April 2, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Edmonton Oilers goalie Devan Dubnyk (40) in the first period of the game against the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

Edmonton Oilers Invite Prospects

October 27, 2011; Pittsburgh,PA, USA: A general view of the 2012 NHL draft logo is unveiled at a press conference at the CONSOL Energy Center. The 2012 NHL draft will be held in Pittsburgh on June 22 and 23, 2012. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USPRESSWIRE

The Edmonton Oilers are inviting in the top rated prospects in the upcoming 2012 NHL Entry Draft.  Arriving today was projected #1 pick Nail Yakupov.  Also expected to visit are #2 prospect and defenseman Ryan Murray and #3 prospect Mikhail Grigorenko.

Yakupov stated today that he wants to go #1 in the draft.  Since Edmonton has the top pick, he said he “wants to play for Edmonton.”  However, that is the politically correct answer for him to say, he would say the same for Montreal or Minnesota.  On Monday, Yakupov was in Toronto for the 2012 NHL Scouting Combine and claims that he is ready to play in the NHL.  There are a lot of things to consider for the Edmonton Oilers this coming draft: should they trade out(possibly with Buffalo) for more picks and some established players, draft Yakupov and add him to their already young and prolific front loaded offense, or should they take Ryan Murray with the top pick in the draft.

Questions will be answered in just 2 weeks.

Tags: Edmonton Oilers Mikhail Grigorenko Nail Yakupov Ryan Murray

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