Top pick Nail Yakupov made a goodwill gesture by taking No. 64 rather than Shawn Horcoff's No. 10, but Oilers Nation believes that it's a matter of time for Edmonton's captain to pass the torch.

First, that would mean handing the "C" to one of the team's young stars.

Shawn Horcoff is in a unique situation today. The captain watches over a team whose best young players are taking on more difficult roles, and the young cluster is pushing for more playing time and more responsibility. Sooner or later, Taylor Hall is going to be the captain of this hockey club, and if not Hall then Jordan Eberle or the Nuge.