OILERS AT #1: NAIL YAKUPOV

The Edmonton Oilers took the BPA.

SCOUTING REPORT

Corey Pronman, Hockey Prospectus: “He’s a well above-average skater with plus speed and tremendous agility. He has the ability to push the tempo up the ice and keep defenders on their heels, but he’s probably even more dangerous at a standstill with high-end agility, first step acceleration, and a real slippery aspect to his game. He has such a powerful stride that he can take a handful of strides and already have travelled half the distance of the ice.”
Ross MacLean, Head scout ISS: “Yakupov is a gifted goal scoring forward, something that really doesn’t seem to come around that often, so when one does he is a hot commodity. His explosive bursts of speed and understanding of scoring principles off the rush is very similar to that of what we saw from Taylor Hall a couple years ago, but also has some people thinking Pavel Bure. He is a dynamic and electrifying player that can bring fans to their feet and is a prime talent for marketing the sport in any locale or market. He is a player that should be able to step into the next level very quickly and continue to progress. Put all that together and you still only have a glimpse of what makes him such a desirable prospect and the number one ranked for us at ISS.”

DESJARDINS NHLE (per 82gp)

Taylor Hall 17-29-46
Nail Yakupov 18-22-40
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 11-27-38

Yakupov’s NHLE suggests another strong Calder candidate and a player “in the range” with Taylor Hall. Yakupov’s equivalency was actually ahead of Hall’s pace before his injury. Yakupov has the most offensive potential in this draft according to Gabriel’s horn. TOI is also a concern. There have been reports of 28 minutes a night. THAT could skew things.

THE GOOD

That’s a wonderful scouting report, I’m going to miss these. There’s no skating issues, no “wide body style slows him down” or “had mono” or “born with a tail” or some of the other maladies we’ve seen in the past with Oiler picks. Another finisher, after a long stretch of few or none. This kid shoots bullets. He can pass and take a pass and has some spine.
He lit it up at the WJ’s and scored a big hatty against a tough team same week. He should be plug and play; I would expect Yakupov can play in the NHL next season and score goals.

THE BAD

The knee injury is a concern. His performance after the knee injury was well off previous performance.

  • Before: 26, 21-32-53 2.04ppg
  • After: 16, 10-6-16 1.00ppg

Lack of size will make it difficult for him to impact the game physically (he has an edge to his game). Could use his linemates more, and sometimes tries to do too much (these are kind of the same thing but that’s how it was posted by Grant McCagg). There are reports that he could use more work in his own end of the rink, but that’s true of damn near every 18-year old this side of Bob Gainey. I’m not sure we’ve read a lot of good things about his play in traffic. I might have missed it in the scouting reports–he is described as a guy who has grit–but most of the highlights of him I’ve seen involve shooting from high percentage areas without a lot of opposition. He might be more of a perimeter player than someone like Taylor Hall, but that’s a guess based on comparing the two youngster’s scouting reports. Performing at a high level when there’s a lot of traffic is an extremly valuable asset; we don’t know–or haven’t been told–he has that gear.

THE REST

You have to work hard to find something wrong with this kid. Sure, he could end up in Russia but the Oilers would have every opportunity to make sure that didn’t happen. Sure, if you draft him and can’t sign him that’s a problem but everything about him screams NHL. And his value would be exceptional, especially after an impressive year or two.
The Oilers are deep at RW, but that’s a problem that is easily solved. Trading Ales Hemsky or Jordan Eberle will probably be the better move two years down the road, and Yakupov is very likely to emerge as the #1 RW on this team early in his career.

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  1. LoDog says:

    YES!!!!!

  2. D says:

    YES Squared!

  3. Mr DeBakey says:

    Woo Fricken Hoooo!
    Lookit what Santa Tambo left under the Lilac Bush!
    Its exactly what I wanted.
    Its beautiful!
    Yakmass at Last

    What number is Horcov wearing next season?

  4. LoDog says:

    Sweet Jeebus you guys had me worried. :)

  5. Suntory Hanzo says:

    Huzzuh!

    Man…quick post LT!

  6. tdslvr says:

    Oilers pick the best player available. Thank goodness for that. Also, Lowetide that was some fast posting there. Well done.

  7. Cactus says:

    Excellent news. Almost as excellent as the recanting that a few people need to do on these boards.

