THE 90 BEST PLAYERS IN THE 2015 DRAFT

The Oilers (as of this morning) choose No. 1, No. 16, No. 33, No. 60, No. 79, No. 89, No. 124, No. 131 (if Habs advance), No. 154, No. 184. I don’t think there’s a massive chance the Oilers use that No. 16 overall selection (I bet it ends up in Chicago, NYC or Ottawa) but there is plenty of value through 100 this year.

TOP 90 PLAYERS IN THE 2015 DRAFT

  1. (1) C Connor McDavid, Erie Otters (OHL) Franchise cornerstone, Hockey Jesus.
  2. (2) C Jack Eichel, Boston U (NCAA) Franchise player.
  3. (3) R Mitch Marner, London Knights (OHL) Impact offensive player, size will impact draft number.
  4. (4) D Noah Hanifin, Boston College (NCAA) Complete skill set, money passer. Oilers perfect fit.
  5. (5) C Dylan Strome, Erie Otters (OHL) The good Strome, and the other guy is terrific!
  6. (6) D Ivan Provorov, Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL) Lubo 2.0? Fine range of skills. Strong Oilers fit.
  7. (7) C Mathew Barzal, Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL) Quick, skilled, dangerous. Smart.
  8. (8) D Zach Werenski, Michigan (NCAA) Terrific offensive defender.
  9. (10) R Mikko Rantanen, TPS Turku (SML) Creative, responsible, great passer.
  10. (11) R Timo Meier, Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL) Tremendous talent, NHL-ready?
  11. (9) R Evgeni Svechnikov, Cape Breton (QMJHL) Big, strong and skilled.
  12. (14) C Nick Merkley, Kelowna Rockets (WHL) Strong two-way skills.
  13. (13) C Anthony Beauvillier, Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL) Small, elite skills.
  14. (12) D Oliver Kylington, Farjestad (SHL) Great wheels, solid defender.
  15. (15) D Mitchell Vande Sompel, Oshawa (OHL) Undersized two-way defender. Substantial skills.
  16. (18) D Jeremy Roy, Sherbrooke Phoenix (QMJHL) Offensive D, has ability as a defender
  17. (19) C Jansen Harkins, Prince George Cougars (WHL) Two-way center, skilled. 
  18. (16) C Travis Konecny, Ottawa 67’s (OHL) Impressive player with range of skills.
  19. (17) C Kyle Connor, Youngstown (USHL) Smart two-way forward.
  20. (20) R Daniel Sprong, Charlottetown Islanders (QMJHL) Quick, skilled first-shot scorer
  21. (21) L Jake Debrusk, Swift Current (WHL) Goal-scoring winger with speed.
  22. (26) R Blake Speers, SSM Greyhounds (OHL) Two-way W, good speed. Terrific player.
  23. (22) G Daniel Vladar, Kladno (Czech 2) 8GP, 1.97 .933
  24. (23) D Ryan Pilon, Brandon (WHL) Two-way defender with size and speed.
  25. (24) C Andrew Mangiapane, Barrie (OHL) Brilliant offensive player.
  26. (25) C Filip Chlapik, Charlotteteown Islanders (QMJHL) Two-way C, range of skills
  27. (30) C Pavel Zacha, Sarnia Sting (OHL). Big, physical center with average offense. Solid U18’s.
  28. (27) D Travis Dermott, Erie Otters (OHL) Undersized, mobile defender.
  29. (39) C Joel Eriksson Ek, Farjestad (QMJHL) Skill C with size, speed.
  30. (31) C-R Jeremy Bracco, USNTDP (USHL) Small forward with fast hands, great skill.
  31. (28) L Lawson Crouse, Kingston Frontenacs (OHL) Power forward with vague offensive skills
  32. (35) D Ethan Bear, Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL) Mobile defender, very good shot.
  33. (29) R Brock Boeser, Waterloo Blachawks (USHL) Power winger, impressive scorer
  34. (38) D Thomas Chabot, Saint John Seadogs (QMJHL) Fine passer, solid defender.
  35. (37) D Jakub Zboril, Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL) Two-way D, solid offense.
  36. (32) L Paul Bittner, Portland Winterhawks (WHL) Big winger with some scoring ability
  37. (33) L Dennis Yan, Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL) Scoring W with some size.
  38. (36) R Nikita Korostelev, Sarnia Sting (OHL) Physical winger with skill.
  39. (48) D Rasmus Andersson, Barrie (OHL) Smart 2-way D with some chaos.
  40. (40) L Dmytro Timashov, Quebec Remparts (QMJHL) Explosive winger with crazy numbers.
  41. (41) C Nathan Noel, Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL) Wide range of skills.
  42. (34) R Jens Looke, Brynas (SHL) Playmaking winger with speed.
  43. (42) F Filip Ahl, HV-71 (SHL) 6.04, 214, strong all the walls. Tough to move. 
  44. (49) C Nicolas Roy, Chicoutimi Sagueneens (QMJHL) Rugged center with skill.
  45. (43) F Colin White, USNTDP (USHL) Fine skater, two-way player.
  46. (44) D Nicolas Meloche, Baie-Comeau (QMJHL) Offensive defender, good size.
  47. (45) G Matej Tomek, Topeka Roadrunners (NAHL) 31GP, 1.71 .932
  48. (46) C-R Roope Hintz, Ilves (SML) Intelligent two-way W, fine skater.
  49. (47) L Vladimir Tkachev, Quebec Remparts (QMJHL) Small W, extremely skilled.
  50. (50) D Matt Spencer, Peterborough Petes (OHL) Tough two-way defender
  51. (51) L Ryan Gropp, Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL) PF prospect, can score goals.
  52. (NR) C Mitchell Stephens, Saginaw Spirit (OHL). Speedy C had a massive U18’s.
  53. (52) L Erik Foley, Cedar Rapids (USHL) Tough winger has offensive ability.
  54. (53) D Jacob Larsson, Frolunda (SHL) Puck moving defender.
  55. (NR) R Michael Spacek, Pardubice (Cze) Skilled, hard working, gaining momentum.
  56. (54) R Zach Senyshyn, SSM Greyhounds (OHL) Terrific speed, no fear. Skilled.
  57. (57) Vince Dunn, Niagara (OHL). Smart offensive defender. 
  58. (NR) C Julius Nattinen, JYP (Fin 2). Big skill C gaining steam during spring tournaments.
  59. (58) D Noah Juulsen, Everett Silvertips (WHL) Good size, can play defense, some skill.
  60. (55) L Graham Knott, Niagra Ice Dogs (OHL) Size, good scorer, range of skills.
  61. (59) G Michael McNiven, Owen Sound Attack (OHL) 23GP, 2.78 .914
  62. (56) C Tyler Soy, Victoria Royals (WHL) Lightning quick forward.
  63. (NR) G MacKenzie Blackwood, Barrie Colts (OHL). Big butterfly style goalie.
  64. (NR) L Jordan Greenway, USNTDP (USHL) Power winger with skill.
  65. (NR) D Erik Cernak, Kosice (Slovak) Huge defenseman with a nice range of skills.
  66. (60) D Brandon Carlo, Tri-City (WHL) Big, strong, mean defender.
  67. (NR) L Denis Gurianov, Lada (MHL). Smooth offensive player, good size. Quality U18. 
  68. (NR) D Parker Wotherspoon, Tri-City Americans (WHL). Good skater, defender, increasing offense.
  69. (NR) D Vili Saarijavi, Green Bay Gamblers (USHL). Small puck moving D is a wizard. Big U18’s.
  70. (NR) C Jack Roslovic, USNTDP (USHL) Playmaking C had a tremendous U18’s.
  71. (NR) C Thomas Novak, Waterlook Blackhawks (USHL). Skilled two-way center.
  72. (NR) R David Case, Chomutov (Cze-2) Skilled winger with aggressive bent. Impressive U18’s.
  73. (NR) C Glenn Gawdin, Swift Current Broncos (WHL). Keeps impressing with two-way skills.
  74. (NR) L Jesse Gabrielle, Regina Pats (WHL). Projects as a scoring winger—better than boxcars.
  75. (NR) R Christian Fischer, USNTDP (USHL). Scoring winger with size, 7 points at U18’s.
  76. (NR) L Sebastian Ohlsson, Skelleftea (SHL). Small skill center showed well at U18’s.
  77. (NR) D Kyle Capobianco, Sudbury Wolves (OHL). Skill D had a strong finish to OHL season.
  78. (NR) C Gabriel Gagne, Victoriaville (QMJHL) Huge C, good speed, very creative offensively.
  79. (NR) R Lukas Jasek, Trinec (Czech). Smart two-way forward with skill.
  80. (NR) C Alexander Dergachyov, St. Petersburg (Rus Jr). Giant skill C ripped up the Russian junior league.
  81. (NR) R Deven Sideroff, Kamloops Blazers (WHL). Skill winger, hard worker, very good passer.
  82. (NR) L Robin Kovacs, AIK (Allsvenskan). Skill winger with speed, rugged and pesky style.
  83. (NR) L Austin Wagner, Regina Pats (WHL). Speedy winger emerged late and can do a lot of things.
  84. (NR) C Yakov Trenin, Gatineau Olympique (QMJHL). Skilled forward, foot speed an issue.
  85. (NR) R Mitchell Stephens, Saginaw Spirit (OHL). Speed and skill, huge U18’s.
  86. (NR) G Ilya Samsonov, Magnitogorsk (Rus Jr) Big goalie, good numbers, quality U18’s.
  87. (NR) C Brad Morrison, Prince George Cougars (WHL). Speedy and creative center.
  88. (NR) D Gabriel Carlsson, Linkoping (Swe Jr). Rangy defender, highly rated by Central Scouting.
  89. (NR) C Dante Salituro, Ottawa 67’s (OHL). Small forward, terrific skill.
  90. (NR) L Jeremiah Addison, Ottawa 67’s (OHL). Rugged winger, effective offensively.

