HAROSHEE’YE NOVOSTEE (GOOD NEWS!)

We’ve heard this before, but the drum beats are growing louder now: big center Bogdan Yakimov is on his way to North America. He’ll no doubt sign a contract and spend the season in Oklahoma City, but you never know. The Oilers will add the following players to the pro ranks next season:

  • Jujhar Khaira
  • Mitchell Moroz
  • Dillon Simpson
  • Jordan Oesterle
  • Darnell Nurse (Slide Rule, he’s NHL or back to junior but is signed)

and now Yakimov.

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THE COKE MACHINE DRAFT, 2012

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As with fashion and the economy, the Edmonton Oilers have ‘in-style’ and ‘out-of-fashion’ cycles that are impossible to ignore. After several years of drafting skill (we’ll call it the Cogliano-Gagner-Eberle era) the club began adding bigger prospects out of order in 2012. For those who don’t remember, the “Coke Machine drafts” of last decade gave Edmonton an uneven return.

  • 2000-#35-C Brad Winchester, 6’5, 210
  • 2001-#52-C Eddie Caron, 6’2, 230
  • 2002-#79-LW Brock Radunske, 6’4, 199
  • 2003-#51-RW Colin McDonald, 6’2, 190
  • 2003-#68-LW JF Jacques, 6’3.5, 217
  • 2003-#94-RW Zach Stortini, 6’4, 225
  • 2004-#57-C Geoff Paukovich, 6’4, 207
  • 2005-#97-C Chris Vande Velde, 6’2, 190

The new group has one thing going for it—the future is unwritten—but it’s a very good idea to scan that Prendergast list, see how many high picks were spent on pursuing this player, and the relative lack of success enjoyed by the KP drafting group. This is an expensive, expensive investment.

  • 2012-#32-L Mitchell Moroz, 6.03, 214
  • 2012-#63-C Jujhar Khaira, 6.04, 215
  • 2012-#91-L Daniil Zharkov, 6.04, 212
  • 2012-#153-R John McCarron, 6.02, 225

The club drafted coke machines in 2009 (Cam Abney), 2010 (Drew Czerwonka), but that 2012 entry draft really stands out. Now, the Coke Machines are on the way, with Moroz and Khaira turning pro this fall (Khaira is impressing in OKC now, scored his first pro goal on the weekend). Who do I regard as the best bet? Jujhar Khaira.

Why? Well, I put him as the #5 overall prospect in the system during the winter top 30, and Todd Nelson (among others) had nice things to say here. Bottom line: He’s a big, physical center who learned the defensive side of the game in junior under Kevin Constantine. He may or may not hit enough, but there’s the foundation of a player there. We’ve gotten excited over less many many times.

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LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

At 10 this morning, it’s the Lowdown. Lots to get to, it’s going to be a laugh riot. Seriously! LAUGH RIOT! Scheduled to appear:

  • Scott Burnside, ESPN. We’ll talk about the playoffs, the changes in Washington and what looks like a big week for coaches and GMs in the NHL.
  • Kent Ridley, Ridley Scouting. Kent has just published his 2014 CFL Draft Guide, his fifth edition. We’ll talk about it, and the quality and depth in this year’s draft.
  • Corey Pronman, ESPN. The IIHF U-18′s are done, and that’s a wrap on the 2014 NHL draft season. We’ll talk about the players who helped their draft stock the most.
  • Sam Reinhart, Kootenay Ice. We’ll talk to the young center about the draft, possibly going #1 overall, and playing in the NHL.

10-1260 via text, @Lowetide_ on twitter. See you on the radio!

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58 Responses to "HAROSHEE’YE NOVOSTEE (GOOD NEWS!)"

  1. LMHF#1 says:

    Not gonna lie – I’m really looking forward to yelling out BOGDAN!!!!

  2. mumbai max says:

    Yak the Usurper

    I hope he has half the personality and passion that Yak the Original has.

    Go YAKS!

  3. regwald says:

    Get the accent right though … it’s Bog’ dan

    And pronounced more Bog’ dahn

  4. sliderule says:

    The oilers don’t need to draft Draisatl as the already have a bigger version in Bogdan.

    This player is an interesting prospect who had a pretty good season in Khl before getting sent down to MHL possibly because of his stated intention to come to North America..

    It will be interesting to see the combine measurements as ISS now has Draisaitl at 199 lbs.

  5. mumbai max says:

    Brett Lawrie is on pace for 40 homers and 130 rbi’s, and is batting .179
    Is that crazy?

