Nail Yakupov leads all NHL rookies in scoring

Jonathan Willis
April 28 2013 01:14PM

For the second consecutive season, an Edmonton Oiler is tied for the rookie scoring lead in the NHL. This time, it’s Nail Yakupov, who scored a hat-trick in Edmonton’s final game to tie Florida’s Jonathan Huberdeau with 31 points. Additionally, with 17 goals Yakupov sits alone at the top of the rookie goal-scoring charts.

The NHL’s schedule is almost finished, with Ottawa playing Boston tonight. The Senators’ Cory Conacher has 11 goals and 28 points, so with a four-point night he could move into the scoring lead, but right now the smart money is that Yakupov and Huberdeau will end up co-scoring leaders among rookies.

Yakupov’s Sensational Stretch

As Bob Stauffer points out this morning, Yakupov has been on an unbelievable tear of late, even as the team has (mostly) struggled around him.

Yakupov’s assist rate over both this most recent run and from the beginning of the year is basically unchanged; he posted 0.29 assists per game over his first 34 and 0.29 assists per game over his last 14. What has changed is his shooting – he’s gone from firing 1.4 shots per game to 2.4 shots per game. By eye he’s been a much better player all over the ice during this last stretch, and I think this helps confirm that in that he’s finally starting to generate shots in volume.

Also spiking was shooting percentage; after a 12.5 percent run over his first 34 games, he’s scored 11 times on 33 shots for a 33.3 percent shooting number. He’s now at 21.0 percent on the season, a number which is almost certainly too good to be true. However, the possibility at least should be considered that Yakupov could be a truly elite shooting percentage player (15.0%+) – we don’t have his shooting percentage from junior, but we know he was a better goal-scorer than Taylor Hall and a much better goal-scorer than Jordan Eberle at the same points in their careers. Of all the things that make Nail Yakupov a fantastic prospect, his shot stands out as something that is a high-end NHL weapon in the here and now; it’s just a matter of the rest of his game catching up to it.

Everything has been catching up; it’s a process but his growth as a player is undeniable. Criag MacTavish raved about his development on After Hours last night and particularly highlighted Yakupov’s willingness to put extra work in. That kind of skill married to that kind of work ethic make him a very special player.

Award Possibilities

Yakupov’s strong run over the late season has moved him into the conversation for the Calder Trophy. I think he ultimately finishes as a finalist rather than the winner simply because Jonas Brodin has been such a revelation on the Minnesota blue line. Over a full season, that might be different because the learning curve for Yakupov was steep in the early going and he hasn’t had a lot of time to make up for it, but over a shortened year I think he falls just short.

He should be on the all-rookie team, though. The three forwards on that squad will doubltess come from the group of six with 27+ points: Yakupov, Huberdeau, Conacher, Brendan Galalgher, Brandon Saad and Alex Galchenyuk. The defenders seem obvious – Brodin and Justin Schultz – and while there are three possibles for the goaltender honours Ottawa’s Robin Lehner seems the logical choice.

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Jonathan Willis is a freelance writer. He currently works for Oilers Nation, Sportsnet, the Edmonton Journal and Bleacher Report. He's co-written three books and worked for myriad websites, including Grantland, ESPN, The Score, and Hockey Prospectus. He was previously the founder and managing editor of Copper & Blue.
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#1 Greenlingj
April 28 2013, 01:15PM
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FIST YAKTRICK

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#2 Dmac4532
April 28 2013, 01:20PM
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Keep in Mind that yakapov is scoring with limited ice time on a bad team , not paired with a elite defenseman, remember how good all the guys paired with Pronger looked .

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#3 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
April 28 2013, 01:33PM
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It isn't much, but Oiler fans will take the smallest of victories these days.

Congats on your Calder Nail.

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#4 Spydyr
April 28 2013, 01:45PM
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Next up, is Connor McJesus. wrote:

It isn't much, but Oiler fans will take the smallest of victories these days.

Congats on your Calder Nail.

I wish but the eastern media picks it.So no Yak

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#5 Mikey
April 28 2013, 01:46PM
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Ah can't wait Eberle 2.0 discussion.

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#6 Jasmine
April 28 2013, 01:48PM
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I'll be surprised if he's even a finalists. It's almost a guarantee all finalists will be from the east as the east didn't play against the west. There will be more proof of the eastern media's Oilers hatred.

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#7 Jasmine
April 28 2013, 01:49PM
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@Spydyr

I doubt he'll even be a finalist proving once again of the Oilers hatred by the eastern media.

