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. Lowetide says:

    Maatta?

  2. Ducey says:

    Maverick:
    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!

    Its supposed to be a draft with not a lot of high end guys but pretty good depth. Not much reason to move up. The guys on the board are probably not work a 2nd and a third, are they?

  3. uni says:

    Chris,

    Starting to? They were big losers last draft, and shaping up to be more the same this year. Chevaldayoff seems to like “good Canadian boys”. Either that or his scouting staff sucks and he’s too stupid to can them.

  4. bookje says:

    Just catching up – Calgary is crazy stupid.

  5. Smarmy says:

    George doesn’t want to get booed again. He should trade.

  6. Cactus says:

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

    The same source telling Tencer that the Oilers were definitely taking Ryan Murray?

  7. Maverick says:

    Ducey: Its supposed to be a draft with not a lot of high end guys but pretty good depth.Not much reason to move up.The guys on the board are probably not work a 2nd and a third, are they?

    Maybe, surprised however that the small Finn is still available though, Teravainen.

    Plus I wanted to set up my line about Gregor and the smelling salts. Wanted another cheap shot at Tambellini, might be the beer talking.

    Middle of draft is all over the map as everyone thought it would be.

  8. Rondo says:

    Lowetide,

    Small players not wanted in the NHL

  9. Lowetide says:

    thats a good pick

  10. speeds says:

    Can you get to 18 with 32 + 63+91? Would it be worth it?

  11. Maverick says:

    Teravainen to Chicago??

  12. danny says:

    did the sharks guy just flip the bird?

  13. mike.c33 says:

    Does anyone else want the Oilers to trade up for Teravainen?

  14. Gret99zky says:

    time to sit tight….err…..dither.

  15. Cactus says:

    mike.c33:
    Does anyone else want the Oilers to trade up for Teravainen?

    Even if he panned out, where would he fit into the lineup?

  16. Lowetide says:

    Come on, Tambellini. Trade up for Maatta!

  17. bookje says:

    Gret99zky:
    time to sit tight….err…..dither.

    Yeah, what a looser, Calgary somehow managed to make a trade!

  18. godot10 says:

    What about

    Hemsky and the #32 to Pittsburgh for the #22 (Samuelsson) and Michalek.

  19. mike.c33 says:

    Cactus,

    I thought Teravainen played left wing for some reason. My bad.

  20. fuzzy muppet says:

    godot10,

    done

  21. Gret99zky says:

    Just a present from Santa this year.

    No other gifts under the tree.

  22. Maverick says:

    godot10:
    What about

    Hemsky and the #32 to Pittsburgh for the #22 (Samuelsson) and Michalek.

    Wow, this might be the first time I have ever agreed with you.

  23. mike.c33 says:

    godot10,

    I think Calgary may have traded down for Samuelsson. The Flames have a draft profile for him on their website.

  24. Gret99zky says:

    bookje: Yeah, what a looser, Calgary somehow managed to make a trade!

    Well they are 5 years behind in the rebuild.

  25. Rondo says:

    Lowetide,

    I wonder where he is ranked by Stu

  26. Cactus says:

    mike.c33,

    No worries, Teravainen does play LW. But the Oilers are loaded with skilled wingers, particularly not large ones (Hall and Yakupov aren’t small, just not huge). If they trade up it’ll either be for a power forward type (Samuelsson) or something really interesting on defence.

    I’m still supportive of using 32 to get us a real NHL player.

  27. Lucinius says:

    Pierre needs to talk less. He loves everyone, for they are all the absolutely best at everything.

  28. Lowetide says:

    Rondo:
    Lowetide,

    I wonder where he is rankedby Stu

    I’d say pretty high. They would have seen him good this spring,

  29. DBO says:

    Agree. Tambo, deal the 2nd and 3rd for Philly pick. Do it. or not

  30. remember reijo says:

    Tampa Bay had a nice little Friday lined up for themselves.

  31. mike.c33 says:

    Cactus,

    That’s true. I am almost certain the Flames are going to grab Samuelsson at 21 though.

  32. uni says:

    I get the sinking feeling Maata is about to go to Calgary. Well him or Samuelsson.

  33. nelson88 says:

    damn. flames can take maata

  34. Henry says:

    Feaster’s shitty deal doesn’t look so bad if they still get maatta. Damn.

  35. Lowetide says:

    Ouch. Flames get their choice of Samuelsson, Maatta and Thrower. That’s some nice talent.

  36. Henry says:

    So the oilers get thrower at 32?

  37. Gret99zky says:

    MacT will chloroform Tambi and choose a…oh what am I saying?

    There is nothing happening until tomorrow at #32.

  38. remember reijo says:

    YAHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  39. DBO says:

    didn’t someone on here mention this kid as a 3rd rd pick option

  40. fuzzy muppet says:

    Calgary….wtf are they doing

  41. mike.c33 says:

    @Calgary: lol wut?

  42. danny says:

    Did Calgary just draft Jesse Niinimaki ?

  43. Lucinius says:

    Ah, thank you Calgary.

    Thank you.

  44. wordbird says:

    Feaster picks the kid who delivers his paper.

  45. DBO says:

    get Maata already.

  46. mike.c33 says:

    The Calgary Flames just wrote the feel good story of the year, as per TSN.

  47. bookje says:

    Maybe faster knows he is done and just wants to add to the big FU that GMs in Calgary leave behind.

  48. Maverick says:

    Pierre McGuire talks too much. I prefer to hear MacKenzie but Pierre keeps chattering. Pierre – “Zip it!”

  49. Mr DeBakey says:

    Red Line liked Jankowski

  50. Smarmy says:

    Feaster could have picked this kid with the pick he got from Buffalo.

  51. matmik says:

    feister’s an idiot – just called the kid the best player in the draft in 10 yrs – no pressure on the kid

  52. Cactus says:

    Yeah, the safer choice was a guy like Maata, but if you’re going to reach, this isn’t the worst idea. At least this guy COULD become a top 6 guys. A lot of the guys drafted in this area may not have that level of potential.

