I’m a fan of Jake Gardiner. We’ve discussed him here and here and here and there’s no doubt he could be a useful player on an NHL team. Gardiner is the kind of talent that sometimes shakes loose, and often ends up playing for a better NHL team than he’s leaving.
I’m hoping that isn’t the case. Gardiner would be a fine Oiler.
This is Gardiner’s Extra Skater player card. He’s a terrific talent, and I think misunderstood by his NHL coach. Oiler fans know all about this, dating back to Paul Coffey and Miro Satan and Nail Yakupov, so we know it’s a good time to make something happen.
Dallas Eakins coached Jake Gardiner with the Marlies, and it’s reasonable to suggest Edmonton might have interest. A puck moving defenseman who is proven and plays on the left side? Sign us up. The problem: the cost.
- Do you think the Oilers should pursue Gardiner as a top 6 option?
- What is a reasonable price?
- Is there room for Gardiner and Schultz?
I can see Gardiner as a second pairing option with Jeff Petry, with Martin Marincin or Oscar Klefbom playing with the RH #1 defender acquired over the summer. This might leave Andrew Ference and Justin Schultz as third pairing, Oscar Klefbom in the AHL and Darnell Nurse in SSM. Agree?