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Your 2012 National Hockey Lockout Thread

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How deep is this draft? Any top forwards going to be on the board at #5 for the Leafs?

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Edmonton picks 1st again. Doubt they'll pick Yakupov though.

Yes they will. No one in the right state of mind will let such a talent slip away.

Even if Defense is a much bigger need?

Hope Tambellini can find room to pay all these guys in a few years. I'll be laughing or crying.

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All I do is win, win, win, no matter what

Got draft picks on my mind, I can never get enough

And every time we pick first, the chance we won't next time goes up

and we stay there

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#:censored:ITFORFAKSA

I'm gonna get t-shirts printed up.

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Fail for Nail failed after all I guess.....

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The new CBA better have an NBA-style provision for Bird rights or else the Oil's gonna be fuuuuuucked in a year or two when everyone comes due and they haven't even finished rebuilding yet.

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Habs still got a shot at Grigo!

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Poor Blue Jackets. At lease it was only Edmonton, so they're still 2nd. They have to hope Edmonton doesn't want ANOTHER stud, under 20 forward. Yeesh.

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With Yakupov coming into the fold, the time is now ripe to flip The Great Sam Gagner for a blue-chip defenseman. If only the water-treaders like the Sharks and Flames would politely go to the back of the line like you're supposed to do in the magical fantasy world of PARITY~!, the Oilers could get seriously good in a hurry.

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I will probably break something if we lose the draft lottery and go on a mad man conspiracy rant about how the NHL office hates Columbus. Just a heads up.

The floor is yours.......

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With Yakupov coming into the fold, the time is now ripe to flip The Great Sam Gagner for a blue-chip defenseman. If only the water-treaders like the Sharks and Flames would politely go to the back of the line like you're supposed to do in the magical fantasy world of PARITY~!, the Oilers could get seriously good in a hurry.

Nah, Feaster might have another hissy fit and claim he doesn't want to be like Edmonton.

Not happening anytime soon unfortunately. <_<

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How deep is this draft? Any top forwards going to be on the board at #5 for the Leafs?

Alex Galchenyuk ( C ) will almost surely be open at #5 and they'll probably take him. He missed almost all of this year with a knee injury, so he's a bit of a risk, but he's too talented to pass up. It may cost him a year of development, but I can't see it affecting his ability to succeed in the league.

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I sense a big trade coming. Edmonton needs a stud defenseman to lead their defence. Yakupov is nice but he isn't what they need. They should trade up and add a couple veterans and extra draft picks. There are a bunch of solid Dmen they could grab in the top 10 that they could then grab. It's too bad their rivals with the Flames because that would be a good partner for them.

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So the Oilers have gone 30th, 30th, 29th. I'm willing to be they get to 27th next year!

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No, they can't stay this bad forever. Jordan Eberle is going to be one of the best players in the league. The tipping point is nigh.

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I sense a big trade coming. Edmonton needs a stud defenseman to lead their defence. Yakupov is nice but he isn't what they need. They should trade up and add a couple veterans and extra draft picks. There are a bunch of solid Dmen they could grab in the top 10 that they could then grab. It's too bad their rivals with the Flames because that would be a good partner for them.

So let me get this straight...

Edmonton: Picks Ryan Murray 1st overall because they need a top-notch defenceman.

Columbus: Picks Felip Forsberg 2nd overall because the Blue Jackets don't like russians.

So the Habs still have a chance????

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You don't pass up on Yakupov even if he is Russian, it's just the Oilers don't need him.

Also tweet of gold from former BJ's GM Doug Maclean, and Sportsnet analyst.

"Oh no... I'm sure I will get blamed for cbj losing the lottery."

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I wonder if Oilers fans would approve?

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Is there any Olier defensmen that is tradeable?

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No, their defense is horrible. That's why they'd be trading a surplus forward for defense.

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Well given the Oilers history in obtaining great defensemen (Pronger, Souray), I see no reason that this wouldn't backfire on them almost immediately were it to happen.

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Pronger would've been a fine acquisition if he could've kept his dick out of the weathergirl. You can't really hold that part against him (though apparently he can hold his part against others). Who expects a wife to demand a trade because her husband is shtupping the TV talent in Edmonton.

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Oiler's Depth Chart

Come on folks, you're telling me they can't use Yakupov in that top six? Smyth is 36, Horcoff is 33. They may not be around by the time this team is good.

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Oiler's Depth Chart

Come on folks, you're telling me they can't use Yakupov in that top six? Smyth is 36, Horcoff is 33. They may not be around by the time this team is good.

Everyone could use him. It's just that Edmonton should be adding on their back end before adding another elite young forward. Hall can't stay healthy two years in, RNH needs to put on some muscle, and Eberle is going to be a dominant forward for years to come. Now if Paajarvi, Petrell, Omark can come around. They'll have plenty of good talent.

Which could be scary. Outside of Petry on the blue line not a lot of great pieces to play with a healthy Ryan Whitney and Nick Schultz.

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Well :censored:.

The Blue Jackets have made a lot of missteps in their time in the NHL. A lot of missteps. BUT, they've also had more misfortune than any other team in the league in that time span.

- lost the coin toss to Minnesota in 2000

- This pick, #2 overall, is the highest they've ever finished in the lottery. They had to trade up to take Rick Nash at #1.

- They've never moved up in the lottery, lost one spot 4 times, and stayed in the same position 5 times.

- and last night.

and that's just the bad bounces that have happened in the draft without mentioning the horrible draft decisions (Brule over Kopitar, Nikita Filatov over well anyone else)!

If the Blue Jackets have had a problem in their history, it's that they haven't been bad enough. They've consisently finished a few spots ahead of last place, picking anywhere from 4-8 on average. Everyone knows you can get good quickly with a couple tanked seasons and some number 1 picks (Pittsburgh, Chicago, soon to be Edmonton), but talent really drops off outside the top 2. So we just sat through this miserable season where we were out of it before November, thinking the whole time that at least we'd get this generational talent like Yakupov. Finally they were bad enough to warrant a number one pick and they didn't get the number one pick. Once again the NHL is a cruel mistress.

Now they have a decision to make at number 2. I guarantee you in 5 years, we'll know it was the wrong one.

So, now when I come on here and read fans of playoff teams complaining about mediocre swoons a year or two after you've won it all, you understand why that's just a little bit irksome?

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