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#8 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
April 28 2013, 01:50PM
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Look at the Montreal Canadians this season. They had the balls to do what needed to be done with Scott Gomez. Why can't the Oilers do the same with their albatross, Shawn Horcoff?

The deadwood out, rookies in scenario is working wonderfully in Montreal. Why doesn't management have the balls to admit this Horcoff debacle is biting them in the arse? Geuss the difference is they have balls and or Oilers don't/unable to admit they (Katz and Lowe) made a huge mistake. Did I forget to mention balls? I' hate to omit it accidentally.

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#9 Toro
April 28 2013, 01:55PM
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I think the fact that he has been tearing it up the last 15 games while most of the team he's on gave up 15 games ago, should be enough too get him the Calder , Brodin is paired with an allstar in Suter on a really good defensive team, and Huberdau had a good rookie campaign I just think Yak had some bigger moments and scored more goals and a better (+)(-) then him. So he's most deserving, I wouldn't have said that 10 games ago but he's really impressed me lately.

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#10 Crispy
April 28 2013, 01:57PM
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Next up, is Connor McJesus. wrote:

Look at the Montreal Canadians this season. They had the balls to do what needed to be done with Scott Gomez. Why can't the Oilers do the same with their albatross, Shawn Horcoff?

The deadwood out, rookies in scenario is working wonderfully in Montreal. Why doesn't management have the balls to admit this Horcoff debacle is biting them in the arse? Geuss the difference is they have balls and or Oilers don't/unable to admit they (Katz and Lowe) made a huge mistake. Did I forget to mention balls? I' hate to omit it accidentally.

Because we don't have any other defensively capable centres who can win faceoffs. Sure Horcoff makes too much money, but I'd only amnesty buyout his contract once we are too tight against the cap. That hasn't happened yet.

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#11 The Beaker
April 28 2013, 02:10PM
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Crispy wrote:

Because we don't have any other defensively capable centres who can win faceoffs. Sure Horcoff makes too much money, but I'd only amnesty buyout his contract once we are too tight against the cap. That hasn't happened yet.

And Horcoff is significantly better than Gomez in my belief. Hes no superstar but he contributes to this team. I figured we should have all see that once he returned from absence earlier in the year.

Gomez wasnt really contributing at all in MTL

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#12 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
April 28 2013, 02:11PM
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Crispy wrote:

Because we don't have any other defensively capable centres who can win faceoffs. Sure Horcoff makes too much money, but I'd only amnesty buyout his contract once we are too tight against the cap. That hasn't happened yet.

There's never a good time to be wasteful with resources. Horcoff types you can buy at Walmart in July every summer. Kyle Wellwood can do everything Horcoff can do, at 1/4 the salary. Having this contract as a precendent does much more harm than good. Is this why the Oilers had to overpay Hall and Eberle to longterm deals, maybe a little i'd have to think.

Being up against the cap or not is irrelevant. Every article on ON needs a little Horcoff wuv.

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#13 K_Mart
April 28 2013, 02:15PM
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Yak for calder.

Tied for 1st in rookie points. Leads all rookies in goals. Is +11 better than the co leader J.Huberdeau. Leads in sh% 2:22 min less toi/g than Huberdeau.

Brodin has been logging 23+ mins per game for Minnesota, but I haven't paid any real attention to his game so I have no idea why he is so valuable. Must just be a great shutdown guy. Doesn't seem to have great offensive upside based on his stat line though, 11pts in 45 games, +3.

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#14 Shane
April 28 2013, 02:16PM
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Crispy wrote:

Because we don't have any other defensively capable centres who can win faceoffs. Sure Horcoff makes too much money, but I'd only amnesty buyout his contract once we are too tight against the cap. That hasn't happened yet.

Horcoff plays a huge role on this team, I thought we had this conversation already back in February? I really like how he and Hall play together.. I would spend the buyouts on actual deadweight players....not role players.

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#15 Shane
April 28 2013, 02:17PM
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Next up, is Connor McJesus. wrote:

There's never a good time to be wasteful with resources. Horcoff types you can buy at Walmart in July every summer. Kyle Wellwood can do everything Horcoff can do, at 1/4 the salary. Having this contract as a precendent does much more harm than good. Is this why the Oilers had to overpay Hall and Eberle to longterm deals, maybe a little i'd have to think.

Being up against the cap or not is irrelevant. Every article on ON needs a little Horcoff wuv.

