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by Lowetide

Yesterday we made the ‘summer needs’ list and found the Oilers need to acquire a puck mover (left or right), a winger (or two), a backup goaltender, and to increase the footprint of the ’94s (which may involve acquiring more ’94s). It’s a fairly substantial list. Question: Who’s leaving via trade in order to get these things done?

THE ATHLETIC!

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  • New Lowetide: Nuge finds a sweet spot in the heart of the order.
  • Lowetide: Milan Lucic at a crossroads after disastrous season.
  • Jonathan Willis: The problem was never Ryan Strome, it was Oilers’ expectations.
  • Justin Bourne: What the other 30 GM’s can learn from Vegas Golden Knights.
  • Lowetide: Connor McDavid’s outstanding 2017-18 season.
  • Lowetide: Oilers summer to-do list short and sweet.
  • Lowetide: Draft 2018: The Oilers and Russia: A draft tragedy.
  • Lowetide: Draft 2018: The Oilers and the Republic of Finland
  • Lowetide: Draft 2018: The Oilers and Sweden.
  • Lowetide: Draft 2018: The Oilers and the QMJHL.
  • Lowetide: Draft 2018Oilers and the WHL.
  • Lowetide: Draft 2018: Oilers draft history and the OHL
  • Lowetide: Draft 2018: The Oilers and the NCAA.

POSSIBLE ASSETS OUT

  1. No. 9 overall pick. Peter Chiarelli specifically mentioned he would be willing to trade the pick (unless the team wins the lottery) in answer to a Jim Matheson question at the exit interview. I’m not sure what the value of a No. 9 pick would be, but in recent seasons a pick in this area was the cornerstone for deals that fetched Dougie Hamilton and Travis Hamonic.
  2. Andrej Sekera buyout/trade. Edmonton would save $3.89 million toward next year’s cap and that’s a big deal. I’m not recommending it (or trading the pick) but it does give the team room to wheel.
  3. Oscar Klefbom. His surgery may mean he stays, but if I’m another NHL team and Edmonton comes calling, Klefbom is near the top of my list. That’s a great contract.
  4. Matt Benning. I’m a fan of this player (he closed well) but included him because he’s probably going to attract interest. Benning and No. 9 might get you a really good puck mover.
  5. 2019 first-round pick. If this season crashes, PC won’t be here to make the pick anyway.
  6. Ryan Strome. I imagine Edmonton will sign him to a deal around $3 million, but there might be a team looking for a RH center and offer extra value or cap relief.
  7. Zack Kassian. Jon Willis suggested this a few weeks ago, makes sense and would mean the fourth line goes from very expensive (Letestu-Kassian) to possibly $3 million or so for the trio. Not certain of Kassian’s value.
  8. Anton Slepyshev. Uncertain value, I have him on the list because he is among the most likely to be playing in a new city this fall.
  9. Jesse Puljujarvi. I don’t believe Chiarelli will trade the player but have him on the list because it’s possible. JP’s potential far outweighs his current trade value.

A Sekera buyout has all kinds of negatives (you’d be spending cap on buyouts for the next six seasons) but desperate times call for desperate measures. Here’s a look at what the roster would look like, $80 million cap, with the “acquisitions” placed instead of available options.

Edmonton could sign Jhonas Enroth or Pavel Francouz out of the KHL as a backup, Derek Ryan from Carolina (Bob mentions it often, don’t know if Bill Peters to Carolina impacts). Let’s say that takes $3.5 million worth of cap. That leaves $8.4 for the two feature adds, a defenseman and a scoring winger (plus you need a cushion). Trading a healthy Sekera is a sin against hockey, but we’re not sure about his future and money’s tighter than a drum. It’s an option, and Peter Chiarelli has shown a willingness to use that option.

MCLELLAN

Sounds like Bill Peters is off to Calgary, or at least there is a strong rumor of same. Still no word on Todd McLellan, but as the days go down and nothing is announced, we can assume his return is more likely. A quick exit for one of the established teams might have indicated change, Bob was muttering about Anaheim yesterday and my heart soared at the thought of Trent Yawney being available. Well, maybe “my heart soared” is a little over the top, but I’d like to see Yawney here. Montour too, please and thanks.

