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11-11-2013, 06:36 AM
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I'm not sure the gap between Ekblad and Haydn Fleury is all that big to be honest. Ekblad might be meaner and a little better defensively, but Fleury's a better skater and better offensive instincts.
Completely disagree. Ekblad is far and away better than Haydn Fleury. I'd rank Fleury as the 5th best d-men in the draft.

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11-11-2013, 07:17 AM
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In hindsight Oilers should have traded down in 2012 and taken Lindholm or Reinhart.
Lindholm was projected to go mid 1st round. I remember reading the Ducks were 1 of 2 teams that had him in their top 10 and I believe the other team was the Wild.

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11-11-2013, 07:22 AM
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Drafting Ekblad should be the final piece to the puzzle for drafting high-end talent



Number 1 left-winger Taylor Hall
Number 1 Centerman Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
Number 1 Right winger Nail Yakupov


Number 1 defenseman Aaron Ekblad



The Oilers would just need to fill the rest through free agency.
Ya its so easy to build depth through UFAs that you will have to overpay.

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11-11-2013, 09:07 AM
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They should. They wont.

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11-11-2013, 09:11 AM
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Drafting Ekblad should be the final piece to the puzzle for drafting high-end talent



Number 1 left-winger Taylor Hall
Number 1 Centerman Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
Number 1 Right winger Nail Yakupov


Number 1 defenseman Aaron Ekblad



The Oilers would just need to fill the rest through free agency.

You're saying Yakupov is the number 1 right winger on Edmonton right now?

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um too bad that the devils have no first round pick this year.
Got two.

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11-11-2013, 12:06 PM
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The oilers can just trade Yak and gagner for 2 top 4 D or 1 star D. Then draft Nylander or Reinhart.

Hall RNH Eberle
Perron Reinhart Hemsky

top 4 top 4

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11-11-2013, 12:21 PM
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I don't think there's anyway the oilers trade RNH for Brodin either. He's a great dman, but he just doesn't have enough offence imo.
Uh what? He has plenty of offense.

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11-11-2013, 01:18 PM
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I see Ekblad like Luke Schenn. Nurse is way more athletic. I would be trying to get a more experienced d. McTavish says he wants to do something big...time for it.

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They should have drafted Murray
It would have taken some balls to draft Murray 1st overall...but yeah, agreed 100%.

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11-11-2013, 03:14 PM
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It would have taken some balls to draft Murray 1st overall...but yeah, agreed 100%.
I don't think it would have been ballsy at all. The Edmonton media were all reporting the Oilers had decided on Murray, that Stu MacGregor wanted him, and that the decision to take Yakupov came from higher up the food chain. Tambellini has always stated that when it comes to the draft, Stu gets the final say. Take it for what it's worth though, mere speculation, but many believe the decision came from Katz/Lowe.

Now taking Galchenyuk, that would have been ballsy. Still not disappointed with the Yak pick given the options available.

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11-11-2013, 04:03 PM
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I see Ekblad like Luke Schenn. Nurse is way more athletic. I would be trying to get a more experienced d. McTavish says he wants to do something big...time for it.
Ekblad plays nothing like Luke Schenn. Ekblad supposedly has one of the highest hockey IQs among defencemen the past few years, is a strong puck possession player, is one of the better puck handlers in the OHL, and can make tape to tape breakout passes. Luke Schenn is dumber than a kookaburra and handles the puck like a live grenade. The only thing similar about them is their ability to hit.

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11-11-2013, 05:43 PM
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The Oilers need a legit #2 centre as much as they need a top Dman. This is not why they shouldn't have drafted Yakupov, it's why they should have traded down (picking up assets along the way) and drafted Galchenyuk.


But aside from hindsight being 20-20, I would take Ekblad: a 6'4 Dman who's one of the better prospects to come around in a long time, could you imagine this top 4:


Nurse--Schultz
Klefbom--Ekblad


I like some of the other players in the Oilers system (Gernat, Marancin, Belov), but it remains to be seen if any of those guys really become top-3 or 4 Dmen. Ekblad, on the other hand, is a sure-fire top-2 Dman (if not #1 future Norris candidate), is a righty, and brings a complete game, including size & offense. I would take him and run.

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11-11-2013, 06:57 PM
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I see Ekblad like Luke Schenn. Nurse is way more athletic. I would be trying to get a more experienced d. McTavish says he wants to do something big...time for it.
You've never watched Ekblad then.

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If by game 40 or so they're still awful, they need to fire absolutely everyone in the front office, and bring in some management who have at least a faint idea how to build a team. Then let the new management decide what to do come draft time.

