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2013 Draft Selection: Ideal Candidates

View Poll Results: Who would you pick?
Josh Morrissey 12 8.28%
Frederik Gauthier 36 24.83%
Alexander Wennberg 1 0.69%
Anthony Mantha 14 9.66%
Adam Erne 4 2.76%
Curtis Lazar 50 34.48%
Kerby Rychel 3 2.07%
Max Domi 7 4.83%
Robert Hagg 3 2.07%
Jason Dickinson 0 0%
Other 15 10.34%
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02-09-2013, 07:10 AM
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Isn't Nichushkin a center?
He has played almost exclusively as a winger of late.

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Who do you take 14th Overall?

Right now the Oilers are the best team to not make the playoffs. Given that most reporters project us as a bubble playoff team it seems pretty likely that we are drafting once again in this range. Ive taken the opportunity to select the top 12 (or how most project them) and left the remaining player available to see who Oiler fans would want for the upcoming draft.

Hypothetical:
1. Seth Jones (ISS #1, CB #1, TSN #1)
2. Nathan MacKinnon (ISS #2, CB #2, TSN #2)
3. Jonathan Drouin (ISS #3, CB #4, TSN #3)
4. Alexander Barkov (ISS #4, CB #3, TSN #4)
5. Sean Monahan (ISS #5, CB #6, TSN #6)
6. Elias Lindholm (ISS #6, CB #7, TSN #5)
7. Valeri Nichushkin (ISS #7 CB #5, TSN #10)
8. Rasmus Ristolainen (ISS #8 CB #5, TSN #7)
9. Nikita Zadorov (ISS #9 CB#8 TSN #9)
10. Darnell Nurse (ISS #10 CB#9TSN#12)
11. Hunter Shinkaruk (ISS #14 CB#12 TSN#8)
12. Ryan Pulock (ISS #15 CB#13 TSN#17)


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I would take Frederik Gauthier at #14 out of that list. I like the NHL potential of Lazar a lot as well. FG with the higher upside though.

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I would take Frederik Gauthier at #14 out of that list. I like the NHL potential of Lazar a lot as well. FG with the higher upside though.
We need a power forward desperate. The guy to take is Bo Horvat from London Knights. I went to the prospects game in Halifax and this is our guy. trust me on this fella.

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02-09-2013, 01:16 PM
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Gauthier. Big guy with a good two way game sounds like a perfect fit for #2C. Competes hard, skates well. Probably needs a couple years til he's ready though.

Wennberg and Horvat would also be interesting.

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02-09-2013, 01:45 PM
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I'd take Gauthier as high as 8th overall.

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What's the deal with Domi? I don't know much about him but wasn't he hyped as a potential no. 1 pick?

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02-09-2013, 02:22 PM
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What's the deal with Domi? I don't know much about him but wasn't he hyped as a potential no. 1 pick?
He's a very smart player but definitely lacks the size that NHL teams covet. Given that he plays for the Knights I think people unjustly compare him to Kane as Gagner to downplay his points.

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02-09-2013, 02:26 PM
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I would say PG as he is big and sounds lik he might make a future good 2C.

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I have said before, Rober Hagg has great potential, he came to the junior worlds late as a replacer. Hes is born 95 and dominated shift in the worlds.

He have size and a great offensive ability, no brainer, but i think hes gone before 14, he will raise.

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I have said before, Rober Hagg has great potential, he came to the junior worlds late as a replacer. Hes is born 95 and dominated shift in the worlds.

He have size and a great offensive ability, no brainer, but i think hes gone before 14, he will raise.
Although I picked Gauthier, I wouldn't be disappointed at all with Hagg at 14 either; both should turn out to be pretty decent picks.

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I have said before, Rober Hagg has great potential, he came to the junior worlds late as a replacer. Hes is born 95 and dominated shift in the worlds.

He have size and a great offensive ability, no brainer, but i think hes gone before 14, he will raise.
From everything I've heard, he sounds like he's really inconsistent. I've seen him look like a top pairing defenceman whenever I've managed to see him but I guess he has also looked like crap at times too. I wish it was easier to see more European players so you can get a good idea not just how capable they are, but how badly they hurt the team when they are going through a slump.

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Frederik Gauthier

Frederik Gauthier is eligible in this coming draft. He's a 6'4" 215lbs center, he has 17 goals, 35 assists, and 52 points in 47 games, and he has excellent skating. He's projected to go 10-20 this year which is where we will most likely land so we should pick him up. Nice PWF Center that we've been looking for.

