There is no Hippocratic oath in the NHL, there is no solemn swear to always try to win especially if the prize for losing is such a benefit. Conner Mcdavid, a “Generational Talent”, who can be the Crosby/Tavares/Stamkos type player for your organization. Failing first overall you get Jack Eichel who is projected to be a first line center.
Pretty sweet deal for being horrible.
The issue is that when teams think they are getting a franchise player and instead just get pretty good players or even average players that the sucking at the teet of the first over all pick becomes addictive.
I’m of course talking the Oilers. Hall- Really good winger. Nugent- Hopkins- Matt Stajan with better vision. Nail Yakupov- potential total bust. This summarizes their first overall experiences. One could argue it’s the organization and not the players that are the cause of the mediocre play of these players but the point is how many first does a team need in order to improve.
Some would argue that in terms of play it doesn’t matter. There are organizations that haven’t had first in many years and still make the playoffs, this is true. However the NHL is more than just play on the ice. It’s a business and first overall picks generate seats and jersey sales, merchandise and lure other free agents.
So yet again we have the Oilers knocking for more draft help, mismanagement and poor drafting, bad business and outright lies to their fans are rewarded with all of the benefits I mentioned above. Hardly seems like a practice of a league that emphasizes parity.
Why does one city, in the frozen north of Canada, get players other franchises need to survive themselves. Every Year.
There is a very simple answer. A ruling that states that should a team pick first overall then they can not pick first overall again for five years. Should they win the draft lottery the highest they can pick is second. A more extreme version would be fifth. A forceful way to say to a team getting the cream of the crop, “okay, it’s time to pull your socks up now”.
Sadly this is only being talked about because of the tarnished legacy and embarrassment the Oilers dish on their fans yearly. “We’re going to do whatever we can to fix this losing” (*trades veteran winger), “We’re not going to make the same mistakes” (push rookie Draisitl too fast, burn a year of contract and demote him).
It is no surprise that many are calling for Bobby Orr to advise his client to “Lindros” the Oilers. Don’t put the jersey on, don’t sign the contract and publicly let everyone know that is the case. Trade the rights if you want but don’t feed the mismanagement machine the Oilers have become.
The old quote of doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result is the definition of insanity and sums up the Oilers and their business model perfectly. Until they change, they may make the NHL take steps to ensure other markets are getting their fair share and not encouraging teams to publicly and purposely fail.
Two thumbs up. Great piece.
mcdavid should pull a lindros, show the oilers no one wants to play for them when they purposely lose for 5 years
so what your saying is make the fans suffer for bad decision making, it should also be made a rule that equalization payments should be done as well so most of the US teams can not afford players due to being broke
sorry i meant equalization shouldnt be done
Stick a steak knife in your dick hole. What a piece of shit blog.
Troloololoooloolooo. Flaming - To be up on your high horse after 30 fluke games in a season to soon be brought down to earth and behind "Oilering"
Truth hurts Oiler fans.
I would rather bury my face in a bowl of steaming diarhea that read this blog after just reading the title. The important thing is that the fans get screwed in Edmonton, correct?
I will say the same thing I said to the same oiler fans who show up on my blog everytime. Just take a piece of information above and discredit it. Instead I get "dickhole" and bowls of feces. No surpirse, there is no comeback for the mismanagement of that organization.
Jero- Oiler fans have three first overall picks and a 3rd. i think other markets, who may be struggeling have fans that ask, "why are the oilers making us suffer and why is the league allowing it."
shonn- Interesting you bring up parity. Is it fair to have one team taking all of the first overall picks? Is that parity? The fans need to scream at ownership for the change they deserve.
Go Fuck Yourself! This is a shit blog, you say pick parts and discredit it, that would take all damn night, this whole blog is a huge waste of time. Someone needs to slap your mother for giving birth to the shithead that wrote this.
Horse- I Love it when you prove me right. Made my day man!
I think If Edmonton gets the first overall pick this year it should come with the stipulation that they have to clean house with the management. Lowe, Mctavish and Howson need to go. The fans may not deserve to suffer but the management definitely does not deserve to be rewarded with Mcdavid for running this organization into the ground.
Healthy Scrathed has the only sane opion, were a shit team, but it all falls on management. Of the team, roster, how the coach gives out minutes. Nuge is the only non 4th liner that looks like he is trying out there, and For Yakupov, what do you expect from a nig when he gets 10-12 min. He has no confidence, he loses the puck off his stick countless times. The coaching staff clearly needs to find a way to boost his confidence. To bad he cant hit up the AHL.
RNH - MAT STAJAN WITH BETTER VISION LOLOLOLLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL HAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAAHHAHHAA.
I think blogs that are obviously just a troll should be deleted.
This is a twatty blog...thanks for not posting/deleting my earlier comment. Go suck on some blue waffle. Way to bring absolutely nothing new or original to the topics at hand. The Oilers are trending upward now thank fuck for that.
By saying that making changes to the draft process (which is in the works for next year) hurts the fans is idiotic. If Oilers fans want a change in the way the organization is run they need to stop showing up to games, season ticket holders need to voice their opinion that the mismanagement needs to stop. Stop blaming the rest of the league for the Oilers sucking, even the Islanders were able to get out of their perpetual tailspin.
jazz- Never delete comments, this site is glitchy. Is trending upward 3rd last? It makes no difference if you read my blog the idea is to not allow the 1st overall pick even in the event of a lottery win.
Stopped reading when you compared Nuge with Stajan.
I second that ^^^
This is ridiculous
There is nothing that can be done. EDM is not awful on purpose. You could make picks random or punish the last place team but all in all it makes it unfair because if you do suck, there is no way for you to get better because better teams are getting better picks.
i stopped reading at "nuge us stajan with better vision"...wowill just assume the rest is as incredibly clueless as that laughable statement
How about the league installing a point system? Once a team is eliminated from playoffs they start to accumulate points for top pick. Forcing teams to play harder and actually having to win to be rewarded. A win being 2 points, OTL 1 point. I think we would start to see better games later in the season.