THE NEW JERSEY HAIR-SPLITTING CONVENTION

Frankly, I have no idea of what we can expect today. Simply put, the events of yesterday suggest that Craig MacTavish is going to upgrade goaltending first, and then look to defense and center. This goaltending position was mentioned in ‘the list’ but most Oiler fans felt it was a secondary task for this summer.

THE LIST (in apparent order)

  1. Starting goalie (Cory Schneider)
  2. Top 4 defender (Braydon Coburn)
  3. Sign Sam Gagner to a multi-year deal that has begins with a number in the 4′s.
  4. Find a 2line R to play with Paajarvi (Clutterbuck)
  5. Find a 2line L who can complement Gagner-Yakupov with puck retrieval, blocking out the sun, etc
  6. Find a 3line C to play with Paajarvi
  7. Find a 4line C to play with Smyth/Brown
  8. Get Paajarvi signed and then find a role that suits him (suspect it’s 3line).
  9. Deal Hemsky for immediate help (even if its a checker).
  10. Deal Horcoff or slot him into the 3line job for which he is actually ideal.
  11. Decide on Lander/Belanger or other for 13F (and 14F if they go with 7D).
  12. Better blue depth (MacT has done this with Belov, plus Klefbom/Fedun/Marincin)
  13. AHL #1/NHL #3 goalie
  14. Sign Paul Ranger

Cory Schneider will come at a dear price today, and he’s two years from unrestricted free agency. That means Craig MacTavish must be putting exceptional value on these next two years, and that  of course means Coburn and Clutterbuck (should they become Oilers) will no doubt be joined by centermen and wingmen and possibly defensemen. I think we can assume Devan Dubnyk will be in the out basket in due course and maybe that happens today. Other names who could be with other teams today are Shawn Horcoff, Ales Hemsky, Nick Schultz and Magnus Paajarvi. I don’t believe Sam Gagner is going to be dealt based on all we’ve heard, but I’ll include him here just in case.

Craig MacTavish said 8 or 9 roster spots could change. He was clear on Dubnyk, he was clear on Hemsky and Horcoff and Khabibulin and Peckham and Belanger and and and. Why then is it such a surprise to see Corey Schneider as the key piece to the puzzle?

  • Willis: “Over the last three seasons, Dubnyk has been a 0.917 save percentage goalie to Schneider’s 0.931. Even assuming Schneider is really a 0.925 true-talent goalie (a cautious approach), for a goalie playing 60 games (roughly 1,600 shots), that’s a difference of 13 goals per year – one every five games. It’s a big difference.”

I don’t like the deal. I think it lacks clarity based on the holes in the roster and it improves a position that is league average to maybe a little better, while the defense remains a mess and the center position terribly weak with Horcoff and Belanger about to make it weaker. I vow to wait until we see the full picture, but as it stands this trade (depending on assets sent) looks like a considerable overpay. Two seasons of a very good NHL goalie who lacks a long resume? The window is suddenly and unnecessarily shortened to two seasons.

Ladies and gents, nothing rhymes.

NAKED LUNCH????

MISH MASH

Based on the rumors, picks #7, #37 and #56 may be off the board. If that happens, the Oilers would pick #128, #158 and #188. I’ll cover the draft stories all day today, but the afternoon session may be more about trades than picks. Edmonton’s lowest number of draft picks in one year is five (2006) when they drafted #45, #75, #133, #140 and #170. It’s kind of incredible that they found Jeff Petry and Theo Peckham that year.

 THE OILERS SELECT….

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There’s a chance the Edmonton Oilers first selection today is #128 (based on reports), but here’s how I see them picking should they end up using the 6 available slots on the board.

  • #7 overall: L Valeri Nichushkin. If Monahan is unavailable, I think the Oilers go with the big powerforward. He’ll be the most NHL ready and Edmonton has a spot available for him on the left side. If he doesn’t make the big club (at 2 or 4L) then they can send him to OKC or back to the KHL.