    More seriously, as I mentioned in the last thread, the misinformation campaign the Oilers were running was airtight and pretty sophisticated. Seriously, they may have bad pro scouting but the next time I’m running any kind of communications campaign I want these Oilers comm guys on board to kill leaks and manipulate the media.

  8. Lowetide says:

    I wrote three, gents. THREE. I knew it would be close.

  9. anonymous says:

    Phew!

  10. russ99 says:

    Aw man, what a relief…

    “In Stu we trust” was severely tested there…

  11. russ99 says:

    Now deal to get into the top 10 and grab Rielly.

  12. Kris11 says:

    I am glad that I was wrong. I thought the Oilers were dumb enough to intentionlly shoot theselves in the foot.

    Glad that They are not that dumb!

    Yaaaaaaaaaay!

    Lots of supposed insiders got this wrong. Will never listen to them again.

    Yaaaaaaaay!,!,

  13. wordbird says:

    YES!
    Hemmer, Nail. Nail, Hemmer.

    K, let’s see some wacky trades.

  14. wordbird says:

    Lubo!

  15. DBO says:

    russ99,

    Was wondering same. Is it the new tambo? Trade up if someone drops past 10 maybe?

    nice move
    #Isles have acquired D Lubomir Visnovsky from the Ducks for a 2013 2nd-round pick.

  16. striatic says:

    PHEW.

    i liked tambo’s post selection interview response, where he listed off the bevy of defensive prospects the oil have, including patient development with Klefbom staying in the SEL next year,

  17. Gret99zky says:

    I can’t believe I fell for the media hype.

    Oh well, I will be wiser the next time it happens.

    No I won’t.

  18. Thinker says:

    Man I thought they were gonna do something stupid when they were just sitting there. Thank god.

  19. Lucinius says:

    Now, watch Hall get hurt ten games in, RNH twenty games in, Yakapov thirty in and Eberle half way through.

  20. DBO says:

    That’s not much for Lubo. Wow.

  21. striatic says:

    we couldn’t have traded our second for lubo?: [

    oh well.

  22. fuzzy muppet says:

    Lubo trade for a second round pick…

    Tambo needs to do something like this.

    At this point I’m just happy he didn’t bumble the pick

  23. Cactus says:

    striatic:
    PHEW.

    i liked tambo’s post selection interview response, where he listed off the bevy of defensive prospects the oil have, including patient development with Klefbom staying in the SEL next year,

    Exactly. These guys know what they’ve got in the pipeline. They’re not idiots. We’ll know in a couple years if they’re good, but they’re certainly not as terrible as some of the internetz would have you believe.

  24. Ducey says:

    striatic:
    we couldn’t have traded our second for lubo?: [

    oh well.

    Didn’t Lubo ask for his trade out of here?

  25. DBO says:

    Kent Wilson: Capitals acquire Mike Ribeiro for Cody Eakin and 2nd rounder.

  26. till_horcoff_is_coach says:

    Murray looks a little crushed up on stage and with the interview.

  27. Lowetide says:

    Gret99zky:
    I can’t believe I fell for the media hype.

    Oh well, I will be wiser the next time it happens.

    No I won’t.

    It wasn’t media hype. This was close. I’m telling you it was close.

  28. Gret99zky says:

    Lubo’s wife hates Edmonton.

    If he has a wife.

  29. Lowetide says:

    If I’m ST I’d get on the phone and grab a pick to get Reinhart.

  30. bookje says:

    I wish he would have responded to the question about playing with Hall, RNH, and Eberle with “They nothing compared to Nail. Nail is best ever. Nail make Hall look like little crying baby boy. Nail is best ever!”

  31. striatic says:

    Cactus,

    i’m not sure he’s even a good GM, but Tambellini is probably a hell of a poker player.

  32. Kris11 says:

    these guys aren’t idiots

    Yeah, but they do really dumb stuff more often than the competition.

  33. DBO says:

    wow, Montreal is the classy team. Both Columbus and EDM did not thank Pitt or congrats to LA.

  34. Matt.N says:

    My three year old is playing hockey with my empty beer cans

  35. bookje says:

    Lowetide: It wasn’t media hype. This was close. I’m telling you it was close.

    I think a trade was close perhaps, not a different pick.

  36. Gret99zky says:

    Pittsburgh’s wife hates Edmonton.

  37. Ribs says:

    What say you now, Fussy Britches?

  38. bookje says:

    Lowetide:
    I wrote three, gents. THREE. I knew it would be close.

