About two months ago we began talking about the value of the Penguins’ pick being so high that the Oilers might not be able to trade it. Not long ago, Peter Chiarelli addressed the idea of dealing that (or other) picks:
- “I certainly would look at moving any of those picks for something that would help us right now but also that could grow with our organization. You’re usually talking, relatively speaking, a younger player. I’m not ruling out anything. That’s a lot of picks and it’s good to have a lot of picks and develop players, but we also want to hit the ground running too with some more game-ready players. The discussions are picking up and they’ll continue to be on-going until the draft and they might subside a little bit and then pick up again in and around the free agent date.”
So we’re talking a younger type who has good value and might be available. Someone like Ryan Murray (if he could stay healthy), Derrick Pouliot, that kind of player. I don’t think that player will be made available, and I do believe Edmonton will make the pick at No. 16. The club may move No. 33 on day two, but the value on No. 16 this season is extreme.
- Director of Central Scouting Dan Marr: “Someone that they’ll be very pleased that’s still there. That’s what happens on draft day. You have your list and you don’t think that player would be available at that pick. Strange things happen as the draft moves along. I wouldn’t be surprised if they got a guy that they rank maybe 10-11 on their list at that point.”
On SSE we did a mock draft and Edmonton ended up with Connor McDavid (No. 1) and Evgeni Svechnikov (No. 16). That’s an exceptional return, and the club has two more picks in round two.
- Oilers Director of Player Personnel Bob Green: “We’re really excited because we have a lot of picks. The timing of that couldn’t be better. Every time we look at our lists and talk about players we see that. We get into the third round and beyond and we’re still going to be taking guys that have a great opportunity so it is exciting.”
If there’s a substantial offer that covers the value at No. 16, I’m all for dealing the pick. Suspect we see Peter Chiralli on the podium twice on Friday night of the draft.