STUART SKINNER

Oilers haven’t signed him yet but you would think that’s going to happen in the coming weeks. He is flourishing in front of a solid WHL team after some years in front of a chaotic one. Early days, but good arrows with this Skinner chap.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

A fun Friday and a busy one. At 10 this morning, TSN1260, scheduled to appear:

  • Steve Lansky, BigMouthSports. Leafs in trouble, Jays on fire, Bob Cole cooling his jets.
  • Matt Iwanyk, TSN1260. NFL draft beckons, should Oil go hunting for John Carlson or similar?
  • Paul Almeida, SSE. We’ll discuss the Oilers’ summer and holes that need to be filled.
  • Frank Seravalli, TSN. Big playoff weekend for NHL teams. Leafs could be out, Jets could be moving on.

10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. See you on the radio!

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Andy Dufresne

Ryan:
In breaking news… Woodguy drinks Vodka when Jameson is the only available Irish Whiskey… and he likes short ribs.

Even when I keep the “ribs” short he still hates them, whether drinking Whiskey or Vodka.

Peace Out.

Andy Dufresne

Lowetide: I didn’t mention Russell, that’s a conversation you are having with others. I think the Sekera buyout is ill advised and PC would rightly be trashed for it. However, it would be less harmful to the future than trading Klefbom (as a for instance).

For me these conversations start to get interesting when we force ourselves to think about some of the tougher/perhaps more painful scenarios.

Thank you for positioning some of the alternatives for trading out to aquire needed assets.

The reality is, that for a certain population anything Chiarelli does is going to get trashed (which is fine). But if we can move beyond that and look at some of the tougher/less obvious scenarios…it gets more interesting IMO.

This is the Cap Era. Would you accept a Sekera buyout if the cap space was used to procure John Carlson at $6.5million x5??

If you wouldnt move Klefbom to get Barrie…….because you want desperatley to keep Klefbom…Would you give up the 9OV to get Faulk? Knowing that allows us to upgrade 2RHD and keep Klef? Would you be willing to lose the trade?? Move 9OV and Benning (More?) to get Faulk AND to keep Klef.

I think its unlikely Klefbomb moves but if you squint and look at it sideways

1) Klef contract has big value in trade market
2) Klef not a Chia type
3) Nurse is a Chia type
4) Klef a lefty
5) Org on record at every level…as going after a 2RHD
6) Mgt plays Klef after being eliminated from playoffs to show GM’s look, hes fine, surgery is optional.
7) Then shut him down so he can get the minor surgery and they can announce look surgery was successful.
8) Trading Klef allow you to keep the 9OV pick

While not likely to happen……it is still a distinct possiblity. These decisions are almost NEVER the result of binary factors….THIS so THAT…..but a conglomeration of factors some of them circumstantial in nature.

So forced to make a hard choice….

1) Klef for someone……Barrie? other
2) A deal that gets us a 2RHD PPman without moving Klef…….Faulk for 9OV? 9OV+Benning?
3) Buyout Sekera….Sign Free Agent?……John Carlson? Other?

Of course there is a 4th option
4) FInd a stop gap 2RHD ……Tanev? Example: Johnthan Willis likes Cody Franson as a stop gap.

But to me all of the evidence suggests 4 is highly unlikely. (doesnt mean 4 is wrong)
But 1,2,3 represent the harder decisions.

Order of likelyhood IMO
2, 1, 4, 3

theboyfromsouthdetroit

Lowetide,

Dammit.

I’m 9% sure I missed a digit there.

OriginalPouzar

Stuart Skinner stays hot – stops 39 of 41 in a 3-2 win!

Broncos take game 1.

v4ance

speeds,

I wouldn’t trade this year’s 1st but I would trade next year’s first as long as it was lottery protected. The transaction I would aim for is the 2019 1st, Lucic in return for a 2018 or 2019 3rd rounder.

The $6 million in cap room would give us room to grab a higher end UFA or even put in an RFA offer sheet if our GM would be creative or desperate enough to go that route.

OmJo

speeds:
LT (or anyone):

Would you move 9OV if it meant you could trade Lucic with no retained money, in some sort of deal?

We need to get maximum value for the 1st round pick.

Throwing in Lucic makes that impossible.

Yes, there is addition by subtraction, but I think it’s dangerous to apply that when trading a top 10 draft pick especially with another expansion draft expected soon.

