If somebody told you in 2009 that the Edmonton Oilers would have four first-overall draft picks in 6 years, you'd probably laugh at them. Well, we now live that horrendous reality, and only half of those players selected first-overall still play with the Oilers.
In order of years since 2010, Edmonton has selected in the first round;
Taylor Hall - Selected first-overall in 2010
Ryan Nugent Hopkins - Selected first-overall in 2011
Nail Yakupov - Selected first-overall in 2012
Darnell Nurse - Selected seventh-overall in 2013
Leon Draisaitl - Selected third-overall in 2014
Connor McDavid - Selected first-overall in 2015
Jesse Puljujarvi - Selected fourth-overall in 2016
Kailer Yamamoto - Selected twenty-second-overall in 2017
Evan Bouchard - Selected tenth-overall in 2018
Philip Broberg - Selected eighth-overall in 2019
Dylan Holloway - Selected fourteenth-overall in 2020
A long list of elite players, talented players that just can't seem to be that finishing piece to the rebuild. I wish Hall wasn't traded for Larsson in that infamous 1 for 1 by former GM Peter Chiarelli. There are things Chiarelli did that stunted the competitive growth of the Edmonton Oilers, the higher-ups definitely pushed for certain things too. Imagine the dynasty the Edmonton Oilers could've had if they kept some of their draft picks. A rough lineup looks like this:
Taylor Hall - Connor McDavid - Zack Kassian
Jordan Eberle - Leon Draisaitl - Jesse Puljujarvi
Sam Gagner - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Kailer Yamamoto
Jujhar Khaira - Dominik Kahun - Alex Chiasson
Darnell Nurse - Erik Gustafsson
Oscar Klefbom - Jeff Petry
Tyson Barrie - Ethan Bear
For cap reasons, trading certain guys would be a must, and there are different guys you could plug into certain spots. I have Kassian on the first line as that star protection, and Kassian is pretty awesome regardless. The goaltending is suspect, but not awful. This team would most definitely have the cap problems similar to the Toronto Maple Leafs. The playoff runs that could be made is a huge what-if scenario, we can only dream.
I have been waiting years for Edmonton to turn it around. I loved their cup run from 14 years ago. Bad management has bled a lot of talent from the team. That being said though, I think the remaining talent is now good enough that it compensates enough for the lost players to make playoffs. The team could be better, but at least its trending up.
That team hardly looks like a dynasty. Defense is still god-awful.
Mustn't forget they traded another first round pick in 2015 to the Islanders for the horrible Griffin Reinhart; with that pick the Isles selected Barzal! Should he be added to this list of what ifs?
Imagine if Yauk succeded.Drasatil--McDavid--YamamotoHall--RNH--EberleHolloway--Gagner--PulujarviYaukpov--Kharia--PitlickNurse--PetryKlefbom--SchultzJones--BearDubynkSkinner
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