Just for fun, and based on my list, this is what Edmonton could be looking at if they retained all of their picks inside the top 90 overall.

  • No. 1 overall: C Connor McDavid.
  • No. 16 overall: D Jeremy Roy
  • No. 33 overall: R Brock Boeser
  • No. 60 overall: L Graham Knott
  • No. 79 overall: R Lukas Jasek
  • No. 89 overall: C Dante Salituro

Obviously the Oilers are unlikely to draft five forwards (or in fact retain all of those picks) but this is a really good draft. There are a bunch of good players (Kolesar, Musil, Suter, Schmalz) from very good leagues who didn’t make the top 90. It’s a fabulous draft to have (potentially) six picks inside the top 90 overall. If Chiarelli does trade one of them, he’ll need to get maximum value.

Scott Cullen has the Oilers acquiring Zbynek Michalek and Antti Niemi in his offseason look at the team here. His stuff is fabulous, well worth the read.

I’ll be on Saturday Sports Extra at noon today with Paul Almeida. We’ll of course talk about the insanity that took place since the last time we got together, should be fun. Noon today, TSN 1260.

Report had the brass watching Leon Draisaitl last night. I received a dm worrying over Leon’s future, but I suspect there’s little worry here. Chiarelli talked about size and being tough on the puck, Leon’s a bloody giant compared to the other kids on this team. He might start on the wing—that’s clearly a training camp item—but Leon and Bogdan and anyone over 210 pounds who can skate is probably going to enjoy the Chiarelli era.

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  1. spoiler says:

    Woodguy: I think they trade Lucic last based on exactly what you said.

    I’d guess about 5th last, but that point is why I used his name. Sorry if that didn’t come through.

    Chara
    Bergeron
    Krejci
    Rask

    Although you could throw Pastrnak in there too just on sheer contract value and how badly they need that.

  2. Rondo says:

    I think Oilers will take Jakub Zboril at #16. Unless of course a forward drops that they really like i.e. Meier

  3. Unicorns says:

    Woodguy: I think they trade Lucic last based on exactly what you said.

    Bruin culture.

    Savard’s contract for the last two years (15/16-16/17) is 525K is actual money and 4.0 cap. Some team will pick that up to help them reach the floor. (Hi ARI)

    Eriksson is 4.5 and they can clear him out and blame Chia.

    I see Lucic as the epitome of Bruins heavy hockey, 3rd in team scoring, 4th in forward TOI. The upcoming contract and free agency may be a concern to them.

    Eriksson was their second best forward behind Bergeron (first in TOI and second in scoring) probably Lucic before him and he’s cheaper.

  4. godot10 says:

    Unicorns:
    Chara still looked good last year here:

    But was 4th in TOI. He did have injuries last year but has usually been healthy which is the best predictor of future health according to an EJ article done about Whitney a few years back:

    Not when you are 37 years old, and are used to an easy travel schedule. How many long airplane rides has Chara been on lately, with now wonky knees.

