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June 2, 2012 | 10:41am ET
Oilers uncertain of top pick
TheFourthPeriod.com

The Edmonton Oilers aren't exactly sure which direction they plan on going in this month's NHL Draft, GM Steve Tambellini admitted.

Tambellini and his staff have been in Toronto for the majority of the week attending the NHL Draft Combine, where all of the top prospects gather together for interviews and physical testing before team officials and scouts.

Forward Nail Yakupov is believed to have the most offensive player in the Draft and could be the first-overall selection, though defenseman Ryan Murray has created a significant amount of buzz recently and many wouldn't be surprised if he ends up going No. 1.

Many also argue that center Alex Galchenyuk, a teammate of Yakupov's in Sarnia (OHL), might be the most dynamic player, though some are skeptical because he missed almost all of the regular season because of an injury.

"We're not sure who the (top pick) is now," Tambellini said yesterday during the Combine. "When we get to the Draft, we'll have our final meetings and we'll decide a day or so before the Draft, and that will be our pick."

The Oilers are extremely thin on the blueline, leading some to believe that Edmonton could move the pick for a defenseman or swap with a lower pick and draft a young rearguard.

However, Tambellini indicated that his staff is likely poised to select the best available prospect and worry about the rest of the roster after the fact.

If the Oilers keep the pick and select Yakupov, they could turn around and move another player for a defenseman.

Center Sam Gagner could be shipped out, and the Chicago Blackhawks are among the teams interested.

The Blackhawks are expected to shop defenseman Niklas Hjarlmarsson and a swap for Gagner could be possible.

The Oilers are also interested in Anaheim prospect Justin Schultz, who is not expected to sign a contract with the Ducks and could become an unrestricted free agent.

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