A Hockey Line of Three First Overall Draft Picks: It’s going to be good to be an Oilers fan

To this point I have resisted the temptation to blog about hockey. No more, in light of last night’s unprecedented events, which any sports fan should be able to appreciate.

Last night the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League, which just so happen to be my favorite team, chose first overall in the annual NHL draft. Of course, you have to be pretty bad for quite a while to choose first overall three times in a row, but that’s all water under the bridge.

Last night the Oilers chose Nail Yakupov (RW), an elite Russian offensive talent, to go with the two elite offensive talents of 2010 and 2011, Taylor Hall (LW) and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (C). In the years to come the Oilers will be able to ice a line of three first overall draft picks at once. That has never happened before.

We are not going to recreate the Gretzky-Messier days. But in the modern era, perhaps this is as close as we can get. It’s good to be an Oilers fan.

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About Matthew J. Tuininga

Matthew J. Tuininga is the Assistant Professor of Moral Theology at Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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