During last night’s broadcast on tsn, Darren Dreger discussed Edmonton’s offseason as seen through the lens of new GM Craig MacTavish. The scene set (above) isn’t quite what we discussed today–but it isn’t far away either.
My suggestions yesterday morning:
- A quality, veteran NHL defenseman to play with Schultz the younger
- A legit C to play behind Nuge, Gagner and Horc. This player should be able to slide up the depth chart, because we know injuries will impact the position.
- A veteran winger (probably portside) to go with Hall-Eberle, Paajarvi-Yakupov, ????-Hemsky. I think the Oilers could get by with Smyth-Hartikaien as the 4line options next year.
- A solid backup goalie.
Now the Dreger line:
- Shattenkirk, Ference, Streit (all reasonable options)
- Matt Hendricks is an interesting name
- Iginla, Clarkson, Morrow. Perhaps a little higher up the latter than I was thinking, but hey that’s fine reach for the stars.
- They are not as convinced of Dubnyk as the numbers suggest they should be.
Overall I think it’s all good, but they’re not going to get Shattenkirk and Iginla/Clarkson/Morrow aren’t coming here unless there’s an insane contract being offered by the Oilers, or unless all the other teams who are contenders believe Morrow is on his last legs. I do think the names Ference, Streit, Hendricks are probably fair game. And the Dubnyk stuff is crazy, maybe that’s going to be MacT’s Moby Dick.
Bob McKenzie mentioned trading the first round pick too. Edmonton is slotted 5th in the draft today, and this might be their list:
- Seth Jones
- Nathan MacKinnon
- Jonathan Drouin
- Sasha Barkov
- Sean Monahan
One good thing: they can send the young man back for another year in his league without any thought to keeping him. Here are the Oilers current draft picks by number:
- (3rd rd pick traded to Dallas for Fistric)
- (4th rd pick traded to Florida for Smithson)
Those first three picks have to count, that’s basically the draft. I’ll guess Monahan, Tristan Jarry and Myles Bell.