2014 NHL DRAFT MOCKS & PROSPECTS PROFILES

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June 26 2014 12:58PM

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Our writers around the Nation Network have done a fantastic job profiling all the top prospects for this weekend’s NHL draft.  Here is all you need to know about the players expected to be picked early in tomorrow’s first round.

MOCK DRAFT

Mock drafts are always fun, so we polled writers from each site to see who could put together the best guess for tomorrow’s top 10 picks.



Brock Seguin

Jonathan Willis

Allan Mitchell

Ryan Pike


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Oilersnation.com

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Flamesnation.ca

1. FLA

Aaron Ekblad

Aaron Ekblad

Aaron Ekblad

Aaron Ekblad

2. BUF

Sam Reinhart

Sam Reinhart

Sam Reinhart

Sam Reinhart

3. EDM

Leon Draisaitl

Leon Draisaitl

Leon Draisaitl

Sam Bennett

4. CAL

Sam Bennett

Sam Bennett

Sam Bennett

M. Dal Colle

5. NYI

M. Dal Colle

M. Dal Colle

M. Dal Colle

Leon Draisaitl

6. VAN

Jake Virtanen

Nick Ritchie

Nikolaj Ehlers

Nick Ritchie

7. CAR

Nick Ritchie

Jake Virtanen

Nick Ritchie

Jake Virtanen

8. TOR

Haydn Fleury

Brendan Perlini

Jake Virtanen

Haydn Fleury

9. WPG

W. Nylander

W. Nylander

W. Nylander

Nikolaj Ehlers

10. ANA

K. Kapanen

Nikolaj Ehlers

Kevin Fiala

K. Kapanen

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Rhys J

Kent Wilson

Justin Fisher


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Flamesnation.ca

TheLeafsNation.com

1. FLA

Aaron Ekblad

Sam Reinhart

Sam Bennett

2. BUF

Sam Reinhart

Sam Bennett

Sam Reinhart

3. EDM

Sam Bennett

Aaron Ekblad

Aaron Ekblad

4. CAL

Nick Ritchie

Leon Draisaitl

Leon Draisaitl

5. NYI

Leon Draisaitl

M. Dal Colle

M. Dal Colle

6. VAN

M. Dal Colle

Nick Ritchie

W. Nylander

7. CAR

W. Nylander

Jake Virtanen

Nikolaj Ehlers

8. TOR

Brendan Perlini

Haydn Fleury

Jake Virtanen

9. WPG

Jared McCann

Nikolaj Ehlers

Nick Ritchie

10. ANA

Jake Virtanen

W. Nylander

Kevin Fiala

 

THE TOP PROSPECTS FOR THIS YEARS DRAFT

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We've compiled the best Nation articles of the past 6 weeks so you can cram and get to know each top prospect before tomorrow night.

SAM BENNETT  (*Links fixed)

Player Profile: http://canucksarmy.com/2014/6/25/canucks-army-draft-prospect-profile-2-sam-bennett

One on one interview http://oilersnation.com/2014/4/25/getting-to-know-sam-bennett/trash

AARON EKBLAD 

Player Profile: http://canucksarmy.com/2014/6/23/canucks-army-draft-prospect-profile-4-aaron-ekblad

SAM REINHART 

Player Profile: http://oilersnation.com/2014/4/2/another-nuge

LEON DRAISAITL 

Player Profile: http://oilersnation.com/2014/3/31/leon

One on one interview http://oilersnation.com/2014/5/9/draisaitl-i-know-i-m-a-competitive-person

MICHAEL DAL COLLE 

Player Profile: http://theleafsnation.com/2014/6/16/tln-draft-profile-michael-dal-colle

W ILLIAM NYLANDER

Player Profile: http://theleafsnation.com/2014/6/23/tln-draft-profile-william-big-willie-style-nylander

NIKOLAJ EHLERS

Player Profile: http://theleafsnation.com/2014/6/18/tln-draft-profile-nikolaj-ehlers

