Draft Day, and Frequent Rumor But No Action Day

By , June 30, 2013 9:24 am
Nathan MacKinnon, expected to go #1 overall to the Avalanche

Nathan MacKinnon, expected to go #1 overall to the Avalanche

So today is NHL draft day for 2013 (1pm MST). Typically, the NHL splits up round 1 and round 2-7 into separate days, but they’re doing it all in one shot this year, because it’s going so late (it’s about a week late).

The Avalanche have made no secret that they are selecting Nathan MacKinnon first overall. Some believe this to be posturing. I don’t know. Seems like it really is what they’ll do. I can’t see them flipping picks with anyone, and as some have said.. why be secret about it if you really know who you want? If they are hard set on MacKinnon, they wouldn’t drop down and risk losing him. So I expect the first 4 picks to go: Nathan MacKinnon (COL), Seth Jones (FLA), Jonathan Drouin (TBL), Sasha Barkov (NSH). I’m hoping that the Oilers get to take either Sean Monahan or Darnell Nurse. Organization depth at centre is terrible. Monahan would help that out a bit. As or Nurse, he looks to be a pretty well-rounded D with a strong focus on defense and physicality (making him my favorite type of defenseman).

There have been a heck of a lot of rumors involving the Oilers, as of late. The latest buzz seems Continue reading 'Draft Day, and Frequent Rumor But No Action Day'»

Bob McKenzie and Craig Button Mock Draft Lists

By , June 25, 2013 7:01 pm
2013 NHL Mock Draft Lists on TSN

2013 NHL Mock Draft Lists on TSN

Bob McKenzie and Craig Button have completed their draft lists. Below is each of their top 30 lists. With Bob McKenzie, it should be noted that he does not rank based on team need, but just on player rank. Craig Button considers team need in his draft.

The “Diff” column indicates how much higher/lower a player was drafted on one list over the other. An E indicates equal, and a U indicates unlisted (ex. Bob ranked a player that Craig didn’t have on his list).

Bob McKenzie has Sean Monahan in Edmonton’s draft slot (would love to have him). There are a lot of Oilers fans who rank Elias Lindholm over Monahan (I don’t include myself in that group… we’ll see). Button mentioned that he doesn’t think Lindholm is in the same class as Monahan and Sasha Barkov (i.e., he isn’t as good), but he does note that he is still a very good player. Based on who was available at #7, Button had the Oilers selecting Darnell Nurse. Ryan Rishaug noted that if Valeri Nichushkin was still there at #7, the Oilers would probably choose him instead, based on a need for size. Button conceded that this was also quite likely possible.

What’s your top 3 order for the Oilers pick, assuming MacKinnon, Jones, Barkov, Drouin are gone?

I’d rank it: Nichushkin, Monahan, Nurse

No matter who we take, we’ll be pretty damn happy though, as I’d say there are an easy 5 guys in that range that would be great to pick, and at least 3 will be available.

Anyways, here are the lists below..
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The new “TrinasOil” / Eklund?

By , June 23, 2013 12:07 am

Take it with a grain of salt, but there’s been some interesting trade talk on HF Boards as of recent. By that, I mean someone is claiming to have insider information saying that the Oilers have 3 trades done (will announce after the cup final is done). That could be just a wild guess. Terry Jones also tweeted earlier in the week that he believed the Oilers had two deals done. This spawned some similar talk from other rumor mongers, and the rumors appear to be in line with each other.

The rumors only seem to indicate the players coming here.

One deal is with Ottawa, in which the Oilers get Colin Greening and Zack Smith.

The other deal is with Toronto, in which the Oilers get Joe Colborne and Ben Scrivens.

Humoring the possibility, I think I like the Toronto players coming our way better. I don’t think either trade would be mind blowing, however. But I think Colborne is a long shot for the type of center we need in the organization, on the 2nd line. Emphasis on long shot. I don’t think he’s quite the player many hoped he’d be, but he’s still a work in progress, so you never know (especially, you never know when someone will just click with some very skilled linemates). Scrivens would make a decent back up here (although I will say I’d aim higher). Greening and Smith I’m not too keen on. Some folks out there are though. I do think hey’d be decent pick ups, I just am not sure they’d be the game changers we need here.

I hope the part of the deal going the other way isn’t much.

The rumors also stated that apparently a very big deal was done. I’d be willing to bet that both Hemsky and Gagner is gone (not in the same deal, necessarily, and in Gagner’s case, it better not be in any deal mentioned above).

Also, Elliotte Friedman tweeted that the Oilers have given permission to Shawn Horcoff to speak with other teams. Sounds like they will make the effort to trade him.

Again, a reminder, outside of what Friedman mentioned, this is ALL RUMOR. Don’t take this post here and make it sound like it’s anything more than that. I’m just repeating what a couple people have said. So I’m skeptical… this stuff starts out as a mere rumor and quickly spreads into fact in no time, by word of mouth. But I really do firmly believe that the Oilers have 2 deals in place, as Jones said, and I’m sure one involves Toronto.

My take on Eakins hiring, and Stanley Cup Playoff Predictions.. final round

By , June 11, 2013 7:15 pm
Craig MacTavish handshaking his clone

Craig MacTavish handshaking his clone

So last round’s predictions did not work for me at ALL. I got both winners wrong. Luckily, I still have the Boston Bruins as a team I can stand to win some moola on from some bets I made on Bodog before the playoffs start. If the B’s win it all, I’ll double the money I spent on all my bets combined. Not spectacular, but I’m ahead, and that’s what matters!

Anyways, round 3, I got a big stinking zero right on my predictions. I had the Continue reading 'My take on Eakins hiring, and Stanley Cup Playoff Predictions.. final round'»

Random player targets…

By , June 9, 2013 2:26 pm
So you want to be bold, Mac?

So you want to be bold, Mac?

So MacTavish wants to be bold? Well here’s some targets being thrown around right now:
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