Dissecting the Draft: What to Expect from the Oilers Come June 24

May 30th, 2010 by Salim Valji Leave a reply »
The Edmonton Oilers obtained the first overall pick at this year's draft for a reason:  last year they stunk.  And so the debate has begun as to Tyler or Taylor.  The potential game-breaking forward or the prototypical center to build around. 

My thoughts on what the team should do with the pick can be read here:

But this article is not about my thoughts on the pick, it's on what I expect the team will do. 

Steve Tambellini has only had one draft as the general manager of the team, but from that draft, there are already some trends to notice. 

Typically when it comes to the draft, teams follow two basic strategies: draft based for biggest need, or draft for best player available. 

Last year, Tambellini displayed a penchant for drafting the best player available rather than focusing on team needs.  This preference was evident when he selected Magnus Svensson-Paajarvi, a winger who had fallen further than most had predicted. 

Paajarvi was the best player available at No. 10 on most draft boards, and the Oilers chose him even though they la ...

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