  • #37 overall: D Dillon Heatherington. Big, mobile defenseman who can make plays with the puck and close a gap in a heartbeat. This is exactly the player type on defense MacT has talked about, and he could be a future shutdown defender/pk stalwart.
  • #56 overall: C Greg Chase. Gritty player with skill, he’s been moving up draft boards and is the last C in the top 60 who combines rugged play with any kind of skill.
  • #128 overall: L Myles Bell. Moved from D to L and had tremendous success. May go much higher, but if available could be a wise choice. Bell turns 20 in August.
  • #158 overall: C Taylor Cammarata. Small and extremely skilled centerman from the USHL.
  • #188 overall: D Mattias Norstebo. Interesting puck moving defenseman from Norway who plays in Sweden for Brynas (Jr).

The Oilers prospect depth chart would look pretty damn impressive with this group added to the current top 30 but we should  be prepared for a day that begins in round 5.

UP NEXT: I’ll cover the entire draft today, but if there are boring parts may begin a series on available free agents. I’ll begin with Vincent L or the man Stalberg, haven’t quite decided. Also, the sheer number of ‘sail on’ posts that the day could inspire is incredible: Gagner, Horcoff, Hemsky, Paajarvi–MacT is the Godfather and last year’s roster is Moe Green.

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  1. FPB94 says:

    I hope the Oilers take the cake with their pick =P.

  2. Lucinius says:

    FPB94,

    The cake is a lie.

  3. Lowetide says:

    “Steve Smith”:
    Lowetide,

    Accords with my decidedly unreliable recollection – thanks, LT.

    In no particular order, I think a defensive corps of Smid, Petry, Schultz, Schultz, Gilbert, Coburn, and Belov may not be totally terrible.

    And the right side has three very nice options in case someone is struggling. The LH Smid-Schultz-Coburn is a nice defensive group. I like it especially because Justin Schultz could play 3rd pairing evens with a solid veteran.

  4. FPB94 says:

    Lucinius,

    I hope they pick who they must, because they can. Rexall Science.

  5. spoiler says:

    Darren Dreger@DarrenDreger

    I’m not leaving the Hurricanes table. Jim rutherford is constantly on and off the phone.

  6. Gerta Rauss says:

    Has Gilbert been bought out..?…have I missed something or are we speculating..?

    I’d make room for Gilbert without hesitation.

  7. Lowetide says:

    FPB94:
    Lucinius,

    I hope they pick who they must, because they can. Rexall Science.

    This.

  8. Ribs says:

    Pittsburgh Penguins ‏@penguins 2m
    BREAKING NEWS: #Pens acquire 2013 2nd-round pick (50th overall) from San Jose in exchange for Tyler Kennedy

  9. Lowetide says:

    Ribs:
    Pittsburgh Penguins ‏@penguins 2m
    BREAKING NEWS: #Pens acquire 2013 2nd-round pick (50th overall) from San Jose in exchange for Tyler Kennedy

    AND we’re off!

  10. godot10 says:

    Tyler Kennedy is way better than Cal Clutterf..er Clutterbuck.

  11. pboy says:

    Whoever drafts Nurse is getting a really good kid. I wouldn’t be devastated if the Oilers took him. He’s a fitness freak just like our new Head Coach and our GM.

  12. BlacqueJacque says:

    Am I crazy for thinking 37th overall would have been a modest overpay?

  13. Lowetide says:

    BlacqueJacque:
    Am I crazy for thinking 37th overall would have been a modest overpay?

    That pick will be used for Coburn, but yes.

  14. godot10 says:

    BlacqueJacque:
    Am I crazy for thinking 37th overall would have been a modest overpay?

    If the Oilers can get Clutterbuck for Pitlick, that is a much better value trade.

  15. Lucinius says:

    Wow.

    Mguire trotted out the name of Lucic already.

  16. spoiler says:

    Wonder if getting Kennedy takes San Jose out of the Clutterbuck market.

  17. FPB94 says:

    Lucinius,

    Looks like the team with the ”Lucic type player” doesn’t think he’s worth that much.

