Hello. Heellllloooo. Is anyone here?
It’s been a rather dull last few weeks, Oilers-wise at least. As for the hockey, it’s never been better. Pretty much every series has gone how I would like it (but not how I predicted it). Lots of excitement in every series (well, maybe not Florida/New Jersey…but I haven’t paid any attention to that one at all).
And the Oil Kings. Great hockey, the team is on a roll with 22 games in a row (and all 11 playoff games so far, except as I type that I am jinxing them as they are now down 3-0 in game 4).
Here is a good link re: prospects and signings coming up.
Other than that, not much has happened. Oh, the Oilers are stringing along Renney. But not surprised with this management group. I think they want to see who comes available after the playoffs but it kinda screws with Renney.
Playoffs, playoffs, playoffs. That’s all we really care about isn’t it?
– Flyers beat the Pens in 6
Fuck yeah. And how. Great games to watch.
– Kings beat the Canucks in 5
Even better. And now how fucked are the Canucks when it comes to Luongo? They can’t keep him. I imagine someone who has 10 years left on his 5.5 cap hit deal isn’t easy to move either. And he has a NTC so he can veto the shitty teams.
– St. Louis beats San Jose in 5
I’m never sad seeing the Sharks lose.
– Coyotes beat Chi-town in 6
I like both these teams, but I’m happy to see Phoenix win something. I hope the team stays there.
– Preds beat Detroit in 5
I like the Preds this year as well. And while I have nothing against Detroit, they win enough.
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This shouldn’t come as any surprise that Linus Omark wants out. He sees what Edmonton is bringing in, and he sees he isn’t likely part of the plan. But I think he’s handling it all wrong. For the love of god, close your Twitter account. Anyways, here is the most recent quote:
I’d (love) to show that the “two” are wrong. but i really hope edm let me have a chance in another nhl team
I am not 100% sure what the “two” part means. Could mean a combination of Steve Tambellini, Tom Renney and Kevin Lowe. Or it could mean a couple people that were ragging on him on Twitter.
At any rate, he obviously doesn’t want to be here, and the Oilers need to find him a new home.
Being on Twitter wouldn’t have helped any, but the guy really should have ignored comments from fans. A lot of negative comments get sent to everyone, not just the divas. He’s been taking a beating on Twitter though, and I think he’s had enough. But really, he didn’t stand a chance here. The game is played on the rink, not Twitter. Got to learn to ignore that stuff and not fuel things any more. We are accustomed to players forcing their way out of here. I wish people would just keep their mouth shut and request it with the GM and be done with it. But oh well. Best of luck somewhere else. Not my kind of player. Too much drama around this fellow. Could be a decent player one day though.
And the winner is...
The winner of the 2012 NHL draft lottery is: THE EDMONTON OILERS
Here is the top 5 draft order:
1. Edmonton Oilers
2. Columbus Blue Jackets
3. Montreal Canadiens
4. New York Islanders
5. Toronto Maple Leafs
For the record, the word is that Nail Yakupov is the consensus number one. Word is that this draft is much weaker than previous drafts.
Here is the top 10 draft order that Bob McKenzie determined from his scout survey:
1. Nail Yakupov
2. Mikhail Grigorenko
3. Ryan Murray
4. Filip forsberg
5. Matt Dumba
6. Alex Galchenyuk
7. Jacob Trouba
8. Griffin Reinhart
9. Morgan Rielly
10. Radek Faksa
10. Teuvo Teravainen
Game of Thrones! Best show on TV!
Who?! What?! What is going on here?
Yeah yeah, it’s been a while but I’ve been super busy at work the past few weeks and the Oilers have really sucked.
So here we go. MMS on the last few weeks + playoff predictions.
Racki covered most of it in the past few posts regarding draft rankings, the Oilers year end press conference and the final depressing season rundown.
Screw league news…it’s the playoffs!
Here are the first round match-ups with my predictions.
Los Angeles Kings(8) at Vancouver Canucks(1)
I want the Kings to win, however I think the Canucks won’t choke until the 2nd round. Canucks in 5.
San Jose Sharks(7) at St. Louis Blues(2)
Blues take this in 6.
Chicago Blackhawks(6) at Phoenix Coyotes(3)
I’ve grown to like the Coyotes. I’ll be cheering for them this playoff run, however I don’t think they will beat the Hawks. Hawks in 7.
Detroit Red Wings(5) at Nashville Predators(4)
Predators are another team I think will make some noise this post-season. Predators in 7.
Ottawa Senators(8) at New York Rangers(1)
I think this might be the Rangers year…my choice out of the East. Rangers in 6.
Washington Captials(7) at Boston Bruins(2)
Bruins in 5.
New Jersey Devils(6) at Florida Panthers(3)
Devils in 5.
Philadelphia Flyers(5) at Pittsburgh Penguins(4)
The first round series I think everyone is looking forward to. Will be the best series as well. Both top-notch teams. Flyers in 7. Edit (2012-04-10 12:03pm): Nevermind, I guess Bryzgalov and Briere are hurt…I’ll go with the Pens in 7.
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2012 CSS Final NHL Draft Rankings
Central Scouting has finalized their rankings for 2012.
Perhaps the biggest surprise is that Mikhail Grigorenko is no longer in the top 2 for North American skaters. Ryan Murray slots in at #2. Also possibly surprising is that Alex Galchenyuk is hanging in at #4 for North American skaters. This is a kid that I really, really like. I’ve seen some of his work, and he is an incredible player that could possibly disappear off radars because he missed nearly the whole year due to injury. The thing I like about him is he has a hell of a shot, but also is a physical player. He also plays center too. So really, this is the power forward up the middle that we might have been looking for.
I think many Oilers fans will be licking their chops at the idea of drafting Ryan Murray. Myself, I just don’t know. It sounds like he’s pretty good, but I also think it will take time before he’s really good enough to make a difference here. I could be way off base with my thoughts though.
Anyways, here are the rankings: Continue reading '2012 CSS Final Draft Rankings'»