Is it worth cheering for Calgary?

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The Edmonton Oilers own the Pittsburgh Penguins first round pick in the upcoming NHL entry draft, 16th overall, but that pick could become #15 if the Calgary Flames defeat the Anaheim Ducks in the second round of the NHL playoffs.

Is moving up one spot in the draft worth cheering for the Flames?

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I’m not an Oilers fans due to my job, but I’m a proud Edmontonian and I grew up loathing Calgary sports teams, and while I don’t cheer for the Oilers, I still can’t stand any Calgary team. For me, moving up one slot in the draft would not be reward enough to root for a long-standing rival.

That is the emotional side of me, but the rational side decided to look at the history of the NHL draft and see if history suggests it would be a wise decision for Oilers fans to cheer against the Ducks.

Here are the 15th and 16th overall picks from the NHL entry draft dating back to 1979, the first year of the 21-team league.

1979

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# Team
P Drafted From GP G A PTS PIM
15 Boston Brad McCrimmon   D Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)  1222  81  322  403  1416 
16 Los Angeles  Jay Wells D Kingston Canadians (OHA) 1098 47 216 263 2359

Both were solid D-men, with McCrimmon bringing more offence while Wells was more physical. McCrimmon was a better overall defender, but both played 1000+ games.

1980

# Team
P Drafted From GP G A PTS PIM
15 Chicago Jerome Dupont  D Toronto Marlboros (OHA)  214  7    29  36 468
16 Minnesota  Brad Palmer L Victoria Cougars (WHL) 168 32 38 70 58

Neither had a long career. Dupont was tough as nails, while Palmer scored 22 goals his second season. He was much more skilled, but only lasted 2 1/2 years in the league. I’d give slight edge to Palmer.

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1981   

# Team
P Drafted From GP G A PTS PIM
15 Calgary  Al MacInnis  D Kitchener Rangers (OHL) 1416  340  934  1274  1501 
16 Philly Steve Smith D Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds (OHL)  18 0 1 1 15

MacInnis is in the Hall of Fame. This was the biggest gap of talent between the two picks during the past 37 drafts.

1982  

# Team
P Drafted From GP G A PTS PIM
15 NY Rangers  Chris Kontos L Toronto Marlboros (OHL ) 230 54 69 123 103
16 Buffalo Dave Andreychuk  L Oshawa Generals (OHL) 1639  640  698  1338  1125 

The Rangers missed out on drafting the 14th most prolific goal scorer in NHL history. Kontos had one excellent playoffs with the LA Kings in 1989, scoring nine goals in 11 games, which was more goals than he ever scored in one regular season. Andreychuk in a landslide.

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1983   

# Team
P Drafted From GP G A PTS PIM
15 Pittsburgh Bob Errey L Peterborough Petes (OHL)  895 170  212  382 1005 
16 NY Islanders  Gerald Diduck  D Lethbridge Broncos (WHL) 932  56 156 212 1612

Both players had solid NHL careers. Errey was a solid checker, while Diduck was a good stay-at-home defender. I’d call it even.

1984   

# Team
P Drafted From GP G A PTS PIM
15 Quebec Trevor Stienburg  R Guelph Platers (OHL) 71 12 161
16 Pittsburgh  Roger Belanger C Kingston Canadians (OHL)  44 3 5 8 32

I’d call it a draw, neither panned out.

1985

# Team
P Drafted From GP G A PTS PIM
15 Quebec David Latta L Kitchener Rangers (OHL) 36 4 8 12 4
16 Montreal  Tom Chorske  L Minneapolis Southwest H.S.  596  115  122  237  225 

Chorske won a Cup with the Devils and was a solid third/fourth line checker for parts of ten NHL seasons. Latta was a decent scorer in junior, but couldn’t score much in the AHL or NHL. Chorske wins.

