Just a few quick notes on some articles I saw today on the Edmonton Journal website.
First, Adam Larsson. I like that he’s done his research. He of course knows his fellow Swede countrymen are here (Paajarvi and Omark, plus likely Lander soon). But he knows the history, our 5 cups, and the new players like Taylor Hall. He sounds like he would be genuinely happy to be here, and I like the kids attitude.
On to Sean Couturier, in which Jim Matheson addresses a question about Couturier dropping in draft rank. There wasn’t a lot here, but I just thought it interesting that Matheson mentioned that the Oilers likely wouldn’t draft Couturier because they are more interested in Ryan Nugent-Hopkins or Adam Larsson. I can’t say that the Oilers would tip their hand to a journalist as to who they will draft, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they do get a good read about these things. I think the media had a good feeling the Oilers were leaning towards Taylor Hall too. God, this draft can’t come soon enough….
On Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in an article in which Ken Hitchcock debunks the concerns surrounding Nugent-Hopkins’ size. In the same article, Matheson also mentions that he thinks Brent Burns will be made available for trade. Here’s a quote from that: “It seems crazy that the Wild would move defenceman Brent Burns, but they likely don’t want to pay him $5 million in a new deal when his contract runs out after next season, so they will toss his name out there at the draft.” I have to say that I’ve always thought Brent Burns would one day be a hell of a defenseman. The Oilers would be wise to take a stab at a trade. It might be a way to land the star-caliber defenseman we need without using up our top draft pick.
Tonight the final episode (presumably) of Oil Change airs on TSN at 5:30PM MST. Dubbed “End of the Beginning”, this episode appears to shed some light on what the organization will do with some of the contracts on the team this year and decide who stays and who goes.