Tuesday night at the NHL Draft Lottery, the Edmonton Oilers won the right to select first overall for the third-straight year at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
Barring a major surprise, that pick will be used to select Nail Yakupov of the OHL's Sarnia Sting.
Whether or not the Oilers are the team that will ultimately select Yakupov remains to be seen. Yakupov appears to be an exceptionally skilled forward, but the Oilers currently have an abundance of quality forwards, leading many to believe they would be better off trading the pick to address more urgent team needs.
When asked by TSN's James Duthie if the Oilers were considering selecting Yakupov first overall, or selecting another player, or trading the pick, Oilers GM Steve Tambellini replied, "All of the above."
Wherever Yakupov plays, the pressure of being selected first in the Draft is immense. Expectations are high, scrutiny is intense, and failure to perform can chisel your name into the memories of hockey fans forever, for all the wrong reasons. No one wants to be the next Alexandre Daigle.