Preds at Oilers, G45, 09-10

The Edmonton Oilers have been off for a few days, and in that time the club has lost ground to everyone but Toronto. If you’re a fan of making the playoffs it’s a horrible thing, but if you like the Entry Draft each summer this could be a windfall.

In fact, it is getting harder to create a scenario in which the Oilers get bullied out of the top 3 selections. There’s a very good chance the Edmonton Oilers will pick higher in the annual amateur selection process than at any time in their history.

For the record, here are all of the top 10 selections by the Oilers in their NHL history:

  • #6 (1980) Paul Coffey
  • #8 (1981) Grant Fuhr
  • #7 (1993) Jason Arnott
  • #4 (1994) Jason Bonsignore
  • #6 (1994) Ryan Smyth
  • #6 (1996) Steve Kelly
  • #6 (1997) Boyd Devereaux
  • #6 (2007) Sam Gagner
  • #10 (2009) Magnus Paarjavi-Svensson

Nashville comes in fresh from a big win over Vancouver last night, featuring a Shea Weber bullet with 4 minutes left in the game. They feature the man who helped author the ultimate “poetic justice” moment in a game years ago (Steve Sullivan was cut early in the game, and a fan’s joyous laughter over the event caught his eye. Later in the game that same fan got cut by a puck over the glass and Sullivan happened to be on the ice and laughed his ass off. It was a beauty moment), some of the best young blueliners on the planet and a lot of gritty role players.

The Edmonton Oilers haven’t been in the playoffs since 2006 and won’t have to go to the expense of printing playoff tickets again this year. However, Daryl Katz is having a ball hanging out with Oiler legends and the entire team promises to play better in the new building. They might think about naming it Taylor Hall.

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