OILERS AT 3: LEON DRAISAITL

I hear music! We should expect a quality center for a decade and then a half of one beyond it. We should expect Jason Arnott’s career numbers. We should expect a helluva player. Big, strong bull of a center who doesn’t look one damn thing like the other forwards who have been taken high in previous seasons. McCurdy called him a nose tackle today, and with those hands, if he can keep up, music!

  • MacT on picking third: “I’m not devastated by it, that’s for sure.  It’s very debatable which players will be the best players over time. I didn’t want to drop back to No. 4. That was the important thing.”

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 SCORING BY DISCIPLINE: EVENS

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NHLE: Leon Draisaitl (WHL) 15-25-40

 

  • Red Line: Huge German centre is tenacious in puck pursuit with his relentless forecheck often creating chances for linemates. Dominates the game down low with outstanding puck protection. Constantly outthinks the opposition and knows where his outlets are at all times. Has learned to use his size to carve out space for himself and effectively separate opponents from the puck. Strong hockey sense in all three zones leads to good positioning. Traditional playmaking centre finds ‘mates with crisp, accurate passes. Intelligent, two-way, classically schooled centre. Outshone Reinhart in head-to-head action against Kootenay.
  • ISS: Draisaitl could be one of the biggest wildcards of the entire draft. There is no doubting his talent. He has good size, great puck skills, strong understanding of
    possession and puck management and could be considered an elite playmaker with the puck on his stick. He can at times remind of the likes of Getzlaf, Jagr,
    Thornton and Malkin but he can also fall off the radar very quickly. When he is on, he can be nearly unstoppable and can absolutely decimate opposing defensive
    structures and goaltender’s confidence. He could be a steal wherever he is selected but will need to add some further maturity and consistent scoring punch if he
    is ever to meet the potential he has shown in flashes up to now.
  • Corey Pronman: Draisaitl is a great passer who can beat defenders with skill, puck protection, determination or his shot. I’ve heard some scouts suggest him as a top-3 pick, but I’d like to see him get quicker before I put him in that range.
  • Craig Button: Leon is a big centre who is smart, can make plays and can impact the game in multiple ways. He’s the type of centre who is coveted by many NHL clubs because of his combination of size and skill.

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177 Responses to "OILERS AT 3: LEON DRAISAITL"

  1. Zangetsu says:

    It’s going to sting in 2 minutes.

  2. Zangetsu says:

    Congrats to draisaitl.

  3. KSC10032 says:

    Well, its official.

    VCR aside, it certainly is starting to look like another “lotsa talk, but no action” draft. Maybe the deals will be centred @ the middle 10 picks?

  4. icecastles says:

    Just popping in to offer high fives to Romulus.

    Okay, back to having a real life and avoiding you geeky bastards until there’s some actual hockey to talk about :D

  5. gcw_rocks says:

    Flames get Bennett. You know this will not end well for the Oilers…

  6. striatic says:

    Having Draisaitl ahead of Bennett based on reading LT’s coverage, I’m happy with this.

    Draisaitl’s EV power on a weaker team makes him stand out.

    Personally I had him at #2 behind Reinhart and ahead of Ekblad and Bennett so I am very happy to see the Oilers pick him at #3.

  7. Zangetsu says:

    Fuck Bennett whoever liked him in this draft. Kid’s a bum.

  8. icecastles says:

    Can’t wait for the first time Nurse obliterates Bennett on the halfwall.

  9. "Steve Smith" says:

    icecastles:
    Can’t wait for the first time Nurse obliterates Bennett on the halfwall.

    That anticipation is how you spend your Friday evenings in this so-called “real life”?

  10. icecastles says:

    “Steve Smith”: That anticipation is how you spend your Friday evenings in this so-called “real life”?

    I don’t actually have a life. But it’s good to pretend.

    Edit: You geeky bastard.

  11. "Steve Smith" says:

    icecastles: I don’t actually have a life. But it’s good to pretend.

    Your story checks out – release him back to his mother’s basement, boys.

    (We’ll need to seize those Cheetos for analysis, though.)

  12. gr8one says:

    Ok, I guess it’s just MILF watch for the rest of the round now. Almost the best part of the draft.

    Giggity giggity.

  13. maudite says:

    Now the real test:

    Send him back and properly develop players (nurse included in this) or rush them for short term gain and lacking of better options…

  14. jb says:

    A bit disappointing that a deal couldn’t get done, but pretty pumped about Draisaitl’s potential. Will be pretty sad if Draisaitl’s a better 2C option than Gagner going into this season.

  15. Kris11 says:

    Bennet might be better in the end but I try to remind myself that it is kind of ridiculous the Oilers are picking 3rd at all this year. They should’ve done better after all those picks.

  16. RexLibris says:

    Virtanen to the Canucks. That seems like a bit of a reach, but still very justifiable and in the range.

  17. Kris11 says:

    Now the most important pick in the draft: the number 8 pick.

  18. RexLibris says:

    Fleury at 7. Wow, that is stepping up. Someone is going to get a steal in Ehlers and Fabbri now.

    Probably the Ducks.

  19. Lowetide says:

    Does MILF mean something ELSE now? Jackasses!!!!!

  20. nycoil says:

    WIlkommen, Leon!

  21. RexLibris says:

    Lowetide: Does MILF mean something ELSE now? Jackasses!!!!!

    Its a reference to a modified calcium drink prominent in some of the old Soviet Republics replacing traditional cow’s milk.

