The procurement department has a new GM to work for, and that probably changes a thing or two in Oiler land. The club’s needs are still the same (#1D, veterans up front for the 3-4 line, a quality backup goalie) but the priority order may be a little different now.
As in, the draft picks may be in play for immediate help.
I’m hopeful MacT doesn’t trade Hall, Nuge, Yak, Schultz the younger, Ebs, Gagner, Petry, Hemsky, Smid, Dubnyk. That’s the heart of the cluster for me, with Klefbom a part of that next year and the first round pick a big item too.
The Oilers would pick 7th in the 2013 entry draft if the season ended today. If we’re guessing about the Oilers board, it might look like this:
- Seth Jones
- Jonathan Drouin
- Slava Barkov
- Nathan MacKinnon
- Sean Monahan
- Elias Lindholm
The choices for 7 are the Russian (Valeri Nichushkin), the Finn (Rasmus Ristolainen), the Q PF (Anthony Mantha) and the Oil King (Curtis Lazar). If Monahan falls, they grab him. Maybe they even trade up. Would #7 and #37 get you to #5? It might.
Jonathan Willis has an article up at the Cult of Hockey about trading Eberle before Yakupov.
- Willis: None of this is meant as a slight against Jordan Eberle: Yakupov belongs to an elite class of players, players seen as the best 18-year olds in hockey in their draft years. Eberle’s a very good player, and the Oilers aren’t likely to go wrong hanging on to him. But if there’s a decision to be made, Yakupov is the player who should stay with the organization.
I agree with Jon about all of what he’s written here, but wouldn’t deal Eberle. Why? As clear as it is that the #1 overalls are elite young talents, Eberle has been able to keep up–in fact, until this season the best year in the group belonged to Eberle. His contract means he’s paid in full and there’s certainly a cap consideration, but for me Eberle is part of the heart of the cluster. The Oilers traded Paul Coffey seven years into the last run, I can’t imagine it makes sense to trade any of these kids after three.
According to this article the Oilers are after Yale captain Andrew Miller. The free agents are being checked off one by one.
I thought Lander and Hartikainen played well last night, hope they stay in the lineup. The moves made by MacT yesterday (calling up those two kids) give us an idea about the summer, I think. Oilers are going to be saying goodbye to some veterans.
MacT said he’d use one of the bonus buyouts this summer, I think it’s probably Belanger. Smyth I suspect they’ll take care of another way (if they choose to end the relationship) and Eager’s been hurt and costs less. Any thoughts on that?
Rita MacNeil passed away. She was my Mom’s favorite singer, and one of the nice things her son ever got to do for his Mom was fly her into Regina for a Rita concert. I booked a limo and had backstage passes (Mom said no to the limo and was too shy to go backstage–that’s a Rita MacNeil fan) but she had a wonderful time and Rita put on a great show.
Rest in peace, Rita MacNeil. Say hi to Mom in heaven. She knows all the words.