Photo: Edmonton Oiler Taylor Hall was the first overall pick at the 2010 NHL Draft. He has been one of the best scorers in the NHL ever since, despite some injury troubles (courtesy of Steven Alkok/Icon Sportswire)
The 2010 Edmonton Oilers draft class is somewhat of an enigma. Aside from Taylor Hall, who was and has been an obvious lock for NHL success, the rest who followed have remained question marks for the Oilers. Many of the picks experienced setbacks related to injury, inconsistent performance, or otherwise. Read more»
Photo: Seattle Thunderbirds forward Mathew Barzal was ranked as a top-10 talent, but fell to the New York Islanders at 16th overall in the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)
With the 2015 NHL Draft in the rear-view mirror, hope and optimism abounds among NHL organizations and their fans. It’s truly a great time of year, and with 211 picks in the books, this draft should be remembered for years to come. Read more»
Photo: 21-year-old defenseman Griffin Reinhart will offer immediate help to the Oiler blueline. (Image courtesy of Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)
The Edmonton Oilers acquired Griffin Reinhart from the New York Islanders during the 2015 NHL Draft in exchange for the 16th and 33rd overall picks. The move gives Edmonton a defenseman who is three years further along in his development than if they had used the 16th pick to acquire one.
Photo: Connor McDavid answers questions after being taken 1st overall in the 2015 NHL Draft by the Edmonton Oilers. (Courtesy of Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images)
To the surprise of absolutely no one, the Edmonton Oilers used the first pick in the 2015 NHL Draft to select Erie Otters phenom, Connor McDavid. McDavid has long been considered the top talent in his draft class, and probably the top draft-eligible talent available to the NHL since Sidney Crosby was chosen in the 2005 NHL Draft.
Photo: Edmonton Oilers prospect Leon Draisaitl, the third overall pick at the 2014 NHL Draft, was not quite ready for NHL duty with the Oilers but led the Kelowna Rockets to a WHL title (courtesy of Steve Alkok/Icon Sportswire)
Somewhere out there, the NHL Draft Gods are looking out for the Edmonton Oilers. After finishing 28th in the league at the conclusion of the 2014-15 season, Edmonton looked poised to pick up a top defensive prospect such as Noah Hanifin after some lucky franchises claimed generational talents Connor McDavid as the top pick and Jack Eichel as the second. But on April 18th, Bill Daly held aloft an Oilers logo on his placard indicating the team who would select first overall after winning the draft lottery. This is the fourth time in the last six seasons that the Oilers have been awarded the privilege.