I think you're trying to hard there Quick.. Here let me make it easier on you...Belanger, Eager, Hordichuk, Petrell.. There ya go..

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#16 K_Mart
April 28 2013, 02:28PM
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Not sure I agree with the idea that the oilers are just as bad, if not worse than they were last year.

I think Goal differential tells a better story than winning percent. It doesn't have the same effect on the standings, but it gives you a better idea of where the team really stands among the other teams around the league.

We definitely aren't a playoff team, but we almost cut our goal differential in half. -27 last year, and on pace for -15 this year. This is still awful, and I'd deem it a disappointment for sure, but there's no denying that it's an improvement from last season.

No smart Oiler fans ever expected this team to make the playoffs this year. I'd say most expected them to finish between 10-12 in the west. They finished 12th, and 24th in the league. They said their goal was to play meaningful games in april and the achieved that. They lost every single one of them mind you, but still. Next season the goal has to be the playoffs. No question. From day one. Not meaningful games, not staying in the race. Leading the race.

Prediction: 2013-14 Oilers goal differential is +5, and they finish in 7th in the west.

Ebs, Jultz and Nuge bounce back and post good offensive nbrs:

65pts, 50pts, 60pts respectively.

Yak will post 60pts Hall will post 70pts.

Don't be surprised if we see Yakupov play on the right wing with Hall for some long stretches next season when Ebs and Hallsy go cold. By season's end, Yak may get equal TOI to Ebs. Ebs isn't all that much better than Yak IMO.

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#17 gongshow
April 28 2013, 02:43PM
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I love how Yak finished the season, but why no love for what Schultz didthis season? Only a couple of points behind the rookie scoring leaders at forward, look at the Dmen that he's in the mix with:

J. Schultz: 8-19-27.

Weber, Phaneuf, Byfuglien, Campbell, Streit, Keith, Green, Gonchar (all at 27 or 28 points).

-17 happens when you're on a bad team. Case in point: Brian Campbell at -22.

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#18 K_Mart
April 28 2013, 02:45PM
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Horcoff is valuable, and we will be able to get him at a cheap cheap price once his contract is up I'm sure.

Belanger, Petrell, Hemsky, Gagner, Smithson, Pajaarvi, Lander, Hartikainen, all need to go.

Jones can put up 15 goals on the third line. Brown does his job as well as anyone. Horcoff is a good role player who will take less money when we are up against the cap.

Hemsky is done, Gagner is worth more in a trade than he is on the ice. Gags' trade value may never be this high again, and he was still on the ice for way too many chances against this year. Pajaarvi is big, fast, but soft and just can't seem to figure out how to play hard.

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#19 madjam
April 28 2013, 02:47PM
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Cudos to Yakupov for strong finish , and he should be rookie of the year potential . Off topic : Some veterans have been out of playoffs for so long they have either forgotten how to escalate their games , or just no longer capable of it . It showed markedly during the losing streak as they were unable to show that consistent commitment - only talk of it was about all they in reality did .

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#20 Evilas
April 28 2013, 02:48PM
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I think shot differential and 5 vs 5 goal +/- are much more telling than a simple GF/GA stat.

The team will improve in this area with experience alone in the top 6, however it is the bottom 6 and our bottom 2 D that have been the killers. This is where things need to dramatically improve.

It is now time to get rid of Gagner and Hemsky while their value is so high. Sure lots of time has been invested in Sam, but it became clearer as the season went on that he just does not "bring it". He had a great start, but I think this was due to his stint in Europe, which gave him a headstart. If someone were to do an analysis on his season, I bet it will be be crystal clear that he faded really bad in the last half. I just did not see him be effective in his own end, and he seemed to really struggle to do anything in the O zone. Sure he still collected points, but I think many of the assists were secondary and it was his wingers who were the driving force.

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#21 Ricj
April 28 2013, 02:55PM
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Nice work Yak.

But lets get serious last night was not a real game.

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#22 Evilas
April 28 2013, 02:59PM
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@K_Mart

Pajaarvi, Lander and Hartikainen are still young and developing and all have great potential, plus their contracts are favourable. I would like to see them on the 3rd line together next year, I think they would be effective.

Jones is done, cut him loose. He is not what this team needs.

Belanger+ (Eager?) might be useful in bringing back something useful.

Cut Petrell loose.

Draft one of the top 3 C's.

Acquire a top- pairing D man using Hemmer, Gags and prospects if necessary and add a 2nd or 3rd pairing Dman. There should be enough depth on the roster to cover the 3rd pairing when necessary.

