With the #1 Overall Pick in the 2012 Entry Draft, the Edmonton Oilers take…

By , June 22, 2012 5:14 pm

Nail Yakupov.. the newest Oiler..

Nail Yakupov.. the newest Oiler..


Nail Yakupov!

There was a lot of smoke out there suggesting that the Oilers would take Ryan Murray or Griffen Reinhart.. possibly trading their pick. I think they made the right choice here. Nail Yakupov was the near-consensus #1 prospect in the draft. Most scouts and scouting agencies had him #1. Many also said there was a big drop off after Yakupov too. Well done, Oilers… now go get us Justin Schultz and possibly another good d-man via free agency or trade.


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26 Responses to “With the #1 Overall Pick in the 2012 Entry Draft, the Edmonton Oilers take…”

  1. G&S says:

    They Got it right!!! Now free agent dmen know where to sign!!!! Good times ahead in Oil Country

  2. Racki says:

    Next up in Oil Country:

    To EDM
    Shea Weber

    To NASH
    Our left nut..

  3. G&S says:

    The Islanders got a lot better today. I had already though that the Islanders next season would surprise ppl but now with what they did today, well I now think that they maybe have a round or two in them in the playoffs next year.

  4. oilinblood says:

    All i got to say is thank fucking god.

    and God Bless Doug Weight

  5. G&S says:

    Now I hope that the Oilers take Dalton Thrower with their 2nd round pick. We need his mean streak!!!!

  6. Racki says:

    the name is not familiar to me, however i love the name.

    Thrower! Throwin’ punches at your m-fin’ face!

  7. G&S says:

    Racki:
    the name is not familiar to me, however i love the name.

    Thrower! Throwin’ punches at your m-fin’ face!

    That’s what he does!!!

    Put up 18G 36A for 54 pts (most of them in the 2nd half of the season) as a dman for the WHL Blades last year. Multi-Dimensional Dman with a mean streak.

    I’m Sold :)

  8. Racki says:

    Redline Report:

    At No. 8 on Red Line’s list is Matt Finn, one of the safest bets to become a steady and dependable two-way rearguard. Finn sees the ice well and makes accurate outlets. What we like best about him is that all his movements are decisive and made with confidence. He makes very good decisions both with and without the puck, and shows fine hockey sense in all three zones. He’s not flashy, but is highly efficient.

    Craig Button:

    Matthew is not going to show up in highlight videos on any type of a regular basis. It’s not in his game to be flashy but it is his game to be incredibly effective. That effectiveness translates into every area of the game and all of its situations. Simply put, he is a player who completes plays. He does it with the puck. Defensively in getting the puck out of danger. Offensively in reading the play and getting the puck to areas where his team can attack. He is superb in transition and can do it skating with the puck or passing the puck. He does it without the puck. He has very good body positioning and stick position where he can keep opponents at bay. His skating is strong in all regards and he asserts with his body & with excellent lower body strength and balance, he’s a hard player to gain an advantage on. He has excellent sense and understands what is unfolding and what the appropriate response should be. He has great poise playing and the challenges of the game do not faze him in any way. He is a player who makes teams stronger.

    2011-12 Stats: 61 GP, 10 G, 48 PTS (with Guelph of the OHL)
    6’0″, 192lbs..

    Seems like a solid pick up at 32 tomorrow.

    TSN has him at 21.
    Redline Report has him at 8th for defensemen and 14th overall.
    NHL Central Scouting: 16 among NA skaters
    International Scouting Services: No. 18
    The Hockey News: No. 18
    Button’s Ranking: No. 9

    Seems like if CBJ doesn’t pick him up with #31, we should jump on that pick, no?

  9. Racki says:

    Dustin Nielson of Team 1260 tweeted: “Heard from other people so decided to ask a few scouts I know for their opinion. 4 of 5 scouts I asked said Klefbom is better than Murray”

    Wow.. pretty interesting, isn’t it? Just goes to show you that a) there was a pretty big drop off after Yakupov in this draft and the Oilers would have been stupid to not take Yak… and b) Oscar Klefbom is probably a lot better than many give him credit for.

  10. dawgtoy says:

    Not at all impressed with the Mitch Moroz second round pick. Still some very good hockey players that should have been selected. To me you take some of the players that were ranked as low first round selections that slid to round two. You don’t take a flyer on a player that may have been there in round three.

