Lordy this draft is wide open. Last time the draft was this crazy the Oilers took “the Pencil” Jesse Niinimaki; this time fans are begging the Oilers to get the lead out and grab Nail. Will they?
Bob McKenzie was on my television a minute ago and told me it’s down to Nail Yakupov, Ryan Murray at #1 and if they trade down the Oilers would be just fine with Griffin Reinhart. I suggested the other day a trade down was possible and mentioned Toronto as an option–still think it’s the obvious choice.
- Brian Burke resists the spotlight like Craig Simpson runs from Jamie Sale.
- The Leafs will have their pick of the litter–Nail, or Galchenyuk or hell even Forsberg or Grigorenko.
- The asking price is going down. Steve Tambellini didn’t even mention the number of assets needed to move up today, saying only an NHL player would have to be sent over to make the switch. Hell, that could be Cody Franson, or Carl Gunnarson. I don’t think the bar is high.
The Oilers may indeed draft Nail Yakupov. It is the logical choice, it is the script tonight. However, if the scouts tell Steve Tambellini that Ryan Murray or Griffin Reinhart is the better man, will Tambellini march up and announce the pick? Griffin Reinhart at #1? Dustin Nielson told us on Saturday he had heard it was possible. Stu MacGregor told Jason Gregor today “there has been the consensus amongst the public of Yakupov being the player, but I think some of the players from behind have closed that gap considerably, and that’s why it has been more interesting.”
MacGregor on Reinhart: “It’s almost like he got a bit more determined and decided he was going to show people he is a high-end prospect. Not to say that he wasn’t, but he’s growing into his body and now he’s getting that physical strength that young kids with his size don’t always have right away because they are tall and lanky.”
Steve Tambellini just told Ryan Rishaug they are looking for the “right person.” This is going to be close. I think it is reasonable to suggest the Oilers could take any of those three young men at #1 overall.