  18. Woodguy says:

    rickithebear:
    WG & DBO

    Sav% better marker
    6-8 GD
    might want to look @ all three d pairs.
    might want to look at the bottom pairs for EVGA results.

    No.

    We’ve been over this.

  19. Woodguy says:

    Ryan:
    “Nobody cares about Edmonton so nobody hates them. It’s that simple.”

    That was a correct statement.

  20. godot10 says:

    I hope Barkov goes #2 to Florida to shake up the expectations of draft order.

  21. Woodguy says:

    VOR,

    Good teams can go as low as .860.

    Prove this statement please.

  22. bookje says:

    Woodguy: That was a correct statement.

    I am pretty sure that Souray hated the Oilers.

  23. Thor762 says:

    Darren Dreger ‏@DarrenDreger 8s
    Chuck Fletcher will continue to listen to interest in Clutterbuck, but said 45 min ago the deal has to be right…he’s not giving him away.

    I’m betting Fletcher was hoping that San Jose would help up the price for clutterbuck. But that won’t happen now with Kennedy going to the Sharks.

  24. Woodguy says:

    bookje: The only problem with your logic is that it has none.Other than that, it is lock solid.

    That doesn’t stop anyone.

    Ever.

  25. Woodguy says:

    Dark Asia:
    VOR,

    Solid analysis by vor and I agree that it’s unclear in the long run who will be better between Schneider and Dubnyk. Sample size inadequate especially with respect to both guys and especially Schneider who has never played more than 33 games as an NHL starter. To trade significant assets for Schneider one has to assume that Dubnyk will not improve (questionable) and buy into Schneider’s numbers irrespective of small sample size and team effect. I actually think they are quite comparable in results but obviously achieve this witha quite different style of play. Schnedier looks sexier but Dubnyk gets results too. Goal is the least of that team’s worries aside from top 6 RW and what better way to mess with your young goalie’s head than the slag him after a a solid first season as a starter and constantly look to replace him over the summer. But the Oilers never had a clue about goalies and their talk about Dubnyk needing to be “pushed” only shows how little they understand the mental side of playing goal in the NHL. Like goalies doesn’t have enough pressure in a position where almost every mistake is highlighted by a red light going off above your head, horns blowing and thousand of people yelling. In any case the negative vibe from management that feeds the clueless masses has started. This proceeds any red pill player being drummed out of town and it’s started for Dubnyk. Look forward to him killing the Oilers for many years to come on another team like so many other guys who were crapped on and subsequently traded for non hockey reasons.

    Your post is just a big white blur to old eyes like mine.

    Please separate everything by thought and theme.

    Thank you in advance.

  26. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Went out to feed a friend’s cats with great trepidation.

    Shocked to come home and discover Schneids is cooled… yippee!

  27. Southern Oil says:

    Figures – since I don’t have cable, NBC sports won’t come up. Guess I am listening on the radio.

  28. FPB94 says:

    TSN has the most ridiculous, back to this guy, back to this guy routine haha.

  29. Chris says:

    Geez they love Bettman in Jersey. Maybe we get a draft soon just so the guy doesn’t get booed.

  30. pboy says:

    Boooooooo!

  31. spoiler says:

    Bob Stauffer‏@Bob_Stauffer

    Coburn’s agents claim the Flyers have not told them who is in on their client..

  32. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Southern Oil:
    Figures – since I don’t have cable, NBC sports won’t come up.Guess I am listening on the radio.

    first row sports eu

  33. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    any chance the Oil acknowledge Pelss? It would be classy I think.

  34. Lowetide says:

    Romulus Apotheosis:
    any chance the Oil acknowledge Pelss? It would be classy I think.

    Agreed.

  35. Lucinius says:

    3 minute timer and it takes them 30-45 seconds just to get moving towards the podium, haha.

  36. skidplate says:

    Good pick

  37. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    So, no counter trey so far.

  38. skidplate says:

    Jones next

  39. skidplate says:

    Nice Sister

  40. Chris says:

    For the record Devils fans “Marty was not better” than Patrick Roy. Quality of team mates bitches.

