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Edmonton Oilers will choose 'best available' in NHL draft

Edmonton Oilers' Marc Pouliot skates against the Atlanta Thrashers' during second period NHL action...

Edmonton Oilers' Marc Pouliot skates against the Atlanta Thrashers' during second period NHL action at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alta., on Sunday February 11, 2007.

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:02 PM ET

NEW YORK - Sunday afternoon in New Jersey will mark the 10 year anniversary of a painful, costly lesson for the Edmonton Oilers.

That was the year they decided to deviate from the most iron-clad rule in drafting: Always take the best player available.

If your team is neck deep in defencemen and the best player available is a defenceman, don’t downgrade to a forward. Scoop up the D man and sort it all out later.

Any scout on any team will tell you that taking the best player available is a cliche for a reason.


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