The major part of the return in the Horcoff trade is cap room–the Oilers don’t have to take on any of the cap dollars on the Horcoff contract. That’s a big deal–especially if they’re big game hunting as is rumored (and as we’ve discussed) today.
The 7th rd pick in the deal is a distant bell–no check that–it’s a distant ringing in the ears. Philip Larsen? Well, he could end up being useful.
The Hockey News: Has excellent hockey sense, moves puck quickly and smoothly out of the defensive zone and has some offensive ability. Needs to add more strength so as to better adapt to the more physical style of the NHL game, since he’s undersized. He is a mobile puck moving defenseman with some upside.
He’s 23, from the 2008 draft and has been a regular (or so) in the NHL for three seasons (95, 5-14-19). This past season was a train wreck, but going back to the last full NHL season there seems to be the possibility of an NHL player:
The 7th is less than that.
The key? The cap relief. What MacT does with that money will be the judge of this deal.