GDB 65.0: ANYONE FEEL A DRAFT?

Lowetide
March 09 2014 10:33AM

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The Los Angeles Kings roll into Edmonton tonight, in search of two points and a healthy roster at minute 60. The Oilers? Evaluating the recalls, making sure next year's goalie tandem doesn't spring a leak, and trying to straighten out the ghastly power play.

In February I looked at the lottery section of the  2014 Entry draft

  1. D Aaron Ekblad
  2. C Sam Reinhart
  3. C Sam Bennett
  4. C Leon Draisaitl
  5. L Michael Dal Colle
  6. L Jake Virtanen
  7. C Ivan Barbashev

It's time to add another name, we'll call him #8 on the list: RW David Pastrnak. Each year I look for a name (near springtime) to emerge from the Europeans and for 2014 I believe it's Pastrnak.

  • Craig Button: Pastrnak's ability to challenge defenders with his skating from both straight-ahead and darting positions makes him dangerous. He has very good hands and is always looking to create scoring opportunities.

If the season ended today, Edmonton would be drafting 2nd overall (I believe they'll pass the Islanders and the Panthers). I also believe they'll be happy with any of the top 4 names above, and that there's a slight chance Ekblad is not chosen #1 overall. It's a very interesting top of the draft board currently.

My bet for Oilers pick: Ekblad if they can make a move draft day, Draisaitl any other way.

TRADING SAMWISE

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After the trade deadline passed without a second or third-round selection coming to Edmonton, I think there's an increased chance we see Sam Gagner dealt for picks (or a pick and a player). Bruce Garrioch talks about NHL teams holding their high picks more dear at the deadline here. 

If the Oilers deal Gagner for a second and a third at the draft, I'm absolutely certain many Oiler fans will be up in arms. However, the Gagner money ($4.8M) may be better spent on a free-agent defender (possibly Brooks Orpik or Andrei Markov) or in trade for Braydon Coburn or Christian Ehrhoff.

Gagner for Ehrhoff works too, but the Oilers may have to offload the Gagner contract and then pursue a player with the cash in hand.

LINEUP

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Perron-RNH-Eberle
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Gazdic-Smyth-Jones

Ference-J.Schultz
Marincin-Petry
Fraser-Larsen

Scrivens

WESTCOTT KEL

I've lifted this from the last GDT, the two recalls won't play. Both men are on emergency recall, so we'll see how it rolls. Edmonton is down to three recalls available now (Larsen being the first) so at least three of the guys in OKC we thought we would see won't be here this season.

TONIGHT

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PREDICTION: Scrivens stops 50 and the Oilers win 2-1. Team takes Scrivens out for fries and a Coke after the game.

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Los Angeles will dominate entire shifts.

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS PREDICTION: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins breaks out of his slump with both goals—on the power play!


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#101 RexHolez
March 09 2014, 08:52PM
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Call me unimpressed with this team, this rebuild and this management. I guess accountability is only for players.

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#102 Rod from Viking
March 09 2014, 08:54PM
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RexHolez wrote:

Call me unimpressed with this team, this rebuild and this management. I guess accountability is only for players.

A select few players.

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#103 Jeffff
March 09 2014, 08:59PM
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Funny how fans are when Oilers win a game against non playoff teams, they get excited and think only a few more players. Well today Oilers faced a real playoff team that need to win. Why are the fans surprised at the results . 8 YEARS and still fans are fooled.

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#104 Rod from Viking
March 09 2014, 09:06PM
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Just listened to Eakins post game, does he think we are blind and dumb? He has never seen a mic he didn't like.

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#105 Spoils
March 09 2014, 09:08PM
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3 apples for Hemmer against the jets on Saturday, and he had the 3rd pass on one of the other goals. Nice to see.

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#106 Toro
March 09 2014, 09:27PM
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Wonder if Kevin Lowe still thinks half the league would swap rosters with us because I would be all over that!