Acquire 2 bangers (one a C) who bring it every night and are effective in their own end and then this will be a play-off team.

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#23 StHenriOilBomb
April 28 2013, 03:05PM
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@K_Mart

"We definitely aren't a playoff team, but we almost cut our goal differential in half. -27 last year, and on pace for -15 this year. This is still awful, and I'd deem it a disappointment for sure, but there's no denying that it's an improvement from last season."

-27 over an 82 game season is -0.33 per game. -15 over a 48 game season is -0.31 per game. Not much difference. There were some positive points, but the team played remarkably similarly strength hockey the past 2 seasons.

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#24 Crispy
April 28 2013, 03:09PM
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Shane wrote:

Horcoff plays a huge role on this team, I thought we had this conversation already back in February? I really like how he and Hall play together.. I would spend the buyouts on actual deadweight players....not role players.

Yes Horcoff is a useful player and that's been discussed a lot. The problem with buying out the "Deadweight players" is that their cap hits are much lower. Horcoff's cap hit is 5.5 for the next two years. After next season we"ll have to pay both Nuge and J. Schultz. With the cap lowering I can't see us being able to afford Horcoff's cap hit. I also doubt we could afford to re sign Hemsky and keep Horcoff. Who would you rather have on the team?

Quicksilver: As far as Horcoff's contract setting a precedent... I don't think so. Gomez's crazy contract sure didn't change how Montreal's GM hard balled Subban last summer. I also don't think Hall / Ebs are overplayed. Definitely not Hall.

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#25 Dennis
April 28 2013, 03:18PM
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Does Whitney know he's out the door already? Interesting tweet.

Ryan Whitney ‏@ryanwhitney6 Want to wish the Oilers best of luck in the future. Met a lot of great people and made some life long friends during my time in Edmonton

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#26 Aron S
April 28 2013, 03:22PM
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Dennis wrote:

Does Whitney know he's out the door already? Interesting tweet.

Ryan Whitney ‏@ryanwhitney6 Want to wish the Oilers best of luck in the future. Met a lot of great people and made some life long friends during my time in Edmonton

Yeah, the interwebs are blowing up because he just ripped coaching and management. He wants to play with a "really good team" and thinks Potter and Fistric should have been sat before him. More at the Journal (by Willis) and at Lowetide's site.

Oh and also, he's "already made his money" to paraphrase. You're welcome, Ryan.

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#27 Dennis
April 28 2013, 03:26PM
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Yeah, the interwebs are blowing up because he just ripped coaching and management. He wants to play with a "really good team" and thinks Potter and Fistric should have been sat before him. More at the Journal (by Willis) and at Lowetide's site.

Oh and also, he's "already made his money" to paraphrase. You're welcome, Ryan.

Yeah I just listened to his end of year interview. Pffff! Well see you later Whitney. Take your inability to turn somewhere else. Newsflash, most people can play better on a "really good team". That's kind of what makes them "really good". LOL

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#28 Crispy
April 28 2013, 03:44PM
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The main thing that annoys me about Whitney is that we are now losing him for nothing when we could have salvaged something for him at the trade deadline. Maybe a second round pick. He should be on a "really good" team right now realizing we're not the only team that would scratch him.

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#29 dougtheslug
April 28 2013, 03:58PM
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Crispy wrote:

The main thing that annoys me about Whitney is that we are now losing him for nothing when we could have salvaged something for him at the trade deadline. Maybe a second round pick. He should be on a "really good" team right now realizing we're not the only team that would scratch him.

He was offered up to everyone for anything. No takers. Everyone could see his limitations and his stats. No one was risking a bag of pucks, let alone a second round pick, for a guy that can't skate. The saddest moment of his career was in his last game against Anaheim where he really looked like a guy off the street who won a "be an Oiler for a day" contest. Twice he fell like a tier 6 peewee, when he tried to turn on his bad ankle. I felt sorry for him then, and I feel sorry for him now. But he's well spoken enough to land a media career. Dollars to donuts he's played his last NHL game.

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#30 Dennis
April 28 2013, 04:00PM
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Hopefully those dithering days are over. He should have been gone, but then again, a lot of things should have been done that didn't happen.

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#31 justDOit
April 28 2013, 04:01PM
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Crispy wrote:

The main thing that annoys me about Whitney is that we are now losing him for nothing when we could have salvaged something for him at the trade deadline. Maybe a second round pick. He should be on a "really good" team right now realizing we're not the only team that would scratch him.

