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02-12-2014, 10:37 AM
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Who do you take at #4 if Ekblad, Reinhart and Bennett are off the board?
Draisaitl. A big center like him could be our Kopitar if he reaches his potential, can't pass that up. I think a lot of people have soured on him because of the WJC and his recent slump, but the Oilers desperately need a big center like him. Of course, this is only if the Top 3 are off the board.
We need a center much more than we need another wing even if he is a power forward. They have to come out of this draft with Ekblad or one of the centers IMO.
I wasn't so keen on Nichushkin for this same reason. It was either Monahan or Nurse all the way. Those positions are so much more essential to team success and the more the Oilers stock the cupboards at those positions, the better.
In any event, this draft doesn't seem to be nearly as weak as some are speculating. Maybe there's no MacKinnon or McDavid level talent, but Ekblad, Reinhart and Bennett are having terrific years on par with the top players of the previous few drafts and seem to be getting stronger as the year goes on and even the guys after that like Draisaitl (despite the recent slump), Dal Colle, Virtanen and Ritchie are doing very well. It seems like a good draft to be picking anywhere in the top 5 and get players of fairly equal value unlike other drafts when there was a more consensus top 2 or 3. Lots of good options in this draft.
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