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So I am watching the Oilers play right now and decide to google who the Oilers could have drafted instead of RNH and other 1st picks and then i look to see who we were drafting with being one of the best in the league drafting at the bottom of each round and so many underwhelming players even drafted before us, is it any wonder why we weren't drafting well in those drafts. The flipside is we were winning and almost won a cup. It was such a fun time being a Canuck fan, but would anyone here have blown up the team in 2008 with a chance to draft in top 10 till 2013 ? We never had a 1st overall but we always were lucky with late round picks, trades and unsigned players. We are in our longest drought ever being at the bottom, but am looking forward to what is ahead

2008

1 Patrick Kane (RW) 23px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png United States Chicago Blackhawks London Knights (OHL)
2 James van Riemsdyk (LW) 23px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png United States Philadelphia Flyers University of New Hampshire (Hockey East)
3 Kyle Turris (C) 23px-Flag_of_Canada_%28Pantone%29.svg.pn Canada Phoenix Coyotes Burnaby Express (BCHL)
4 Thomas Hickey (D) 23px-Flag_of_Canada_%28Pantone%29.svg.pn Canada Los Angeles Kings Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)
5 Karl Alzner (D) 23px-Flag_of_Canada_%28Pantone%29.svg.pn Canada Washington Capitals Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
6 Sam Gagner (C) 23px-Flag_of_Canada_%28Pantone%29.svg.pn Canada Edmonton Oilers London Knights (OHL)
7 Jakub Voracek (RW) 23px-Flag_of_the_Czech_Republic.svg.png Czech Republic Columbus Blue Jackets Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)
8 Zach Hamill (C) 23px-Flag_of_Canada_%28Pantone%29.svg.pn Canada Boston Bruins Everett Silvertips (WHL)
9 Logan Couture (C) 23px-Flag_of_Canada_%28Pantone%29.svg.pn Canada San Jose Sharks (from St. Louis)1 Ottawa 67's (OHL)
10 Keaton Ellerby (D) 23px-Flag_of_Canada_%28Pantone%29.svg.pn Canada Florida Panthers Kamloops Blazers (WHL)
11 Brandon Sutter (C/RW) 23px-Flag_of_Canada_%28Pantone%29.svg.pn Canada Carolina Hurricanes Red Deer Rebels (WHL)
12 Ryan McDonagh (D) 23px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png United States Montreal Canadiens Cretin-Derham Hall High School (MSHSL)
13 Lars Eller (C/W) 20px-Flag_of_Denmark.svg.png Denmark St. Louis Blues (from Toronto via San Jose)2 Frolunda HC Jr. (Sweden)
14 Kevin Shattenkirk (D) 23px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png United States Colorado Avalanche US National Development Team (NAHL)
15 Alex Plante (D) 23px-Flag_of_Canada_%28Pantone%29.svg.pn Canada Edmonton Oilers (from NY Islanders)3 Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
16 Colton Gillies (C) 23px-Flag_of_Canada_%28Pantone%29.svg.pn Canada Minnesota Wild (from Tampa Bay via Anaheim)4 Saskatoon Blades (WHL)
17 Alexei Cherepanov (RW) 23px-Flag_of_Russia.svg.png Russia New York Rangers Avangard Omsk (Russia)
18 Ian Cole (D) 23px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png United States St. Louis Blues (from Calgary)5 US National Team Development Program (NAHL)
19 Logan MacMillan (C) 23px-Flag_of_Canada_%28Pantone%29.svg.pn Canada Anaheim Ducks (from Minnesota)6 Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)
20 Angelo Esposito (C) 23px-Flag_of_Canada_%28Pantone%29.svg.pn Canada Pittsburgh Penguins Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)
21 Riley Nash (C) 23px-Flag_of_Canada_%28Pantone%29.svg.pn Canada Edmonton Oilers (from Dallas via Phoenix)7 Cornell University (ECAC)
22 Max Pacioretty (LW) 23px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png United States Montreal Canadiens (from San Jose)8 Sioux City Musketeers (USHL)
23 Jonathon Blum (D) 23px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png United States Nashville Predators (from Nashville via Philadelphia)9 Vancouver Giants (WHL)
24 Mikael Backlund (C) 23px-Flag_of_Sweden.svg.png Sweden Calgary Flames (from Atlanta via St. Louis)10 VIK Vasteras HK (Sweden)
25 Patrick White (C) 23px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png United States Vancouver Canucks University of Minnesota (WCHA)
26 David Perron (LW) 23px-Flag_of_Canada_%28Pantone%29.svg.pn Canada St. Louis Blues (from New Jersey via San Jose)11 Lewiston Maineiacs (QMJHL)
27 Brendan Smith (D) 23px-Flag_of_Canada_%28Pantone%29.svg.pn Canada Detroit Red Wings St. Michael's Buzzers (OPJHL)
28 Nick Petrecki (D) 23px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png United States San Jose Sharks (from Buffalo via Washington)12 Omaha Lancers (USHL)
29 Jim O'Brien (C) 23px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png United States Ottawa Senators University of Minnesota (WCHA)
30 Nick Ross (D) 23px-Flag_of_Canada_%28Pantone%29.svg.pn Canada Phoenix Coyotes (from Anaheim via Edmonton)13 Regina Pats (WHL

 

2009

1

Steven Stamkos (C)

 

 