1986

# Team
P Drafted From GP G A PTS PIM
15 Montreal  Mark Pederson  L Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)  169  35  50  85 77
16 Calgary George Pelawa F Bemidji H.S. 0 0 0 0 0

Pederson was a talented scorer. He had three 100-point seasons in the WHL, and then he tallied 176 points in 147 AHL games over two seasons, but he couldn’t stick in the NHL. **EDIT**Pelawa died in a tragic accident so impossible to compare.

1987

# Team
P Drafted From GP G A PTS PIM
15 Quebec Joe Sakic C Swift Current Broncos (WHL)  1378  625  1016  1641  614
16 Winnipeg  Bryan Marchment  D Belleville Bulls (OHL) 926 40 142 182 2307

An incredible pick for Quebec. Sakic is 9th all-time in points and 15th in goals. Bryan Marchment is one of the best #16 overall picks ever, but he was drafted after Sakic and loses this head-to-head matchup.

1988

# Team
P Drafted From GP G A PTS PIM
15 Washington Reggie Savage R Victoria Tigers (OMJHL)  34  12 28
16 NY Islanders  Kevin Chevaldayoff  D Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL ) 0 0 0 0 0

Cheveldayoff was a hard-nosed D-man for Brandon and in the AHL, but he never got a chance in the NHL. Savage was a fantastic scorer in junior, and basically a point-a-game player in the AHL, but he only played 33 NHL games. He was the better player, but neither team got much traction with their pick.

1989

# Team
P Drafted From GP G A PTS PIM
15 Edmonton  Jason Soules D Niagara Falls Thunder (OHL ) 0 0 0 0 0
16 Pittsburgh Jamie Heward  D Regina Pats (WHL) 394  38  86  124  221

Soules played 52 AHL games and quit after one season. You will notice a bad trend for the Oilers when it comes to 15th overall picks. Heward wins easily because he played almost 400 games. He had a cannon of a shot.

1990

# Team
P Drafted From GP G A PTS PIM
15 Hartford  Mark Greig R Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL)  125 13 27 40 90
16 Chicago Karl Dykhuis  D Hull Olympiques (QMJHL) 644  42  91  133  495 

I watched Greig in Lethbridge a lot as a junior player because my brother played on the team, and he had incredible hands, but he wasn’t the most competitive player. Dykhuis had a solid NHL career and wins this contest handily.

1991

# Team
P Drafted From GP G A PTS PIM
15 NY Rangers  Alexei Kovalev R Moscow Dynamo 1316  430  599  1029  1304 
16 Pittsburgh Markus Naslund  L MODO Hockey Ornskoldsvik  1117 395 474 869 736

Easily the best #15 and #16 draft duo in NHL history. Both had solid careers, played in Cup finals, the Olympics and more. When Kovalev decided to play he was the better player, but often he was an enigma. I’d call it a draw. Both picks were solid.

1992

# Team
P Drafted From GP G A PTS PIM
15 Philly Jason Bowen L Tri-City Americans (WHL)  77 2 6 8 109 
16 Boston  Dmitri Kvartalnov  R San Diego Gulls (IHL) 112  42  49  91 26

Kvartalnov was a much more skilled player. He had 72 points in 73 games as a 26-year-old rookie in 1993, but the next season he split time between the AHL and NHL. He returned to Europe the following year. Bowen was an odd selection by the Flyers. He wasn’t drafted at 18, and he only played 19 games when he was 19, but the Flyers still took him. He had scored total of 33 points in 121 games the previous two WHL seasons and they still drafted him. A win for the Bruins.

1993

# Team
P Drafted From GP G A PTS PIM
15 Winnipeg Mats Lindgren C Skelleftea AIK  387  54  74  128  146 
16 Edmonton  Nick Stajduhar  D London Knights (OHL)  2 0 0 0 4

The Oilers never drafted Lindgren, but he ended up playing more games for them than Stajduhar who was remembered more for getting punched outside of Barry T’s than he was for playing with the Oilers. An easy with for the 15th pick.

