Craig MacTavish laid the trade deadline foundation for fans yesterday. Expect the exit. Ales Hemsky, Nick Schultz, maybe Ryan Smyth or Sam Gagner. It’s fairly easy to fill in the blanks from there. Take all of the smart teams (LAK, CHI, PIT, BOS, STL, ANA, SJS, OTT, NJD. maybe DET) and filter them through MacTavish, we should be able tio find our Hemsky destination (or close).
How many of those teams could use Hemsky? LAK, PIT, STL, SJS and maybe Detroit. How many of them are waiting for MacTavish to make a mistake? All of them. How many will improve their offer an hour before the deadline? All of them. Where will Hemsky end up? I’ll guess Los Angeles for a second and a fourth (or a conditional 1st). Is that enough? That’s not really the question we should be asking. The question: is it wise to deal Hemsky now? Answer: no. Get good players, keep good players. Let us never entertain the unicorn that is three scoring lines again. Ever.
It will be very interesting to see how much Calgary gets for Cammalleri compared to the Oil return for Hemsky.
FIRST ROUND PICK
- MacT: “I’m open minded. You have to be. It’s determining what the value is of that pick”
If the season ended today, the Oilers would pick first, second or third (lottery winner). One suspects their list is Ekblad, Bennett and Reinhart, and we can probably also assume the club might be eager to draft Bennett over Reinhart to give them a different look. I don’t think they trade this pick.
JUSTIN SCHULTZ, TOP PAIRING
“With Justin, it’ll be after the deadline. I’ve had some preliminary conversations with his representation. I think he’s a terrific talent, he’s taken significant steps this year. Working towards establishing himself as a guy with very very high upside.”
This quote tells us that MacT believes completely in Schultz as part of the foundation of the team. I’m not sure that we should share that belief, Schultz has lots of holes but plenty of talent, too. Once he hits 200 games we should know, but he’s going to get paid long before it. The best case scenario involves finding a brilliant Vlasic pickles defender to run side by side. Suspect that’s part of the summer.
“Hopefully we can get a number of things done at the deadline. We want to free up roster spots to give some of our young guys in the AHL a chance to play.”
This means the players we’ve discussed—Lander, Horak, Pitlick, Fedun, Klefbom—may all appear if their roadblocks (Hemsky, Smyth, Jones, N Schultz, Potter) are moved down the line. If you’re a performing Baron, this is a pretty exciting week.
“We want to accumulate as many assets as possible going through this deadline”
The rebuild continues. The deadline is about getting picks from 25-95 in exchange for Hemsky, Nick Schultz and Ryan Smyth. No doubts. Sail on, Pardubice prince, cashed for #49 overall.
“You try and give yourself swings at the plate. When you analyze where he is, and what his skill level is, and his age is, it’s a reasonable assumption he has room to grow. There’s not a lot of downside to bringing a guy like Ben in and seeing what he can do for us. Nothing in the sample size to stop us from giving him that opportunity” (being a 60 game starter).
There you go! Confirmation from MacT that Scrivens joins Perron, Gordon and Ference as long term additions (or at least that’s the plan) for this team. If Tambellini had been adding one useful player a year the Oilers wouldn’t need to trade Hemsky at the deadline. I cannot be convinced otherwise.
POST DEADLINE ROSTER
- Goal: Ben Scrivens, Ilya Bryzgalov
- Defense: Andrew Ference, Justin Schultz, Martin Marincin, Jeff Petry, Anton Belov, Mark Fraser, Taylor Fedun
- Center: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Sam Gagner, Boyd Gordon, Anton Lander
- Left Wing: Taylor Hall, David Perron, Roman Horak, Jesse Joensuu, Luke Gazdic
- Right Wing: Nail Yakupov, Jordan Eberle, Matt Hendricks, Tyler Pitlick, Ryan Jones
I’m straining to see a possession team here, ladies and men. I’ve ordered the glasses, but they aren’t here yet.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
- Michael Parkatti, Boys on the Bus. Trade deadline, true value of Hemsky, what to expect final 22 games.
- Darrin Bauming, TSN 1290 Winnipeg. Jets deadline, Maurice extension, Pavelec as #1, Blue Bombers.
- Sean Beissel, head coach Sherwood Park midget AAA and campus director Donnan Hockey. Finishing the season and why change can be a good thing.
- Rob Soria, Oil Drop and Frozen in Oil. Rob has some strong opinions on where the Oilers are heading.
- Jeff Krushell, Krush Performance. Safety at the Olympics, helmet progress and baseball!
- Corey Graham, Oil Kings pbp. Medicine Hat played filthy in their barn last night, and tonight the two teams play at Rexall.
10-1260 text, @Lowetide_ and we’ll have any breaking Oilers news (even have our own music bed!) Stay tuned.