 Canada

Tampa Bay Lightning

Sarnia Sting (OHL)

2

Drew Doughty (D)

 

 

 Canada

Los Angeles Kings

Guelph Storm (OHL)

3

Zach Bogosian (D)

 

 

 United States

Atlanta Thrashers

Peterborough Petes (OHL)

4

Alex Pietrangelo (D)

 

 

 Canada

St. Louis Blues

Niagara IceDogs (OHL)

5

Luke Schenn (D)

 

 

 Canada

Toronto Maple Leafs (from NY Islanders)1

Kelowna Rockets (WHL)

6

Nikita Filatov (LW)

 

 

 Russia

Columbus Blue Jackets

CSKA Moscow (RSL)

7

Colin Wilson (C)

 

 

 United States

Nashville Predators (from Toronto via NY Islanders)2

Boston University (Hockey East)

8

Mikkel Boedker (LW)

 

 

 Denmark

Phoenix Coyotes

Kitchener Rangers (OHL)

9

Josh Bailey (C)

 

 

 Canada

New York Islanders (from Florida via Nashville)3

Windsor Spitfires (OHL)

10

Cody Hodgson (C)

 

 

 Canada

Vancouver Canucks

Brampton Battalion (OHL)

11

Kyle Beach (LW)

 

 

 Canada

Chicago Blackhawks

Everett Silvertips (WHL)

12

Tyler Myers (D)

 

 

 Canada

Buffalo Sabres (from Edmonton via Anaheim and Los Angeles)4

Kelowna Rockets (WHL)

13

Colten Teubert (D)

 

 

 Canada

Los Angeles Kings (from Buffalo)5

Regina Pats (WHL)

14

Zach Boychuk (C)

 

 

 Canada

Carolina Hurricanes

Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL)

15

Erik Karlsson (D)

 

 

 Sweden

Ottawa Senators (from Nashville)6

Frolunda HC (J20 SuperElit)

16

Joe Colborne (LW)

 

 

 Canada

Boston Bruins

Camrose Kodiaks (AJHL)

17

Jake Gardiner (D)

 

 

 United States

Anaheim Ducks (from Calgary via Los Angeles)7

Minnetonka High School (USHS–MN)

18

Chet Pickard (G)

 

 

 Canada

Nashville Predators (from Ottawa)8

Tri-City Americans (WHL)

19

Luca Sbisa (D)

 

 

  Switzerland

Philadelphia Flyers (from Colorado via Columbus)9

Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL)

20

Michael Del Zotto (D)

 

 

 Canada

New York Rangers

Oshawa Generals (OHL)

21

Anton Gustafsson (C)

 

 

 Sweden

Washington Capitals (from New Jersey)10

Frolunda HC (J20 SuperElit)

22

Jordan Eberle (RW)

 

 

 Canada

Edmonton Oilers (from Anaheim)11

Regina Pats (WHL)

23

Tyler Cuma (D)

 

 

 Canada

Minnesota Wild (from Washington via New Jersey)12

Ottawa 67's (OHL)

24

Mattias Tedenby (LW)

 

 

 Sweden

New Jersey Devils (from Minnesota)13

HV71 (SEL)

25

Greg Nemisz (RW)

 

 

 Canada

Calgary Flames (from Montreal)14

Windsor Spitfires (OHL)

26

Tyler Ennis (LW)

 

 

 Canada

Buffalo Sabres (from San Jose)15

Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)

27

John Carlson (D)

 

 

 United States

Washington Capitals (from Philadelphia)16

Indiana Ice (USHL)

28

Viktor Tikhonov (RW)

 

 

 Russia

Phoenix Coyotes (from Dallas via Los Angeles and Anaheim)17

Severstal Cherepovets (RSL)

29

Daultan Leveille (C)

 

 

 Canada

Atlanta Thrashers (from Pittsburgh)18

St. Catharines Falcons (GOJHL)

30

 

 

 

 

 

2010

 

1

John Tavares (C)

 

 

 Canada

New York Islanders

London Knights (OHL)

2

Victor Hedman (D)

 

 

 Sweden

Tampa Bay Lightning

Modo Hockey (Elitserien)

3

Matt Duchene (C)

 

 

 Canada

Colorado Avalanche

Brampton Battalion (OHL)

4

Evander Kane (LW)

 

 

 Canada

Atlanta Thrashers

Vancouver Giants (WHL)

5

Brayden Schenn (C)

 

 

 Canada

Los Angeles Kings

Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)

6

Oliver Ekman-Larsson (D)

 

 

 Sweden

Phoenix Coyotes

Leksands IF (Allsvenskan)

7

Nazem Kadri (C)

 

 

 Canada

Toronto Maple Leafs

London Knights (OHL)

8

Scott Glennie (RW)

 

 

 Canada

Dallas Stars

Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)

9

Jared Cowen (D)

 

 

 Canada

Ottawa Senators

Spokane Chiefs (WHL)

10

Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson (LW)

 

 

 Sweden

Edmonton Oilers

Timra IK (Elitserien)

11

Ryan Ellis (D)

 

 

 Canada

Nashville Predators

Windsor Spitfires (OHL)

12

Calvin de Haan (D)

 

 

 Canada

New York Islanders (from Minnesota)1

Oshawa Generals (OHL)

13

Zack Kassian (RW)

 

 

