I want to keep track of this spring’s trade rumors, but only the ones that appear in credible sources. If you see one, please pass it along.
- Mike Boone, Montreal Gazette: Rumours have the Leafs pursuing Edmonton’s pick. The Leafs would send Luke Schenn and their No. 5 pick to the Oilers and then use the No. 1 pick to draft Yakupov … or maybe Galchenyuk.
Who knows if this is really true or just an Al Gore special, but the Gazette is credible. A couple of good articles:
I don’t think this is a good idea. The 5th overall pick will obviously have less value than #1 overall and Schenn is being paid like a shutdown defenseman without being one (at least yet). I was a fan of the man leaving the draft but the bottom line is his value (based on established level of ability and cap) is not close to good enough to consider a deal that involves a flip of 1 and 5.
Luke Schenn is a young man with a lot of defensive potential, but the Oilers should look elsewhere for a more complete–and more established–defenseman.
Knowing Burke, he’ll even find them one if he wants that #1 pick badly enough, and Yakupov is the best talent available in the draft.