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A lot of people are sick of the Oilers losing every year and think they should make a move to improve immediately. These are the people that are tired of year after year last place and waiting for the rebuild to be complete. To be honest, I don't blame them. But the future is bright in Edmonton and it's actually good that they're not trying to speed up the rebuild and mess it up in the longterm. And even if we wanted to trade for immediate talent we don't have enough trade bait to get back a player of a good enough calibur. But in actuallity the Edmonton Oilers are only a few key pieces away from being a contender in the NHL. When you look at their lines you see holes a couple holes. They are at your 2nd line center position, the bottom six and on defense. You want to keep Eberle, Hall, Yakupov, Nugent-Hopkins, Paajarvi and Hartikainen up front and Schultz, Petry, Smid and Klefbom on the back end. We would also keep Horcoff and Smyth (because he won't leave) till their contracts ends and we would proberly keep Petrell and Brown on the 4th line. But then we need to trade Hemsky because we have no room for him any more and Gagner because, as good as he is, is too small. So going into the draft our roster looks like this.

Hall - Nugent-Hopkins - Eberle

Paajarvi - _________ - Yakupov

_______ - Horcoff - Hartikainen

Brown - Petrell - ___________


Schultz - Klefbom

Smid - Petry

______ - ______


Dubnyk

______

So by looking at this you see that we need a big second line center, a big right wing power forward for the 3rd line, a 4th line checker, 2 defense and a backup goalie. For the back up you just need to sign a random free agent. Same thing for the 6th defense man and 4th liner. That leaves a defenseman, 2nd line center and the power forward. On defense Mark Streit could be a option and he and Ralph Kruger go back. And for the 3rd line winger They should try to get Nino Neiderrieter from New York since he apparently wants out. It could be we trade Hemsky for Neiderrieder and put him on the 2nd line with Yakupov and we could have a 3rd line of Paajarvi, Horcoff and Hartikainen. Then that leaves the 2nd line center position. This is where the draft comes into effect. We have the 7th overall pick and we wuld use it on the 2nd line center. We would take Monahan with the 7th overall pick and he would become the second line center. Then we would trade Gagner for a draft pick. So after all this the roster would be...

Hall - Nuge - Eberle

Neiderreiter - Monahan - Yakupov

Paajarvi - Horcoff - Hartikainen

Brown - Petrell - UFA signing


Schultz - Streit

Petry - Smid

Klefbom - UFA


Dubnyk

UFA signing

This roster wouldn't yet be a contender but it is very young and it will mature and will become a team that could contend for the Stanley Cup.

Thanks for reading.
Filed Under:   Edmonton   Oilers   Draft   Rebuild  
May 22, 2013 3:42 PM ET | Delete
Pretty good but hemsky for el nino is wishful thinking... and what if monahan doesnt make it past the flames?
May 22, 2013 8:55 PM ET | Delete
we would get lindholm if monahans gone and if Lindholms gone i think they should trade down and draft Lazar since they seem to like him.
May 22, 2013 9:23 PM ET | Delete
sorry to burst your bubble, but whats with Oilers wanting Nino, even tho its wont happen....Please put it to rest in Oil country
May 23, 2013 9:23 AM ET | Delete
So we are going to fail again next year?
May 23, 2013 10:20 AM ET | Delete
I think it would just as fine,and somewhat easier, to simply add size to the 2LW,and move MPS to the 3LW spot.
May 23, 2013 1:08 PM ET | Delete
Asking Klefbom to fill in a top two role as a rookie in his first season in NA is a pending disaster. Who knows, maybe he surprises and comes in like Brodin did, but would be better to plan for him either to start in the AHL or be on the third pairing. Especially seeing how he would be playing with an inexpeienced Schultz
May 23, 2013 2:43 PM ET | Delete
Klefboms on the 3rd pairing on the after draft day roster
May 23, 2013 2:54 PM ET | Delete
good blog
May 23, 2013 4:06 PM ET | Delete
ah my mistake. That would be a good team except hemsky wouldnt be enough for Nino. I wouldnt suggest trading gagner, as monahan would probably not be ready for top six minutes, and isnt Nuge out for the first month of next season? If that all happens, keep gagner for a year, keep monahan in junior for at least another year. Next year resign horcoff to 3rd line center dollars, trade gagner for a D or big, mean 3rd line winger
May 23, 2013 9:15 PM ET | Delete
thats a good point but as you said we would just keep gagner for another year
May 24, 2013 12:38 AM ET | Delete
tank for McDavid
May 25, 2013 5:22 PM ET | Delete
Mcdavid is 2015
May 26, 2013 3:28 PM ET | Delete
No, next year :D
May 27, 2013 1:56 PM ET | Delete
McDavid is 2015... 1000% sure. 2014 is Reinhart, Ekblad, Nylander as the highlights
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