I don't understand how Katz can look at years and years of utter incompetence from Lowe, and PROMOTE him instead of firing him! This is clearly not the man you want running an NHL team, yet Katz decided to promote him to president of hockey operations.

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11-11-2013, 10:44 PM
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I see Ekblad as a Dan Girardi. Not some wonderkid D as he's being touted.

Some of the other D's projections by draft time may be more valuable than his.

At the very least, Dal Colle certainly is ahead of him by purely consistent dominance. Bennett, Perlini, and Draisatls impact in a game is more noticeable and skillset more elite.

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If by game 40 or so they're still awful, they need to fire absolutely everyone in the front office, and bring in some management who have at least a faint idea how to build a team. Then let the new management decide what to do come draft time.

I don't understand how Katz can look at years and years of utter incompetence from Lowe, and PROMOTE him instead of firing him! This is clearly not the man you want running an NHL team, yet Katz decided to promote him to president of hockey operations.
We're all wondering the same.

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11-11-2013, 10:51 PM
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If by game 40 or so they're still awful, they need to fire absolutely everyone in the front office, and bring in some management who have at least a faint idea how to build a team. Then let the new management decide what to do come draft time.

I don't understand how Katz can look at years and years of utter incompetence from Lowe, and PROMOTE him instead of firing him! This is clearly not the man you want running an NHL team, yet Katz decided to promote him to president of hockey operations.
Agreed. You have to look at the common denominator throughout all this debacle (and it's not even mediocrity - it's utter failure). That's Lowe/MacT/ the rest of this old boys club.

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11-11-2013, 11:34 PM
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I see Ekblad as a Dan Girardi. Not some wonderkid D as he's being touted.

Some of the other D's projections by draft time may be more valuable than his.

At the very least, Dal Colle certainly is ahead of him by purely consistent dominance. Bennett, Perlini, and Draisatls impact in a game is more noticeable and skillset more elite.

Well, I think I'll trust the professional hockey scouts and Hockey Canada brass who granted him exceptional status. If his upside is "only Dan Girardi", then he will not be mentioned as a consensus top 2 or 5 pick come the time of the draft. But right now he is; so until that changes, and while you're entitled to your opinion, and considering you seem to be on an island with that one, he's very much in the discussion of who (insert team here, including EDM) should take 1st overall.

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11-12-2013, 12:35 AM
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Well, I think I'll trust the professional hockey scouts and Hockey Canada brass who granted him exceptional status. If his upside is "only Dan Girardi", then he will not be mentioned as a consensus top 2 or 5 pick come the time of the draft. But right now he is; so until that changes, and while you're entitled to your opinion, and considering you seem to be on an island with that one, he's very much in the discussion of who (insert team here, including EDM) should take 1st overall.
What does his exceptional status have anything to do with his performance this year? You see his plus/minus? I have witnessed horrible hockey reads leading to goals from him. Ekblad's just as susceptible as other D in the draft class. Fleury is way more reliable with the puck behind his own net.

It's truly sickening other draft eligibles won't get the right credit because some people are too much of ******* to let go of the past. Ekblad is no McDavid. He does not have even a top 5 selection locked down in my eyes. Remember Angelo Esposito?

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What does his exceptional status have anything to do with his performance this year? You see his plus/minus? I have witnessed horrible hockey reads leading to goals from him. Ekblad's just as susceptible as other D in the draft class. Fleury is way more reliable with the puck behind his own net.

It's truly sickening other draft eligibles won't get the right credit because some people are too much of ******* to let go of the past. Ekblad is no McDavid. He does not have even a top 5 selection locked down in my eyes. Remember Angelo Esposito?
Yeah cause +/- is totally an indication of defensive ability...not.

Ekblad is really good offensively and even better defensively.

Barrie aren't the best of teams this year so far. Scheifele is gone and he was arguably the best player in the league last year. So of course they're going to suffer a bit. Ekblad has been very good this year and is a top 5 lock in almost everyone else's opinion.

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11-12-2013, 03:53 AM
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There are three players in this draft that the Oilers will select if he's available at their pick

1. Ekblad
2. Reinhart
3. Da Collie (sp?)

Otherwise I think there's a good chance that pick is being traded.

This is barring someone else moving up the draft table, which I suspect may happen this year.

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11-12-2013, 03:57 AM
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You're saying Yakupov is the number 1 right winger on Edmonton right now?
Obviously, no.






Future 1st line Right Winger

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If they are in the position they should take Ekblad. A number 1 dman is much harder to acquire than a number 2 center. (Assuming RNH is better than Reinhart/Nylander)

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