    I amazed that people think a 37-year old D will help. Chara is declining which is exactly what you don”t want in McDavid’s 3-year entry level window. Chara will be 40 in the most critical year. On a 35 plus contract.

    Chara would be a horribly bad bet.

  5. stush18 says:

    Blackbyrd: I love this blog and have a tremendous amount of respect for LT as a hockey mind. But, in my opinion, the devaluation that Crouse is experiencing at the hands of the more statistically minded internet community has gotten out of hand.

    Is he a good top five pick? God no. Top ten? Probably still a bit of a reach with the talent in this year’s draft. But CSS know hockey too. They might rely more on shoe size, broad shoulders, and truculence than they do on Corsi, but they’re not idiots for goodness’ sake. And they’ve still got him at #4!!!

    For me, if Crouse is somehow still available at #16 you do cartwheels all the way to the podium and drop the mic after you call his name. He might not be a scorer in the NHL. In fact, I’d say he probably won’t be. But he has about as good a chance at becoming Lucic in his prime as anyone has since Lucic in his prime. And unlike a Moroz pick (I think everyone here agreed that that was about a 0.1% chance of happening), it’s not altogether unimaginable for Crouse. Is it 30%? 10? I don’t know. But it’s sure as shit worth taking a shot at #16.

    I agree. The entire hockey world cannot be this wrong on this player. If hes available at 16 i think you consider taking him. Hes exactly the kind of player that does the little things that dont show up on the score sheet, but help a team win. Marry that with his size and skill, and i think were looking at a landeskog-like player.

    I believe full heartedly in fancy stats, but this community especially seems to place too much reliance on these stats. As we have seen with fayne, these stats dont necessarily transfer over. As someone said, you have to be able to seperate the wheat from the chafe.

  6. till_horcoff_is_coach says:

    Why 2 titles for Chia? I have a theory the hope is MacT stays as AGM and gets mentored for a few years before inheriting the GM title again. I think that would be a fine plan as well. Keep someone in the org that knows the state of things but correct some of the mistakes going on at the core.

  7. godot10 says:

    Benoit Pouliot should prevent the Oilers from going Lucic hunting.

  8. spoiler says:

    LT said…

    Scott Cullen has the Oilers acquiring Zbynek Michalek and Antti Niemi in his offseason look at the team here. His stuff is fabulous, well worth the read.

    I am wondering if the Blues went after Michalek because of their cap problems. He’d be cheaper than Pietrangelo or Shattenkirk and he’s a more physical player. One of Pietrangelo and Shattenkirk will be stuck at 2RD and not cheap.

    If I’m Chia, I’m calling St. Loo this June with the 16th in hand (along with Chi-town).

  9. Unicorns says:

    godot10: Not when you are 37 years old, and are used to an easy travel schedule.How many long airplane rides has Chara been on lately, with now wonky knees.

    I amazed that people think a 37-year old D will help.Chara is declining which is exactly what you don”t want in McDavid’s 3-year entry level window.Chara will be 40 in the most critical year.On a 35 plus contract.

    Chara would be a horribly bad bet.

    I have less issue with Chara’s age in his case than the years left on the contract. Changed my mind.

    Unless they can find a RD long term they should probably go cheaper with Michalek etc. Maybe used properly Schultz pulls it out of the fire.

  10. John Chambers says:

    Woodguy: I can see him hanging around as a scout of some sort.

    MacT is an Edmonton man and an Oiler.

    His whole life is here so I don’t expect him to leave town.

    Everyone needs something to do and what he knows is hockey.

    I have no animosity to KLowe and MacT. They would bleed for this team and Lowe may have actually sold his soul in a field at midnight in a field outside of Whitecourt for things to have aligned as improbably as they have.

    They were not managers cut out for the realities of the modern NHL. KLowe has an unfortunate outburst and a MacT has had some well documented blunders with players, but ultimately their ethics were civilized, their playing credentials legitimate, and their intentions were sometimes stubborn but ultimately served a good interest.

    I hope and think that their dismissal from key positions will continue to be handled with dignity, and that they will earn some accolade if the franchise sees a return to excellence.

  11. Unicorns says:

    spoiler:
    LT said…


    Scott Cullen has the Oilers acquiring Zbynek Michalek and Antti Niemi in his offseason look at the team here. His stuff is fabulous, well worth the read.

    I am wondering if the Blues went after Michalek because of their cap problems.He’d be cheaper than Pietrangelo or Shattenkirk and he’s a more physical player.One of Pietrangelo and Shattenkirk will be stuck at 2RD and not cheap.

    If I’m Chia, I’m calling St. Loo this June with the 16th in hand (along with Chi-town).

    Pietro or Shattnerkirk, that would be a coup. If they go out there will be a shake up there for sure and that often seems to end up about needing to be more physical. Summer of dreams.

  12. stush18 says:

    spoiler:
    LT said…


    Scott Cullen has the Oilers acquiring Zbynek Michalek and Antti Niemi in his offseason look at the team here. His stuff is fabulous, well worth the read.

    I am wondering if the Blues went after Michalek because of their cap problems.He’d be cheaper than Pietrangelo or Shattenkirk and he’s a more physical player.One of Pietrangelo and Shattenkirk will be stuck at 2RD and not cheap.

    If I’m Chia, I’m calling St. Loo this June with the 16th in hand (along with Chi-town).

    Id much rather grab shattenkirk or petey over seabrook. I think shattenkirk is the one that would pop free of those two, however i doubt either are moved regardless.

  13. Bag of Pucks says:

    Woodguy: I can see him hanging around as a scout of some sort.

    MacT is an Edmonton man and an Oiler.

    His whole life is here so I don’t expect him to leave town.

    Everyone needs something to do and what he knows is hockey.

    I wish him well whatever path he chooses. I’ll never view him the same way after he Skype fired Krueger but I can’t fault his effort and commitment to the org.

    Btw, based on the Luongo contract/debacle alone, I think it’s far to say Van has had its issues with cap management as well.

  14. John Chambers says:

    spoiler,

    I posted about STL’s D yesterday.

    From their perspective they’d probably be most interested to move out J Bo which I think is a great fit for Edm behind other feasible acquisitions such as Hjalmarsson or Marc Staal, but a much better idea than Mike Green, Sekera, or even Jeff Petry.

    Really if Edmonton acquires any 3 of the top 90 Dmen in the world at a reasonable price in both dollars and assets the summer will be a success. Goal will be addressed and it’s undoubtedly the main problem to get right, but adding a quantity of veteran defensemen (and moving out a few others) is key and St Louis has some quality ones.

