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12-11-2012, 12:46 PM
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Originally Posted by oilersfan11 View Post
The Oilers came so close to drafting Murray over Yakupov.Now just imagine if they had the chance to draft Seth Jones.

I'm pretty sure that they would end up taking the d-man.
There's simply no way of knowing this. There were plenty of media rumours along the lines of "maybe this time the Oilers will go for a dman," but we really do not know if the front office seriously considered Murray over Yakupov. The "draft for need" people were saying "they're gonna take Larsson over RNH in 2010," then they were saying "they're gonna take Murray over Yakupov in 2011," and now they're saying "if the Oilers draft 1st overall yet again, they're gonna take Jones over MacKinnon." The "draft for need" fans were wrong in the last 2 drafts, and the logic is still as broken today as it ever was.

Teams prove time and time again that BPA is by far the biggest consideration in the draft, and that positional concerns are left for trades and free agent signings, but a tonne of fans still seem to think that positional needs are of prime importance in the draft. Not really sure why fans think this way, but it's clearly not how NHL front offices make their decisions.

With that being said, it's a bit early to be declaring MacKinnon the top prospect, and it's very early to be projecting the Oilers to pick 1st overall (especially since their chances will likely be poor if there's a full season lockout). But in the unlikely chance that the Oilers do pick 1st, you can bet that they'll take MacKinnon if they see him as the BPA.

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