The Edmonton Oilers are in a great spot for the 2014 entry draft. There are four top talents, and the rest are hind banana. Is that true? Probably not. The European contingent (Nylander, Fiala, Ehlers who played in the Q) has someone in there who will knock your socks off, and maybe someone like Pastrnak will explode as time rolls along. Some of the players in this draft are impact players, we just can’t see them from here.
I’m going to have my final top 30 up tomorrow morning, there are changes from last week so hopefully you’ll find it interesting. I’ll have 31-60 up some time tomorrow and because of the Oilers draft situation I’m going to do a 61-90 this year for fun. Bob McKenzie’s list is out tomorrow, we’ll spend some time talking about that as well. And of course there will be trades and such leading up to Friday.
- The Islanders are a team of interest for Edmonton. The club has the pick at No. 5 and some other nice things, and are looking for some skill up front. We talk about Gagner as an option there, but would be foolish to exclude Yakupov as a possible trade chip when talking about Long Island.
- That article mentions Griffin Reinhart as being untouchable, then suggests the Oilers had been sniffing around (or that’s my read on it). That would fuel the idea that Ekblad may be a target here, and I can see Edmonton having the assets to move up to No. 1 overall. Not recommending it, though.
- I keep reading about Evander Kane shaking loose. If that’s true, I would hope the Oilers are making that phone call. I have no idea of the cost, and wouldn’t really know what the Jets might want, but MacT has to make that call.
- Stu MacGregor is defending the Oilers draft record, and of course the pushback will be strong from the fans. I remain convinced the moves of 2006 (no first-round pick), 2007 (three first rounders and one player to show) and 2008 (Penner offer sheet) are the things we should be focused on when discussing the lack of current NHL 6’s and 7’s and 9’s. A year ago, the 2010 draft was generally regarded as ‘Hall and that’s all’ and 12 months later no one wants to discuss dealing Marincin. I might add that 2010 draft still has a year left before the 5-year rule clicks over. If you want to be mad at the scouting department, be mad about Alex Plante and no pick from 23-100 in 2008—or better yet, rage against the leadership that flushed the farm team or decided Anton Lander was ready fall 2011. Tyler Pitlick, David Musil, Dillon Simpson, Martin Gernat and the others are progressing, and it’s folly to pass judgement on any draft from 2011 forward.
- I haven’t heard a thing about Nikita Nikitin, Oilers may have made a move and not released information. I’ll follow the story today and update.
- Sounds like the Rangers have upped their offer to Stralman, now a 4×4.
It’s going to be a fluid day, more as it comes available.