 Canada

Buffalo Sabres

Peterborough Petes (OHL)

14

Dmitri Kulikov (D)

 

 

 Russia

Florida Panthers

Drummondville Voltigeurs (QMJHL)

15

Peter Holland (C)

 

 

 Canada

Anaheim Ducks

Guelph Storm (OHL)

16

Nick Leddy (D)

 

 

 United States

Minnesota Wild (from Columbus via NY Islanders)2

Eden Prairie High School (US High School-Minnesota)

17

David Rundblad (D)

 

 

 Sweden

St. Louis Blues

Skelleftea AIK (Elitserien)

18

Louis Leblanc (C)

 

 

 Canada

Montreal Canadiens

Omaha Lancers (USHL)

19

Chris Kreider (C)

 

 

 United States

New York Rangers

Phillips Academy (United States High School-Massachusetts)

20

Jacob Josefson (C)

 

 

 Sweden

New Jersey Devils (from Calgary)3

Djurgardens IF (Elitserien)

21

John Moore (D)

 

 

 United States

Columbus Blue Jackets (from Philadelphia via Anaheim)4

Chicago Steel (USHL)

22

Jordan Schroeder (C)

 

 

 United States

Vancouver Canucks

Minnesota Golden Gophers (WCHA)

23

Tim Erixon (D)

 

 

 Sweden

Calgary Flames (from New Jersey)5

Skelleftea AIK (Elitserien)

24

Marcus Johansson (C)

 

 

 Sweden

Washington Capitals

Farjestad BK (Elitserien)

25

Jordan Caron (RW)

 

 

 Canada

Boston Bruins

Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL)

26

Kyle Palmieri (C/RW)

 

 

 United States

Anaheim Ducks (from San Jose via Tampa Bay, Ottawa, New York Islanders, and Columbus)6

U.S. NTDP (USHL)

27

Philippe Paradis (C)

 

 

 Canada

Carolina Hurricanes

Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL)

28

Dylan Olsen (D)

 

 

 Canada

Chicago Blackhawks

Camrose Kodiaks (AJHL)

29

Carter Ashton (RW)

 

 

 Canada

Tampa Bay Lightning (from Detroit)7

Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL)

30

Simon Despres (D)

 

 

 Canada

Pittsburgh Penguins

Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)

 

From <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2009_NHL_Entry_Draft#Round_one>

2011

 

1

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (C)

 

 

 Canada

Edmonton Oilers

Red Deer Rebels (WHL)

2

Gabriel Landeskog (LW)

 

 

 Sweden

Colorado Avalanche

Kitchener Rangers (OHL)

3

Jonathan Huberdeau (C)

 

 

 Canada

Florida Panthers

Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)

4

Adam Larsson (D)

 

 

 Sweden

New Jersey Devils

Skelleftea AIK (SEL)

5

Ryan Strome (C)

 

 

 Canada

New York Islanders

Niagara IceDogs (OHL)

6

Mika Zibanejad (C)

 

 

 Sweden

Ottawa Senators

Djurgardens IF (SEL)

7

Mark Scheifele (C)

 

 

 Canada

Winnipeg Jets

Barrie Colts (OHL)

8

Sean Couturier (C)

 

 

 Canada

Philadelphia Flyers (from Columbus)1

Drummondville Voltigeurs (QMJHL)

9

Dougie Hamilton (D)

 

 

 Canada

Boston Bruins (from Toronto)2

Niagara IceDogs (OHL)

10

Jonas Brodin (D)

 

 

 Sweden

Minnesota Wild

Farjestad BK (SEL)

11

Duncan Siemens (D)

 

 

 Canada

Colorado Avalanche (from St. Louis)3

Saskatoon Blades (WHL)

12

Ryan Murphy (D)

 

 

 Canada

Carolina Hurricanes

Kitchener Rangers (OHL)

13

Sven Baertschi (LW)

 

 

  Switzerland

Calgary Flames

Portland Winterhawks (WHL)

14

Jamie Oleksiak (D)

 

 

 Canada

Dallas Stars

Northeastern University (Hockey East)

15

J. T. Miller (LW)

 

 

 United States

New York Rangers

US NTDP (USHL)

16

Joel Armia (RW)

 

 

 Finland

Buffalo Sabres

Assat (SM-liiga)

17

Nathan Beaulieu (D)

 

 

 Canada

Montreal Canadiens

Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)

18

Mark McNeill (C)

 

 

 Canada

Chicago Blackhawks

Prince Albert Raiders (WHL)

19

Oscar Klefbom (D)

 

 

 Sweden

Edmonton Oilers (from Los Angeles)4

Farjestad BK (SEL)

20

Connor Murphy (D)

 

 

 United States

Phoenix Coyotes

US NTDP (USHL)

21

Stefan Noesen (RW)

 

 

 United States

Ottawa Senators (from Nashville)5

Plymouth Whalers (OHL)

22

Tyler Biggs (RW)

 

 

 United States

Toronto Maple Leafs (from Anaheim)6

US NTDP (USHL)

23

Joe Morrow (D)

 

 

 Canada

Pittsburgh Penguins

Portland Winterhawks (WHL)

24

Matt Puempel (LW)

 

 

 Canada

Ottawa Senators (from Detroit)7

Peterborough Petes (OHL)

25

Stuart Percy (D)

 

 