JAKE VIRTANEN 

Player Profile: http://oilersnation.com/2014/4/27/jake-Virtanen

NICK RITCHIE

Player Profile: http://theleafsnation.com/2014/6/26/tln-draft-profile-nick-ritchie

ROBBY FABBRI

Player Profile: http://canucksarmy.com/2014/6/18/canucks-army-draft-prospect-profile-8-robby-fabbri

KASPERI KAPANEN

Player Profile: http://theleafsnation.com/2014/6/22/tln-draft-profile-kasperi-kapanen

KEVIN FIALA

Player Profile: http://canucksarmy.com/2014/6/16/canucks-army-draft-prospect-profile-10-kevin-fiala

HAYDEN FLEURY

Player Profile: http://theleafsnation.com/2014/6/19/tln-draft-profile-haydn-fleury

BRENDAN PERLINI

Player Profile: http://theleafsnation.com/2014/6/25/tln-draft-profile-brendan-perlini


Who is in your TOP 10?


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#101 Wax Man Riley
June 26 2014, 06:18PM
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Zarny wrote:

What on earth are you talking about?

Smarter management? The Flames tried duct taping their 2004 Cup roster for 8 years thinking if they could just get into the playoffs one more time Iggy and Kipper could carry them to the Cup. Lowe did the same thing in Edmonton but was smart enough to change course after 4 years instead of 8.

And let's not forget that beauty of an offer sheet to O'Reilly where they could have lost a 1st, 2nd and 3rd round pick plus O'Reilly through waivers. Oh yeah...reeeeeal smart lol.

Better development? Like who? They drafted Backlund 7 years ago and he's produced all of 1 season over 30 PT. They haven't developed a single good forward since Iggy. Brodie and Giordano are a nice pair on the blueline; they've been developing for 6 and 12 years respectively. Otherwise Calgary hasn't developed squat.

Better coaching? Bob Hartley? Surely you jest.

Better pro scouting...maybe. They traded Phaneuf for Stajan, Hagman, Mayers and White. Yep, really winners.

Hey, hey, hey...

Let's not forget that Feaster's interpretation of the CBA allowed them to make that offer.

Feaster's interpretation.

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#102 sean
June 26 2014, 06:19PM
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The flames and the Oilers are both horrible . We should prob stop trashing eachother. Neither of us are in any right to give advice hahah.

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#103 Wax Man Riley
June 26 2014, 06:20PM
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Pfft...Baertschi is a bust. I have the pleasure of living in Calgary and watching the Flames. Sven is brutal.

Sort of like Backlund who has 1 season over 30 PT 7 years after being drafted.

Calgary has Gio, Brodie, Monahan and nothing else to build around. Some nice vets like Glencross though.

I have always thought that if Baertschi turns out to be Sam Gagner, the Flames will be lucky.

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#104 Lemming
June 26 2014, 06:26PM
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I would bet large sums of money that the Canucks would take Nylander at 6th if Reinhart, Ekblad, Bennett, Draisatl, and Dal Colle are gone.

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#105 BJ
June 26 2014, 06:32PM
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Here is how it will actually play out....

What everyone is missing is how much Buf loves Bennett.

1 - Ekblad to FLA 2 - Bennett to BUF 3 - Reinhart to Edm 4Dal Colle to calgary

Edm likes Draisaitl but they wont pass up Reinhart Dal Colle is who Calgary wants anyway if Reinhart is gone... all the knocks on him seem to come mainly from one tourney... just a handful of games... he could have been playing injured who knows

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#106 RexHolez
June 26 2014, 07:20PM
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I wish, Reinhardt is like nuge and would be a fantastic 1/2 pair. But the oilers want size and they'll probably want that extra inch of Draisitl. It'll be worst than Pouliot over Parise

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#107 BJ
June 26 2014, 07:34PM
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You could be right... but I really think Draisaitl and Dal Colle are both intriguing prospects...although I am suspect of how high Edm has Draisatl ranked.