Gerta Rauss

I signed up the day LT announced he’d be writing there and I am 10% thrilled that I did

Now there’s a ringing endorsement LT..!!…lol

You need to put that on your business card..:)

BornInAGretzkyJersey

Would be interesting to hear how many people are on board with the scenario put forward by VOR in regards to trading down in the 1st round for a good RD prospect, established top 6 winger and late 1st round pick?

He mentioned Roland McKeown of CAR and Andreas Athanasiou as targets.

I’d do it.

Would you?

Tesla's Hair

The Trade Guy: THE TRADE GUY says:
April 20, 2018 at 6:15 pm
I’m leaning towards the bluejays strategy. Keep your powder dry, don’t worry about chasing impact players and instead raise your floor, try and get some average players in the bottom six.
I think that would go a long ways to ensure next year is a playoff year.

Trade Guy, Interesting summary of the bluejays strategy. Are you living in Toronto?

On May 1st I am reimmigrating to Toronto after 20 years living abroad so it will be fun to catch up with the BlueJays strategies and other sports teams there. Not sure the Leafs will still be playing by the time I arrive. Any recommended Toronto blogs with the type of community of lowetide.ca?

Tesla's Hair

Lowetide,

Q: When was the first time you made your ‘summer needs’ list and how has it evolved over the years?

jp

speeds:
LT (or anyone):

Would you move 9OV if it meant you could trade Lucic with no retained money, in some sort of deal?

That is an interesting idea.

It’s not the same question, but is the 9OV worth 6M X 5yrs? That’s a pretty good free agent, and approaching fair value for the pick…

Lucic the player doesn’t have zero value, but that cap space ought to be worth a premium. Made me re-think the proposed deal though!

unca miltie

Water is good, red bull is still there. All is well in Raddison

Ryan

In breaking news… Woodguy drinks Vodka when Jameson is the only available Irish Whiskey… and he likes short ribs.

Professor Q

Scungilli Slushy,

I also just realised that Kaitlyn McGrath writes for The Athletic. I went to Western at the same time as her and sort of watched her career blossom from the school’s newspapers to beyond. Always good to see success for Alumni.

Scungilli Slushy

Lowetide is of course the best read on The Athletic and also here. ?

Another read I like is J Bourne. As I commented recently about reading Marchand’s piece, I think it gives insight to our GMs and coaches thinking.

My take is PC and McL aren’t wrong in thinking, but I’m not sure they’re executing properly. Or I am sure they aren’t executing properly.

OriginalPouzar

Skinner with 18 saves in a scoreless first period.

Brantford Boy

Rebilled,

Even got the intermission interview… class act…

OriginalPouzar

Go Broncos – Go Skinner!

I want a Hart vs. Skinner duel!

The Trade Guy

unca miltie:
Safely in Raddison, Saskatchewan for mother in laws 80th birthday. 4-0 jets. Wow

Enjoy the excellent water!

unca miltie

Safely in Raddison, Saskatchewan for mother in laws 80th birthday. 4-0 jets. Wow

The Trade Guy

I’m leaning towards the bluejays strategy. Keep your powder dry, don’t worry about chasing impact players and instead raise your floor, try and get some average players in the bottom six.

I think that would go a long ways to ensure next year is a playoff year.

Rebilled

Nice to see Hendricks in the line-up tonight.

Be great if The Jets got a cup before Vancouver.

Scungilli Slushy

who: I was thinking the exact same thing.
Do you think Calgary wants a 1st rounder bad enough to trade Hamilton?

No, but IF they were shopping him and like the Oilers blaming their best or second best D as a key to their failure who knows?

Many GMs and coaches can’t appreciate the offensive players that are generating more than they give up.

Unlike Schultz Hamilton plays first pair. That is key if he doesn’t need shelter. Although he has to agree to be called Doug if he comes here.

Jethro Tull

In what universe does trading Kris Russell erode the quality of the team. Maybe the team your trading him to. They’ll be worse.

Every game Russell missed this season, the Oilers were better.
He’s the D’s equivalent of Lucic. Poor gap control, gives up too much territory, can’t outlet pass, doesn’t have a shot to speak of. But he’s great in the room and blocks shots. Noice.

ArmchairGM

Doug McLachlan,

From 10 drafts, 2007-16, here are the players chosen at these specific spots.