 Canada

Toronto Maple Leafs (from Philadelphia)8

Mississauga St. Michael's Majors (OHL)

26

Phillip Danault (LW)

 

 

 Canada

Chicago Blackhawks (from Washington)9

Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL)

27

Vladislav Namestnikov (C)

 

 

 Russia

Tampa Bay Lightning

London Knights (OHL)

28

Zack Phillips (C)

 

 

 Canada

Minnesota Wild (from San Jose)10

Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)

29

Nicklas Jensen (LW)

 

 

 Denmark

Vancouver Canucks

Oshawa Generals (OHL)

30

Rickard Rakell (RW)

 

 

 Sweden

Anaheim Ducks (from Boston via Toronto)11

Plymouth Whalers (OHL)

2012

 

1

Nail Yakupov (RW)

 

 

 Russia

Edmonton Oilers

Sarnia Sting (OHL)

2

Ryan Murray (D)

 

 

 Canada

Columbus Blue Jackets

Everett Silvertips (WHL)

3

Alex Galchenyuk (C)

 

 

 United States

Montreal Canadiens

Sarnia Sting (OHL)

4

Griffin Reinhart (D)

 

 

 Canada

New York Islanders

Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)

5

Morgan Rielly (D)

 

 

 Canada

Toronto Maple Leafs

Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL)

6

Hampus Lindholm (D)

 

 

 Sweden

Anaheim Ducks

Rogle BK (Allsvenskan)

7

Matt Dumba (D)

 

 

 Canada

Minnesota Wild

Red Deer Rebels (WHL)

8

Derrick Pouliot (D)

 

 

 Canada

Pittsburgh Penguins (from Carolina)1

Portland Winterhawks (WHL)

9

Jacob Trouba (D)

 

 

 United States

Winnipeg Jets

US NTDP (USHL)

10

Slater Koekkoek (D)

 

 

 Canada

Tampa Bay Lightning

Peterborough Petes (OHL)

11

Filip Forsberg (RW)

 

 

 Sweden

Washington Capitals (from Colorado)2

Leksands IF (Allsvenskan)

12

Mikhail Grigorenko (C)

 

 

 Russia

Buffalo Sabres

Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)

13

Radek Faksa (C)

 

 

 Czech Republic

Dallas Stars

Kitchener Rangers (OHL)

14

Zemgus Girgensons (C)

 

 

 Latvia

Buffalo Sabres (from Calgary)3

Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL)

15

Cody Ceci (D)

 

 

 Canada

Ottawa Senators

Ottawa 67's (OHL)

16

Tom Wilson (RW)

 

 

 Canada

Washington Capitals

Plymouth Whalers (OHL)

17

Tomas Hertl (C)

 

 

 Czech Republic

San Jose Sharks

Slavia Prague (ELH)

18

Teuvo Teravainen (RW)

 

 

 Finland

Chicago Blackhawks

Jokerit (SM-liiga)

19

Andrei Vasilevskiy (G)

 

 

 Russia

Tampa Bay Lightning (from Detroit)4

Tolpar Ufa (MHL)

20

Scott Laughton (C)

 

 

 Canada

Philadelphia Flyers

Oshawa Generals (OHL)

21

Mark Jankowski (C)

 

 

 Canada

Calgary Flames (from Nashville via Buffalo)5

Stanstead College (HS–Quebec)

22

Olli Maatta (D)

 

 

 Finland

Pittsburgh Penguins

London Knights (OHL)

23

Mike Matheson (D)

 

 

 Canada

Florida Panthers

Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL)

24

Malcolm Subban (G)

 

 

 Canada

Boston Bruins

Belleville Bulls (OHL)

25

Jordan Schmaltz (D)

 

 

 United States

St. Louis Blues

Green Bay Gamblers (USHL)

26

Brendan Gaunce (C)

 

 

 Canada

Vancouver Canucks

Belleville Bulls (OHL)

27

Henrik Samuelsson (C)

 

 

 United States

Phoenix Coyotes

Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)

28

Brady Skjei (D)

 

 

 United States

New York Rangers

US NTDP (USHL)

29

Stefan Matteau (C)

 

 

 United States

New Jersey Devils

US NTDP (USHL)

30

Tanner Pearson (LW)

 

 

 Canada

Los Angeles Kings

Barrie Colts (OHL)

 

2013

 

1

Nathan MacKinnon (C)

 

 

 Canada

Colorado Avalanche

Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)

2

Aleksander Barkov Jr. (C)

 

 

 Finland

Florida Panthers

Tappara (SM-liiga)

3

Jonathan Drouin (LW)

 

 

 Canada

Tampa Bay Lightning

Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)

4

Seth Jones (D)

 

 

 United States

Nashville Predators

Portland Winterhawks (WHL)

5

Elias Lindholm (C)

 

 

 Sweden

Carolina Hurricanes

Brynas IF (SHL)

6

Sean Monahan (C)

 

 

 Canada

Calgary Flames

Ottawa 67's (OHL)

7

Darnell Nurse (D)

 

 

 Canada

Edmonton Oilers

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)

8

Rasmus Ristolainen (D)

 

 

 Finland

Buffalo Sabres

TPS (SM-liiga)

9

Bo Horvat (C)

 

 

 Canada

Vancouver Canucks (from New Jersey)1

London Knights (OHL)

10

Valeri Nichushkin (RW)

 

