Draft Day 2009

I’m an Oiler fan and that won’t change today, but it’s also true that some other NHL teams go about their business in a way that makes me appreciate them.

Boston is in the middle of a wonderful procurement run that goes back to signing Chara, and that added with some tremendous drafting has that franchise on the cusp of being a top 4 team in the fight for the Stanley.

Today we get word that the Bruins have offered young Phil Kessel to Toronto for Tomas Kaberle and the 7th overall pick. I don’t know if it’ll happen, but have to admit that’s a very creative idea and credit to the Bruins management team for coming up with it.

It’s aggressive, measured and could succeed. After many years of seeing articles about the Oilers trying to move up, or making that big trade to balance the roster, things like this Boston offer really stand out as innovative and inspired.

Credit too for Brian Burke, who has done everything possible to put his team front and center at this draft. It helps that he’s in Toronto now, but it’s also true that he’s been browbeating other GMs (confirmed yesterday by Atlanta GM Don Waddell) and has irons in the fire.

The Oilers? According to Kevin Lowe yesterday we’re gonna push for something but won’t give up too much. Close to the vest, wait to see what shakes loose. I understand the Heatley trade only gets done if Cogliano is a part of it and completely agree he’s a guy to keep, but it does seem to me that the Oilers through the Lowe era lacked a certain spark on draft day.

Always trying to move up but never getting it done, always coming home out of balance and on it went. Let’s hope for a new day, an aggressive yet measured approach, inspiring ideas that alter the roster and give it shape and clarity.

Starting today.

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