As well I really want The flames to get Sam... he is a guy you can build around even if the offense doesnt come straight away

Anyway I am enjoying this... everyone pretty much knew the Flames would take Monahan and Edm would take Nurse last year... this year everything seems kind of up in the air. who knows Draisaitl could be a great pick... so could a lot of others.. kind of suspenseful...Id love to see a list from Cal or Edm

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#108 RexHolez
June 26 2014, 08:03PM
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Ya, this is gonna be the most intriguing drafts in years. They're gonna have 2or3 players to choose from, and whoever they don't pick is gonna go to calgary of all places! Pressures on to get it right!!(I take that back, they have no pressure. We all know they can screw up for years without any repricusions) lets hope they get it right.

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#109 Oilerboy1112
June 26 2014, 08:14PM
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I'll be cheering for the Flames next year because I don't want them to get McDavid.

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#110 K_Mart
June 26 2014, 08:26PM
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Based on Stauffer's comments over the past month, it sounds like edmonton has the first round ranked as follows: 1-Ekblad 2-Draisaitl 3-Bennett/Reinhardt tied

With Marincin, Klefbom, Nurse, Gernat, Musil, and Simpson up and coming on D and only Lander and Arcobello coming up at C you could argue that a center is a larger need for the Oil right now. I'm sure they take Ekblad if he slides to 3, but they have got to be happy with the third selection as it stands right now.

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#111 K_Mart
June 26 2014, 08:33PM
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In classic Oilers fashion, the year Eichel and McDavid are available, they will finish 9th and miss not only the playoffs, but the chance at picking the best player available in 8 years

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#112 SoCalFlamesFan
June 26 2014, 09:04PM
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The Oilers will be last again next year, you wont have to worry.

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#113 Oilerboy1112
June 26 2014, 09:32PM
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I'll be happy if the Oilers get McDavid, but the Oilers won't be last next year because Florida, Buffalo and the Shames are worse then them.

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#114 Quizno
June 26 2014, 09:39PM
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Based on the results of last year and many years previous. The flames are a better team than the oilers

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#115 Oilerboy1112
June 26 2014, 09:41PM
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The Oilers got to pick Taylor Hall and he is one of the best left wingers in the world...

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#116 admiralmark
June 26 2014, 09:42PM
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In classic Oilers fashion, the year Eichel and McDavid are available, they will finish 9th and miss not only the playoffs, but the chance at picking the best player available in 8 years

Don't get too far ahead of yourself.. They are changing the Draft lottery system so the odds are spread out more next year. Finish in the bottom 10 and you will have a real shot at 1st overall... Of course Oilers are going to be in the bottom 10, Right?!

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#117 MontanaMan
June 26 2014, 09:44PM
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I'll be happy if the Oilers get McDavid, but the Oilers won't be last next year because Florida, Buffalo and the Shames are worse then them.

The Flames and Oilers seasons are clearly reflected in their position in the draft - 3rd worst team and 4th worst team in the league. Nothing to stick your chest out about. Having said that, the Flames were competitive 95 per cent of the games last year. They battled, fought and competed which is much more than we can say about the Oilers. 4th last in the league and the knowledgeable Flame fans gave the team a standing ovation following the final game. The Oilers were hit and miss and stunk the joint out on many occasions. The knowledgeable Oiler fans showed their displeasure with repeated jersey tossing and booing the home team. And that my friends tells you all you need to know abou the two team's seasons. The Flames are due for a possible setback and the Oilers should improve. Stay tuned.

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#118 Smokey
June 26 2014, 10:02PM
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Jeff In Lethbridge wrote:

if by miniscule difference, you mean that Flames fans surprisingly enjoyed the season while Oiler fans got more onry and frustrated by the minute... then ya, I could agree there was little difference.

as for the rest... can't argue, you win. :-)

The Flames were better loosers, while the Oilers lost in style, who cares, they both sucked hard. Maybe Jankowski will come play in your giant tampon in 6 years and be the 13th forward you always coveted.

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#119 redhot1
June 26 2014, 10:04PM
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Pfft...Baertschi is a bust. I have the pleasure of living in Calgary and watching the Flames. Sven is brutal.

Sort of like Backlund who has 1 season over 30 PT 7 years after being drafted.

