Lottery Day!

by Lowetide

Light a candle. Send a message heavenward to the God who’ll listen, find some instant karma and think good thoughts. People will tell you the Edmonton Oilers don’t deserve McDavid Lafreniere, I say diddly squat. Edmonton Oilers fans have earned the right to have two three lottery wins, and perhaps the hockey Gods have been beating fans senseless these years in order for Oilers fans to earn this reward.

*Those words, with slight alterations, adorned this blog on McDavid’s lottery day in 2015.

THE ATHLETIC!

Great perspective from a ridiculous group of writers and analysts. I am proud to be part of The Athletic. Here are the most recent Oilers stories.

On the day of the McDavid lottery, I had a mock draft ready, but it didn’t involve Edmonton winning. Here, for the first time, is the mock I wrote and planned to publish once Edmonton was in position to draft (I chose No. 4 overall, it was the one edit I thought possible).

No. 4 overall: D Noah Hanifin, Boston College (NCAA). 6.03, 203. Hanifin checks off all of the boxes MacT has stressed since returning: He’s big, an up the middle addition and he’s a very talented player who can help offensively. The key for this draft is acquiring an impact player and Hanifin is certainly qualified to be taken in this range. His NHLE (82GP, 4-13-17) does not imply he’ll be a major offensive contributor, but we must factor in the age difference between Hanifin and his opposition. Shane Luke of Providence College was born June 5, 1990. Hanifin? January 25, 1997. That’s a lot of man strength. My hope is that the Oilers don’t rush Hanifin but rather find the best route to the NHL possible, be it back to college or the AHL.

No. 16 overall: R Timo Meier, Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL). 6.01, 209. I am convinced the Oilers are flush enough at center and defense to invest in badly needed cover at the scoring-winger slot. Meier is a very nice option, not only because of his boxcars (NHLE: 82GP, 18-18-36) but because all of the indicators (year over year progression, etc) are positive. He’s a 1996, so you’re giving up some development track, but I like him plenty.

No. 33 overall: D Ethan Bear, Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL). 6.00, 200. A smart, mobile defender who has the defensive game down with coverage skills and anticipation. He also owns a great shot from the point, which may or may not be a factor moving forward. He may be a little high on my list but this is a nice player and a good bet. NHLE is 82GP, 5-9-14

No. 60 overall: L Vladimir Tkachev, Quebec Remparts (QMJHL). 5.10, 144. There’s a chance he goes before this number (I have him at No. 47) but he’s so small I can see other teams passing on him. As you know this young man has terrific skills and showed management what he could do to the point they offered him a contract. His NHLE (9-17-26) doesn’t wow, they should be able to grab him here.

No. 79 overall: C Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson, Omaha (USHL). 6.01, 190. Another reason I believe Edmonton can use their high picks outside center is the sheer number of excellent options in the draft at this position. JFK is a fine young center who plays an aggressive game and has good speed. His USHL numbers (50GP, 15-38-53). He is a smart, creative center.

No. 89 overall: G Adin Hill, Portland Winterhawks (WHL). 6.03, 185. Led the WHL in save percentage (.921) in a season where his backups were miles behind. I’m no goalie expert but the WHL is a fine league and this fellow has decent size and a growing resume. I don’t like the idea of using a top 60 pick on a goalie and this seems like a reasonable spot for the bet.

No. 124 overall: C Alexander Dergachyov, St. Petersburg (Rus Jr). 6.04, 200. Huge center enjoyed a strong season in Russia’s junior league (45GP, 10-29-39) and the scouting report from Elite Prospects suggests legit skill. Alessandro Seren Russo has a nice writeup on him at the Hockey Writers.

No. 131 overall: R Sebastian Aho, Kärpät—Assat (SM-Liiga). 5.11, 172. I must be missing something with this player (there’s also a Swedish defender of the same name). According to the records, he played in Finland’s top league and scored well (30GP, 4-9-13) for his age but it’s damn near impossible to find a reasonable scouting report on him. I’d take a flyer, or at least investigate further.

