This is Kyle McLaren back in his Boston days. He was drafted in the first round by the Bruins and came right to the show. He performed well enough to make the NHL All Rookie Team in 95-96 and since then has played in over 700 NHL games despite a laundry list of injuries.
He’s had a lot of knee troubles over the years.
McLaren can hit people to hurt them and change the tone of a game with a stick or an elbow or a crosscheck. He is not an overly nice fellow.
Desjardins has some nice things to say about him (he played the 2nd toughest minutes and with the crapiest possible teammates) and McLaren’s +3 ranked third overall on the Sharks blue one year ago.
McLaren has one year left (at $2.5M) and the Sharks (it is rumored) would be willing to move him.
If the Oilers acquired McLaren they would add to their “tough veteran stay at home D” list and have a very nice top 6 option. I’d argue he could play top 4 EVs and be a quality PK guy based on his stats.
He’s 31 years old. You may say the Oilers already have enough defensemen, but my counter would be “not like Kyle McLaren.”
An interesting player, depending on the price.