Thursday, March 9, 2006

Word is...

We got Samsonov...

Nice to get all this news when I'm at work, and busy at that. Do I like the trade (Samsonov for Reasoner, Yan Stastny, 2nd Round pick)? Sure, although as a rental the price is certainly much higher than it is for Roloson. Is it possible that there's so much more of a psychological attachment with first round picks, people rarely get up in arms about later round draft pick trades? In reality 30 picks between players doesn't matter since the draft is a crap shoot (after the top 10 picks) anyway.

Tough to see Reasoner go, but this is one of those surplus utility character guys we can afford to lose, I guess. With the Rem Murray signing, LW Stastny also became expendable. Again: a bit much for a rental, and I'd be surprised if Samsonov signed with the Oil in the off-season. That and he's a bit overrated, although still young at 27.

3 comments:

Colby Cosh said...

The draft is only a crapshoot past the top ten if you're a team like the Oilers (i.e., gradually rebuilding your scouting apparatus after years of exile in Cabo San Lucas). If you're the Ottawa Senators--who haven't had many top-ten slots since '96, aside from using a #2 on Spezza--you can go on making productive picks until the cows come home. A team that truly has everything on the ball can grab a solid NHLer with anything above #40 and conjure up plenty of good players with the later picks. Anything less is an excuse.

mike w said...

Perhaps. But it IS a crapshoot when it comes to whether a top pick becomes anything between the first and fourth line. With Edmonton, any game ready pick within 3 years is nothing short of a miracle.

case. said...

a hemsanov line could prove to be quite gnarly. although, he's about as excited to come to edmonton as nedved's wife.