    Sorry, just had a baseball moment.

  6. russ99 says:

    I was going to post this in the Lander thread, but considering Lander is at a crossroads:

    This organization has a horrific track record at developing the European forwards they’ve drafted in the McGregor era. You really have to wonder if this a deeper organizational issue.

    I just don’t see how we can be successful team in the future without any European forwards.

    I hope they don’t do to Yakimov and Slepyshev what they’ve already done with Yakupov, Paajarvi, Lander, Hartikainen, Omark, Rajala, Reider, etc.

  7. Marcus Oilerius says:

    LMHF#1:
    Not gonna lie – I’m really looking forward to yelling out BOGDAN!!!!

    Fun fact, since I’ve noticed a religious sentiment among many here. Bogdan means “given to God” or “God’s gift” in the original proto-slavic dialect where it comes from.

  8. Woodguy says:

    sliderule,

    The oilers don’t need to draft Draisatl as the already have a bigger version in Bogdan.

    There’s a very wide chasm in the offence that each of those players bring.

  9. Jordan says:

    russ99:
    I was going to post this in the Lander thread, but considering Lander is at a crossroads:

    This organization has a horrific track record at developing the European forwards they’ve drafted in the McGregor era. You really have to wonder if this a deeper organizational issue.

    I just don’t see how we can be successful team in the future without any European forwards.

    I hope they don’t do to Yakimov and Slepyshev what they’ve already done with Yakupov, Paajarvi, Lander, Hartikainen, Omark, Rajala, Reider, etc.

    Rus, I think you’re off-base here.

    This isn’t on the team. They brought all of these guys over, gave all of them a number of shots (are still giving Lander shots) and they didn’t work out. This isn’t about development, or poor management. They’ve been given good minutes, had a lot of success at the minor league level, and haven’t translated to NHL success. On the worst team in the NHL.

    This isn’t an issue of the Org screwing players up or messing them around. They just didn’t work out, and either the Oilers or the Player decided to either trade them, let them walk, or keep developing them.

    I’m not going to suggest they’ve hit their potential, because many of them have under-performed based on their perceived ceilings. But the issue I see is that most of them have trouble with their hitting translating from AAA pitching to Major League pitching.

    That happens a lot.

    Now, if you were to say the Oilers need to focus more on developing offensive skills in their prospects to prepare for that jump… I think that’s fair, and probably is an organization-wide issue that would be woth talking about. But to suggest that the Oilers are just bad at Euro Forwards misses the real issues that the Oilers development pipeline has.

  10. Woodguy says:

    Burke made a very good hire today in Brad Treliving.

    Learned from one of the best in Don Maloney in PHX.

    CAL might make the playoffs before the Oilers.

    http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=716880

  11. mumbai max says:

    russ99:
    I was going to post this in the Lander thread, but considering Lander is at a crossroads:

    This organization has a horrific track record at developing the European forwards they’ve drafted in the McGregor era. You really have to wonder if this a deeper organizational issue.

    I just don’t see how we can be successful team in the future without any European forwards.

    I hope they don’t do to Yakimov and Slepyshev what they’ve already done with Yakupov, Paajarvi, Lander, Hartikainen, Omark, Rajala, Reider, etc.

    And what is it exactly that they have done? Because a number of players do not work out who happen to be from one continent, I do not think that there is necessarily a ‘red thread’. I think those situations are all different. Paajarvi is a functioning NHL player on a learning curve. Omark was given ten games with good line mates in Buffalo to prove that he is not an NHL player, and was not take on waivers for free by 29 other clubs. Rajala is one of a thousand tiny mighty mouses. Reider’s development or lack of it has nothing to do with the Oilers. Of all of these, Lander is the only one where there is a strong mis-management case. To turn that into a broadly based screwing up of Euro talents, seems to be a mighty stretch.

  12. Ducey says:

    russ99: I was going to post this in the Lander thread, but considering Lander is at a crossroads:This organization has a horrific track record at developing the European forwards they’ve drafted in the McGregor era. You really have to wonder if this a deeper organizational issue. I just don’t see how we can be successful team in the future without any European forwards.I hope they don’t do to Yakimov and Slepyshev what they’ve already done with Yakupov, Paajarvi, Lander, Hartikainen, Omark, Rajala, Reider, etc.

    Not sure why it matters where the players come from.

    Most of those were depth picks that have a slim chance of making it anyway.

