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The 2014 Draft Prospect Thread: Breaking Blad - "They're Draft picks MacT, Jesus!"

View Poll Results: If the Oilers end up with the #1 overall pick, who would you select?
Sam Reinhart 16 4.92%
Aaron Ekblad 286 88.00%
William Nylander 6 1.85%
Leon Draisaitl 9 2.77%
Other (explain) 8 2.46%
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11-02-2013, 04:23 PM
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You would think with all those "bonafide" centers we would be better than we are. Well we arent that good. And we have next to nothing in the system.
I said that RNH will be a bonafide number one, not that he already was. I mean, look at the Tortono Maple Leafs, they don't have a legit bonafide number one but are still winning hockey games.

Also, Gagner has been out the entire season and RNH had an injury at the start as well. Any team that loses their top 2 centers will have a rough time.

Don't get me wrong, I think we can upgrade on Gagner (get someone bigger) and bring aboard someone like Steve Ott to play on the wing but fill in at center when injuries occur.

I'd e happy with Reinhart for obvious reasons but our lack of top pairing defencemen is a much bigger need.

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11-02-2013, 04:31 PM
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The fact that people are ok with being in position to pick Ekblad/Reinhart makes me sad.

If we draft top-10, this season was a failure

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11-02-2013, 06:22 PM
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The fact that people are ok with being in position to pick Ekblad/Reinhart makes me sad.

If we draft top-10, this season was a failure
The season is already a failure. 11 points out of a wild card spot before November = massive fail.

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11-02-2013, 06:24 PM
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The season is already a failure. 11 points out of a wild card spot before November = massive fail.
Ya. It'll take a MASSIVE winning streak to even have this be a decent season

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11-02-2013, 07:10 PM
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The fact that people are ok with being in position to pick Ekblad/Reinhart makes me sad.

If we draft top-10, this season was a failure
Weve won three of our first fourteen games. What exactly are people supposed to think?

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With Philly winning 1-0 tonight,the Oilers are now 29th in the league.

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With Philly winning 1-0 tonight,the Oilers are now 29th in the league.
Life is good.

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Life is good.
Just imagine if somehow we won the draft lottery.Bahahahaha


I'm sorry but that would be funny since there was talk of the Oilers trying to make the playoffs this year.

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McDavid should also be wrapped up for us by next Christmas as well... another shiny present under the tree for us all.

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McDavid should also be wrapped up for us by next Christmas as well... another shiny present under the tree for us all.
Taylor Hall-Connor McDavid-Nail Yakupov
Tyler Benson-Ryan Nugent-Hopkins-Jordan Eberle



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It's all part of the plan.

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11-02-2013, 09:06 PM
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Taylor Hall-Connor McDavid-Nail Yakupov
Tyler Benson-Ryan Nugent-Hopkins-Jordan Eberle



Nurse-Ekblad




It's all part of the plan.
you forgot the rest of the team

Smyth (Yep resigned him again) - Gordon - Hemsky (him too)
Jones - Acton/Lander - Gazdic

Smid - Petry
Ference - J.Schultz
Klefbom

Dubnyk
Roy

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I said that RNH will be a bonafide number one, not that he already was. I mean, look at the Tortono Maple Leafs, they don't have a legit bonafide number one but are still winning hockey games.

Also, Gagner has been out the entire season and RNH had an injury at the start as well. Any team that loses their top 2 centers will have a rough time.

Don't get me wrong, I think we can upgrade on Gagner (get someone bigger) and bring aboard someone like Steve Ott to play on the wing but fill in at center when injuries occur.

I'd e happy with Reinhart for obvious reasons but our lack of top pairing defencemen is a much bigger need.
This. I once again go back to the Ice Dogs last year. During the lockout they had Hamilton playing 30 minutes a night and they were one of the top teams in the league. The lost him, and lost something like 10 of 12 games and dropped far in the standings.

#1 d-man is the most important thing to look for.

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11-03-2013, 12:17 AM
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I would go with the dman. We might think that our dmen are decent but what has Smid, Petry, Belov, J.Schultz, and N.Schultz proven that they are top 4 dmen nothing.

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11-03-2013, 01:24 AM
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Draft Ekblad, move any combination of the Daigles for Weber, or OEL or Pieterangelo, anybody and build the team properly.

True number one - Petry
Klefbom - Ekblad
Schultz - Ference
Belov

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11-03-2013, 05:32 PM
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Hypothetical scenario in which Ekblad is taken who do we want? (assume no trade)

How many tables can we flip in rage as a messageboard community?

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Hypothetical scenario in which Ekblad is taken who do we want? (assume no trade)

How many tables can we flip in rage as a messageboard community?
Reinhart. If both are gone, then guys like Sam Bennett, Leon Draisaitl, Michael dal Colle, Nick Richie, Roland McKoewn come into play.

