SUN Hockey Pool

Aaron Ekblad on Oilers GM Craig MacTavish's radar

Edmonton Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish has thoughts of Darnell Nurse paired with Aaron...

Edmonton Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish has thoughts of Darnell Nurse paired with Aaron Ekblad dancing in his head. (IAN KUCERAK/QMI Agency)

Terry Jones, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:06 AM ET

EDMONTON - In the tradition of ‘Fall For Hall’ and ‘Fail For Nail’, you can now officially tag this season ‘Bad For Ekblad.’

Craig MacTavish, back when he became Edmonton Oilers GM, made a statement he now wishes to retract.

“We don’t need another teenager, another 18-year-old kid coming in here next year,” he said then.

At the time, the Oilers rookie GM was projecting his hockey team to be up there with the 14 teams which currently have between 40 and 49 points in the standings. But now it looks very much like the Oilers are going to be one of the five lottery teams for the first-round pick in the draft again. And that changes everything.

“Exactly,” said MacTavish returning from the World Junior in Malmo, Sweden.

“When you’re drafting in the top seven picks, you can’t pass up those opportunities. You can’t pass them up unless it makes sense and nothing we were offered last year made sense,” he said of proceeding and drafting 6-foot-3, 192-pound Darnell Nurse 7th overall.


Videos

Photos