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This is Year 33 of the NHL draft for the Edmonton Oilers and only once have they had two picks in the top 10. That was in 1994, and it turned out to be a good news/bad news scenario.
They swung and missed big-time on Jason Bonsignore with the fourth-overall selection, but recovered after some draft-floor debate to take Ryan Smyth at No. 6. Bonsignore loved everything about NHL life except playing the games and only dressed for 21 in Edmonton before he was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning along with Bryan Marchment for Roman Hamrlik; Smyth played 770 games for the Oilers before he was dealt to the New York Islanders in 2007.
There’s losing, and there’s losing. Which makes the assumption of many that the Vancouver Canucks will get right back to winning once next season begins, at least the kind of winning they did this year before they ran into the brick wall known as the Boston Bruins, speculative at best.
You didn’t hear anybody inside or outside of the Miami Heat organization dare suggest that basketball squad just needed to continue on ahead as is following their stunning loss to the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA final last weekend.
Ales Hemsky to Columbus? Sources in Prague say they heard that Scott Howson, the Blue Jackets GM, is keenly interested not only in Philadelphia’s Jeff Carter, but in the Oilers’ winger, also. No more
Staples’ comment: Interesting tidbit from Peter Adler here. This rumour should come as no surprise (and Adler’s sources are excellent, I might add). Howson needs his team to win now, both to save his own job and to keep the NHL flicker alive in Columbus.
A source told me today that if center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is still available after Edmonton and Colorado use their top two picks then Panthers GM Tallon will snatch the 18-year-old, 6-foot centerman who tallied 106 points, including 75 assists for Red Deer in the WHL this year. If Nugent-Hopkins is off the board then the source said the Panthers will pick 18-year-old 6-1 centerman Jonathan Huberdeau (105 points) who led the Saint-John Sea Dogs to the QMJL Memorial Cup and was named MVP. The Oilers are loaded with young forwards and may opt for Swedish defenseman Adam Larsson.
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