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Polls: Tell Edmonton what to do with third No. 1 pick

Apr 10, 2012, 9:55 PM EDT

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In a development that must give a lot of mediocrity-haters a case of bitter beer face, the Edmonton Oilers won the 2012 draft lottery. That allowed the NHL’s second worst team to get the top pick, which really isn’t that bad – but getting the No. 1 choice three years in a row is.

Still, there’s nothing that the disapproving masses can do other than gripe on Twitter. As fun as that might be, the more intriguing questions revolve around what the Oilers should do next.

Should they even keep the pick?

When asked what he’ll do with the No. 1 pick shortly after the Oilers were announced as winners, GM Steve Tambellini was noncommittal about whether he would use it or trade the selection for a more immediate bit of help. Considering Edmonton’s lack of recent results, it wouldn’t be that crazy to imagine Tambellini moving the pick to improve the present at some expense to the future – especially if his job is in some danger.

One can imagine all sorts of scenarios. Edmonton might take advantage of a solid overall draft by swapping a little quality for quantity. Then again, maybe they could offer the spurned Columbus Blue Jackets the No. 1 choice as part of a package for that Rick Nash fella we keep hearing about.

To start things off, let us know if the Oilers should even keep the No. 1 choice.

(Note: it’s technically possible that Edmonton could trade for a roster player and picks, but just consider those choices the “focal point” of a deal.)

Who should they draft?

OK, so let’s assume the Oilers follow the script and use that pick. Who should they go after? Choose from Central Scouting’s top 15 or write in a prospect of your own in the poll below (positions listed in parenthesis):

  1. bluesrawesome - Apr 10, 2012 at 10:03 PM

    Edmonton despretly needs d and the top 3 are not d trade #1 over all for #3-5 to get d and some extra picks or just trade for over all for a NHL d man but I think they should do first option that I thought of. They all ready have enough high quality forwards and just need better depth at forward but really need a few all around d man.

  2. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 10, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    They’ve got more than enough young offensive talent. Either draft Murray or trade it away.

  3. bcisleman - Apr 10, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    Trade down to #2. The LAK first will likely be #16. Draft Murray & use the LAK pick to get the best available defenseman on the board at 16.

    • bcisleman - Apr 11, 2012 at 2:07 PM

      Minor error. LAK pick will be #17 if they don’t go deep, not #16. Doesn’t change validity of the strategy.

  4. kitshky - Apr 10, 2012 at 10:17 PM

    Trade the #1 pick away for an undersized winger, preferably from Europe, to compliment their already talented Forwards.

    (That’s totally not the Canuck fan in me talkin …)

  5. watchfullhose - Apr 10, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    Shove it up their yea

  6. blomfeld - Apr 10, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    “What should the Oilers do with the No.1 pick in 2012 ?” …

    Answer: Trade it for a surplus Soviet-era rocket launcher and then send that idiot Tom Renney into outer space ! Having that imbecile at the helm of the highly talented and likable Oilers, makes about as much sense as handing over the controls of the Space Shuttle to Jim Neighbors ! The Oilers should have challenged the Canucks this year for the NW division title … no two ways about it. Instead, here they are again in the cellar, grovelling over “loser” draft picks. At some point the people in the fair city of Edmonton will wake up and smell the coffee, by “liquidating” this smooth-talking, disingenuous, con artist. Until then however, no amount of first round picks will ever help their cause. Renney ruined the Canucks once and and now he’s doing it to the Oilers … and that’s a shame.

  7. malkinrulez - Apr 10, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    Blomfeld that maybe the best post I have read on PHT. Well done.

    • paledevil - Apr 12, 2012 at 4:42 PM

      the man is an artist…lol

  8. icelovinbrotha215 - Apr 10, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    Yep yep. Ya gotta trade down. Get multiple picks and focus on D (and goaltending if need be). They have enough young potiential up front. Nail would be a nice addition but you need to defend your blue line and that’s not what he will be paid to do.

  9. iamanidiotfan - Apr 10, 2012 at 10:53 PM

    Well if we follow your Pittsburgh model that you were referring to earlier, the Oilers should draft the best player they can. In this case, it means Yakupov.

  10. streetpack - Apr 10, 2012 at 11:03 PM

    If they use the #1 overall pick, they have to draft Yakupov. He’s the best player in the draft, you don’t draft for need you draft the best player available at the current slot or you trade down. If they want to go D (which they really need), they should trade down to get equal value for Yakupov.

  11. thatsdoinit - Apr 10, 2012 at 11:18 PM

    Oiler fan here.

    Step 1: Fire Tambellini
    Step 2: Fire Renney

    Then worry about the draft.

  12. odj810 - Apr 11, 2012 at 7:04 AM

    Would they consider trading it for a more polished prospect defenseman. Adam larson? or Dougie hamilton? (I don’t know if new jersey or boston would do that anyway given the improvement those 2 made. Or what about getting bernier and picks or bernier and roster help

  13. triplepropalm - Apr 11, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    The Oilers should take Yakupov and worry about filling needs later.

    And Rick Nash is the forward version of Jay Bouwmeester. The Oilers, and every other team, should stay away from him. He’s just a talented loser.

  14. tcclark - Apr 11, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    If I’m Edmonton, I’m trying to trade with Columbus. Get #2 and a first next year. Don’t worry about the Kings pick. Let them keep it so you can get a first next year. Nail is not going to fix the Blue Jackets’ problems. They could be looking at #1 4 years in a row.

  15. gbiscottagecheesefatties - Apr 11, 2012 at 9:35 AM

    You keep Yakupov and fill in D with FA.

    EDM is undersized but skilled and could be deadly in two years once their D prospects join their team. Stay the course, don’t trade down.

    – Wild fan (who’s very jealous you won the lottery AGAIN)

  16. fantasyhockeyguru - Apr 11, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    I think they should trade it for a pick and 1 or 2 players. Teams that may/should be considered/interested:

    NJ- Trade Parise before contract expires (if you can’t sign him), a young D man, and your pick for Edmonton #1 and possible player to be named later

    Columbus- Trade Nash, a young D man with talent, and your pick for #1 and a player to be named later

    Montreal- Trade Desharnais, another D man, and your pick for #1 need offensive help bad and have some good defensive depth

    Islanders- Trade Parenteau, a good young D man (Hamonic, Macdonald) and your pick for #1

    • gbiscottagecheesefatties - Apr 11, 2012 at 10:57 AM

      WOW. just wow

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