No. 154 overall: C Matteo Gennaro, Prince Albert Raiders (WHL). 6.02, 187. A big center with good speed, Gennaro didn’t make the mid-term CS list but ranks No. 127 on the final list. Cody Nickolet marked him back in October and he is a good prospect from the Oilers back yard (he’s from St. Albert and Fernando Pisani is his cousin). His boxcars (72GP, 16-15-31) aren’t impact level but the scouting report suggests a range of skills.

No. 184 overall: G Jordan Papirny, Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL). I thought they might take him last season, and Papirny’s improved play this year may get him selected (but not until late).

There’s a lack of Euro’s on this list but the nature of the draft is that we don’t get a strong impression of the kids across the pond until after the U18’s (on currently). The next four weeks will be very important in that area. Beginning soon (in the next week or so) I’ll start passing along the prospects from leagues posts and we’ll have a long look at Bob Green at that point as well.

The thing to remember is this: Edmonton is in a very good position to deliver a strong draft this year but it’s just the beginning. Draft is followed by develop and it takes time. We’ll get a very good indication this season, because there is potential to swing for the fences on almost every pick. The draft is that deep.

BUTTON LOVED THE OILERS 2015 DRAFT

I posted an ISS look at the Oilers draft the other day and continue the series here with Craig Button’s view. Button is a divisive figure for many, this blog’s comments have been very punishing in the past while the blog’s author respects his view. Button’s list is not meant to predict the draft (as Bob McKenzie’s does) or rely on consensus, it’s Button’s view alone. Like Red Line report, it’s a (free) independent look from a man who had real and quantifiable success in the position of scouting director once upon a time. Here’s how he ranked the Oilers picks:

No. 1 overall: Connor McDavid. Button had him No. 1. “Two words; unprecedented speed. Skating speed, hand quickness and mental processing that he executes simultaneously to threaten defenders and create opportunities. He would be the first pick at every draft since Sidney Crosby in 2005, perhaps even in Crosby’s draft year.”

No. 117 overall: Caleb Jones. Button had him No. 81.

No. 124 overall: Ethan Bear. Button had him No. 77. “There is a lot of ability in his game to impact the game in a positive way. He gets where he needs to be, he never gets himself in trouble. He’s a body-on-body one-on-one competitor. If you want to play against him in the defensive zone, you’ll have to earn everything you get. He can get the puck out of the zone well, he knows what his options are, doesn’t get himself into trouble. Smart player.”

