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2012 lottery: Oilers get top pick for third year in a row

Apr 10, 2012, 8:41 PM EDT

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Brian Burke had some rather pointed things to say about the Pittsburgh Penguins “model” – which essentially came down to being very bad for a very long time to stock up on draft picks – but the Edmonton Oilers have a chance to prove or disprove it in a big way. The Edmonton Oilers won the 2012 NHL Draft Lottery on Tuesday, giving them the No. 1 overall pick for three consecutive seasons.

The Oilers moved up from second place in the draft positioning, beating out the Columbus Blue Jackets, who held a 25 percent chance to take the top spot after recording the worst record in the NHL. Here’s what the draft will look like – at least before trades and other maneuvering takes place.

1 – Edmonton
2 – Columbus
3 – Montreal
4 – NY Islanders
5 – Toronto
6 – Anaheim
7 – Minnesota
8 – Carolina
9 – Winnipeg
10 – Tampa Bay
11 – Washington (via COL)
12 – Buffalo
13 – Dallas
14 – Calgary

In 2010, the Oilers opted to draft winger Taylor Hall instead of center Tyler Seguin. In last year’s draft, Edmonton chose slick playmaking center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins instead of defenseman Adam Larsson.

Which direction should the Oilers go in this year, then? Should they pick Nail Yakupov, the widely-held No. 1 prospect? Should Edmonton instead address the most obvious area of need by adding the best defenseman available? Or perhaps the Oil might be wisest to trade the pick for multiple choices or an immediate improvement?

We’ll have more on this subject soon, but in the mean time, let us know what you think Edmonton and the rest of the lottery teams should consider.

  1. psujay - Apr 10, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    NHL needs to fix this system. The only thing the NBA does better than the NHL is the lottery. If you’re Calgary, what’s the point? You can go from 14-10? WHooooo! Also, it allows teams to tank and have four top two picks in a row, or three #1 picks in a row. The NBA’s system of lottery is so much better.

    • norseman81 - Apr 10, 2012 at 11:53 PM

      The NBA does that so if they have to they can rig the draft ala Shaq and Orlando

  2. mianfr - Apr 10, 2012 at 8:48 PM

    Have to take Nail. While a bounty of picks/players is nice, the ability to add three people with truly elite potential in three years is worth much more than that.

    • jpelle82 - Apr 11, 2012 at 2:12 PM

      they should trade down and get a good d-man or a goalie. or maybe trade the pick all together for a corey schneider.

      • mianfr - Apr 11, 2012 at 3:29 PM

        You want them to trade the first pick in the draft for a back-up goalie?

  3. kitshky - Apr 10, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    This is such a joke, clearly the Leagues rigging the lottery so Lemiuex gets his new stadium…

  4. contraryguy - Apr 10, 2012 at 8:53 PM

    OMG. isn’t that just great… the CBJ can’t even win the lottery. Fail for Nail… has failed. So now what? is the 2nd guy up any good? Should they trade the pick? (they have LA’s 1st rd pick too, after all)

    Bang head against wall.

    • contraryguy - Apr 10, 2012 at 8:56 PM

      on the plus side, I can’t wait to hear what metalhead65 has to say about this development.

    • east96st - Apr 10, 2012 at 9:12 PM

      Here’s what Columbus will do – they will bundle a truckload of picks to get Edmonton’s top pick. They will pick Nail. Nail will have a solid career in Columbus averaging over thirty goals a season. He’ll make the All Star teams a couple of times. However, as the years go on, CBJ’s inability to draft and develop young players will start to wear on Nail. Combine that with the completely inept front office, the endless string of coaches, and never getting to playoffs, Nail will grow weary of waiting for CBJ to put some talent alongside him and will ask for a trade. In other words, Columbus will repeat everything they did wrong with Rick Nash with Nail Yakupov. Welcome to the Groundhog Day decade in Columbus. All that changed was the name and number on the jersey.

