Oh for crying out loud. In the days before the 2012 draft, the entire city of Edmonton was abuzz about the Oilers and what they might do with the first overall selection. The rumors included:
- The scouts wanted Ryan Murray.
- Stu MacGregor preferred trading down for Griffin Reinhart.
- Someone higher up (Katz? The newly hired Craig MacTavish?) wanted Nail Yakupov.
Now, this wasn’t intel gathered from inside sources, these rumors were floating around. I found out maybe two days before the draft that Mitch Moroz was second-round possible while golfing with three guys who worked in the food industry. Ryan Murray, so the story goes, thought the Oilers were taking him as late as draft day! It was a pretty loose spring.
You know Edmonton took Nail Yakupov, and then they traded for Griffin Reinhart four years later. Now comes this:
- Elliotte Friedman: Ryan Murray’s name is out there, but the GM (Jarmo Kekelainen) refused to discuss him specifically. Source
The Jackets are looking for “a sniper in the key moments” and the Oilers do have a 20-goal scorer (Jordan Eberle) so that’s a possible match (Centre of Attention commented on same in last night’s thread). Murray is $2.8 million for one more year, and a LHD. I don’t see it being a fit, what with Oscar Klefbom, Andrej Sekera (when healthy) and Darnell Nurse likely patrolling the left hand side for the next few seasons. If Murray is coming here, one of those men is probably leaving.
- RD Josh Manson, Anaheim Ducks. Rugged, effective defensively and young.
- RD Radko Gudas, Philadelphia Flyers. Effective, filthy.
- RD Travis Hamonic, NY Islanders. An ideal fit.
- RD Mark Pysyk, Florida Panthers. Performs very well in 5×5/60 SA.
- RD Alex Petrovic, Florida Panthers. Rugged D, good possession numbers.
- RD Justin Faulk, Carolina Hurricanes. Attractive puck mover.
- RD David Savard, Columbus. Woodmoney vs. Elite: DFF 51.8; DFF Rel 2.8! Impressive.
- RD Sami Vatanen, Anaheim Ducks. Mobile D with chaos.
- RD Jason Demers, Florida Panthers. Veteran D could be available.
- RD Kevin Shattenkirk FREE AGENT (80gp, 13-43-56). Too expensive.
- LD Kris Russell FREE AGENT. Likely to return.
- RD Matt Dumba, Minnesota Wild. Power play option, chaos in his game.
- LD Ryan Murray, Columbus Blue Jackets. Doesn’t seem a fit.
- RD Cody Franson FREE AGENT. His fancy stats: Out of the blue and into the black.
- RD Tyson Barrie, Colorado Avalanche. He had a poor year, but has talent.
- RD Chris Tanev, Vancouver Canucks. Shutdown D making big $.
- LD Brian Campbell FREE AGENT (80gp, 5-12-17). The man can still wheel.
- LD Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins. Played over 23 minutes a game this past season.
- RD Michael Stone FREE AGENT (64gp, 3-12-15). Last chance Texaco.
I got this list up to 23 a year ago, but didn’t list Adam Larsson. It’s interesting to compare the days before the 2012 draft, when rumors (that turned out to be correct) flew over beers on the golf course, to the weeks leading up to June 29. I might get this thing to 30, given time. At a guess, I’d suggest looking to Florida where Mark Pysyk, Alex Petrovic and Jason Demers are all reasonable options.
Over the last month or so, I’ve been on the receiving end of several emails, dm’s tweets and live verbal about my 2014 draft rankings. First, thanks for reading! My final Top 30 for 2014 is here and Leon is No. 3.
One of the things I can’t quite understand about some of the communication I’ve gotten is the lack of credit given to Draisaitl. There were questions about him on draft day (inconsistent play, especially later in shifts and some concern about his boots) but he has worked hard (and developed) into the player we see today. Also important to note that while he has ripped through the competition in the 2014 draft, there are still bells to answer about our man Leon. Can he drive his own line? Is this his outer marker? Anyway, thrilled for Leon but when I ranked him No. 3 (or Red Line ranked him No. 4) there was a lot of verbal suggesting this was a tight group at the top. Leon’s hard work has made a helluva difference in the time since, in my opinion.
DEBRINCAT VERSUS YAMAMOTO
I was asked yesterday about the Oilers in regard to selecting Kailer Yamamoto with their first round selection. For me, he’s absolutely worth a top 15 pick (I have him No. 11) and he is in the same range as I had Alex DeBrincat a year ago (No. 15). Now we knew NHL scouts faded DeBrincat in 2016 (Bob McKenzie had him No. 33) and Yamamoto isn’t on McKenzie’s latest Top 15 list (here).
My guess is that the Oilers have Yamamoto on their list, but there will be another they like more at No. 22. Edmonton could trade down and if he is available at that time, he could be the best player on their board. I would take him anywhere after No. 10 and I do think he’ll cover the bet.
Yamamoto and DeBrincat give us a chance to look inside draft war rooms for these teams. Size still matters, and increasingly speed is king. My numbers had both of these men knocking on the top 10 overall, something kept DeBrincat from going in the first round. Size? Speed? Perhaps we’ll find out on draft day.
CHIARELLI LIST 2017
- Find a second pairing D with two-way acumen. (Mark Pysyk)
- Find a forward who can help the offense. (Spencer Foo)
- Offload Benoit Pouliot. (buyout)
I very much doubt Edmonton is as quiet as these moves imply, but I’m beginning to think PC will be active at the 2018 trade deadline when it comes to adding. This summer may end up being about culling the cap, adding a RHD who can grow with the group and signing another Drake Caggiula.
Looks like we might know his destination in the next 24 hours and the rumors say Chicago. He is an interesting player and this represents (I hope) the Oilers shopping in bette European aisles. Real value is out there, Edmonton hasn’t been getting their fair share. Perhaps this young man represents a change in the weather.