Tonight, the Edmonton Oilers won the first overall pick, and the good news for them is they didn't earn it on the ice. They did just what I said: they won the lottery. They now have the chance at what many scouts believe to be a once-in-a-lifetime prospect in Nail Yakupov. The Russian sensation has ripped the balls off the OHL for the Sarnia Sting, and they truly did win the jackpot.
But, for the Oilers, they need a defenseman or goalie more. Their offense is "set" with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, who unpopularly amongst my Avs fans, gets my vote for rookie of the year. [But hey, I'm just doing it to make sure Landeskog wins.] Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle are his talented linemates, and with any help whatsoever, this line would be considered tops in the NHL. 2nd line center Sam Gagner also provides some occasional offense.
So my guess would be either the pick, or one of these guys, will be traded for a defensemen or two. So that brings me to my point. The Colorado Avalanche desperately need a 30 goal scorer and have a surplus of defensemen. I'd think Jordan Eberle would fit perfectly on a line with Matt Duchene and Peter Mueller. What will it take to get him? Well, he has the 4th most value on this list behind Hall, RNH, and Yakupov, and we could send back a good NHL defenseman and a stud defensive prospect whose ETA is 2013.
At the end of the day, I think the Avalanche should attempt to send Ryan Wilson and Tyson Barrie to Edmonton for Jordan Eberle, and build from there, as I think the Avs are still working in the green with this proposal. Possibly Aitokallio or Kieran Millan (top goalie prospects for the casual fans). Bottomline is that Parise is no sure thing. Eberle is there for the taking whether he wants to move or not.