No. 209 overall: Ziyat Paigin. Button had him No. 86

THE TOP 50 PLAYERS IN THE 2020 DRAFT

  1. L Alexis Lafreniere, QMJHL. NHL ready, fleet scorer who plays with an edge.
  2. LC Quinton Byfield, OHL. August 2002, 6.04, 215. Big, powerful winger, excellent speed.
  3. LC Tim Stutzle, DEL. Dynamic player, highlight reel offense. Tremendous skater.
  4. LC Marco Rossi, OHL. Good speed, exciting, range of skills. Exceptional talent.
  5. RHD Jamie Drysdale, OHL. Great speed, passing and instincts, instant offense from the blue.
  6. LC Cole Perfetti, OHL. Outstanding talent, not as fast as top forwards, has tremendous skill.
  7. RW Alexander Holtz, SHL. First-shot scorer with a range of skills, he’s an electric player.
  8. LW Lucas Raymond, SHL. Smart player who has ridiculous skill. March 2002. Fine skater.
  9. RW Jack Quinn OHL. Impressive offensive winger was a late breaker. Pure goal scorer.
  10. RW Dawson Mercer, QMJHL. Impressive player who is both scorer and playmaker.
  11. RC Mavrik Bourque, QMJHL. Creative center, great passer, great shot. Plays in tough areas.
  12. LC Connor Zary, WHL. Quick, smart two-way center effective across 200 feet. 
  13. LD Jake Sanderson, USHL. Smart, fast two-way defenseman has complete skill set.
  14. LC Anton Lundell, Liiga. Complete skill set, average speed but improving.
  15. RC Seth Jarvis, WHL.  Jarvis is a fantastic player, undersized and skilled. Big second half.
  16. RW Noel Gunler, SHL. Has a great release and an impressive resume. Attractive option.
  17. G Yaroslav Askarov, VHL. He plays an unusual style. June 2002, has a .923 VHL save percentage.
  18. RC Jacob Perreault, OHL. Skates well, great shot, great numbers, excellent passer.
  19. LC Jan Mysak, OHL. Skilled and is effective in all areas. Major move in second half.
  20. LD Kaiden Guhle, WHL. Big defenseman has good foot speed and full skill set.
  21. LD Jérémie Poirier, QMJHL. Smart offensive defender, puck transporter.
  22. RD Braden Schneider, WHL. Fine skater, physical, smart two-way defenseman.
  23. LW Lukas Reichel, DEL. Mid-season riser. He has skill, speed and plays with abandon.
  24. LW Rodion Amirov, KHL. Scouts love the tools. A fast train in a draft season with slow boats.
  25. LW Dylan Holloway, Big 10. Big power forward. Strong skater, nice range of skills.
  26. LW Ridly Greig, WHL. Smart offensive winger with good instincts, August 2002. Not a burner.
  27. RC Tyson Foerster, OHL. Great offensive weapon, quick release and accurate.
  28. LC Hendrix Lapierre, QMJHL. Skill center projects as a playmaker. Injury a worry.
  29. RHD Justin Barron, QMJHL. Mobile blue can defend. Lacks top-end offensive ability.
  30. LW John-Jason Peterka, DEL. A speedy winger with skill, survived in a men’s league.
  31. LW Martin Chromiak, OHL. One of the most skilled players in the draft.
  32. LW Brendan Brisson, USHL. Undersized speedster spiked late. Big riser.
  33. LD William Wallinder, Superelite. Big (6.04, 195) 2-way defenseman with good speed.
  34. LW Jake Neighbours WHL He’s skilled, gritty and plays a strong two-way game.
  35. RW Zion Nybeck, SuperElite. Undersized playmaker, great passer. Impressive speed.
  36. RC Jean-Luc Foudy, OHL. Speedy center plus skill, mediocre season.
  37. LD Emil Andrae, SuperElite. Fast defenseman with offensive potential. Plus passer.
  38. LC Ty Smilanic, USHL. Lean center, plus skater and pure scorer. Had mono.
  39. LC Vasili Ponomaryov, QMJHL. Great hands and good speed, he’s a little under the radar
  40. RW Ozzy Wiesblatt, WHL. Undersized winger is aggressive, fast and skilled.
  41. RW Sam Colangelo, USHL. Big power winger with skill, scored 28 goals in 44 games.
  42. RW Luke Evangelista, OHL. Skill winger, great passer, plays in all disciplines.
  43. RD Helge Grans, SHL. Solid two-way defenseman with good size and speed.
  44. RW Connor McClennon, WHL. Numbers are solid to excellent. Undersized, range of skills.
  45. RC Jack Finley, WHL. An August 2002 and a big pivot, he plays a fairly complete game.
  46. RW Kasper Simontaival, Liiga. Unusual skating style but he’s quick and has high-end skill.
  47. RC Justin Sourdif, WHL. Two-way winger gained notice at the Hlinka, solid season.
  48. LW Veeti Miettinen, Jr Liiga. Undersized winger, fills the net with pucks.
  49. RW Pavel Novak, WHL. Speedster with skill, he’s a scorer.
  50. LW Sean Farrell, USHL. A good skater with plus skills, spiked offensively.

If the Oilers can get two names inside my top-50 overall, as they did in 2015 (McDavid and Bear), then that should be considered a solid draft. For me, Mavrik Bourque and Seth Jarvis are terrific options. We’ll see.