    • bcjim - Apr 10, 2012 at 9:41 PM

      The 2nd guy (Grigorenko) is good. Maybe as good or better.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 10, 2012 at 10:08 PM

        He decides when he wants to show up and when he doesn’t. He won’t help CBJ.

      • psujay - Apr 11, 2012 at 12:04 AM

        He’s Randy Moss.

      • gbiscottagecheesefatties - Apr 11, 2012 at 12:23 AM

        Galchenyuk is the better centerman and the 2nd best player in the draft. He just wasn’t able to skate most of this season.


      • bcjim - Apr 12, 2012 at 12:40 PM

        I like Grigorenkos size in addition to his skill

  5. phillyphever - Apr 10, 2012 at 9:02 PM


  6. treydogg97 - Apr 10, 2012 at 9:07 PM

    Oilers will still find a way to suck.

  7. lewdood - Apr 10, 2012 at 9:07 PM

    What about trading Nuge for a top-2 defenseman and drafting Nail to replace him? I like Nail more than Nuge, and as long as Nuge is healthy he proved he’s gonna have a pretty good NHL career so he’s got a lot of trade value.

    • tarotsujimoto74 - Apr 10, 2012 at 9:14 PM

      Nuge is a center, Yakupov is a winger, that won’t work. If anything Hall or Eberle would be traded.

      • lewdood - Apr 10, 2012 at 9:37 PM

        Gah, you’re right, I got his position and Hall’s confused. I could see Eberle going. Not Hall, tho. Seems like they’re really trying to make sure he’s their franchise guy.

      • psujay - Apr 11, 2012 at 12:05 AM

        Hall isn’t going ANYWHERE. That boy can play.

    • iinformeduthusly - Apr 10, 2012 at 11:11 PM

      Eberle and Hall are going nowhere

      • odj810 - Apr 11, 2012 at 7:08 AM

        there forwards are crazy talented, and young

    • gbiscottagecheesefatties - Apr 11, 2012 at 12:25 AM

      one of these guys will have to get traded eventually.

      EDM can’t afford this roster in 5 years, so they had better win a cup before then (Chi-town)

      • iinformeduthusly - Apr 11, 2012 at 11:39 AM

        But the Pens can afford Crosby, Malkin, Neal, Letang, MAF and Staals contracts?

        Yes they can, smarten up

      • gbiscottagecheesefatties - Apr 11, 2012 at 1:21 PM

        Smarten up?

        5 years is a long time from now captain.

        Hall / Eberle / RNH / Yakupov will all bring in top paying contracts, the Cap is going down in the next CBA. they have no one on defense and will have to pay someone eventually as well as a goalie… Money will be very tight in EDM, IN 5 YEARS! That said, it is a great problem to have.


  8. letangusespertplus - Apr 10, 2012 at 9:14 PM

    Guess Brian Burke thinks the Oilers are Cup bound now.

  9. bcisleman - Apr 10, 2012 at 9:26 PM

    Logical thing for EDM to do is trade down with CBJ & draft Murray.

  10. buckeye044 - Apr 10, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    If it weren’t for bad luck we’d have no luck at all….gloom, despair and agony on me

  11. pastabelly - Apr 10, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    I wouldn’t bet against them making it four in a row next year.

  12. Justin - Apr 10, 2012 at 10:00 PM

    Here is a quick list of the top 7 prospects . I am seeing Morgan Rielly going to Minnesota quite a bit in a lot of the things I have read. Would be really nice to upgrade the defense.

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Apr 10, 2012 at 10:54 PM

      The d in Minnesota needs a serious booster, particularly in size and grit (some might say truculence). Ceci or Reinhart would be nice additions.

      • Justin - Apr 10, 2012 at 11:10 PM

        So agree. Also just staying healthy would mean so much. That is always a wild card of course. The season was kind of funny because at the beginning no one expected them to be that good. They followed that up being much worse than anyone could have anticipated.

