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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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02-25-2013, 05:01 PM
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I think Zharkov would be a good 2LW complimentary player to go with, say we draft Monahan or Barkov. And he has chemistry with Nail during their stint in the Subway Series and WJC.
Watching him at the WJC, he doesn't have enough top end skill to play on that line. Think Ryan Jones.

A quick check and his offensive numbers this year have taken a dip back. Not something you generally see from a future 2nd liner.

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Watching him at the WJC, he doesn't have enough top end skill to play on that line. Think Ryan Jones.

A quick check and his offensive numbers this year have taken a dip back. Not something you generally see from a future 2nd liner.
It's really hard to say. The kid's actually pretty talented. Much more so than he showed at the WJHC where he played in a system that saw him in much more of a checking role.
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His numbers this year are not much of a indicator of this. Until the OHL trade deadline he was playing with linemates who had no offensive game on a team that never scored and in a system that was defense first, defense second and defense third. Since then Bellville added two talented centers in Quine and Graovac. Zharkov has significantly improved his numbers since then with 13 goals and 26 points since the WJHC and 12 goals in his last 13 games.

He may not have the offense to be a typical top six player, but he has the skill to play with talent. Given his size, 6'4" 212 lbs he has the potential to play a role in the top 6. Of course like nayone drafted outside of the top round there is a long way to go.

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02-25-2013, 05:54 PM
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Drouin looks like omark but can skate way better

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02-25-2013, 06:07 PM
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I definitely wouldn't write off Zharkov either (although I realize few here are... just tempering their outlooks).

I don't know if he can be top 6.. but honestly the Oil don't really need more top 6... I mean great if he is that... but the 3rd line is a HUGE weakness for the Oil.

If players like Rieder/Zharkov/Khaira can develop into strong 2-way 3rd liner type players that's going to be a tremendous boost for the offense/defense of this club and takes pressure off the top 2 lines as well.

Think of it... having 3 players who can put up 15-15-30 type boxcars on the 3rd line while being solid defensively. That would be fantastic actually and personally that's what I was hoping we'd see out of players like Pitlick/Hamilton/Martindale and Lander/MPS/Hartikainen.

Those first 3 may all end up busts (may be too early but let's face facts). The second set of 3 are still finding their way and none look to have much offense. They honestly might be more suited for 4th line type energy roles when all is said and done (aka younger versions of Petrell/Eager/Belanger).

Oilers have one good younger 3rd line player already... Ryan Jones. If they can develop a couple more out of prospects like Khaira/Rieder/Zharkov... that would be an excellent result.

They don't even have to be 20-25 goal scorers either. Just solid, defensively responsible 2 way forwards who can pot 10+ goals each and in a pinch move up to the top 6 and not look completely out of place. That's something that is missing on the Oilers now.

Harti, MPS (and Lander) can't really do that and look the part yet... and possibly never will. Improvement in that area on the Oilers will go a long ways in the team putting a lot more pressure offensively and defensively on their opponents.

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02-25-2013, 10:18 PM
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Wouldn't mind drafting Justin Bailey or Hudson Fasching with our second rounder, or if we can acquire a third from trade.

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02-26-2013, 12:10 AM
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Sticking to my prediction... 24th overall.. 7th overall pick...

1st Columbus- MacKinnon (star forward they need)
2nd Buffalo- Jones (big tough top pairing guy they don't have)
3rd Calgary- Drouin (flashy skilled forward for the first line)
4th Florida- Monahan (replace Weiss with future captain #1 C)
5th Colorado- Lindholm (replace O'Reilly with linemate for Landeskog)
6th Washington- Barkov (could be best player in draft when all done)
7th Edmonton- Nurse (less important to get forward or rushing D with Schultz- now it is time for a physical specimen)
8th Winnipeg- Nichushkin (good linemate for Burmistrov)
9th Phoenix- Shinkaruk (don't have lots of threats like this)
10th NYI- Domi (like to reach on kids like this)
11th Philadelphia- Ristolainen (must be better than last Fin D Flyers took )
12th Detroit- Hagg (Red Wings use rare miss to fill biggest hole)
13th Minnesota- Pulock (D doesn't have anyone else like him)
14th Carolina- Hartman (Own the Whalers remember)
15th LAK- Erne (Big power forward right fit for Kings)

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02-26-2013, 01:10 AM
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Actually the Oilers need depth on offence as well as a physical D-man. The healthy roster might be pretty good but having a few injuries you can see that there is definitely depth missing on offence.
Offensive depth might be better with Rieder developed but this could still need another, maybe two seasons in OHL and AHL. Still, I would go for a solid D-man in the 2013 draft, someone like Nurse if he is still available when the Oilers have the pick (and I think so 'cause the draft is full of highly talented forwards that are the biggest need of many teams down there).

