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07-17-2004, 01:06 PM
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First Oiler taken in the WHA Draft...

Michael Henrich (8th round, 62nd overall to Detroit)

Okay, so he's not an Oiler anymore, but either way, this is very uninteresting news.

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Actually, Henrich is an ideal candidate for the WHA. Although Bobby Hull was the big signing, most of the original WHA teams had one or two NHLers, a couple of California Golden Seals, and a bunch of guys who would be considered fringe type guys. My favourite WHA Oiler was Rusty Patenaude and years later he said the reason he jumped was because the call never came from his NHL team (I think it was the Penguins).

Henrich hasn't delivered as a prospect, but not so long ago he was considered one of the very best of his draft year. Other recent Oilers or farmhands who would be good WHA fodder imo are Bobby Allen, Chad Hinz, Tyler Moss, Mike Morrison and any number of the college kids. Kenny Smith if he doesn't sign here, ideal WHA player.

ALL of these guys can play, and since the WHA is going to be 95% filled with players just like them it seems to me a smart agent would send them in that direction. Even if NHL teams turn a cold shoulder to the guys who don't make a mark, its worth the risk.

If a guy like Michael Henrich plays 80 games on the top line with a skilled center and pops 20 goals then maybe Columbus or Phoenix takes another look.

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Also taken:

Scott Ferguson (11th round, 84th overall to Hamilton)

The WHA might be his only option, too.

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Perezhogin in the 7th round to Detroit is a very solid pick IMO considering he is AHL ineligible next year.

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Perezhogin in the 7th round to Detroit is a very solid pick IMO considering he is AHL ineligible next year.
Where are you guy's getting these picks from by the way. I'd for one find it interesting to see where some other guy's are being drafted besides just ex-Oilers.

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nuff said

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Take a peak at Quebec's picks....

Simon Gagne, Yanic Perrault, Maxime Oullette, Stéphane Veilleux,Eric Messier, Joel Bouchard, Simon Gamache, PJ Stock, Denis Hamel, Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre, Bruno St.Jacques, and Brandon Reid.

looks like they were all born in Quebec....how's that for "home-town" flavor?

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Gamache is another guy who could really shine there. I still think he'll have a Briere-like impact once he gets acclimatized enough to the pro game.

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Why would Toronto take Thronton in the first round? He's already signed in Europe...this league is all sizzle and no steak. It might be the same quality as the IHL, so who cares?

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This doesn't make sense, do they just pick random players who they think might want to play for them? I mean I'm sure most of those Nhlers will never play for these teams, especially Dany Heatley.

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This doesn't make sense, do they just pick random players who they think might want to play for them? I mean I'm sure most of those Nhlers will never play for these teams, especially Dany Heatley.
Depends what happens with the NHL next year, no? Same reason teams were picking Warsaw Pact players in the 80s - you never know what might happen.

I agree though, the WHA looks like an IHL replacement.

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My favourite WHA Oiler was Rusty Patenaude and years later he said the reason he jumped was because the call never came from his NHL team
mine too obviously.........ahhh we are showing our age though aren't we

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By the way, Allen was taken later on and so was Bergeron. It just seems strange that some of these guys have to actually be drafted. It should have been a much shorter draft. Also, I'm surprised no one took a chance on Brewer (but I guess you could say the same thing with a lot of the free agents out there).

The "Entry Draft" thing tomorrow will be a lot more interesting for me, anyway.

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mine too obviously.........ahhh we are showing our age though aren't we
Those old WHA days were fun weren't they? Bill Hunter made being an Oiler fan a daily adventure. I'm sure if he were the owner in the days of the internet, he'd be on here drumming up ticket sales!

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Those old WHA days were fun weren't they? Bill Hunter made being an Oiler fan a daily adventure. I'm sure if he were the owner in the days of the internet, he'd be on here drumming up ticket sales!
My favorite was Cowboy Bill Fletcher, he reminded me of Eddie Shack.

I was really young in those days but I still remember Bobby Hull signing my hat, the players would actually sign kids autographs over the glass during the warmup.

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My favorite was Cowboy Bill Fletcher, he reminded me of Eddie Shack.

I was really young in those days but I still remember Bobby Hull signing my hat, the players would actually sign kids autographs over the glass during the warmup.

You're right, Flett was alot like Shack. I remember my dad being completely disgusted with Flett's big beard, that's still embedded in my brain. It was a monster!

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