NHL 2011 Draft: 3 Possible 1st Overall Picks for the Edmonton Oilers

Michael DeSantisSenior Analyst IJune 16, 2011

TORONTO, CAN - JANUARY 19:  Sean Couturier #7 of Team Cherry skates with the puck against Team Orr in the 2011 Home Hardware Top Prospects game on January 19, 2011 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada. Team Orr defeated Team Cherry 7-1. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
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Even though the Boston Bruins have won the Stanley Cup, hockey season is still not over. Hockey season is never over. It's time for yet another exciting part of hockey: this year's draft! As there are every year, there are many young talents available.

Once again this year, the Edmonton Oilers get first dibs on the skater they want to choose.

There are many young players that have potential to go first overall. These players include centers Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jonathan Huberdeau and Sean Couturier. Also, left wing Gabriel Landeskog, defenseman Adam Larsson and Dougie Hamilton.

I narrowed down the Oilers probable choices to three skaters. All of them are the centers because the Oilers need to patch up the hole they lost when the Kings acquired Dustin Penner, and to complement last year's first overall pick, Taylor Hall. The three I believe the Oilers will most likely choose from are Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jonathan Huberdeau and Sean Couturier.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins would be a great pick for the Oilers because from sources on mynhldraft.com, he has the best hockey IQ and has Gretzky-like playmaking skills. He is also called the most complete player in the NHL Draft. He has potential to be a future No. 1 center in the NHL.

In his most recent season in the WHL with the Red Deer, he played in 69 games, scoring 31 goals and 75 assists for 106 total points. He is a good height at 6'0" on the dot, but only 170 pounds. If he adds some weight, he can be the best he can.

Sean Couturier, who's known for his speed and stick skills, is another top prospect the Oilers will probably consider. He is a rare, thus valuable two-way player who is great on both ends of the ice.

He's from the QMJHL team the Drummondville Voltigeurs. In his past two seasons, in 126 games he scored 77 goals and notched 115 assists for a grand total of 192 points in those games. He's in great physical shape, at 6'4" and 195 pounds. He's NHL ready.

Jonathan Huberdeau is the other great choice that can play both center and left wing. He has great stick handling and is a great passer. He's becoming a great scoring and playmaking forward and is a great two-way player as well. 

His most recent season with the Saint John Sea Dogs in the QMJHL was very impressive. In 67 games, he had 43 goals and 62 assists. He has a height of 6'1" and weighs 170 pounds. He is the third great and possible first overall pick for the Edmonton Oilers.

While Huberdeau is a great player, and I could see him going in the top five, I believe the Oilers choice will be between Couturier and Nugent-Hopkins.

I personally think the Oilers best choice will be Couturier, but just by a small margin. Even though Nugent-Hopkins is a fantastic playmaker with a great hockey IQ, Couturier is the most NHL-ready, has a great physique and is a great two-way player as well. He's the best scoring player and is a great playmaker and finisher.

No matter who gets drafted first, they could all help the Oilers tremendously, and this should be a very interesting draft.