Exit Ramp 5: Souray

Sheldon Souray can shoot a puck so hard even the other NHL players are impressed. On one shot last season, he injured two opposition players. He shoots the puck so hard from the point that it may actually be impossible for the goalie to move to stop it.

He’s a big man who is tough to play against and he has a mean streak. Although his lateral movement is a tad slow, he has an impressive wingspan and skates well, even better at times. I remember specifically a play where he broke his stick on a shot in the offensive end, was hopelessly out of position but the entire transaction seemed to piss him off and Souray skated like a demon to get back into the play (and actually threw the puck carrier to the ice in a play that had a trace of Slap Shot in it).

Why would the Edmonton Oilers trade Sheldon Souray? It may be the only way to acquire a pure scorer up front. Souray’s goal total from a year ago (23) was good enough to lead the Oilers (he tied Hemsky for the honor) and he was legend on the powerplay (12-11-23).

He has three seasons left on a 5.4M cap hit and would have to be considered good value even considering his injury history. He’s no puck mover and he has some coverage issues, but the Edmonton Oilers have a valuable trade asset in Sheldon Souray.

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