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After taking Yakupov, Oilers focus on adding size

Jun 23, 2012, 9:04 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 23: Mitchell Moroz, 32nd overall pick by the Edmonton Oilers, speaks to media during day two of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft at Consol Energy Center on June 23, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Edmonton Oilers have an enviable group of young, skill players that includes Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, and now Nail Yakupov. If those four players develop as projected, the Oilers will beat most teams in that department.

With that on mind, Edmonton entered the second half of the draft on Saturday with the objective of adding big players to compliment their core.

“We talked about how do we get these people,” said Oilers GM Steve Tambellini in a Sportsnet report. “Once in a while you may make a trade to get some size that has the skill to play with your top six or nine — once in a while. But more often than not, nine out of 10, you have to draft these people and develop them.

“So that was a major goal of ours coming into this draft and we think we accomplished that.”

They did so by taking guys like Mitchell Moroz with the 32nd overall pick and Daniil Zhakov in the third round. Both are big forwards who might be valuable additions to the Oilers down the road.

Edmonton’s rebuild seems to be coming along nicely, although they still might have trouble competing for a playoff spot next season.

  1. mianfr - Jun 23, 2012 at 9:33 PM

    You can really build a dynasty with three number ones. Hopefully those players can avoid injuries and have long, terrific careers.

    • lordfletcher - Jun 23, 2012 at 9:39 PM

      are you sure??? the Pens look like they did it just fine :) LOL

      That said… I just think EDM has made poor choices with their picks over the last 3 years.

      If EDM doesn’t make the playoffs this year and or their top 3 get injured, enjoy playing golf the rest of your lifeTambellini

      I should rephrase, playing golf the rest of your days sounds pretty amazing, but you get my point.

      – Wild fan

  2. theawesomersfranchise - Jun 23, 2012 at 9:58 PM

    Moroz is going to become a fan favourite one day

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