  53. Gret99zky says:

    Is Feaster the smartest guy in the room?

  54. mike.c33 says:

    Maybe Feaster took MacT’s advice to heart.

  55. DBO says:

    Tambo must be pretty sure we are getting Shultz cause this was the place to trade up

  56. remember reijo says:

    Haha….ammunition for life for Oiler fans. Thanks Feasts!

  57. godot10 says:

    What about Peckham and the #32 to Florida for the #23?

  58. Ducey says:

    So Calgary’s pick will be “the best player in this draft”. Why were we so worried about whether we were going to get Nail? :)

    So that should drop someone better to the Oilers at 32. Thanks Flamers.

  59. Henry says:

    Pittsburg is going to be very deep. Can only lose with bad goaltending.

  60. fuzzy muppet says:

    I know everybody loves Samuelsson, but holding at 32 they’re going to get a good prospect. Gaunce keeps slipping too..

  61. danny says:

    Gret99zky:
    Is Feaster the smartest guy in the room?

    If we are talking about hockey sense or haircuts? nope.

  62. Kris11 says:

    Yeah, calling the kid the best player in the draft is just dumb. That accomplishes nothing. Makes you and him look bad if he’s anything less.

  63. danny says:

    you cant make someone look bad, once the bar is set so low. You can only reinforce.

  64. Maverick says:

    Boston picks at 24, possible Oiler trade partner?

  65. remember reijo says:

    All this Feaster nimcompoopery is overshadowing the fact that Tambo isnt busy enough and just as busy as we were scared he would be….c’mon man.

  66. Cactus says:

    remember reijo:
    All this Feaster nimcompoopery is overshadowing the fact that Tambo isnt busy enough and just as busy as we were scared he would be….c’mon man.

    What exactly do you want him to do?

  67. hunter1909 says:

    mike.c33:
    The Calgary Flamesjust wrote the feel good story of the year, as per TSN.

    Are they folding?

  68. pboy says:

    According to Pierre McGuire, these players will all be 1st team All Stars next season. Some of them might slip to 2nd team but not likely.

  69. Rondo says:

    My guess is Wash did well in the first rd.

  70. danny says:

    remember reijo:
    All this Feaster nimcompoopery is overshadowing the fact that Tambo isnt busy enough and just as busy as we were scared he would be….c’mon man.

    thank you for introducing nincompoop to the feaster colloquial. Only objection is Tamblows window of activity shoud be weighted more heavily after the draft, instead of round 1.

  71. Ribs says:

    Henry,

    And they’ve loaded up at that position as well.

  72. bookje says:

    remember reijo:
    All this Feaster nimcompoopery is overshadowing the fact that Tambo isnt busy enough and just as busy as we were scared he would be….c’mon man.

    Troll

  73. Chris says:

    I was giving the Jets shit for overlooking strong offensive players dropping into their lap and then Calgary goes way off the board. Wow Calgary spends a first round pick on a second round talent from a Canadian highschool….I couldn’t have imagined them making a more incompetent selection.

  74. bookje says:

    matmik:
    feister’s an idiot – just called the kid the best player in the draft in 10 yrs – no pressure on the kid

    Seriously, no matter the talent level of the kid, that is a stupid stupid thing to say.

  75. hunter1909 says:

    hunter1909′s 2012-13 opening night top 6:

    HALL gagner EBERLE
    mps RNH YAKUPOV

    Gagner blooms as a number one centreman after getting spoon fed prime scoring opportunities on every shift from Hall+Eberle;

    MPS meanwhile channels his inner Peter Forsberg, once he sees RNH and NAIL FREAKING YAKUPOV flying down the ice.

    PS: The Dynasty team also had four freakingly great forwards; which meant that they could pretty well afford to have any one of them missing at any given moment. Oilers just got themselves the exact same kind of forward core!

    PPS: Yakupov doesn’t half remind me of The Rocket. He’s got all that crazy blood from the army of Ghengis Khan hahahaha.

  76. Ribs says:

    hunter1909,

    When MPS sees a linemate flying down the ice he immediately turns into a defenceman.

  77. russ99 says:

    I know that the NHL series of video games has no bearing in real hockey, but oh man, that Hemsky – Hall – Yakupov line is just absolutely sick.

    Continuing a longstanding annual post Oilers pick tradition… :)

  78. speeds says:

    There are enough decent enough players left that I’m not sure they’d trade up, guess if they thought someone wouldn’t be there at 32?

    Aberg, Thrower, Samuelsson, Finn, Gaunce, Collberg, Pearson, Bozon??? You see anyone else you like at 32 LT?

  79. mike.c33 says:

    hunter1909,

    Didn’t Gagner play something like 25 games with Eberle and Hall at the end of last season and put up next to nothing in points?

  80. fuzzy muppet says:

    DSF is going to be awfully happy if St. louis passes on Ulf’s boy

  81. hunter1909 says:

    mike.c33,

    Must you put a down on tonight with facts?

  82. Lowetide says:

    speeds:
    There are enough decent enough players left that I’m not sure they’d trade up, guess if they thought someone wouldn’t be there at 32?

    Aberg, Thrower, Samuelsson, Finn, Gaunce, Collberg, Pearson, Bozon???You see anyone else you like at 32 LT?

    That looks about right. Man, this has been a fun draft. I’ve missed parts of it but the run on defensemen meant some outstanding talent in the back half. The Flames pick is the strange one. could be good, you never know. But imo they could have traded down again.

  83. hunter1909 says:

    Lowetide: Man, this has been a fun draft.

    Hearing Yakupov named as Oiler’s pick made it for me.

    Also, the Flames are making like the 2003 oilers. Flames are really enjoy meeting up for those BOA’s, for the next ten years, LOL.