#9
Logan Couture
Josh Bailey
Jared Cowan
Mikeal Granlund
Dougie Hamilton
Jacob Trouba
Bo Horvat
Nicolaj Ehlers
Timo Meier
Mikhail Sergachev

#14
Kevin Shattenkirk
Zack Boychuk
Dmitri Kulikov
Jaden Schwartz
Jamie Oleksiak
Zemgus Girgensens
Alex Wennberg
Julius Honka
Jake DeBrusk
Charlie McAvoy

#19
Logan MacMillan
Luca Sbisa
Chris Kreider
Nick Bjugstad
Oscar Klefbom
Andrei Vasilevskiy
Kerby Rychel
Anthony DeAngelo
Evgeny Svechnikov
Keifer Bellows

Look at all the quality names in the #9 group – 9/10. Cowan is the only real miss and he was drafted for his size anyhow, his WHL numbers weren’t misleading anybody.

#14 contains some good players, but on average it’s clear that there’s fewer impact players in this group.

#19 is a clear step down again.

ArmchairGM

JimmyV1965: This will be my last word on the conversation because it’s basically ridiculous. Well, I guess calling it a conversation is a stretch. Wouldn’t it be kinda hard to compare their results, considering they rank all the players? So if they rank someone 31 and he ends up bring the 40th best player in the draft, is that a fail?

Yeah, it was tongue-in-cheek. I haven’t compared their lists, but it feels like nobody pays much attention to Central anymore.

Cassandra

krakman: Yes thats a good plan for Lucic put him on the third line and he will be just like Kessel except he won’t score, won’t help his teammates score, will turn the puck over and play shitty defence.

So i guess playing shittydefence he has that in common with Kessel.

The comparison of Lucic to Kessel is too strange to make fun of. It is evidence, however, of the fundamental disconnect.

One player is awesome and underappreciated. The other, not.

Brantford Boy

Doug McLachlan: Haven’t scrolled down to see if others have replied to this yet but while the gap between 78 and 82 is tiny, the gap from 14 to 9 is not so great that it would garner 19 back.

There are different value charts out there but the statsportsconsulting.com site

http://statsportsconsulting.com/main/wp-content/uploads/Schuckers_NHL_Draftchart.pdf

would set the relative values as follows:
1st is 917pts,
2nd is 871pts,
3rd is 826,
9th is 596,
14th is 456,
19th is 364,
78th is 158,
82nd is 151 and
125th is 86.

So the drop from 9th to 14th is significant (almost 150pts) and the “mark-up” to drop down is steep, I don’t think a early-mid 1st rounder will get you two mid 1st rounders.If offered – call it in ASAP.

Excellent post… I knew there was values associated with the picks somewhere…

So in essence we have:
1st round (9) = 596 points
2nd round (38) = 211 points
3rd round (69) = 174 points
for a combined 807 points… (not including 3rd round)

Philly has:
1st round (14) = 456 points
1st round (19) = 364 points
for a combined 820 points…

Meaning Philly might in fact want the 2nd rounder, in this case I say no to the trade… for the 3rd rounder, hmmm… need to think about that one…

krakman

Kinger_Oil.redux:
who,

– At worst I believe Lucic can be used next year in a decadent 3rd line winger that makes too much money a la Kessel.Slot him in there, and if he can move up and be with Drai great

Yes thats a good plan for Lucic put him on the third line and he will be just like Kessel except he won’t score, won’t help his teammates score, will turn the puck over and play shitty defence.

So i guess playing shitty defence he has that in common with Kessel.

theboyfromsouthdetroit

I’m just jumping in here completely out of the blue to say I’ve just spent the last hour+ of my day reading articles on The Athletic back-to-back-to-back (etc,etc). This is not an uncommon occurrence.

I signed up the day LT announced he’d be writing there and I am 10% thrilled that I did. Obviously the Oilers coverage is superb, but if you’re a multi-sport fan like me, there’s so much more to enjoy. The baseball coverage in particular is top notch.

So stop what you’re doing. Don’t hit “post” on that wall of text about Chia’s aversion to top-flight talent, get down off your roof with that misspelled “fire MaccLellen” sign. You can always throw your 2017 Lucic #27 away jersey on the ice at your kid’s next summer league game instead of burning it live on YouTube right now. Right now, you need to get over to The Athletic and subscribe, and read Justin Bourne’s deep dive on how to defend a 2-on-1.

