Monday, July 1, 2013

"Post Mock Draft Prediction, How did Oilers Jambalaya do"?

Well before I go into some thoughts on how the draft day figured in the bigger picture of life, I wanted to release the results of the Mock Draft that myself and my 2 Draft Party comrades did in comparison to some other bloggers and MSM. Before I share of how well we faired, I must say, I have never actually attempted an actual MOCK Draft and wow, is it difficult, even for the best at this. Here was the final results...




BOB MACKENZIE'S 2013 NHL DRAFT 'FINAL RANKINGS' 
(Not Mock but is a Consensus from scouts)
3/30
OILERS JAMBALAYA 2013 NHL MOCK DRAFT 
by Evan 'revingev' Renaerts
3/30
SLUGGER 2013 NHL MOCK DRAFT 
by Joel Slugoski
3/30
SINGLES 2013 NHL MOCK DRAFT 
by Aaron Singleton
4/30
CRAIG BUTTON'S 2013 NHL MOCK DRAFT 
by Craig Button
5/30
EDMONTON OILERS HEAD WRITER  2013 NHL MOCK DRAFT 
by Ryan Dittrick
5/30
OILERS RADIO NETWORK 2013 NHL MOCK DRAFT 
by Bob Stauffer
2/30
OILERS RADIO NETWORK 2013 NHL MOCK DRAFT 
by Jack Michaels
2/30
EDMONTON OILERS REPORTER 2013 NHL MOCK DRAFT 
by Tom Gazzola
2/30
OILERS RADIO NETWORK 2013 NHL MOCK DRAFT 
by Dan Tencer
2/30
OILERS NATION 2013 NHL MOCK DRAFT 
by Jonathan Willis
1/30
COPPER AND BLUE 2013 NHL MOCK DRAFT 
by Derek Zona
1/30
COMING DOWN THE PIPE 2013 NHL NOMCK DRAFT 
by Guy Flaming
3/30
HOCKEYPROSPECTUS 2013 NHL MOCK DRAFT 
by Corey Pronman
4/30
THE HOCKEY NEWS 2013 NHL MOCK DRAFT 
4/30
CBC SPORTS 2013 NHL MOCK DRAFT
6/30
SPORTSNET 2013 NHL MOCK DRAFT 
by Sam Cosentino
6/30

All in all you can see how difficult it is to do well. Congrats to Sam Consentino and CBC Sports as I could not find  better MOCK Draft winners! Someone had to do well.(or 2)

Keeping on top of all the twitter rumours, TSN , Sportsnet and other outlets was not easy. Not to mention keeping up with information on Oilers players we barely knew.
Glued to the TV. phone and Computer for hours on end during the 2013 NHL Entry Draft

Ok, having now covered the fun part of the draft (making predictions, good food and drink, and good company enjoying being a draft junkie with prospects) that moves us onto what actually happened in New Jersey today. What exactly did happen in New Jersey? Sorry Oiler fans but I will not sugar coat this draft and stand by and hear how we tried and it is hard. Mr Dithers did that and got ripped for it. 

Not a real good move losing our 37th pick for 3 others in later rounds when those other picks have even a lower % chance of ever playing in the NHL. At least at 37 there were a couple more good d-men, Triston Jarry was still on the table as was Eric Comrie. What about Robert Hagg? Should I go on? It was a real 'Feaster' move and it reeked big time to me.

Was I ok with our #7 pick in Nurse? Would have really preferred Nichuskin but will trust that Stu had more to say on this and that they have good Intel on Nurse not everyone did.Not to mention other teams passed as well, so it was not just the Oilers.  I was hoping we would make a trade with those draft picks in 2nd round or the newly traded ones but nope! Nothing, zilch, this draft was all about restocking the cupboards. Really? You know what? I am just going to say nothing rather then say something I will regret down the road. This draft reminded me back to 2007 draft and the disappointment it felt like picking up Riley Nash and Alex Plante in the 1st round?

Yup, no more needed to be said. Am I bothered we never got a trade done? It sucks but it happens but this draft we were to unload some prospects and re-stock the system with younger potential not more of the same. MacT made a lot of bold promises and so far? Not to impressive. He really needs to say nothing rather then get Oil Country all worked up. Yes, I obviously am worked up. Not sure this team can even make the playoffs this next year, yet again! With only about 10 days left, MacT has more work in front of him then he can handle. Just wait. When he does not get what this team needs, know what we will hear? 'It's hard to make a trade in the NHL, it's expensive to pick up a UFA who usually want to be overpaid.' My best guess why we didn't land a trade we wanted? We spent too much effort on trying to get Cory Schneider and that was a Goose chase from the beginning. MacT should remember the Nylander days and what Lowe went through with Gillis. The guy is a joke. Ok, enough from me today. Sorry to rant on, should have called this blog, 'Rant on young man, Rant on'!...lol

In the meantime and in between time, that's it for another Draft season at Oilers Jambalaya





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