June 20 2012 06:03PM

It's an exciting time for fans of the Edmonton Oilers. Another thrilling draft ('we're number one') means the club will add an outstanding young player to their already bursting roster of exceptional under 23's. On the other hand, the list of "things to do" at the NHL level before September is once again enormous.

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Should the Oilers be looking at taking a goalie early in the second round?

Jonathan Willis
June 20 2012 11:10AM

It’s a decent year for goalies, with a trio – Andrei Vasilevski, Malcolm Subban and Oscar Dansk – all arguably under consideration for first-round status. The trio were all ranked in the top-35 of Bob McKenzie’s latest list and any of the three might be available when the Oilers pick early in the second round.

Should the Oilers use an early pick on one of them?

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Robin Brownlee
June 20 2012 09:07AM

A lot of people believe that if Sarnia Sting centre Alex Galchenyuk hadn't missed most of the 2011-2012 season with a knee injury he'd be neck and neck with teammate Nail Yakupov as the top-ranked prospect going into the NHL Entry Draft in Pittsburgh.

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June 19 2012 08:15PM

Since they left the ice after G7 SCF '06 the Edmonton Oilers have traded, bought out and walked away from many, many actual NHL players. The idea--certainly since 2010 spring--was to go "scorched earth" and to have a quality cluster who could grow together. With that in mind, it would be quite surprising if the Oilers dealt Sam Gagner for a draft pick.

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The Edmonton Oilers and the window to win

Jonathan Willis
June 19 2012 01:16PM

The last few days have seen an explosion of trade rumours (as well as some actual moves) and the expectation is that the Edmonton Oilers will be very busy over the next two weeks. Once again, they enter the NHL Entry Draft with a first overall pick, and once again the next two weeks project as critical in the long-term future of the franchise.

On thing that Steve Tambellini and the rest of the Oilers’ brain-trust should keep in mind throughout this period is the Oilers’ window to win.

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