He'll continue to note that Edmonton is in the running, only due to the fact that it makes the most sense for him to come here.
That being said, I have always thought he would be going to T.O. and will until he eventually picks one of the 29 teams.
Yeah it does make the most sense. He will get a lot of minutes and play with the best core of forwards of any Canadian Team. If he wants to play in Canada there is no better top 6 including Vancouver's.
How's that trolling? The Oilers have flat out said more than once this week that their prospect pool is thin at forward, not defense, and that they'd be pursuing that through the draft. It had nothing to do with keeping a spot open for Schultz.
Besides, outside of Murray there are no defenseman from this draft who are immediate competition for Schultz, who is years ahead of them. Probably wouldn't have affected his decision either way.
Disagree. Different type of defenseman.
I think the TML hurt themselves in the JS sweepstakes with the drafting of Reilly.
TML traded for JVR to get bigger in their top 6 not to create space for Schultz.
EDM makes a ton of sense. Between us and the Canucks imo.
That has nothing to do with opening up a spot for Schultz, it has more to do with adding much needed size at the forward spot and Schenn was one of their best trading chips plus Schenn wasn't playing top 4 anyway so it didn't open up a spot for Schultz.
I would say that if anything that drafting Rielly is a sign that Burke isn't counting on Schultz signing there.
I never thought so before but i really think that the Oilers are frontrunners, it makes sense on so many levels and especially with the drafting of Yakupov over Murray, that's another sign that Schultz is a realistic possibility to come here since he won't be in competition with Murray for a top 4 spot plus adding Yakupov has to be enticing for Schultz.
I really hope he signs here, because he would have chosen us over every other team in the league. It would be especially sweet to sign him when Vancouver/Toronto/New York are trying hard to sign him, since the three of them are considered to be "premiere" destinations for UFAs (though in Toronto's case, maybe only in their own minds).
Much more importantly though, he would fill such a need for us and could make us a much more dangerous team, provided he brings the goods.