1994

# Team
P Drafted From GP G A PTS PIM
15 Washington  Alex Kharlamov  R CSKA Moscow 0 0 0 0 0
16 Toronto Eric Fichaud G Chicoutimi Sagueneens (QMJHL)  95 

Toronto traded Fichaud to New York for Benoit Hogue only ten months after the Leafs drafted him. He played 75 games for the Islanders during his first three seasons as a pro, debuting as a 20-year-old, but he never lived up to the hype. He was traded to the Oilers for Mike Watt in 1998, but only played in their farm system. He played in the NHL so a slight win for #16, but neither player made much of an impact.

1995

# Team
P Drafted From GP G A PTS PIM
15 Toronto  Jeff Ware D Oshawa Generals (OHL)  21 0 1 1 12
16 Buffalo Martin Biron  G Beauport Harfangs (QMJHL)  508 0 14 14 81

Leafs fans did not like these draft years. Fichaud and then Ware and neither played a game for the Leafs. An easy win for Biron who played in 500 games and had a solid NHL career.

1996

# Team
P Drafted From GP G A PTS PIM
15 Philly Dainius Zubrus  C Pembroke (COJHL)  1243 225 359 584 771
16 Tampa Bay  Mario Larocque  D Hull Olympiques (QMJHL)  5 0 0 0 16

Zubrus had a solid NHL career. I was surprised to see he played 1243 games, which is 87th all-time. A lopsided win for 15th overall.

1997

# Team
P Drafted From GP G A PTS PIM
15 Los Angeles  Matt Zultek  L Ottawa 67’s (OHL)  0 0 0 0 0
16 Chicago Ty Jones W Spokane Chiefs (WHL)  14 0 0 0 19

Zultek and Jones never panned out. This is an easy draw.

1998

# Team
P Drafted From GP G A PTS PIM
15 Ottawa Mathieu Chouinard  G Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL)  1 0 0 0 0
16 Montreal  Eric Chouinard C Quebec Remparts (QMJHL) 90 11 11 22 16

The Chouniards were not related. Eric was a prolific scorer in junior, but it didn’t translate to the NHL. Mathieu was drafted by the Senators in 1998, but they never signed him and he was drafted again, 45th overall, in 2000 by the Senators. I’m not making this up. They used two draft picks on him and he never played a game for the. Ouch. I’ll give it to the 16th pick because of the terribly awful drafting decision by the Senators.

1999

# Team
P Drafted From GP G A PTS PIM
15 Phoenix Scott Kelman  C Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)  0 0 0 0 0
16 Carolina  Dave Tanabe D U. of Wisconsin (WCHA) 449 30 84 114 245

Kelman was a big centre, but he didn’t put up huge numbers in junior. He was drafted solely for his size and it didn’t work. Tanabe had a solid career.

2000

# Team
P Drafted From GP G A PTS PIM
15 Buffalo Artem Kryukov  F Yaroslavl Torpedo  0 0 0 0 0
16 Montreal  Marcel Hossa L Portland Winter Hawks (WHL)  237 31 30 61 106

Marcel Hossa wasn’t as good as his brother, but he was much better than Artem Kryukov.

2001

# Team
P Drafted From GP G A PTS PIM
15 Carolina  Igor Knyazev  D Moscow Spartek  0 0 0 0 0
16 Vancouver  R.J. Umberger  L Ohio State University  740 178 203 381 297

A landslide victory for Umberger. He is still in the league, but his foot speed has become an issue.

2002

# Team
P Drafted From GP G A PTS PIM
15 Edmonton Jesse Niinimaki  C Ilves Tampere (SM-Liiga)  0 0 0 0 0
16 Ottawa Jakub Klepis C Portland Winter Hawks (WHL)  66 4 10 14 36

I don’t blame Niinimaki for being taken here. The Oilers made a major gaffe by selecting him at 15. He wasn’t rated in the top-100 by many, yet the Oilers felt they knew more than everyone else. Klepis only played 66 games, but the Oilers reach means you have to give it to #16.

