The Craig MacTavish media conference came and went like a streak across the sky, leaving the gathered masses the task of instantly reacting as well as taking time to digest the moment. It reminded me of a time in my life when the latest album release involved the ceremony of purchasing, racing home, listening, calling friends to give an initial reaction, and then settling in to memorize each verse and line. I don’t think today was Physical Graffiti but it was far beyond In Through the Out Door.
If I were a comedian, I would have titled this post “We’re not sure about much but Stu MacGregor shouldn’t have been invited to the Christmas Party” and that brings up a very important question. If you’re not onside with Stu MacGregor and his scouts, how can you possibly employ them beyond today? The Oilers wouldn’t have time to cobble together another scouting staff, but frankly I’m not comfortable with the idea that the Oilers are going to call out their amateur scouts and THEN use their homework to prepare for the important 2015 draft.
Are you? Does that make any sense at all?
I spoke to Corey Pronman today, asked him about 2015 compared to 2003 (in terms of quality and depth). Corey said he wasn’t prepared to say 2015 was 2003 strong, but he clearly believes this is a top drawer draft season.
The Edmonton Oilers have a very big problem: They’ve told us they don’t trust their amateur scouts AND they’ve told us the most important thing is procurement through the amateur draft.
Dear amateur scouts the world over,
We’ve just thrown our scouts under the bus and were wondering if you’d like to come work for us? We have a lottery pick and pay for your gas!
(And mark it urgent)