Why the Oilers Should Trade the 8th Overall Pick

The Hockey Writers - 05-17

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For many Edmonton Oilers fans, the thought of trading a top-10 pick in this year’s NHL Entry Draft might seem crazy, but hear me out. Since 2006, the Oilers have had 93 draft picks. Out of those 93 players chosen, only 37 played at least one game in the NHL. Of those 37 players to lace up their skates at the NHL level, only 20 have played more than 150 games. Only nine of those players were drafted after the first round. It’s clear that Edmonton has struggled heavily with developing prospects in the salary cap era. Despite years of struggling with drafting and developing prospects, there now seems to be signs of light coming through the cracks within the organization.