2003

# Team
P Drafted From GP G A PTS PIM
15 NY Islanders Robert Nilsson  C Leksands IF (SEL)  252 37 81 118 90
16 San Jose Steve Bernier R Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL)  609 104 120 224 291

Another 15th pick that haunts Oilers fans. Edmonton never drafted Nilsson but they acquired him in the Ryan Smyth deal. He had excellent hands and great hair, but his motor didn’t rev high enough. Bernier carved out a solid career.

2004

# Team
P Drafted From GP G A PTS PIM
15 Nashville Alexander Radulov  R Tver (Russia) 154 47 55 102 74
16 NY Islanders Petteri Nokelainen R SaiPa Lappeenranta (SM-Liiga)  245 20 21 41 103

Radulov is clearly the better player, but he didn’t like North America, or the discipline needed off the ice,  and returned home to the KHL. I still give the 15th slot the nod, because he was a much better player in his short NHL career.

2005

# Team
P Drafted From GP G A PTS PIM
15 NY Islanders Ryan O’Marra  C Erie Otters (OHL)  33 1 6 7 17
16 Atlanta Alex Bourret R Lewiston MAINEiacs (QMJHL)  0 0 0 0 0

Another Oiler connection at #15. O’Marra was also part of the Smyth trade and he never found a comfort zone in the NHL. He was a better prospect than Bourret, but he couldn’t adjust to the NHL game. Draw.

2006

# Team
P Drafted From GP G A PTS PIM
15 Tampa Bay  Riku Helenius  G Ilves Tampere (SM-Liiga)  1 0 0 0 0
16 San Jose Ty Wishart D Prince George Cougars (WHL)  26 1 5 6 10

Just like the 2005 draft neither played long enough to make any sort of impact. I’d call it a draw again.

2007

# Team
P Drafted From GP G A PTS PIM
15 Edmonton  Alex Plante  D Calgary Hitman (WHL)  10 0 2 2 15
16 Minnesota Colton Gillies  L Saskatoon Blades (WHL)  154 6 12 18 72

Another nightmare at #15 for the Oilers. They reached on Plante and he was unable to live up to the unrealistic expectations of his draft slot. Concussions also derailed his career. Gillies was another big body from the WHL, but he too struggled in the NHL. Slight edge to 16, but not by much.

2008

# Team
P Drafted From GP G A PTS PIM
15 Ottawa  Erik Karlsson  D Frolunda Jrs (Sweden)  397 84 219 303 202
16 Boston Joe Colborne  C Camrose Kodiaks (AJHL)  160 19 43 62 83

Colbourne has emerged as a solid role player, but Karlsson is one of the best D-men in the league. A decisive win for #15.

2009

# Team
P Drafted From GP G A PTS PIM
15 Anaheim  Peter Holland  C Guelph Storm (OHL)  130 21 21 42 55
16 Minnesota  Nick Leddy D Eden Prairie H.S. 336 30 100 130 48

Like Colbourne, Holland has become a useful NHLer, but Leddy is a top pairing D-man. Easy win for #16.

2010

# Team
P Drafted From GP G A PTS PIM
15 Los Angeles  Derek Forbort  D U.S. National Development Team  0 0 0 0 0
16 St. Louis Vladamir Tarasenko  R Novosibirsk Sibir (KHL) 179 66 69 135 57

Could you imagine if the Kings had taken Tarasenko instead of Forbort. They’d likely still be in the playoffs. A great pick for the Blues.

2011

# Team
P Drafted From GP G A PTS PIM
15 NY Rangers J.T. Miller  C U.S. National Development Team  114 15 18 33 49
16 Buffalo Joel Armia  F Assat Pori (SM-Liiga) 1 0 0 0 0

Armia had more hype leading up to the draft, but the Rangers made the right selection taking Miller ahead of him. Miller is emerging as a key piece for the Rangers, while Armia was traded to the Jets in the Evander Kane trade and is trying to find his way. #15 all the way.

