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Oilers missing the boat by not using Amateur Free Agents route to acquire talent.

 There are basically four ways to acquire talent and build organizational depth:  

1.     Drafting

2.     Trades

3.     Professional Free Agents

4.     Amateur Free Agents

Draft - STU MacGREGOR has this covered.

Trades - Very difficult in the Cap climate we now live in, involves salary for salary considerations that really restrict STEVE TAMBELLINI.

Professional Free Agents – A difficult task given last week’s climate survey rating us the second worst team to play for.

Amateur Free Agents – Below I have attached a link showing all NHL players who were not drafted, it is an impressive list of which the Oilers have had very little part in over the years.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_NHL_players_who_were_not_drafted

There are several things that have to fall into place to successfully recruit undrafted players,

1.     Identification – is it possible to our existing scouting staff to identify player in Europe and North America who have slipped through the draft, the late bloomer.

2.     Recruiting – Selling the dream a chance to play in the NHL should be possible even with the horrible climate survey to hinder us, need to make this a priority,

3.     Development – Oklahoma this piece is crucial and I believe the Oiler have finally got it, that a well run farm team is essential to the success of the parent team.

Is this a way to add depth that would help us long term. 

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