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#107 vetinari
March 09 2014, 09:33PM
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Don't mind losing to a superior team, but really, the PP is still non-existent, we still give up 50 shots, and we still get badly out chanced on home ice. This isn't month two of the regular season, it's month six-- what the heck is Eakins doing with these guys to fix these problems? Doing more of the same isn't working. Where's the innovation and skills development? Where's the accountability? Where's the teaching and motivation? Even Eakin's interviews are just a rehash of what he's said before... try something new boys...

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#108 Oiler Al
March 09 2014, 09:35PM
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Rod from Viking wrote:

And Rockey Thompson for Bucky, bring up there play by play team as well and send the Sportsnet team down there on non-recallable waivers.

No kidding about the Sportsnet twins... three different times Quin referred to Quick as Scrivens. I can see one slip up but three?

I suggest that Principi, take over from Cherry when he retires.... two clowns.

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#109 Craig1981
March 09 2014, 09:38PM
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Wyatt wrote:

Who cares about size...? If you've been watching the oilers for the past 7 years you would know that statement is ludacris.

But early in the draft are you suggesting you take the biggest player not the best player. Would to Oil be better of if they switched out Hall for Ryan Johansen, RNH for Sean Couturier or Yak for Mikhail Grigorenko..... Serious question. I don't think so personally.

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#110 God
March 09 2014, 10:02PM
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I just watched the 1st period and I'm glad that's all. It was brutally obvious that LA was on a completely different level, a playoff level. The Oilers looked like an AHL team out there.

The Kings were organized and had amazing puck support. The Oilers always seemed to be way too stretched out and had little puck support. It's honestly not even fun to watch. Hall scored a great goal in the first but I don't expect much more than 30 seconds of brilliance from this team, night in night out. A few of the Kings goals were lucky, but eventually a couple trickle in when you get 50 shots in a game. The Oilers surrendered 50 shots to a team struggling to score! Ridiculous.

I hold no pride in saying that I was there, supporting the team, in the darkest of times. That's just foolish. Why would I chose to be unhappy every second night? There are more productive things to do. I'm happy to come back to the team when they show that they actually want our support. Until then, it's pure insanity to cheer for this team with unquestioned loyalty. People walk away from marriages for less.

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#111 Jordan1126
March 09 2014, 10:12PM
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I wish the oilers could take Scrivens attitude and effort and x it by 20!

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#112 Andrew
March 09 2014, 10:22PM
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Are you talking about Ryan Nothing-Hopkins? Ryan Nugent-Hopkins lost his nerve and left town. Another over-valued under-performing star-child.

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#113 risto siltanen's slapshot
March 09 2014, 10:50PM
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Andrew wrote:

Are you talking about Ryan Nothing-Hopkins? Ryan Nugent-Hopkins lost his nerve and left town. Another over-valued under-performing star-child.

the nuge is one of the soldiers.he does what the coach wants.we've turned a scorer into horcoff.we tried with cogliano and we're even trying with yakupov.sometimes it is the coach.can't wait to get a real one and see what the talent can do.until...

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#114 Al Low
March 09 2014, 11:30PM
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Rod from Viking wrote:

Just listened to Eakins post game, does he think we are blind and dumb? He has never seen a mic he didn't like.

The smugness of Eakins is such a turn off. I'd understand if the team was any good but he's an egomaniac for no reason. This guy loves to hear himself talk. I know the team's not good enough but I can't blame them for quiting on this blowhard.

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#115 john
March 10 2014, 12:15AM
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Forget about Ekblad, we need another good big center, winning games at end of last year cost us Monahan (Flames got him). Now there's no point to win games again that will cost us high draft pick in last 17 games. Stay competitive and score some goals but lose some games, win 5 and lose 12. With 62 points is good enough to pick 2nd or 3rd.

Taylor Hall is amazing but we should have picked Tyler Seguin (he is coming to his own now) and Landeskog at left wing the next year. Yukopov will turn into a natural scorer soon. Then we would have a good team now, RNH is too soft like the Sedin sisters.