    11-7 scores are coming back!

  84. skidplate says:

    speeds:
    There are enough decent enough players left that I’m not sure they’d trade up, guess if they thought someone wouldn’t be there at 32?

    Aberg, Thrower, Samuelsson, Finn, Gaunce, Collberg, Pearson, Bozon???You see anyone else you like at 32 LT?

    Sissons or Matteau would work if the above are gone.

  85. Mr DeBakey says:

    Oscar Dansk
    Collberg, Sebastian
    Bystrom, Ludwig
    Kerdiles, Nicholas
    Thrower, Dalton
    Frk, Martin

  86. ASkoreyko says:

    remember reijo:
    All this Feaster nimcompoopery is overshadowing the fact that Tambo isnt busy enough and just as busy as we were scared he would be….c’mon man.

    Make a trade for trades sake!!!!!!!

  87. russ99 says:

    mike.c33,

    I see Gagner eventually as a winger if he’s part of an Oiler playoff team.

    Hence my videogame lines of Gagner, RNH, Ebs and Hemsky, Hall, Yakupov.

    3 RWs, 1 LW and 2 Cs, including Gagner as an undersized 2nd center, something’s gotta give.

  88. Kris11 says:

    Lowetide,

    Yeah, LT.

    Surely they could’ve at least gotten a late round pick or something to trade down another 5-10 spots,

    But that’s the weird thing about these off the board picks. Some GM gets it in their head that Niiniimaki is great, and so they start thinking Niiniimaki is going to get picked before they have a chance to do it.

  89. fuzzy muppet says:

    ASkoreyko,

    REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACCCCCCCCCCCCCCCHHHHHHH.

    No way i trade up now…

  90. Lowetide says:

    hunter1909: HearingYakupov named as Oiler’s pick made it for me.

    Yeah, agreed. BPA and another rocket.

  91. Chris says:

    Its looking pretty good for us to get Sebastian Colberg or Samuelson at #32. Obviously two very different options. Colberg plays leftwing though. Imagine having that much skill in the top six. He was fantastic for the swedes at the WJs

  92. Ribs says:

    Mr DeBakey:
    Oscar DanskCollberg, SebastianBystrom, LudwigKerdiles, NicholasHertl, TomasThrower, DaltonFrk, Martin

    San Jose grabbed Hertl.

  93. gd says:

    Enough guys are falling. I don’t think Oil needs to make trades up tonight. Gaunce, Finn, Sissons are reasonable options if they don’t get Samuellsson. Second rd picks might be handy bargaining chips for the Dmen like Enstrom, Tyutin and Streit.

  94. russ99 says:

    Gonna be some good players left at 32…

  95. Woodguy says:

    I like Stan Smyl, but really no one gives a fuck.

    Samuelsson might be there at 32…..hold…..hold…….hold…….

  96. Lucinius says:

    I’m hoping for Samuelsson or Collberg at 32, now.

  97. Cactus says:

    Woodguy:
    I like Stan Smyl, but really no one gives a fuck.

    Samuelsson might be there at 32…..hold…..hold…….hold…….

    Yeah, I don’t recall Edmonton going crazy about putting Messier’s 11 on RNH last year. If there was ever an excuse, that was it.

    Maybe if the Canucks had more HoFers, they wouldn’t have to get so choked up about it.

  98. Rondo says:

    Did the air in the building just go out when Vancouver picked

  99. nathan says:

    “DSF is going to be awfully happy if St. louis passes on Ulf’s boy”

    fuzzy muppet,

    Hah. At least not the Canucks.

  100. Chris says:

    I’d like to thank Calgary for helping to ensure we get a better player at #32 than we had any right to expect.

  101. fuzzy muppet says:

    Can’t wait for DSF’s take

  102. Ribs says:

    Finn, Skeji, Matteau, Collberg, Pearson, Di Giuseppe Left frmo Bob’s top 30.

  103. danny says:

    Woodguy:
    I like Stan Smyl, but really no one gives a fuck.

    this is the franchise that shot confetti from the roof after winning the semifinals.

  104. Henry says:

    Lowetide: Yeah, agreed. BPA and another rocket.

    In retrospect it had to be a tell when macgregor said Yak reminded him of Valeri Kharlamov.

  105. Chris says:

    damn samuelson to the coyotes

  106. fuzzy muppet says:

    well that stinks….I’m on ther SjKei train now

  107. Chris says:

    Alright if not Samuelson than Stu bring us Colberg! He is the Swedish Eberle.

  108. Woodguy says:

    And one of the smartest GMs in hockey take my guy.

    Dammit!

  109. nathan says:

    “Can’t wait for DSF’s take”

    fuzzy muppet,

    Just the usual random I flagged that GM too. Shows how great I am.

    Not a big surprise that he did not last to the 2nd.

  110. russ99 says:

    I like Skeji. A project, but he has upside as a puck mover.

    But knowing the Oilers, they’ll take Thrower.

  111. Maverick says:

    Oh yeah. So all this talk leading up to the draft about improving the team through trades should have known nothing was going to happen.

    Too bad about Samuelsson though, would have been what the Oilers were missing on the 3rd line.

  112. Ribs says:

    Don’t worry, Samuelsson will come over in the Yandle deal. Hah.

  113. danny says:

    Henry: In retrospect it had to be a tell when macgregor said Yak reminded him of Valeri Kharlamov.

    Wasnt that Larionov that said that?

  114. fuzzy muppet says:

    russ99,

    From what i’ve read hew seems a lot like petry 2.0

  115. fuzzy muppet says:

    now I hope they go forward…I wanted Henrik or Sjkei

  116. prairieschooner says:

    If Feaster drafted the paperboy with the higher of his two picks.What will he do with the lower one?
    Another project maybe?
    The two picks may be the Boys from Brazil

  117. Nostradumbass says:

    Did anyone hear Stauffer say that he thought there was a chance Edmonton has the first two picks tomorrow?

