In yesterday's CHL Update, SumOil said:
I expect the Oilers to be very active at the draft and try and get into the top 10 selection...I think that we should now start to look at players ranked somewhere between 8th and 15th as that is going to be our second pick in the draft after the trade is completed.
The comments section included a discussion on the topic of using the picks to draft two players from the same position. So why is 9 interesting? From 1999-2010, a team has had multiple first round picks 50 times. Nine teams saw fit to take players from the same position.
- 1999 New York Islanders: had four first round picks and selected Branislav Mezei and Kristian Kudroc, both defensemen
- 2002 Washington Capitals had three first round picks and selected Alex Semin and Boyd Gordon, both right wings
- 2003 Philadelphia Flyers selected Jeff Carter and Mike Richards, both centers
- 2004 Washington Capitals had three first round pucks and selected Jeff Schultz and Mike Green, both defensemen
- 2005 Washington Capitals selected Sasha Pokulok and Joe Finley, both defenseman
- 2007 Edmonton Oilers had three first round picks and selected Sam Gagner and Riley Nash, both centers
- 2008 Los Angeles Kings selected Drew Doughty and Colten Teubert, both defensemen
- 2008 Phoenix Coyotes selected Mikkel Boedker and Viktor Tikhonov, both left wings
- 2009 Anaheim Ducks selected Peter Holland and Kyle Palmieri, both centers