June 22, 2007

Nash To The Oilers

Riley Nash was selected by the Edmonton Oilers with the 21st pick in the first round.

Riley is the first Cornell player selected in the opening round since Sasha Pokulok was selected 14th by the Washington Capitals in 2005, and only the second first round selection in Cornell history. Riley also becomes the first player selected in the opening round prior to having played a game for the Big Red.

Center appears to be the deepest position in the Oilers' organization, according to Hockey's Future, which should allow Edmonton to be patient with Riley. Given Riley's age (Riley's the youngest member of Cornell's incoming class, and is the 6th youngest player selected in this year's first round) there would seem to be no need to rush his development. Hopefully, Edmonton will give Riley a couple of years, at least, to mature physically and round out his game.

Riley was the only member of the ECAC to be selected in the opening round.

Congratulations, Riley.

* Please visit The Big Red What for a list of Cornell's draft history.

Photo: Edmonton Oilers

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