Re: 2013/14 Around the League Tracker
posted at 12/2/2013 11:25 AM EST
I think NAS is about to enjoy a similar story in Florida, but it's hard to believe, isn't it, jm? If you go back to the Pronger trade, it's mind-boggling that Edmonton is still this far from being competitive. [shupe protocol summary: got a good return for Pronger but basically squandered it by being impatient, then have failed to build effectively through the draft despite three 1st overall picks, six top-ten picks, and 10 total first rounders in the last 7 draft years.]
In the Pronger deal, the Oil got 2 1st rounders for Pronger along wth Smid and Lupul. One of those firsts was Jordan Eberle. Eberle, Lupul and Smid, as they are today, is a better return than most teams have realized on players of Pronger's calibre. Of course, they didn't wait on Lupul, dealing him to the Flyers for Pitkanen and other bits, so they turned Lupul into next to nothing. Smid was what he was, and I don't know if they dump him this year if they aren't as awful as they are. Eberle is still a good young player and still in Edmonton - good for them. The other first rounder they used to trade up (and move up a year) to select Riley Nash. Cost them an additional second rounder. Nash was eventually dealt to Carolina for a second rounder, meaning that that other first was basically cancelled out.
They've now dealt Paajarvi (I like Perron a lot better, to be fair), they dealt Nash, Plante has not progressed as they'd hoped, they would have dealt Gagner if they could have found a taker, and got lucky they didn't before he found his game. Worse, none of their picks beyond round one have helped them build depth. Total fail of team-building through the draft, and the only excuse for many of the deals they've made would be that they were headed to the rock bottom to build through high picks. Their philosophy is flawed, the execution is goofy.