Calgary has Gio, Brodie, Monahan and nothing else to build around. Some nice vets like Glencross though.

Put Johnny Gaudreau in the core to build around

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#120 Willi P
June 26 2014, 10:06PM
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Smokey wrote:

The Flames were better loosers, while the Oilers lost in style, who cares, they both sucked hard. Maybe Jankowski will come play in your giant tampon in 6 years and be the 13th forward you always coveted.

What is a looser? Don't they have schools in Edmonton?

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#121 Oilerboy1112
June 26 2014, 10:11PM
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What is a looser? Don't they have schools in Edmonton?

Everybody makes mistakes

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#122 DoubleDIon
June 26 2014, 10:16PM
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Haha...congrats.

Backlund is Shawn Horcoff except with considerably worse offense lol.

Yep...a real winner.

And 4 million cheaper. Horcoff would be your teams second best player. You guys always under appreciate guys like Horcoff, it's why your organization is so terrible.

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#123 Quizno
June 26 2014, 10:19PM
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Don't ya just love grammer nazis? just point out obvious typing errors and pretend that it somehow makes them a superior being.

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#124 Oilerboy1112
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Horcoff was overpaid, otherwise a lot of Oilers fans liked him.

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#125 justthestatsman
June 26 2014, 10:24PM
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Willi P wrote:

What is a looser? Don't they have schools in Edmonton?

...um, dont you meen skoolz?

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#126 nuge2nail
June 26 2014, 10:28PM
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And 4 million cheaper. Horcoff would be your teams second best player. You guys always under appreciate guys like Horcoff, it's why your organization is so terrible.

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I'm assuming your saying second after Taylor Hall...

Which means your suggesting Horcoff is better than Eberle, Perron and Hopkins...

Lol... is that a joke?

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#127 madjam
June 26 2014, 10:32PM
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How is it possible to get 3 consecutive first round picks and add a hot commodity in J.Schultz , and get up to 24th place and then follow it up with barely a 28th place finish ? Boggles the mind how they have consistently surrounded their assets with such a terrible core to compliment them .

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#128 kab
June 26 2014, 10:46PM
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K_Mart wrote:

In classic Oilers fashion, the year Eichel and McDavid are available, they will finish 9th and miss not only the playoffs, but the chance at picking the best player available in 8 years

Did the system not change and every team has a (slim) chance of getting the top pick?

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#129 crustygrit
June 26 2014, 10:58PM
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For one of the most profitable organizations it's easy. This is a business plain and simple. They make a ton of money. Unfortunately we in Edmonton have made it religion and it's screwing our minds and previous success is altering our perception of what should be.

Do fans deserve better? Yes. Mac T is using his MBA to the best of his ability and hopefully he really does have the scope to make the team better in the short and long term.

The suck is getting painful and wish we could win again. Cheering in hopes they can show there is a chance to win every game would be great.

Get defence...!!!

Oh yeah.... Stastny 6.75 for 4 years...

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#130 The Soup Fascist
June 26 2014, 11:15PM
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Put Johnny Gaudreau in the core to build around

Yes please. Because all successful NHL teams are built around 5'7" 160 lb smurf-like college players.

Lordy.

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#131 OiledStatGuy
June 26 2014, 11:34PM
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OK, you got the "we are going to be better in the future..." part right, but where is the "we were better in the past" half? come on Edmonton fan, you're slipping!

Edmonton fans have been living on the "we are going to be so much better then you this year" for years now, as if that somehow makes them better now. Or maybe, it just makes them feel better to say, "we were better then Calgary back before cell phones and home computers were around, plus, with all these first overall, we are so going to be better then you next year"

Either way, we (Flames fans) are not commenting on the Oiler sight; you realize that, right? so, technically, there are no trolls, just the truth. just the sad truth for Edmonton Oilers, re-re-rebuild

Really hope you are correct Jeff.

There are probably more reasons than not that Oilers won't finish higher than 29th.

Jake Eichel could likely be the price to pay. :-(

Neither Flames nor Oilers are going to be climbing out of Pacific basement any time soon.

