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Oilers open to offers for No. 1 pick; Avs set

Posted on: June 20, 2011 5:15 pm
Edited on: June 21, 2011 12:14 am
 

You might remember last year when the Oilers had the top pick in the draft that the debate was Taylor or Tyler? Before the Oilers ultimately settled on Taylor Hall, there was talk they wanted to get the second pick from the Bruins and not have to make the decision, just grab them both.

Well, this time it seems Oilers GM Steve Tambellini would be willing to trade out of the top spot.

"I've had a few calls of people kicking the tires of how they can help me make the Oilers a better team," Tambellini told reporters. "For me to move the No. 1 pick would have to be something exceptional. This is a huge building block again."

OK, so it doesn't seem as if he's actively looking to move down, but that he's more than willing to listen. If the Oilers stay where they are, they are expected to select center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins at No. 1. But there are four or five guys that are in the conversation for the top pick. So perhaps Tambellini would feel more than comfortable taking one of the guys next in line if he gets a good deal in return.

After Edmonton is Colorado at No. 2, and Adrian Dater of the Denver Post says the Avs know exactly what they're doing with the pick already.

Again, with the assumption that Nugent-Hopkins will be off the board, Colorado will have its choice on either top defenseman Adam Larsson or on a host of forwards, including Jonathan Huberdeau, Gabriel Landeskog and Sean Couturier. Huberdeau seems to be the likely choice, according to Dater.

The NHL Draft is Friday in St. Paul, Minn. and this week we will be rolling out our top players at each position as well as team needs leading up to draft night when we will have a live chat to discuss the goings-on in Minnesota.

-- Brian Stubits

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 9:56 am
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Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: June 21, 2011 5:13 pm
 

Oilers open to offers for No. 1 pick; Avs set

arinze... nice post.  I understand and agree that for a team to be successful long term it has to start from within... you can't build a team through free agency.  If you look at every Stanley Cup the Wings have won the last 15 years or any finals appearance they made most of their top players were drafted or players they got cheap from somewhere in a trade.  99 percent of people don't know or understand that about the Wings because they believe the Wings bought everybody.... the Wings proved everybody wrong by doing unbelievably well after the salary cap came into place.... for Edmonton to succeed they need to build from within and use the draft and the minors to get the job done.

BUT... what I was saying is at some point you have to add some good veteran players. Whether they are young star veterans or older I don't care.. but you have to win some games along the way as you rebuild.... and then when you do win players will want to come.

Believe me, I"m old enough to remember when Detroit was a terrible team.... nobody wanted to play in Detroit.  And look at the actual city of Detroit today... metro Detroit in some spots is like a war zone.. it's awful... but fans come from the surrounding areas and thats where the players that come to Detroit live... The Wings never struggle to convince players to come to Detroit....  And neither will Edmonton. 



Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: June 21, 2011 4:25 pm
 

Oilers open to offers for No. 1 pick; Avs set

redwings, assuming you are a red wing fan i think your somewhat ignorant in  your assessment of the situation just based off of no experience dealing with what edmonton deals with.  Now I'm not saying ignorant in a bad way but rather the fact that the Red Wings are RARELY a bad team.  That said, draft picks, and developing stars is their only way to get better in a hurry.  Fact is, if your team isn't good, your not going to get stars to come play for you.  I know usually top dollar gets the man, but I would like to think most NHL teams when offering contracts aren't so ridiculously over bidding that there isn't another team in a better situation that is offering comparable money.  That said, one thing I've noticed from a lot of these Canadian players is once they get out of Canada, they don't really want to go back.  No disrespect to Canada but aside from a few really nice cities, there isn't a whole lot going on and it only gets about as warm as the coldest states in the USA.  That said, I think Edmonton is a hard sell for a kid 22 years old when instead he has a chance to play for a city like Boston, Philadelphia etc.  I think when you already have that to deal with and your product isn't great, the only way you get better is from within and after time those guys turn into stars themselves, and then a place like Edmonton doesn't seem so far away.  



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: June 21, 2011 2:26 pm
 

Oilers open to offers for No. 1 pick; Avs set

The oilers cant go wrong here, as long as they draft someone they need, this should be their last top pick... they will be really good when they get a defense.  

The Oilers need to get help for the present and quit thinking and talking about the future.  I understand they need to build from within and they need and like youth and all of that stuff...  but they don't have enough quality veteran players that can help them TODAY..... how many more years of losing can the city handle for God sakes?  Trade the number 1 pick and get help for TODAY'S team .....



Since: Apr 22, 2008
Posted on: June 21, 2011 6:14 am
 

Oilers open to offers for No. 1 pick; Avs set

The article is not critical of either player so why do even chime in with your bias?  



Since: Jan 5, 2011
Posted on: June 21, 2011 1:57 am
 

Oilers open to offers for No. 1 pick; Avs set

Comparing Seguin and Hall as oranges to oranges is ridiculous.  Hall got more points because he was a top six forward getting 18 quality minutes on the worst team in hockey, Seguin was given 12 minutes and limited pp opportunities on the best team in hockey.  Notice how the majority of top scoring rookies play on non-play-off teams unless they were in the minors for 3 years, (see Couture.) or are absolute sensations like the 2011 ROY Skinner? (Who still benefitted being drafted by a shallow team in a crappy division.)



Since: Oct 10, 2009
Posted on: June 20, 2011 9:53 pm
 

Oilers open to offers for No. 1 pick; Avs set

yeah, so. With our backs against the well in the Tampa series, Seguin dominated Game 2, and helped get us back on track to, you know, winning the Stanley Cup.

I'll take our guy and his 'half as many points'. Thanks for playing.




Since: Mar 26, 2011
Posted on: June 20, 2011 8:38 pm
 

Oilers open to offers for No. 1 pick; Avs set

Don't forget that EDM has the Kings 1st round pick after fleecing them for Penner. I could see a deal where they get 2 of the top 10 picks if they want to put that in the hopper. There doesn't appear to be a consensus #1 this year, so a couple of picks in the top 10 might be the way for them to go.



Since: Dec 10, 2007
Posted on: June 20, 2011 8:17 pm
 

Oilers open to offers for No. 1 pick; Avs set

To the poster above me... Hall is probably going to be much better...

but i think that EDM should trade the pick... this is team that needs a lot of help... trade down like 3 or 4 spots and you still have guys you could use. Try and get another first rounder, not many teams have a top 7 pick and another 1st pick.

The oilers cant go wrong here, as long as they draft someone they need, this should be their last top pick... they will be really good when they get a defense.  



Since: Sep 28, 2010
Posted on: June 20, 2011 8:17 pm
 

Oilers open to offers for No. 1 pick; Avs set

You do realize that Taylor Hall doubled Tyler Seguin in points while playing ten less games than Seguin.


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