As we wait for the Oilers rookie TC list, one of the things we can chat about during this rain (snow?) delay is the waiver wire. The Oilers famously used this service last fall when Luke Gazdic was placed on waivers. Edmonton had some nice options on the waiver wire that day, here’s what I said about them at the time:
- C-R Adam Hall: Veteran center who is pretty familiar with a 4line role and defensive hockey. I’d like to have him as an Oiler, bet he gets plucked before Edmonton can pick.
- C-L Luke Adam: 2nd round pick in 2008, pretty famous prospect since then but hasn’t been able to get any traction. He did play one complete season (11-12) and then couldn’t make it in the shortened season. Might be exceptional value.
- R Colton Sceviour: Young winger annually in the top 10 (AHL) in shots on goal, has scored 20 goals two seasons in a row (AHL) and is described as having some two-way ability. My ongoing search for a modern Fernando Pisani compels me to list him here.
- W Chris Porter: Veteran has some size and some checking ability. Likely a pass, but he has value.
- L Luke Gazdic: 6.03, 230 enforcer.
Here are the NHL stat lines for those men from 2013-14:
- Adam Hall 80GP, 4-5-9 with the Flyers
- Luke Adam 12GP, 1-0-1 with the Sabres
- Colton Sceviour 26GP, 8-4-12 with the Stars
- Chris Porter 22GP, 0-1-1 with the Blues
- Luke Gazdic 67GP, 2-2-4 with the Oilers
When the Oilers claimed Gazdic, it changed the entire equation of the team. Quoting the Gazdic claim post:
- the Edmonton Oilers are going to be a very physical team and the possession talk of summer has given way to something else this fall. The Sam Gagner injury may have long reaching impact on the Edmonton Oilers beyond the injury itself.
And we are here. Sam’s in Arizona, Luke’s recovering and the Oilers MAY be looking over the waiver wire during training camp this fall. The waiver wire ALWAYS gives value, the trick is pulling the trigger on the transaction (Sceviour would have been a nice addition a year ago, as an example). I would prefer a waiver pickup who has some value to a trade for an overpriced salary dump like Chris Kelly at this point.
Why? I believe Mark Arcobello could be a useful NHL player for years, and bringing in an expensive veteran might squeeze him back onto a 4line role as happened a year ago. The issue I have is with a safety net for Leon Draisaitl, not with Arcobello playing a complementary role on a two-way line as a center. A waiver pickup is far more likely to serve the Oilers in this situation.