  41. Lowetide says:

    You know how to confirm Roy was greater? We all hated him and would have loved to say it wasn’t true. A dickhead, but brilliant goaltender.

  42. jake70 says:

    Man, my sister lives in Cole Harbour….same area as Crosby and NM, not sure what is in the water but I wish she would get to having some babies.

  43. spoiler says:

    Darren Dreger@DarrenDreger

    Unless something changes, the Oilers have very little going at the moment

  44. Lowetide says:

    Darren Dreger ‏@DarrenDreger 1m

    Unless something changes, the Oilers have very little going at the moment.

    Fine by me.

  45. Lucinius says:

    Lowetide,

    Roy was good to great, but over-rated, imo.

  46. Lucinius says:

    I do wish they’d can these post-pick interviews. Always so much awkwardness.

  47. skidplate says:

    Tallon doing the two step

  48. spoiler says:

    Lowetide:
    Darren Dreger ‏@DarrenDreger 1m

    Unless something changes, the Oilers have very little going at the moment.

    Fine by me.

    I would like Coburn.

  49. skidplate says:

    WOW

  50. BlacqueJacque says:

    Goodbye ROR! To paraphrase, “It’s so exciting to think of Matt Duchene on one line and Nathan centering the second”.

    OMG Barkov takes second. Drouin third? Jones?

  51. thebiggestmanintheworld says:

    Chris,

    Brodeur is miles better than Roy. Quality of player son.

  52. spoiler says:

    Avs had MacKinnon-Barkov 1-2 too.

  53. Chris says:

    I’ve always thought the best goal tender of all time had to be between Hasek and Roy. Those were two players who could take a team on their back and carry them to the promised land.

    Wow…Barkov number two. Bit of a shocker.

  54. skidplate says:

    McGuire, knows

  55. Lowetide says:

    Barkov is #2. Interesting.

  56. Lucinius says:

    Aaaand Barkov is gone. The player I liked the most of the draft.

  57. bookje says:

    spoiler:
    Darren Dreger@DarrenDreger

    Unless something changes, the Oilers have very little going at the moment

    MacT 2.0 – Reality hits. As a previous Oiler GM once said “It’s hard to make trades”

  58. skidplate says:

    Center position is obviously very important. Hope there is one left for the Oilers

  59. godot10 says:

    Dale Tallon sticks a dagger in David Poile’s back.

  60. Woodguy says:

    Barkov taken 2nd.

    Vor wouldn’t give up the 7th and the Oiler’s 6th rounder for him.

  61. pboy says:

    There’s the monkey wrench

  62. spoiler says:

    Let’s not forget his birthday too.

  63. BlacqueJacque says:

    Barkov looks so unhappy.

  64. skidplate says:

    Gots to be Jones next,no?

  65. skidplate says:

    I bet Drouin is next though

  66. godot10 says:

    BlacqueJacque:
    Barkov looks so unhappy.

    He’s be smiling after he sees South Beach.

  67. Lucinius says:

    BlacqueJacque,

    Barkov always looks unhappy lately. Seriously.. I don’t think I’ve seen him not frown in an interview yet.

  68. skidplate says:

    If Tampa picks that is, it will be Drouin.

  69. skidplate says:

    Nashville taking Nichuskin maybe?

  70. Wolfie says:

    Is there a chance Nashville would deal out of 4 for some offence?

  71. skidplate says:

    Or Jones and then trade Weber in a year or two.

  72. Chris says:

    Jones falls all the way too four. Wonder what the cost for the Oilers to flip six for four would be?

  73. Lucinius says:

    The music from Jurassic Park!

  74. Lucinius says:

    Chris,

    Hard, since we don’t have the sixth pick.

  75. skidplate says:

    Lucinius:
    Chris,

    Hard, since we don’t have the sixth pick.

    LOL

  76. bookje says:

    I wonder if Calgary will trade down to pick up some junior high school kid from Austrailia or something like that?

