NHL Draft Lottery 2012: Edmonton Oilers Get 3rd Straight No. 1 Pick

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NHL Draft Lottery 2012: Edmonton Oilers Get 3rd Straight No. 1 Pick

For only the second time in NHL history, the same team won the right to select first on draft day for the third consecutive year.  The Edmonton Oilers became the first team to win the lottery to move from second to first overall.

After selecting Taylor Hall in 2010 and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in 2011, the Oilers will now have the ability, should they desire, to take Nail Yakupov of the OHL's Sarnia Sting.  Yakupov has been the front-runner to go first overall since the outset, and now Oilers GM Steve Tambellini has the chance to add Nail to his growing stable of impressive young studs.

The Columbus Blue Jackets dropped a slot to second overall, while the Canadiens, Islanders, and Maple Leafs all remained in the same position to round out the top five. 

When pressed whether or not he would entertain offers from other teams for the pick or consider selecting a player not named Yakupov, Tambellini remained mum on the subject, stating "all of the above" as possibilities.

The NHL draft will be held in Pittsburgh on June 22 and 23.  Until then, Steve Tambellini will find himself with plenty to mull over.  A feeling he must be getting accustomed to by now.

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