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The Oilers could end up with Sam Reinhart or Aaron Ekblad depending on where they finish in the standings.
The answer to the question of who the Edmonton Oilers will draft in June will almost certainly be decided by two things: where the Oilers finish in the standings and who gets drafted before their turn to select.
As things stand, the Oilers are 29th in the NHL, only one point behind the Florida Panthers. If things stay the same and the draft lottery plays out as it stands, the Oilers will have the second overall pick.
If Aaron Ekblad of the Barrie Colts is available, then the Oilers will almost certainly draft the talented defenseman.
Ekblad represents the best available defenseman in this year's draft and could very well step right into the NHL next season.
Being able to draft a player of Ekblad’s caliber would go a long way toward helping a major organizational deficiency on defense, but what happens if he is gone before the Oilers get the chance?
There are many interesting players in the draft this year aside from Ekblad or Sam Reinhart. The Oilers could also use a large center or a rugged winger, making players like Leon Draisaitl or Michael Dal Colle interesting choices for the team.
Once the draft lottery is established on April 15, the Oilers should know where they stand and who they are targeting to help the club going forward.