We’re starting a new feature here at the blog, ask LT! I have NO idea what I’m talking about, but that’s never stopped my wife from asking me 1000 questions a day!
- If the Oilers draft fourth, who do they take?
I think the Oilers have the top of their draft list set as follows: Aaron Ekblad, Leon Draisaitl, Sam Reinhart, Sam Bennett. I suspect they like Jake Virtanen and Nikolai Ehlers a lot too, but MacT will want to draft a center or defenseman. If they fall to fourth, and all but Bennett are available, they could trade down. Edmonton doesn’t have a second or third round pick, it’s possible they trade their first rounder for a top 10 pick and a second round selection.
- Will they trade Sam Gagner, and to whom?
They will deal him to the Islanders, for Josh Bailey. The 4C’s next season might be Nuge-Bailey-Gordon-Arcobello, although there’s probably an appetite to add a big time center.
- If they draft Ekblad, will Nurse and Ekblad play next year?
Hell if I know. Edmonton is about to get overrun by these kids on the blue. Remember Dillon Simpson is on his way too. Jesus. This is EXACTLY what happened to the Leafs in 1970. I think Edmonton is better off sending one of these kids, and a pick or forward, to another city in exchange for a stud defender with hair on his ass (source: Duke Snider).
- Matty says the Oilers will sign Matt Greene. Will they?
I can see it. As a depth guy, he could provide a physical element—Edmonton wanted Theo Peckham for that job and then brought in Mark Fraser to audition. If that’s the role planned, a 6-7D, it’s tolerable.
- What is the big addition this summer?
We don’t know yet. It could be a center like Spezza or Paul Stastny, or it could be a defenseman like Dion Phaneuf or Andrei Markov. Craig MacTavish is going to build this team up the middle over the summer. Look for D and C’s.
- Who are the wingers for next year?
Hall-Eberle and Perron-Yakupov seem set, although I’m worried about the Russian. After that, Matt Hendricks and Luke Gazdic appear to be roster players and you’d have to think Roman Horak, Anton Lander and Tyler Pitlick have a chance. If the Oilers could solve one or two of these problems with a Horak, that would be a helluva thing. I’m hoping there’s money left over for Moss and Winnik.
- What about Bogdan Yakimov?
What about Bogdam Yakimov?
- Who should the Oilers hire at assistant coach?
Charlie Huddy, Billy Moores and Todd Nelson.
- What are they key areas Edmonton needs to address this summer?
Center, defense, the power play and penalty kill.
- What’s most important?
Improving the possession game.
- Give me an example
Roman Horak helps you more than Luke Gazdic.
- Do you have a Matty-style “Drew Stafford” you would like Edmonton to acquire?