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05-01-2013, 07:12 PM
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Originally Posted by oilwings View Post
What??? you've already given up on Murray, the so call 'franchise dman' of the 2012 draft? The dman the Oilers should've taken with the #1 pick over Yakupov?
You don't pick in the draft based on need. Needs can easily change within the 3-5 years it takes most players to develop to the point where they can make an impact at the NHL level (look at the Price pick as a great example). IF you are going to draft on need... you wait until the later rounds, unless there's a tie with the BPA at which point need could enter into the equation.

As to whether a team has given up on Murray... that's not really the case. They'd be trading what they (and most others) believe should be a franchise D in return for what should be a franchise forward. For a team that has a bunch of D prospects, and a deep (and expensive) NHL D core, they would be making a positional change. Trading from a position of strength for a position of weekness.

But there was never any debate in Yakupov and Murray. If you wanted Murray, you trade down a spot and get additional assets.

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