    You should post the others

  39. Cactus says:

    bookje: Ithink a trade was close perhaps, not a different pick.

    Indeed, if Stu is to be believed, they had the same guy on top of their charts since mid-year. It may have been close, but if that’s correct, it has been consistent.

  40. Gerta Rauss says:

    Matt.N:
    My three year old is playing hockey with my empty beer cans

    Can your kid skate backwards..?..and a right handed shot..?

  41. Ribs says:

    Bobby Ryan wants out of Anaheim. Right F’n now. Link
    (alright, that’s a little strong)

  42. Lucinius says:

    Now I just hope Toronto and Calgary screw up their picks.

  43. Kris11 says:

    The kid loves Tim Horton’s. That’s what tipped the scales, IMO.

  44. Gret99zky says:

    C’mon Tambi.

    Show the “insiders” they don’t know shit. Get another 1st round pick.

    “All your media are belongs to us.” – Tambi, 2012.

  45. Marc says:

    Wait. Don’t the Oilers have Anaheim’s 2nd round pick in 2013?

    I wonder if we’re sending it back for the rights to Schultz?

  46. Gret99zky says:

    Lucinius:
    Now I just hope Toronto and Calgary screw up their picks.

    I may pass out before the second round from celebratory drinking if this comes to pass.

    Make it so.

  47. Gerta Rauss says:

    Anaheim must be tearing things down-Lubo traded and Ryan wants out.

  48. danny says:

    I didnt think EDM would have the balls to not pick yakupov. Signs were telling me otherwise, but common sense told me the trifecta of futility brass, would shit the bed before calling anyone other than Yakupov, despite what their scouts were possibly saying. yakupov or a trade, glad it was Yakupov.

    If EDM scouts are so high on Reinhart, then I’d put Gagner on the table for Burke. You can buy gagner replacements on the market. If Reinhart is the next Weber or whatever, you cant buy that.

  49. skidplate says:

    WOW didn’t see that

  50. Cactus says:

    Lowetide:
    If I’m ST I’d get on the phone and grab a pick to get Reinhart.

    Good idea, but not happening now!

  51. danny says:

    well… nevermind.

  52. Gerta Rauss says:

    Marc,

    Hah…I thought the exact same thing as it was announced…they are getting NYI 2nd round pick next year…:)

  53. hunter1909 says:

    Congrats to the managers and owners for choosing the right nail for the job ahead.

    The Fab Four, (which officially places Oilers right back at the top of the NHL young superstar playing forward pile since 1989) while Calgary hoping to find “a gem” LMAO.

    Felt sorry for Ryan Murray. Looks like a great player. They need to trade MPS/Omark/Plante and a 2nd round pick for this guy. or whatever.

    Next season = playoffs!

  54. danny says:

    Ol Dougie Weight. Good to see.

  55. bookje says:

    When can we start the “ST didnt have the guts to pass on Yak ” comments?

  56. Lowetide says:

    Leafs take Forsberg, right? Or Rielly?

  57. Gret99zky says:

    hunter1909:
    Next season = playoffs!

    Too many beers tonight. Better slow down.

  58. danny says:

    bookje:
    When can we start the “ST didnt have the guts to pass on Yak ” comments?

    read my post a few posts up ;)

  59. franksterra says:

    bookje,

    see Danny

  60. DBO says:

    Dreger called Reilly. Big offense. He fits what they need.

  61. fuzzy muppet says:

    Ribs,

    I bet she’sdropped about a 1000 followers in the last 30 minutes

  62. Lucinius says:

    I was hoping Toronto would take Dumba, as I think he’ll be a bust. Ah well.

    Both the Toronto and Islander management teams didn’t look pleased when they called their picks and at their tables.

  63. bookje says:

    danny: read my post a few posts up

    Nice!

  64. danny says:

    Just want to say, I said EDM didnt have the cojones to not take Yakupov well before tonight…

    Not saying thats what happened, but I would have been shocked if the basement dwellers were ballsy enough to skip a overwhelming consensus #1.

  65. skidplate says:

    Reilly looks like he has a stiff neck. Injury prone

  66. russ99 says:

    fuzzy muppet,

    Naw, no way. Fussy is always good entertainment, and if even a portion is true, it gives a glean of insight into what the Oilers may be thinking…

  67. Gret99zky says:

    Do cojones mean=stupidity?

  68. gd says:

    Schultz to Edmonton just got more likely with TO picking Reilly.