    Are the Oilers thinking Methot and a 2nd for Hemsky? Seems a little light

  118. Gret99zky says:

    Belanger to Montreal?

  119. speeds says:

    Some pretty good players left, I like Finn and Aberg but there are good options like Thrower, Bozon, Collberg, Bystrom, etc

  120. Cactus says:

    Maverick:
    Oh yeah.So all this talk leading up to the draft about improving the team through trades should have known nothing was going to happen.

    Too bad about Samuelsson though, would have been what the Oilers were missing on the 3rd line.

    Improving the team through trades means acquiring ACTUAL NHL PLAYERS. It doesn’t mean using assests (whether picks or prospects) to move up 6 spots for more uncertain potential.

    Even if the Oilers do make the pick at 32, they should still get someone good. Patience is a virtue.

  121. Henry says:

    danny: Wasnt that Larionov that said that?

    Brownlee quoted mbs a couple days ago.

    What happened to aberg? Too small?

  122. gd says:

    Matt Finn has been compared to Ryan Murray. Might be a pretty good second round pick.

  123. Henry says:

    Nostradumbass:
    Did anyone hear Stauffer say that he thought there was a chance Edmonton has the first two picks tomorrow?

    Are the Oilers thinking Methot and a 2nd for Hemsky? Seems a little light

    Don’t trade Hemsky now. Let him light it up then maybe at the deadline. Maybe.

  124. Maverick says:

    Cactus: Improving the team through trades means acquiring ACTUAL NHL PLAYERS.It doesn’t mean using assests (whether picks or prospects) to move up 6 spots for more uncertain potential.

    Even if the Oilers do make the pick at 32, they should still get someone good.Patience is a virtue.

    Not sure I said trading picks and assets? If you have read any of my other comments over the weeks I have been saying draft either Yakupov or Galchenyuk and to also bring in SEASONED NHL defensemen. Just to clarify.

    Good pick possible tomorrow. All the GM’s are there together with their staff, good time to stir up conversations.

  125. Chris says:

    So you have to think we’re going to get one of Colberg or Finn at this point depending on what Columbus does. That’s a pretty good situation to be in.

  126. Downright Fierce says:

    I think Finn’s the guy, with Thrower a close second. I’d be looking at Prokhorkin, but he could probably be had much later.

    A fine, fine day. Thanks Stu.

  127. Rondo says:

    Who is Ludvig Bystrom

  128. Cactus says:

    So LT, Speeds, Spoiler, etc. Who would you take at 32 tomorrow?

  129. Ribs says:

    Bob goes 27 for 30. Yea, I’d say he’s in the know.

  130. striatic says:

    columbus will take finn. edmonton will take thrower.

    just a prediction.

  131. wordbird says:

    what about Dansk?

  132. fuzzy muppet says:

    I go forward again tomorrow. The prospect pool is thin and whomever you draft is years away. Replenish the forwards…

  133. striatic says:

    wordbird,

    they could take Dansk but i think the Oilers are set on either Dubnyk or FA Goalies going forward.

  134. striatic says:

    wordbird,

    plus with Bunz and Roy already in the system and developing well, i think taking a younger Goalie project isn’t a high priority.

  135. speeds says:

    http://hockeysymposium.blogspot.ca/2012/06/2012-top-30-and-some-general-draft.html

    I would look to take Aberg,and if he’s gone then Finn or Bozon, but there are a number of guys I like pretty similarly at that point once you go beyond Aberg.

  136. Lowetide says:

    Cactus:
    So LT, Speeds, Spoiler, etc.Who would you take at 32 tomorrow?

    I’d take one of Aberg, Finn or Thrower. I’m not certain which one. Thrower is a WHL player and I always have a bias, so probably Finn is the better player.

  137. Chris says:

    Matt Finn NHL Central Scouting: 16 NAS, International Scouting Services: No. 18, The Hockey News: No. 18, Button’s Ranking: No. 9
    Craig Button

    Matthew is not going to show up in highlight videos on any type of a regular basis. It’s not in his game to be flashy but it is his game to be incredibly effective. That effectiveness translates into every area of the game and all of its situations. Simply put, he is a player who completes plays. He does it with the puck. Defensively in getting the puck out of danger. Offensively in reading the play and getting the puck to areas where his team can attack. He is superb in transition and can do it skating with the puck or passing the puck. He does it without the puck. He has very good body positioning and stick position where he can keep opponents at bay. His skating is strong in all regards and he asserts with his body & with excellent lower body strength and balance, he’s a hard player to gain an advantage on. He has excellent sense and understands what is unfolding and what the appropriate response should be. He has great poise playing and the challenges of the game do not faze him in any way. He is a player who makes teams stronger.

    Sabastien Collberg

    NHL Central Scouting: 3 ES, International Scouting Services: No. 13, The Hockey News: No. 14, Button’s Ranking: No. 27

    TSN Scout Craig Button:
    Sebastien can play in multiple offensive situations and contribute in different ways. He’s very versatile and is comfortable in a straight ahead skill game or one that is heavier with more physical play. He is a very good skater who can beat defenders 1-1 because he has a change of pace as well as having a desire to get offensive opportunities. He plays in traffic and maintains a focus despite knowing that he may be entering the danger zone. He has a very good focus offensively and is tenacious with the puck and he has the knack for getting the puck ‘settled down’ and in position to make a good shot. Despite not being a big player, he battles in traffic and along boards and doesn’t defer or take an easier path. He has good awareness and sense and can make plays and while he likes to shoot, he’s not one dimensional. He’s a reliable player in the sense that you know you will get his best efforts despite what the challenges or obstacles may be.

  138. Chris says:

    This is really just me advocating for the best players left on the board. Personally I’d be going with Collberg. I think we have quite a few guys like Finn in the system. We could use another prospective top 6 forward to push the guys we have.