You have no way of knowing that he wasn't shopped, and that the return offered just wasn't worth it.

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#32 Naky
April 28 2013, 04:06PM
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Pft. Calder. Yeah right.

It will be either Huberdeau, because he's in the east and because he can be sold as 'the only bright spot on a really bad team this year' or Brodin because 'oh wow rookie defenseman is really awesome in a really tough position despite getting paired with a really awesome veteran defenseman... oh and we want someone from the west that isn't on the Oilers'.

So, no, there will be no Calder for Yak City sadly.

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#33 Gaz
April 28 2013, 04:06PM
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I can't wait for DSF to make the argument that Huberdeau should win the Calder, and then in the same breath, criticize Schultz's plus/minus (while Huberdeau is -15).

Oh wait, there's a rookie D-man in Minny. Nevermind.

Hey D, would you ever stoop to our level and speak will of Brodin's compatriot, Klefbom?

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#34 Saytalk
April 28 2013, 04:08PM
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If Barrett Jackman can win the Calder from partnering with Al MacInnis, then Jonas Brodin can win it from partnering with Ryan Suter. Not sure if the eastern voters have even paid enough attention to notice him though, so that will give Yak and Huberdeau a chance.

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#35 Romulus' Apotheosis
April 28 2013, 04:08PM
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@dougtheslug

And @Justdoit

http://blogs.edmontonjournal.com/2013/04/17/steve-tambellini-made-the-popular-but-wrong-choices-for-the-edmonton-oilers-at-the-trade-deadline/

yes, there were a lot of different scenarios where I could have moved people for mid-round picks, maybe a little higher in a couple of other circumstances, but that wasn’t my goal coming into this trade deadline. It was to find somehow to not take away from the depth of our dressing room, or the people that we’ve asked to compete so hard to get to this spot, was to show them that we trust this group, that they have a wonderful opportunity to get to the playoffs here.

Moves were there. A mid-round or higher pick for Whitney would look pretty good to Stu right now I bet.

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#36 Taylor Gang
April 28 2013, 04:09PM
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Next up, is Connor McJesus. wrote:

There's never a good time to be wasteful with resources. Horcoff types you can buy at Walmart in July every summer. Kyle Wellwood can do everything Horcoff can do, at 1/4 the salary. Having this contract as a precendent does much more harm than good. Is this why the Oilers had to overpay Hall and Eberle to longterm deals, maybe a little i'd have to think.

Being up against the cap or not is irrelevant. Every article on ON needs a little Horcoff wuv.

I think it's safe to say Eberle is not overpaid. We're talking about a player who can put up 76 points in a season.

As for Hall, 6 million is chump change for a top 10 NHL scorer.

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#37 Crispy
April 28 2013, 04:14PM
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You have no way of knowing that he wasn't shopped, and that the return offered just wasn't worth it.

I thought the general feeling was that Tambellini was showing good faith in the team by not trading Whitney, since they were still in the playoff race. It would be interesting to see what any offers might have been... Maybe a second round pick is too high, Douglas Murray got 2 2nds though.

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#38 Gaz
April 28 2013, 04:14PM
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@Next up, is Connor McJesus.

Please stop with Wellwood. Even if their numbers are similar (I dunno; didn't check), Wellwood hangs out and gets fat in the offseason. Not the best attitude to emulate.

Horcoff is overpaid (at least his salary is moving in the right direction the next two years) but he is a pro, whether you like his game or not.

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#39 Tony Montana
April 28 2013, 04:17PM
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Why do people have imaginary arguments with DSF? Is he not providing enough actual contrary commentary for everyone. People need to adopt the "ignore him and maybe he will go away" approach.

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#40 dougthesluig
April 28 2013, 04:18PM
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Romulus' Apotheosis wrote:

And @Justdoit

http://blogs.edmontonjournal.com/2013/04/17/steve-tambellini-made-the-popular-but-wrong-choices-for-the-edmonton-oilers-at-the-trade-deadline/

yes, there were a lot of different scenarios where I could have moved people for mid-round picks, maybe a little higher in a couple of other circumstances, but that wasn’t my goal coming into this trade deadline. It was to find somehow to not take away from the depth of our dressing room, or the people that we’ve asked to compete so hard to get to this spot, was to show them that we trust this group, that they have a wonderful opportunity to get to the playoffs here.

Moves were there. A mid-round or higher pick for Whitney would look pretty good to Stu right now I bet.

They weren't talking about Whitney

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#41 Romulus' Apotheosis
April 28 2013, 04:20PM
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dougthesluig wrote:

They weren't talking about Whitney

Considering he's a UFA and the team had soured on him...