  69. Smarmy says:

    Gret99zky:
    Do cojones mean=stupity?

    Seems to

  70. Gret99zky says:

    russ99:
    fuzzy muppet,

    Naw, no way. Fussy is always good entertainment, and if even a portion is true, it gives a glean of insight into what the Oilers may be thinking…

    She better post more photos after tonight.

  71. matmik says:

    GD – Great pt

  72. Marc says:

    Gerta Rauss:
    Marc,

    Hah…I thought the exact same thing as it was announced…they are getting NYI 2nd round pick next year…:)

    Oops. It’s almost 1AM here and fatigue is setting in…..

  73. godot10 says:

    gd:
    Schultz to Edmonton just got more likely with TO picking Reilly.

    How so? Schultz is 21 going on 22 and ready to play. Rielly is going back to junior for another season.

  74. remember reijo says:

    Realy thought burke would go for Faksa there

  75. Lucinius says:

    Lindholm, already?

  76. pboy says:

    What the hell is happening with Forsberg? Is someone going to move up for him?

  77. Jesse says:

    Shocked at the Lindholm pick

  78. franksterra says:

    I am so sick of Tencer saying “Well, Oilers fans got their wish tonight” (silent subtext: “Satisfied? You could have had Murray or Reinhart, you stupid people…”). Please.

  79. remember reijo says:

    Lindholm?….huh…Ballsy, I guess. Why didnt they just trade down?

  80. striatic says:

    remember reijo,

    other teams in the top 10 may have had him on their list. the TSN guys are giving that impression anyway,

  81. spoiler says:

    Has anyone seen Godot?

    Somebody do a flyover of “Murray Island”. I’m worried.

  82. Smarmy says:

    There you go. Grigs with the Canes pick. Make it happen Toonces.

  83. Smarmy says:

    7 picks and three Sask boys. Nice.

  84. remember reijo says:

    Listening to 1260…I like the Dumba might be the blueline version of Brule comparison

  85. godot10 says:

    spoiler:
    Has anyone seen Godot?

    Somebody do a flyover of “Murray Island”. I’m worried.

    I was not binary in my thinking as the Yak-a-fanatics.

    I think I will be proven right in the long term.

    Justin Schultz better be coming.

  86. pboy says:

    Bettman with a good line.

  87. skidplate says:

    WOW, Stall for 1st and Sutter. Exciting.

  88. Rondo says:

    Nice to see RNH shake Dumba hand

  89. skidplate says:

    and who?

  90. skidplate says:

    Trouba??

  91. russ99 says:

    So, who did the Pens steal with this pick?

    Staal is good, but not that good…

  92. skidplate says:

    or Forsberg

  93. Lucinius says:

    Good return for Staal, imo, considering Staal’s refusal to re-sign long term.

  94. DBO says:

    Gord Miller ‏@GMillerTSN
    Pit trades Jordan Staal to Car for Brandon Sutter, Brian Dumoulin and the 8th overall pick in the draft.

  95. skidplate says:

    Thanks DBO

  96. danny says:

    Carolina gave up a lot for a guy that would have signed with them 12 months from now.

  97. fuzzy muppet says:

    This draft has been fun as shit…

  98. Smarmy says:

    That was baffling for both teams…

  99. Lucinius says:

    Fans didn’t seem to like the choice in their pick, though.

  100. uni says:

    Christ, a package of prospects has to get 15th or so overall. Get Grigorenko, he’s falling like a brick! Yakupov + Grigorenko would a be a wet dream of a draft.

  101. spoiler says:

    Wow, Pouliot. Stunningly bad pick. I would have taken Trouba or Maatta there.

  102. russ99 says:

    Grigorenko keeps falling… Work those phones, Tambellini.

  103. Lucinius says:

    I’d prefer Faksa over Grigorenko, personally, but I’d be more worried about what we’d give up to get a pick to get either.

    Edit: Or, at this rate, Forsberg.

  104. uni says:

    Smarmy,

    That was only baffling for Carolina. Just sign Staal in next offseason. I mean christ, you give up 8th overall when the board is still full, and an excellent 3rd line centre that’s developing into a very good 2nd line centre, for a guy that’s a FA in a season?

  105. Suntory Hanzo says:

    We knew the trade was coming…I hope for the Pen’s sake Sutter has gotten better. He had JFJ hands when playing for the Heat.

    Man…the social lounge on TSN with Yaks was terrible! She can’t even get the question right.