OILERS BLUE VERSUS ELITES 2019-20

I’m seeing lots of “trade Klefbom, trade Larsson, trade Nurse” tweets and posts, just a friendly reminder that making decisions on small sample sizes is unwise. Adam Larsson was injured for much of the early portion of the year, then settled in and was relied upon and delivered better performances against elites than any other Oilers blue. Nurse was second in DFF%RC. Klefbom had a tough season in this area but some of that was Larsson’s injury/getting back to full health.

I hope one day to observe a team that trades bottom pairing defensemen and waits until young blue are ready and seasoned. I would keep Klefbom, Larsson, Nurse, Bear and Jones for 2020-21. Matt Benning and Kris Russell are expendable. Evan Bouchard can slide in on the third pairing, Lagesson the No. 7 man. Maybe during 2020-21 Jones passes Klefbom on the depth chart and the pairings become Nurse-Bear, Jones-Larsson and Klefbom-Bouchard. For the love of God, please don’t turn this defense back into the 2006-07 crew. I can’t take it anymore. A reminder, and say it with me, young defensemen will break your heart. All numbers via PuckIQ.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

At 10 this morning, TSN1260, we have a big show planned for a big day in sports. At 10:20, Reid Fowler from Draft Kings joins us to talk about Collin Morikawa. He emerged from a massive pack to win the PGA Tournament in San Fransisco yesterday. Jason Gregor from TSN1260 pops in at 11 to talk Oilers disappointments, the draft lottery and the offseason to come in Edmonton. We’ll also have a guest from the champion Edmonton Stingers join us at 11:25 to talk about winning the Canadian Elite Basketball League Summer Series title on Sunday. 10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. See you on the radio!

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Brantford Boy

Young defensemen will break your heart…
Young defensemen will break your heart…
Young defensemen will break your heart…
All lottery and no hockey makes Brantford Boy dull…

Trade Klefbom, trade Larsson, trade Nurse? Nonsense!

Let’s see if we can get our balls to drop (am I doing it right?)…

I mean, Hall our lottery rabbit’s foot is in Edmonton, has to be fate right?

jtblack

keep the train on the tracks … Edmonton showed the most * balance * that we have seen in years.

Edm was .0005% from being a Top 4 seed for the playoffs. Their regular season was far better than most predicted. They have 2 elite centres and quality NHL D running 8 – 10 deep.

Obviously Holland needs to shore up bottom six and scoring wingers, but he can do that. Goaltending also needs to be better for the long haul.

Some tweaks here and there, will have this team competing in the playoffs for the next 5 years.

Stay the Course Ken. Don’t PC this team. Stay the course.

I def try to move on from Russell, but that may not be possible. I start next season with RNH-DRAI-YAMO and see if they can recreate themselves as a dominant line.

If LAFR lands in our laps, there is a bona fide plug and play Top 6. If not, Edm is set to get an excellent prospect @ #14 (14 or 15?) ..

Go Oilers.!

who

Looking at the list of losers who have a shot at 1OV I had a sudden thought. What if Winnipeg wins?
Would you trade Klefbom and Benson/McLeod for Ehlers and Copp? Would Winnipeg do it?
It’s at least a year too early to trade Klefbom but…….

Professor Q

If Ottawa was really desperate for the #1, and if Edmonton won the lottery, would adding both Stützle and Drysdale be a good trade off for Lafrenière?

Kraz

Man would Lafreniere ever look good on McDavids wing. Pretty much the perfect skill set to compliment McDavid.

Anyways leaf land is up in arms right now. Johnston has an article calling for seismic change and Burke saying its time to trade Nylander for a defenceman. Would be hard to trade Nurse but Nylander would be a hell of an addition especially since he is signed long term.

Harpers Hair

George Richards (@GeorgeRichards) Tweeted:
#FlaPanthers say they have mutually parted ways with Dale Tallon after 10 years; are searching for a GM.

Woogie63

Adding
Lafreniere
Puljujarvi
Benson
Jones
Bouchard
UFA Goalie

Subtracting
Sheahan
Ennis
P. Russell
Smith
Green
K. Russell
Grunland
Manning
Sammy – retained
Gryba – retained

slopitch

They should be calling daily about Nylander. Id have time for Freddie Anderson too.

