Edmonton Oilers: Who Should They Take with the No. 1 Overall Pick?

Shane DarrowAnalyst IIJune 18, 2012

Photo from USA Today
Photo from USA Today

The Edmonton Oilers find themselves in a familiar spot—having to decide what to do with the No. 1 overall draft pick. There are many great talents in this years draft pool, and mynhldraft.com, among others, believe that the Oilers are going to go with the consensus No. 1 prospect in the draft in Nail Yakupov.

I am not saying that Yakupov is not worthy of being the No. 1 draft pick overall, but I believe that taking him would be a huge mistake. Not only are the Oilers already stacked with young talent up front, but finding a way to keep all of these guys signed is going to be difficult in the future.

According to Sportsnet's Mark Spector via Twitter, the Oilers will not trade the No. 1 overall pick, and the fact that they closed that option so early has to be frustrating for Edmonton fans.

The NHL draft, unlike many other sports, is very deep, and the Oilers could find a way to get more draft picks or young talent by at least considering trading the pick.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, in my opinion, should win the Calder Trophy for Rookie of the Year at the NHL Awards on June 20, and the Oilers need to find a way to build around what they have in him.

The Oilers averaged 2.83 goals against per game, which was good enough for 23rd in the NHL, and I believe they need to draft a defenseman, or at least get a solid one via a trade.

If the Edmonton Oilers decide to keep the No. 1 pick, I believe the option that makes the most sense is to draft defenseman Ryan Murray from the Everett Silvertips in the WHL, even though Yakupov might be the best guy on the board.

What do you think Oiler fans? Who you want to see your team draft with the No. 1 overall pick?