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03-14-2013, 10:27 PM
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If the criteria is luck in the draft, I have hard time not voting for the Oilers. Yes, they got gifted one Wayne Gretzky but then they essentially put every other building block in place around him via the draft.

The Islanders, as ridiculous as their drafting was, still had to pick up Billy Smith on a claim from L.A and trade for Butch Goring and Bob Bourne.

The Oilers had some creepy luck in putting the perfect pieces around Gretzky. I mean, think about it, you have a slightly-built offensive dynamo; now what do you want?

Reliable stay-at home defenseman? Check. (Lowe)
Big, physical, two-way center? Check. (Messier)
Scoring winger with clutch play? Check. (Anderson)

Best offensive defenseman since Orr? Check. (Coffey)
Perfect blend of defense and offense to ride shotgun? Check. (Kurri)

Hall of Fame goalie? Check. (Fuhr)

Toss in the fact that throughout the early to mid-80s, they consistenly bolstered their depth with players like Andy Moog, Steve Smith, Esa Tikkanen and Jeff Beaukeboom. . . that's pretty remarkable. Heck, they drafted arguably the second-best player to come through the NHL draft system 48th overall.

Sometimes I wonder if somebody made a deal with the devil. Which would explain their drafting from about 1984 on.

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