  22. skidplate says:

    gr8one:
    Ok, I guess it’s just MILF watch for the rest of the round now. Almost the best part of the draft.

    Giggity giggity.

    That’s my line.

  23. Kris11 says:

    Soft enigmatic European in TO. That is bound to work out well with the fans.

  24. MrEd says:

    So…

    Hall-RNH-Eberle
    xxx-xxx-Yak
    Perron-Draisaitl-Gagner
    Hendricks-Gordon-Gazdic.

    Right?

    The Kulimen/Grabovski tandem seems to be just about bang on.

  25. fuzzy muppet says:

    Neal Traded to Nash.

  26. Colieo87 says:

    Who knows what leon draisaitl number going to be whl junior number 29 or his birth year of 95?? I have a j. Schultz jersey. Sad I know but was really stoked at the time we acquired him. By brother on the other hand has a yakapov jersey and fears him being traded. Lol

  27. skidplate says:

    TRADE

  28. Kris11 says:

    Nylander has a King Joffrey vibe going on.

  29. Andy P says:

    Bucky’s a genius. Got us Hall, Nuge, Yak, Nurse and Draisatl while flying under the radar. Work done, moved quietly to cushy job, and maybe, just maybe, we’ll see all of the above plus Gags play to their potential.

  30. Lowetide says:

    RexLibris: Its a reference to a modified calcium drink prominent in some of the old Soviet Republics replacing traditional cow’s milk.

    You’re all bastards.

  31. danny says:

    Leon didn’t put on his Oilers hat. He wants a trade, bad attitude. First off the ice too I bet.

  32. skidplate says:

    danny:
    Leon didn’t put on his Oilers hat. He wants a trade, bad attitude. First off the ice too I bet.

    And it begins….

  33. russ99 says:

    MrEd,

    Yak (who better stay) and Draisaitl, if he sticks this year, would be a heck of a match. Perron would be a good winger on that line.

    Hopefully Gagner gets dealt tonight and we end up with a new shutdown 3rd line.

  34. skidplate says:

    Richie next?

  35. KSC10032 says:

    Lowetide,

    LT is just peeved that he (like myself) is old enough to be “father of the MILF”.

  36. Lowetide says:

    danny:
    Leon didn’t put on his Oilers hat. He wants a trade, bad attitude. First off the ice too I bet.

    He pronounced Messier funny, and I mean real funny.

  37. Pouzar says:

    Welcome Leon. Stoked. Kid looks HUGE

  38. Colieo87 says:

    skidplate,
    Ya he was more concerned about his hair. But then again the rookie coach forgot to pass the hat along.

  39. nycoil says:

    Am I alone in thinking, “That’s it?” on the Neal trade? I know Malkin surely inflates Neal’s numbers but he has a very reasonable cap hit.

  40. Kris11 says:

    Nick Ritchie has a Hodor vibe.

  41. danny says:

    Pouzar:
    Welcome Leon. Stoked. Kid looks HUGE

    nickname = Leonidas

  42. Kris11 says:

    Knowing hockey players, his nickname will be Drais-y or Draiser.

  43. hags9k says:

    In ROM we trust! Go Leon! GOILERS!!

    I’m going to have a beer, then another and enjoy some good old hope and excitement.

    Great job leading to the draft as always LT. Unbelievable the work you have put in.

    Cheers boys and happy Greatest Hockey Nation Day!

  44. blainer says:

    Very happy with the pick. He will end up playing at around 220 lbs. Boy do we ever need that. P. McGuire liked him at number 2 and I wouldn’t have been surprised if the oilers were drafting 1st they would have picked him in that slot after hearing Mact about the need at center. I think he makes the team and gets at least nine games..

  45. Lowetide says:

    hags9k:
    In ROM we trust!Go Leon! GOILERS!!

    I’m going to have a beer, then another and enjoy some good old hope and excitement.

    Great job leading to the draft as always LT.Unbelievable the work you have put in.

    Cheers boys and happy Greatest Hockey Nation Day!

    Kind words and thanks!

  46. skidplate says:

    There was one.

  47. Kris11 says:

    Whoa, Fiala’s mom.

  48. skidplate says:

    McCann or Sanheim next

  49. Rondo says:

    Leon only has 2 yrs in real competitive hockey lots of room to grow.

  50. Von Leon says:

    I’m going with Von Leon for his nick name.

  51. skidplate says:

    Or Fabbri

  52. Kris11 says:

    Big with Germanic accent. Nickname: The Goalanator.

  53. skidplate says:

    I guess, now we wait………………………….

  54. G Money says:

    Kris11:
    Big with Germanic accent. Nickname: The Goalanator.

    “Hey Sam Bennett. Let off some steam.”

  55. gr8one says:

    Lowetide: You’re all bastards.

    lol.

  56. Wolfie says:

    The Blue Baron

  57. Andy P says:

    G Money: “Hey Sam Bennett.Let off some steam.”

    Or I hurt you….. slowly

  58. gr8one says:

    Lowetide:
    Does MILF mean something ELSE now? Jackasses!!!!!

    You should just google image it, best way to find out what something means nowadays.

  59. russ99 says:

    G Money: “Hey Sam Bennett.Let off some steam.”

    Ugh, that’s just awful…. Someone should give Bennett that funky mesh shirt.

  60. russ99 says:

    Maybe next year Rogers has a Mom Cam. LOL!

  61. Kris11 says:

    Oh Nill, that tie…

  62. russ99 says:

    So, when do we pick again, sometime Saturday afternoon?