  106. remember reijo says:

    Nothing is making sense. Calgary is going to get Faksa and quietly start a pretty impressive rebuild themselves

  107. Mr DeBakey says:

    The Dumba pick was worse than Pouliot

    Dumba = Gilbert Brule skating backwards

    Pick a guy named Pouliot in the first round?
    What could go wrong?

  108. Woodguy says:

    WTF is Rutherford thinking?

    He gets Staal for free in a year, but gives up #8 and Sutter and random guy?

    Not good asset management.

    Unless he’s under pressure there, but I don’t think he is.

    Also,

    Lubo for a 2nd next year? B. Murray couldn’t do better than that? I know its only one yeart of Lubo, but it seems thin.

  109. Gret99zky says:

    We need another forward in the top #30.

    Seriously. This is fun.

    Round 2. Dman.

  110. Lucinius says:

    Now I really, really want/need Calgary to screw up their pick….

  111. hunter1909 says:

    Does Winnipeg have an NHL team?

  112. franksterra says:

    Gret99zky:
    We need another forward in the top #30.

    Seriously.This is fun.

    Round 2.Dman.

    Grigs Forsberg Faksa Girgensens – Go Triumverate of Oiler Team Building Making Powers!

  113. Henry says:

    Great trade for Shero, not sure about the pick. Should have got the big winger for Crosby. Forsberg. Filling the hole as they made it was just smart when under the gun. Sutter will prosper there.

  114. skidplate says:

    Good pick Winnipeg

  115. uni says:

    Forsberg or Grigorenko. Make it happen Tambo!

  116. franksterra says:

    Apparently Stoll’s reupped for 3 yrs, 9.something mil total

  117. DBO says:

    So Forsberg and Grigorenko still there. wow.

  118. Lucinius says:

    If Forsberg falls out of the top ten I’ll be astounded.

  119. franksterra says:

    Caps and Sabres should be on the phone w/Lowe and Tambi now, at the same time.

  120. Smarmy says:

    uni:
    Smarmy,

    That was only baffling for Carolina.Just sign Staal in next offseason.I mean christ, you give up 8th overall when the board is still full, and an excellent 3rd line centre that’s developing into a very good 2nd line centre, for a guy that’s a FA in a season?

    Disagree. Pittsburgh has a window to win and picking a smallish defender off the board to play for you in four years is baffling.

  121. remember reijo says:

    Oh man………If Calgary gets either Faksa or Forsberg I’ll cry.

  122. spoiler says:

    Girgensons would be a great pick for the Oil. Although I would take Hertl at this point.

  123. skinny65 says:

    Hey Godot post all your comments about murray in order. We all know what you said, quit trying to pretend otherwise.

  124. Jesse says:

    No forsberg and no teravainen. How about that.

  125. Lucinius says:

    Smarmy,

    The pick was weird and likely bad, but the rest of the deal was fantastic for the Penguins, considering the circumstances.

  126. Cactus says:

    Lucinius:
    If Forsberg falls out of the top ten I’ll be astounded.

    It’s really hard to project some of these guys playing in Europe. I can easily understand a lot of these teams playing it safe, especially if they have a more projectable player that they like. With Forsberg you’re rolling the dice on his physical and mental skills as there are no numbers to back it up.

  127. Smarmy says:

    Lucinius:
    Smarmy,

    The pick was weird and likely bad, but the rest of the deal was fantastic for the Penguins, considering the circumstances.

    Sure. I’d have made that trade but that pick? Yeessh.

  128. uni says:

    Smarmy,

    Pittsburg should have picked Forsberg, but they still win that trade hands down.

  129. Gret99zky says:

    David Staples‏@dstaples

    Good on the #Oilers, or whoever it was, for having us all on with all the “Murray is the pick” rumour mongering. Had us going there.

    Media hype.

    I don’t think it was as close as you made it out to be LT.

    I’d like to see the other two posts as a kind of blooper reel. If you don’t mind.

  130. remember reijo says:

    Lowetide: Forsberg doesn’t score enough.

    A more physical version of MPS then?…Sign me up. Id rather trade up for Faksa though…no surprise goalies yet either

  131. Jesse says:

    This draft is flipping bonkers

  132. DBO says:

    wow. just wow

  133. Chris says:

    At this rate we could get one of Forsberg, Grigorenko or Trevainan if everyone keeps selecting defensemen.

