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Who will Edmonton take at No. 1?

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08:24 AM ET 06.11 | Yet again, the Oilers are picking first in the draft, which doesn't mean it gets any easier. I'd say it's a 60-40 chance the Oilers take winger Nail Yakupov and not defenceman Ryan Murray -- if you asked the Oilers fan base they'd go that way, too -- but not everybody agrees. "From what I understand the other guy is a hell of a player, but my gut tells me the Oilers will take Ryan. For sure, he'll be a top-two defenceman in the NHL. My comparison is Ray Bourque. Same size physically and in hockey sense," said Murray's former Everett Silvertips GM and NHL goalie Doug Soetaert, who had separate talks with Tambellini and Kevin Lowe at Rexall Place one night. "I'm biased, but I saw Ryan for three years, every game. He creates offence."

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June 11, 2012  08:42 AM ET

you'd think they'd have this down by now....

June 11, 2012  09:22 AM ET
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Take the best player. Always take the best player.

Take the player that is best for your team. I'd be a little wary to take a Russian with the first pick, given their propensity to bolt to the KHL.

June 11, 2012  09:29 AM ET
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Take the player that is best for your team. I'd be a little wary to take a Russian with the first pick, given their propensity to bolt to the KHL.

Take the Leafs offer of 2 1sts and a depth player

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June 11, 2012  09:45 AM ET
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Depth player? Where are these depth players you speak of?

you see, some teams without an Irked Pres/GM/Dark Sith Lord have these other types of players that are "role players" And I mean other, as in other than overpaid and underperforming, something we Rangers' fans are familiar with as well

June 11, 2012  09:46 AM ET
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Depth player? Where are these depth players you speak of?

In Boston.

June 11, 2012  09:47 AM ET

Trade down to CBJ, get another prospect and take the Dman. Do they have great goaltending and defensive prospects? I know they have a few solid D prospects but are any supposed to be top pairing players?

June 11, 2012  09:47 AM ET
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Take the best player. Always take the best player.

if yakupov is head & heels over anyone else then they either gotta take him or trade the pick...but if its naything even remotely close, the Oilers NEED a quality d-man. Personnally If I was Edmonton I'd trade the pick to Columbus so that I can get Wilson & some d on the farm system in columbus (too lazy to see what Columbus has in the tap...but I figure they gotta have at least one good prospect). They'd get a much needed future blue liner and they'd increase their depth.

June 11, 2012  09:48 AM ET
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Trade down to CBJ, get another prospect and take the Dman. Do they have great goaltending and defensive prospects? I know they have a few solid D prospects but are any supposed to be top pairing players?

woah, wtf...we're like kindred spirits.

June 11, 2012  10:52 AM ET

I don't think Edmonton wants Nail. They want a defenseman, and fell in love in Murray in the World Championships.

I also don't think Columbus wants Nail. They are probably too scared off drafting Russians.

June 11, 2012  10:59 AM ET
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Depth player? Where are these depth players you speak of?

Hidden between the gems in his avatar :)

June 11, 2012  11:10 AM ET
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if yakupov is head & heels over anyone else then they either gotta take him or trade the pick...but if its naything even remotely close, the Oilers NEED a quality d-man. Personnally If I was Edmonton I'd trade the pick to Columbus so that I can get Wilson & some d on the farm system in columbus (too lazy to see what Columbus has in the tap...but I figure they gotta have at least one good prospect). They'd get a much needed future blue liner and they'd increase their depth.

All reports say Yakupov is by far the best player available so it's a no brainer the Oilers take him.
Also I agree with Argos Columbus would rather not be forced to draft another Russian

June 11, 2012  11:22 AM ET
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All reports say Yakupov is by far the best player available so it's a no brainer the Oilers take him. Also I agree with Argos Columbus would rather not be forced to draft another Russian

Good point. Fool me once shame on you fool me twice . . . . . . (See Brian Burke)

June 11, 2012  11:24 AM ET
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All reports say Yakupov is by far the best player available so it's a no brainer the Oilers take him. Also I agree with Argos Columbus would rather not be forced to draft another Russian

So will they be drafting #1 again next year.

June 11, 2012  11:43 AM ET
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Good point. Fool me once shame on you fool me twice . . . . . . (See Brian Burke)

See below.

June 11, 2012  11:46 AM ET
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So will they be drafting #1 again next year.

Nope. What you will hear next year is the Toronto Maple Leafs have traded the number 1 pick to Boston for Tim Thomas.

June 11, 2012  11:55 AM ET
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All reports say Yakupov is by far the best player available so it's a no brainer the Oilers take him. Also I agree with Argos Columbus would rather not be forced to draft another Russian

howson's face at the draft lottery said otherwise. The guy looked about as red in the face & drunk as ole Burkie.

 
June 11, 2012  12:48 PM ET

If Edmonton wants to win something before all these youngin's get old and grey they better come up with a defenseman who is already worth his salt.

Somebody who is already developed. Waiting on a rookie d-man will take too long.

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