If the Edmonton Oilers are still split on whom to pick No. 1, a good suggestion would be to settle on center Tyler Seguin.
This isn't an argument based on scouting, which is how Gare Joyce concluded that the Oilers should go for winger Taylor Hall. Instead, this is based on history, as well as these players' respective positions.
For months now, analysts have been saying that Seguin and Hall are neck-and-neck. The general consensus is that Hall is the most NHL-ready, while Seguin could potentially develop into the better player. But one additional advantage for Seguin is that he plays center. History shows us that centers picked high in the draft have better NHL careers than their winger counterparts.
This is a very well-researched article (we know; we had to edit it). It sheds a good deal of light on how to do high picks, historically. If you're into the NHL draft and not yet an Insider, you should grab this article as your entry point.