2012

# Team
P Drafted From GP G A PTS PIM
15 Ottawa  Cody Ceci  D Ottawa 67’s (OHL)  130 8 22 30 20
16 Washington  Tom Wilson  R Plymouth Whalers (OHL)  149 7 20 27 323

Ceci and Wilson are regulars in the NHL and both are effective. I think it is too early to say who becomes better. I’d call it a draw today.

2013

# Team
P Drafted From GP G A PTS PIM
15 NY Islanders  Ryan Pulock  D Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)  0 0 0 0 0
16 Buffalo Nikita Zadorov  D London Knights (OHL) 67 4 12 16 55

Again, too early to tell, but I was a huge fan of Pulock in junior. Zadorov has had some off-ice issues and was rushed to the NHL, while Pulock had a solid rookie pro season scoring 17 goals and 29 points as a D-man for the Islanders’ AHL team.

2014

# Team
P Drafted From GP G A PTS PIM
15 Detroit  Dylan Larkin  C U.S. National Under-18 Team  0 0 0 0 0
16 Columbus  Sonny Milano  L U.S. National Under-18 Team 0 0 0 0 0

Larkin and Milano are both good prospects. Larkin had a great WJC, but again it is too early to tell.

CONCLUSION…

I didn’t see enough of a trend to make it worthwhile cheering for the Flames just to move up one spot. The 15th spot did produce MacInnis, Sakic, Karlsson, Kovalev and Zubrus, while the 16th spot had Andreychuk, Tarasenko, Naslund, Leddy and Umberger.

Overall I see eight years where #15 turned out better, and 13 years where #16 turned out better. The rest were either draws or too soon to tell.

I realize this draft is completely different, and it is considered a very deep draft. In theory, drafting higher should give you a better player, but history shows us that isn’t the case in many situations ranging from the first overall pick to the last pick. It can vary from year-to-year.

I don’t think it is worth it for an Oilers fan to sell their soul and cheer for the Flames. Do you?

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  • ubermiguel

    NEVER!!!!!!!!

    I hate all the Canadian teams but I hate Calgary the most. I was even cheering for Vancouver.

    I said this once before on this site and I got roasted for it; but I would cheer for ISIS before I cheer for Calgary. Now of course lots of people got all sensitive about that comment and I do get it. My point was to make it clear that never in a million years would I cheer for the Flames.

    Just for the record I would also cheer for the rest of the worlds bad guys, i.e. Russia, Taliban, North Korea, Israel, KKK, Those Baltimore Rioters etc. before I cheer for the Flames.

  • ubermiguel

    I for one will not cheer for Calgary. Calgarians will likely prevent a much needed change in provincial government by voting PC. Therefore I want them to suffer the flames losing to Anaheim, just as I will likely suffer on election night when those weasels vote PC.

    • BobbyCanuck

      Yeah, I forgot about that angle. Your post has changed my mind. I hope Flames lose 4 straight

      But, before your post…

      My initial thought was more along the lines of…Battle of Alberta has had no meaning for the last 25 years.

      Flames are a fun team to watch, they don’t give up,they backcheck/forecheck, block shots, make hits, get out of this world goaltending on occasion, stick up for each other…attibutes our toddlers would do well to emulate.

      Lets hope our new GM/Coach can bring it out in them, otherwise years and years of wandering the desert, atleast we will have McMoses to follow

      I have watched more Flame games this year than Oilers, cause you know, I like to be entertained.

      I vote PC (Peter Chiarelli)

      Post#66 Rectal Place, thanks for making me spit coffee all over my keyboard! So I thought, lets carry this further with the mental molestation:

      Detroit – Dan Cleary
      Washington – Jason Chimera; Curtis Glencross
      Minnisota – Kyle Brodziak, Devon Dubnyk
      Ducks – Andrew Cogliano, Mark Fisteric

      Washington and Minni have never won the cup, but the molestation of Dubnyk went above and beyond the call of molestation duty

      So guess I’ll be cheering for the Wild

  • D

    I was (originally) cheering for the Flames hoping that their success would act as another kick in the Oilers’ former “management” group. But with everything that has gone down in E-Town since April 18th, I want Anaheim to take out the Flames in four straight.

