I’ve been thinking about the entry draft and Aaron Ekblad, and whether or not the Oilers should trade up for Ekblad. I’ve come to the conclusion it’s best to stay at No. 3, and take the BPA. I believe the Oilers list is probably:
- Aaron Ebklad
- Leon Draisaitl
- Sam Reinhart
That’s my guess, based on all kinds of things—including an organization that enjoys exciting their audience with some clues along the way. Let’s say the Oildrop end up with the big German (and I’m fine with it) and we spend the rest of the summer listening to “but the didn’t address defense!” from fans and non-fans alike.
At what point do the Oilers reach that moment where they can safely say ‘we’ve drafted enough, now we just need to be patient and develop them’? Is that time now?
CURRENT DEPTH CHART
- Martin Marincin-Jeff Petry
- Oscar Klefbom-Justin Schultz
- Andrew Ference-????
- SSM GM Kyle Dubas: “People get obsessed with Darnell’s plus/minus (plus-1, down from plus-15 the year prior), but his underlying numbers are excellent. Relative to the competition he plays [against], he does extremely well. Far greater than 50 percent of the time, the puck is not in our end. To me, it doesn’t get much bigger than that. If we’re taking the other team’s best players and forcing them to play in their end and away from the puck, that’s a successful day. The quality of competition he’s faced is higher than anyone else in our league, especially among defencemen.
On the other side of the coin, we have David Staples counting 6 errors in Oklahoma City Barons games, some other anecdotal evidence, and the brains God gave us. I’d like to drill down on this over the summer.
Are you game? I’ll call up Kyle Dubas or anyone you think can help, and I’d like to make this a group project so throw things out, there are no dumb questions (I believe I lead the way in that category).
So, let’s see if we can help this conversation along. If Darnell Nurse comes into camp and shines like a diamond, should he still be sent away? Or is he that rare player who rate at 19? Who were the last players to play NHL minutes on blue at 19? If we were looking for proof of NHL readiness, what would we look for? Who would we call? How would we compare this player against similar players in his own league?
Is it possible? Let’s see how close we can get.