  15. spoiler says:

    stush18: Id much rather grab shattenkirk or petey over seabrook. I think shattenkirk is the one that would pop free of those two, however i doubt either are moved regardless.

    I dunno. Shattenkirk is cheaper than Piety, brings a little more offense, has a little more edge, but isn’t as good in his own end. Tough to say which St. Loo would be more willing to deal, but I think it might be Piety because you can buy defense for less.

    Seabrook’s advantage is the experience of what it takes to win two Cups. I have a tough time discounting that. His disadvantage is he only has one year left… now with McD in the fold and a real coach that might not be a problem, but he’s gonna get paid at the end of that year.

    And Bowman might be willing to deal Hjarlmarsson instead, never know. Although that is a beauty contract. He has a lot of ways out of his cap troubles and could manage it without dealing any D… however you have to think one of these two Dmen bring the most back for him.

    My feeling is that the ideal play would be for Justin Williams and Seabrook to join the team because of their Cup experience, and because, unlike Ference, they can still play.

    In the case of the Dman problem, you need a dance partner, and it remains to be see if CHI or STL are willing to tango, but you’ve gotta put that pick out there and get some competition going for it and see whose booty shakes loose.

  16. Woodguy says:

    I think STL moves Oshie (2 years 4.5MM), Berglund (2 years 3.7MM) and Stastny (3 years 7MM) before they move any Dmen.

    I think Armstrong has serious buyers remorse on Stastny

    Lehetra (2.75MM) wound up winning the job between Taresenko and Schwartz while Stastny mostly played with Jaskin and Berglund.

    Stastny is a pretty big ticket, but probably can be moved.

    VAN might be interested.

    Bonino didn’t have a great year at 2C at all.

  17. John Chambers says:

    spoiler,

    If you want Alex Pietrangelo you’d better be willing to give up Hall or Nugent Hopkins along with the Pens’ pick. St Louis is despite a poor playoffs (again) inside their competitive window and dealing one of their stud defensemen for anything less than a steal is a poor solution to their cap problems.

  18. godot10 says:

    spoiler: I dunno. Shattenkirk is cheaper than Piety, brings a little more offense, has a little more edge, but isn’t as good in his own end.Tough to say which St. Loo would be more willing to deal, but I think it might be Piety because you can buy defense for less.

    Shattenkirk is cheaper (because those are restricted years) for two more years, and then he is likely a $7 million dollar per year defensemen. So over the next 5 years, Shattenkirk will NOT be a cheaper defensemen than Petry.

    So when it counts (i.e. not the next two years), Shattenkirk will NOT be a cheaper defensemen than Petry.

    Shattenkirk is a better Yandle. Pieterangelo is the one who gets the tough defensive assignments.

    Shattenkirk, Yandle, Phaneuf…are better in non-shutdown roles than in shutdown roles. Shattenkirk is what we want Schultz to eventually become.

  19. Woodguy says:

    Bag of Pucks,


    Btw, based on the Luongo contract/debacle alone, I think it’s far to say Van has had its issues with cap management as well.

    That’s just one contract.

    I was referring to overpaying a bunch of players who the team had success with and thus causing issues.

  20. spoiler says:

    Bag of Pucks: I wish him well whatever path he chooses. I’ll never view him the same way after he Skype fired Krueger but I can’t fault his effort and commitment to the org.

    I know I am likely in the minority of one here, but I seriously think the Skype thing is totally overblown.

    On Skype…

    MacT: Ralph you gotta come back to Edmonton, we need to meet.
    Ralph: What? About what? For how long?
    MacT: It shouldn’t take long.
    Ralph: Dude, I am in Switzerland. You want me to fly all the way back to Edmonton for a short meeting, why the hell can’t we do this by Skype?
    MacT: Well, it’s about your future
    Ralph: You’re canning me aren’t you?
    *Crickets*
    Ralph: I can totally tell by your faces. Thank Gord you Skyped me rather than forcing me to fly all the way to Edmonton, get fired and then fly all the way back again.

    Now the convo of course didn’t go like this, but it easily could have. I personally would be grateful for not having to drag my ass across an ocean and a continent twice to spend 5 minutes getting fired.

    And never once have we heard Ralph complain about the method. That was the media. What he complained about was being blindsided by the news.

    And that I do have a problem with.

  21. Unicorns says:

    Moving Bou would leave St Louis weak on the left side. 3 very good righties in the fold now.

    I don’t see the Oilers needing LD, they can get by with Klefbom and Marincin right now if they have someone to play with. Fayne is good for second pairing. Get a solid 1 RD and find a 3 LD for Schultz if they keep him.

  22. stush18 says:

    Based in our draft position, i would like us to draft

    1-mcjesus
    16-roy
    33-chabot
    60-rasmus anderrsson
    79-Alexander dergachev
    89-blackwood

    I would actually consider trading back like mact did in 2013. One thing that is becoming very apparent is that after the top 10, the rankings vary wildly.

    Is our 33rd pick good enough to get the blue jackets 38th and 68th?

    Depending on whos available at 16, would you trade for the st louis 1st and buffalos 2nd? Buffalo wont be able to sign all of there draft pick in the near duture, maybe tempt them with a higher selection.

    We could end up with something like
    1mcjesus
    25-roy
    32-pilon
    38-yan
    60-anderrson
    68-Carlo
    79-dergachev
    89-blackwood

    I think you maximize you chances and trade down if possible.

  23. Unicorns says:

    spoiler: I know I am likely in the minority of one here, but I seriously think the Skype thing is totally overblown.

    On Skype…

    MacT:Ralph you gotta come back to Edmonton, we need to meet.
    Ralph: What? About what? For how long?
    MacT: It shouldn’t take long.
    Ralph: Dude, I am in Switzerland.You want me to fly all the way back to Edmonton for a short meeting, why the hell can’t we do this by Skype?
    MacT: Well, it’s about your future
    Ralph: You’re canning me aren’t you?
    *Crickets*
    Ralph: I can totally tell by your faces.Thank Gord you Skyped me rather than forcing me to fly all the way to Edmonton, get fired and then fly all the way back again.

    Now the convo of course didn’t go like this, but it easily could have.I personally would be grateful for not having to drag my ass across an ocean and a continent twice to spend 5 minutes getting fired.

    And never once have we heard Ralph complain about the method.That was the media.What he complained about was being blindsided by the news.

    And that I do have a problem with.

    I think you’re right, but how could they not blind side him if they chose a different direction which they are entitled to do?

