According to Team Canada GM Kevin Lowe consensus amongst Managers and Scouts at WHC is Ryan Murray will play in NHL next season
— Bob Stauffer (@Bob_Stauffer) May 10, 2012
Didn’t see that coming at all.
That’s not an endorsement, but it’s as close to an endorsement without actually being one. Are the Oilers flirting with the idea of selecting Ryan Murray first overall?
If the Oilers are bent on picking Ryan Murray first overall, they really ought to step outside for a minute and consider trading that pick to Columbus. There’s no way the Blue Jackets would pass on Yakupov. Slam dunk.
If the Oilers are going to pick first and they pick Murray, that’s just plain stupid. Not because Ryan Murray wouldn’t be a fine addition to the Edmonton Oilers hockey club (read: he would), but using the number one pick on the player that isn’t the consensus number one player is wasting possible return.
Again, I don’t have a problem with the Oilers picking Murray as their first pick, just not the first overall pick in the draft. If the Oilers remain first overall, they have to take Yakupov. There’s no other way about it.
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