As we enter day 4000 in our ongoing series “I can’t think of anything but getting a defenseman” we begin to realize the Oilers might be screwed. Are there ANY teams in the NHL who could be wlling to give up a legit top pairing D?
- The Duke of Hafford: LT, with the draft in Philadelphia this year and their want for a defenceman, do you see them trying to make a splash? If Ekblad is available when the Oilers are drafting, would you trade Ekblad for Couturier +?
BRAYDON COBURN PLAYER CARD
- Goal: the new Dwayne Roloson, Ben Scrivens
- Left Defense: Braydon Coburn, Andrew Ference, Martin Marincin
- Right Defense: Jeff Petry, Justin Schultz, Taylor Fedun, Anton Belov
- Center: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Sean Couturier , Boyd Gordon, Matt Hendricks, Anton Lander
- Left Wing: Taylor Hall, David Perron, the new Ethan Moreau, Ryan Smyth, Luke Gazdic
- Right Wing: Jordan Eberle, Nail Yakupov, the new Mike Grier, Tyler Pitlick
I didn’t take anyone off the roster, you might have to deal away the first and Gagner and something else, or maybe it’s Eberle I don’t know. Anyway, interesting idea and Coburn does seem to be having a nice season. Coburn is signed for only two more seasons, so you’d need to factor it in.
- A lot of rumors about Eberle being traded, but I don’t see it. I think the Oilers are sincere when saying Hall, Nuge, Eberle, Yakupov, Justin Schultz are the inner circle of the team—and maybe they give up on one, but it seems to me it’ll be Yakupov if it’s anyone. Even then, I don’t believe MacTavish trades the Russian yet, not until he can get full value. Derek Van Diest has the story of Eberle’s reaction here. Again, I don’t buy it.
If the Oilers do take Ekblad at the draft, it might jumble the fall blue. I can see Nurse-Ekblad being a pairing at the rookie tournament, and then the Joey Moss, the early Calgary pre-season game and then the late Dallas game and into the regular season. It could be an issue, the Oilers have shown patience in only a few instances (Eberle, Nurse) and never with the number ones.
It’s true, the Oilers will probably trade away 83 and chances are they will do it for a draft pick or two. A couple of things to remember: the value of picks this year is not high based on quality of talent—if the pick isn’t inside the top 15 then #27 might have as much value as #43, it’s all a crap shoot from there.
OILERS CURRENT DRAFT PICKS
- #2 overall (D Aaron Ekblad)
- #117 overall (R Jaden Lindo)
- #122 overall (L Alex Pawelczyk)
- #151 overall (C Jason Cotton)
- #152 overall (R Miska Siikonen)
- #182 overall (L Brandon Baddock)
Oilers will probably grab a second and a third if possible, otherwise it’ll be similar to the 2008 entry draft. Edmonton has added Perron and Scrivens with help from this draft, I think they’ll sacrifice Hemsky, Nick Schultz, Ryan Smyth and maybe even Gagner for picks (and one suspects players). That doesn’t mean they won’t trade picks they acquire, in fact I can see the Oilers trading down from #2 overall to add a second if they feel there’s better value around #5-#7.
I’ll say this: Reinhart and Bennett are similar players to what the Oilers already have, and if they move down to 5-7 there should be a power forward available. Would you deal #2 for #5 and #35? Edmonton may do that this year, depending on what’s available when they select.
If the Edmonton Oilers traded the first round pick in a deal, for a legit NHL top pairing D, and didn’t draft until #117? Music! The NHL roster is the vital item to address this summer.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
Friday! Game day! Scheduled to appear on TSN 1260 at 10 this morning:
- Steve Lansky, Big Mouth Sports. Trading Eberle, Leafs blowout, Bouchard!
- Jeff Chapman, Copper and Blue. Should the Oilers shop in familiar places this summer?
- Sarah McLellan, Arizona Republic. The Coyotes miss Hanzal.
- FC Edmonton. Eddies have another defender.
- Jungle Jim Hunter. We’ll talk about Richard Sherman, and sideline interviews.
10-1260 via text, or @Lowetide_ on twitter. See you on the radio!