  139. striatic says:

    fuzzy muppet,

    i’d go D, and BPA. the chances of a second round forward developing into a top 6 forward aren’t great, and though Edmonton has a solid D prospect crop, they’re still only prospects and until some of them start developing into actual NHL players i think yo unwed to keep ratcheting up the probability of getting better on D by picking more of them.

  140. DSF says:

    Oddly enough, I think the biggest winners on the day are the Penguins.

    With the Staal trade, they picked up a more suitable third line centre in Sutter and also walked away with two highly rated defensive prospects.

    The Pens 25 and under defensive depth:

    Chris Letang

    Matt Niskanen

    Simon Depres

    Joe Morrow

    Scott Harrington

    Derrick Pouliot

    Olli Maata

    That’s just not fair.

    If Tambellini leaves Pittsburgh without at least one actual NHL defenseman in tow, he should be shot.

    In addition, Shero has also cleared cap space to take a run at Parise.

    Jeebus.

  141. Lowetide says:

    DSF: Agreed. Great start to the weekend, but fix the blue.

  142. Rondo says:

    Pontus Aberg vs. Matt Finn

  143. speeds says:

    Lowetide:
    DSF: Agreed. Great start to the weekend, but fix the blue.

    PHX just picked up Michalek for a pretty decent price. He did have a NTC though, perhaps EDM inquired but he wasn’t willing to come to EDM?

  144. Woodguy says:

    Really glad the Oiler’s took Yak.

    Well done 4.0, Mac and Lowe.

    Taking Yak means they understand how the draft works and also understand future value.

  145. russ99 says:

    I have to wonder why Finn and Collberg have fallen so far. They were #13 and 11 in the ISS rankings.

    As for the two possible defense picks, Thrower is 5-11, Finn 6-0. Finn is more a dynamic rusher and powerplay QB and Thrower more a hitter/fighter and shutdown guy, but there are similarities in the their overall games.

    Aberg and Bystrom have consistency/upside question marks, and could fall to the mid 2nd. Di Giuseppe is a freshman at Michigan so he’s at least 3 years away from the AHL.

    Time for Stu to work his magic…

  146. DSF says:

    Lowetide:
    DSF: Agreed. Great start to the weekend, but fix the blue.

    Yep.

    The only way to do it now is through trade.

    Hemsky and Gagner are really the only (somewhat) proven assets.

    What would you do?

  147. lawrenharris says:

    Sabastien Collberg

    NHL Central Scouting: 3 ES, International Scouting Services: No. 13, The Hockey News: No. 14, Button’s Ranking: No. 27

    TSN Scout Craig Button:
    Sebastien can play in multiple offensive situations and contribute in different ways. He’s very versatile and is comfortable in a straight ahead skill game or one that is heavier with more physical play. He is a very good skater who can beat defenders 1-1 because he has a change of pace as well as having a desire to get offensive opportunities. He plays in traffic and maintains a focus despite knowing that he may be entering the danger zone. He has a very good focus offensively and is tenacious with the puck and he has the knack for getting the puck ‘settled down’ and in position to make a good shot. Despite not being a big player, he battles in traffic and along boards and doesn’t defer or take an easier path. He has good awareness and sense and can make plays and while he likes to shoot, he’s not one dimensional. He’s a reliable player in the sense that you know you will get his best efforts despite what the challenges or obstacles may be.

    Exciting! He sounds like Omark 2.0.

  148. lawrenharris says:

    lawrenharris:
    Sabastien Collberg

    NHL Central Scouting: 3 ES, International Scouting Services: No. 13, The Hockey News: No. 14, Button’s Ranking: No. 27

    TSN Scout Craig Button:
    Sebastien can play in multiple offensive situations and contribute in different ways. He’s very versatile and is comfortable in a straight ahead skill game or one that is heavier with more physical play. He is a very good skater who can beat defenders 1-1 because he has a change of pace as well as having a desire to get offensive opportunities. He plays in traffic and maintains a focus despite knowing that he may be entering the danger zone. He has a very good focus offensively and is tenacious with the puck and he has the knack for getting the puck ‘settled down’ and in position to make a good shot. Despite not being a big player, he battles in traffic and along boards and doesn’t defer or take an easier path. He has good awareness and sense and can make plays and while he likes to shoot, he’s not one dimensional. He’s a reliable player in the sense that you know you will get his best efforts despite what the challenges or obstacles

    Exciting! He sounds like Omark 2.0.

  149. Rondo says:

    Will it be one of these players?

    matt finn

    Pontus Aberg

    Ludvig Bystrom

    Sebastian Collberg

  150. Chris says:

    Eh, I hope they don’t pick Thrower tomorrow that would be dissapointing. You want “physical defensemen” to be six two or three rather than five eleven. Button also notes that to play in the NHL he needs to improve his quickness and agility. If your less than six two and not quick and agile I do not forsee you having an NHL career.

  151. fuzzy muppet says:

    The price of NHL defensemen seems low so far. A 2nd for Lubo,a prospect and a 3rd for michalek.

    You did well doing the obvious tambo. Now get to work

  152. Henry says:

    DSF: Yep.

    The only way to do it now is through trade.

    Hemsky and Gagner are really the only (somewhat) proven assets.

    What would you do?

    I’d keep Hemsky and trade ganger for Vlasic contingent on extending him. Hall to center.

  153. Henry says:

    Better to get Vlasic for prospects given sharks cap situation.

  154. Ribs says:

    C’mon..Everyone wanted Samuelsson. Take Frk!

  155. striatic says:

    i think columbus takes Finn. they could take Dansk but they just picked up a really young G in Bobrovsky so the die has been tossed and their needs are more immediate anyway.

    so Edmonton takes Thrower.

    Collberg isn’t a Dman and i don’t see either team going after him.

  156. DSF says:

    speeds: PHX just picked up Michalek for a pretty decent price.He did have a NTC though, perhaps EDM inquired but he wasn’t willing to come to EDM?

