getting a goaltender like Dubby.
Trading for draft picks is now the new modus operandi……..for most teams in the NHL. I just don’t like the idea of starting all over again for the next season.
Note to Mac T …….just fix what needs fixing. Start with a legit second line centre ( Roy is fine, just sign him), top two defence man ( Petry is fine, just sign him long-term if you have the courage) and a real goaltender.
Let players compete for jobs and if they don’t make it let them develop in the minors. Open up spots in the minors and only play guys if they are in our long term plans……..get rid of all the overage suspects on the farm!
It’s simple for the most part.
These two guys and Andrew Ference were brought in to provide leadership and show the young guys what it means to be a pro, it finally looks like their has been some buy in as of late. Boyd Gordon will still be valuable at next years trade deadline.
Keep these guys and trade one of the wingers and a pick this summer for a top six forward or top 3 defenseman with the same intangibles.
Just because a guy doesn’t have many NHL miles on him doesn’t mean he doesn’t suffer from similar wear and tear.
He’s got almost 700 pro games under his belt and this really is the age guys start to decline.
Eric Belanger had a great year before coming to Edmonton and his game completely fell apart.
This is not to say it’s going to happen to Hendricks, but history suggests there’s a good chance.
I am not down with tanking or draft picks for solid nhlers and our current management/ownership but this Mcdavid kid is getting more attention than Crosby at that age. Dilemma indeed…
Why is it that everyone on this site, including the bloggers, just automatically assume that if the Oilers aquire another 1st round pick that they are guaranteed going to draft a player with it??? Once the Oilers trade for a pick, they can then turn around and trade it plus a player or another pick for a better player FYI. If someone offers a 1st round pick for Hendy or Gordon, you take it every day. It’s not like the team is winning with those guys anyway….
for a raw raw homer type of fan your email makes good sense.
Actually the are winning with these guys now….
I absolutely agree you don’t trade Boyd Gordon. I think he is the team’s MVP this year. And regardless of who the Oilers draft they need him next year in a big way.
I’m not quite as bullish on Matt Hendricks as Mr. Gregor. I don’t think he will magically slow down next season, but I think there is a legitimate concern he will naturally slow down.
34 y/o is 34 y/o. Most players see a drop in performance in their mid-30s. For some it’s @ 32 and others not till 38; but in a league where skating seems to get faster by the game I think it’s a genuine concern.
In general though I agree with the gist of the article. The time to trade proven NHL players for draft picks is over for the Oilers. If anything, it’s time to trade picks and prospects for proven NHL players.
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