The deeper we get into this year’s entry draft, the more exceptional the blue. It seems to me that it is completely possible to trade up into the mid-teens and acquire an outstanding prospect. It isn’t always this way–remember 2007?
The Oilers have traded up into the top 50 a few times over the last half dozen seasons.
- Feb 27, 2007: Oilers trade Ryan Smyth for Islanders 1st rd pick in 2007, Ryan O’Marra and Robert Nilsson. Pick ends up being 15th overall (D Alex Plante).
- June 26, 2010: Oilers trade C Riley Nash for 46th overall pick (D Martin Marincin).
- February 28, 2011: Oilers trade Dustin Penner to Los Angeles for D Colten Teubert and 19th overall (D Oscar Klefbom).
If the Oilers decide to draft Nail Yakupov and still want to get in on the flood of blue, there are some teams in the first round who might do business. We’ve already discussed Carolina at #8, but Washington has two picks (#11 and #16) so perhaps there’s an opportunity to trade there. Below, Boston’s management has implied moving up or down from #24 might be in the cards.
Let’s have some fun with this. Assuming NJD do the expected and take their punishment this draft, Edmonton’s 2nd rd pick will be #31.
- Question: what is a fair price to move up from #31 to #16? So, Edmonton trades the 31st overall pick and (your answer here) for #16 in this draft.
And let’s try not to make it personal, so I won’t suggest Ryan Jones if you don’t suggest Sam Gagner.
What’s fair? Paajarvi, Hartikainen, Peckham, Lander, what’s the answer? And since we started this post with the Animals, I’d like to end it with the Yardbirds.
Pronman on Ceci: Ceci is a very sound all-around defenseman who doesn’t have a standout skill other than his hockey sense, but he does everything else at a fine level which in the big picture makes for a very good defenseman. Ceci is an above-average skater who skates very well for a bigger player. He’s fluid, but not extremely fast but he really gets around in all directions well, activates efficiently off the point, and looks technically sound in his movements. Ceci is a plus thinker who sees the ice very well, can make good split second decisions, and is able to quarter back the power play.