DRAFTING NOT ONLY WAY TO WIN

Jason Gregor
June 17 2011 11:45AM

In a week Steve Tambellini will walk up to the microphone and announce Ryan Nugent-Hopkins as the first overall pick in the 2011 draft. Oiler fans will rejoice with the notion they finally have a true number one centre on their team, and you'll wait patiently for him to showcase his talents in the near future. Nugent-Hopkins combined with Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle and Magnus Paajarvi will have many of you believing the Oil is finally on the road to credibility.

You are probably right, however, in the past four years Stu MacGregor and his scouts have deservingly earned your praise, but after Friday, it will be up to Steve Tambellini to build this team into a contender.

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TAMBELLINI CALLING: LET'S MAKE A DEAL

Robin Brownlee
June 17 2011 06:05AM

Jim Matheson at The Journal is hearing much the same things I am about Edmonton Oilers GM Steve Tambellini angling for a second top pick in the first round at the NHL Entry Draft in Minnesota next Friday.

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BIGGEST LOSERS: RIOTERS AREN'T FANS

Robin Brownlee
June 16 2011 08:06AM

The biggest story out of Vancouver Wednesday night should have been the 4-0 waxing the Canucks took from the Boston Bruins in the seventh game of the 2011 Stanley Cup final. Predictably, it wasn't.

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Summer of '89

Lowetide
June 15 2011 09:04PM

During the 2010 NHL entry draft, Oiler fans got together to hear the big announcement: Taylor or Tyler. Over the years, Edmonton has drafted some of the truly exceptional talents in the game's history. Their draft day scouting reports still ring true all these years later.

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TRADE HEMSKY???

Jason Gregor
June 15 2011 10:47AM

With the draft less than ten days away, thankfully we are starting to hear, read and see some trade rumours. Two weeks ago Scott Howson was very upfront to numerous media outlets, including Oilers Lunch on the TEAM 1260, that he was looking to move the 8th overall pick to get a veteran player that could help his team. Media and fans don't need much to toss a few logs into the rumour mill to get it heated up, but Howson's words were like gasoline and the mill became an instant inferno.

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