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The Oilers Need Defense?

Posted 3:54 AM ET | Comments 7
With the draft coming up, the thought on most Oiler fans minds is do we take a defenseman (Ryan Murray) instead of Yakupov to fill our need on the blueline. But will it even help?

The thing to consider is that this team is not a contender. We are in year 3 of the rebuild and just starting to climb out of the basement. Therefore, there's no need to do anything drastic. Especially when it's for something we don't need. Our defense is basically set for next season with Whitney, Smid, Schultz, Sutton and Potter all having contracts and Petry and Peckham being RFAs. This gives us 7 defensemen. If Whitney is healthy, we have a top 4 of Smid-Petry and Whitney-Schultz. Best case scenario is Murray is playing limited minutes on the bottom pairing. That's not even taking into account the possibility of Justin Schultz signing here.

Then, consider our prospects. We have newly signed first round pick Oscar Klefbom who will be knocking on the door after next season. Then there's the 2 monstrous Slovaks Martin Gernat and Martin Marincin who have shown amazing promise thus far and put up very good numbers playing in the WHL. Marincin will likely make the jump to the AHL this coming season and, similar to Klefbom, could be knocking on the door as early as the following season. Then there's Eberle's good friend Teubert who has shown promise of being, at the worst, a punishing bottom pairing dman. That's 4 top 4 defensemen and 4 very good prospects (not to mention others like Musil and Davidson). The oldest of which is a jurassic 29 years old.

Our defense might be looking bad right now, but remember, we have the pieces to fill the gaps already. And we haven't witnessed a healthy Whitney since Smid and Petry broke out. It will get better.
Filed Under:   Oilers   Murray   Yakupov   Draft   Defense  
June 13, 2012 10:53 AM ET | Delete
Ya I agree with you. I wouldnt mind the oilers trading to get another 1st round pick somewhere around 9-11th to grab a good dman who falls farther than expected. There isnt much change from 6th to 10th it seems so maybe getting the 9th from the jets who dont need d by trading them forwards or something, allowing them to pick up Trouba or something
June 13, 2012 11:29 AM ET | Delete
June 13, 2012 3:46 PM ET | Delete
I think your team is going to be looking good in a couple years for sure! Very exciting rebuild with the talent you are gaining year after year! No way loose out on Yakupov way too big of a risk. Yes goal tending and D but it will come. Good luck to the Oilers.
June 13, 2012 9:30 PM ET | Delete
and you can't forget about the possibility that Taylor Fedun makes a comeback
June 14, 2012 2:41 AM ET | Delete
Excellent point toflynn21. All the more reason we don't need to make a move to fill an immediate need. Needs are always changing. Look back a few years ago. We had one of the best defensemen of the modern era and it didn't come at the expense of a star forward. To the other 2, I appreciate the comments. Hopefully The Habs and Leafs can sneak Grigorenko and Galchenyuk out of the draft
June 15, 2012 9:48 PM ET | Delete
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