  24. spoiler says:

    John Chambers:

    If you want Alex Pietrangelo you’d better be willing to give up Hall or Nugent Hopkins along with the Pens’ pick. St Louis is despite a poor playoffs (again) inside their competitive window and dealing one of their stud defensemen for anything less than a steal is a poor solution to their cap problems.

    Yes, because St. Loo would fix their cap issues by trading a $5.5M per year defenseman for a $6M forward.

  25. Younger Oil says:

    Just looking at Jeremy Roy, he’s one of the younger players in the draft, and a RH shot, with better offensive numbers than Nurse in his draft year. I’d be incredibly happy with anyone 19 and above in those rankings for our pick at #16.

    On another note, has anyone ever hear of Carl Neill? I believe he’s Roy’s D partner, another RHD, and put up 40 points in 63 games this year. He was draft eligible last year, but is on the younger side (July birthday), and was passed over. Almost doubled his production this year. Also a big body at 6’3”, 215 lbs.

    For example, he is only 3 months older than someone like Ryan Pilon, and is the same size, and has fairly similar production. I’d say that could warrant a 3rd or 4th round pick, and he may even be there later than that.

    Looking at this draft, there are TONS of quality right handed Dmen who are slated to go in the 30-90 range, which is arguably our biggest organizational weakness.

    My ideal next few months:

    1. Sign Eetu Laurikainen and Matt O’Connor to eliminate the percieved need to draft a goalie.

    2. Draft McDavid at #1, Rantanen/Meyer/Svechnikov at #16, Andersson/Bear at #33, then make smart bet picks the rest of the way like 2013.

    3. Sign Neuvirth and Soderberg, use pieces like the 2016 1st, Schultz, and prospects to get a quality defender, and ask Petry if he wants to come back (probably not).

    4. DON’T TRADE DRAISAITL OR MARINCIN!!!

  26. spoiler says:

    Unicorns: I think you’re right, but how could they not blind side him if they chose a different direction which they are entitled to do?

    For sure, but MacT had spent a lot of time at the WCs with Krueger immediately before the firing with no indication that he had any doubts whatsoever about Krueger going forward. Nothing came out of the end of the season interview either.

    The other weird thing is that shouldn’t Krueger get a say on his assistants? So why wasn’t he there for the Eakins hiring process?

  27. eidy says:

    Rondo,

    He seems to be in the range.

    The way I think of defensemen in this draft
    1. Hanafin
    2. Provorov
    3. Probable Werenski, but getting cloudy
    4. Zboril/Chabot/Kylington/Roy
    5. Meloche/Juulsen/Vandesopel/Dermott/Bear

    As it gets closer I usually do a cumulative ranking to group prospects into groups based on cumulative rankings from Redline/Button/McKeen’s/pronman/McKenzie. That in my mind is the groups

    No idea where to put Cernak and despite the rankings I am not that high on Carlo. If the oilers catch a break and one of the top 3 fall a bit than that would be great. Otherwise if they get one from group 4 with the Pitt pick and then one from 5 with either of the 2nd round picks I would think those are pretty good bets.

    It would be better to trade for a D with 2-3 years of term (or more) with 200+ games NHL experience and <28. At one point Kulikov was potentially falling out of favour in Florida. He would be a nice target. Thoughts?

  28. spoiler says:

    Woodguy: I think STL moves Oshie (2 years 4.5MM), Berglund (2 years 3.7MM) and Stastny (3 years 7MM) before they move any Dmen.

    I’m thinking they do too, and the same in Chicago, but these are still calls you have to make. Both of those teams would get more for their D than their forwards. Is that enough for the respective GMs…? Hard to say, but you have to find out. Especially if you can create some competition for the pick.

    If you can’t solve the D by trade, then you look to the FA market.

  29. NYCOIL "Taking Photos" says:

    Morning from Japan, all. I see no fresh reason overnight to hit the beer vending machines today. Starting to get spoiled as a fan!

    Wanted to weigh in on a couple of items

    1) So very glad to see so many of you take up my “homework” assignment of watching the first ten minutes of “Behind the B.” haha To me I came away thinking I hate groupthink and “consensus” building when people clearly have an agenda and steer the entire conversation to reach an inevitable conclusion
    Seguin had no chance and no one spoke up.on his behalf. Even the scouts were guilty. It was insightful to me to watch a group that had enjoyed recent success proceed to shoot themselves in the foot. Lastly, there’s clearly a bunch of stuff they cut out. Personal stuff. Neely hints at it. I think Neely comes across as a fake person and a bully.

    2) speaking of insightful and inciteful, I enjoy DSF’s presence here. Yes, he may never admit he is wrong on something so he shifts the conversation but his playing Devil’s Advocate at least provides a.different perspective in here. Also, as the blog donation / whisky bet showed, in my personal.dealings with him, he has been nothing but classy. So for those saying he is just a troll, well, I encourage you to read a little between the lines. Doesn’t mean you have to like him, well, don’t engage him then. But I don’t think personal attacks are necessary.

    3) What excuse can I come up with for that morning vending machine beer? Or do I have to wait for the Flames (spits) to win so we can celebrate 15th overall?

    P.S. If Boychuk is a 7m dollar man we better be damn sure Seabrook is ok with nothing more than the Hall contract before making a pitch for him because otherwise he will blow a hole in our salary structure.
    Rather have some cost certainty. I’d look to the Rangers (Staal) or another guy on the Hawks (Hjalmarsson) before I give up anything for one year of Seabrook and then just assuming he would sign for less because McDavid.

  30. marty62 says:

    spoiler: For sure, but MacT had spent a lot of time at the WCs with Krueger immediately before the firing with no indication that he had any doubts whatsoever about Krueger going forward.Nothing came out of the end of the season interview either.

    The other weird thing is that shouldn’t Krueger get a say on his assistants? So why wasn’t he there for the Eakins hiring process?

    Thats why MacT and Lowe are out. Bad decisions and no long term plan. Reactionary thinking. I think the Oilers would have progressed with Krueger. So happy for all the happenings this last week Cant wait to see Chiarelli clean up our mess on the back end

  31. wheatnoil says:

    spoiler,

    I assumed most people who referenced the Skype incident were using it as short-hand for hiring a replacement when you were searching for an assistant and the incumbent being blindsided by it because he didn’t even know you were unhappy with his progress and was off on the other side of the world while this all happened and so you had to Skype him to fire him. That said, perhaps some people really were put off by the Skype aspect of it. Personally, I agree with you. The discussion should happen ‘face to face’ but not necessarily ‘in the same room’. It is the modern era after all.

