Oilers GM Tambellini: ‘I don’t want a lottery pick’

National Post | Sports

By Jim Matheson

CHICAGO — Steve Tambellini looks at the standings and doesn’t like what he sees.

“Do I want to be a lottery pick again? No. I’ve said that from the beginning,” said the Edmonton Oilers general manager.

It isn’t his intention to be picking in the top three of the NHL entry draft in Pittsburgh this June. His game plan isn’t to be the fifth-worst team in the NHL right now, the club looking an awful lot like last year’s version.

The Oilers were 12-18-7 after 37 games in 2010-11, with 31 points. They’re currently 15-19-3, with 33 points. That’s not a leap forward. Forget playing meaningful games in March. How about February? How about this month?

The Oilers coming off three wins in 12 games in December. They’ve lost seven in a row away from Rexall Place and have the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday, followed by the…

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