The Edmonton Oilers are poised to make a splash early in the 2014 NHL draft, but the truth is a lot has been accomplished already. The trades that involved the second and third round selections have delivered a 28-goal winger and a starting goalie with considerable ability. That’s good value. Let’s completely populate the Oiler draft table, I’ll randomly pick names to match (sort of) the draft number.
- No. 3: C Leon Draisaitl
- No. 33: R David Perron (also cost Magnus Paajarvi)
- No. 63: G Ben Scrivens
- No. 91: C Nicolas Aube-Kubel
- No. 111: L Edgars Kulda
- No. 130: D Marcus McIvor
- No. 137: C Erik Bradford
- No. 153: C Pius Suter
- No. 183: G Jordan Papirny
That’s a helluva draft, even with Paajarvi thrown in. Not having the draft picks in rounds two and three impact the entertainment value of the draft, but if they can score in the first round and get lucky one time with the other picks, that’ll be a good day.
Jim Matheson had an article up the other day, lots of stuff and I couldn’t let the opportunity pass.
- Conceiveably, if MacTavish wants to trade centre Sam Gagner, he would be looking at a second-round pick as part of a deal for the 2007 first-round pick.
We’ve talked about this at length, and I’ve suggested picks for 89 is a strong option. The teams Gagner can go to is limited by his salary—the Blackhawks don’t have room for him, as an example—but I think a team like the Islanders, Florida or even Dallas might be an attractive landing place. Rumor had it that Shawn Horcoff recommended Gagner as the next captain of the team, so one would expect 10 would have nice things to say about the 2007 first-round selection.
- MacGregor: “I think Slepyshev is going to stay in the KHL for another year.”
The only negative there is that the young man may not play much. Slepyshev played 12:40 in the KHL during 12-13, but that total was reduced to 10:18 this past season. You’d like to see him get a regular shift wherever he’s playing, and this is a guy who has terrific skills and plays the wing. He might be a big part of the future.
- MacGregor on Kulda: “His play isn’t a surprise to me. He had a really good year (30 goals), but he has moved up to another level. He’s shown he can elevate his level. Can he continue to do that? He’s got good hockey sense.”
I think there’s a very good chance the Oilers select an Oil King, with Kulda, Pollock, Irving and Mayo all possible. As MBS details, this isn’t just a guy who got hot in the playoffs, buddy ripped 30 during the regular season. Oilers know the player, he looks good, and I do think he’ll be around in the fourth for selection (teams aren’t going to change their draft boards based on a Mem cup). Either way, I hope he gets drafted, it’s a nice story.
LIE BACK, AND THINK OF ENGELLAND
- The Oilers are almost surely looking at Pittsburgh free-agent Deryk Engelland, hoping to sign him in July. He’s tough and he can play wing too.
If true, we have our answer. You can’t have a possession team and employ Deryk Engelland. Jonathan Willis breaks it out here. It’s a severe disappointment, as this transaction (should it happen) means that the Oilers are saying one thing and doing another. This is very depressing news, no way around it.
POSSIBLE TOP SEVEN BLUE 2014-15
I imagine a battle between two forces in the Oilers offices these days, the “possession” group and the “they send one of ours to the hospital, we send on of theirs to the morgue” group. Should the Oilers end up signing a player of this type, we can assume the possession guys have been thrown in the dumb waiter and are awaiting rescue.
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