For the 3rd consecutive year the Edmonton Oilers will once again choose the #1 draft pick for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. The last team to secure the top spot thrice in a row was the Quebec Nordiques during the early 90's.
But who knew?? Going into the Lottery Draft the Oilers had a measly 18.8 % chance to win it, when all hockey pundits and experts thought for sure that the Columbus Blue Jackets would secure the top choice.
Perhaps it was meant to be.
"I guess if you're in the lottery and you come here you might as well win it," said Steve Tambellini. "I feel really excited about the fact that now another young talent hopefully at the level of what the past few picks have been. To add another player like that is pretty exciting for our organization."
No kidding. 2010 Draft Pick Taylor Hall has been nothing but GOLD for the Edmonton Oilers. Despite having a rough 2 years in the show due to injuries, Hall has managed to live up to the hype and the sophomore was 5 points shy of reaching 100 career points.
Rookie sensation Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was the clear winner of the 2011 Draft and after boasting 52 points in 62 games in his first season for the Oil, it is rumored that the 19 year-old will win the Calder despite having less goals than Colorado's Gabriel Landeskog. Moreover, Nugent-Hopkins will represent Canada at the World Hockey Championship along side with Jordan Eberle (who led the team in scoring with 76 points by the way).
With an embarrassing amount of talent at their finger-tips, who will the Oilers pick when Steve Tambellini steps up to the podium at the Energy Console Centre in Pittsburgh?
"I'm looking to know the top picks. Not only in what they do on the ice, but most importantly really makes them tick." said Tambellini.
The consensus among all scouting is that Sarnia Sting forward Nail Yakupov is slated to go #1 at this years draft. While Steve Tambellini understands were the 5'10" 170 pound Russian is positioned, Tambellini will do exactly what he has done in recent years and will remain mum about who he will choose.
to be continued...