He's the likely choice to be shopped... along with Jones, Nik, Fistric and the other UFAs.

Who do you think he's talking about?

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#42 toprightcorner
April 28 2013, 04:21PM
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I don't think Brodin wins, his stats don't really jump off the page and most eastern voters won't have seen him on the ice to sway their decision. He is also playing beside one of the best defenceman in the league.

I actually think Shultz has a chance to win based on offensive totals. plus/minus means nothing because the team your on makes such a huge difference. Dany Heatly was -19 and Alfredsson was -18 when they won the Calder.

A defenceman only 4 points off the scoring lead is a huge accomplishment and he won defenecemen of the year in the AHL playing less then half a season. That's defenceman, not rookie.

Offence seems to rule the roost when it comes to the Calder and Schultz, as a defenceman, stats jump of the page and slap you in the face! Tied for 12th in defenceman scoring.

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#43 Romulus' Apotheosis
April 28 2013, 04:24PM
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It's very rare for D to win the Calder.

I think Yak loses... because Oilers, if not... because filthy Russian celebrationist.

But Gallagher, Huberdeau and Conacher all have a shot.

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#44 dougtheslug
April 28 2013, 04:25PM
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Taylor Gang wrote:

I think it's safe to say Eberle is not overpaid. We're talking about a player who can put up 76 points in a season.

As for Hall, 6 million is chump change for a top 10 NHL scorer.

With guys like Zach (same number of points as Gagner) Parise making 7.53 million unto 2025(caphit, actually 12 mill for the next 3 years), you can bet your bottom dollar that Ebs and Hall aren't overpaid. Hall's contract looks like the smartest thing Tambo did (not much competition but still....)

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#45 dougtheslug
April 28 2013, 04:30PM
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Romulus' Apotheosis wrote:

Considering he's a UFA and the team had soured on him...

He's the likely choice to be shopped... along with Jones, Nik, Fistric and the other UFAs.

Who do you think he's talking about?

Hemsky, Smyth, Belanger, Jones, Petrell - really, anybody in the bottom six. I really think no one was buying and the "we want to keep this together for the stretch run" was just smoke being blown our way. And as it turned out, the rest of the NHL had done their homework. And now MacT more or less admits that other than the core, its open season.

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April 28 2013, 04:32PM
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Trade Yakupov now best value.

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#47 Romulus' Apotheosis
April 28 2013, 04:38PM
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dougtheslug wrote:

Hemsky, Smyth, Belanger, Jones, Petrell - really, anybody in the bottom six. I really think no one was buying and the "we want to keep this together for the stretch run" was just smoke being blown our way. And as it turned out, the rest of the NHL had done their homework. And now MacT more or less admits that other than the core, its open season.

Well...

that's possible. but we have no evidence that is the case.

We do know that sub-par players went above value in a thin market and that ST has said publicly deals were on the table.

Maybe he's blowing smoke.

But it seems likely teams were calling and that Whitney was a target. He was afterall attached to rumors with various teams.

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#48 DieHard
April 28 2013, 04:42PM
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Horcoff is valuable, and we will be able to get him at a cheap cheap price once his contract is up I'm sure.

Belanger, Petrell, Hemsky, Gagner, Smithson, Pajaarvi, Lander, Hartikainen, all need to go.

Jones can put up 15 goals on the third line. Brown does his job as well as anyone. Horcoff is a good role player who will take less money when we are up against the cap.

Hemsky is done, Gagner is worth more in a trade than he is on the ice. Gags' trade value may never be this high again, and he was still on the ice for way too many chances against this year. Pajaarvi is big, fast, but soft and just can't seem to figure out how to play hard.

So Wrong.

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#49 dougtheslug
April 28 2013, 04:45PM
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Romulus' Apotheosis wrote:

Well...

that's possible. but we have no evidence that is the case.

We do know that sub-par players went above value in a thin market and that ST has said publicly deals were on the table.

Maybe he's blowing smoke.

But it seems likely teams were calling and that Whitney was a target. He was afterall attached to rumors with various teams.

I assume, by sub par, you mean players like Regehr and Murray. But watching those guys down the stretch , man, they still have some game and actually have been pretty useful. Pro scouting is pretty good (at least for other teams) and I'm sure no one was buying a pig in a poke like Whitney.

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#50 Time Travelling Sean
April 28 2013, 04:46PM
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Why does everyone hate Petrell? :c

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