    Well there you go.

    In ONE DAY, Shero moved an excess asset, got a great return, drafted not one but TWO highly rated D prospects, cleared $6 million in cap space and is now positioned to take a run at Parise.

    THAT is an NHL General Manager.

  157. DSF says:

    fuzzy muppet:
    The price of NHL defensemen seems low so far.A 2nd for Lubo,a prospect and a 3rd for michalek.

    You did well doing the obvious tambo. Now get to work

    Salary dumps.

    Smart GM’s do this all the time.

  158. striatic says:

    DSF,

    all predicated on having an excess asset on the level of Jordan Staal. Edmonton is in a very different situation. different universe.

    i’m up for damning evidence of tambellini’s inadequacy, but you’re going to have to find a GM with much less to work with in order to make a proper comparison.

    they’re out there, but they aren’t in pittsburgh [which got where it is now following a path very similar to what the oilers are doing right now, btw]

  159. blackdog says:

    Two top four Dmen picked up for futures basically. Add Michalek and Lubo to Oilers’ D and you have Smid/Petry, Schultz/Lubo, Whitney/Michalek. Replace Khabi, sign Smyth and you probably have a playoff team I think.

    Veteran D can be had. Clubs are looking to move guys to free up cap space or roster spots. And you don’t have to give up Hemsky or Gagner to get them. And unless Schultz gets signed you’re not holding anyone kids back by taking their roster spot.

    If they have their eye on the kid Schultz then pick up one top four D this weekend at least.

  160. Captain Obvious says:

    Today demonstrated that NHL general manager’s are stunningly bad at their jobs. It’s shocking really.

  161. Woodguy says:

    Michalek goes to PHX for 2 prospects and the 81st pick?

    WTF?

    He would have been perfect for the Oilers and the price isn’t dear.

    He has a limited NTC (as Speeds mentioned) where he could namew 8 teams he wouldn’t go to, maybe EDM was on the list.

    Damn. Very good price for a very good Dman.

    V4.0 needs to make that kind of trade, and RFN.

    m

  162. DSF says:

    striatic:
    DSF,

    all predicated on having an excess asset on the level of Jordan Staal. Edmonton is in a very different situation. different universe.

    i’m up for damning evidence of tambellini’s inadequacy, but you’re going to have to find a GM with much less to work with in order to make a proper comparison.

    they’re out there, but they aren’t in pittsburgh [which got where it is now following a path very similar to what the oilers are doing right now, btw]

    While I agree the Oilers are on a different plane, doing nothing is hardly the alternative.

    Had Bumbellini moved Hemsky when he had value we would be having a different discussion but that doesn’t mean he shouldn’t try to make a silk purse.

    And, your assumption that the Oilers are following the same path as Pittsburgh is fatally flawed.

    The Penguins loaded up on high end centres, who happen to have much more value than wingers, drafted a franchise goaltender and have been adding D like mad fools in the past several years.

    They are now in (were) the position where they have too many centres, too many D and will no doubt now focus in finding wingers.

    The Oilers have a brace of high end wingers, the worst centre depth this side of Columbus (why didn’t the Oilers take a run at Ribiero?) , the worst D in the league and a goaltending combo that is well below average.

    You can’t get there from here.

  163. DSF says:

    Woodguy:
    Michalek goes to PHX for 2 prospects and the 81st pick?

    WTF?

    He would have been perfect for the Oilers and the price isn’t dear.

    He has a limited NTC (as Speeds mentioned) where he could namew 8 teams he wouldn’t go to, maybe EDM was on the list.

    Damn.Very good price for a very good Dman.

    V4.0 needs to make that kind of trade, and RFN.

    m

    Yandle is obviously now available.

    Gagner and Paajarvi for Yandle?

  164. rickithebear says:

    tim Bozon: LW 6’1″ 180lb mar. 94 .70 chl point conversion.
    1PPg X.7 =.7 x 82 GM =57P. potential 29G 28A player.

    im is a highly skilled player. He has an ease to his skill and it is parlayed in his skating, puck handling and thought process. He has speed and quickness and he has no problems moving into the areas where he can use his skills and contribute offensively. He has very good poise with the puck and his awareness is good and he makes good plays that lead to scoring chances. He has a good shot and he’s able to get to the dangerous spots and take advantage. He’s learning how his skill can be of the initiating type in terms of imposing it on opponents and gaining increased chances. He plays a very controlled game in terms of not running around without purpose. He will benefit from maturity and that will help his confidence which can lead to being a very good NHL player. He has the potential to be that player because his skill is evident but he will need some time to pull everything together.

  165. Gerta Rauss says:

    rickithebear,

    Poise!!!

    I’d like to see them take another forward at 32.

  166. Woodguy says:

    DSF: Yandle is obviously now available.

    Gagner and Paajarvi for Yandle?

    No fucking chance.

    Yandle is a soft killer like Lubo and EDM doesn’t have soft minutes to spare.

    They need tough minute D.

    They need a goddam Michalek, Bouwmeester, Tyutin etc.

    Edit: well past beer 1

  167. fuzzy muppet says:

    rickithebear,

    this is acceptable. forward ranks are thin

  168. Gerta Rauss says:

    Woodguy,

    I’ve got a feeling they are going to wind up with Methot.
    With CBJ taking Murray today and trading for Johnson at the deadline I think they move a D man and clear some salary from the back end.

    Just a hunch.

  169. DSF says:

    Woodguy: No fucking chance.

    Yandle is a soft killer like Lubo and EDM doesn’t have soft minutes to spare.

    They need tough minute D.

    They need a goddam Michalek, Bouwmeester, Tyutin etc.

    Edit: well past beer 1

    Good luck with that.

    Michaelek is already gone, Jaybo won’t be moved for peanuts and I doubt Howson moves Tyutin without a top 6 forward coming back.

