#SAVEUSPRONGER – A look back at the NHL 2007 Entry Draft

By , May 25, 2014 3:29 pm

NHL 2007 Draft

 

#SAVEUSPRONGER (Recapping NHL Drafts from Pronger’s Departure – 2007 Edition)

Written By Ken Moorhouse (RHBDKEN)

The 2006-07 season for the Edmonton Oilers can be categorized as a slow moving disaster as the realization of the fact that we were now nowhere close to the same team we were just the previous season. After the last draft the Oilers in very desperate moves tried to fill in the voids that were left by Pronger with developing 2nd line winger Joffrey Lupul, Defenseman Ladislav Smid and several draft picks. Still however it was a quite summer for Kevin Lowe as the only major move he made was picking up Jan Hejda from the Buffalo Sabers who proved to be a very good depth defenseman in the NHL.

Once the season started the Oilers floated with a .500 record that lasted until the NHL Trade Deadline where the second biggest face of the franchise player was traded due to a contract dispute. Ryan Smyth was shipped off to the Islanders for forwards Robert Nilsson, Ryan O’Marra and the Islanders 1st round pick 15th Overall in the 2007 NHL Draft.

Right after this major trade the Oilers play on the ice sharply declined as we fell from just below the playoff line to 6th last in the NHL in a matter of two months. This then prepared Continue reading '#SAVEUSPRONGER – A look back at the NHL 2007 Entry Draft'»

#SAVEUSPRONGER – A look back at the NHL 2006 Entry Draft

By , April 27, 2014 10:49 am

NHL 2006 Draft

Racki: guest writer Ken Moorhouse writes this one.. the first of a series on the Oilers drafting since ’06.

#SAVEUSPRONGER (Recapping NHL Drafts from Pronger’s Departure – 2006 Edition)

Written By Ken Moorhouse (RHBDKEN)

Welcome to my new blog called #SAVEUSPRONGER which takes a look at the past 8 years since Chris Pronger famously asked for a trade right after losing game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals to the Carolina Hurricanes in the first season after the NHL 2005 Lockout.

The Edmonton Oilers have just come off an impressive and unpredictable run to the cup which took them from an 8th Place position in the NHL’s Western Conference to the losing team in the Stanley Cup Finals which no hockey writer could have imagined happening. A few days after taking the run all of the fans of Edmonton were hit with a sudden dose of reality that Chris Pronger was no longer interested in resuming his contract in the Oilers organization and wanted a trade out of this city. This was very shocking to me as well as many fans and friends who could not foresee this coming, especially after such a successful run to the cup in which he was the most popular player on this franchise. Sadly I can’t answer for Pronger to why he did not want to stay in Edmonton but there were many stories brought in by the media regarding this. We never had closure on these issues and we can assume that its Chris’ right to keep this to himself.

Now for this playoff run the Oilers have already traded many draft picks away, for decent or not so great trade return. While I am writing this, it was sadly a very impressive draft year and the Oilers have had no ability to claim players that have shaped franchises now in this league. The players that were advertised for the 2006 NHL draft were Johnathan Toews, Jordan Staal, Nicklas Backstrom, Phil Kessel, Claude Giroux, and Milan Lucic among others. Sure Erik Johnson, the first overall pick for this draft is now being Continue reading '#SAVEUSPRONGER – A look back at the NHL 2006 Entry Draft'»

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