This is Kevin Prendergast. His draft regime (01-07) was solid but he has moved upstairs and now appears to be the “fifth face” in the “Mount Rushmore” that is the Oilers management team (the other four faces being Nichols, Laforge, Lowe and MacT).
It is extremely likely more than one face will be replaced when ownership changes and it’s impossible to gauge where KP stands unless you’re an insider.
I’m a big fan of KP’s draft work, the guy had the ear of the boss and delivered Hemsky, Gagner and a nice list of good players behind the two gifted bookends.
Having said that, Prendergast is the face of modern day hyperbole. Seriously. This guy must be a wonderful poker player as he seems to be able to make incredible statements without causing anyone to call bullshit. A few examples from his most recent media experience:
- “We don’t really have players to sell.”
- “teams aren’t going to offer us good players for bad players.”
- “There were nowhere near this many positives last year.”
- “We don’t see a whole lot of holes — outside of youth.”
- “They want our better players.”
- “They could go on a run. They could do almost anything.”
Sweet Jesus. Christ. I mean, come the hell on. When a man in (somewhat) charge of a bad hockey team says “we don’t see a lot of holes” you need to JUMP IN and even when he says youth you need to say something like “do you think this team needs a few more NHL players?” or something that makes sense. “We don’t really have players to sell” is also a beauty.
In one of the articles in the dailies, KP laid out a deadly quote. It rings in my ears and I will remember it a long, long time: “This is the result of starting over a couple of times.”
Sometimes in the middle of an article that goes nowhere lies a certain truth. Thank you, Mr. Prendergast, for saying it out loud.