 

 Russia

Dallas Stars

Dynamo Moscow (KHL)

11

Samuel Morin (D)

 

 

 Canada

Philadelphia Flyers

Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL)

12

Max Domi (C)

 

 

 Canada

Phoenix Coyotes

London Knights (OHL)

13

Josh Morrissey (D)

 

 

 Canada

Winnipeg Jets

Prince Albert Raiders (WHL)

14

Alexander Wennberg (C)

 

 

 Sweden

Columbus Blue Jackets

Djurgardens IF (Swe-2)

15

Ryan Pulock (D)

 

 

 Canada

New York Islanders

Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)

16

Nikita Zadorov (D)

 

 

 Russia

Buffalo Sabres (from Minnesota)2

London Knights (OHL)

17

Curtis Lazar (RW/C)

 

 

 Canada

Ottawa Senators

Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)

18

Mirco Mueller (D)

 

 

 Switzerland

San Jose Sharks (from Detroit)3

Everett Silvertips (WHL)

19

Kerby Rychel (LW)

 

 

 Canada

Columbus Blue Jackets (from NY Rangers)4

Windsor Spitfires (OHL)

20

Anthony Mantha (RW)

 

 

 Canada

Detroit Red Wings (from San Jose)5

Val-d'Or Foreurs (QMJHL)

21

Frederik Gauthier (C)

 

 

 Canada

Toronto Maple Leafs

Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL)

22

Emile Poirier (RW)

 

 

 Canada

Calgary Flames (from St. Louis)6

Gatineau Olympiques (QMJHL)

23

Andre Burakovsky (LW)

 

 

 Sweden

Washington Capitals

Malmo Redhawks (Swe-2)

24

Hunter Shinkaruk (LW/RW)

 

 

 Canada

Vancouver Canucks

Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)

25

Michael McCarron (RW)

 

 

 United States

Montreal Canadiens

USA NTDP (USHL)

26

Shea Theodore (D)

 

 

 Canada

Anaheim Ducks

Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)

27

Marko Dano (RW)

 

 

 Slovakia

Columbus Blue Jackets (from Los Angeles)7

Slovan Bratislava (KHL)

28

Morgan Klimchuk (LW)

 

 

 Canada

Calgary Flames (from Pittsburgh)8

Regina Pats (WHL)

29

Jason Dickinson (C)

 

 

 Canada

Dallas Stars (from Boston)9

Guelph Storm (OHL)

30

Ryan Hartman (RW)

 

 

 United States

Chicago Blackhawks

Plymouth Whalers (OHL)

 

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28 minutes ago, ba;;isticsports said:

So I am watching the Oilers play right now and decide to google who the Oilers could have drafted instead of RNH and other 1st picks and then i look to see who we were drafting with being one of the best in the league drafting at the bottom of each round and so many underwhelming players even drafted before us, is it any wonder why we weren't drafting well in those drafts. The flipside is we were winning and almost won a cup. It was such a fun time being a Canuck fan, but would anyone here have blown up the team in 2008 with a chance to draft in top 10 till 2013 ? We never had a 1st overall but we always were lucky with late round picks, trades and unsigned players. We are in our longest drought ever being at the bottom, but am looking forward to what is ahead