    • Serious Gord

      One wonders if cgy making the playoffs DID help tip Katz over the edge to let Nicholson clean house. Maybe there were a whole bunch of straws (nine years worth?) that combined broke the camels back and cgy making the playoffs was one.

        • The poster formerly known as Koolaid drinker #33

          I think the name Serious Gord has become synonymous to negative Nelly. I don’t even think people read his comments any more. They just go ahead and trash it. I haven’t read any of his comments in a while. It’s hard listening to a song that only has one note.

      • Zarny

        I doubt it.

        He brought in Nicholson for a reason and before Calgary ever made the playoffs.

        Nicholson was going to make changes regardless. I suspect the Oilers cash flow going into the ditch was a far bigger factor for change than jealousy.

  • D

    Gregor, it’s okay to be an Oilers fan even as media. The Calgary and Toronto media members sure as hell don’t stay neutral when it comes to the teams in their cities.

  • Darth Oiler

    15 calgary drafts Lawson Crouse and he scores 11 career goals 16. Edmonton Drafts Oliver Kylington and he turns into the next Nicklas Lidström.

    EVERYTHING IS COMING UP MILLHOUSE um I mean OILERS!!!

  • Dwayne Roloson 35

    I’m “cheering” (i’m not actually cheering but i’m hoping they have success) for Calgary because they’re a hard working Canadian team. I’d love to see the cup back in Alberta.

    Not gonna pretend to hate a team that has done nothing to make me hate them yet.

    I also wont hate them because they set up a business years ago in a good hockey market that happens to be in the same province.

  • Darth Oiler

    The amount of Oiler related draft busts at #15 is crazy. I’ll stick with the #16 pick which comes with the side benefit of the Flames flaming out in this round.

  • Chelios is a Dinosaur

    This is an appalling post, Jason Gregor.

    The answer is a simple and unequivocal “never”.

    Here’s some fancy stats, OK? There are three outcomes at the end of the year: 1,0,-1.

    1: The Oilers win the Stanley Cup;
    -1: The Flames win the Stanley Cup;
    0: Neither the Flames nor the Oilers win the Stanley Cup

  • good question. its not so much a matter of cheering for calgary but more so of not caring if they win. calgary could very well take out anaheim, and the consolation prize for edmontonians is moving up a spot in the draft and calgary dropping to the end of the first round. just have to rely on chicago or minnesota to end it.

  • Good grief people. Having a rooting interest for another team doesn’t question your fandom, particularly if they aren’t even playing one another.

    Edmonton is so caught up in Calgary hate (the converse is also true but without the inferiority complex) that people can’t just enjoy the ride?

    What I want more than anything is for both teams to be good. For both teams to be relevant again. Nothing would make me happier than the Flames having some success and then having their hopes dashed by the Oilers. That would be far better than bitching and moaning about Calgary having some success in the playoffs.

    Cheer for them or don’t cheer for them. I think the thought of having two strong Alberta teams is awesome and I look forward to the day we are both relevant again.

  • Oilfaninvan

    Oil fan since they entered pro hockey. Lived in Cowgary for 12 years and never cheered for them during the regular season. Live in Vancouver for 13 years and never cheered for the ‘Nucks during the regular season. Having said that, when I have no choice I go for 1) the Cdn team (except Habs) 2) the underdog, 3) a team that winning by will and not talent (e.g. Oil in 2006) and 4) I don’t like the Ducks. Easy decision. I am also cheering for the Wild – go Devan D! There is life after the Oilers you Vezina finalist you.

  • I remember as a kid in the 80’s cheering for the Soviets to beat the Flames….

    That of course was also during the cold war and threw my grandfather for a loop!!

    Wouldn’t change my mind as a kid, and even more stubborn as I get older….

    Forever A.B.C

  • I can’t believe the immaturity of some of the posters on here.

    Jason, you usually are level headed and mature when it comes to most things. When it comes to Calgary, well, really?

