Edmonton Oilers: Draft Day Have Your Cake and Eat It Too

John WhiteContributor IIJune 5, 2011

Edmonton Oilers: Draft Day Have Your Cake and Eat It Too

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    Oilers GM Steve Tambellini
    Oilers GM Steve TambelliniBruce Bennett/Getty Images

    With the 2011 NHL entry draft approaching, the talk is whether the Oilers will draft playmaking centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins or smooth-skating Swede Adam Larsson.  In either player, the Oilers have the opportunity to add another young player to a promising core that already includes Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, and Magnus Paajarvi. With two more picks in the top 31 and a number of moveable assets, it's possible that Steve Tabellini won't have to decide which player to take.  

Boston Bruins

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    Oilers Winger Ales Hemsky
    Oilers Winger Ales HemskyJeff Gross/Getty Images

    Boston

    1st-9th(Tor)

    2nd-40th(Min)

    Edm

    Ales Hemsky

    3rd-74th(Cal)

    Despite only playing in 47 games this season, Hemsky's 42 points would rank him 8th on the Bruins in scoring. Given its heavy reliance on aging wingers Mark Recchi and Michael Ryder, Hemsky could be exactly what the team needs next season.

Toronto Maple Leafs

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    Oilers Duo Cogliano and Gagner
    Oilers Duo Cogliano and GagnerJimmy Jeong/Getty Images

    Tor

    1st-25th(Phi)

    1st-29th/30th(Bos)

    D-Jesse Blacker

    Edm

    Andrew Cogliano

    Sam Gagner

    The Leafs are looking for depth at centre, and Cogliano and Gagner could be the answers for the Leafs.  While they are not necessarily Burke-type players, they should not be overlooked.

Tampa Bay Lightning

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    GLENDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 23:  Ryan Whitney #6 of the Edmonton Oilers warms up before the NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena on November 23, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Coyotes defeated the Oilers 5-0.  (Photo by Christian Petersen
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    Tampa Bay

    F-Dana Tyrell

    F- Carter Ashton

    1st-27th

    Edmonton

    Ryan Whitney

    Kurtis Foster

    Whitney is a potential replacement in Tampa for Brewer, who is set to become a free agent this summer. Although his season was shortened, he still managed to put up solid numbers for the struggling Oilers team.

New York Rangers

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    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 09: Chris Drury #23 of the New York Rangers skates in warmups prior to the game against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden on April 9, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Jonathan Klein/Getty Images)
    Jonathan Klein/Getty Images

    New York

    F-Chris Drury

    1st-15th

    Edmonton

    F-Ryan O'Marra

    1st-29th/30th(Bos)

    The Rangers expected to make a run at Brad Richards.  This trade lets them clear $7 million for next season so they can sign Richards and still resign their RFA's.

Winnipeg

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    ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 27:  Zach Bogosian #4 of the Atlanta Thrashers skates against the Ottawa Senators at the Philips Arena on March 27, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Thrashers defeated the 5-4 in the shoot out.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
    Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

    Winnipeg

    D-Zach Bogosian(rights)

    1st-7th

    3rd-67th

    Edmonton

    D-Ladislav Smid

    D-Tom Gilbert

    1st-9th(Bos/Tor)

    1st-25th(Tor/Phi)

    1st-27th(Tmp)

    2nd-(2012)

    There are reports that Bogosian does not plan to re-sign with the franchise this summer. Winnipeg gets a number of picks as well as two good defenseman in Ladislav Smid and Tom Gilbert, each of whom are still pretty young. 

New York Islanders

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    MONTREAL , QC - JUNE 27:  General Manager Garth Snow of the New York Islanders (C) and assistant General Manager Ryan Jankowski (R) sit at the draft table during the second day of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft at the Bell Centre on June 27, 2009 in Montreal, Q
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    New York

    1st-5th

    3rd-63rd

    Edmonton

    1st-7th

    2nd-40th

    Pretty simple the Oilers trade up.

Florida Panthers

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    COLUMBUS, OH - JUNE 23:  General manager Dale Tallon attends the 2007 NHL Entry Draft at Nationwide Arena on June 23, 2007 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
    Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

    Florida

    1st-3rd

    Edmonton

    1st-5th

    3rd-62nd

    3rd-63rd

    3rd-67th

Colorado Avalanche

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    MONTREAL - JUNE 26:  Colorado Avalanche General Manager Greg Sherman (l) confers with scouts Richard Pracey and Alan Hepple during the first round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft at the Bell Centre on June 26, 2009 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Bruce
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    Colorado

    1st-2nd

    2nd-2012

    Edmonton

    1st-3rd

    2nd-31st

    3rd-2012

Draft

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    1st overall pick Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
    1st overall pick Ryan Nugent-HopkinsClaus Andersen/Getty Images

    1st-Ryan Nugent-Hopkins

    2nd-Adam Larsson

    15th-Jamieson Oleksiak

    19th-Ty Rattie

2011-2012 Roster

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    DETROIT - NOVEMBER 11:  Jordan Eberle #14 of the Edmonton Oilers and teammate Taylor Hall #4 prepare for a face-off against the Detroit Red Wings during their NHL game at Joe Louis Arena on November 11, 2010 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Dave Sandford/
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    Hall-Nugent-Hopkins-Eberle

    Paajarvi-Tyrell-Aston

    Omark-Horcoff(C)-Drury(A)

    MacIntyre-Fraser-Jones

     

    Larsson-Bogosian(A)

    Strudwick(A)-Blacker

    Peckham-Teubert