  63. gr8one says:

    Von Leon:
    I’m going with Von Leon for his nick name.

    Kaiser Goalsé.

  64. Kris11 says:

    Goalsy Von Goalenstein.

  65. russ99 says:

    gr8one,

    Nice effort, but he was Hungarian. And that’s way, way too close to another offensive term that LT wouldn’t like.

  66. Ice Sage says:

    Dr. Draise
    the badass maestro

  67. russ99 says:

    Btw: his twitter handle is Drat. Doesn’t really work…

  68. gogliano says:

    One of things I’m curious about is Draisatl’s newness to elite hockey. Biggest downside in a lot of scouting reports is that he is inconsistent. But he has only been in major junior for two years now and that isn’t much time to get acclimated to elite level hockey. Bennett may be younger but in terms of real hockey years Draisaitl has really only started playing against the best his own age.

    However it shakes out, I think his trajectory is a huge reason to send the kid back down regardless of how well he plays in camp. He needs to keep learning the game in a context in which he can thrive.

  69. blainer says:

    We still need that big vet Center. I think MacT is gonna keep Gagner and move him to the third line wing..Man I hate the idea but I don’t think he gets what he wants for him..Hopefully Yak steps up to the plate with better coaching.

  70. Hammers says:

    As expected .Basically the kid will play because Oliers . Gags stays due to 69 Mill cap . Get used to it … McT needs to prey on any of Boston , Philly ,Chicago , NY .Pittsburg . then the next grouping . We need at very least 1 more “D” and 1 more Forward who are proven NHL players . Yes Grabovski & Kulimen would be nice but there maybe deals to be had . I sure hope so & we should know in a few days . Fayne or Boychuck ..Campbell or Santorelli .

  71. Ice Sage says:

    gogliano:
    One of things I’m curious about is Draisatl’s newness to elite hockey.Biggest downside in a lot of scouting reports is that he is inconsistent.But he has only been in major junior for two years now and that isn’t much time to get acclimated to elite level hockey.Bennett may be younger but in terms of real hockey years Draisaitl has really only started playing against the best his own age.

    However it shakes out, I think his trajectory is a huge reason to send the kid back down regardless of how well he plays in camp.He needs to keep learning the game in a context in which he can thrive.

    A less optimistic way to look at it is that he’s missed developmental windows to maximize his potential… Dustin Penner in lederhosen?

  72. "Steve Smith" says:

    Ice Sage,

    Unlikely; he’s from Cologne.

  73. Kris11 says:

    Vanilla Drais

  74. Acumen says:

    How about The Ubermensch?

    Like, the Nietzsche Ubermensch, not the bad one.

  75. gr8one says:

    nycoil:
    Am I alone in thinking, “That’s it?” on the Neal trade? I know Malkin surely inflates Neal’s numbers but he has a very reasonable cap hit.

    Same thought here, especially since they save <$1m in cap space.

  76. Philosophil says:

    gogliano,

    That, and i’m in PA 3x year to visit family. If you’ve never been, its a tough town. At least i can watch (wait for it) the Big D.

  77. Lowetide says:

    That’s way too high for Sanheim. Batshit crazy.

  78. blainer says:

    Hammers:
    As expected .Basically the kid will play because Oliers . Gags stays due to 69 Mill cap. Get used to it … McT needs to prey on any of Boston , Philly ,Chicago , NY .Pittsburg . then the next grouping . We need at very least 1 more “D” and 1 more Forward who are proven NHL players . Yes Grabovski & Kulimen would be nice but there maybe dealsto be had . I sure hope so & we should know in a few days . Fayne or Boychuck ..Campbell or Santorelli .

    Agreed, I would be happy with any two of those players. Do think there are some decent players to be had out there..

  79. Ice Sage says:

    Lowetide:
    That’s way too high for Sanheim. Batshit crazy.

    Bob Clarke is the smartest guy in the arena

  80. Andy P says:

    Gags is an NHL player. He’s had an incompetent Offensive Assistant from the day he joined, hence the 7×1 year’s level of progress, capped with a horrible facial injury that, combined with his lack of coaching, ruined his most recent season.

    Question is not whether Gags can be better than he has ever been here and even learn defense, it is whether the fans can forgive the results of a player who has been poorly coached, injured, and returned too soon from injury.

  81. Philosophil says:

    Did anyone see the TSN camera shot with Bennet sitting in front of Draisaitl at the draft? Bennett looked like a ventriloquist puppet on LD’s leg. LD was 2x width of Bennet. The guy needs his own pilot truck.

  82. justDOit says:

    Take that Bennet.

    That kid is built like a tank. A Panzer!

  83. Ice Sage says:

    Bias towards USNTDP and away from Russians?

  84. matt says:

    gr8one: Kaiser Goalsé.

    DIES. Oder der Ubermensch.

  85. blainer says:

    Andy P:
    Gags is an NHL player.He’s had an incompetent Offensive Assistant from the day he joined, hence the 7×1 year’s level of progress, capped with a horrible facial injury that, combined with his lack of coaching, ruined his most recent season.

    Question is not whether Gags can be better than he has ever been here and even learn defense, it is whether the fans can forgive the results of a player who has been poorly coached, injured, and returned too soon from injury.

    Sorry Andy… but it has just been very painful watching Gagner bounce off players in our division for years now. That has nothing to do with coaching. He doesn’t finish checks and always turns away from physical play in the corners. He is too Soft of a player to play in the west. IMO he has had enough chances on this team…we need to change up the mix as he is a big part of the problem..

