|Posted by Landon Ewaniuk on April 30, 2012 at 1:10 PM|
David Staples of the Edmonton Journal recently asked: Should the Edmonton Oilers trade their first overall selection for Jordan Staal? Having the first overall selection for the third year straight gives the Edmonton Oilers a ton of options. I think adding a player of Jordan Staal's caliber would be a good thing for the Oilers.
Staples point out all the reasons why:
"Staal is a big, strong and fairly aggressive two-way centre, still in his prime, capable of playing the toughest minutes. He won’t come cheap, but he’ll likely be worth the money over the next six or seven years if he can stay healthy.
He is exactly the kind of player the Oilers need at centre, giving the team an excellent one-two punch with Ryan Nugent-Hopkin s. While the Oilers have been a weak team, the thought of playing with wingers like Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall and Ales Hemsky might be enticing for Staal. He’d certainly have a bigger role here.
The Oilers should certainly considering making a move for Staal, perhaps even trading away the #1 overall draft pick for him."
Jordan Staal has shown the ability to score 20-25 goals from the third line, behind the likes of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. He's in the final year of his contract next season. So who can blame the Oil for looking... Jordan Staal be the perfect fit right? who knows what this player could do with more ice- time?
All that said, it would be a monumental mistake to pass up Nail Yakupov. Yakupov is a cannot miss prospect. "On February 28, 2011, at 3:07 in the first period of a game against the Sault St. Marie Greyhounds, Yakupov scored his 43rd goal of the 2010–11 OHL season, giving him the new goal-scoring record for a rookie with the Sarnia Sting"
Nail Yakupov plays the game more physical than Taylor Hall and has a better shot than Jordan Eberle. Most of all, he wants to be an Edmonton Oiler!
Could a deal be done if Magnus Pääjärvi, Linus Omark or Sam Gagner were involved absolutely .However, Nail Yakupov is a dealbreaker for me.