Oilers at Stars, G77, 09-10

The thing about these top draft picks is that they can have a major impact on a franchise. Choose wisely at the top and a kid with braces may spend 20 years in your town building up the franchise on his way to the HHOF.

I don’t think either of these kids (Taylor and Tyler) is going to be a Modano, but then again maybe they will be a Modano and build a second “boys on the bus” era for the Edmonton Oilers.

Point being you can’t get these kids unless you burn in hell one entire winter and lose more games than the other 29 hands in the poker game.

I can’t name the last transaction made by the Edmonton Oilers franchise that had the long reaching effects of the name called on Draft evening.

Get it right and a new day dawns, the climb back begins, the Stanley eventually comes into view. Get it wrong and you’ll be right back at the podium again. The Minnesota North Stars chose #1 overall three times: Bobby Smith, Brian Lawton and Mike Modano.

A lot of things contributed to the turnaround for the North Stars and maybe the club would have been a Stanley winner without Modano. History tells us that just over a decade after the North Stars took him in the Entry Draft Stanley came to town.

It’s a helluva nice place to start.

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