Edmonton Oilers: Building a dynasty through the draft

Edmonton Oilers Paul Coffey breaks out of his own end against the Calgary Flames during a game in...

Edmonton Oilers Paul Coffey breaks out of his own end against the Calgary Flames during a game in Nov. 1987. Edmonton Sun/QMI Agency

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

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For Edmontonians, the NHL Entry Draft is something to be loved and hated in the same breath, an exercise of wild extremes that Oilers fans still credit for the glory years and still blame for the lean years that followed.

Draft day delivered the cornerstones for hockey’s last great dynasty, it led them into a barren wasteland of mediocrity and is now providing the kind of talent and hope that Edmontonians haven’t seen here in 20 years.

In a three-part series leading up to selection day 2013, The Sun looks back at 35 years of Oilers drafts, beginning with one of the greatest hauls in history, the five-year gold mine from 1979 to 1983.


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