  86. thejonrmcleod says:

    I bet Draisaitl could do a pull up with Bennett on his back.

  87. jake70 says:

    Philosophil:
    Did anyone see the TSN camera shot with Bennet sitting in front of Draisaitl at the draft? Bennett looked like a ventriloquist puppet on LD’s leg. LD was 2x width of Bennet. The guy needs his own pilot truck.

    I have been following somewhat all that draft stuff but really hadn’t seen any of them play…..didn’t realize Draisaitl was a the size of a truck. God damn I hope his offense translates to the NHL.

  88. Lowetide says:

    Great pick by the Blues. Fabbri. Very underrated.

  89. OilClog says:

    Ivan Drago

    This is my nickname for him, Drago.

  90. skidplate says:

    Tocchet got no love.

    Good pick

  91. Henry says:

    Kapanen falls in the draft to land at Malkin’s side. Wow.

  92. skidplate says:

    Why has McCann not gone yet?

  93. Gerta Rauss says:

    Dras boot

    Welcome aboard Leon

  94. kinger_OIL says:

    As I get older I say things that I wouldn’t as a kid. Why go for a Euro, when taking a Canadian is so much safer, especially at the #3 slot…. Drashitty has for sure highest bust potential in top 5. Why gamble: Reisin, Rita, Mikhnov, Niinimaki, MPS: why do the Oilers think that because we once drafted Kurri in the 4rth round, we have to outsmart everyone else. From a risk management perspective, wouldn’t you rather take the next in a long line of Canadian born played elite hockey all their life in the most developed hockey nation in the world, or gamble that Drashitty somehow breaks all the rules, and becomes the first German-born Centre in the history of the NHL to play for 10+ years, having had only 2 years of elite hockey. I know which odds I’d take. The potential upside doesn’t warrant the downside. Maybe Drashitty is better then Bennett, maybe he is worse. Bennett though is probably 95% to play 500 games, save injuries. I’d say Leon is 15% chance to blow up good…I’d rather take the 10,000th Canadian to play in the NHL @ #3, then hope that Leon becomes the what 25th German (and the best one ever). Bennett is the responsible pick @ 3, Drashitty the cavalier #3 pick…And I like Leon: think he could be a fine player. I just know that Bennett is a lock… I just came up with that nickname, because if my 15% is right: I own that nick! God bless the Oil: smarter then everyone else…The Raptors this year, when the took the Brazilian @ 20, that’s different. No impact players have been drafted @ 20 in the NBA: so go for it. At 3 though: you want to minimize the downside.

  95. skidplate says:

    Nickname:
    Polyporus squamosus

    Hands down winner

  96. hunter1909 says:

    Leon “The Kaiser” Draisaitl.

    So long as he plays with Yakupov, everything will be alright.

    If he busts Oilers compensate by welcoming Ethan Moreau 2.0

    Astonishing just how detestable the Oiler’s management look standing together – where’s Lowe!? Doesn’t he even have to work anymore?

    Katz’s teenaged clone should be given the team for Christmas – already I trust his judgement as much as anyone onstage tonight.

    Bennet has the aura of an excellent player. Another Flame I refuse to hate(too busy with MacTEakins, lol)

  97. Lowetide says:

    I am looking forward to seeing him with Yak

  98. nycoil says:

    I remember vividly moving to Edmonton from Tokyo and one of my first Oilers games I attended after my move…Selanne’s rookie season. He lit up the Oilers for a hat trick and 4 or 5 points. After that it was always sweet beating Essensa, Teemu and the Jets. I just hope Ehlers doesn’t torment the Oilers in the years to come.

  99. Ice Sage says:

    kinger_OIL,

    I’d agree if Leon hadn’t been totally dominating lots of ‘good ol’ Canadian boys’ for some time. He’ll be fine.
    Since we’re being subjective and impressionistic, I would feel some shame having the ‘no pullup’ guy on the professional men’s hockey team I cheer for.

  100. Lois Lowe says:

    kinger_OIL,

    Nothing you said is worth the wall of text it took you to say it.

  101. Gerta Rauss says:

    Lowetide:
    I am looking forward to seeing him with Yak

    I can see a soft minute line

    Yak-Drais-Gagner

    that leaves the 2 line with Perron on it, but we’re missing the 2C and a winger

  102. godot10 says:

    No… Penner, Draisaitl, Yakupov. Please make it so MacT.

  103. Lowetide says:

    godot10:
    No… Penner, Draisaitl, Yakupov.Please make it so MacT.

    I’d buy that.

  104. Ice Sage says:

    godot10:
    No… Penner, Draisaitl, Yakupov.Please make it so MacT.

    That line would be magic…
    As in turning invisible for long periods of time

    OMG – combover alert

  105. Pretendergast says:

    Ok Mact time to make a deal to get ho sang and barbashev

  106. blainer says:

    godot10:
    No… Penner, Draisaitl, Yakupov.Please make it so MacT.

    Ya I would go with that…

  107. skidplate says:

    Just wondering why the mike was down so low with everyone leaning almost 90 degrees to speak into it, then I remembered Bettman’s height deficiency.

    Good thing he doesn’t need to be drafted………..

  108. Ice Sage says:

    Pretendergast:
    Ok Mact time to make a deal to get ho sang and barbashev

    No Sang – Oil already have Yak as a personality project
    Edit – NYI get him, good for a franchise in transition

  109. Cameron says:

    gr8one: Kaiser Goalsé.

