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    2012 NHL Draft (June 22-23): Edmonton Oilers

    As most Oilers fans know Edmonton possesses the #1 overall pick in the NHL Draft for 3rd straight year.

    Who should the Oilers draft to pair up with Hall and Nugent-Hopkins?
    Last edited by NYMetropolitans; 06-22-2012 at 03:00 PM.

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    Please feel free to keep all posts about the 2012 NHL Draft in this thread. Congratulations Oilers fans! Another bright star will be in your possession tonight!

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    The Oilers also have interest in Ryan Murray and say if they see that Yakopuv and Murray are at the same skill level they will draft for need, which for them is defencemen.

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    With the 1st pick of the 2012 NHL Draft the Edmonton Oilers select:

    Nail Yakopuv, Age 18, RW

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    Yakupov made an immediate impact in the OHL in the 2010-11, setting franchise marks in both goals and points for the Sarnia Sting. Despite facing injury this past season, Yakupov tallied a tremendous 69 points in 42 games. He is a dynamic offensive player, who combines great ice vision with a knack for creating quality offensive chances. Yakupov has one of the best shots in the draft class, and his great hands allow him to manipulate the puck in a variety of ways to fool both opposing defensemen and goaltenders. His strength on his skates and his shiftiness on the ice will also help him at the next level. Yakupov tends to float back to the defensive zone and will need to improve his play away from the puck if he is to become a star in the league. Despite this, there are no questions about Yakupov’s game-breaking ability and for that reason he is regarded as the top prospect in the draft. He'll be joining an Oilers' core that's full of promising young forwards.
    Source: Rotoworld

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    Soo happy we picked Yakupov.






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    The Oilers have a lot of young talent now, under the age of 22. Should be getting better soon.


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    Oilers have such a bright future ahead of them Edmonton should finally get ready for a winner again.

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    Oilers come away winners in 2012 Draft: CBS Sports Full Article

    Edmonton Oilers: The Oilers are winners for no other reason than the simple fact they didn't outthink themselves and do something completely ridiculous like pass on Nail Yakupov with the top pick.

    As the draft approached on Friday night there seemed to be an increasing belief that they might actually take defenseman Ryan Murray with the No. 1 overall pick, passing on the player that was believed to be the best prospect in the draft.

    That is never a good idea, no matter how much talent you have at one position (or how little you have at another)

    In the end, though, the Oilers made the only pick they could have (and should have) made by selecting the Sarnia Sting forward and adding him to their already impressive collection of young forwards. I don't know how many games they're going to win next season (probably not many), but with Yakupov, Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle the Oilers at least have some hope that this six-year run of irrelevance in the Western Conference can soon come to an end.

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    Here are individual breakdowns of each pick from coppernblue.com

    1st Round

    #1 - Nail Yakupov, F, Sarnia Sting: The Oilers did the smart thing, taking the best player available rather than drafting for need, and landed the unanimous best player available overall. Yakupov is a superstar, on par with Taylor Hall (and maybe better), and is going to be a fantastic player. Yakupov, believed to be the first practicing Muslim drafted. Yakupov is going to have to overcome Alberta and Canada's xenophobia, especially directed at Russian players (even though he's not Russian) and if he should falter at all, I'd expect the fanbase to grumble relatively quickly. Grade: A

    2nd Round

    #32 - Mitch Moroz, F, Edmonton Oil Kings: The Oilers did the stupid thing, taking a player they wanted to draft, but taking him 40-60 spots too early. Moroz was ranked somewhere south of 60, and there were three projected first rounders still available to them, but they went with the local kid instead. I could list the alternatives at #32, but there's not enough time. Steve Tambellini said that they believed Moroz would be gone by the time they picked again at #63, so they jumped on him. This is the draft. When you pick at #32 and #63, it's difficult to get a guy ranked at #50, unless you blow things up and get negative value out of your #32 pick. That's exactly what the Oilers did. Moroz became a press row joke as soon as his name was called. Grade: F

    3rd Round

    #63 - Jujhar Khaira, F, Prince George Spruce Kings: Boom or bust time from here on out and the Oilers went for broke here. Khaira will head to Michigan Tech in the fall and the NCAA will give him a chance to fill out. He's a big kid, bigger than listed (I'd guess 6'3, closer to 6'4), and has offensive ability. He's the first player of East Indian descent drafted into the NHL, and could blaze a trail into the NHL by stopping in Edmonton. This is a player who could become a real power forward and it's not a longshot, like it is for Moroz. Grade: B

    #91 - Daniil Zharkov, F, Belleville Bulls: Boom or bust once again, with the Oilers delivering an extremely talented Russian with no interest in returning to the KHL. Zharkov admitted that he struggled with the transition to North American hockey, but that he's got the game down now and considers himself a "Canadian forward". The Oilers managed to get a kid ranked in the 30s at #91 after getting a kid ranked in the 100s at #32. Zharkov is another player who might pan out as a real power forward - he's been referred to as one of the best pure goal scorers in this draft. Grade: A

    4th Round

    #93 - Erik Gustafsson, D, Djurgårdens IF: Overagers were in vogue this draft and the Oilers used their next two selections on them. Gustafsson improved his offensive output and looks like a guy who could be one of those late developing Red Wing defensemen, but with Anton Slepyshev and Nikita Gusev available, this pick could've been a home run. Grade: D

    5th Round

    #123 - Joey Laleggia, D, Denver: Laleggia is a really nice defenseman, but he's so small that it's a longshot that he'll ever play an NHL game. Fargo's Brian Cooper is in the same boat - these guys have most of the tools and skills necessary to play at the next level, but are held back by their size. Again, this was another frustrating pick with these two aforementioned forwards plus Valeri Vasiliyev and Coda Gordon on the board. Grade: D

    6th Round

    #153 - John McCarron, F, Cornell: McCarron is big and mean and is reputed to have some hands. He's an ivy leaguer, so he must have some brains, but big and mean and reputed hands are a dime-a-dozen. Of course, maybe he'll turn out like Kyle Bigos and become a real player. Grade: C

    7th Round

    This is where the name Mitch Moroz would've been okay, unfortunately, the Oilers didn't have any seventh round picks.

    Overall, the Oilers did the same thing they've done for the last three seasons - they got the easy part, the first overall pick, right. It's all of the rest of the details that they struggle with. Take away the Yakupov pick and there's a real mess here. Alternatively, they could've drafted Yakupov, Collberg/Finn/Aberg, Khaira, Zharkov, Slepyshev , Gusev, Gordon. Lordy.

    Oilers final draft grade: C
    Source: coppernblue.com

    Just one man's opinion here but from his sentiment he felt that Oilers did the smart thing first in making the obvious pick in Yakopuv and the faltered in the later rounds. Anyone else agree with him?

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    Oilers grabbed some big bodies in this draft, I like tough physical players. They are vital to the success of each team in hockey.


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