As it stands right now, the Edmonton Oilers have the 22nd overall selection in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. So the question among fans is, what will that mean for the team's future? The Oilers have picked 22nd only once before, taking Marc Pouliot in 2003, but the team's current GM Kevin Lowe was selected 21st overall way back in 1979.
For your information, here's a look back at the last 10 players taken 22nd overall in the NHL entry draft: 2007
Max Pacioretty, LW - Montreal Canadiens
Heading into his draft year, Pacioretty had 63 points in 60 games with the Sioux City Musketeers [USHL]. This past season, he had an outstanding freshman year with the University of Michigan with 15 goals and 39 points in 37 games.
Claude Giroux, RW - Philadelphia Flyers
Giroux put up huge points with the Gatineau Olympiques [QMJHL], eclipsing the 100-point plateau for the third straight year. But where he made his strides was in the playoffs, putting up an incredible 51 points and 17 goals in 19 games. At the end of his playoff season in the Quebec League, he played a pair of NHL games for the Flyers but was held off the scoresheet. At age 20, he should have a good shot at making the NHL club full time next season. 2005 Matt Lashoff, D - Boston Bruins
The past two seasons, Lashoff has split time between the National Hockey League and American Hockey League. He had 36 points both years playing for the Providence Bruins playing 64 and 60 games respectively. He had no goals and two assists in 12 games for Boston in 2006-07 and one goal and four assists for five points in 18 games this past year. 2004 Lukas Kaspar, LW - San Jose Sharks
After coming over to play in the Ontario Hockey League with the Ottawa 67's after being drafted, the Czech winger has now played three years in the AHL. In terms of point totals he's gotten progressively better with 36, 40 and 41 points. Last season he also got a career high 17 goals for the Worcester Sharks and saw his first playing time in San Jose with three appearances. 2003 Marc Pouliot, C - Edmonton Oilers
A name very familiar to Oilers fans, Marc Pouliot is coming off his finest season of professional hockey. After a rough start during which he was held pointless in nine games at the NHL level, Pouliot put up solid numbers in the AHL with Springfield. He had 21 goals and 47 points in 55 games, earning himself a recall back to the NHL. This time, he had seven points and showed some reliability defensively. Right now, the Oilers have him pencilled in for 2008-09. 2002 Sean Bergenheim, LW - NY Islanders
After spending several seasons in the AHL, Bergenheim left the Islanders to play in Russia and Sweden in 2006-07. The Finn returned to the NHL this past season, scoring 10 goals and adding 12 assists for 22 points in 78 games. In all, he has played 124 career NHL games. 2001 Jiri Novotny, C - Buffalo Sabres
After four seasons in the AHL Novotny finally broke into the NHL full time in 2006-07 with the Sabres. However, he was moved near the end of that season to Washington along with a first rounder in exchange for Dainius Zubrus. He was not tendered a qualifying offer by the Capitals and signed with Columbus as a free agent last summer. He had eight goals and 22 points in 65 games for the Blue Jackets. In 147 career games, Novotny has 16 goals and 44 points.
2000 David Hale, D - New Jersey Devils
215 games into this blueliner's career and he has yet to score his first NHL goal but the "Hale Storm" as he is affectionately referred to by Calgary Flames fans, is a reliable stay-at-home rearguard. He was moved with a 5th round pick for a 3rd rounder by New Jersey to Calgary in February, 2007. 1999 Maxime Ouellet, G - Philadelphia Flyers
The goaltender from Beauport, Quebec was traded by the Flyers in 2002 with a first, second and third round pick in exchange for Adam Oates at the trade deadline. At that point he had played a pair of NHL games for the Flyers. Oullet managed six more for the Caps in 2003-04 and then four games with the Vancouver Canucks in 2005-06 but since that time his career has stalled. Last season he played sparingly for the Trenton Devils of the ECHL. 1998 Simon Gagne, LW - Philadelphia Flyers
Certainly the best player taken at 22 in the past 10 years, Simon Gagne is a bonafide star player in the NHL. He has scored more than 40 goals twice in his career, including 47 in 72 games in 2005-06. Last season he was taken aback by injuries and only played 25 games. He had seven goals and 18 points during that span. In 527 career games, Gagne has scored 208 goals and racked up 410 points.