    Mac T used to say, “I don’t believe in goaltending, but I’m afraid of it”. Well I believe in goaltending, and the only thing that scares me is Kaiser Goalsé

  110. skidplate says:

    What did Snow just say?

    They shit on me as well???

  111. Ice Sage says:

    skidplate:
    What did Snow just say?

    They shit on me as well???

    That was awesome. Duthie speechless!

  112. icecastles says:

    kinger_OIL: As I get older I say things that I wouldn’t as a kid.

    Can we get the kid version of kinger then, please?

  113. Pretendergast says:

    skidplate,

    I guess snow gives a shit after all…

  114. icecastles says:

    Stuck working mamoth overtime but I’m getting inundated with texts that Evander Kane is now an Oiler. Is there a fabulously coordinated conspiracy afoot among my friends, or did this really just happen? I see nothing on TSN or NHL.com.

  115. Andy P says:

    blainer: Sorry Andy… but it has just been very painful watching Gagner bounce off players in our division for years now. That has nothing to do with coaching. He doesn’t finish checks and always turns away from physical play in the corners. He is too Softof a player to play in the west. IMO he has had enough chances on this team…we need to change up the mix as he is a big part of the problem..

    Gags is 200+ pounds and isn’t scared to get into fights where he is overmatched. Does that not warrant giving him 1 more chance under a seasoned coaching team?

    Edit: Clearly Leon is better suited to the 2C role than Gags, and I suppose the best chance he has is as a winger. For the sake of a really good person with a good scoring touch I’d love to see him bounce back though.

  116. "Steve Smith" says:

    kinger_OIL,

    Aren’t you supposed to be making a donation to charity in my name, or something, on account of the Oilers not making the playoffs?

  117. skidplate says:

    icecastles,

    I think your friends are pulling your pisser

  118. nycoil says:

    The more I think about this draft, the more I think this is a watershed moment. The nadir was this year’s abysmal result and utter humiliation for a once proud franchise. The recovery began with Ramsay and was cemented with Draisaitl.

    There are few instances I can think of where a player and team were such a perfect fit. The small, but skilled players in a blue collar Western town, struggling under the weight of expectations in a town that knows and loves hockey. Some even calling the big contracts paid for promise as yet undelivered “entitlement,” while the team spirals into a comedy of errors, the laughingstock of the NHL.

    And then along comes this mighty German from an unheralded hockey nation, overcomes the odds and excels in the western outpost of Prince Albert. He has played in Edmonton against the Oil Kings and knows what’s expected in the City of Champions.

    His new team, so desperately needing his size and skill, took to the media to sell the pick to the skeptical masses who coveted the big Canadian defenseman or the aggressive Ontario center. It could have backfired if the German wound up plucked from under their noses. But fate would have it he would somehow come home to a city that has long awaited his skill set since the days when Arnott used to get booed. The fans have grown up and know what they let go in old number 7 back then. They won’t make the same mistake this time.

    A match made in heaven. Welcome, Leon. Now godspeed, MacT, find the Grabovskis or Kulemins or what have you to give the jacks and kings and kaiser the support they need and help them turn the corner. Don’t trade away Yakupov now, I beg you.

    Watershed moment. The worst has been seen and now we move onward and upward.

  119. stevezie says:

    So we should be cheering for Barberashev tomorrow? Or am I missing someone?

  120. Pretendergast says:

    nycoil,

    Absolutely Beautiful. Pass me that koolaid

  121. blainer says:

    Andy P: Gags is200+ pounds and isn’t scared to get into fights where he is overmatched. Does that not warrant giving him 1 more chance under a seasoned coaching team?

    Hope not…

  122. Lowetide says:

    icecastles:
    Stuck working mamoth overtime but I’m getting inundated with texts that Evander Kane is now an Oiler. Is there a fabulously coordinated conspiracy afoot among my friends, or did this really just happen? I see nothing on TSN or NHL.com.

    Haven’t heard a thing.

  123. icecastles says:

    stevezie: So we should be cheering for Barberashev tomorrow? Or am I missing someone?

    Oh, I love barber shop! There’s so little appreciation for a capella anymore…

  124. nycoil says:

    Pretendergast,

    Ha ha. Organic kool-aid from Chile this evening. Good stuff. Hope MacT is happy as well and then gets to work bright and early tomorrow with the Stralman, Fayne, Grabo/Kulemin camps!

  125. Aitch says:

    Craig Button just referenced the classic Gretzky/Messier vs Nieuwendyk/Gilmour battles. Yeah, those were great. Craig. Joe played one season in Calgary before The Deal. Gilmour? None.

  126. Gordies Elbow says:

    RFA:
    – Sign Schultz, bridge, $1.75m
    – Sign Petry, longer term, $4.250m

    UFA:
    – Sign Grabovski @ $4m, $1m more than last year.
    – Sign Kulemin @ $3.5m, $500k more than last year.
    – Sign Engelland @ $800k, 225k more than last year.

    Hall ($6.000m) / Nugent-Hopkins ($6.000m) / Eberle ($6.000m) – PvP
    Kulemin ($3.500m) / Grabovski ($4.000m) / Gagner ($4.800m) – 2nd Unit
    Perron ($3.813m) / Draisaitl ($0.925m) / Yakupov ($0.925m) – Charmin soft line
    Hendricks ($1.850m) / Gordon ($3.000m) / Gazdic ($0.699m) – Defensive Unit
    Lander ($0.600m) – Press Box

    Marincin ($0.730m) / Petry ($4.250m)
    Nikitin ($4.500m) / Schultz ($1.750m)
    Klefbom ($0.894m) / Ference ($3.250m)
    Nurse ($0.894m) / Engelland ($0.800m)

    Fasth ($2.900m)
    Scrivens ($2.300m)

    BURIED
    Joensuu ($0.025m)

    CAP SPACE (23-man roster): $4,595,667

    Please?