    I likely don’t need to remind you who the Oilers top 6 are.

  170. Chris says:

    This is apparantly the official Oilers management first round pick theme song http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXQgG98VSOs back from when the dinosaurs roamed the earth and Pat Quinn was a young man.

  171. Traktor says:

    Woodguy: No fucking chance.

    Yandle is a soft killer like Lubo and EDM doesn’t have soft minutes to spare.

    They need tough minute D.

    They need a goddam Michalek, Bouwmeester, Tyutin etc.

    Edit: well past beer 1

    wtf

    Have you never watched Yandle or are you that drunk?

  172. Woodguy says:

    Traktor: wtf

    Have you never watched Yandle or are you that drunk?

    Its pretty obvious you haven’t watched how he’s deployed.

    Its ok, I expect that from you.

    Carry on.

  173. Traktor says:

    DSF: Good luck with that.

    Michaelek is already gone, Jaybo won’t be moved for peanuts and I doubt Howson moves Tyutin without a top 6 forward coming back.

    I likely don’t need to remind you who the Oilers top 6 are.

    Tyutin has 6 years left and he ain’t nothing special. I doubt he brings back a top 6 forward unless a bad contract comes back.

  174. Woodguy says:

    Gerta Rauss:
    Woodguy,

    I’ve got a feeling they are going to wind up with Methot.
    With CBJ taking Murray today and trading for Johnson at the deadline I think they move a D man and clear some salary from the back end.

    Just a hunch.

    They may move Tyutin given his contract. Methot is reasonable as well.

    DSF,

    Tyutin doesn’t bring back a top 6 F due to $ and term. Its too long and too much.

  175. Ducey says:

    For 32 the Oilers should look at:

    1. Finn – 2 way D who can play physical, has character and run the PP
    2. Oscar Dansk – top rated goaler
    3. Collberg – 5’11″ 174 LW but ranked by ISS at 11 and the Hockey News at 14.
    4. Ludvig Bystrom Swede Dman with some offensive potential ISS had him at 22
    5. Pontus Aberg – Swedish LW ISS # 15
    6. Dalton Thrower – only 5-11″ but put up 54 pts in 66 games as a D and can throw them

    Unfortunately all the Power forward types are taken. Only Kerdiles 6’2′LW or Martin Frk seem to be in the range. I’d like Frk better if he could stay healthy and if he wasn’t missing a vowel.

  176. Woodguy says:

    Traktor: Tyutin has 6 years left and he ain’t nothing special. I doubt he brings back a top 6 forward unless a bad contract comes back.

    We agree on something Trak.

    Quick! Change your post and opinion and shit talk me!

  177. Traktor says:

    Woodguy: Its pretty obvious you haven’t watched how he’s deployed.

    Its ok, I expect that from you.

    Carry on.

    Just because a coach deploys a player a certain way doesn’t mean that’s the only situation he can play in.

    I actually thought you were smarter than that.

    My mistake.

  178. Traktor says:

    Woodguy: We agree on something Trak.

    Quick! Change your post and opinion and shit talk me!

    I agreed with you last week when you said a 2C like Staal was Edmonton’s biggest or 2nd biggest need.

  179. Lowetide says:

    Ducey:
    For 32 the Oilers should look at:

    1. Finn – 2 way D who can play physical, has character and run the PP
    2. Oscar Dansk – top rated goaler
    3. Collberg – 5’11″ 174 LW but ranked by ISS at 11 and the Hockey News at 14.
    4. Ludvig Bystrom Swede Dman with some offensive potential ISS had him at 22
    5. Pontus Aberg – Swedish LW ISS # 15
    6. Dalton Thrower – only 5-11″ but put up 54 pts in 66 games as a D and can throw them

    Unfortunately all the Power forward types are taken.Only Kerdiles 6’2′LW or Martin Frk seem to be in the range.I’d like Frk better if he could stay healthy and if he wasn’t missing a vowel.

    Brian Hart is a PF type a little farther down the line.

  180. striatic says:

    so i guess the oil will try

    Hall Gagner Hemsky
    Yakupov RNH Eberle

    getting Yak to switch from RW to LW?

  181. rich says:

    Here’s something for tomorrow…or maybe next week’s investigative reports.

    Fussy Britches, Stauffer and Tencer all had the Oilers picking Murray. A deliberate smoke screen or a deliberate test of the fan base to see what the reaction might be and they changed their mind when they saw how negative the reaction was?

  182. Traktor says:

    The last 3 seasons..

    Yandle has averaged 47 points
    Gagner has averaged 43 points

    Yandle has missed 0 games
    Gagner has missed 35 games

    Yandle is +33
    Gagner is -20

    I would rather have Weber than Yandle but Gagner is no Hanzel and MPS was outscored by Brule.

  183. Gerta Rauss says:

    striatic:
    so i guess the oil will try

    Hall Gagner Hemsky
    Yakupov RNH Eberle

    getting Yak to switch from RW to LW?

    That’s how I see them lining up as well.

    Rounding out the top 9 is:

    Smyth-Horcoff-x

    Our host has been advocating a Pisani type and that’s where I would put him. Shane Doan would fit nicely there but fill in your own veteran 2 way RW.

    Nuge’s line gets sheltered minutes and the 4th line needs some grit and can play NHL hockey.

    edit-if they could move Horcoff I’d prefer that but I think we’re stuck with him for at least 1 more year

  184. Traktor says:

    Craig Button had Finn as the 10th best player in the draft.

    I think he had Bystrom either 17th or 19th.

  185. Woodguy says:

    Traktor: Just because a coach deploys a player a certain way doesn’t mean that’s the only situation he can play in.

    I actually thought you were smarter than that.

    My mistake.

    Apparently you know that a player can handle tougher assignments than they’ve been given in the past. Do you work for the Oilers?

    Your crystal ball is much better than mine.