  32. eidy says:

    Younger Oil,

    And Connor Hobbs is my sleeper for the 6th round. Best RHD depth I can remember seeing.

  33. Younger Oil says:

    Also, I was thinking, immediately after the draft, people could post who they think the Oilers should have picked at all of the places that they drafted at, I’ll compile everyone’s picks, and 5 years down the road we can check and see if a bunch of guys on the internet can draft better than paid scouts!

    Would anyone be interested in that?

  34. wheatnoil says:

    NYCOIL "Taking Photos":
    What excuse can I come up with for that morning vending machine beer? Or do I have to wait for the Flames (spits) to win so we can celebrate 15th overall?

    McDavid got 4 points last night and now has 30 points in 11 playoff games… and that’s barely above his season average!

    Connor McDavid! WWWWHHHOOOOOOTTTTT!!!

  35. NYCOIL "Taking Photos" says:

    wheatnoil: McDavid got 4 points last night and now has 30 points in 11 playoff games… and that’s barely above his season average!

    Connor McDavid! WWWWHHHOOOOOOTTTTT!!!

    Good enough for me! Time for Asahi Super Dry!

  36. pocession charge says:

    NYCOIL “Taking Photos”: Good enough for me! Time for Asahi Super Dry!

    I love that beer.

  37. spoiler says:

    wheatnoil:
    spoiler,

    I assumed most people who referenced the Skype incident were using it as short-hand for hiring a replacement when you were searching for an assistant and the incumbent being blindsided by it because he didn’t even know you were unhappy with his progress and was off on the other side of the world while this all happened and so you had to Skype him to fire him. That said, perhaps some people really were put off by the Skype aspect of it. Personally, I agree with you. The discussion should happen ‘face to face’ but not necessarily ‘in the same room’. It is the modern era after all.

    Thank you. But I think a lot were put off by the method, because they keep emphasizing the Skype aspect rather than the blindside.

    Here is BOP’s original quote (not to pick on him, there is a plethora of similar examples, but his was closest to hand):

    Bag of Pucks: I’ll never view him the same way after he Skype fired Krueger

  38. eidy says:

    Younger Oil,

    I would for sure. Because of this blog (which I found during my year in New Zealand and provided me with my hockey fix), I have become a huge draft nut. So my wife blames LT for this. Ultimately, she is thankful for it as it takes the heat off of her to talk hockey prospects with me. The most interested in hockey she has been is the Hockey Wives show. I watched it once with her and she absolutely hated Dustin Brown’s wife. I was so proud of her.

  39. Halfwise says:

    NYCOIL “Taking Photos”: Good enough for me! Time for Asahi Super Dry!

    Do they still advertise it as Karaguchi / Empty Mouth?

    Also, how about that Calpis?

  40. spoiler says:

    NYCOIL "Taking Photos": So for those saying he is just a troll, well, I encourage you to read a little between the lines. Doesn’t mean you have to like him, well, don’t engage him then. But I don’t think personal attacks are necessary.

    Awww… You’re not hating on me for this, are you?

  41. Southern Oil says:

    NYCOIL – where abouts are you in Japan? I remember you told us all once but I can’t recall. I spent a year in Osaka and then 2 in Nagano Prefecture about 15-20 years ago. I remember the beer machines well. Wonderful inventions. Get some karage from the Circle K and have an Ebisu (do they still have that beer?) down at the local park – good times!

  42. NYCOIL "Taking Photos" says:

    Halfwise: Do they still advertise it as Karaguchi / Empty Mouth?

    Also, how about that Calpis?

    Well you have your Kanji meanings messed up. Whoever told you karakuchi is empty mouth is wrong. It’s the wrong kara. Not the same character as karaoke (empty-orchestra).

    It means spicy /dry. Karakuchi just means a spicy or dry taste. Used in sake all the time.

    Calpis still exists although it’s far less common to see these days. Replaced by a lot more coffee in vending machines and 10% fruit juice juice drinks and blended fancy teas.

  43. NYCOIL "Taking Photos" says:

    spoiler: Awww…You’re not hating on me for this, are you?

    Oh, I didn’t even see that. I didn’t mean anyone specifically. And definitely not you in this case.

  44. NYCOIL "Taking Photos" says:

    Southern Oil:
    NYCOIL – where abouts are you in Japan?I remember you told us all once but I can’t recall.I spent a year in Osaka and then 2 in Nagano Prefecture about 15-20 years ago.I remember the beer machines well.Wonderful inventions.Get some karage from the Circle K and have an Ebisu (do they still have that beer?) down at the local park – good times!

    Yebisu is the best mass produced beer in Japan. I was born in Tokyo. Mother from Hokkaido (Japan ‘s equivalent of Finland or Canada for those who don’t know) and dad was head of the Alberta Government office. That’s how I came to be an Oiler fan pretty much from when I started crawling.

    Right now I am traveling all around the country. I’m in Iwate today and going to the coast to one of the tsunami ravaged towns to see if I can’t spend a little yen and spread a bit of love.

  45. Pretendergast says:

    We have to give Boston a second rounder for their fired GM? Is this for real? Friedman and friend just said it on the Tampa game it could happen.

  46. gr8one says:

    NYCOIL "Taking Photos":

    I think Neely comes across as a fake person and a bully.

    Yeah…I felt the same way. The scene where he had Loui Eriksson in his office to “welcome” him, it seemed to me Eriksson was just kind of like “wtf?” and seemed to bristle and couldn’t get out of there fast enough. Mind you I’m no expert on body language and we know what kind of an ass it make you look like by speculating on such, but that’s how it looked to me.

    NYCOIL "Taking Photos":

    3) What excuse can I come up with for that morning vending machine beer? Or do I have to wait for the Flames (spits) to win so we can celebrate 15th overall?

    The other benefit to the Flames improving our draft number is that it also makes theirs worse. We know they aren’t going to win the cup regardless, so anything that helps us and hurts them going forward I can get behind 100%.

  47. spoiler says:

    Pretendergast:
    We have to give Boston a second rounder for their fired GM? Is this for real? Friedman and friend just said it on the Tampa game it could happen.

    I believe one of our astute commenters said yesterday that we have the choice of year with a window of 3 years.

  48. Southern Oil says:

    NYCOIL “Taking Photos”: Yebisu is the best mass produced beer in Japan. I was born in Tokyo. Mother from Hokkaido (Japan ‘s equivalent of Finland or Canada for those who don’t know) and dad was head of the Alberta Government office. That’s how I came to be an Oiler fan pretty much from when I started crawling.