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02-26-2013, 02:20 AM
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I'lll take a Barkov.

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Pretty controversial, but I would risk a 3rd or 4th on Myles Bell. His speed, energy and motor are terrific for a buzzing forward (converted from D), these are the kinds of forwards that make it. I know he comes with baggage but I think he's a player and will want to do everything he can to prove people wrong.

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02-26-2013, 09:05 AM
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I think he can be signed as a ufa shortly. Why wast a pick?

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I think he can be signed as a ufa shortly. Why wast a pick?
He had legal issues. Had a car accident while driving drunk and killed the passenger. Something like that anyway, it really took its toll on his positioning as draft prospect.

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02-26-2013, 09:34 AM
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He had legal issues. Had a car accident while driving drunk and killed the passenger. Something like that anyway, it really took its toll on his positioning as draft prospect.
I know all that, but he will be ufa if he doesnt get drafted this year, so you can keep your pick and use it on someone else while still getting Bell if you wanted.

Why waste an asset?

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02-26-2013, 12:53 PM
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Sticking to my prediction... 24th overall.. 7th overall pick...


7th Edmonton- Nurse (less important to get forward or rushing D with Schultz- now it is time for a physical specimen)
8th Winnipeg- Nichushkin (good linemate for Burmistrov)
If Nichuskin is still on the board at 7 then I'd be very surprised if we don't take him. 6'4 centre with skill and drive. Only way he is still left at that spot is if the Russian fator scares away a few teams.

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If Nichuskin is still on the board at 7 then I'd be very surprised if we don't take him. 6'4 centre with skill and drive. Only way he is still left at that spot is if the Russian fator scares away a few teams.
Everything I have ever seen says he plays wing.

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Oilers need to take Ryan Hartman. He has everything this team lacks.

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Oilers need to take Ryan Hartman. He has everything this team lacks.
How is a 5'11 RW everything we need?

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I don't think RW is a position of weakness on this team.

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Everything I have ever seen says he plays wing.
Yeah he plays wing, I'm pretty sure anyhow.

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Everything I have ever seen says he plays wing.
I was going by the ISS listing of him as a centre. I do remember him playing LW in all the WJC games I watched so not sure where ISS is getting this from (KHL play?). Would be a steal at #7 though.

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Pretty controversial, but I would risk a 3rd or 4th on Myles Bell. His speed, energy and motor are terrific for a buzzing forward (converted from D), these are the kinds of forwards that make it. I know he comes with baggage but I think he's a player and will want to do everything he can to prove people wrong.
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I know all that, but he will be ufa if he doesnt get drafted this year, so you can keep your pick and use it on someone else while still getting Bell if you wanted.

Why waste an asset?
we should sign him the day after the draft, there was a point where he was considered a top prospect and i have played aginst him, he is a competitor.

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How is a 5'11 RW everything we need?
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I don't think RW is a position of weakness on this team.
He's a center.

And the closest thing to a Downie or Marchand in the draft.

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He's a center.

And the closest thing to a Downie or Marchand in the draft.
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I'm not too worried about height. I don't have a guy under 6-foot on my dad's side. My uncle is 6-5, another uncle is 6-6, my dad is 6-2. My dad didn't grow until college late bloomers in our family."
Something to consider. Drafting guys like him would be pretty nice to get. Where is he projected to go?

Him + Bertuzzi in the 2nd and 3rd rounds would be pretty nice.

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How is a 5'11 RW everything we need?
Apparently his family are really tall so size should not be a issue.
http://hfboards.hockeysfuture.com/sh...3&postcount=28
EDIT: Did not see above poster..

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I think he can be signed as a ufa shortly. Why wast a pick?
Can he? He's only a '93 so he is still technically in the draft, I was proposing we actually take him in the draft because I assume other teams have interest in him as well and he's going to be drafted, and I would rather see him as Oilers property, so it's not really wasting an asset?

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How is a 5'11 RW everything we need?
Because he is a damn good hockey player with a ton of heart and drive, along with good skill and a great motor. He's the type of player winning teams have. You don't draft for need, you draft good players.

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