2008

1 Patrick Kane (RW) 23px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png United States Chicago Blackhawks London Knights (OHL)
2 James van Riemsdyk (LW) 23px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png United States Philadelphia Flyers University of New Hampshire (Hockey East)
3 Kyle Turris (C) 23px-Flag_of_Canada_%28Pantone%29.svg.pn Canada Phoenix Coyotes Burnaby Express (BCHL)
4 Thomas Hickey (D) 23px-Flag_of_Canada_%28Pantone%29.svg.pn Canada Los Angeles Kings Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)
5 Karl Alzner (D) 23px-Flag_of_Canada_%28Pantone%29.svg.pn Canada Washington Capitals Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
6 Sam Gagner (C) 23px-Flag_of_Canada_%28Pantone%29.svg.pn Canada Edmonton Oilers London Knights (OHL)
7 Jakub Voracek (RW) 23px-Flag_of_the_Czech_Republic.svg.png Czech Republic Columbus Blue Jackets Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)
8 Zach Hamill (C) 23px-Flag_of_Canada_%28Pantone%29.svg.pn Canada Boston Bruins Everett Silvertips (WHL)
9 Logan Couture (C) 23px-Flag_of_Canada_%28Pantone%29.svg.pn Canada San Jose Sharks (from St. Louis)1 Ottawa 67's (OHL)
10 Keaton Ellerby (D) 23px-Flag_of_Canada_%28Pantone%29.svg.pn Canada Florida Panthers Kamloops Blazers (WHL)
11 Brandon Sutter (C/RW) 23px-Flag_of_Canada_%28Pantone%29.svg.pn Canada Carolina Hurricanes Red Deer Rebels (WHL)
12 Ryan McDonagh (D) 23px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png United States Montreal Canadiens Cretin-Derham Hall High School (MSHSL)
13 Lars Eller (C/W) 20px-Flag_of_Denmark.svg.png Denmark St. Louis Blues (from Toronto via San Jose)2 Frolunda HC Jr. (Sweden)
14 Kevin Shattenkirk (D) 23px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png United States Colorado Avalanche US National Development Team (NAHL)
15 Alex Plante (D) 23px-Flag_of_Canada_%28Pantone%29.svg.pn Canada Edmonton Oilers (from NY Islanders)3 Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
16 Colton Gillies (C) 23px-Flag_of_Canada_%28Pantone%29.svg.pn Canada Minnesota Wild (from Tampa Bay via Anaheim)4 Saskatoon Blades (WHL)
17 Alexei Cherepanov (RW) 23px-Flag_of_Russia.svg.png Russia New York Rangers Avangard Omsk (Russia)
18 Ian Cole (D) 23px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png United States St. Louis Blues (from Calgary)5 US National Team Development Program (NAHL)
19 Logan MacMillan (C) 23px-Flag_of_Canada_%28Pantone%29.svg.pn Canada Anaheim Ducks (from Minnesota)6 Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)
20 Angelo Esposito (C) 23px-Flag_of_Canada_%28Pantone%29.svg.pn Canada Pittsburgh Penguins Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)
21 Riley Nash (C) 23px-Flag_of_Canada_%28Pantone%29.svg.pn Canada Edmonton Oilers (from Dallas via Phoenix)7 Cornell University (ECAC)
22 Max Pacioretty (LW) 23px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png United States Montreal Canadiens (from San Jose)8 Sioux City Musketeers (USHL)
23 Jonathon Blum (D) 23px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png United States Nashville Predators (from Nashville via Philadelphia)9 Vancouver Giants (WHL)
24 Mikael Backlund (C) 23px-Flag_of_Sweden.svg.png Sweden Calgary Flames (from Atlanta via St. Louis)10 VIK Vasteras HK (Sweden)
25 Patrick White (C) 23px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png United States Vancouver Canucks University of Minnesota (WCHA)
26 David Perron (LW) 23px-Flag_of_Canada_%28Pantone%29.svg.pn Canada St. Louis Blues (from New Jersey via San Jose)11 Lewiston Maineiacs (QMJHL)
27 Brendan Smith (D) 23px-Flag_of_Canada_%28Pantone%29.svg.pn Canada Detroit Red Wings St. Michael's Buzzers (OPJHL)
28 Nick Petrecki (D) 23px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png United States San Jose Sharks (from Buffalo via Washington)12 Omaha Lancers (USHL)
29 Jim O'Brien (C) 23px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png United States Ottawa Senators University of Minnesota (WCHA)
30 Nick Ross (D) 23px-Flag_of_Canada_%28Pantone%29.svg.pn Canada Phoenix Coyotes (from Anaheim via Edmonton)13 Regina Pats (WHL

 

2009

1

Steven Stamkos (C)

 

 

 Canada

Tampa Bay Lightning

Sarnia Sting (OHL)

2

Drew Doughty (D)

 

 

 Canada

Los Angeles Kings

Guelph Storm (OHL)

3

Zach Bogosian (D)

 

 

 United States

Atlanta Thrashers

Peterborough Petes (OHL)

4

Alex Pietrangelo (D)

 

 

 Canada

St. Louis Blues

Niagara IceDogs (OHL)

5

Luke Schenn (D)

 

 

 Canada

Toronto Maple Leafs (from NY Islanders)1

Kelowna Rockets (WHL)

6

Nikita Filatov (LW)

 

 

 Russia

Columbus Blue Jackets

CSKA Moscow (RSL)

7

Colin Wilson (C)

 

 

 United States

Nashville Predators (from Toronto via NY Islanders)2

Boston University (Hockey East)

8

Mikkel Boedker (LW)

 

 

 Denmark

Phoenix Coyotes

Kitchener Rangers (OHL)

9

Josh Bailey (C)

 

 

 Canada

New York Islanders (from Florida via Nashville)3

Windsor Spitfires (OHL)

10

Cody Hodgson (C)

 

 

 Canada

Vancouver Canucks

Brampton Battalion (OHL)

11

Kyle Beach (LW)

 

 

 Canada

Chicago Blackhawks

Everett Silvertips (WHL)

12

Tyler Myers (D)

 

 

 Canada

Buffalo Sabres (from Edmonton via Anaheim and Los Angeles)4

Kelowna Rockets (WHL)

13

Colten Teubert (D)

 

 

 Canada

Los Angeles Kings (from Buffalo)5

Regina Pats (WHL)

14

Zach Boychuk (C)

 

 

 Canada

Carolina Hurricanes

Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL)

15

Erik Karlsson (D)

 

 

 Sweden

Ottawa Senators (from Nashville)6

Frolunda HC (J20 SuperElit)

16

Joe Colborne (LW)

 

 

 Canada

Boston Bruins

Camrose Kodiaks (AJHL)

17

Jake Gardiner (D)

 

 

 United States

Anaheim Ducks (from Calgary via Los Angeles)7

Minnetonka High School (USHS–MN)

18

Chet Pickard (G)

 

 

 Canada

Nashville Predators (from Ottawa)8

Tri-City Americans (WHL)

19

Luca Sbisa (D)

 

 

  Switzerland

Philadelphia Flyers (from Colorado via Columbus)9

Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL)

20

Michael Del Zotto (D)

 

 

 Canada

New York Rangers

Oshawa Generals (OHL)

21

Anton Gustafsson (C)

 

 

 Sweden

Washington Capitals (from New Jersey)10

Frolunda HC (J20 SuperElit)

22

Jordan Eberle (RW)

