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This installment of the Top 10 draft picks will focus on the Edmonton Oilers. They have plucked some serious talent from juniors since they joined the NHL in 1979. Wayne Gretzky was not drafted by the Oilers, or by anyone, so he will not be on the list. How will guys like Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Taylor Hall, and Nail Yakupov stack up against the high-flying Oilers from the 1980s?

1. Mark Messier C, 3rd Round 1979, #48 overall
2. Jari Kurri RW, 4th Round 1980, #69 overall
3. Paul Coffey D, 1st Round 1980, #6 overall
4. Grant Fuhr G, 1st Round 1981, #8 overall
5. Glenn Anderson LW, 4th Round 1979, #69 overall
6. Kevin Lowe D, 1st Round 1979, #21 overall
7. Ryan Smyth LW, 1st Round 1994, #6 overall
8. Andy Moog G, 7th Round 1980, #132 overall
9. Jordan Eberle C, 1st Round 2008, #22 overall
10. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins C, 1st Round 2011, #1 overall

Honorable mention: Esa Tikkanen, Taylor Hall, Ales Hemsky, Jason Arnott.

Next up in the top draft picks series will be the Minnesota Wild. How much talent could have find in just over a decade of drafting?

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Detroit Red Wings: http://my.hockeybuzz.com/...32&post_id=14140
Washington Capitals: http://my.hockeybuzz.com/...32&post_id=14141
San Jose Sharks: http://my.hockeybuzz.com/...32&post_id=14161
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October 24, 2012 3:23 PM ET | Delete
Too bad Gillies didn't choose the WHA.
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