Well, this is the first game for Mike Brown in an Oilers uniform. It seems that most of the Oilers fans out there hate this deal, and many of the Oilers media seem to back this deal. Not to say which one is actually wrong here. I approach this one the same way I approach any deal.. open minded and optimistic, especially when we don’t give up much for one. Yes, yes, any pick can be a hit, but a 4th rounder for us is most likely to bust. The only good 4th rounder we’ve drafted in the last 20 years with proven success is Shawn Horcoff (there is Linus Omark too, but I don’t consider him proven). Of course we still have question marks for the recent picks. Anyways, I think the Oilers look flat too many nights and need to inject some give a damn in the line up. Will one guy make a difference though? Probably not, unless he’s Sid Crosby caliber (which obviously he isn’t). So I don’t expect a whole lot, but I still think it’s a step in the right direction and could help rejuvenate some life into dead souls when we’re stinking it up vs. bottom feeders that we should be killing. I do understand the worries people have, but I think the risk is low. I’ll take a shot that a piece could help us out over the 5% shot at the next Horcoff. Obviously I jest, as our previous scouting department was piss poor, as we all know, so that will unfairly make a 4th rounder look poorer than it is. But again, I think it’s a step in the right direction, and this mystery pick wouldn’t be making any impact for several years. I’m sure the internet will dig this up in 2019 and laugh at this post when Toronto drafts the next Jamie Benn with our pick.
So the lines are rebuffed again. Good to see Hall back. He’ll play with Nuge and Hemsky. Paajarvi gets more time with Gagner and Eberle. I mentioned last GDT that Paajarvi’s early success came with Gagner and Omark, so I still think this could pay dividends. Yakupov and Jones will get caught in the Belanger-triangle. Brown and Eager will be the bookends for a Smytty-centered energy line… or holy-fucking shit, stop taking dumb penalties line. TBD.