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The Oilers are ‘scouting like we’re going to be picking’ in the first round

Jan 9, 2014, 3:27 PM EDT

Craig MacTavish. AP

Hey, remember back in mid-November when Edmonton general manager Craig MacTavish said the Oilers didn’t need “another first-round draft choice” and hinted he’d be willing to trade his 2014 pick for players that can help his team now?

Yeah, turns out he’s had a slight change of heart.

“When you’re drafting in the top seven picks, you can’t pass up those opportunities,” he said, per the Edmonton Sun. “You can’t pass them up unless it makes sense and nothing we were offered last year made sense.

“Certainly we’ll be in a position of listening, but when you are drafting that high, it’s tough to pass on skill and youth like that. We’re certainly scouting like we’re going to be picking.”

Whether MacTavish gets offered a deal that “makes sense,” we’ll have to wait and see. In the meantime, we’ll just keep banging that Shea Weber drum.

Related: Welcome Sam Gagner to the trade rumor mill

  1. bucrightoff - Jan 9, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    What they really need to be scouting for is a new coach, GM, President, CEO, whatever. Their entire management team is an embarassement and needs to go or the Oilers will be going nowhere for a long time.

    • esracerx46 - Jan 9, 2014 at 3:40 PM

      If the Oilers are trying to model themselves after the Penguins and Blackhawks of being bad to be good….they forgot to be good again.

      This is what happens when you recycle the same bad ideas and personnel over and over again.

    • bcsteele - Jan 9, 2014 at 3:56 PM

      I posted this awhile back and my opinion hasn’t changed; I agree with you:

      bcsteele – Dec 23, 2013 at 2:53 PM

      Edmonton has failed on a basic front office level. They’ve spent so much time trying to get the best player that they over look the right ones. You look at the past few Stanley Cup champions: Chicago, L.A., Boston…all the way to Detroit. These teams did get a few key, big name players, but that’s not where they stopped. They built support players around them.

      As a Blues fan we’ve done things the same way. Look down our roster and we have few top 10 draft picks (Petro is the only I recall off hand, in fact) but the players are big, fast and are managed correctly in the right environment. We’ve spent a lot of times digging for gems in the later rounds of the draft and its paid off. I don’t feel like Edmonton has done any of this.

      Just my opinion…

      P.S. In no way am I saying they shouldn’t have taken the best player available when they’ve had these picks, I’m simply saying it seems they pretend the draft is over after they’ve gotten “their guy.”

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      • thailer35 - Jan 9, 2014 at 4:19 PM

        Posting what you wrote is one thing. Posting your thumbs count for that post? That’s a whole new level, bud.

      • bcsteele - Jan 9, 2014 at 4:33 PM

        Sorry…I didn’t mean to do that…just grabbed it and went…

      • joey4id - Jan 9, 2014 at 5:15 PM

        one thumbs down for apologimsing. 😉

    • stonebullet - Jan 9, 2014 at 4:36 PM

      Agree with bucrightoff. I think everyone respects Buffalo what they’re trying to do right now by going the overhaul route and they have far less chips on their roster to work with. Seems like a matter of pride now; Edmonton doesn’t want to admit wrongdoing after hyping their season more than a Beiber world tour.

      • imleftcoast - Jan 9, 2014 at 5:28 PM

        You mean Justin Bieber?

  2. thailer35 - Jan 9, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    I agree with the Oilers here. I mean, taking a small skilled forward as your No. 1 overall pick and then rushing him into the NHL before he has time to develop his game has to work eventually, right?

  3. elvispocomo - Jan 9, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    Aaron Ekblad has to interest them, I’d think.

    But the Oil are going to have to look into dealing something (high picks, young roster players and/or prospects) to find a better team chemistry that will help them become a winning team.

    • pfhockey - Jan 9, 2014 at 4:38 PM

      I think who ever has the pick Ekblad would likely be at, maybe Buffalo (solid D prospects) they could possibly swap 1st round picks and a bit extra from the Oil to get what they need. I think the Oilers have enough talent to be moved for needed players. They HAVE to make a move to be a legitimate team, and it should take an arm and a leg. Good drafting could seal the wound though. The best case scenario is to get Miller( which is almost impossible) and obtain Ekblad, trade away Yakupov and Gagner and some picks and it could work out.

  4. statsdolie - Jan 9, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    As long as the oilers keep status quo it makes Jay Feesters tenure look somewhat accomplished.

  5. joey4id - Jan 9, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    I get the frustration coming from just about everywhere. I think the Oilers just need to hold their course, be patient, tweak here and there but don’t make major changes at ice level. Hire a top notch goalie coach and add another proven steady d man.

  6. hockeyflow33 - Jan 9, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    Take another forward, that will definitely solve the problems.

  7. sportsfan69 - Jan 9, 2014 at 6:09 PM

    They need to trade for a very good veterean defenseman and goaltender, they may have to sweeten the deal with their trading partner (over buy), otherwise it will be the same the old below average Oilers. Colorado did it before they started winning in the 1990’s.

    • hazlydose - Jan 9, 2014 at 8:21 PM

      The Avalanche’s success can’t really compare to any other team. Most of the success came from a combination the unprecedented Lindros trade and arguably the greatest goalie of all time demanding a trade out of Montreal.

  8. lordfletcher - Jan 9, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    Hard to not laugh about everything this article refers to

  9. pmonte3122 - Jan 9, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    Here we go… Can they make it 4/5?

  10. pfpmb - Jan 9, 2014 at 9:29 PM

    Wow, whenever McTavish speaks, it just proves that mandatory use of helmets in hockey was the right thing to do. A few to many pucks and sticks to the head for him over his career.

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