  77. Kris11 says:

    Barkov is unhappy that he will soon get paid millions of dollars.

  78. spoiler says:

    My list was the only one that had Jones at 4th… Just sayin.

    ;oP

  79. Lowetide says:

    Nashville selects D Seth Jones. Helluva pick.

  80. Wolfie says:

    Now the fun begins!

  81. skidplate says:

    Trade coming up?”

  82. jb says:

    Jones probably figured he was headed to Florida all along… Nashville? fuuuuck

  83. spoiler says:

    I wonder if Weber is gone after August for a 1st line C.

  84. Gerta Rauss says:

    Here we go.

    A little excitement in the first 4 picks, but we’re exactly where we thought we would be.

  85. Lowetide says:

    My guess is Monahan goes next.

  86. skidplate says:

    Shut up already.

    EDIT: thought Bettmen was at the podium and announcing a trade. Not directed at you LT. :)

  87. godot10 says:

    David Poile spoils the fun.

  88. Lowetide says:

    Skidplate: No worries. :-)

  89. skidplate says:

    You know you are getting old when you are watching a 56″ TV and can’t tell if it is Bettmen or not :(

  90. bookje says:

    I’m a little pissed off that the Oilers couldn’t have lost a few more games to get the 4th overall now.

  91. skidplate says:

    trade, trade, trade, trade

  92. skidplate says:

    bookje,

    I was thinking the same thing. Could of had Jones.

  93. uni says:

    Nashville has a thing for D in the draft. With their record, you can’t really blame them. Virtual defenseman factory.

  94. Lowetide says:

    Carolina Elias Lindholm great pick. Dammit.

  95. skidplate says:

    Good pick, wish he fell to us.

  96. Wolfie says:

    Monahan or Nichushkin!

  97. Gerta Rauss says:

    that’s not what we wanted….Monahan to Calgary for sure now….

  98. Lucinius says:

    Now Calgary gets to fuck us on centers.

    Boo.

  99. skidplate says:

    Monahan to Calgary, how do you say it? Book It?

  100. Lowetide says:

    Oilers will get the Russian or Monahan.

  101. Jon K says:

    Damn it! Lindholm.

  102. skidplate says:

    Do we take Nurse or trade if Monahan is taken

  103. Kris11 says:

    Wel,, unless Calgary picks Nicushkin, this is the scenario we all predicted.

    Does MacT pick Nicushkin, a Dman, or punt.

  104. rich says:

    A little surprised Nashville takes Jones – who is going to score? Will they make a trade with all those d-men now?

    If Monahan goes to CAL, do we trade down?

  105. bookje says:

    Calgary does dumb shit at the draft – don’t count Monahan out yet.

  106. uni says:

    I really wanted Lindholm for the Oilers, damn it. Guess we’ll have to settle for the big Russian after Calgary grabs Monahan.

    Dare to dream the Ruskie is that big power forward they dream he will be.

  107. Lowetide says:

    The Oilers have two outstanding players on the board, Calgary takes one they should choose the other. This is looking very good now.

  108. Chris says:

    Hah…well I meant seventh. I was just a bit trigger happy on wanting us to trade down to get Jones when he was falling.

  109. skidplate says:

    bookje,
    Could not possibly happen, could it? The panty liner dome would get burned to the ground

  110. spoiler says:

    I’d rather go after Horvat or Gauthier now, if Monahan goes here.

  111. thebiggestmanintheworld says:

    Draft Nichuskin.

    Trade whatever you need to get Tyutin and Anisimov.

    A second line of Nichuskin-Anisimov-Yakupov, with Tyutin-Belov on D, and we’re really following the Detroit model……

  112. Lois Lowe says:

    I am very interested in this Flames pick. Please, for all that is holy, let them go off the board.

  113. Woodguy says:

    bookje:
    I’m a little pissed off that the Oilers couldn’t have lost a few more games to get the 4th overall now.

    The late winning streak was awful in the larger picture.

    I blame enigmatic Russians.

