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11-11-2013, 05:43 PM
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The Oilers need a legit #2 centre as much as they need a top Dman. This is not why they shouldn't have drafted Yakupov, it's why they should have traded down (picking up assets along the way) and drafted Galchenyuk.

But aside from hindsight being 20-20, I would take Ekblad: a 6'4 Dman who's one of the better prospects to come around in a long time, could you imagine this top 4:


I like some of the other players in the Oilers system (Gernat, Marancin, Belov), but it remains to be seen if any of those guys really become top-3 or 4 Dmen. Ekblad, on the other hand, is a sure-fire top-2 Dman (if not #1 future Norris candidate), is a righty, and brings a complete game, including size & offense. I would take him and run.

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