Earlier today, the New York Islanders made a trade, sending a draft pick away and acquiring the rights to Jaraslav Halak. The Islanders, with some of the worst goaltending in the NHL, lost an entire season because they couldn’t find an adequate stopper. If they sign Halak, and that is not known at this time, New York will have addressed the number one need early in the process. That will allow them to focus on the draft—they will probably keep this year’s selection, and a signed Halak will help make Buffalo’s pick next season a low selection—and other areas of need.
The Edmonton Oilers aren’t the kind of team to make this kind of deal, the Flyers are more into this kind of creativity. However, necessity is the Mother of invention and Edmonton should at least look at making a similar move. Edmonton doesn’t have a second or third round pick this season, but might be able to find a trade partner with a 2015 selection. Here are a few players worth looking at right now.
MARK FAYNE EXTRA SKATER
MIKHAIL GRABOVSKI EXTRA SKATER
DAVID MOSS EXTRA SKATER
DUSTIN PENNER EXTRA SKATER
It’s worth a depth pick. Surely.