There you have it folks, the Edmonton Oilers will make their third consecutive first overall pick at the June Entry Draft in Pittsburgh. Weâ€™re all red with rage (especially that Columbus fan) and rightfully so, but the real question here is â€“ what are the draft implications for the Leafs?
They say monetary bills stick to each other and that money falls into money. The rich get richer and the poor have to wait to see who the rich will draft. Provided the Leafs donâ€™t move up, if the rich draft a forward, how will that impact our chances of drafting Galchenyuk?
A valid question. Itâ€™s possible that the Oilers in fact trade that pick and move down to pick one of either Matthew Dumba or Ryan Murray, although itâ€™s fairly early to make that assumption. What we know for sure is that the NHL once again rewarded a franchise for failing to improve, even after two first overall draft selections in a row.
If they do pick at the one spot and presumably take Yakupov, it could severely damage our chances to draft Galchenyuk. Imagine if you will, a strutting Tambellini. He goes up on the draft floor and says: â€œWe are proud (they arenâ€™t really) to select Nail Yakupov from the Sarnia Sting.” Of course, this could then mean that Galchenyuk will be gone by the time the Leafs’ pick rolls around given we are at the five-spot and all other teams ahead of the Blue and White are equally looking for future impact forwards.