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01-19-2013, 04:12 AM
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Let's look at their record.

2001: Hemsky
2002: Stoll, Greene
2003: Brodziak
2004: Dubnyk
2005: Cogliano
2006: Petry (no first round pick)
2007: Gagner
2008: Eberle, maybe Hartikainen
2009: maybe Paajarvi, Lander, Roy
2010: Hall, a bunch of maybes
2011: RNH, probably Klefbom, a bunch of maybes
2012: Yakupov, a bunch of maybes

Basically, if the Oilers had a good team their drafting would probably be good enough to sustain it for awhile. Whether 1st, 6th, 22nd, 25th or 45th overall, they've usually been able to get something with their top pick. The problem isn't that the drafting is bad, it's that it isn't good enough to build a team from the ground up. There isn't a year (with the hopeful exceptions of 2010-12) where they made multiple picks that produced top 4/6 players.

Personally, I think the best thing that could happen for the Oilers (other than a cup) is to finish 17th, win the lottery and then use their next couple of first round picks to fill out their roster by trade/offer sheet. Adding O'Reilly and Jones this off season would top adding Yakupov and Schultz last year.

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