    Maybe they will make up for it in drafting European defencemen: Marincin, Gernat, Klefbom

  13. Marcus Oilerius says:

    Woodguy,

    The Coyotes are one of them fancy reality-based organizations, right? The kind that not only talks about fancy stats, they also don’t go with a Joensuu-Acton-Gazdic fourth line when they have better options, aren’t they?

  14. Ducey says:

    Woodguy: Burke made a very good hire today in Jim Treliving

    My kids like his kid’s meals.

  15. Woodguy says:

    Ducey: My kids like his kid’s meals.

    Oops, mean CAL hired Brad, not his Dad Jim.

    My daughter likes eating there too.

  16. Woodguy says:

    Marcus Oilerius:
    Woodguy,

    The Coyotes are one of them fancy reality-based organizations, right?The kind that not only talks about fancy stats, they also don’t go with a Joensuu-Acton-Gazdic fourth line when they have better options, aren’t they?

    Yeah, that’s the one.

  17. frjohnk says:

    sliderule:
    The oilers don’t need to draft Draisatl as the already have a bigger version in Bogdan.

    Thisplayer is an interesting prospectwho had a pretty good season in Khl before getting sent down to MHL possibly because of his stated intention to come to North America..

    It will be interesting to see the combine measurements as ISS now has Draisaitl at 199 lbs.

    LT had Reinhart on the Saturday show and Reinhart said he was just a tad under 6’1 and between 186 and 190 pounds.

    Bennett is 6’1 180 pounds, plans on putting 5 to 10 pounds this summer.

    If the ISS is right about Draisaitl’s weight, I don’t think there is much of a gap in size in these 3 players. But it should be mentioned that it has been reported that Draisiatl has a big frame, the other two don’t.

  18. sliderule says:

    Woodguy:
    sliderule,

    The oilers don’t need to draft Draisatl as the already have a bigger version in Bogdan.

    There’s a very wide chasm in the offence that each of those players bring.

    That’s probably true but there is a measurable chasm in their size.
    Leon at 6-1.5 and 199 to 208 whereas Bogdan 6-4.5 and 220 and ripped.

  19. LMHF#1 says:

    Marcus Oilerius: Fun fact, since I’ve noticed a religious sentiment among many here.Bogdan means “given to God” or “God’s gift” in the original proto-slavic dialect where it comes from.

    So one of the Russian equivalents of John?

    Johnny Yakimov.

  20. Ducey says:

    Woodguy: Oops, mean CAL hired Brad, not his Dad Jim.My daughter likes eating there too.

    LOL

    It will be interesting to see whether Brad has any authourity to do anything.

    Can’t see Burke missing out on the chance for camera time and to insist on truculance on every front.

  21. Marcus Oilerius says:

    LMHF#1: So one of the Russian equivalents of John?

    Johnny Yakimov.

    Really? John has a meaning? I mean other than the uh… street meaning?

    And not Russian so much as slavic. You’ll see a lot of Bogdans in Ukraine and Poland as well.

  22. Kitchener says:

    Bog of Pucks.

  23. mumbai max says:

    Kitchener:
    Bog of Pucks.

    ‘This Russian line has other team bogged dahn in their defensive zone.’ – Gene

  24. TheOtherJohn says:

    Woodguy:
    Burke made a very good hire today in Brad Treliving.

    Learned from one of the best in Don Maloney in PHX.

    CAL might make the playoffs before the Oilers.

    http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=716880

    No team does more with less than Phoenix. Treviling has been a big part of that overseeing minor system. Expect WG is right Flames reach post season sooner than the interminable Oiler rebuild

  25. Andy P says:

    Marcus Oilerius: Fun fact, since I’ve noticed a religious sentiment among many here.Bogdan means “given to God” or “God’s gift” in the original proto-slavic dialect where it comes from.

    Which is the same as the Greek origination of “Matthew”.

  26. frjohnk says:

    So we will have these prospects pushing for a roster spot in the next 2-4 years
    LW Mitch Moroz 6.03, 214 pounds
    C Bogdan Yakimov 6.05, 202 pounds
    C Jujhar Khaira, 6.04, 215 pounds
    C/RW Greg Chase, 6, 205 pounds
    RW Jackson Houck, 6.01, 193 pounds
    LW Marc-Olivier Roy 6.01, 182 pounds
    LW Anton Slepyshev 6.02, 187 pounds

    That is a nice blend of size, skill and toughness that will fill roles in the bottom 9. And I don’t think the play dies on the stick of any of these guys. Not everyone will make it, ( ie. Slepyshev may never come, a couple others may not pan out, injuries, etc) but this is a nice list for us to follow.

