If the Edmonton Oilers were facing an expansion draft this summer, would it be difficult to choose 1 goalie, 5 defensemen and 9 forwards who represent the heart of the current cluster?
If we assume that Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Nail Yakupov and Justin Schultz are protected automatically from the draft (along with the 2011 and 2012 draft class as a whole), can we put together a typical 9-5-1 draft list without losing anyone of use? It’s a fun exercise and does speak to the depth in any organization.
- G Devan Dubnyk
- D Jeff Petry
- D Nick Schultz
- D Theo Peckham
- D Taylor Fedun
- D Colten Teubert
- C Sam Gagner
- C Shawn Horcoff
- C Anton Lander
- L Taylor Hall
- L Teemu Hartikainen
- L Magnus Paajarvi
- R Ales Hemsky
- R Jordan Eberle
- R Mike Brown
Wow. Not a lot of depth, even if you add ufa’s Smid and Fistric on the blue and Ryan Jones up front. Lots of work, Mr. Tambellini.
Edmonton is moving west next season. The new realignment is discussed here. I can’t really get excited about this, the NHL has long since taken the fun out of it for me. Why in hellacious acres can’t they leave things the hell alone? Detroit wants to go east, bring Winnipeg here and no one is going to watch Columbus if they’re shitty so what division they play in doesn’t matter.
This Mike Brown story is kind of hilarious. Toronto deals him and steps into the elevator shaft. Meanwhile, the Oilers have responded since he scored that goal.
PLEASE for the love of God cheer Shawn Horcoff. Even if its just to drown out the booing, and to remind people of the blocked shot using his face in Detroit spring 2006.
The Oilers are a hot streak away from being in contention for the playoffs, and of course a losing streak away from being in the basement. I’ve always felt this team would blow past the middling crowd (which in the west is far from middling) the moment Taylor Hall found that “next” gear. I think he’s close (point-per-game) and he’s the key down the stretch. This could be fun!
That’s a funny tweet from dawgbone. It’s true, the Oilers brass is saying things like “we wanted to be in contention for a playoff spot” so the sun is out for the suits. However, as db says, the Hockey Gods seem to enjoy watching the Oilers fall right on their ass when they get above the event horizon and begin shooting for something that matters.
I wrote about college free agent Dan DeKeyser over at Oilers Nation about a month ago, saying:
- Dan DeKeyser is probably the top college free agent in this year’s class, and he would be an excellent addition for the Oilers. The stay-at-home defender has good size, is an excellent skater and at 22 is a mature prospect. All 30 teams are apparently interested but the Detroit Red Wings may have the inside track (this is based on last spring’s rumblings).
Now I see Richard Cloutier has an article up on the same subject (with much more detail). It’s an interesting item, and as we get close to these college free agents signing it’s something to keep in mind.
Devan Dubnyk has a .958SP in his last two games. You know that won’t continue (unsustainable) but I do think he’s giving the Oilers every chance to win. His .916SP ranks him mid-pack and his 4×5 SP (.922) has him near the top. We should expect some regression, especially on 4×5.
I see Keegan Lowe signed his entry level deal yesterday, good for him. He had a strong year in 12-13, and hopefully he can carve out a career; can’t imagine how tough it must be to follow in the footsteps of a famous father.
The Oilers have some work of their own to do on this front, with Martin Gernat and Tobias Rieder still unsigned. I talked to Guy Flaming on the radio show a couple of weeks ago, and he suggested they might sign Gernat and then send him to Europe. The feeling I got from Guy was that Gernat is too “raw” for AHL calibre opposition. Interesting take.
I don’t have much to say about tonight’s game. The Oilers don’t play well against Detroit, haven’t since Orgrodnick based on memory. It’s time to sit back and cheer for the town team. Go you Oilers!