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What Edmonton Should Do: Trade The First-Overall Pick
The Oilers have the top pick for a third straight year, which should raise questions as to whether or not the NHL's entry draft is built on a faulty system, but that is another conversation for another day.
Drafting Nail Yakupov would be the sexy pick for Edmonton. Putting Yakupov in the top six with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle, and Taylor Hall would pay dividends down the road, but if Edmonton goes this route, they will find themselves with another to- five draft choice in 2013, and possibly a fourth-straight first-overall pick.
The value of a first-overall pick is absolutely tremendous, and it would be unwise for Edmonton not to listen to offers that could garner a king's ransom.
That's all well and good for Edmonton, because what they do not need is another winger at this point.
The word "starved" is an understatement when I say that Edmonton is starved for defense and goaltending.
Edmonton's best defenseman, Ryan Whitney, is having annual health issues, they traded away Tom Gilbert, and Nikolai Khabibulin is inching towards retirement with no true number-one heir to the net.
What Edmonton is Likely to Do: Draft Nail Yakupov and dangle him as trade bait, or pick Mikhail Grigorenko and install him as the number-two center.