  27. Bag of Pucks says:

    Other teams seem able to figure this conundrum out.

    Maybe the issue isn’t so much that drafting players with size is folly so much as letting Prendergast run your draft board is folly?

    If all things are equal except for size, draft the bigger player.

  28. CurtisS says:

    What sets our rebuild apart from other teams rebuilds is we just have had no luck in drafting out of the first round.

    Whens the last time we have had a impact role player play for us that we have drafted and developed?

    Surely we are due for one of these players to work out one time.

  29. Zangetsu says:

    Anyone taking bets on our 4c next year? The oil will see size, and immediately thrust him into a depth role with plugs.

  30. VanOil says:

    The signing of Bogdan brings me Joy

    The flamers landing Treliving brings me Pain

    So I will turn it over to EZ Rock and Base to explain: http://youtu.be/8hBaOlNVl9o

  31. slopitch says:

    Like the signing. Hopefully Yak2 only needs a partial season in the AHL.

    Been some chatter in Twitter about stripping the C from Ovie and “starting the divorce”. 6″3 230, 49 goals and -29…perfect Oiler :)

    Berglund was -7 in the playoffs. Lander + a 3rd? He’d be the perfect 2way C that Yak1 needs.

    MacT needs to move 2 of the young D for NHL ready D or we spend another year spinning tires. Not sure its possible but could be a fascinating summer.

  32. DeadmanWaking says:

    I’ve been reading How to Write Short. This morning the cat has my tongue.

  33. thejonrmcleod says:

    CurtisS:
    What sets our rebuild apart from other teams rebuilds is we just have had no luck in drafting out of the first round.

    Whens the last time we have had a impact role player play for us that we have drafted and developed?

    Surely we are due for one of these players to work out one time.

    If the rebuild began with the 2010 draft, there hasn’t been sufficient time to evaluate the Oilers’ draft picks. Players drafted outside the first round typically take longer to develop. Guys like Marincin, Simpson, Gernat, Khaira, Roy, Yakimov, and Chase could develop into solid NHLers.

  34. Marcus Oilerius says:

    DeadmanWaking:
    I’ve been reading How to Write Short.

    On behalf of people reading on cell phones, thank you. ;p

  35. Woodguy says:

    Marcus Oilerius: On behalf of people reading on cell phones, thank you. ;p

    Disagree.

    I always find the best DMW nugget to be in paragraph 7 or 8.

    Don’t go changing to try to please us, you’ve never let us down before.

  36. denny33 says:

    CurtisS,

    What sets our rebuild apart from other teams rebuilds is we just have had no luck in drafting out of the first round.
    *******************************************************************************************
    Yep.

    For the last half decade this organization has been picking near the top of the 2nd round as well.

    2009- Anton Lander
    2010 – Tyler Pitlick
    2011- David Musil
    2012- Mitch Moroz
    2013- Marc – Olivier Roy

  37. Mr DeBakey says:

    frjohnk: That is a nice blend of size, skill and toughness that will fill roles in the bottom 9. And I don’t think the play dies on the stick of any of these guys. Not everyone will make it,

    They’ll be lucky if two play 100 NHL games and contribute to a winning team.

  38. CurtisS says:

    thejonrmcleod,

    Lets go back to 2008 when Stu was hired. The Oilers thought drafting was a weakness by that point due to the firing of KP. Just not sure how Stu has really helped this team. Finally we got a player in Marincin that looks pretty good.

    There has been plenty of great players outside the 1st round since 2010 that are playing big roles on their teams right now. Oilers may of got one in Marincin like I said, but thats the first in a long time.

    Want a couple examples?
    Saad, Gallagher, Jenner, Toffoli, Shaw

    I dont expect to hit a good player after the first round in every draft, but we havent for a long time, thats why our rebuild is taking longer than it should.

  39. regwald says:

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    Ferraro “what what Berglund look like down the middle playing behind Nugent-Hopkins.”
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    Ferraro “the Blues would be able to move some of their forwards, a more complete guy, for someone who scores. Someone like Berglund”

  40. russ99 says:

    Ducey: Not sure why it matters where the players come from.

    Most of those were depth picks that have a slim chance of making it anyway.

    Maybe they will make up for it in drafting European defencemen:Marincin, Gernat, Klefbom

    Maybe it’s a coincidence, but if they trade Yak and dump Lander & Joensuu this offseason as expected, we’ll have zero European forwards on the roster.

