I’d like to start by saying this is my first blog post for GongShow, and my first article I’ve written that wasn’t for my own blog, I’m very excited to be a part of such a great bunch of beauties! Oh and please go easy on me at first!
Anyway I’m going to start by talking about my thoughts on last nights eventful Draft Lottery!. As we all know Edmonton won the draft lottery, which gives them their third straight first overall pick (It’s okay guys,you can relax now and unclench your fists, we’re all pissed). As if Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins weren’t enough the hockey gods have to torcher us even more, but it’s alright karma will get them in the next 3 years when all their players rookie contracts run out! (Good luck paying for that,suckers!). Okay, maybe I’m being a bit hard on the Oilers, it’s not their fault that they won the lottery.
Nail Yakupov, the Russian Sniper from the Sarnia Sting is likely to go first overall, which doesn’t exactly fit their needs. What they need is defenseman, and his name is, Ryan Murray. Obviously the Oilers could take anyone they want since they pick first but taking anyone other then Yakupov would be stupid, just plain stupid, so in my opinion they’ll probably trade the pick to the Blue Jackets and take Ryan Murray at the number 2 spot. Seems WAY too easy,I know. You can bet other teams are going to be in on this, and why wouldn’t they be? Yakupov is a stud and is suppose to be the best thing since Sid the Kid. So here’s a few scenarios that I think could go down, and since I’m suppose to be writing about Junior hockey I’ll throw in MY top three picks, or at least my top three picks at this moment, and a brief write up on each player!
Scenario 1: Oilers keep the first overall pick and draft Nail Yakupov first overall. This would give their first line an NHL12 GM-Mode type feel: Hall-R.N.H.-Yakupov.
Scenario 2: Oilers trade their first overall pick to Columbus for their second overall pick straight up. Oilers get that Defenseman they need/want and Columbus gets the best player in the draft, and probably the new face of their franchise. Plus they get the sex appeal of having the first pick, which will surely impress all 25 fans (I’m kidding, doesn’t Columbus have a good fan base? I don’t know, who cares)
Scenario 3: Oilers trade with a third party team. Me being a Leafs fan I’ll use them in my example (Yeah I know, here I am ripping on the Oilers and Blue Jackets and I’m a freakin’ Leafs fan…). The Oilers trade the first overall pick to the Leafs for their fifth overall pick, one of their young Defenseman, and a second rounder. This could work with basically any team in the top 10 since there’s so many good defenseman available, but the farther back you go in the draft order, the better the player,or second pick will have to be.
It’s still too early to tell obviously, but at this point I think scenario 2 is most likely to happen.
My Top 3 Picks:
1) Nail Yakupov,RightWing- He’s an elite talent, who can change a game in a split second. He has ridiculous speed, a lethal shot, and dirty hands, plus his celly’s are world class. People say he doesn’t have heart or drive but they obviously haven’t seen him play because he has it all. His biggest knock is his lack of defense, but teams aren’t drafting him for his defense and he doesn’t hurt his team, he just doesn’t help out too much.
2) Ryan Murray,Defenseman- Probably the best defenseman in a VERY deep defensive draft. He is very calm in all situations, and has immense poise with and without the puck. Has great leadership, and will likely be a future captain for whoever drafts him. Doesn’t do one thing spectacular but he does everything really, really well. Isn’t expected to put up a lot of points in the NHL.
3) Mikhail Grigorenko,Center- He’s a big (6’3,200lbs) highly skilled center. He’s fast, with incredible hands, and wicked release. He’s strong in both ends but is MUCH better when he has the puck. He makes the players around him better. Some question his constant effort, but most say he does everything so effortlessly it makes it look like he’s not actually trying when he is.
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