    I think the Oilers take one at 7.

  114. rickithebear says:

    spoiler: Dude, the fact that you can extend misspelling to quotes is actually breathtakingly awesome in some strange way.

    petr petry

    how could you tell the difference?
    Spelling is so important.

  115. Rondo says:

    Wonder where Oilers rank

    Nicushkin

    Monahan

    Nurse

  116. BlacqueJacque says:

    I wonder about Nichushkin, but if he lives up to his potential and learns English… could be something great.

  117. B.C.B says:

    here is a stream if folks don’t have TV like me:

    http://www.justin.tv/tobi_t_mixedsports1#/w/6024591360/3

  118. FPB94 says:

    Oh gosh. Didn’t know what happened to Kristians. Damn,

  119. Chris says:

    I doubt Calgary takes the Russian, so it looks like Monohan is going to go 6th. Interesting to see what MacT does at that point. Nichuskin does some nice things but who knows how they feel about a Euro who apparently has character issues.

  120. skidplate says:

    spoiler,

    With a trade of course. Not at 7th

  121. skidplate says:

    SHIT!

  122. Lucinius says:

    Damn.

  123. Woodguy says:

    MBS said nice things about the enigmatic Russian.

    Hope they take him.

  124. Jon K says:

    Bah. Second choice now gone. I really hope they don’t take the Russian.

  125. skidplate says:

    Russian or Canadian D-man or trade?

  126. Lucinius says:

    Moment of truth for MacT…

  127. DeadmanWaking says:

    Your server just put its hands over its eyes on the last refresh. Error code 707: Can’t look.

  128. Chris says:

    So now we find our whether its the Russian or Nurse. The Oilers have traditionally liked bloodlines that suggests Nurse. But maybe they want Yakopov to have a compatriot around. If we keep Horcov we could have a USSR line.

  129. godot10 says:

    I’m fine with Nichushkin or Nurse.

  130. bookje says:

    Take Nichushkin – He is ready to have an impact this year. I would have preferred Monahan.

  131. skidplate says:

    Nichushkin and Yak with Gagner. Sure, I can live with that. Gags will have to learn Russian.

  132. skidplate says:

    Harry Katz’s fro is getting bigger.

  133. bookje says:

    Chris:
    So now we find our whether its the Russian or Nurse. The Oilers have traditionally liked bloodlines that suggests Nurse. But maybe they want Yakopov to have a compatriot around. If we keep Horcov we could have a USSR line.

    I don’t know that Yakupov would consider Nichushkin a compatriot. Yakupov is a Tatar and Nichushkin is a Russian.

  134. skidplate says:

    Who is Arnstein?

  135. Lucinius says:

    TSN has Nichushkin listed as a RW!? Is that right!?

  136. skidplate says:

    Well if McGuire likes it, SHIT

  137. Lucinius says:

    … Meh.

  138. spoiler says:

    I’m better with that than Nichushkin.

  139. Jon K says:

    Well, what a world. The leading soundbites had the answer.

  140. Ribs says:

    Arthur Staple ‏@StapeNewsday 2m
    #Isles have acquired Cal Clutterbuck from the Wild for Nino Niederreiter.

  141. BlacqueJacque says:

    He’s smarter than Tambo! He’s smarter than Tambo! Sweet Jesus thank you Lawd Awmighty, he’s smarter than Tambo!

  142. Chris says:

    Apparently we went back to bloodlines. The more things change….but still if his father and uncle were professional athletes that’s a good sign. On the other hand Maguire’s approval is always something that concerns me.

  143. pboy says:

    I’m not surprised in the least.

  144. leadfarmer says:

    Winning those last two meaningless games dropped us out of the sure things to the question marks.

  145. dessert1111 says:

    Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!

    The worst case scenario has happened!!!

  146. tsg says:

    Damn. Really wanted Nichcushkin. How could they pass on that size and talent?

  147. uni says:

    So much for the skill mantra, all BS. Nurse over the dirty Russian is a joke.