  134. Lucinius says:

    Unless Calgary really screws the pooch they’re almost guaranteed a great pick now, bleh.

  135. Smarmy says:

    If the Oilers can’t get another first rounder tonight they’ll never be able to do it.

  136. Mr DeBakey says:

    8th overall picks are pretty iffy.
    You know how bad Sam Gagner is?
    Well, he’s better than the last dozen 8thers

  137. Mr DeBakey says:

    I’m with Spoiler

    Team Hertl [formerly Team Yakety Yak [Don't talk back]

  138. danny says:

    Mr DeBakey:
    8th overall picks are pretty iffy.
    You know how bad Sam Gagner is?
    Well, he’s better than the last dozen 8thers

    obviously. 6th pick > 8th pick. basic math.

  139. Mr DeBakey says:

    Of course, you’re right

    Damn

  140. uni says:

    I feel bad a bit for Colorado. They could have had Forsberg to go with Landeskog. Varlamov LOL.

  141. Smarmy says:

    Come on Toonces. You can help the Caps and they want to deal that pick.

  142. Henry says:

    Washington is thinking about forsberg but nobody scouted him. They all thought he’d be gone by now.

  143. striatic says:

    Chris,

    i’m ok with that but only if the oil draft for need and take Grigorenko as a big C.

    in the lead up to the draft i’ve gone on and on about the myth of edmonton “stacked with forwards” but drafting Yakupov changes that completely. myth no more. so you’re looking at filling a specific offensive need, power center, then move Gagner for defense.

  144. Smarmy says:

    I thought MLB draft was bad. We’re pushing two hours for 10 picks?

  145. Lucinius says:

    Smarmy,

    I think that’s due to the fact a lot of teams were a bit surprised at who was left on the board when their time came. That and it tends to go faster the deeper you go, but this year is a bit odd of a year.

  146. danny says:

    WAS with Kuznetsov and Forsberg in the ranks…

  147. Smarmy says:

    Macguire thinks everyone is a star. The caps are losing Semin’s offense so they need to draft a forward who doesn’t score for offense? Okay Pierre.

  148. Chris says:

    I understand Washington being puzzled. They had a choice of forwards that no one was really predicting. As three of the top five forwards were still on the board.

  149. Rondo says:

    Now the Oilers should trade for Kulemin

  150. Cactus says:

    Smarmy:
    Macguire thinks everyone is a star. The caps are losing Semin’s offense so they need to draft a forward who doesn’t score for offense? Okay Pierre.

    Damn right. He’s so in the loop that he KNEW PIttsburgh was taking Pouliot before they took him…. even though he didn’t mention it.

  151. Smarmy says:

    I have no clue what I’m talking about but I think the Sabres might take Grigs.

  152. DBO says:

    who picks 13

  153. striatic says:

    Cactus,

    someone on the broadcast team did mention pouliot as shero was walking up on stage, i thought…

  154. Lucinius says:

    DBO,

    Dallas.

  155. Smarmy says:

    striatic:
    Cactus,

    someone on the broadcast team did mention pouliot as shero was walking up on stage, i thought…

    I think Pierre said they were in on Pouliot about a minute before they took him. Sort of like what I just did with Grigs and Buffalo but without being a knowitall.

  156. Chris says:

    Poor Gregorenko first he gets mono then he gets sent to Buffalo. Tough few months for the kid.

  157. Gret99zky says:

    Cmon, Tambi.

    Make my day.

  158. Cactus says:

    striatic,

    I could be mistaken. Given the way Pierre throws out names he’s bound to be right sometime.

  159. Cactus says:

    Gret99zky:
    Cmon, Tambi.

    Make my day.

    No. This is a good year to take that pick and get a real player, hopefully on the D. I won’t be sad if they pick a good player with it, but 32 could be worth a real NHLer, especially with an extra prospect.

  160. Chris says:

    You have to think Dallas picks Trevainen…Dallas loves the Finns

  161. franksterra says:

    Flames take will Ceci, Maata or Faksa. Hope not Faksa

  162. skidplate says:

    Teravainen to Dallas

  163. striatic says:

    if edmonton can’t get faksa, not worth trading up.

    hope dallas takes faksa, keep him away from calgary.

  164. remember reijo says:

    Thank god Dallas

  165. Lucinius says:

    Well, Calgary won’t get Faksa, at least.

