Steve Tambellini finally got into the news cycle this week (Gilbert Brule has been a google star since the U2 concert) with the usual “I’m listening to offers for the first overall pick” press conference.
I think it might be a good idea.
Why? There are several players who look about equal in this draft, and if Stu (Magnificent Bastard) MacGregor is telling ST there are four or five “equals” in this draft then it’s worth listening to offers.
I’d be especially interested in Colorado’s situation. The Avs own 2 and 11; if the Oilers could find a way to grab those selections (for the top pick plus something else), then the club might be able to grab a center and defenseman (or two center’s) in the top group.
If we break down the top 15 players by style:
- Skilled C’s: RNH, Jonathan Huberdeau, Ryan Strome
- Complete C’s: Sean Couturier
- Two-way C’s: Mark Scheifele, Mark McNeill
- Skilled wingers: Sven Bartschi
- Power forwards: Gabriel Landeskog, Mika Zibanejad
- Complete defensemen: Adam Larsson, Dougie Hamilton
- Two-way defensemen: Nathan Beaulieu
- Exceptional puck moving defenseman: Ryan Murphy
- Stay at home defensemen: Jamie Oleksiak, Duncan Siemens
If MBS tells Steve Tambellini that 2 and 11 is guaranteed to hold more value than 1 and 19, then I think the Oiler GM should consider dealing the top pick in an effort to slide into the top of the draft again.
Otherwise, keep the pick.