Therefore, if the Oilers take Ritchie we'll trump the Burkian philosophy and should be well poised for Eichel. The slow burn continues, but please don't fool yourself that Burke knows the way to promised land.

If you aren't sure of the future Flaming scourched earth reread the FlamesNation article on the last decade of Flame drafting.

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#132 OiledStatGuy
June 26 2014, 11:40PM
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Don't get too far ahead of yourself.. They are changing the Draft lottery system so the odds are spread out more next year. Finish in the bottom 10 and you will have a real shot at 1st overall... Of course Oilers are going to be in the bottom 10, Right?!

Rejigging draft lottery is not likely going to kick in for 2015.

Oil and Flames need a multi-year drafting strategy.

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#133 12toejoe
June 26 2014, 11:40PM
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we take draisaitl at 3(cant ignore the size element and possession skills),seriously go after goc as a mentor and capable third line center or even jokinen(size again and 25 goals).gagner gets dealt for draft picks(perhaps a 2nd and 3rd)or a younger 5/6 defenseman.that i would consider very positive trasactions in the next week or so.gagner gets put out of his misery,we have a much improved roster from last october and mactavish has months to work a deal on a top tier dman.now i am tired,this crystal ball is keeping me up.

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#134 Austin Wallace
June 27 2014, 03:13AM
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Hey, trust me on this one, this mock draft is worth a read: 4 pages, 8000 words haha: http://hockey.dobbersports.com/index.php/component/content/article/6747-2014-dobber-mock-draft

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#135 Britts94
June 27 2014, 10:30AM
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BJ wrote:

Here is how it will actually play out....

What everyone is missing is how much Buf loves Bennett.

1 - Ekblad to FLA 2 - Bennett to BUF 3 - Reinhart to Edm 4Dal Colle to calgary

Edm likes Draisaitl but they wont pass up Reinhart Dal Colle is who Calgary wants anyway if Reinhart is gone... all the knocks on him seem to come mainly from one tourney... just a handful of games... he could have been playing injured who knows

No. No. No. No.... Sam Reinhart is exactly what the Oilers already have. A small, insanely skilled forward. Leon Draisaitl is exactly what we dont have. A big, promising centre. None of our best 5 centremen (Nuge, Gagner, Gordon, Arco, Lander) are over 6'1, 200 lbs, which is what hockeydb has Gordon listed at. LD is listed at 6'1, 209 in the WHL system, and he's got three more years of growing.

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#136 The Keystone Garter
June 27 2014, 12:04PM
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After watching the Bruins goon the Wings, and Pens bow out with D shoulder injuries, and the Rangers take out Mtl, and Chi and LA hit in he East, I figure the bigger players will command a premium. Like Nick Ritchie(?), the 224lber if is still available. Like trading down to maybe have a shot at the USHD RWer later in the 1st rd and a 3rd round pick or something. Gonna post Pavelec's SP over last three seasons vs the team avg, and compare against all other starting goalies playing at least 100 games and 10 per yr minimum. I expect Pavelec to be in the lowest 5%. I dunno why Jets want Stanstny. He had a Jokinen-like yr very recently where led his team in minus. I used to play Little League. When I got angry that I got nicked by a pitch I'd huck my bat at the pitcher. I was suspended, then banned. Kept doing it at every level of ball. Even pick up games in the park, I'd be hucking the bat at the pitcher and starting fights. Everyone hated me. I even had to do time and get counselling. But then yesterday, an elderly lady across ther street had her purse snatched. The jerk hurt her or shoulder in the process. She was in pain and yelling "purse-thief! Purse-thief!! Someone do something!". I sprang into action. It was like the 88 flashback from 'Necessary Roughness", I found a 2x4 from a cement form at my foot, and hucked it across the strike. Direct hit! I was redeemed for all that sports muscle-memory practise. All the nay-sayers were wrong. ...Just when she thought her day couldn't get any worse.

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#137 Antony Manzano
June 27 2014, 01:34PM
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I think the panthers trade down to number 10 get Alex touch and at 24 get jake glover

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