Joni Pitkanen- 2002

Stumbled across this article (http://www.usatoday.com/sports/hockey/draft02/2002-06-24-usat-draftline.htm) while looking into the Oilers selection of Robin Kovar (subsequently voided) in 2002. It says, in part:

The Oilers had tried aggressively to move up in the draft Saturday. Before Tampa Bay took Philadelphia Flyers forward Ruslan Fedotenko ($450,000 a season) and two second-round picks for the No. 4 pick, the Lightning reportedly turned down the Oilers' offer of Jochen Hecht ($1 million) and a first-round pick. The Oilers later dealt Hecht to the Buffalo Sabres.

Now, as I recall, Pitkanen was pretty much a consensus pick at Number 4, behind the big three (Nash, Bouwmeester, Lehtonen) and ahead of everyone else. Because the Oilers failed to move up they wound up picking Jussi Niinimaki at 15th overall. Oilers draft history would look lots better with Pitkanen as the first round pick.

Does anybody else find it odd how often this organization trades for guys it coveted in the 1st round but couldn't get (for example, Robert Nilsson)?

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join The Copper & Blue

You must be a member of The Copper & Blue to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at The Copper & Blue. You should read them.

Join The Copper & Blue

You must be a member of The Copper & Blue to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at The Copper & Blue. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9355_tracker