We’ve talked about this before, and maybe it is a rumor with legs: #7 overall for D Jake Gardiner and #21 overall (and perhaps other pieces to make it even both ways). This is the third time we’ve talked about it and as we edge closer to the draft the whispers may turn into screams.
MY TOP 7
- L Jonathan Drouin: The best offensive player in the draft–ridiculous skills and an NHLE just shy of 50.
- C Nathan MacKinnon: Wide range of skills, outstanding prospect and a Sept 1 birthday.
- D Seth Jones: Incredible prospect, projects as a franchise defenseman.
- C Sasha Barkov: Size, across the board skills and he’s playing in a pro league.
- C Elias Lindholm: Outstanding talent, may end up playing the wing.
- L Valeri Nichushkin: King Kong on skates is an attractive player with a fascinating tool kit.
- C Sean Monahan: Oilers target, key tumbler for new MacT building up the middle. Wide range of skills.
If any of the top 4 remain on the board at #7 I think the Oilers run up and make the selection. After that, I think you can make a case for Gardiner and #21 being worth all of Lindholm, Nichushkin and Monahan. Plus you’re jump starting your summer and have a top 4D (Gardiner-Petry; Smid-J Schultz) that has all kinds of positives, now and into the future. You might also be able to offload Nick Schultz over the summer too, as he’s an expensive 5-6.
I want to make a note that the deal as described (Gardiner and #21 for #7) may well have a value gap to make it even. We can discuss what the second item leaving might be, but I think we can agree it is well short of Magnus Paajarvi and greater than Curtis Hamilton.
Gardiner would be playing tougher competition, but he showed very well in the post-season, I’d take the chance. It also allows you to take someone later in round one (or possibly deal up for Lazar) but one of the major shopping items is already done.
2013 SUMMER SHOPPING LIST
- Top 4D who can play big minutes and multiple roles (Gardiner led TOR in playoff TOI at evens–21:34)
- Impact 2-way center
- 2line L who with size who can complement the offense
- backup goalie
- Improved depth at C, D and G.
I didn’t include “hire MacT’ because it happened before summer and didn’t include “hire Eakins” because I honestly thought they’d keep Ralph. I think we should talk about this summer–based on chatter and indications from the top of the Oilers management group MacT is about to lay waste to the roster. I haven’t heard a thing about Ryan Jones or Mark Fistric, and we’re now at a point where those discussions are extremely likely to happen after the free agent window opens.
So the list of the offloaded may start with Hemsky and Horcoff, and run through Hartikainen and Peckham, but I also think we may see the organization walking away from all kinds of rfa’s and dealing off players that may surprise. Craig MacTavish has no attachment to Jeff Petry or Magnus Paajarvi or Martin Marincin or Anton Lander.
This is going to be a wild and crazy summer of adventure.
THE LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
This morning at 10, we hit the airwaves and talk a range of sports. Scheduled to appear:
- Corey Pronman will help suss out the top of the draft and talk about the value of #7 overall.
- Neal Livingston from Tend the Farm will talk OKC and some major changes in the Barons already.
- Al Coates from the Edmonton Prospects talks baseball and Vin Scully.
- Sheila O’Kelly from Edmonton Triathlon will talk about the big event this weekend and exciting things for 2014.
- Cody Nickolet from WHA from Above. Draft and some insight into how much the Avs like Sasha Barkov.
We’ll have some open line time, comments and questions welcome @Lowetide_ or text 10-1260. Hope you’ll listen!