    Right now I am traveling all around the country. I’m in Iwate today and going to the coast to one of the tsunami ravaged towns to see if I can’t spend a little yen and spread a bit of love.

    Do you have a twitter handle? I’d love to see some pics of the Tsunami regions. Hope things up there are as normal as can be. What a terrible day that was.

  49. Halfwise says:

    NYCOIL “Taking Photos”: Well you have your Kanji meanings messed up. Whoever told you karakuchi is empty mouth is wrong. It’s the wrong kara. Not the same character as karaoke (empty-orchestra).

    It means spicy /dry. Karakuchi just means a spicy or dry taste. Used in sake all the time.

    Calpis still exists although it’s far less common to see these days. Replaced by a lot more coffee in vending machines and 10% fruit juice juice drinks and blended fancy teas.

    Thanks for the correction — it was about 20 years ago and I was trying to absorb as much language as I could; the mistake was probably from me making an assumption. So it’s the ‘karai’ kind of kara, good to know.

    One of my notions as I head to the back nine of life is to find some kind of Japanese language immersion refresher situation in Japan for a couple of weeks, then host my wife on a visit. She’s never been, and I haven’t been there since 1999. My Japanese was adequate for survival and tourism.

  50. hankster says:

    Who’s the best coach for this young team, who undoubtedly needs structure and discpline?

    McClellan – offensive team…his record reminds me of Ottawa when they had so much promise but were snuffed out …by the leafs of all teams a couple of times. Good enough to develop these young guns?

    Babcock – so much hype for one cup win in how many playoff appearances?

    Nelson – too likeable ? need to light the fire underneath the players in a couple of yrs when they make the playoffs.

    Bylsma – experience in handling superstars

    Perhaps we need someone like Therrien who manages to get good results from an average team with the exception of a MVP like Price.

  51. NYCOIL "Taking Photos" says:

    Southern Oil: Do you have a twitter handle?I’d love to see some pics of the Tsunami regions.Hope things up there are as normal as can be.What a terrible day that was.

    Yes, @GmanBackpacker
    From what I gather, pretty “not normal ” has become entrenched in these parts. Regions are too poor, people too old. Some cosmetic things like the train lines etc are fixed but life forever changed there.

  52. stephen sheps says:

    in that same bit, Friedman suggested Eakins is being considered in Philly and Chia has asked Mac to stay on.

    I actually do hope they find a role for MacT – he wasn’t the best GM but nobody cares more about the franchise than he does, Ralph/Dubie stuff notwithstanding.

    And as to Dallas in Philly – if the players didn’t respond to Berbue and with the D they currently have, I really wonder how well that would go over. On the other hand, it’s good that he’s getting interviews at least. In 15 years, we could very well be looking at Eakins Oilers phase similarly to Bellichek’s Browns phase (not my idea – I am stealing this comparison from someone else, just don’t remember who). And given that the Oilers have become the hockey equivalent of the factory of sadness that is the Browns, who knows, it could be an apt comparison.

  53. Oiler94 says:

    I just saw on hockey night in Canada the oilers will have to give the Bruins a 2nd round pick as compensation for charelli. Wasn’t he fired?

  54. NYCOIL "Taking Photos" says:

    Halfwise,

    Yes, a tricky language. By the way, no better time to visit Japan in the past twenty years than now. The yen is weak, the infrastructure and bullet train lines are just at another level now. I can cover 900kms in 3.5 hours in first class luxury without the airport security issues and the stations are right in the heart of every town. A two week all you can ride rail pass including the bullet trains is less than 500 bucks.

    Definitely come back and bring the better half! Rural Japan is amazing.

  55. Unicorns says:

    hankster,

    Babcock has done really well with a declining team and losing the best D going. He or McLellan or keep Nelson. Nobody else is clearly better to me.

    I think they’ll challenge hard for a playoff spot next year. They will be much stronger than Van or Calgary, probably SJ and the Kings won’t be that much better. Peaches won’t do what MacT did last summer.

  56. Cyanide says:

    Oiler94,

    Its my understanding that if The Bruins want a Draft pick for compensation they will have to continue to pay Chiarelli’s remaining contract. So if the Bruins are willing to pay 10’s of millions of dollars?? for a 2nd in one of the next 3 drafts

  57. Alpine says:

    hankster,

    Babcock did get the very ordinary Mighty Ducks to the finals in ’03. He’s knows his systems well and a good amount of young players have blossomed with the Wings. That team has been overachieving without Lidstrom for a while. With him, they were a near benchmark in excellence. McLellan’s Sharks knocked them out twice in the playoffs. And Byslma did it once. Therrien lost to them in the finals after going down 3-1 as well.

    Therrien’s average team overachieving is for the most part, has centered around Price. Ask Habs fans about his tactical nous. If people hated Eakins, they wouldn’t be too impressed with Michel.

  58. Halfwise says:

    NYCOIL “Taking Photos”:
    Halfwise,

    Yes, a tricky language. By the way, no better time to visit Japan in the past twenty years than now. The yen is weak, the infrastructure and bullet train lines are just at another level now. I can cover 900kms in 3.5 hours in first class luxury without the airport security issues and the stations are right in the heart of every town. A two week all you can ride rail pass including the bullet trains is less than 500 bucks.

    Definitely come back and bring the better half! Rural Japan is amazing.

    I’ve been up and down the country from Kumamoto to Kushiro, by train. I love it, and have ascribed my own exaggerated meanings to words like Wa-fu and kimochi. Hard to describe my affection for the country, never mind trying to explain it to others. And the language! wow, what a mountain to climb.

    I’ve been in that Alberta Japan office in Tokyo several times; used to stay up the road near the Honda building at the Aoyama President Hotel, feeling like an insider compared to the tourists paying 4 times as much for a big-name hotel.

    Edit: We flew to Kushiro, come to think of it, didn’t go by train.

  59. BOLD OVER (5-14-6-1) says:

    Cyanide: 10’s of millions of dollars?

    I doubt that Chelli was being paid that much, but I also doubt that Jacobs would want to pay him $5 to go away.

    Exhibit A: The free slice of pizza to make up for the last CBA kerfuffle.

  60. Rondo says:

    eidy:
    Rondo,

    He seems to be in the range.