  127. Lynas1 says:

    So now I just wonder how his defensive game is (Leon). If he can really develop a 2-way gae he’ll be even more like Kopitar. Domination to follow. Also, hockey players give the most boring nicknames ever. I’m gonna call Leon peanut.

  128. Bag of Pucks says:

    Lowetide:
    I am looking forward to seeing him with Yak

    If the club could just draft an Italian tomorrow, we could enjoy an all Axis line.

    Oddly enough, that is not where the phrase “all access” originated.

    In related news, Namor the Submariner is long overdue for the marvel movie treatment and carlsberg remains a fine underrated tipple on a sunny Friday night.

  129. Younger Oil says:

    This might be crazy, but I would love to see MacT try to make a deal with Buffalo to get the 31st pick (Barbashev) and Grigorenko. Go all in with the Russians to try to make Edmonton the most appealing destination possible for Grabovski and Kulemin.

  130. kinger_OIL says:

    Steve smith I said they weren’t playoff team last year. Only COL luck makes them playoff this year unless miracle trades. As for Dasshitty prudent risk management was to pick the Canadian rather then gamble that Leon is the first impact German centre to ever play in NHL. At 3 you don’t over think. The oil will play Leon next year.

  131. nycoil says:

    Bag of Pucks,
    What Japanese player do we have? Russia was firmly anti-Axis.

  132. Lois Lowe says:

    Pretty sure Leon’s nickname will be “Leo”. Always find the least creative way to come up with them.

  133. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    What a fantastic day!

    Funny thing too… MacT fell in love the same time I did, last year’s WJC

    https://soundcloud.com/630ched/june-27-craig-mactavish

    ————
    Really surprised Barbashev is still available.

    Not sure how Fleury and Sanheim got so high. nutty.

  134. Bag of Pucks says:

    nycoil:
    Bag of Pucks,
    What Japanese player do we have? Russia was firmly anti-Axis.

    Fuck.

    Martin Mandarin?

  135. Lois Lowe says:

    I think the Sharks, yet again, will be looking good with Golobev in five years.

  136. Gret99zky says:

    Looking at the TSN one, two, three draft picks picture.

    Check out how the German shows three.

  137. Lowetide says:

    Stop.

  138. Tarkus says:

    Gret99zky:
    Looking at the TSN one, two, three draft picks picture.

    Check out how the German shows three.

    “Inglourious Basterds”, anyone?

  139. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Now…

    this is media rubbing their market in the soft underside.

    Chip Alexander ‏@ice_chip 36s
    Like the Canes’ Fleury pick. Nothing special about the forwards available, it seemed. Why not take good D-man with size and potential?

  140. nycoil says:

    Bag of Pucks,

    Martin Manchurian would sound closer to his name than Mandarin and be more on point. Manchuria was the main Japanese-occupied portion of China during WWII, and the infamous Manchurian Incident was used by the Japanese to justify the seizing of more territory and the effective invasion of a significant portion of Eastern China.

    That said, am all aboard for Operation Barbarossa, I mean Barbashev tomorrow!

  141. RexLibris says:

    Its too bad that the draft doesn’t require a GM to announce the names.

    It could give MacTavish a leg up in negotiating with some free agents during the first 60-odd selections.

  142. "Steve Smith" says:

    kinger_OIL,

    Okay. There was somebody making bets with all comers that the Oilers would make the playoffs in 2013-2014, back at the beginning of the season. I took that bet, but now I can’t remember who it was with; I thought it was you, but evidently not.

  143. Andy P says:

    Bag of Pucks: If the club could just draft an Italian tomorrow, we could enjoy an all Axis line.

    Oddly enough, that is not where the phrase “all access” originated.

    In related news, Namor the Submariner is long overdue for the marvel movie treatment and carlsberg remains a fine underrated tipple on a sunny Friday night.

    FYI: The Axis was Germany, Italy and Japan. Germany and Russia fought a war against each other that cost millions of lives on both sides, no quarter asked nor given, with pillaging, rape, mass hangings and so on. Being overrun by Russia was one of the most horrific things to happen to Germany, every German that could, tried to flee to the part of Germany being conquered by British and American troops. Russia under Stalin fought on the side of the Allies.

    Calling a Russian a member of an alliance that afflicted Russia with slaughter and atrocities that cost so many million lives, may not be very motivational for the Russian speaking member of that line.

  144. Bag of Pucks says:

    Where did Steve Smith go? Does this mean I have to find the Carolina equivalent of Lowetide to be edified?

    Carolina equivalent of Lowetide?

    Blasphemy.

    Such a thing does not, can not and will not ever exist.

  145. Gret99zky says:

    Tarkus: “Inglourious Basterds”, anyone?

    Ding!

  146. RexLibris says:

    Flames fans are over the moon at the Bennett selection.

    I had a look at their prospect group today: Klimchuk, Poirier, Ferland, Gaudreau, Monahan, and now Bennett.

    On the backend: Brodie. *crickets*…and Keegan Kanzig.

    It will be interesting to see how Treliving adds depth to the defense while balancing their rebuilding agenda and maintaining some of the prospects.

    Deja vu, anyone?

