Draft...draught...get it... (focus on the beer guys)
Thought I’d throw up a post for discussion today about the draft. I’ll also update this with Oilers specific news during the day (or a hate filled rant of Tambellini).
Today is the day that drafting the Nuge/or Larsson/Trade with Florida/acquire Smyth happens.
Update 5:24pm – Bob McKenzie I think confirmed Smyth to the Oilers for Brule, plus the Oilers picked the Nuge @ #1 and put a sexy new home jersey on him.
Update 7:42pm – Oilers pick Klefbom with the 19th pick
Also, chat added.
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2011 NHL Entry Draft Rankings according to Bob McKenzie
Each year, Bob McKenzie polls a bunch of scouts and does a butt load of work to rank players in the order that he feels they’ll be drafted (based on what the scouts told him… not so much his own opinion). This year’s draft rankings are up for the first two rounds, and includes some “honorable mentions”. It’s worth checking out. I won’t spoil the surprise, you can check the draft rankings out here.
I still am thinking we are going to select Ryan Nugent-Hopkins first overall. Too much promise in this kid to pass him up.
4th overall pick up for grabs?
The rumor in the Fourth Period is that the 4th overall pick that New Jersey holds in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft is indeed up for grabs. The thought of it being available isn’t a new one, and we’ve even talked about it a bit here before, but it’s always good to have confirmation. The article notes that the Devils do not have their 2nd round pick. Lou Lamoriello basically noted that he’s open to the idea, so I wouldn’t say he’s trying to get rid of it. However, any time you hear that a top 10 pick is available, you hope that Tambellini is making a phone call… immediately.
So, what are good options for trade bait for this #4 pick? Ales Hemsky? I’m going to have to say that I think our 2nd round pick (31st) plus our 19th pick (from Los Angeles), plus a roster player such as Andrew Cogliano could be enticing enough. However, I am not sure he meets a need. I see that they do need a top 4 defenseman, however. Well, we know the one guy whose name we like to toss around in trade suggestions. However, I think Tom Gilbert’s price tag is enough to scare them off. At any rate, while I have no problems moving Ales Hemsky at some point (due to his injury problems), I actually would prefer that they try and move the 19th and 31st picks and a lesser roster player instead, in this situation.
Feel free to suggest ideas in the comments as to what we could offer up. Or, let us know if you don’t think we should even be looking for another pick (in which case, I can verbally assault you later).
Is CBJ's #8 up for grabs?
OK, a new Lowetide article is up that mentions news about the Columbus Blue Jackets cleaning up their scouting staff. Don Boyd (Assistant GM, dubbed “amateur scouting guru” by the article) and Bob Strumm (Pro Scouting Director) were fired. Lowetide mentions that with this happening so close to the draft, you have to wonder if this fuels the rumor even more of their 8th overall pick being available. Of course, the Oilers and Howson have their history, and he’s generally been a willing dance partner with us.
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Can the Oilers target Nathan Beaulieu with their second 1st round pick?
The above picture is of Saint John Sea Dogs defenseman Nathan Beaulieu hoisting the Memorial Cup this year. Beaulieu is listed at 6’3, 191lbs. and is said to be an offensive defenseman with a mean streak. I think that is right up the alley of what we would be looking for… well, really what any team should be looking for. I don’t think he’s been really garnering as much attention as I’d expect for a player possessing those kinds of talents though.
Beaulieu is currently ranked 5th for North American skaters by CSS, and 14th overall (includes all Euro and North American skaters) by ISS. So that said, I have a tough time believing that Beaulieu will be available at pick #19. He shouldn’t be. The Oilers are going to have to move that pick up if they have hopes of drafting him. I’m not sure if he’s really on our radar or not.
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