Friday, June 25, 2010

16 Hours and Counting

In less than 16 hours Steve Tambellini get to walk up to the podium in Los Angeles and announce "With the first overall selection in the NHL Entry Draft, the Edmonton Oilers are proud to select....." and no one knows what will be in the blank. Part one of the seven part "Oil Change" documentary that aired on TSN Thursday night gave no insight on which way the Oilers were leaning but did reveal a couple things:

1) Our scouts are really high on Gudbranson, going as far as saying "there is no one in our system like him"

2) Our scouts have their sights set on someone who they say will be a "dark horse" in the first round, no specific names were mentioned, but it was noted this player was a forward, had character and leadership, and had a good second half of the season. This player could be Austin Watson who exploded offensively with the Petes after being traded from the Spitfires.

Random Thoughts 

  • Sheldon Souray is back in LA after heading back to Edmonton to get a clean bill of health on his hand/wrist. He says it feels good, and Tambi hopes to have him dealt by Saturday
  • Tambi should do all he can to get as many picks as possible, even if it means trading Penner and Hemsky.

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