    I had mentioned Gardiner, Myers, Kulikov and Yandle as some of the names mentioned recently in the media.

  147. Bag of Pucks says:

    Andy P: FYI: The Axis was Germany, Italy and Japan. Germany and Russia fought a war against each other that cost millions of lives on both sides, no quarter asked nor given, with pillaging, rape, mass hangings and so on. Being overrun by Russia was one of the most horrific things to happen to Germany, every German that could, tried to flee to the part of Germany being conquered by British and American troops. Russia under Stalin fought on the side of the Allies.

    Calling a Russian a member of an alliance that afflicted Russia with slaughter and atrocities that cost so many million lives, may not be very motivational for the Russian speaking member of that line.

    My bad. How about the Non-Aggression Pact Players? Doesn’t really roll off the tongue the same way but it does pay a slight homage to the Not ready for Primetime Players – and the Oilers are most definitely THAT.

  148. Younger Oil says:

    RexLibris:
    Flames fans are over the moon at the Bennett selection.

    I had a look at their prospect group today: Klimchuk, Poirier, Ferland, Gaudreau, Monahan, and now Bennett.

    On the backend: Brodie. *crickets*…and Keegan Kanzig.

    It will be interesting to see how Treliving adds depth to the defense while balancing their rebuilding agenda and maintaining some of the prospects.

    Deja vu, anyone?

    I had mentioned Gardiner, Myers, Kulikov and Yandle as some of the names mentioned recently in the media.

    You forgot by far their best prospect, the next Crosby, and the smartest draft pick in the past decade, Mark Jankowski.

  149. Bag of Pucks says:

    nycoil:
    Bag of Pucks,

    Martin Manchurian would sound closer to his name than Mandarin and be more on point. Manchuria was the main Japanese-occupied portion of China during WWII, and the infamous Manchurian Incident was used by the Japanese to justify the seizing of more territory and the effective invasion of a significant portion of Eastern China.

    That said, am all aboard for Operation Barbarossa, I mean Barbashev tomorrow!

    I like it. He’ll probably be our Norris nominee next season.

    In other words, our Manchurian Candidate.

  150. Bag of Pucks says:

    Andy P

    Calling a Russian a member of an alliance that afflicted Russia with slaughter and atrocities that cost so many million lives, may not be very motivational for the Russian speaking member of that line.

    Don’t give Eakins any ideas.

  151. Andy P says:

    Bag of Pucks: My bad. How about the Non-Aggression Pact Players? Doesn’t really roll off the tongue the same way but it does pay a slight homage to the Not ready for Primetime Players – and the Oilers are most definitely THAT.

    Sorry if I was a bit harsh, but so is the history of that conflict. A good, shorter read might be the Battle of Stalingrad, which many see as the turning point in the war.

    Until I studied the history of the entire conflict, I had no idea how much greater the scale of conflict was between Russia and Germany, I had always thought WW2 was England and America against Germany, Italy and then Japan.

  152. icecastles says:

    Bag of Pucks: How about the Non-Aggression Pact Players?

    That’s not a single line. That’s the whole team for the last 6 years.

  153. Rondo says:

    I wonder where Leon was on the Oilers list for centres.

  154. Gordies Elbow says:

    Rondo,

    Likely #1. 6’2″, 213lbs.

    That, with skill, on a team that already has RNH? Yep, likely #1

  155. Bag of Pucks says:

    icecastles: That’s not a single line. That’s the whole team for the last 6 years.

    To be fair, Eakins doesn’t ask them to hit.

    It’s something about chopping wood, carrying water?

    They may not be a very good hockey team but they got merit badges up the yin yang.

  156. Numenius says:

    Yaaaaayyyyyyyyy, we got Draisaitllllllllllllllllll!!!!!!!!!

    Sorry, I missed the party earlier. Extremely happy about this pick.

  157. Numenius says:

    Lowetide:
    I am looking forward to seeing him with Yak

    Me too. Can’t wait.

  158. striatic says:

    Draisaitl was not only the best player to fill the Oilers’ most glaring positional need, he was also the best player available imho. Quite fortuitous.

    The Oilers still have so much work to do, but tonight felt as solid as Hall’s draft. Not that Draisaitl is better, or that RNH or Yak were bad picks – but like Hall the player seems to have very little in the way of question marks. At this point, the fewer question marks the better.

    I’ll be calling him Panzer.

  159. Lloyd B. says:

    Congrats to Rom. You identifed Draisaitl around Christmas if not before. The rest of us slowly….very slowly came around. I`ve tried a few times to link to your blog but everytime I get blocked. Not sure why….but apparently you do not like my sideburnsl And I can`t grow the damn things even though I`m in the mid-fifty range.

  160. Southern Oil says:

    striatic:
    Draisaitl was not only the best player to fill the Oilers’ most glaring positional need, he was also the best player available imho. Quite fortuitous.

    The Oilers still have so much work to do, but tonight felt as solid as Hall’s draft. Not that Draisaitl is better, or that RNH or Yak were bad picks – but like Hall the player seems to have very little in the way of question marks. At this point, the fewer question marks the better.

    I’ll be calling him Panzer.

    Oh I like Panzer as well.

  161. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Lloyd B.:
    Congratsto Rom.You identifed Draisaitl around Christmas if not before.The rest of us slowly….very slowly came around.I`ve tried a few times to link to your blog but everytime I get blocked.Not sure why….but apparently you do not like my sideburnslAnd I can`t grow the damn things even though I`m in the mid-fifty range.

    haha.

    I love how everyone is congratulating me.