    I am born and raised in Edmonton. I have lived in Edmonton longer than you simply because I am older than you but I will still cheer the Flames. Oilers vs. Flames? I cheer Edmonton. Edmonton out? I cheer flames.

    This goes beyond rivalries this immature disdain for anything Calgary. Isn’t another name for that prejudice?

    • BobbyCanuck

      And the oilers would do better?

      Please. Don’t flatter yourself. The oilers did not draft, develop, or scout the 4 first overall picks that fell into your lap as a present for being terrible.

      You won a goddamn ping pong lottery.

      Last I checked, TEAMS, win cups.

  • TKB2677

    I was pulling for the Jets but unfortunately, they couldn’t do it. I don’t wish the Flames would lose but I am not cheering for them either.

    The only thing I do like about the Flames winning is it spits in the face of all those Advanced Stats guys. I am on other sites where I get into debates with Advanced Stats believer and to a man all they say is “it’s luck and they will fall back”. Of course their ammunition is the Avs but the Avs had a brutal defense that road the back of their goalie that had a once in a career year. As soon as he played is usual decent goaltending, not lights out, they fell off. So I’m sure if the Flames have any sort of “slip back” even minor, they will be ALL “see, I told you so”.

  • TKB2677

    Yes but, let’s think of how the flames would be…imagine them adding a useful player like Jankowski to their lineup, vs. a plugger later in the draft. I say give the Alberta team (closest to a homer pick) their dues – we wanted our Oilers to play that way, and then when the Flames fall vs. Chi/Min their pick is later – thereby making them slightly less good in the future.

  • Johnnydapunk

    As for me personally cheering for the Flames for a better draft position, I’m not too fussed about 15-16 pick so either is fine with me, I would still think that either one would be good trade bait.

    I’m going into watching the playoffs in the same manner I used to go into most NHL seasons when I lived in London, I was always an Oiler fan, but when it came to watching games, I only could see some on the weekend since they were on at silly o’clock for me. I learnt to watch hockey as a fan of the sport and ended up going to and watching a lot of Eurpoean elite league stuff, went to see games in the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Germany and Finland, and was nice to watch the games as a neutral. It also made the world championships super exciting as it was a rare chance for me to see NHLers. There was the lockout in 2005 which I wasn’t too upset about as again loads of NHL players were in Europe as a result.

    I’m now happiest of all the series’ go to 7 games and there are a few teams I would be happy to see raise the cup, like the Wild, Habs or even the Caps but whatever happens, I’m fine with as it’s also brilliant knowing that the Oil have the 1st pick and hopefully it’s McDavid. That’s made everything better.

    And anyone know what the word is on the compensation pick for hiring Chiarelli ? I’ve read they have the option to take it or not, and the real winner is still Chiarelli as he apparently gets his Boston contract still paid out and gets a salary from the Oil. Not a bad deal at all.

  • The Last Big Bear

    @Gregor

    Pederson was a talented scorer. He had three 100-point seasons in the WHL, and then he tallied 176 points in 147 AHL games over two seasons, but he couldn’t stick in the NHL. At least he played in the NHL, unlike Pelawa.

    To be fair, though, Pederson wasn’t left in a ditch to die at age 18, after being hit and killed by a drunk driver while changing a car tire.

    Unlike Pelawa.

    Puts a bit of a damper on the ol’ NHL career.

    Edit: I see this has been mentioned.

  • yawto

    15 – 16 .. matters not , Oilers will use this pick or pkg to upgrade the back end.

    Aside from that.. pulling for Flames. Did so in the last series only because Vancouver is probably the last team I would root for in the NHL.

    Also like what Flames brought to the party this season and playoffs with limited talent in tow and missing a Norris candidate in the playoffs. If the Oilers played this hard they would be in the play offs still [ even with Sive in net ]

    Will pull for Flames against the Ducks. Here’s hoping Fergland leaves a few notches on Kessler and Perry,Calgary will not beat the Ducks.

    Rangers vs Hawks in Cup final.