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BLOG: Chiarelli would “instinctively” keep 16th pick

by Chris Wescott / Edmonton Oilers

EDMONTON, AB - The Oilers hold two picks in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft: the first-overall selection and another pick at 16. With 10 total picks in the draft, the Oilers have assets to move. Oilers President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Peter Chiarelli says almost everything is on the table.

“I’m open to all types of offers except for the first pick overall,” said Chiarelli.

That 16th pick is very valuable, considering how deep and talented this draft is touted to be. That also means it is valuable to other teams in a possible trade. But if Chiarelli had his choice, he may want to keep that pick considering the type of prospect they could acquire.

“There’s going to be a really good player with that pick,” said Chiarelli. “Instinctively, you want to keep the pick. Especially as the draft approaches, you get a little more pumped about that pick and that player. Those picks are valuable on a number of levels. The other level is it could get you a pretty good player. Instinctively, yes. I’d like to keep it.”

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