— David Staples (@DavidStaplesYEG) May 11, 2012
Over at The Cult of Hockey, David Staples shines a bright flashlight into the mind of Kevin Lowe.
Just two days ago, I had pencilled in Nail Yakupov as Edmonton’s first overall pick. Bear in mind that I can be swayed into trading the pick if the return is an immediate investment (not like hockey cards in your basement, wait 20 years til these are valuable kind of investment).
In 48 hours, things have changed.
If you didn’t think the Oilers would select Ryan Murray first overall, this is somewhat of an indicator they might. Short of having the guy over for sandwiches, this is a pretty telltale sign.
If you’re going to hold onto the first pick, you have to draft the best player available. Lowe is now on record stating that Murray is ‘a top player’. Add that formula together, and you might have Ryan Murray wearing the number 8 sweater (or something) next year as your first overall pick.
Again, there’s absolutely no problem with drafting Murray first. Just not first overall. The consensus number one pick is Nail Yakupov. Even if you don’t think Nail Yakupov is the number one pick, let everyone else think so. Trade your pick to Columbus for their pick and SOMETHING. Otherwise, you’re just throwing away any possible return.
You think the Jackets are going to select Galchenyuk if the Oilers don’t select Yakupov? C’mon.
Magnificent Bastard, are you there?
**EDIT** As Jonathan (our resident Hub Guy And Technical Analyst pointed out) it may appear that KLowe said “a top player” instead of “the top player”, which leaves the door open for some interpretation. As a result, the post has been edited to reflect as such.
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