  166. skinny65 says:

    Hey godot? Cant hear you anymore? That’s what I thought. Should we cut and paste all your comments about murray. It’s mostly about your certainty. Still waiting to hear you explain that point of view.

  167. striatic says:

    phew.

    although maata could wreck some oilers if the flames draft him.

  168. fuzzy muppet says:

    teravainen has to go to calgary. They need talent

  169. spoiler says:

    Is it drafty in here, or is it just me?

  170. remember reijo says:

    No goalies yet?….

  171. Gret99zky says:

    I’m all for patience, God knows we all are, but after all the media posturing and bullshit reporting wouldn’t it be nice to open a real present? And not just the one you showed up for.

  172. godot10 says:

    skinny65:
    Hey godot? Cant hear you anymore?That’s what I thought.Should we cut and paste all your comments about murray.It’s mostly about your certainty.Still waiting to hear you explain that point of view.

    I was pro-Murray. I was not going to slit my wrists if they drafted Yakupov. I did not claim that the world would end, that it would be a collossal mistake.

  173. Gret99zky says:

    skinny65:
    Hey godot? Cant hear you anymore?That’s what I thought.Should we cut and paste all your comments about murray.It’s mostly about your certainty.Still waiting to hear you explain that point of view.

    source was inaccurate. my guess.

  174. Smarmy says:

    Gret99zky:
    I’m all for patience, God knows we all are, but after all the media posturing and bullshit reporting wouldn’t it be nice to open a real present?And not just the one you showed up for.

    That’s my feeling. The bar is so low with this team that I’m merely content when they meet it and so apathetic when they can’t.

  175. DBO says:

    SAbres and Flames deal looks like

  176. danny says:

    Feaster is such a twit.

    Lets hope he trades the future here to make that final push for 8th.

  177. Chris says:

    I can’t believe the Jets passed on all of Gregorenko, Forsberg, Trevainan and Faksa. They need a forward who can put up some offense in the worst sort of way. They’re drafting is starting to look suspect to me.

  178. Smarmy says:

    I’d laugh if he traded it to Buffalo for Ville Leino.

  179. Henry says:

    Gret99zky,

    Khabbi for Calgary’s first?

  180. remember reijo says:

    YAHHHHHHH!!!!!!

  181. Jesse says:

    What a bunch of idiots!!

  182. striatic says:

    so, big centres left are Girgensons, Hertl, Gaunce,

    don’t think any are worth trading up for, but don’t know much about any of them.

  183. fuzzy muppet says:

    mcguire is an ass

  184. Gret99zky says:

    Calgary passes on a player for a rebuild.

    sweet.

  185. danny says:

    Pierre is going all Parise on Calgary. Good times.

  186. Cactus says:

    I thought Buffalo was about to win the draft by landing Grigorenko and Teravainen. Don’t like the trade up as much now.

  187. Cactus says:

    striatic:
    so, big centres left are Girgensons, Hertl, Gaunce,

    don’t think any are worth trading up for, but don’t know much about any of them.

    Shh. Don’t mention Hertl or you’ll wake Ricki.

  188. danny says:

    The more we see other players hilite reel each pick, the more Troubas 11 year old replay seems odd.

  189. striatic says:

    buffalo gets two big centres.

    looks like size is important to them post lucic-miller debacle.

  190. Ducey says:

    I missed it. What did Calgary do?

  191. gogliano says:

    Girgensons is at least 24 years old. No way I’m trusting a Latvian birth certificate.

  192. uni says:

    So, Buffalo gets Girgenson and Grigorenko. I see a pattern developing here.

  193. Traktor says:

    Terry Jones ‏@sunterryjones

    Flames decide to get worse. Trade down seven spots.

  194. Maverick says:

    Are the Oilers’ table still at the draft? I am surprised we haven’t seen Tambellini approach another team about trading back into the 1st round.

    Oh wait a second, just read what I just wrote, I am talking about Tambellini aka Mr.Dithers, so maybe not so surprised. Would be nice after all the talk leading up to the draft about defenseman we might see something else by the Oilers.

    Quick someone tweet Gregor to run down to the Oilers table with smelling salts! :-P

  195. godot10 says:

    I think the Oilers want Samuelsson. Still a little early.

  196. Lowetide says:

    Is Teravainen STILL on the board?

  197. Rondo says:

    Tambo is waiting for next years draft.

  198. gogliano says:

    I have a source telling me the Oilers have a trade ready: they’re offering Yakupov for Reinhardt. You heard it here first.

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