Oilers likely to deal for another top-10 pick

This is Year 33 of the NHL draft for the Edmonton Oilers and only once have they had two picks in the top 10. That was in 1994, and it turned out to be a good news/bad news scenario.

They swung and missed big-time on Jason Bonsignore with the fourth-overall selection, but recovered after some draft-floor debate to take Ryan Smyth at No. 6. Bonsignore loved everything about NHL life except playing the games and only dressed for 21 in Edmonton before he was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning along with Bryan Marchment for Roman Hamrlik; Smyth played 770 games for the Oilers before he was dealt to the New York Islanders in 2007. We mention this because the Oilers are trying mightily to do it again. They’ve got the first-overall choice — would general manager Steve Tambellini have Red Deer Rebels centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins over to his house for dinner if they weren’t taking him No. 1? — and they are trying hard to move from No. 19 (the pick bequeathed from the Los Angeles Kings in the Dustin Penner trade) into the top 10, presumably to take a defenceman, likely offering a roster player and the 19th selection. It’s no secret they really like Swede Adam Larsson, Doug Hamilton, the Canadian Hockey League’s scholastic player of the year, and a six-foot-four, 197-pound all-around defender, and local product Duncan Siemens, who plays in Saskatoon and has the requisite sandpaper they need on their back end to complement Theo Peckham. Larsson is the most ready to play, a three-year starter in the Swedish Elite League.


3 Responses to Oilers likely to deal for another top-10 pick

  1. hockeylegend488 says:

    i see them trading ales hemsky this year and columbus seems to be the suitor most interested. sources indicate edmonton is considering the trade and in return would recieve the 8th over all plusprospect horichuk(mabye wrong name) but simular and there 2nd round pick.

    so that would be the 1st ,8th and 19th
    however depending who colorado has intrest in mabye tambelini should play hush better and trade the first for the 2nd and 11th that colorado owns. probably colorado has different plays then nuent hopkins.
    oilers pick 2nd,8th,11th,19th and 31st
  2. YT_PENS_FAN says:

    There's NO way Colorado would pay two 1st rounds picks (2nd, and 11th) to move up ONE spot. While they may not get the player they want, there's some very good talent (both forwards and defense), and they know that with the 2nd overall pick, they'll get a very good player.

  3. TheOnlyIslesFan says:

    What about Voracek and a first for Hemsky and the LA Kings first?

    Could we see that?

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