When the Oilers won in 2015, I was painting my house. I feel as though I should add a feature wall here…

Melman

Can the Oilers borrow Hall for a few hours this afternoon?

Sunnyboy

Nurse for Nylander, sounds good to me.

GordieHoweHatTrick

Thanks LT. If you could oblige me responses to these 2 questions, it would be appreciated…

1. My broken heart is wondering when are “young defensemen” not young anymore? 200 gp, 300 gp??
2. If Benning is moved that leaves Larsson, Bear, Bouchard….Bergland….What do you recommend for some RD back up depth?

GordieHoweHatTrick

Harpers Hair:
George Richards (@GeorgeRichards) Tweeted:
#FlaPanthers say they have mutually parted ways with Dale Tallon after 10 years; are searching for a GM.

Anyone have PC’s e-mail address we can send to FLA?

GordieHoweHatTrick

slopitch:
They should be calling daily about Nylander. Id have time for Freddie Anderson too.

When the Oilers won in 2015, I was painting my house. I feel as though I should add a feature wall here…

My Oilers feature wall has head and fist sized holes in it painted with tears and blood.

jt17

So I have been a reader for a few years now and have only posted twice. I’m about to share something I don’t think anyone has ever brought up before, something very radical, so I ask that you please keep an open mind. It is a major tweak to the way the draft is run, and I’d be happy to hear your comments. I already know there won’t be much agreement, but here it is regardless:

1) the way the draft is currently set up rewards organizational failure and punishes success. Fans of losing teams have to endure rebuilds that last 5~8 years, if not longer. When I was in high school, we played a card game called “Axxhole” (you can substitute the x’s for s’s). Basically the loser of the last game (the A’hole) had to trade his two best cards for the winner’s two worst cards. No one wanted to lose, we all tried very hard every hand.

2) So I propose two possible changes to the draft. The first one, which is a bit more moderate, is that the draft order would be a snake so that the cup winner drafting 31 would also get 32, and the team with the first pick would get 1, 62, and 63 and then it would go back, etc.

3) the second, more radical, alternative is to give the first place team (the cup champions) the first overall pick, and give the worst team the last pick. It would also be a snake, so last place team would get 31 and 32, and first place gets 1, 62, and 63, etc.

4) the great equalizer is the salary cap and floor. So top teams would not be able to sign all their players and would either have to trade away talent or lose them to free agency. Losing teams would get poor draft picks but would have a relatively higher budget to sign players that the top teams could no longer afford. You could lower the age of free agency to 26 or something to that effect.

I know this sounds radical, but we would have meaningful regular season games. This is supposed to be the best league in the world and teams shouldn’t be rewarded for losing. Tickets are expensive, and these athletes get paid millions so fans should demand more.

Anyway, I wanted to get that out as its been in my head for a few years. Thanks for reading.

GordieHoweHatTrick

I have a lot of respect for KRusty, but his style of play is not well-suited for most current NHL teams, particularly the Oil. He generally collapses and falls back (his “natural style”). If they can part ways with him without too much pain to open space for Jones and Lag and Bouch, I think the transition game will significantly improve, less time in our own end…if the whole team can play with poise and structure (puck support).

I find it a little odd that Tipp is on record saying (paraphrasing): “the best d are those that keep it out of their own end”, yet he constantly defers to KRusty for 2RD when a replacement is needed.

norm_klassen

GordieHoweHatTrick:
Thanks LT. If you could oblige me responses to these 2 questions, it would be appreciated…

1. My broken heart is wondering when are “young defensemen” not young anymore? 200 gp, 300 gp??
2. If Benning is moved that leaves Larsson, Bear, Bouchard….Bergland….What do you recommend for some RD back up depth?
We are signing Pietranglo; come on now😄

norm_klassen

Can we sign one of those not so great but can play veteran D man?
Who is the demers of the free agent pack?

who

Another random thought after reading the Custance article at the Athletic.
If there really is going to be a flat cap for the next 2 or 3 years, teams are going to be scrambling to trade overpriced contracts. Logic then says that this is going to be extremely difficult, and expensive (in terms of added assets), to do.
Does this not make a Neal buyout all the more likely to happen?
And is this not the most cost effective way of creating cap space given the new reality of a flat cap?

godot10
flyfish1168

Sunnyboy:
Nurse for Nylander, sounds good to me.

