If the Oilers are going to be active trading picks and players on draft day, who might be heading out of town? Inbound?
A lot of what the Oilers need is likely to come via trade this summer. And of course something has to go the other way in order to make these things happen. Who is heading out? Who might be coming in?
- 1st overall pick: Mirtle’s confirmation via Darren Dreger this morning is certainly a sign that the pick might be in play. I think it’s completely reasonable to suggest the top player on the Oilers’ list is not the player all the scouting services are suggesting is the best player in the draft. Oilers might try to add a later pick (say, 2nd round) and a roster player (perhaps a D or a 2-way winger who can play) as part of the package.
- 32nd overall pick: Should the Oilers end up with another pick in the early 30′s after the 1st pick is exchanged (should that happen), the club might be able to package 32 and 3? in order to move into the first round again and grab another coveted player. There appears to be a tremendous amount of sway in these lists, so Edmonton could end up with another player they hold in high esteem.
- Sam Gagner: Young C entering RFA summer and is arbitration eligible. The pricetag may become an issue as we know the Oilers will be sensitive to a big contract in front of the GNP contracts headed for Hall, Eberle and the Nuge. Fine young player, I hope they keep him and suspect they will. I’m listing him on the off chance a team offers a clear top 4D already at the NHL level with a bright future.
- Linus Omark: Oilers won’t bring him back and he may not have much current value (Omark might have to spend more time in Europe regaining his career) but he’s not expensive and did have a solid rookie year.
- Ben Eager: I think the next coach might want to keep him, but if not Eager should be a guy they can deal. Players of his type always have value to another team.
- Ryan Jones: There’s something to that old saying about “sell high, buy low.” Jones has been riffing like a maniac for two seasons over, Edmonton may want to cash their chips when they’re flush.
- Theo Peckham: Tough as nails blueliner had a difficult season and may need a change of scenery. He’s famous enough as a player to have value.
- Magnus Paajarvi: Edmonton surely likes him, but if they need to offload a young forward for a defenseman of similar age and value, the former top 10 pick might end up leaving town.
- D Fedor Tyutin, Columbus: He has good size for an NHL defenseman, is mobile and adept at moving the puck. He’s been healthy (this season aside, he broke his right hand). He is signed to a long contract, could come into the organization and serve as a legit top pairing option and he could also mentor some of the youngsters coming along.
- L Lars Eller, Montreal: Fleet winger with good size and some fine 2-way skill. Eller is an RFA so the contract might be a hurdle and of course he’s part of the future in Montreal.
- L Nikolai Kulemin, Toronto: Coming off a subpar season, there’s still a lot to like with this player. As mentioned earlier, his contract status would need to be solved before any deal.
- R Matt Frattin, Toronto: Looked good in spurts with the Leafs and had a terrific run in the AHL with the Marlies. Plays with some edge and does have some offense, he might be a player Edmonton values in that 3rd line RW slot.
- D Carl Gunnarsson, Toronto: Big defender who could step in to Edmonton’s top 4 in a heartbeat.