  11. dawgtoy says:

    Not at all impressed with the Oilers next selection at 63…takes Jujhar Khaira from Prince George..ranked 148 by ISS. WTF look at who Montreal takes after us and who we take. Montreal takes a slider that some had ranked in round one and we take some fuckin unknown ranked 148th.

  12. dawgtoy says:

    Redline report on Khaira.
    Redline Report At Red Line, we believe this kid could be the biggest/best sleeper of the entire draft. Prince George is so far off the beaten path teams don’t even travel there for WHL games, much less BCHL contests, so he gets zero exposure. But this kid is big, mean, aggressive, nasty, and guess what… he can score too. Does the dirty work in the corners, bangs bodies and wins battles, and loves to initiate heavy contact. Powerful stride with great balance and gets leverage on his hits. Has surprisingly soft hands and puck skills with playmaking ability. Creates lots of space for smaller teammates and makes everyone braver.

  13. Mr.Majestyk says:

    haha, well i guess they are just names to me at this point. We’ll see in a few years if these guys are busts and then people have reason to complain. I will say that what annoys me is that Visnovsky gets traded for a 2nd round pick, and then we use our 2nd pick to take someone ranked 70. We’re a team that needs immediate help on D and we don’t take him. And as noted on TSN, Vis is a free agent this season they can trade him if they aren’t a playoff team and make that pick back. Basically the Islanders got a great deal.

  14. dawgtoy says:

    Oilers take Daniil Zharkov from Belleville with the 91st pick. Russian LW…6’3 197. Says he wants to be better then Yakupov. I like that comment.

  15. dawgtoy says:

    Totally agree Majestyk. Names to be developed for the future. All big with soft hands. Just have to trust Stu and the scouts.

  16. Racki says:

    I’ve turned the chat on. I haven’t had a chance to check out our new draftees, although I’m familiar with Moroz. I figured we’d draft him… but didn’t think we’d do it with #32. I wish we would have taken Matt Finn or one of the other higher ranked guys instead. ahh well.

  17. gr8one says:

    I’m not a fan of our second and third picks, especially Moroz, I’m almost certain he would have been around in the third round but I guess him playing in Edmonton he was “seen good” too many times.

    Love Love Love the Zharkov pick though, a funny good natured Russian to keep Yak’s company that is 6’3 and can skate as well as well as snipe, and is clearly driven based on his interview…he could look awfully good as our 2nd line LW behind Hall for many years to come if all goes well.

    You have to believe that with the lack of focus on drafting D this year coupled with managements constant admission that D needs to be addressed should hopefully indicate some trades and/or UFA signings coming up.

    If we can shore up the D with Justin Schultz and Jason Garrison(not as an overpay though) all we’d need is a big 2nd line C and a goalie. lol…

  18. Racki says:

    On d.. should be said we really need NHL Level d but our d prospect pool looks better than forwards.

  19. Steve-O says:

    I like the Moroz pick, but I know for a fact I have “seen him good”. (He’s on my short list in the keeper as well)

    From what I’ve seen he skates well (in a straight line) and likes to hit. He supposedly fought quite a bit, but I only really saw the playoffs and there wasn’t much fighting (although he had the only Oil Kings scrap in the mem cup).

    I’ve heard, best case is he turns out like Lucic…and I bet worst case he ends up like JFJ.

  20. dawgtoy says:

    Found this in the comment section of Oilersnation. Take it for what it is, it does explain a few things.

    “The Oilers gameplan yesterday was to have the first and second selections in the 2012 NHL entry draft. The top 2 picks would have allowed them to do away with ever having to deal with the KHL hammer everytime Yakupov is up for renewal.

    Many feel the Oilers wanted to select Ryan Murray first overall, and then follow up by selecting Alex Galchenyuk in that second spot. Getting two assets of that calibre without the risk of a possible future overseas flight would be ideal.”

  21. dawgtoy says:

    Oops cut off the rest of the quote

    “Edmonton turns up the heat on Howson Friday morning by using their media contacts to leak Ryan Murray is the unanimous choice for the Oilers first overall selection. Lowe had a substancial offer to Howson which they felt Scott would go for with Murray perceived to be off the board. Howson doesn’t cooperate and Edmonton is left to take only one of the two selections they were hoping for. Only one selection meant Yakupov. If they went only with Murray alone (the Oilers actual concensus No.1 pick in their circle of trust) in that 1 spot they may have needed to declare Marshall Law in Edmonton. It wasn’t fair to Ryan Murray to put that burden on his shoulders.”

