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.