NHL Draft 2012: 4 Teams That Could Legitimately Trade Up for the Oilers' #1 Pick

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NHL Draft 2012: 4 Teams That Could Legitimately Trade Up for the Oilers' #1 Pick
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Another NHL season has passed and yet another year of the Edmonton Oilers holding on to the first overall pick in this year's NHL Entry Draft.

This is the third straight year the Oilers have received the first pick as they beat out the Columbus Blue Jackets, who had close to a 50 percent chance of getting the first pick in the lottery.

Many believe that the first player to be taken in this year's draft will be the Russian winger Nail Yakupov, clearly the best player in this year's cast of youngsters.

However, with players like Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, and Taylor Hall already on the roster, the Oilers may not be in the market to take on another forward.

This puts Edmonton in a pickle. Do they use the pick on the best player available in Yakupov or do they trade down in the draft and acquire a necessary piece to their arsenal?

There is reason to believe that the Oilers may be fielding offers for the pick, looking to acquire an impact player, but still being able to draft the best defenseman available.

The Oilers need a top defenseman as they lack a leader on the blue line.

There are a few teams out there that are desperate for a spark in the lineup and may be willing to do whatever it takes to bring in an exciting talent like Yakupov.

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