A year ago, we discussed the possible exits at the deadline and came up with four names:
- R Teddy Purcell 35gp, 8-15-23.
- D Justin Schultz 21gp, 1-3-4.
- D Mark Fayne 25gp, 0-1-1.
- D Nikita Nikitin 5gp, 0-1-1.
Those were the stats last December 24 (link above) and of course Edmonton did in fact trade Teddy Purcell and Justin Schultz. Edmonton grabbed picks that garnered Matthew Cairns (No. 84, for Purcell) and Filip Berglund (No. 91, for Schultz).
This year, we are going to need two lists: The usual sell list—and an assets list, picks and players who could be used on rentals for a playoff run.
THE SELL LIST
- L Benoit Pouliot. 31gp, 5-2-7 so far this season, he is playing far down the depth chart and is a HS at times. His 5×5/60 scoring has gone from 2.05 to 1.17, and he has gone from McDavid—Eberle to Nuge—Kassian as most common linemates year over year. His value is imo artificially low, but the contract ($4 million for two more years after this one) remains high. I think a smart team will grab him, giving up little and possibly getting Edmonton to retain some salary. I suspect it is a mistake, but if you are the general manager, the job is to find players who fit the style of the coach. I think BP is not such a player for Todd McLellan.
- L Matt Hendricks. Currently 12gp, 1-2-3 and he has had some good games this year. Exactly the kind of player who can fetch surprising value at the deadline, Edmonton has several possible replacements. Does the coach value him enough to argue to keep him?
- RD Eric Gryba. He is 17gp, 0-1-1 and if all others are healthy, Edmonton may choose to deal the veteran for a draft pick at the deadline.
- RD Mark Fayne. He is 4gp, 0-2-2 and health at this point is a real concern. Still, if he gets back and can play some before the deadline maybe there is a market. He is a good defender, and some NHL teams still value it. The return will be minimal, and Edmonton probably has to retain.
- C Anton Lander. He was 16gp, 1-2-3 before being demoted, and a fine PK man, too. He is lighting up the AHL, and I think there is a chance Edmonton could offload him for something at the deadline. He does some important things well.
- G Jonas Gustavsson. 6gp, 2.90 .893 this year. I don’t think he has trade value at this time, but he could be sent to Bakersfield if the team recalls Laurent Brossoit or makes a trade for a more substantial backup.
THE ASSET LIST
- LD Brandon Davidson. If all the blue is healthy (and the plan is to sign Russell) then trading Davidson for a scoring RW may have some appeal for Peter Chiarelli. He is currently 6gp, 0-1-1, and we should also allow for the fact Davidson plays so well that Edmonton decides to keep him—perhaps trading another roster LHD instead.
- L-R Anton Slepyshev. I think the Oilers really like this winger (15gp, 2-2-4 in Edmonton) so it might take a pretty penny to get him included in a trade. Still, you have to give in order to get and the young Russian surely has value to other teams.
- C-L Jujhar Khaira. For the Oilers, a player like Khaira has value. He can check, play a physical game, has some offense, and can play center plus the wing. All of those things make him valuable to other clubs too, and he would certainly be a player of interest in a deadline deal. Currently 18gp, 6-7-13 for Bakersfield.
- LD Griffin Reinhart. He has been in the AHL all season (currently 14gp, 0-4-4) and has been hurt some of the time. The thing to remember with GR is that he is a famous prospect and another team may feel like taking a risk if the depth chart suggests a LHD is a fit. Oilers fans are sour on Reinhart, but NHL general managers usually value these high picks who struggle for many years after draft day.
- LD Jordan Oesterle. Even if it is a minor league deal, I think Edmonton should consider cashing one of the LHs for a RH option in Bakersfield. David Musil also qualifies under the umbrella.
OILERS PROJECTED 2017 DRAFT PICKS
- First Round: No. 21 overall
- Third Round: No. 82 overall (FROM ST. LOUIS—this is payment for Nail Yakupov)
- Third Round: No. 83 overall
- Fourth Round: No. 114 overall
- Fifth Round: No. 141 overall (FROM Vancouver—this is payment for Phil Larsen)
- Fifth Round: No. 145 overall
- Sixth Round: No. 176 overall
- Seventh Round: No. 207 overall
Using Steve Kournianos’ epic Top 600 (!!!) for the 2017 draft, Edmonton would end up with:
- RD Henry Jokiharju, a Finn blue who plays for the Portland Winterhawks. He is 36gp, 5-14-19 and is considered to be a smooth skating defender who is more passer than carrier. The kicker is that he is an effective defender. Sounds like a player the Oilers would like.
- L Matyas Svoboda, a big Czech winger who is 32gp, 6-3-9 for the Peterborough Petes. Described as big, strong and able to drive to the net with authority, plus a good skater. I think the offense might be a worry if he finishes with a point total around 20 (he is on track for that number now).
- LD Dalimil Mikyska, who is 12gp, 0-5-5 in the Czech U20, and has played at higher levels this year. He is described as a big defender with skill and a big shot, and he once again can skate well.
- G Dayton Rasmussen who plays for the Tri-City Storm of the USHL. He owns a .902SP this season and is on his way to U Denver next year. He is a big youngster with good mechanics, glove may need work. He was .913SP in the same league one year ago.
- LD Matt Anderson who plays for Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL (13gp, 0-2-2). From what I am reading, he is a dynamic skater with plenty of offensive potential. He is also a powerful defender who can win puck battles. Impressive resume.
- LD Ian Blacker of the London Knights sounds a lot like Anderson, in that he is a big defender with good wheels—but Blacker lacks an offensive punch.
- R Linus Andersson of Skelleftea of the SuperElite league. He is 26gp, 9-5-14 so far this year and has played in the SHL (four games, no boxcars). Not much on him, he is undersized and skilled based on the numbers. Not to be confused with Lias Andersson, also eligible for the 2017 draft.
- RD Reilly Walsh of the Chicago Steel of the USHL. He is 17gp, 2-4-6 so far, mobile defender with a heavy shot and that does sound like someone Edmonton would value a lot. Some chaos in his defensive game.