    ———-
    can you explain the problem? tried to link it where.

    I know we’ve had trouble getting the comments section to work. (I’m no webspert and neither is the rest of the crew). At any rate, sorry we’re shutting you out.

    I wish you a future of sideburns.

  162. denny33 says:

    Big glaring hole filled tonight for the Oilers……hard not to be optimistic.

    Top 5 went down as predicted……

  163. denny33 says:

    Sorry, congrats Rom……

  164. Andy P says:

    Southern Oil: Oh I like Panzer as well.

    There you go!

  165. danny says:

    Romulus Apotheosis: haha.

    I love how everyone is congratulating me.

    Your apple wagon is now hitched to this (for your sake) star.

  166. НИНТЕНДО⁶⁴ says:

    Like this gutsy pick of the consensus #4. I think need and upside prevailed over safer downside with Bennett.

    Looking from the outside I’d have said the Yak pick fit the conservative post-KP profile more than this pick. And yet everyone has heard of a source that proves MBS was called over to the Bat Cave that year for a last minute chat over a mug of milk.

  167. Lloyd B. says:

    Romulus Apotheosis,

    Next time I try to link to your words of wisdom and the whiskers get in the way I`ll let you know what it tells me. Its something about me not being smart enough. I`ll let you know. CHEERS

  168. FastOil says:

    Very happy with the pick. I would imagine Leo to be a better fit with Eberle than Yak.

    Eberle needs a pocession (Ricki!!!) centre that can playmake which is (or should be) Leo.

    Yak needs a centre that has eyes in the back of his head. The question for me is do you play the
    killers together or apart to have more attack on two lines? Probably alternate depending on the game state?

  169. danny says:

    Looking at the canucks moves this offseason, I’m reminded that two math darlings that we were envious of the canucks for obtaining, have been busts… (Booth/Garrison)

    Math is firewater!

  170. wheatnoil says:

    I would have been happy with either Bennett or Panzer but am excited that Draisaitl’s in the organization. I just hope they don’t view this as a reason NOT to get another legitimate centre for next year.

    Hmmm… My only concern about ‘Panzer’ is it implies a degree of speed he may not have, though the tank reference fits. That said, I do like the idea of referring to him as the Prince Albert Panzer.

    Oh, and congrats Rom!

  171. Ryan says:

    danny:
    Looking at the canucks moves this offseason, I’m reminded that two math darlings that we were envious of the canucks for obtaining, have been busts… (Booth/Garrison)

    Math is firewater!

    That’s a fair point.

    Good Gord, the Oilers drafted their first top-flight centre who is neither a bean pole nor midget since Arnot.

    Is Draisatl already the second best centre on the Oers depth chart?

  172. justDOit says:

    Ryan:

    Is Draisatl already the second best centre on the Oers depth chart?

    I can’t see him being better than Gordon initially, but if he is the 2nd best, this can’t be a good thing.

  173. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Surprised his detractors never took up Ponce.

  174. striatic says:

    FastOil,

    I think the Oilers have got to figure out a way to give Perron, Panzer and Yakupov 3rd line minutes. MacT mentioned in the scrum pairing Panzer and Perron, seeing both as possession guys. I can see Perron eating up that kind of mentor role, and since Perron can do so much all on his own he would open up a lot of space for the German and the Russian to operate together.

    At this point, Gordon on the 2nd line with Gagner at RW seems more and more likely, assuming Gagner isn’t moved. This would leave a hole at LW that presumably would be filled through free agency.

    Listening to MacT mention Perron and Panzer is intriguing because it reveals room on the roster for an additional high skill LW that the team doesn’t currently possess.

    We can see high skill C potential with RNH, Gordon, Panzer and high end RW with Eberle, Gagner, Yak – but beyond Hall and Perron there’s no third heat on LW – not even from a converted C.

  175. nycoil says:

    Andy P: Sorry if I was a bit harsh, but so is the history of that conflict. A good, shorter read might be the Battle of Stalingrad, which many see as the turning point in the war.

    Until I studied the history of the entire conflict, I had no idea how much greater the scale of conflict was between Russia and Germany, I had always thought WW2 was England and America against Germany, Italy and then Japan.

    Or if you are lazy/have limited time the TV documentary series “WWII in Color” has an excellent section of episodes about the Eastern front including Stalingrad, Kiev, Barbarossa, etc.

    striatic,

    I’ve liked the idea of Perron opposite Yak as well. “Yak’s easy to play with when he is moving his feet.” Right now I see:
    RNH-Hall-Eberle
    XXXX-XXXX-Gagner
    Draisaitl-Perron-Yakupov
    Gordon-Arcobello-Hendricks/Lander

    Fill in the blanks. Ideally a Grabovski calibre 2C and then one more vet wing like a Kulemin, who can swap with Perron depending on the matchups and chemistry.

    I wonder though how much faith the Oilers have in Yakimov and so would they want the 2C to be a bridge to a top 3C lineup of RNH-Draisaitl-Yakimov in 2 years? Maybe that takes us out of the Grabo race unless he’d accept a 2 year over pay as well? 2x $6M?
    Think Lander can be 4C eventually still.

  176. Lynas1 says:

    Gret99zky:
    Looking at the TSN one, two, three draft picks picture.

    Check out how the German shows three.

    If he was number 1 over all, it’d be just the thumb. Germans start with their thumb when counting. A friend of mine said if you went to a German bar, asked for one beer (ein bier bitte ((sp)) and held up your pointer to indicate 1, they’d give you two.

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