The Edmonton Oilers began their deadline with the Perron trade, setting up another season (2015-16) chasing that elusive turn north and continuing on their “Donner party” decision making. MacT received a valuable piece (first-round pick) in the Perron deal and is now looking to add to the draft picks available to him for selection or trade this summer.
OILERS CURRENT (ESTIMATED) DRAFT PICKS 2015
- No. 2 overall
- No. 22 overall (Pittsburgh selection)
- No. 32 overall
- No. 69 overall (Ottawa selection)
- No. 92 overall
- No. 122 overall
- No. 152 overall
- No. 182 overall
I wonder if they’ll attempt to combine the Pittsburgh selection with the Petry pick to move up? If Stracha falls? I think it’s possible.
LOWETIDE TOP 10, 2015
- 1)C Connor McDavid, Erie Otters (OHL)
- (2)C Jack Eichel, Boston U (NCAA)
- (3)R Mitch Marner, London Knights (OHL)
- (4)C Dylan Strome, Erie Otters (OHL)
- (5)D Noah Hanifin, Boston College (NCAA)
- (6) D Ivan Provorov, Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
- (8) D Zach Werenski, Michigan (NCAA)
- (7) D Oliver Kylington, Farjestad (SHL)
- (12) C Mathew Barzal, Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)
- (9) C Nick Merkley, Kelowna Rockets (WHL)
I’d bet the Oilers list has Hanifin at No. 3 and then Strome, Marner and Crouse—something like that. If they do take Hanifin at No. 3, it might be possible to trade up into the teens to grab a useful forward—someone like Jansen Harkins might be a good fit. MacKenzie Blackwood is the goalie they’ll target, probably with the pick at No. 32 overall.
Here’s TSN’s trade bait board. Hope you don’t want offence pic.twitter.com/1Uw5mPmOWD
— James Mirtle (@mirtle) March 2, 2015
CURRENT ESTIMATED TRADE VALUES
- Jeff Petry: I have the value at No. 31 to No. 60 plus a distant bell prospect.
- Boyd Gordon: I’ll say No. 50 to No. 75 but he isn’t available.
- Derek Roy: Tough to say but there’s such a lack of skill this deadline I’ll say No. 61 to No. 90.
- Teddy Purcell: I’ll guess No. 70 to No. 100 if he’s available.
- Matt Hendricks: Based on the current climate, a pick from No. 75 to No. 100 might be possible.
- Andrew Ference: The prices for blue are crazy. Could Edmonton get a pick in the range of No. 91 to No. 120 for Ference?
This list will probably get blown out of the water—Brett Connolly fetched two second-round picks this morning—but it remains to be seen if Craig MacTavish can get value out of this deadline. He got a third and a fifth for Ales Hemsky last season, my bet is it’s a second-round pick and a prospect for Petry. We wait.
Quiet overnight in Edmonton specific to captain, Andrew Ference. Teams have called with interest, but Oil so far haven’t approached Ference. — Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) March 2, 2015
I’m honored to be part of TSN1260’s draft coverage beginning at 10 this morning, Dave Jamieson, Jason Strudwick and Dean Millard will also be on the panel. Lots of trades, Oilers focused and hope you can tune in! I’ll update the blog as I’m able.