    IMO, it’s getting to the point where too much evidence is adding up to think that it is a coincidence.

  41. Hammers says:

    denny33:
    CurtisS,

    What sets our rebuild apart from other teams rebuilds is we just have had no luck in drafting out of the first round.
    *******************************************************************************************
    Yep.

    For the last half decade this organization has been picking near the top of the 2nd round as well.

    2009- Anton Lander
    2010 – Tyler Pitlick
    2011- David Musil
    2012- Mitch Moroz
    2013- Marc – Olivier Roy

    Your correct and the jury is still out on all of them but my guess is at least 3 will see 200 + games in the NHL . Problem will be the team they play for . My concern for years now is the way all these players get evaluated by the Oil .Look at 2009 Magnus & Lander both should have gone to the AHL & probably for 2 full years . “D” like Petry & Schultz come up with half a season in the AHL .I’m hoping McT changes this and juniors go back and the others get the right amount of seasoning in the AHL.

  42. frjohnk says:

    Lowtide,
    just listening to the show.
    RE: the 2012 draft.
    It has been mentioned before that the oilers scouts liked Murray, but someone in upper management ( Katz?) wanted Yakupov. What has not been mentioned is that the night before the draft, the Oilers told the Murrays that they were going to pick Ryan first overall.

  43. regwald says:

    frjohnk:
    Lowtide,
    just listening to the show.
    RE: the 2012 draft.
    It has been mentioned before that the oilers scouts liked Murray, but someone in upper management ( Katz?) wanted Yakupov. What has not been mentioned is that the night before the draft, the Oilers told the Murrays that they were going to pick Ryan first overall.

    You have inside information or a rumour or is there a source for that ?

  44. CurtisS says:

    Hammers: Your correct and the jury is still out on all of them but my guess is at least 3 will see 200 + games in the NHL . Problem will be the team they play for . My concern for years now is the way all these players get evaluated by the Oil .Look at 2009 Magnus & Lander both should have gone to the AHL & probably for 2 full years . “D” like Petry & Schultz come up with half a season in the AHL .I’m hoping McT changes this and juniors go back and the others get the right amount of seasoning in the AHL.

    I dont buy the Oilers messing up development and we should of did this or should of did that theory.

    How did Eberle turn out drafted in the same time frame as Magnus and Lander if our team is so poor at making development decisions?

    Players either pan out or dont. Its up to them to rise to the occasion, and the ones that dont never will.

  45. Andy P says:

    It’s encouraging in a way that we have a good GM, and a solid coaching staff in place with the Oil Kings and Oil Barons. It sucks that the worst coaching staff in the organization is the one running/ruining the NHL team. Because Oilers?

  46. Kitchener says:

    slopitch:

    Been some chatter in Twitter about stripping the C from Ovie and “starting the divorce”. 6″3 230, 49 goals and -29…perfect Oiler

    According to All Star voters, he’d also push both Hall and Eberle off the first line.

  47. Ducey says:

    russ99:
    Maybe it’s a coincidence, but if they trade Yak and dump Lander & Joensuu this offseason as expected, we’ll have zero European forwards on the roster.
    IMO, it’s getting to the point where too much evidence is adding up to think that it is a coincidence.

    First, if “ifs” and “buts” were candy and nuts we would all have a merry Christmas. There are lot of “ifs” there.

    What are you proposing as the alternative to a coincidence?

    They are biased against Euros?

    Why then does it look like they will have Klefbom and Marincin on their blueline soon?

    Why would they trade for a Euro goalie? Why would they have brought over Grebs and Belov?

    Why would they have wasted two 3rd round picks on Russians this last draft? Or 3 picks on Euros in 2012? Or 6 in 2011?

    The fact they may not have any Euro forwards (not sure why the position is relevant) is not indicative of anything other than the ones they have brought in have not worked out that well.

  48. Halfwise says:

    Kitchener: According to All Star voters, he’d also push both Hall and Eberle off the first line.

    Ba ZIINNNG! Perfect.

  49. misfit says:

    slopitch:

    Berglund was -7 in the playoffs. Lander + a 3rd? He’d be the perfect 2way C that Yak1 needs.

    Funny how Berglund gets the “2way C” tag.

    He’s never been used in a primary, or even secondary defensive role on his team. He’s had questionable possession numbers despite being used in mostly an offensive role. You specifically point to his team worst +/- (which I normally wouldn’t put much into, but when it goes along with a heavy dose of OZone starts and middling QC it’s not good).

