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01-02-2014, 01:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Mr Positive View Post
It seems distinctly possible that Ekblad will be available to us. Judging by the teams around us, he may slide just like Jones or maybe worse. To think that Tampa of all teams turned down Jones.

I still say that the pick should be traded, but only if it gives us our 2C or 1D for the future.

Ekblad is not ideal. He is very young. We could use a veteran who could step in next season and perform. Ekblad probably won't be here for another year and won't be at full ability until he's 24-ish years old.

If management still has that pick by the time the Oilers are called to make their first selection of the draft, MacT will have failed miserably, imo. Now, I certainly wouldn't be sorry that the Oilers had someone like Ekblad in their system, but it will have been a gutless (non)move to hang on to a pick that would have substantial value as a tradable asset. As ever, though, the Oilers management will likely be seduced by the potential of their latest magic bean and instead hope they can address the glaringly obvious, chronic weaknesses by trading crap in a quantity for quality deal. The pick is a quality asset right now; pair it with another quality asset (Eberle?) and they could solve a lot of problems in a single transaction.

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