As always, thanks LT for all you do!

Rebilled

Here’s hoping Talbot(not sure), Lucic(no excuse) and Sekera(excuse) bounce back next year.

I have no idea where this team will be next season.

None.

GOILERS!

Kinger_Oil.redux

Lowetide: I think that frames my view incorrectly but I’m not certain that matters to the overall conversation.

– but you agree that your suggested “moves” like buy out sek or give something else to trade russel would be poor moves. But they are things that chia might consider? I think that’s isn’t it?

– because these moves aren’t full value and erode the future.

who

Scungilli Slushy: It depends how you describe worst. I put up possession numbers a few days ago for the lesser forwards and Lucic was top 3. Slepy was good as well. Caggiula is a far bigger problem, drags everyone down.

I would upgrade any position when possible, excepting Connor because there is no upgrade. It’s the least effective players that cause the most harm.

There is the argument that used to come up that it isn’t the 4th line that kills the team, but I think for this Oiler version it is the bottom players getting wailed on that is the problem.

Lucic is not the biggest problem.

If you are simply looking at performance maybe he’s not the biggest problem. Although he would make my short list.
When you factor in his contract there’s no doubt in my mind. He is the biggest problem.

Scungilli Slushy

Cassandra: Exactly. The situations are not analogous. Lucic is the worst player on the team with an untradeable contract. Buying him out makes the team better immediately.

It depends how you describe worst. I put up possession numbers a few days ago for the lesser forwards and Lucic was top 3. Slepy was good as well. Caggiula is a far bigger problem, drags everyone down.

I would upgrade any position when possible, excepting Connor because there is no upgrade. It’s the least effective players that cause the most harm.

There is the argument that used to come up that it isn’t the 4th line that kills the team, but I think for this Oiler version it is the bottom players getting wailed on that is the problem.

Lucic is not the biggest problem.

Doug McLachlan

ArmchairGM: In case that wasn’t clear, I think the value gap between 9 and 14 is huge, the gap between 78 and 82 is tiny. If going from 82 to 78 cost 125, then going from 14 to 9 should cost at least 19.

Did I just make that more clear or less? :/

Haven’t scrolled down to see if others have replied to this yet but while the gap between 78 and 82 is tiny, the gap from 14 to 9 is not so great that it would garner 19 back.

There are different value charts out there but the statsportsconsulting.com site

http://statsportsconsulting.com/main/wp-content/uploads/Schuckers_NHL_Draftchart.pdf

would set the relative values as follows:
1st is 917pts,
2nd is 871pts,
3rd is 826,
9th is 596,
14th is 456,
19th is 364,
78th is 158,
82nd is 151 and
125th is 86.

So the drop from 9th to 14th is significant (almost 150pts) and the “mark-up” to drop down is steep, I don’t think a early-mid 1st rounder will get you two mid 1st rounders. If offered – call it in ASAP.

who

Kinger_Oil.redux:
Lowetide,

who,

– Aren’t we all resigned to this team not being a Cup team next year?So if we aren’t a cup team, and the expectations are not there to be so, why are we talking about desperate, back-up the truck, fire-sale, whole-sale makeovers of the team with NMC bona-fide players?

– Who knows if you guys are right.Sure dream about a trade of Russel for a better d, that is cheaper, ignore his NMC.Just seems like a lot of fantasy stuff and ignores his contract terms

– Sek: Again, if the issue is get better D, or more cap space, trading him/buying him out doesn’t help (and ignores the NMC).I just see this as fantasy trade stuff:

– You guys clearly think very poorly of Chia to think these are things he is going to do (because I know you aren’t suggesting Chia is going to rip-off another GM in a trade for Russel or Sek)

– There is plenty of cap space, I thought you said in the last post.Any hockey trade is going to involve a real player that is able to be traded IMO (Nurse, Pool, Klef, RNH, Kassian, Benning)

– It’s a false narrative IMO that this team is so hampered by Sek Russel and Lucic that the only solution is to fire-sale them, or buy-them out.They are all NHL players: your not trading them for better ones, nor can you given their structures, nor does it make sense to buy them out.

