G63 Blues at Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers will be spending the next few months on a treasure hunt. What are they looking for? Mark Howe 1974, Scott Stevens 1982, Ray Bourque in 1979 or Al MacInnis in 1981. The Oilers will very likely spend their lottery pick on a defenseman at the 2012 entry draft, in search of a franchise defender to go with their exceptional forward group.

This is Ryan Murray. He is the odds-on favorite to be the first defenseman chosen at this year’s entry draft. Murray has a wide range of skills and the scouting reports have been glowing:

  • Scouting Report at WJ camp: “Murray is a very good two-way player.  He showed a strong first pass, and was calm and reliable in his end.   A good skater.  Very good acceleration and closing speed although his lateral movement was just ok.  Quick release with his wrist shot.”
  • Boucher Scouting has Murray’s performance at the WJ’s graded out in his own unique way. The young man was used on the PK and on the RH side during the tournament and was effective in a lower profile role.
  • WHL from Above says “When watching Murray, the first thing that comes to the forefront is his skating. He’s an excellent skater and really makes things look effortless out on the ice. He uses that ability to lead the rush and jump into the rush. He also puts up offence because he’s a strong passer and has a very good shot from the point.”

Because his skating is the most obvious skill, Murray gets compared to Scott Niedermayer a lot. His offensive output does not compare well for Niedermayer at the same age:

  • Murray at 18: 36, 8-16-24
  • Niedermayer at 18: 57, 26-56-82

Different era’s–Niedermayer’s team scored 385 goals and Murray’s will score 180. Murray is in on 15% of Everett’s goals and Niedermayer was part of 21% of Kamloops offense.

I’d bet money Murray’s the target for the Edmonton Oilers. If he was a little meaner they’d love him even more is my guess, but that skating ability will be hard for the Oilers to pass up. My bet is MBS likes him plenty and we’ll have to see about Reinhart’s late break–the Oil King will get a long look during the post-season.

Not much to say about the game tonight, Hitchcock is like Hitchcock in that you know someone is going to be dead and the victim is obvious after the first few frames.  The genius of the Hitchcock’s is you’re not exactly sure where the plot twists.

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  1. "Steve Smith" says:

    Over on TSN,Button laying the blame on Polak for putting himself
    in a bad spot.

    He never should have worn that low-cut top.

  2. "Steve Smith" says:

    …and I’m done.

  3. DeadmanWaking says:

    If Penner had hitched with OTC, he’d have the Hart trophy by now. He found true love in the dressing room for one glorious season. MacT’s manly “I was wrong” moment in the booth has since gained a giant asterisk: (*) But only briefly. A coach can contort himself only in so many directions to accommodate so many needs. At some point professionalism needs to kick in. I’d be a lot more sympathetic to Penner if after a year of OTC goodness the light went on inside and he said “OK, now I know how to deliver whatever the coach decides”. Evidently it didn’t. I was on Penner’s side up to his big season. After the ball hits your hands, tuck it into the breadbasket and make hay. Oh look, his yards-after-the-catch statistic is negative again. Time to get us a new QB. A guy who catches for 11 then gets tackled for 8 has ruined better men than MacT. Most punts after a 1st down reception, winner, Dustin Penner. Ask any coach but onion.

  4. denny33 says:

    Respectfully – I would prefer Dumba – best skaters in the draft, with one of the best shots…add to that his offensive stats and this guy is EXACTLY what the Oilers are missing.

    Mathwew Dumba – Scouts have been marveling over Dumba’s offensive skills since he first stepped on WHL ice in 2010 as a 15-year-old. Led all WHL rookie defencemen with 15 goals last season and notched 14 this campaign before the Top prospects game. Led the 2011 U-17 tournament in scoring, collecting 12 assists in six games. Strengths: One of the draft’s best skaters and gets his team out of trouble with his wheels. Has a hard point shot, considered one of the best shooters in the draft. Strong passing skills and vision, adept at finding shooting and passing lanes, looks for the big hit and not afraid to lay out opponents.

  5. denny33 says:

    Sorry – the first two sentences are mine…the paragraph that follows about Mathew Dumba – Defenceman for the Red Deer Rebels – is from TSN’s prospect page.

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