      • gbiscottagecheesefatties - Apr 11, 2012 at 12:27 AM

        No chance my Wild take Rielly. Coming off a knee surgery and can’t play defense.

        They will take Forsberg / Galchenyuk if they fall (highly unlikely),……….. Reinhart or Ceci, maybe Faksa.

  13. billsin20xx - Apr 10, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    What really sucks for the Sabres is 5 years ago if they hadn’t matched Edmonton’s restricted free agent offer to Vanek and let him go, I believe they would have acquired 5 #1 picks from them – including the last 3 number 1 picks!!
    Another boner for Regier – FIRE HIM AND RUFF!!!

    • iinformeduthusly - Apr 11, 2012 at 11:41 AM

      f the original team declines the offer sheet and loses the player, it receives draft picks from the player’s new team as compensation.

      Compensation for losing a restricted free agent is on a sliding scale, depending on how much the new contract is worth. The exact numbers change every year.

      The most a team can lose for signing an RFA is four first-round draft picks.

      For 2011, a team signing a restricted free agent to a contract worth more than $7,835,219 per season loses four first-round picks to the player’s old team.

      For a contract worth $6,268,176 or more per year, the acquiring team gives up two first-round picks, one second rounder, and one third.

      There are another four levels of compensation, going down to a contract worth up to $1,034,249 per year, for which there is no compensation.

      • iinformeduthusly - Apr 11, 2012 at 11:44 AM

        Vanek would have cost 4 fist rounders, Hall and RNH would be Sabres

  14. tarotsujimoto74 - Apr 10, 2012 at 10:24 PM

    4 number one picks and you are assuming that they’d be equally as terrible. It’s impossible to tell what would have happened had they gotten Vanek.

  15. iamanidiotfan - Apr 10, 2012 at 10:58 PM

    Draft Yakupov and sign a D-man free agent this summer.

  16. richc111 - Apr 10, 2012 at 11:00 PM

    Why is Lowe still in charge in Edmonton. They shouldn’t be allowed to have 1st pick anymore until they get rid of him. Does anyone know why they he is still there?

  17. sjsharksfan11 - Apr 10, 2012 at 11:23 PM

    Now I know the NHL is fixed. What a joke

    • gbiscottagecheesefatties - Apr 11, 2012 at 12:28 AM

      good one

  18. sheckyrimshot - Apr 10, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    regardless of who gets him, is anyone else staggered by the fact that this dude’s name is NAIL?

    • sheckyrimshot - Apr 10, 2012 at 11:30 PM

      i’m gonna buy some baby tacks and name my kid CHAINSAW FERGUSON.

  19. dnewc - Apr 11, 2012 at 12:39 AM

    They should trade that pick to montreal and make a deal to get pk suban

    • odj810 - Apr 11, 2012 at 7:11 AM

      you don’t want PK talented player but Nails elite. Pk comes and goes and I’m not so sure he will ever put it all together. If there talking about swapping first rounders and getting pk then yea

  20. flyerscup2010 - Apr 11, 2012 at 6:36 AM

    columbus sucks at sucking. cant even win the draft lottery

  21. majbobby - Apr 11, 2012 at 8:27 AM

    Why a lottery system. Everything should be modeled after the NFL. Sport that keeps growing and no signs of slowing. You suck you get top pick. You are second to last second pick. Win the cup last pick in the round. Lottery drafts suck.

    • gbiscottagecheesefatties - Apr 11, 2012 at 9:23 AM

      the issue with that is nobody tanks in the NFL. They do not have guaranteed contracts so players play to keep their jobs and or make sure they get hired on with another team. In every other sport there is room to tank because after the players sign on the dotted line, it’s their money no matter what…. NFL can cut players at any given moment. The lottery makes sense. I assume you’re a younger guy, Ottawa tanked back in the day to get the top picks for a few years, that alone made the lottery worth while….

      Fans that buy season tickets expect to be entertained each night, if their team isn’t playing, the STH gets pissed and might not renew his tickets.

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