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DRAFT DAY 2012

Years from now we may ask ourselves "what was the general mood back at the 2012 Entry Draft?" You know, before the Oilers win all those Cups and everyone agrees that Steve Tambellini really did have a plan and after all – he drafted The Nuge right? That says something? Right.

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THE FINAL COUNTDOWN

At around 5:05 p.m. Edmonton time the Nation will either explode in excitement if the Oilers draft Nail Yakupov, or we’ll set an all-time comments record if they take Ryan Murray instead. Here in Pittsburgh all the speculation is that the Oilers will take Murray. We won’t know until draft time if that’s true, but…

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LIGHT OF A CLEAR BLUE MORNING

The Edmonton Oilers cash their third #1 overall pick today, adding the final name to the fab four. In a very real way, it’s the biggest test for the scouting group in Oilers history. Nail is going to be a famous hockey player and an extremely good one. You can’t find a mock draft or…

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FTHM V: NAIL YAKUPOV

If the Edmonton Oilers take the player deemed the best available by every recognized scouting outfit on the planet with the first pick at the NHL Entry Draft in Pittsburgh, they’ll be walking to the podium with Nail Yakupov’s name on a jersey, as they should. I know, this just in . . . While…