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Day 2 draft thoughts..

By , June 23, 2012 10:19 pm
Mitch Moroz, selected 32nd overall by the Oilers

Mitch Moroz, selected 32nd overall by the Oilers

The 2012 NHL Entry draft is complete. What have the Oilers got to show for it?

Here’s the rundown of the Edmonton Oilers’ picks on Day 2 of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

Round 2

In the 2nd round, the Oilers selected Mitch Moroz, a left winger for the Edmonton Oil Kings of the WHL. I had the pleasure of watching a good handful of Oil Kings games this year, and got to see a bit of Moroz. I will say that there wasn’t a lot that stood out to me, but the Oilers brass were pretty keen on him. One of the media mentioned on Twitter that the Oilers felt that he would not have been available for them to pick in the 3rd round. They really wanted to nab him, especially after seeing fellow Oil King Henrik Samuelsson go in the 1st round. TSN had him ranked at 56th overall (i.e. late 2nd round), so you’d have to think that the Oilers were right.. Moroz probably wouldn’t have been there for their 3rd round selection.

Moroz is a BIG kid (6’2″, 208 lbs). He actually looked like Continue reading 'Day 2 draft thoughts..'»

With the #1 Overall Pick in the 2012 Entry Draft, the Edmonton Oilers take…

By , June 22, 2012 5:14 pm

Nail Yakupov.. the newest Oiler..

Nail Yakupov.. the newest Oiler..


Nail Yakupov!

There was a lot of smoke out there suggesting that the Oilers would take Ryan Murray or Griffen Reinhart.. possibly trading their pick. I think they made the right choice here. Nail Yakupov was the near-consensus #1 prospect in the draft. Most scouts and scouting agencies had him #1. Many also said there was a big drop off after Yakupov too. Well done, Oilers… now go get us Justin Schultz and possibly another good d-man via free agency or trade.


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Draft day!

By , June 22, 2012 9:35 am
Looking at you, Tambo...

Looking at you, Tambo…

So tonight is the 1st round of the NHL Entry draft. Exciting times for Oilers fans (wouldn’t it be great if we could look forward to something else other than the draft?). Some of the media out there seem to be of the mind that the Oilers will pick Ryan Murray. I’m pretty sold that we’ll take Nail Yakupov. I should say, I’m pretty sold that we SHOULD take Nail Yakupov. Most lists have had him as the consensus #1 since nearly the start of the year. Most scouts have said that there is Nail… and then there is everyone else – there apparently is a big drop off after Yakupov. These other kids are decent talents, but Yakupov is apparently that much better. So why would we settle for a lesser player, just because we need defensemen?

Erik Duhatschek had an article about why he thinks the thought of defensemen taking longer to develop is old-school, and wrong. David Staples had a rebuttal to this, which answers my question of “he singled out one year.. what about the other years?” He provides details of at least the 2006-2011 stretch, stating that the forwards have been more prominent in this group (Save for the 2008 “anomaly”).

So who is it going to be? I think Yakupov.

In other news, Jordan Continue reading 'Draft day!'»

2012 NHL Awards Winners

By , June 20, 2012 9:59 pm


James Norris Memorial Trophy (Top Defenseman) – Erik Karlsson
Ted Lindsay Award (Most Outstanding Player – voted by the players) – Evgeni Malkin
Jack Adams Award (Coach of the Year) – Ken Hitchcock
William M. Jennings Trophy (Fewest Goals Allowed) – Brian Elliott and Jaroslav Halak
Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy (Most Goals) – Steven Stamkos
Art Ross Trophy (Most Points) – Evgeni Malkin
Calder Memorial Trophy (Top Rookie) – Gabriel Landeskog
General Manager of the Year – Doug Armstrong
EA Sports NHL 13 Cover – Claude Giroux
Frank J. Selke Trophy (Top Defensive Forward) – Patrice Bergeron
Bill Masterton Trophy (Perserverance and Dedication) – Max Pacioretty
King Clancy Memorial Trophy (Humanitarian Contribution to Hockey) – Daniel Alfredsson
NHL Foundation Player Award (Commitment, Perserverance and Teamwork) – Mike Fisher
Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award – Shane Doan
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy (Sportsmanship and Ability) – Brian Campbell
Vezina Trophy (Top Goaltender) – Henrik Lundqvist
Hart Memorial Trophy (Most Valuable Player) – Evgeni Malkin

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.

Anyways, here are the rankings: Continue reading '2012 CSS Final Draft Rankings'»

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