    Not only that, but he’s never really been a significant producer of offense either. So I guess he’s “2way” in that he’s equally sub-par both offensively and defensively.

    Berglund wouldn’t be the first STL centerman I’d go after. Probably not the 2nd or 3rd either. He’s better than Lander, sure, but he’s probably going to have a Gagner-like cap hit on his next deal, which is far more than he’s worth. I wonder if his name would ever come up if he wasn’t 6’3″.

  50. blainer says:

    slopitch,

    Really like the idea of Berglund as 2nd line center…he is just what we need. Love that Bogdan is coming to play with the Barons next year. We have a lot of prospects developing up front finally with the potential of Kaira Moroz Bogdan and chase as well as on the back end …. Gernat Nurse Simpson Musil ..The furure is really looking good. We are really not that far from contending and that big 2nd line center is gonna help. Add in Reinhart or Bennett with Big grinders and we are getting very close..

  51. slopitch says:

    misfit,

    Berglund came back early from a shoulder injury so they might move him at a discount. Lander and a 3rd is hardly a steep price but ya I agree he may not be the 2 way ace we need. Sub 50% FO percentage too. I believe he made 3.2 and is RFA. Not sure his numbers justify a raise. I’d still make a phone call.

  52. VOR says:

    Still active in NHL drafted by Oilers outside the first round starting in 1997

    Jason Chimera
    Shawn Horcoff
    Jarret Stoll
    Matt Greene
    Colin McDonald
    Kyle Brodziak
    Jeff Petry
    Anton Lander
    Martin Marincin

    still on the cusp

    Pitlick
    Vandevelde

    Permanent AHLers

    Zack Stortini
    Theo Peckham
    JF Jacques
    Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers
    Brad Winchester

    Other

    Mike Comrie
    Matthew Lombardi

    And that is without considering all the players who are still prospects that came out of the later rounds – Kharia, Moroz, Musil, Gernat, Chase, Yakimov, Simpson, Ewanyk, etc., etc.

    Current prospect rankings – 20 out of 30
    Total NHL games to date from players drafted in 2010,2011,2012, 2013 – 600 – 71 out of the first round
    Total NHL GAMES players drafted outside first round from 1997-2013 = 6963

    LA KINGS

    Still Active in NHL

    George Parros
    Brian McGratton
    Lubomir Visnovsky
    Andrej Lilja
    Mike Cammalleri
    Joe Corvo
    Andrei Loktionov
    Kyle Clifford
    Dwight King
    Alex Martinez
    Jonathan Quick
    Wayne Simmonds
    Slav Voynov
    Jordan Nolan

    Aaron Rome career AHL

    Other

    Christobel Huet
    Frantisek Kaberle

    top prospects from out of first round Valentin Zykov, Tyler Toffoli, Lynden Vey
    current prospect rankings 26 of 30
    total games played from players drafted in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 – 97 – 72 out of the first round
    Total NHL games from players drafted outside first round 1997-2013 = 7354

    In other words, if we take the Kings as the gold standard on later round drafting in the last 16 years the Edmonton Oilers have been worse but only marginally so and thus the entire we don’t know how to draft in late rounds is a function of looking at all the current LA roster players and when they were drafted and ignoring they now have one of the worst prospect pools in all of hockey and then comparing that team to the current Oilers and ignoring late round picks like Shawn Horcoff – the best player ever picked 99th. Also the Oilers have many prospects you would expect to start playing NHL games over the next three years whereas LA has 1.

  53. judgedrude says:

    VanOil:
    The signing of Bogdan brings me Joy

    The flamers landing Treliving brings me Pain

    So I will turn it over to EZ Rock and Base to explain: http://youtu.be/8hBaOlNVl9o

    RIP EZ

  54. Lloyd B. says:

    Lowetide,

    I reckon this is exactly the type of opportunity that MacTavish was referencing when he said couple of weeks ago there will be 8 GMs who are more disappointed with their team than they are today. Or something to that effect. A few of those guys signed to short term contracts to help our young’uns understand what it takes to win in the NHL might be a good thing until a few more of our prospects get the seasoning and earning spots instead of being given them.

  55. RexLibris says:

    GOOD NEWS!

    Great.

    Now I’ve an image in my mind of LT as Professor Farnsworth complete with house/labcoat and slippers.

  56. OilClog says:

    Berglund.. No no no

    Smith-Pelley… Yes yes yes

  57. jb says:

    regwald: You have inside information or a rumour or is there a source for that ?

    Murray’s brother speculating isn’t a source last time I checked.

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