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The 2012 NHL Entry Draft: Recap

The 2012 NHL Entry Draft featured a ton of action, and we had people on the ground from across the Nation Network. With the draft behind us, now’s a good time to summarize the collected work done by our writers.

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DAY TWO WAS ABOUT NEED

On day two of the draft the Oilers went after big forwards with skill, and then took a few 20-year-olds late in the draft. I knew the Oilers really liked Mitch Moroz, and I think it is fair to say they grabbed him earlier than people expected. He would have been snatched up before their…

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Should the Edmonton Oilers have made a pitch for Zbynek Michalek?

Photo by Michael Miller, Wikimedia Commons A pair of veteran defensemen switched teams yesterday. Former Oilers Lubomir Visnovsky was dealt from Anaheim to Long Island in exchange for a 2013 second round pick; a small price to pay for a top-four blueliner with a high level of offense. Perhaps more interesting was the trade of…

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LIVE BLOG DAY TWO….

  I’ll be live blogging from the draft floor in Pittsburgh today. The Oilers have an opportunity to add some depth to the organization today, and I expect them to add some players with a combination of size and skill.

The Five Top-Ranked Players Left At The 2012 NHL Draft

The first round of this year’s draft saw some surprising selections. At the very top, Nail Yakupov went first overall as the Oilers opted for the consensus best player, but there were reaches and slides sprinkled throughout. Filip Forsberg, ranked 2nd on the consensus list, fell to 11; Teuvo Teravainen was pegged as a top-10…

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JOHNSON?

The 2012 NHL draft (so far) has been an absolute show stopper: wonderful script, top drawer acting, stunning plot twists and a range of emotions for the viewer. What’s next?

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MACGREGOR GOES 3 FOR 3

Stu MacGregor added a right winger to round out the only potential 1st-overall line combo in the NHL, when he recommended the Oilers take Nail Yakupov with the first pick. After all the buildup, the Oilers made the correct choice and now have four extremely skilled young forwards. MacGregor talked about the decision to take…

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WHAT NOW….

¬†Despite all the rumours about potentially not taking him, the Oilers selected Nail Yakupov with the first pick. He was considered the best player in the draft, and the Oilers agreed. Yakupov was stoked being the first pick, and was excited about the chance to play with the other young stars in Edmonton. He was…

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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…