I remember it like yesterday. There I was, sitting at Bocktown Beer and Grill in Coraopolis PA for day two of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. I had about a thousand and one Unibroues at the bar, and things were going just fine. Sitting next to Copper and Blue Editor Derek Zona (and having just witnessed the third round), I told him that it wasn’t all bad that the Oilers drafted Travis Ewanyk. I mean, hey, the guy might turn into a solid bottom six, right? That ain’t so bad, right? (Spoiler- I was probably wrong about that being the right pick at that moment).
Fourth round comes up and the Oilers take Tobias Rieder. A centre who would go on to score 85 points with Kitchener of the OHL. Fourth round picks are a lot more difficult to determine whether or not they’ll pan out, but Rieder has a shot to be an NHL player.
Today the Oilers dealt Tobias Rieder to the Phoenix Coyotes for Kale Kessey, the man drafted three spots before Rieder. What’s the big deal? Remember the 85 points Rieder had in 2011-12? Kessey had 16 in 49 games for Medicine Hat. Kessey will never light up the score sheet in any league, and it’s clear that the Oilers were looking to acquire a different sort of player than Rieder when this trade was all said and done.
I think I understand what the Oilers are going after here. The thing I don’t understand, is why they would make this trade, as it appears that the Oilers have severeal incarnations of this player in the system already. Rather, I don’t understand why they’d deal Rieder (who has a shot for at least a cup of coffee in the NHL) for a guy who Corey Pronman suggests has the potential to be a fourth line player someday.
Kessy, like Rieder are both unsigned prospects. Kessy has good size, tough as heck, decent skater, no offense. 4L potential.
— Corey Pronman (@coreypronman) March 29, 2013
“tough as heck, decent skater, no offense, 4L potential”.
Tambellini, you genius. You mean to tell me that you traded away a guy who might become an NHL player for a guy who might be able to play on the fourth line? You magnificent human you.
Honest to God, it’s a wonder that 29 other general managers don’t call you months ahead of the trade deadline trying to schedule a springtime barbecue at your joint. Why? They’d have you funnelling Kokanee so fast that you’d invest in four hundred hectares of Grit City.
KESSY ON FILM
Here comes the grit bus.
Both Kessy and Rieder get to re-enter the draft if they’re not signed to a deal by June 1st.
Assuming Tambellini wanted to sign him, are you okay with this guy possibly being the 50th contract?
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