The Edmonton Oilers have traded veteran defender Ladislav Smid and G prospect Olivier Roy to Calgary for forward Roman Horak and G Laurent Brossoit.
- An veteran NHL defenseman. Smid’s struggled this season and moved down the depth chart from time to time, but is certainly a capable veteran and can play heavy minutes at evens and the powerplay. This is a player of value.
- A reasonable prospect in Roy. I don’t think you can evaluate him beyond the fact that he’s still a prospect and will need to play another 100 or so games before anyone knows if he can elevate to the NHL. He is a prospect of note.
- Roman Horak via Flames Nation: Horak is destined to play the role of a 3rd or 4th line pivot, and if given the opportunity to do so, can be quite effective at it. Taking most of his draws in the defensive zone – with far more ice time than he’s been given in the past, no less – it’s apparent the coaching staff is trying to carve out his niche as a two way forward. Certainly the Flames have relied on him in defensively heavier assignments, and for better or worse, he’s taken the opportunity and ran with it.
- Laurent Brossoit: Oil King fans will know him well, he backstopped the junior Edmonton team to the WHL championship two years ago and came close again in the spring. He’s highly regarded in many prospect circles and was top ten in save percentage in each of the last two seasons in the WHL.
I expect this has to do with the development of Belov and the struggles in goal. I believe Edmonton will add a goalie tomorrow.