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Oilers ‘very amenable’ to trading seventh overall pick

May 24, 2013, 4:27 PM EDT

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Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish is actively shopping his team’s seventh overall draft pick.

“We’ve talked to a number of teams about that seventh pick and moving that pick in either direction,” MacTavish told season-ticket holders Thursday evening, per 630 CHED. “I think that’s something that we’re very amenable to.

“If we do move that pick back and get an asset that we feel can come in and help the current group, we’d be more than happy to have any of those discussions, and have had many of those discussions with a lot of the managers at this point. In terms of moving up, I’ve had a couple discussions with managers about moving up.”

If another GM would like to grab MacTavish’s attention, a big center and a goalie to push Devan Dubnyk are on the organization’s wish list.

The Oilers, of course, have picked first overall the past three seasons. Now, it’s time to start winning with those picks. (Actually, it was time to starting winning when the 2013 season started, but Edmonton missed the playoffs for the seventh straight time.)

Former seventh overall picks in the NHL today include Ryan Suter, Jakub Voracek, Jeff Skinner, Joffrey Lupul and Nazem Kadri.

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  1. hockeyfootball98 - May 24, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    Hi Craig this is Paul Holmgren…..I’ve got a young Center and a veteran goalie interested?

  2. govtminion - May 24, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    “I mean, you get first overall over and over like we do, a seventh overall just kind of isn’t all that useful, you know? What would we use this for?”

  3. hy3rid28 - May 24, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    would love the flyers to trade up and get nurse

  4. pizzano7416 - May 24, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    Pens should send them MAF for the pick…:)

  5. thomasvanek - May 24, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    Sabres will be in the running for sure.

  6. lordfletcher - May 25, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    Only if my Wild still had their 1st round pick 😦 and another goalie prospect.

    I do like the deal for Pominville if it didn’t cost as much as it did. Should have been one prospect with the pick or both prospects and a 3rd rounder.

    All of that said, it is 100% impossible for the Wild to move up in to the top 10 unless someone wants Granlund and Fletcher is willing to deal (not going to happen) but it is possible that the Wild get into the mid 20’s…. If Edmonton was smart they would keep the pick and pick up the best Dman on their board. If anything trade Hall for immediate help. Hall is a cancer on that team. Horrible leadership and they treat him as a golden child.

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