  148. skidplate says:

    GordM,

    Thanks

  149. Ducey says:

    Yes!

  150. Pablo Aimar says:

    I think its an awful pick. This dude might be good one day but its years away.

  151. Lewis Grant says:

    Seven great players in this draft, and we don’t get any of them. Nothing against Nurse, who I’m sure is a fine person, but I’d take Cory Schneider over him.

  152. skidplate says:

    Good answers by MacTavish. Nurse is not off the board.

    EDIT: “You talk about a player who makes it hard on the opposition, that’s exactly what Darnell Nurse does. He may end up being a top-two defenceman as his offence continues to expand.” – Craig Button

  153. Lucinius says:

    Not overly pleased with Nurse. Better than trading the pick or going off the board, but would have preferred Nichushkin.

  154. Jon K says:

    The team was talking a lot about character and intangibles. It goes to show that they do indeed place a lot of weight on those factors. If Nichushkin’s combine interviews went as poorly as is rumoured, it could explain this choice.

  155. Lowetide says:

    Post is up

  156. bookje says:

    I am fine with Nurse – excited to see what he can do. I understand why they avoided Nichushkin. It will be interesting to see how far he falls.

    Craig MacT 2.0 – “Trades are hard”

    Wonder when Nurse can play in the NHL?

    Somewhere Principe is smiling about this choice!

  157. skidplate says:

    Nishushkin still on the board.

  158. Lucinius says:

    Jon K,

    Fair enough. But.. Yakupov + Nichushkin!!! Bah.

    Oilers don’t let me see the Swedish Line.. then they don’t let me see the Scandinavian Line… now now Russian Line.

  159. JAG-041 says:

    haha
    yeah Principe already has a book of puns ready to go

  160. Lucinius says:

    Weird on the Clutterbuck deal. Nino!? No wonder why we didn’t get Clutterbuck. Don’t like that trade if I’m an Isles fan — though I think Nino wanted out.

  161. Chris says:

    I mean it could have been worse we could have picked some high schooler that no one have ever heard of with the 7th overall pick……

  162. Chris says:

    If the Isles were offering up Ninorieder I don’t think we had an equivalent player we could offer Minnesota. You’d have to go to roster players and I don’t really think any of us wanted Clutterbuck that badly. He is a nice third round player but the price point is always a huge consideration.

  163. Lucinius says:

    Wow.

  164. Lowetide says:

    Lou!!!!!

  165. Chris says:

    Wow Schnieder to the Devils for the 9th overall.

  166. Chris says:

    Christ whatever pack with Satan Lou made years ago remains in full force. Not even bankruptcy being imminent can stop him.

  167. FPB94 says:

    Told you Niederreiter was shaky at best.

  168. uni says:

    Chris,

    What did Miroslav promise Lou?

  169. FPB94 says:

    Hahaha. And they blew the pick right there.

  170. Chris says:

    The Russian is falling. I wonder if the Jets take a chance on him.

  171. Lucinius says:

    Wait, a team had Horvat at 4? Seriously!? Are they retarded?

  172. Chris says:

    By the looks of things it could have been the Canucks as they seem to have burned Schnieder for less than they could have got for him.

  173. Dark Asia says:

    Nurse pick is fine – lots of upside

    Schneider debacle is unreal – got nothing but punked – plus destroyed the current starters feeling that the team believes in him – not that they care.

  174. uni says:

    Haha. The Canucks pulled off a great trade then screwed the pooch with their pick =).

  175. Lucinius says:

    From RUSHKA!

  176. uni says:

    A skilled Russian on the Stars is the last thing I wanted to see. Fills me with foreboding for some reason.

  177. Dark Asia says:

    Jim Nill – good GM – that is all.

  178. PaperDesigner says:

    Argh. I did not want them to draft another defence prospect, especially one with dubious offense.

    Okay, so he doesn’t have TERRIBLE offense, but he projects as a defensive defenceman at the NHL level.

  179. uni says:

    Man, Detroit moves and still gets Mantha, big forward with very huge scoring potential.

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