 

 

 Canada

Edmonton Oilers (from Anaheim)11

Regina Pats (WHL)

23

Tyler Cuma (D)

 

 

 Canada

Minnesota Wild (from Washington via New Jersey)12

Ottawa 67's (OHL)

24

Mattias Tedenby (LW)

 

 

 Sweden

New Jersey Devils (from Minnesota)13

HV71 (SEL)

25

Greg Nemisz (RW)

 

 

 Canada

Calgary Flames (from Montreal)14

Windsor Spitfires (OHL)

26

Tyler Ennis (LW)

 

 

 Canada

Buffalo Sabres (from San Jose)15

Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)

27

John Carlson (D)

 

 

 United States

Washington Capitals (from Philadelphia)16

Indiana Ice (USHL)

28

Viktor Tikhonov (RW)

 

 

 Russia

Phoenix Coyotes (from Dallas via Los Angeles and Anaheim)17

Severstal Cherepovets (RSL)

29

Daultan Leveille (C)

 

 

 Canada

Atlanta Thrashers (from Pittsburgh)18

St. Catharines Falcons (GOJHL)

30

 

 

 

 

 

2010

 

1

John Tavares (C)

 

 

 Canada

New York Islanders

London Knights (OHL)

2

Victor Hedman (D)

 

 

 Sweden

Tampa Bay Lightning

Modo Hockey (Elitserien)

3

Matt Duchene (C)

 

 

 Canada

Colorado Avalanche

Brampton Battalion (OHL)

4

Evander Kane (LW)

 

 

 Canada

Atlanta Thrashers

Vancouver Giants (WHL)

5

Brayden Schenn (C)

 

 

 Canada

Los Angeles Kings

Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)

6

Oliver Ekman-Larsson (D)

 

 

 Sweden

Phoenix Coyotes

Leksands IF (Allsvenskan)

7

Nazem Kadri (C)

 

 

 Canada

Toronto Maple Leafs

London Knights (OHL)

8

Scott Glennie (RW)

 

 

 Canada

Dallas Stars

Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)

9

Jared Cowen (D)

 

 

 Canada

Ottawa Senators

Spokane Chiefs (WHL)

10

Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson (LW)

 

 

 Sweden

Edmonton Oilers

Timra IK (Elitserien)

11

Ryan Ellis (D)

 

 

 Canada

Nashville Predators

Windsor Spitfires (OHL)

12

Calvin de Haan (D)

 

 

 Canada

New York Islanders (from Minnesota)1

Oshawa Generals (OHL)

13

Zack Kassian (RW)

 

 

 Canada

Buffalo Sabres

Peterborough Petes (OHL)

14

Dmitri Kulikov (D)

 

 

 Russia

Florida Panthers

Drummondville Voltigeurs (QMJHL)

15

Peter Holland (C)

 

 

 Canada

Anaheim Ducks

Guelph Storm (OHL)

16

Nick Leddy (D)

 

 

 United States

Minnesota Wild (from Columbus via NY Islanders)2

Eden Prairie High School (US High School-Minnesota)

17

David Rundblad (D)

 

 

 Sweden

St. Louis Blues

Skelleftea AIK (Elitserien)

18

Louis Leblanc (C)

 

 

 Canada

Montreal Canadiens

Omaha Lancers (USHL)

19

Chris Kreider (C)

 

 

 United States

New York Rangers

Phillips Academy (United States High School-Massachusetts)

20

Jacob Josefson (C)

 

 

 Sweden

New Jersey Devils (from Calgary)3

Djurgardens IF (Elitserien)

21

John Moore (D)

 

 

 United States

Columbus Blue Jackets (from Philadelphia via Anaheim)4

Chicago Steel (USHL)

22

Jordan Schroeder (C)

 

 

 United States

Vancouver Canucks

Minnesota Golden Gophers (WCHA)

23

Tim Erixon (D)

 

 

 Sweden

Calgary Flames (from New Jersey)5

Skelleftea AIK (Elitserien)

24

Marcus Johansson (C)

 

 

 Sweden

Washington Capitals

Farjestad BK (Elitserien)

25

Jordan Caron (RW)

 

 

 Canada

Boston Bruins

Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL)

26

Kyle Palmieri (C/RW)

 

 

 United States

Anaheim Ducks (from San Jose via Tampa Bay, Ottawa, New York Islanders, and Columbus)6

U.S. NTDP (USHL)

27

Philippe Paradis (C)

 

 

 Canada

Carolina Hurricanes

Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL)

28

Dylan Olsen (D)

 

 

 Canada

Chicago Blackhawks

Camrose Kodiaks (AJHL)

29

Carter Ashton (RW)

 

 

 Canada

Tampa Bay Lightning (from Detroit)7

Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL)

30

Simon Despres (D)

 

 

 Canada

Pittsburgh Penguins

Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)

 

From <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2009_NHL_Entry_Draft#Round_one>

2011

1

John Tavares (C)

 

 

 Canada

New York Islanders

London Knights (OHL)

2

Victor Hedman (D)

 

 

 Sweden

Tampa Bay Lightning

Modo Hockey (Elitserien)

3

Matt Duchene (C)

 

 

 Canada

Colorado Avalanche

Brampton Battalion (OHL)

4

Evander Kane (LW)

 

 

 Canada

Atlanta Thrashers

Vancouver Giants (WHL)