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Frederik Gauthier is eligible in this coming draft. He's a 6'4" 215lbs center, he has 17 goals, 35 assists, and 52 points in 47 games, and he has excellent skating. He's projected to go 10-20 this year which is where we will most likely land so we should pick him up. Nice PWF Center that we've been looking for.
I think this guy is a Handzus/Hanzal type. He's not going to blow you away and be running people over all over the place I'm pretty sure but he will use his body to make plays and play hard on the puck.

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My only concern with Gauthier would be that it's such a small sample size of one year as a rookie in the Q.

On the other hand, could be great because he's over a PPG as a rookie, and might be a 90 point sophmore next year if his development continues on this path.

One thing I think he really needs to work on his transitions though.

I have seen him play twice only, but he was literally the last man back on the forecheck on almost every shift that he took, which is not exactly a normal characteristic for a centre in the NHL.

It's not really due to his skating, which is actually quite good for a huge guy, it's the fact his transition from offense to defense is a long loop and he doesn't get going again all that well, at least from what I have seen.

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From everything I've heard, he sounds like he's really inconsistent. I've seen him look like a top pairing defenceman whenever I've managed to see him but I guess he has also looked like crap at times too. I wish it was easier to see more European players so you can get a good idea not just how capable they are, but how badly they hurt the team when they are going through a slump.
The kid has potentional and been up with modo sel team 16 games this season,i Have followed him a couple of years now back when he wasnt on the map.
Has shown domination in swedish u16 u18 and made a great wjc as call up(he belong to the u 18 team). should be very intresting to follow him in next wjc.

He is a big 6`2 and is a good puckmover(what we need) and with a blaster shot from the point. He is ppg or close to that in his presence in the swedish u16/17/18 and he can use his big body and are good skater.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ci9XythxqdQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3xEA2c6aiM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=af0-UlD2bCI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxVGQ5G_rwo

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@CraigJButton: Valeri Nichushkin, a 2013 NHL draft prospect, dominated 5 Nations Tourney in Jonkoping, Sweden. Finished with 5 goals & 6 assists in 4 GP.

Seriously think this kid could be a star in the making. Guys with that combination of size, speed, strength and skill don't come around often. I can imagine him flying down one side, Yakupov on the other. How do you stop that, especially considering that's the 'second' line?

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02-10-2013, 04:05 PM
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Here are my realistic picks:
1st rd: Pulock
2nd rd: Kujawinski
2nd rd: one of Comrie/Martin/Jarry
4th rd: Reway/Petan

Or

1st rd: Lazar
2nd rd: Fucale & Kujawinski
4th rd: Petan/Reway
5th rd: Baptiste


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Prior to last year I thought they made a conscious effort staying away from Russians, especially those not playing in NA already.

While Yakupov was an obvious choice, the fact they took Zharkov too is comforting knowing they are willing to take their BPA regardless of nationality.

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@CraigJButton: Valeri Nichushkin, a 2013 NHL draft prospect, dominated 5 Nations Tourney in Jonkoping, Sweden. Finished with 5 goals & 6 assists in 4 GP.

Seriously think this kid could be a star in the making. Guys with that combination of size, speed, strength and skill don't come around often. I can imagine him flying down one side, Yakupov on the other. How do you stop that, especially considering that's the 'second' line?
He is signed for two more years in the KHL.

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I still think you gotta always take the BPA in the draft.

You use the trade market to address needs, Tambellini has Hemsky and Gagner sitting in his lap with more value than they've had in several years and probably their peak value as a whole.

Do something.

Draft wise though if MacKinnon or Drouin are on the board ... and they're the best player at that spot ... I take them.

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ISS released their new top 30.

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Interesting development for the Nichushkin fans.

They have him behind Jones and ahead of MacKinnon/Drouin in the #2 spot.

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Interesting development for the Nichushkin fans.

They have him behind Jones and ahead of MacKinnon/Drouin in the #2 spot.
He's been on an absolute tear since the juniors. Whereas the Mackinnon &Drouin show has become a daily routine and frankly of late, not overly impressive.

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No Mantha on the list is really the think that stands out most for me. The guy is probably going to be the only draft eligible player to score 50 goals this year and isn't even rated in the first round. Sure he has some consistency/work ethic issues but he still managed to produce. Just imagine how much of a beast he would be if someone developed him properly.

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Top 10 prospect pool this year is looking ridiculously STACKED. For that matter, every non-playoff team is going to get a very solid prospect.

It's a solid year to have a team try their ass off to make the playoffs and still get rewarded with a great prospect if they fall just short. I'm hoping the Oilers can squeeze into the second season show but even if they land in that dreaded 10-14 range... they are still going to get a very good prospect.

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