As long as they retain 1.5 million throughout the contract

godot10

Kraz:
Man would Lafreniere ever look good on McDavids wing. Pretty much the perfect skill set to compliment McDavid.

Anyways leaf land is up in arms right now. Johnston has an article calling for seismic change and Burke saying its time to trade Nylander for a defenceman. Would be hard to trade Nurse but Nylander would be a hell of an addition especially since he is signed long term.

Kassian and Khaira for Kerfoot and Anderssen. Would you do it?

who

godot10: Kassian and Khaira for Kerfoot and Anderssen.Would you do it?

Sure.
Would Toronto?
Hell No.

GordieHoweHatTrick

godot10: Kassian and Khaira for Kerfoot and Anderssen.Would you do it?

What truculence would remain?

godot10

Sunnyboy:
Nurse for Nylander, sounds good to me.

It is like some people didn’t read Lowetide’s post, or just watch Toronto lose with no defensemen, and supposedly all the offense in the world.

All those Leaf forwards are highly overrated, just like the US National Junior Team last year.

Durag

godot10: Kassian and Khaira for Kerfoot and Anderssen.Would you do it?

And how many kilos of heroin am I smuggling in my anus to make this happen? Just a rhetorical question, obviously any real fan would make room no matter what.

GordieHoweHatTrick

norm_klassen:
Can we sign one of those not so great but can play veteran D man?
Who is the demers of the free agent pack?

Mike Green for 1 M x 1 yr?
But COVID concerns kept him from the bubble and I would imagine if he is consistent with his reasoning, would keep him from playing 20-21.

Who needs those low round draft picks, when you have 1OV…;)

godot10

jt17:
So I have been a reader for a few years now and have only posted twice.I’m about to share something I don’t think anyone has ever brought up before, something very radical, so I ask that you please keep an open mind.It is a major tweak to the way the draft is run, and I’d be happy to hear your comments.I already know there won’t be much agreement, but here it is regardless:

1) the way the draft is currently set up rewards organizational failure and punishes success.Fans of losing teams have to endure rebuilds that last 5~8 years, if not longer.When I was in high school, we played a card game called “Axxhole” (you can substitute the x’s for s’s).Basically the loser of the last game (the A’hole) had to trade his two best cards for the winner’s two worst cards.No one wanted to lose, we all tried very hard every hand.

2) So I propose two possible changes to the draft.The first one, which is a bit more moderate, is that the draft order would be a snake so that the cup winner drafting 31 would also get 32, and the team with the first pick would get 1, 62, and 63 and then it would go back, etc.

3) the second, more radical, alternative is to give the first place team (the cup champions) the first overall pick, and give the worst team the last pick.It would also be a snake, so last place team would get 31 and 32, and first place gets 1, 62, and 63, etc.

4) the great equalizer is the salary cap and floor.So top teams would not be able to sign all their players and would either have to trade away talent or lose them to free agency.Losing teams would get poor draft picks but would have a relatively higher budget to sign players that the top teams could no longer afford.You could lower the age of free agency to 26 or something to that effect.

I know this sounds radical, but we would have meaningful regular season games.This is supposed to be the best league in the world and teams shouldn’t be rewarded for losing.Tickets are expensive, and these athletes get paid millions so fans should demand more.

Anyway, I wanted to get that out as its been in my head for a few years.Thanks for reading.

With a hard cap, there is really no need for a draft at all. Just get rid of it. The hard cap serves to distribute talent.

tileguy

Speaking of Krusty’s style of play, did anybody else enjoy seeing Klefbom laying prone on the ice defending, what’s with that?

