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Number That May Interest Only Me, Draft Edition:  10

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In their 32-year draft history, the Edmonton Oilers have made 38 first-round selections. Of those 38 first-round picks, 10 of them have been defensemen, including five of their first six picks from 1979 through 1984, interrupted only by Grant Fuhr in 1981.  Those ten selections are listed in the table below:

Draft Year Overall # Player  GP 
1979 21 Kevin Lowe  1254
1980 6 Paul Coffey  1409
1982 20 Jim Playfair  21
1983 19 Jeff Beukeboom  804
1984 21 Selmar Odelein  18
1988 19 Francois Leroux  249
1989 15 Jason Soules  0
1993 16 Nick Stajduhar  2
1996 19 Matthieu Descoteaux  5
2007 15 Alex Plante  7

 

Of those ten selections, only three became legitimate NHL players - Kevin Lowe, Paul Coffey and Jeff Beukeboom, though including Beukeboom on a list with Lowe and Coffey seems strange.

During that same period, the Oilers selected 26 forwards and if we include Andrew Cogliano, Sam Gagner, Jordan Eberle, Magnus Paajarvi, and Taylor Hall, 10 of those forwards have become legitimate NHL players.  Of those 26 forwards, 11 of them were centers. 

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