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Kevin Lowe doesn’t expect Oilers to trade top pick

Jun 20, 2012, 12:32 AM EDT

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For whatever reason, there’s been a steady stream of rumors about teams like the Edmonton Oilers and Toronto Maple Leafs moving their high-end draft choices. Oilers exec Kevin Lowe told Dan Tencer that he hasn’t heard an offer enticing enough to trade Edmonton’s third consecutive No. 1 overall pick, though.

Lowe tells me absolutely no serious offers on the 1st overall pick. He says, “my sense is that we’ll pick”. Offer would have to be huge …”

If the Oilers make Nail Yakupov the top choice as many expect, Edmonton would have an option to employ an all-No. 1 pick line of Yakupov, Ryan Nugent Hopkins (2011) and Taylor Hall (2010). That trio might still be several strides from returning the franchise to contender status, but that would be a remarkable thing to watch.

(In case you’re wondering, Maple Leafs GM – and Lowe’s best pal – Brian Burke believes the Buds will stay put at No. 5 as well.)

  1. lostpuppysyndrome - Jun 20, 2012 at 12:49 AM

    Idiot. Trade it and bring in some veteran talent. Your pantry is already well stocked.

  2. charleslouis99 - Jun 20, 2012 at 12:55 AM

    trade the pick if they pick yakupov the eberle hall nuge line would be broken up they have maybe paajarvi and gagner hemsky
    they’ve already got enough young forwards jeeze

  3. kingfooj - Jun 20, 2012 at 12:56 AM

    so many possibilities for line nicknames….

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Jun 20, 2012 at 1:06 AM

      The “we’re gonna have to pay through the nose for all these guys in a few years” line perhaps?

  4. freneticgarfieldfan - Jun 20, 2012 at 3:29 AM

    Just the same nutty media strategy out of EDM as out of TOR: tell everybody who want to hear (and to those who can’t hear it anymore, too): “the offers are not good enough, but we are listening”.
    Their intentions are pretty clear.

  5. habsman - Jun 20, 2012 at 7:00 AM

    Edmonton can turn this pick into two young Dmen if they play their cards right. There are several good prospects available, but none worthy of the 1st overall pick. Plenty of options if they trade down.

    As for the Leafs, I’m sure they would love to pry Ryan from the Ducks, or Luongo from Van, or the number one pick from the Oilers. The problem is Burkie has poisoned his relationship with these three franchises/GM’s. But I’m sure he will find a willing trade partner in Boston.

    • govtminion - Jun 20, 2012 at 11:28 AM

      That’s not as one-sided as it used to be though. He got fleeced on the Kessel trade, period, but he made up for it with the Kaberle trade. Call him 1-1 on dealing with Chiarelli at this point. (The ridiculous Rask trade, of course, can’t be blamed on Burke, but was still funny).

  6. hockeyflow33 - Jun 20, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    Nobody wins with defense so it’s definitely a great strategy to never address the back-end

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