– Concentrate on getting better players, and developing our own so these guys get passed (which was the reason they were all brought in anyways: pay lots of money to UFA’s to bridge the gap)

I think you are agreeing with me.
To summarize I think you keep Sekera and Russell. If Russell is a problem at expansion draft you buy him out.
Would love to get rid of Lucic but I don’t think it’s possible given his NMC and negative value. If he waives his NMC and you have to add a 3rd rounder to get someone to take him you make the trade.
This is an extreme example. No way I think another team does this.

Kinger_Oil.redux

Lowetide: I am absolutely onside, have written on the ideal being a quiet summer of building around the edges and using all picks. The Oilers have retained Peter Chiarelli. I don’t think he feels a quiet summer helps him.

– Many believe Chia should be fired for cause. Fire-sale, quick-fix, pennies-on-the-dollar trade scenarios/ buy-outs : I guess thinking he will do this makes sense if this is the starting point

– I realize your post wasn’t “what should Chia do”, rather “What might Chia do, given he is a desperate, poor GM on a short lease, that has to win now at the expense of the future”

– Certainly he has shown signs of both: we will see

jtblack

Ryan Pulock is a ’94 RHD. Good analytics 32 Points

Not sure if hes avail??? Not sure we want Peter trading with Garth.

JimmyV1965

ArmchairGM: Clearly. Have you ever compared Central’s rankings to actual results, years later?

This will be my last word on the conversation because it’s basically ridiculous. Well, I guess calling it a conversation is a stretch. Wouldn’t it be kinda hard to compare their results, considering they rank all the players? So if they rank someone 31 and he ends up bring the 40th best player in the draft, is that a fail?

trencan

jtblack,

I believe at #9 will be available Smith.

trencan

OriginalPouzar:
Valeno in the lineup for Canada today.

Valeno, Merkley, Ty Smith, etc.

Most interesting players on this tournament are players who are not draft eligible this year and are currently scoring leaders – Jack Hughes and Anton Lundell. And of course the youngest player, only 15 years old G from Sweden, Wallstedt – next Lundqvist. Wahlstrom is having also fantastic tournament, strong PP.

jtblack

Cassandra: Exactly.The situations are not analogous.Lucic is the worst player on the team with an untradeable contract. Buying him out makes the team better immediately.

Russell, on the other hand, can still play in the NHL.However, he is also the team’s 4th best D on the left side (pending Sekera’s return to form).So the question is if Russell with the penalty for playing on his offside is good enough to play on third pairing.I am skeptical.

The good news is that Russell might be tradeable.If he is, you trade him in a second for whatever you can get, and trade a 3rd round pick for a third pairing RHD, which is around the established cost for a 3rd pairing guy.

Then you use whatever money you have to get the best RHD you can find.

This leaves nothing for the forwards, but this is the hand you are dealt.Play Puljujarvi more.Put Yamamota and company in the AHL and hope they are stars by midseason.

and draft Wahlstrom @#9. He’s a Gunner.

jtblack

ArmchairGM: Okay, let’s look at #9, #14, #19 and #31 from 2007 to 2016:

#9
Logan Couture
Josh Bailey
Jared Cowan
Mikeal Granlund
Dougie Hamilton
Jacob Trouba
Bo Horvat
Nicolaj Ehlers
Timo Meier
Mikhail Sergachev

#14
Kevin Shattenkirk
Zack Boychuk
Dmitri Kulikov
Jaden Schwartz
Jamie Oleksiak
Zemgus Girgensens
Alex Wennberg
Julius Honka
Jake DeBrusk
Charlie McAvoy

#19
Logan MacMillan
Luca Sbisa
Chris Kreider
Nick Bjugstad
Oscar Klefbom
Andrei Vasilevskiy
Kerby Rychel
Anthony DeAngelo
Evgeny Svechnikov
Keifer Bellows

#31
TJ Brennan
Jacob Markstrom
Mikko Koskinen
Tyler Pitlick
David Musil
Oscar Dansk
Ian McCoshen
Brendan Lemieux
Jeremy Roy
Yegor Korshkov

Yeah, I’m less enthusiastic about trading 9 for 14 + 19, and that scout was clearly TALKING OUT OF HIS ASS.

Good info. Yes , @ #9 almost guranteed a Good Player. Keep the pick.

It’s the right thing to do!

ArmchairGM

JimmyV1965: Chief scout from Central Scouting. You’re right though. He’s probably a moron.

Clearly. Have you ever compared Central’s rankings to actual results, years later?