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It's pretty much a guarantee that we're drafting top 10 again. Do whatever it takes to draft Ekblad. Something they should have done this past draft when Jones fell to #4.

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11-04-2013, 04:44 PM
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Ok, in the first round if the Oilers pick top 10 again, I'd like to see these players picked in order: Ekblad, Draisailt, Virtanen, Bennett, Dal Cole, McCann, Mckeown.

But since Roy or Bunz might be busts, which goalie in this draft should they go after if available: Nikita Serebryakov, Alex Nedeljkovic, Mason McDonald, Kaapo Kähkönen, Thatcher Demko, Blake Weyrick, Payton Lee?

I believe with our wingers are pretty stocked and this draft is one where the Oilers need to boolster their center & goalie depth. If lucky probably get a hidden gem as a winger.

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11-04-2013, 05:20 PM
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Hypothetical scenario in which Ekblad is taken who do we want? (assume no trade)

How many tables can we flip in rage as a messageboard community?
For me:
1. Ekblad
2. Reinhart
3. Nylander (he doesn't fit our needs, but by the looks of it the gap between 3 and 4 is gigantic and you gotta go BPA or make a trade)
4. Draisatl
5. Dal Colle
6. Bennett
7. Ritchie
8. Virtanen
9. McKeown
10. Kempe (probably a bit high, but he's the type of board battler we need to complement RNH)

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So. That Detroit game happened. As a result, I'm back to all my usual prospect hot spots. Ho hum, one more fernakkin' year.

For me, the #1 guy in this draft has got to be Reinhart. He's a right handed 2-way C, the yin to Nuge's yang, that 'ubiquitous' type guy we need in the top 6, and would be an excellent compliment to Hall's game. He looks to have a frame to build some muscle and the compete level/willingness to build a complete game. I really think he could be that elusive Bergeron/Toews/Kesler type, and would be in a perfect position to develop his talents with next years iteration of our team.

Besides that, there's the long development timeline all defensemen face relative to forwards. The same reason I wanted Larsson early in the rebuild process is the reason I would shy away from Ekblad late. We already got Nurse and Klefa bubbling under (both of whom are very similar to Ekblad), and while Schultz seems to be taking a hit to his projections this years, I've long maintained that he'll be a Mathieu Schneider type at his peak, which is very valuable in a top 4.

IMO, this is the year to swap one of the wunderkids out for an equal type on the back end and throw some of our B prospects (Marincin, etc.) at a chance to move up come draft time--with the thought that we'll pick it up when our players return and finish somewhere in the 5-10 range. A package centered around Eberle or Yakupov should be able to net us someone further along toward being an impact defenseman that fits with the rest of the cluster. Maybe someone like Douggie Hamilton or Jacob Trouba? I would love to add a Trouba to the Nurse/Klefa/Schultzy core we're building.

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It would be somewhat depressing if EDM ends up with the 3rd overall pick and both Ekblad and Reinhart aren't available, leaving Nylander.

EDIT: Spelling


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It would be somewhat depressing if EDM ends up with the 3rd overall pick and both Ekblad and Reinhart are available, leaving Nylander.
really, that would be right in line with the oilers luck though, don't you think? lol

honestly though, i can't see how we pick in the top-5 this year.... a *lot* of things haev had to go wrong to put us where we are right now in the standings, and we're 1 win away from not picking in the top-5... i'll agree that right now it looks like we'll never win another hockey game for the next 100 years, but it always seems like that when teams are playing like crap

i don't think we'll have anywhere close to another 15 game stretch for the rest of the year that is as bad as the last 15 games have been

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It would be somewhat depressing if EDM ends up with the 3rd overall pick and both Ekblad and Reinhart aren't available, leaving Nylander.

EDIT: Spelling
I was pretty much a broken human being when I saw Feasters fat mug select Monahan....but I'm coming around to Nurse...lots of good prospects to like this year.

(please ekblad please ekblad please ekblad)

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Draft Ekblad, move any combination of the Daigles for Weber, or OEL or Pieterangelo, anybody and build the team properly.

True number one - Petry
Klefbom - Ekblad
Schultz - Ference
Belov
You say that like it's easy. I think it's safe to say the only reason any of those teams moves any of those defencemen is for money, and if they have to do that they will want a kings ransom.

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It would be somewhat depressing if EDM ends up with the 3rd overall pick and both Ekblad and Reinhart aren't available, leaving Nylander.
I'm not sure Nylander will end up the #3 ranked prospect when it's all said and done. But there are lots of players to like at the top of this draft. I just hope we can find a way to not be in a position to make that kind of decision (winning the lottery from the 14 spot notwithstanding).


What really concerns me is how MacT plans to address his desire to upgrade the goaltending pipeline. This draft seems awfully weak between the pipes.

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