    Many players’ production falls off the cliff vs. Tougher assingments (see: Getzlaf)

    Also,

    I stated a few time that Gagner’s 10pts in the last 25gms playing with good players was a major disappointment. I see you agreed with that as we’ll.

  186. DSF says:

    Woodguy: Its pretty obvious you haven’t watched how he’s deployed.

    Its ok, I expect that from you.

    Carry on.

    Because he’s been deployed that way doesn’t mean that is his ceiling.

    Yandle would become the Oilers best defenseman….tomorrow.

  187. DSF says:

    Woodguy: They may move Tyutin given his contract.Methot is reasonable as well.

    DSF,

    Tyutin doesn’t bring back a top 6 F due to $ and term.Its too long and too much.

    Then his contract would be certain death for the Oilers who are going to have to pay a bunch of kids a bunch of money real soon.

  188. striatic says:

    Gerta Rauss,

    i don’t think Smyth will sign, and i think Jones slots in there.

    but if Smyth does sign i think we see

    Hall Gagner Hemsky
    Yakupov RNH Eberle
    Smyth Horcoff Jones
    Eager Belanger Petrell

    which is starting to look like a proper NHL team with the exception of C. poor Sam Gagner : [

  189. Gerta Rauss says:

    striatic,

    I’d like to see them improve on Jones and Belanger.I think they’re going to give Eager 1 more year.I was ambivelent to the Petrell signing the other day-I thought they could have done better especially at EVs-but here we are.

    I think they’ll re-sign Smyth after July 1.
    And yeah, C needs a lot of work.

  190. gogliano says:

    Wonder if the Oil are waiting on Schultz before moving. I know Tambs is impulsive but I could see it being an irrational source of delay.

    Yakupov up front with the other young’uns and a #3 powerplay manned by RNH would make me drool if I was an offensive dman breaking into the league looking to hit my bonus targets and looking for a big payday in two years. A stable of forwards like that is going to drive results, especially if they aren’t saddled with Barker-level players (the rung two below the Mendoza line).

    I know DSF will be along shortly to point out that Schultz will prefer the reigning Stanley Cup champs with the Sedins up front and their gaping hole in the defence but Hall-Eberle-RNH-Yakupov has to look tempting to Schultz if he is serious about coming to Canada and it sounds like he is. Certainly a bigger sell than a pick of Murray or Reinhart.

  191. striatic says:

    also the possibility of ..

    Hall Gagner Hemsky
    Smyth RNH Eberle
    Jones Horcoff Yakupov
    Eager Belanger Petrell

    with Hemsky seeing a trade mid season for C or D

  192. Woodguy says:

    DSF: Because he’s been deployed that way doesn’t mean that is his ceiling.

    Yandle would become the Oilers best defenseman….tomorrow.

    A lot of 2nd pairing D would be the best D on the Oilers tomorrow.

    Doesn’t mean that you should aim low.

    Especially when the player has a $5MM tag.

    DSF,

    Whitney will be gone and other D aren’t making that for a while.

    Not a good contract to be sure.

  193. DSF says:

    gogliano:
    Wonder if the Oil are waiting on Schultz before moving.I know Tambs is impulsive but I could see it being an irrational source of delay.

    Yakupov up front with the other young’uns and a #3 powerplay manned by RNH would make me drool if I was an offensive dman breaking into the league looking to hit my bonus targets and looking for a big payday in two years.A stable of forwards like that is going to drive results, especially if they aren’t saddled with Barker-level players (the rung two below the Mendoza line).

    I know DSF will be along shortly to point out that Schultz will prefer the reigning Stanley Cup champs with the Sedins up front and their gaping hole in the defence but Hall-Eberle-RNH-Yakupov has to look tempting to Schultz if he is serious about coming to Canada and it sounds like he is.Certainly a bigger sell than a pick of Murray or Reinhart.

    I’m sure playing with the Oilers young guns is tempting but The Canucks score more by a very wide margin.

    If his motivation is to pile up points, Vancouver would be a much better situation.

    That may not be his motivation.

  194. DSF says:

    Woodguy: A lot of 2nd pairing D would be the best D on the Oilers tomorrow.

    Doesn’t mean that you should aim low.

    Especially when the player has a $5MM tag.

    DSF,

    Whitney will be gone and other D aren’t making that for a while.

    Not a good contract to be sure.

    I don’t think there is a better defenseman than Yandle available.

  195. oilersfan says:

    DSF

    Re the Canucks. Their two elite forwards are 31. They have a 2-3 window before they become the Calgary Flames.

    If I’m Schultz and I want a place to play on a team going up after I am 25 years old, I pick the Oilers.

  196. fuzzy muppet says:

    Judging from what’s happened, I hope they move 32 + for an NHL defenseman capable of playing tough minutes.

    Sign schultz (fingers crossed) and acquire Frolik somehow. Move Belanger and get a depth C like Konopka.

    Then add a capable goaler and they may make the playoffs

  197. Gerta Rauss says:

    fuzzy muppet,

    Yup-Frolik would fit nicely.
    I think Belanger will be moved-even VV in that 4C spot in the short term works for me.

  198. oilersfan says:

    Stauffer said that with the Islanders getting Vishnovsky that Streit would be in play, and that he is buds with Krueger from their Swiss days.

    He has also hinted the Oilers may be after Paul Martin or some other 4-5 million dman on a cap or budget strapped team.

  199. PaperDesigner says:

    If I am Schultz, I consider the Oilers if the four primary things I am looking for are:

    1. An opportunity to step in right away.

    2. A Canadian city.

    3. An opportunity to pile up points on a roster with few enough D that I can quickly become the highest paid defencemen on the roster.

    4. Several chances to win the cup over a long period of time.

    See, if I was Schultz, I would be concerned about dropping to 5 or 6 on the depth chart, having too many other good D men to be truly get paid. Would it be enough to put me off the Canucks altogether? No, but I can see circumstances under which he might prefer Edmonton.

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