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06-01-2004, 11:42 AM
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And at draft time he had been with the rags what, 2 weeks?

It was in the middle of the transition.
Something like that, I remember he even traded down the 2nd rounder to get a 3rd rounder

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06-01-2004, 11:47 AM
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Thanks dawg. Lowe has always said he considers his first pick to be Hemsky, I got messed up there.

Lowe did make the choice but it was with the old Sather crew's info that he did it. Likely Sather had some input on drafting Mikhnov before he left.

But either way I would prefer not to trade either Niinimaki or Mikhnov right now. We have no need to move then as they aren't highly sought after and wouldn't bring back a huge return, but both of them has 1st line potential and I think we should wait and see what happens when/if they do come over to NA.
Don't know if Sather had much input in Mikhnov, but in the end it was Lowe that gave the green light to draft him.

Oilers don't seem too eager to bring Mikhnov over to North America, it would be a shame for such talent to go to waste, even though he is almost blind.

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06-01-2004, 11:56 AM
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Oilers don't seem too eager to bring Mikhnov over to North America, it would be a shame for such talent to go to waste, even though he is almost blind.
You know, it is possible to wear glasses and not be declared legally blind. There are even cases of NHL players wearing contacts during NHL contests. Im not sure if you'd put them in the "almost blind" category.

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2001
Ales Hemsky - Will be a star forward one day
Doug Lynch - Should make it as a depth defenseman or a #4 man for years

2002
Jesse Niinimaki - He'll make it eventually, but I'm not sure as what
Jarret Stoll - Will be at least a top, top notch 3rd line centreman.

2003
Kyle Brodziak - Judging from what I've seen of him, he's a pretty versatile player and I think he'll make the NHL just fine.

I couldn't find him on the list, but I think Mike Bishai will play 300 games too. Note I left Pouliot off the list, only because I'm pretty borderline on him right now. However, I like all the others quite a bit

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06-01-2004, 12:17 PM
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Don't know if Sather had much input in Mikhnov, but in the end it was Lowe that gave the green light to draft him.
I think you are giving the GM a little too much credit in the draft... I'm not sure if either Lowe or Slats saw much of Mikhnov at all. It's the scouting staff, who at the time was mostly Sathers crew.

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Oilers don't seem too eager to bring Mikhnov over to North America, it would be a shame for such talent to go to waste, even though he is almost blind.
I know he has vision problems... but almost blind?

I think the Oilers are eager to get him over, but at the same time I think Mikhnov really wants to be an NHL player, and this year doesn't seem like a year he will get a chance to play in the NHL (CBA and all).

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06-01-2004, 12:18 PM
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Shawn Horcoff decided to play lacrosse and retired from the NHL today
YES WHOOOOOOOO!........


wait a sec...........


damn.......got excited there

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06-01-2004, 06:30 PM
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YES WHOOOOOOOO!........


wait a sec...........


damn.......got excited there

lol. Good one.

Thought I'd give my guesses.


2000
Mikhnov-IF they bring him over, he should easily make it to the kind of level Horcoff has.

2001
Hemsky-He'll have a solid career. Maybe better than that.
Lynch-I can't think of the last time an Oiler draft went to the farm club and played better than this kid in his first pro season. Solid career
Markkanen-He has played very well in the NHL.

2002
Stoll-Already looks like a winner.
Deslauriers-Big, quick. Deadly combo.
Greene-Oilers have seldom gushed over a prospect like they have Greene.


2003
Pouliot-Lots of kind words about Alexandre Picard on this board, and with good reason. Pouliot, drafted a year earlier, is only 5 months older. He's ten days YOUNGER than Travis Zajac. Despite some injuries this season, his numbers are solid and he had hands.
McDonald-Big step forward after Christmas.
Stortini-I think he's even younger than Pouliot (recall something about him only qualifying by one day for last year's draft. Big, with some skill. Best of all is that he was working on his weaknesses right away after the draft.
Brodziak-We'll know more a year from now, but that was a helluva season.

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06-01-2004, 07:36 PM
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Greene-Oilers have seldom gushed over a prospect like they have Greene.
If you've ever seen him, you would understand why.

As for the picks.....I'm pretty much in agreement with many of you here (although, I can't say that I've seen many of these kids...just going by what I've read and been told).

Also, I'm still not entirely sold on Niinimaki. From what I understand, his progress/development has been slow.

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