Category: In the System

Pre Draft Trade Thoughts…

By , June 14, 2012 10:19 am

Is the #1 pick available? Should it be?

Is the #1 pick available? Should it be?

The rumor mill has been busy lately, as it always is at this time, with suggestions that the Oilers will be moving the #1 overall pick. So I thought it would be great to take a look at every team in the NHL and consider their assets… NHLers, and prospects … and consider which players we should be asking about. I mostly focused on the defense, and a bit on goaltenders and centermen, as I think those are our biggest needs. Some of these teams wouldn’t be able to offer much for our #1 pick and some teams would need more than our #1 pick for their assets, so I’ve also considered a list of tradeable players for the Oilers. This time of the year, it’s always fun to talk about trades.. but often they’re pretty unrealistic. I don’t mention any specific deals here though (save for a couple). Please feel free to make some suggestions in the comment section for guys we should be after, or trades we could make.

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Oilers sign Oscar Klefbom to 3 year Entry Level Contract + MacTavish stuff..

By , June 12, 2012 3:19 pm
The Klef Bomb signs with the Oilers for 3 year entry level deal

The Klef Bomb signs with the Oilers for 3 year entry level deal

The Edmonton Oilers and Oscar Klefbom have agreed to terms on a 3-year entry level contract. No financial terms have been announced yet, but all bets are that he’ll received $925,000 + signing bonuses… putting him somewhere in the $1.5M range for cap hit. This is great news.

In other news, Craig MacTavish had a great quote that I loved: “like the 17,000 fans, I’d like to see us improve the back end and our veterans need to respond.” Ahhh lovely. The way I see it, he’s coached here and knows how shitty it can be when your GM is too busy overpaying aging goaltenders to sign key players such as faceoff specialists. MacTavish should empathize more with the new coach and greatly understand their needs, and hopefully help react to those needs a lot quicker.

Oilers Ink Brandon Davidson (D prospect)

By , May 31, 2012 2:38 pm


General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers have agreed to terms with defenceman Brandon Davidson on a three-year entry level contract.

Davidson, 20, played in 69 games last year with the Western Hockey League’s Regina Pats, finishing the season with 49 points (13G, 36A) and 83 penalty minutes.

The 6’1″, 202-pound Lethbridge, Alberta native has collected 134 career points (22G, 112A) with the Pats in 200 games along with 191 penalty minutes.

Davidson, who was the captain of the Pats, also made his professional debut when he appeared in two games last season with the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League.

The Oilers selected Davidson in the 6th round, 162nd overall, in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

I have yet to see Davidson play yet, but it’s hard to ignore the kid’s great season (great point totals.. captain of the team, good size… I approve).

Omark tweets implying he wants out of Edmonton

By , April 11, 2012 2:24 pm

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.

2012 CSS Final Draft Rankings

By , April 9, 2012 9:48 am

2012 CSS Final NHL Draft Rankings

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.

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