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  • Connor McDavid offers Oilers management another chance at redemption

    Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy1 hr ago

    Edmonton general manager Craig MacTavish was predictably pumped after his team won the NHL draft lottery and the chance to pick Connor McDavid at the 2015 selection process. 

    “Any team would have been over the moon about winning the lottery. We’re the same. It’s a game-changer,” he said.

    Yes … it is perhaps. If there’s one organization that should caution success over drafting No. 1, it is Edmonton. Taylor Hall was a game-changer. Just like Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was. And Nail Yakupov – though maybe less than the previous two. 

    NHL Network launched an entire series about the Oilers and their rebuild. It premiered during the 2010-11 season. It was called Oil Change. It eventually ran its course. They could probably do it again.

    And such is the issue with the Oilers, a team that has made a science of messing up top prospects. Nugent-Hopkins hasn’t progressed. Hall’s name was listed in trade rumors this year. Yakupov has been all over the place, though he has finally started to show his prodigious goal scoring gifts under new coach Todd Nelson. 

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