    The way I think of defensemen in this draft
    1.Hanafin
    2.Provorov
    3.Probable Werenski, but getting cloudy
    4.Zboril/Chabot/Kylington/Roy
    5.Meloche/Juulsen/Vandesopel/Dermott/Bear

    As it gets closer I usually do a cumulative ranking to group prospects into groups based on cumulative rankings from Redline/Button/McKeen’s/pronman/McKenzie.That in my mind is the groups

    No idea where to put Cernak and despite the rankings I am not that high on Carlo.If the oilers catch a break and one of the top 3 fall a bit than that would be great.Otherwise if they get one from group 4 with the Pitt pick and then one from 5 with either of the 2nd round picks I would think those are pretty good bets.

    It would be better to trade for a D with 2-3 years of term (or more) with 200+ games NHL experience and <28.At one point Kulikov was potentially falling out of favour in Florida.He would be a nice target.Thoughts?

    The reason I picked Zboril is that he has only played 1 year in North America, got injured in his draft year and still put up impressive numbers. he is PK specialist excellent skater and has an excellent shot from what I have read.

  61. Gret99zky says:

    Students who do not manage to achieve passing grades or earn enough credits are often allowed to attend and participate in graduation ceremonies. They were unable to demonstrate adequate knowledge or ability according to curriculum; however they attended class regularly and showed a keen interest in school. Therefore, they are not excluded from tossing a ceremonial emoji into the air with their classmates come June.

    I can only think this is what the “KLowe & MacT should get some kind of recognition” crowd must mean if/when the Stanley arrives another June.

    Hearts are in the right places.

    *wipes tear*

  62. Cyanide says:

    BOLD OVER (5-14-6-1),

    yea im not sure what a gm’s salary is im guessing around a few mill a yr

  63. NYCOIL "Taking Photos" says:

    Halfwise,

    If you’ve been in that Aoyama office any time between 1978-1991 you’ve likely met my old man. He also started the Tokyo Canadian Club.

  64. Unicorns says:

    Being free of mediocrity and having a chance at a normally functioning team under Peachy is definitely worth a 2nd rounder

  65. BOLD OVER (5-14-6-1) says:

    Unicorns:
    Being free of mediocrity and having a chance at a normally functioning team under Peachy is definitely worth a 2nd rounder

    Especially in 2 or 3 years, when it’s hopefully around 55th overall.

    #McDreamy…

  66. Cyanide says:

    Unicorns,

    It is definitely worth a second rounder to me, especially if it can be in the next 3 drafts. It could very well be a late 2nd in a few yrs. The question is Is a late round 2nd worth it to the bruins for the rest of Chiarellis contract value? It seems to me the Bruins owner might be a little stingy with his money especially when he most likely needs a new GM and coach.

  67. Halfwise says:

    NYCOIL “Taking Photos”:
    Halfwise,

    If you’ve been in that Aoyama office any time between 1978-1991 you’ve likely met my old man. He also started the Tokyo Canadian Club.

    That was just a couple of years before I got there. Still, fun to make the connections. Travel well and thanks again.

  68. Магия 10 says:

    Cyanide:
    Oiler94,

    Its my understanding that if The Bruins want a Draft pick for compensation they will have to continue to pay Chiarelli’s remaining contract. So if the Bruins are willing to pay 10’s of millions of dollars?? for a 2nd in one of the next 3 drafts

    apparently negotiation occurs at this point. Bruins might look for a lesser pick and no more payments.

  69. Cyanide says:

    Магия 10,

    I think The Oilers have the upper hand here. They can force them to drop the compensation and not have to pay Chia, or force them to pay Chia for the next 3 years. If I am the Oilers I push for the former.

  70. Bag of Pucks says:

    wheatnoil:
    spoiler,

    I assumed most people who referenced the Skype incident were using it as short-hand for hiring a replacement when you were searching for an assistant and the incumbent being blindsided by it because he didn’t even know you were unhappy with his progress and was off on the other side of the world while this all happened and so you had to Skype him to fire him. That said, perhaps some people really were put off by the Skype aspect of it. Personally, I agree with you. The discussion should happen ‘face to face’ but not necessarily ‘in the same room’. It is the modern era after all.

    Yes, this is the crux of it for me.

    I view it as MacT and Eakins essentially backstabbing Krueger. What was done, as confirmed by all parties to it, was ethically questionable at worst and professionally dishonourable at best imo.

    The fact that MacT then had to hurriedly fire Ralph via Skype to me emphasizes the morally ambiguous path he had chosen then. A truly gutless way to fire someone.

    Felt at the time no good could come from that sort of behaviour and history bears it out.

  71. Магия 10 says:

    Cyanide:
    Магия 10,

    I think The Oilers have the upper hand here. They can force them to drop the compensation and not have to pay Chia, or force them to pay Chia for the next 3 years. If I am the Oilers I push for the former.

    Suspect it ends up a 4th

  72. BOLD OVER (5-14-6-1) says:

    Магия 10: Suspect it ends up a Nikitin.

    There.

  73. AsiaOil says:

    Woodguy: Speaking of poor treatment.

    I read that Strudwick was being interviewed on a Montreal radio station and said “I’ve never seen an organization treat a good player so poorly”

    This was in regards to Petry.

    The more I think about it the more I hope MacT says no to a demotion and doesn’t interfere.

    I heard that interview – Strudwick was scathing. The BOTB Oilers are legendary for treating quality people with character and any players with sign of independence like trash. No need for me to go down the list. Big case of small dick syndrome where they get rid of anyone who shows any signs of being on to mgmt’s character and worth. Useless and submissive they will keep around forever but they will force out anyone with a bit of backbone who has any expectation of management. Cold weather was not the only reason UFA avoid EDM like the plague unless the overpay is massive.

    So yesterday was the best day for the Oilers in a decade, a true new beginning finally, and MacT will be gone in due course. Staying for now is just optics. But while I’m not going to be spiteful – I will also never forget how they betrayed the team, Kruger and even poor pathetic Tambo during strike season when they refused to replace injured players, refused to pick up solid guys on waivers, and did nothing at the trade deadline when they were actually in a playoff spot. All to make sure that they could get rid of Tambo and Kruguer and make way for MacT and eventually Eakins in the off-season. It was a shameful period of the franchises’ history and set the rebuild back 2 years and might have killed it all together without the lottery luck.

  74. BOLD OVER (5-14-6-1) says:

    stephen sheps: Friedman suggested Eakins is being considered in Philly

    Three. Three times since last Saturday afternoon, I’ve been shocked and speechless. And maybe a little bit giddy.

    Edit: http://www.thescore.com/nhl/news/753066

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