For the first time in exactly forever, we can begin speaking about ‘strength up the middle’ in a conversation about the Edmonton Oilers. Baby steps, mind, we can’t talk about ALL of the pivotal positions, but center ice appears to be heading in a very good direction. Note: For the purposes of this conversation, I’m going to proceed as if Edmonton has already procured Connor McDavid, which seems reasonable based on logic, reason, good sense and whatever the hell happened yesterday.
OILERS C DEPTH CHART (WITH MCDAVID) 2015-16
The top two names are ridiculous, that’s going to be a grand depth chart in not so very long from now. The other name on the list of note—Leon Draisaitl—may be looking at a position switch in the short term (LW) or a season in Bakersfield with the lottery win. After that, Boyd Gordon plays an important role on the team and Anton Lander emerged as a very useful player in 2015-16. Plus we have a few kids bubbling under, one of whom (Yakimov) is a giant with some ability but that’s for another day.
I’d still like the team to add a center. No, I’m not talking about trading Leon and don’t want the club to send away a draft pick for a veteran, but this team badly needs improved depth up the middle. Here’s a brief list of some free agents who might be available this summer.
FREE-AGENT CENTERS 2015 SUMMER
I’d like to see Soderberg come here and that’s the truth. I’ve seen him a lot with the Bruins and he’s a solid two-way player who can move to the wing effectively and play a variety of roles. You’ve heard me talk at length about ‘the Pisani’ and in my opinion Soderberg could play up and down the lineup at center or wing.
I’d be thrilled with Sobotka, but he would cost assets. And that brings me to the point of this evening’s post: Do you want to see Edmonton solve their summer issues via free agency if possible? Based on MacT’s success in signing Boyd Gordon and Benoit Pouliot, plus secondary guys like Iiro Pakarinen and Andrew Miller, would you consider signing Soderberg if the price wasn’t too dear?
Failing that, what about other names on this list? Or is it exclusively goal and defense this summer in your opinion?