In a move that perhaps clears the way for another, the Edmonton Oilers placed veteran defenders Corey Potter and Denis Grebeshkov on waivers today. I’d guess the club would be fine with either (or both) being claimed, but it would seem unlikely at this time. The reason for waiving Grebeshkov? My guess is he’s ready to head back to the KHL.
Is there another move in the works? My guess is yes, the club will do something to improve the overall roster and that yes, it’ll be along the blueline.
- Jeff Petry: I can’t imagine the Oilers dealing him. Petry plays big, tough minutes and belongs on the top pairing.
- Ladislav Smid: Perhaps miscast on the top pair, you have to find something better before moving him down.
- Justin Schultz: Excellent puck mover, has a lot of chaos to his game. A challenge is finding a partner for him.
- Anton Belov: Enter Belov. He’s been excellent.
- Andrew Ference: Veteran, captain, penalty killer.
Nick Schultz, Potter and Grebeshkov were 6, 7, and 8 now there’s only Schultz the elder left. The Oilers could call up a farmhand, and there are some good candidates.
- Taylor Fedun: College man has adjusted well to the pro game and earned his opportunity (should it come).
- Oscar Klefbom: Highly rated first round pick close to ready.
- Martin Marincin: Mobile defender can head man the puck.
- Brandon Davidson: Already a callup, it could happen again.
- Phil Larsen: The most NHL experience in the group.
It all comes down to what Craig MacTavish is willing to deal. I’m hopeful he won’t panic and pull the trigger on a deal that sends away (as the Habs would put it) “the best player in the deal” but the scene is set for such an occurrence. If you want to know who is going to be traded, identify the players Eakins is having trouble finding a role for in his system and also hold value.
That’s my guess.