5

Brayden Schenn (C)

 

 

 Canada

Los Angeles Kings

Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)

6

Oliver Ekman-Larsson (D)

 

 

 Sweden

Phoenix Coyotes

Leksands IF (Allsvenskan)

7

Nazem Kadri (C)

 

 

 Canada

Toronto Maple Leafs

London Knights (OHL)

8

Scott Glennie (RW)

 

 

 Canada

Dallas Stars

Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)

9

Jared Cowen (D)

 

 

 Canada

Ottawa Senators

Spokane Chiefs (WHL)

10

Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson (LW)

 

 

 Sweden

Edmonton Oilers

Timra IK (Elitserien)

11

Ryan Ellis (D)

 

 

 Canada

Nashville Predators

Windsor Spitfires (OHL)

12

Calvin de Haan (D)

 

 

 Canada

New York Islanders (from Minnesota)1

Oshawa Generals (OHL)

13

Zack Kassian (RW)

 

 

 Canada

Buffalo Sabres

Peterborough Petes (OHL)

14

Dmitri Kulikov (D)

 

 

 Russia

Florida Panthers

Drummondville Voltigeurs (QMJHL)

15

Peter Holland (C)

 

 

 Canada

Anaheim Ducks

Guelph Storm (OHL)

16

Nick Leddy (D)

 

 

 United States

Minnesota Wild (from Columbus via NY Islanders)2

Eden Prairie High School (US High School-Minnesota)

17

David Rundblad (D)

 

 

 Sweden

St. Louis Blues

Skelleftea AIK (Elitserien)

18

Louis Leblanc (C)

 

 

 Canada

Montreal Canadiens

Omaha Lancers (USHL)

19

Chris Kreider (C)

 

 

 United States

New York Rangers

Phillips Academy (United States High School-Massachusetts)

20

Jacob Josefson (C)

 

 

 Sweden

New Jersey Devils (from Calgary)3

Djurgardens IF (Elitserien)

21

John Moore (D)

 

 

 United States

Columbus Blue Jackets (from Philadelphia via Anaheim)4

Chicago Steel (USHL)

22

Jordan Schroeder (C)

 

 

 United States

Vancouver Canucks

Minnesota Golden Gophers (WCHA)

23

Tim Erixon (D)

 

 

 Sweden

Calgary Flames (from New Jersey)5

Skelleftea AIK (Elitserien)

24

Marcus Johansson (C)

 

 

 Sweden

Washington Capitals

Farjestad BK (Elitserien)

25

Jordan Caron (RW)

 

 

 Canada

Boston Bruins

Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL)

26

Kyle Palmieri (C/RW)

 

 

 United States

Anaheim Ducks (from San Jose via Tampa Bay, Ottawa, New York Islanders, and Columbus)6

U.S. NTDP (USHL)

27

Philippe Paradis (C)

 

 

 Canada

Carolina Hurricanes

Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL)

28

Dylan Olsen (D)

 

 

 Canada

Chicago Blackhawks

Camrose Kodiaks (AJHL)

29

Carter Ashton (RW)

 

 

 Canada

Tampa Bay Lightning (from Detroit)7

Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL)

30

Simon Despres (D)

 

 

 Canada

Pittsburgh Penguins

Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)

 

From <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2009_NHL_Entry_Draft#Round_one>

2012

 

1

Nail Yakupov (RW)

 

 

 Russia

Edmonton Oilers

Sarnia Sting (OHL)

2

Ryan Murray (D)

 

 

 Canada

Columbus Blue Jackets

Everett Silvertips (WHL)

3

Alex Galchenyuk (C)

 

 

 United States

Montreal Canadiens

Sarnia Sting (OHL)

4

Griffin Reinhart (D)

 

 

 Canada

New York Islanders

Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)

5

Morgan Rielly (D)

 

 

 Canada

Toronto Maple Leafs

Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL)

6

Hampus Lindholm (D)

 

 

 Sweden

Anaheim Ducks

Rogle BK (Allsvenskan)

7

Matt Dumba (D)

 

 

 Canada

Minnesota Wild

Red Deer Rebels (WHL)

8

Derrick Pouliot (D)

 

 

 Canada

Pittsburgh Penguins (from Carolina)1

Portland Winterhawks (WHL)

9

Jacob Trouba (D)

 

 

 United States

Winnipeg Jets

US NTDP (USHL)

10

Slater Koekkoek (D)

 

 

 Canada

Tampa Bay Lightning

Peterborough Petes (OHL)

11

Filip Forsberg (RW)

 

 

 Sweden

Washington Capitals (from Colorado)2

Leksands IF (Allsvenskan)

12

Mikhail Grigorenko (C)

 

 

 Russia

Buffalo Sabres

Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)

13

Radek Faksa (C)

 

 

 Czech Republic

Dallas Stars

Kitchener Rangers (OHL)

14

Zemgus Girgensons (C)

 

 

 Latvia

Buffalo Sabres (from Calgary)3

Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL)

15

Cody Ceci (D)

 

 

 Canada

Ottawa Senators

Ottawa 67's (OHL)

16

Tom Wilson (RW)

 

 

 Canada

Washington Capitals

Plymouth Whalers (OHL)

17

Tomas Hertl (C)

 

 

 Czech Republic

San Jose Sharks

Slavia Prague (ELH)

18