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Eklund
Commissioner
Joined: 09.15.2005

Jun 3 @ 3:24 PM ET
Wildschwein
Location: Jumping ship from the Oil to the Isles is like jumping from the Titanic directly onto the Bismark
Joined: 11.17.2012

Jun 3 @ 3:26 PM ET
FIST!!!

Suck it Oilhorse, Hallfan, Twittler, Alfie and Rutts!

The rest of need not suck it, but fondling would be appreciated.
Wildschwein
Location: Jumping ship from the Oil to the Isles is like jumping from the Titanic directly onto the Bismark
Joined: 11.17.2012

Jun 3 @ 3:30 PM ET
Thank you for the new blog Freelancer. Much appreciated.

Kotkaniemi eh? Haven’t followed him at all. Anyone have an opinion on how far away he is from being NHL ready?
smellmyfinger
New Jersey Devils
Location: NJ
Joined: 07.28.2011

Jun 3 @ 3:39 PM ET
WHERE IS HALLFAN????
RafiDRW
Detroit Red Wings
Location: Butt hair floss is my forte - .Reveen, TN
Joined: 04.16.2016

Jun 3 @ 3:40 PM ET
Thank you for the new blog Freelancer. Much appreciated.

Kotkaniemi eh? Haven’t followed him at all. Anyone have an opinion on how far away he is from being NHL ready?

- Wildschwein

He projected top six, has a great wrist shot, very refined 200 foot game for his age at 17.

Downsides are his speed, lateral movement strength, and his tendency to work as an individual and not as a team player too often.

I would see if you could trade back from the 10th (plus a couple other picks) for the 11th and 12th and see if you can get him and maybe Dobson, Smith or Wilde
RafiDRW
Detroit Red Wings
Location: Butt hair floss is my forte - .Reveen, TN
Joined: 04.16.2016

Jun 3 @ 3:40 PM ET
WHERE IS HALLFAN????
- smellmyfinger

Ask Brotha Lynch Hung.
21peter
Season Ticket Holder
New York Rangers
Joined: 11.18.2014

Jun 3 @ 3:57 PM ET
Guest Writer: This and that
- Eklund

now, that's a title for the books...
Wolfpack5
Carolina Hurricanes
Location: Burlington, NC
Joined: 07.07.2012

Jun 3 @ 5:15 PM ET
In regards to Kotkaniemi opinions vary but I see him as a season away from the NHL(I’d like to see his skating either gain more laterally or add more explosiveness on the first couple strides), but he could probably play day 1 as is, think it just becomes a matter of who drafts him. Unlike the other person that said to trade down to 12 or so to draft him I disagree a bit. He’s likely going to be the first pure center(Wahlstrom and Tkachuk project as wingers) taken off the board. That said skating may scare some teams off, which is why his rankings are all over the place I’ve seen anywhere from 3 to 19.
MaximumBone
Edmonton Oilers
Location: Every day is a Klefbom day, BC
Joined: 06.15.2012

Jun 3 @ 5:15 PM ET
@Schwein

I don't actually know much about him. I only saw him in his U-18s which seems to have been his best. He's a goofy-looking Finn that plays a strong possession game and has great one-on-one skills. Stylistically, he kinda reminded me of Draisaitl (skating included) but I've also seen O'Reilly as a comparison.
Wildschwein
Location: Jumping ship from the Oil to the Isles is like jumping from the Titanic directly onto the Bismark
Joined: 11.17.2012

Jun 3 @ 5:28 PM ET
He projected top six, has a great wrist shot, very refined 200 foot game for his age at 17.

Downsides are his speed, lateral movement strength, and his tendency to work as an individual and not as a team player too often.

I would see if you could trade back from the 10th (plus a couple other picks) for the 11th and 12th and see if you can get him and maybe Dobson, Smith or Wilde

- RafiDRW


I like this option better. The more I read about Kotkaniemi, the more he sounds like the second coming of Ryan Strome.
Smurffin
Joined: 04.18.2018

Jun 3 @ 5:29 PM ET
In regards to Kotkaniemi opinions vary but I see him as a season away from the NHL(I’d like to see his skating either gain more laterally or add more explosiveness on the first couple strides), but he could probably play day 1 as is, think it just becomes a matter of who drafts him. Unlike the other person that said to trade down to 12 or so to draft him I disagree a bit. He’s likely going to be the first pure center(Wahlstrom and Tkachuk project as wingers) taken off the board. That said skating may scare some teams off, which is why his rankings are all over the place I’ve seen anywhere from 3 to 19.
- Wolfpack5

Things are likely going to get crazy after pick #2. Depending on how teams have rated guys we could see a larger number of picks traded down.
Wildschwein
Location: Jumping ship from the Oil to the Isles is like jumping from the Titanic directly onto the Bismark
Joined: 11.17.2012

Jun 3 @ 5:30 PM ET
@Schwein

I don't actually know much about him. I only saw him in his U-18s which seems to have been his best. He's a goofy-looking Finn that plays a strong possession game and has great one-on-one skills. Stylistically, he kinda reminded me of Draisaitl (skating included) but I've also seen O'Reilly as a comparison.