That's what I think, props if you agree.

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#116 Andrew
March 10 2014, 01:24AM
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risto siltanen's slapshot wrote:

the nuge is one of the soldiers.he does what the coach wants.we've turned a scorer into horcoff.we tried with cogliano and we're even trying with yakupov.sometimes it is the coach.can't wait to get a real one and see what the talent can do.until...

WTF? Check your meds or stop drinking asap.

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#117 Anton
March 10 2014, 03:08AM
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john wrote:

Forget about Ekblad, we need another good big center, winning games at end of last year cost us Monahan (Flames got him). Now there's no point to win games again that will cost us high draft pick in last 17 games. Stay competitive and score some goals but lose some games, win 5 and lose 12. With 62 points is good enough to pick 2nd or 3rd.

Taylor Hall is amazing but we should have picked Tyler Seguin (he is coming to his own now) and Landeskog at left wing the next year. Yukopov will turn into a natural scorer soon. Then we would have a good team now, RNH is too soft like the Sedin sisters.

That's what I think, props if you agree.

No team that ever want to have successes should try to lose. You can have 10 years first overall pick in a row but still be a bad team without the mine set of winning.

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#118 admiralmark
March 10 2014, 10:31AM
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Sam Bennet is the player we want. Gagner for a bag of pucks and his $4.8 Million cap space back would be just fine. Arco is a better player then Gagner and I think everyone knows it. But Bennet or Reinhart will likely be better long term then Arco. As for Ekblad well I guess if he's there they will feel forced to take him.

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#119 Will
March 10 2014, 10:59AM
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admiralmark wrote:

Sam Bennet is the player we want. Gagner for a bag of pucks and his $4.8 Million cap space back would be just fine. Arco is a better player then Gagner and I think everyone knows it. But Bennet or Reinhart will likely be better long term then Arco. As for Ekblad well I guess if he's there they will feel forced to take him.

I also think we should grab a center. I would really like to see the team sign a stop gap UFA for some big dollars until our draft pick can take over as second line center in one or two years, right around the time Nurse makes the show.

Sam Gagner is not the solution to second line center.

Stasny, Downie, and maybe even Markov are the free agents I would like to see arrive here for next year.

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#120 Dash Riprock
March 10 2014, 01:07PM
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john wrote:

Forget about Ekblad, we need another good big center, winning games at end of last year cost us Monahan (Flames got him). Now there's no point to win games again that will cost us high draft pick in last 17 games. Stay competitive and score some goals but lose some games, win 5 and lose 12. With 62 points is good enough to pick 2nd or 3rd.

Taylor Hall is amazing but we should have picked Tyler Seguin (he is coming to his own now) and Landeskog at left wing the next year. Yukopov will turn into a natural scorer soon. Then we would have a good team now, RNH is too soft like the Sedin sisters.

That's what I think, props if you agree.

Seguin was already traded once, what do you think that says about his personality. If Edm drafted him and had to trade him after a few years because of attitude, everyone would have complained "how much research does management do before drafting?" They did their research and choose the best player and the best fit for the team.

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#121 Rdubb
March 12 2014, 07:00AM
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If, and I mean IF the Oilers pick 1st, than pick the d-man with size and character, but my guess, & odds say they won't so, if they pick 2nd, then instead of trading and moving up only 1 spot in the draft, Edmonton should pick on of the top C's, and from what I hear, I think that there are 2 or 3 in or near the top of draft. But, MacT must not just pick the best player @ the C position, he must pick the C with the most size & character, especially since there isn't a big difference between them...At this moment in time, I feel that the Oil need more size with good skill and character over good size & better skill & little or no character... As mentioned in the article, Edmonton can chase Markov in free agency or trade for Erhoff or someone of the sort...what gets my goat is that MacT could have easily had a character D-man in Hainsey (@ least I think it was Hainsey) @ very little cost as he sat @ home after the lockout. He was a leader for the NHLPA, & that showed character... What are your thoughts??? Peck

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