CrazyCoach

GordieHoweHatTrick,

We have the same feature wall.

Reja

Sunnyboy:
Nurse for Nylander, sounds good to me.

I would say no even if they added his mom in the trade.

ArmchairGM

I’ve been on the Seth Jarvis train since at least February when we were expecting to pick in the early twenties. Then of course the scouting community caught up and Jarvis seemed out of reach. Now that the Oilers are picking 14th, it looks like it’s time to revive the Jarvis hype.

tileguy

And speaking of taking a step back, why has everybody inked in Yamamoto as bonafide top 6?

McSorley33

I just don’t want Winnipeg or Toronto to win the draft, please.

IF we do win – the League would explode in anger – see Toronto mood – if we won – yet again.

If it can’t be us – let Alex go play in Florida.

Dee Dee

I agree with GoDot and Jt, just get rid of the Draft.

It’s mostly a Crapshoot anyhow, and Teams would have to pay a dear enough cost to land said player.

Added bonus points to signing future busts to Mega salaries and then having to live with said dud eating a huge percentage of the cap for years, all due to the Teams own decision making.

Lesser teams could still land star players because they have the same cap limits as the rich ones.

And to just rub a little salt in the wounds of the 2020 Oilers, they were only 1 extra win away from being in the Top 4 with its guaranteed spot…

Unfriendly Regional Arachnid Individual

godot10:
#Mmm-Mavrik

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7VVatFqhJQ

I support the #Mmm-Mavrik movement

jt17

godot10,

Is this sarcasm? sorry I can’t tell.

Kraz

godot10,

Yes I would but not sure why Toronto would

Kraz

godot10,

Yes I would but not sure why Toronto would

Unfriendly Regional Arachnid Individual

From last thread, would anyone else be keen on a Russell for Stepan w/ say 750k retained?

godot10

jt17:
godot10,

Is this sarcasm?sorry I can’t tell.

With a hard cap, a draft is totally unnecessary. It would be better for everyone involved.

ArmchairGM

norm_klassen:
Can we sign one of those not so great but can play veteran D man?
Who is the demers of the free agent pack?

Roman Polak.

*ducks*

fries n gravy

The winner of today’s lottery: Mr. Lafreniere.

No bottom-feeder dysfunctional organization for him. No 3+ year boat anchor of a team to addle his development.

25% chance of playing with Crosby/McDavid.

Good luck, young man. Make it a McDavid!

GordieHoweHatTrick

Unfriendly Regional Arachnid Individual:
From last thread, would anyone else be keen on a Russell for Stepan w/ say 750k retained?

Sure, but why would the dogs want Russell? They already have former Oiler Oesterle in solid at 3LD…

McSorley33

I keep seeing we need to fix the bottom 6……I don’t get it.

We have *tons* of 4th line players. The 4th line forwards has become our old 3rd pairing D problem…..

We have a middle 6 forward issue. None more pressing than a 3C.

Big time.

ArmchairGM

godot10: With a hard cap, a draft is totally unnecessary.It would be better for everyone involved.

Without a draft, McDavid would never have been an Oiler. I can see getting rid of the lottery, but not the draft.

ArmchairGM

McSorley33:
I keep seeing we need to fix the bottom 6……I don’t get it.

We have *tons* of 4th line players. The 4th line forwards hasbecome our old 3rd pairing D problem…..

We have a middle 6 forward issue. None more pressing than a 3C.

Big time.

How many 6’s are there?!

JOFA

Jack Quinn please and thank you😊

Unfriendly Regional Arachnid Individual

GordieHoweHatTrick: Sure, but why would the dogs want Russell? They already have former Oiler Oesterle in solid at 3LD…

Real dollar savings that they’re supposedly aiming for.

Unfriendly Regional Arachnid Individual

norm_klassen:
Can we sign one of those not so great but can play veteran D man?
Who is the demers of the free agent pack?

Jon Merrill.