I am not one to brag, because my Father hated it. I miss him so much it hurts, so not bragging is one thing I can do to honor his memory and tell him (I assume he’s in Heaven) he can be proud of me. That said, every man has his limits.
Blind squirrel, meet nut.
This is important because it confirms what many of us in Edmonton were hearing during the period leading up to the draft. I remember it well because there was much talk about it, and a lot of questioning from posters on this blog. Allow me to revisit some of the comments from draft day:
- Cactus: 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.
- 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.
- Bookje: I think a trade was close perhaps, not a different pick.
- Gret99sky: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
I did in fact post the other two items and they remain as part of the blog’s past. The #1 overall pick was Yakupov, and the comments here were posted in this thread. I sincerely hope no one is offended, but for me this was a point of high importance.
I don’t lie. It doesn’t benefit me and I’m horrible at it. I don’t have connections to the management of the Oilers, but I do have a house in the Edmonton area, and the Oilers are terrible at keeping secrets. I was told by several people (and well out) that Ryan Murray was a target, and that Griffin Reinhart closed late. I DID NOT know for a fact that a higher power had stepped in until last night when McKenzie tweeted it.
Why didn’t I know? Access. Bob McKenzie–who has access–knew it, and probably knew it before the draft. The only question left in this little mystery? Which higher power intervened. In studying the time lines, my suspicion is that it was Darryl Katz on the advice of Craig MacTavish.
YOU’RE NUTS, AND YOU SMELL BAD!
If you look at the time line for MacT’s hiring, you get:
- Oilers talking about Ryan Murray as an option for #1 overall.
- The Oilers hire MacT a precious few days before the draft.
- The order changes in those 11 days.
I think that’s how it happened. I have no way to verify, but the only other way to explain it is by giving complete credit to the owner (and one assumes Redline or another scouting resource he’d be reading–remember, his advisors were claiming a defenseman was the better choice).