  22. Racki says:

    I think the Oilers wanted both players, but I’m not buying that Murray was the consensus number 1. If he was, they would have taken him. If he was they would have felt he could handle the pressure because they would have felt he could live up to being a #1 selection. He wasn’t the consensus number 1.. he was the 1 guy that they felt they needed the most, but realized that Nail was the best player in the draft by a decent margin. That’s my take.

    What I think is just that the Oilers tried to convince the Blue Jackets that they had a raging one for Murray… they wanted to convince them that this was the guy we were taking, so that the Blue Jackets would be more willing to get up their pick, thinking their man was gone.

    That’s my take on it. But I definitely could be wrong. I will say though that Nail does strike me as a guy who thrives under pressure. And without a doubt, the Oilers would have wanted both players.. so I think that’s true.

  23. Racki says:

    FYI, I google searched for the quote that you mentioned. I found it on Oilers Nation.. one of the visitors there posted it. I found it on HF Boards.. but I didn’t find it anywhere else. I could be wrong, but it sounds actually like the user that posted it made it up. I don’t know the user though, so I don’t want to call someone I don’t even know a liar. But, I would definitely say take it with a grain of salt, because he doesn’t link to the actual article where he says that came from.. and the quotes don’t show up on Google.

    Even if the story was from a real source, I think it’s bull anyways. I don’t buy it.. doesn’t add up to me.

  24. chucker says:

    Seems like we drafted a lot of big guys with the hopes we had for JFJ. When you think about it, if only one or two of these guys is good enough to make it or help us via trade to get that big body forward we covet, I would call this draft a moderate success. Having said that, I was hoping for some other guys in rounds two and three but Stu has been pretty good in finding guys other teams may not have identified.

    The other thing is that if your top three lines become very good, and I would suggest we are approaching that threshold, then your fourth line becomes guys who are not relied upon to create offense and a guy like Colin Fraser is an effective role player. Top teams all have some guys that only see limited minutes that rotate through the fourth line with usually two solid guys there. Then one has the luxury of easing better prospects into the NHL on limited fourth line minutes. We have not been able to do that for years. I am hoping MacT builds this part of our development strategy and structure. He is good at finding a strength in a player and being able to show he could use that skillset to help the bottom lines. We need some muscle. Now we have it. Hopefully it was not at the expense of wishful thinking.

  25. dawgtoy says:

    Racki:
    FYI, I google searched for the quote that you mentioned. I found it on Oilers Nation.. one of the visitors there posted it. I found it on HF Boards.. but I didn’t find it anywhere else. I could be wrong, but it sounds actually like the user that posted it made it up. I don’t know the user though, so I don’t want to call someone I don’t even know a liar. But, I would definitely say take it with a grain of salt, because he doesn’t link to the actual article where he says that came from.. and the quotes don’t show up on Google.

    Even if the story was from a real source, I think it’s bull anyways. I don’t buy it.. doesn’t add up to me.

    I googled the quote before I posted it and found the same. I’m not really sure I agree or disagree, but I posted it on the basis that I found it interesting. The rumor du jour is that Katz used the ownership power of veto to ensure Yak was the selection and not RM. In reality, we’ll likely never know for years what really happened. I do believe though that the Oilers management does use the 630 Ched media for its own personal propaganda machine.

  26. Racki says:

    They might (use media for their “propaganda machine”), but I don’t really have a problem with it.

    I think a lot of fans and media seem to figure that not only does management, et al owe it to us to keep us in the loop at all times, but they also believe that this is a good idea. *sarcasm alert*… because it’s a good idea for management to play with their cards face up at all times. Really, they’re pretty secretive about things, and they have to be. Sometimes I think these guys are a bunch of idiots.. and they might be.. but other times I do realize that they can’t let us know who they’re picking, or they have no collateral in a trade. They can’t tell us whether we’re in lose mode or win mode, because the players aren’t going to like being here if we’re in lose mode. They can’t tell us if Gagner is being shopped in trades, because Gagner isn’t going to like it.

    This is why I laugh at media when they say with authority that so-and-so player is not on the market because the GM told them so. Riiiiight… because you guys would be the first people for Tambellini to break the news to. I also have to laugh when I hear guys like Burke, Torterella (when it comes to coaching questions) and even Mike Gillis recently (when asked about Luongo being shopped) snap back at the media and retort with something like “what.. like I’m going to tell you?”

    So yah, there might be moments when the media are used to pump out fake information or test fan reaction, or whathaveyou, but I have no problem with that.

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