- MaximumBone


Sounds altogether underwhelming.
RafiDRW
Detroit Red Wings
Location: Butt hair floss is my forte - .Reveen, TN
Joined: 04.16.2016

Jun 3 @ 5:35 PM ET
Things are likely going to get crazy after pick #2. Depending on how teams have rated guys we could see a larger number of picks traded down.
- Smurffin

As long as Holland picks Bouchard, Hughes, or Boqvist with the #6, I’m happy.
freelancer
Edmonton Oilers
Location: Edmonton
Joined: 09.26.2010

Jun 3 @ 5:39 PM ET
@Schwein

I don't actually know much about him. I only saw him in his U-18s which seems to have been his best. He's a goofy-looking Finn that plays a strong possession game and has great one-on-one skills. Stylistically, he kinda reminded me of Draisaitl (skating included) but I've also seen O'Reilly as a comparison.

- MaximumBone

Tracking young players in the European men's leagues is tough even for scouts. The overall point production is significantly lower because the young players don't get as much ice time. In many ways they are more suited for the NHL than players coming out of the W.

Biggest X factors are always transitional to north America both game wise as well as personal
Larsson_fan
Edmonton Oilers
Joined: 10.08.2016

Jun 3 @ 5:55 PM ET
What’s crappening?
RafiDRW
Detroit Red Wings
Location: Butt hair floss is my forte - .Reveen, TN
Joined: 04.16.2016

Jun 3 @ 5:57 PM ET
I like this option better. The more I read about Kotkaniemi, the more he sounds like the second coming of Ryan Strome.
- Wildschwein

More like Dylan Strome’s potential. He could be Valteri Filpulla if he ever was developed right ((frank) you Babcock)
RafiDRW
Detroit Red Wings
Location: Butt hair floss is my forte - .Reveen, TN
Joined: 04.16.2016

Jun 3 @ 5:59 PM ET
What’s crappening?
- Larsson_fan

Not much, man. What’s up with you?
Larsson_fan
Edmonton Oilers
Joined: 10.08.2016

Jun 3 @ 6:01 PM ET
Not much, man. What’s up with you?
- RafiDRW

Went to some poopty garage sales. Didn’t buy sweet FA. Sucked.
RafiDRW
Detroit Red Wings
Location: Butt hair floss is my forte - .Reveen, TN
Joined: 04.16.2016

Jun 3 @ 6:11 PM ET
Went to some poopty garage sales. Didn’t buy sweet FA. Sucked.
- Larsson_fan

Love hopping those. Great finds some times. Absolutely sucks ass when they don’t have anything. In Tennessee, these god freaks don’t believe in garage sales on sundays. Sucks.
Wildschwein
Location: Jumping ship from the Oil to the Isles is like jumping from the Titanic directly onto the Bismark
Joined: 11.17.2012

Jun 3 @ 6:13 PM ET
More like Dylan Strome’s potential. He could be Valteri Filpulla if he ever was developed right ((frank) you Babcock)
- RafiDRW


That’s still somewhat meh. I’m thinking I’d rather they moved it. Maybe it could be packaged with our 2nd to the Rangers for pick 26 or 28 and the rights to Namestnikov?
Iggysbff
Vegas Golden Knights
Location: Peter Chiarelli is a fking moron, Calgary, AB
Joined: 07.12.2012

Jun 3 @ 6:13 PM ET
Things are likely going to get crazy after pick #2. Depending on how teams have rated guys we could see a larger number of picks traded down.
- Smurffin

So if everyone is trading down who the (frank) is trading up??
Smurffin
Joined: 04.18.2018

Jun 3 @ 6:28 PM ET
So if everyone is trading down who the (frank) is trading up??
- Iggysbff

Well obviously teams would trade up too. Just saying if some teams have guys rated higher or lower because of how varied the draft lists look we could see teams trading 1st and say third round picks to move up or whatever
Hardbalz
Joined: 06.08.2011

Jun 3 @ 6:31 PM ET
Is it possible the Oil are thinking about anything other than one of the big defencemen. How obvious does it have to be
leafsfann
Toronto Maple Leafs
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Joined: 05.11.2014

Jun 3 @ 6:45 PM ET
While most fans like to poke fun at teams like Carolina, Arizona, and Florida as teams that should move to "real NHL markets" there isn't a organization in more disrepair than the Ottawa Senators...


Spot on, Ek. I'll probably get dismissed as a hating Leafs fan, but the truth is Melnyk is probably one of the worst owners in the game since Ballard. Sens fans really deserve better.
RafiDRW
Detroit Red Wings
Location: Butt hair floss is my forte - .Reveen, TN
Joined: 04.16.2016

Jun 3 @ 6:46 PM ET
Is it possible the Oil are thinking about anything other than one of the big defencemen. How obvious does it have to be
- Hardbalz

They still need a winger for Draisaitl I think.
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