I have been saying all spring that the Edmonton Oilers could be successful by keeping the forward group, adding some legit (but not necessarily sexy) defense and perhaps a backup goalie. This does not appear to be the path being chosen by Peter Chiarelli. I fear we will hear about changing culture after the draft, and it is not clear at all today the Oilers are heading in a good direction.
I rushed the hell out of this but could this be in the future for Oilers fans? pic.twitter.com/fCvZdFtWvp
— Mike (@NewfieMikey) June 23, 2016
We talked about P.K. Subban as an option last night, I still don’t really believe it, but Pierre Lebrun reported on the activity and we do know the no move portion kicks in soon. I do have Subban on my list, but have never really believed he belonged.
- LD Hampus Lindholm, Anaheim Ducks. Perfect fit, if available.
- PK Subban, Montreal Canadiens. If available, shoot the moon.
- Travis Hamonic, NY Islanders. Perfect fit, if available.
- Kevin Shattenkirk, St. Louis Blues. Shoot the moon—for one year?
- Jason Demers, Dallas Stars. Wilford Brimley: The right thing to do.
- Tyson Barrie, Colorado Avalanche. No idea the price.
- Radko Gudas, Philadelphia Flyers. Strong, effective defender.
- David Savard, Columbus Blue Jackets. Range of skills.
- LD Brian Campbell, Florida Panthers. Moves up with yesterday’s news.
- Damon Severson, New Jersey Devils. A nice underlying option.
- Mark Pysyk, Buffalo Sabres. The numbers imply there is a player here.
- Ryan Pulock, New York Islanders. Big shot from the point has high value. Very young.
- LD Keith Yandle, NY Rangers. Moves down with yesterday’s news.
- Ryan Murphy, Carolina Hurricanes. Some chaos, but good speed and puck-moving ability.
- Brandon Montour, Anaheim Ducks. This could be a special player.
- Cody Franson, Buffalo Sabres. That hammer from the point would come in handy and he fits a real need.
- Jordan Schmaultz, St. Louis Blues. Puck-moving prospect.
- Anthony DeAngelo, Tampa Bay Lightning. Another player with a puck-moving element to his game.
- Colin Miller, Boston Bruins. With the other Miller signing, maybe he is available.
- LD David Schlemko, New Jersey Devils. Depth D, has some nice things.
- Ville Pokka, Chicago Blackhawks. Young defender in the Chicago system.
- Ryan Sproul, Detroit Red Wings. Puck-moving defender in the AHL.
- Dennis Wideman, Calgary Flames. A year removed from a fantastic offensive season.
- RD Dan Boyle, New York Rangers. Retiring, but he is the player they are looking for—early, not late in his career.
Now that Milan Lucic is technically on open market, I expect EDM to have significant interest in him and he will have interest in EDM.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 23, 2016
Could you do it? Could you run this roster with both Lucic and Hall? I think this is more likely:
If Taylor Hall is traded (and I am not trolling you, this is at least a possible reality) Edmonton has one offensive driver. He is 19. I cannot imagine the Oilers finding anything close to value for Hall on the open market, but there is a chance we see a RHD and RW as part of any potential return.
- Expansion draft reference: NMCs that have to be protected.
Interesting list. Chicago’s protected list is done.
This mock uses Bob McKenzie’s final list as a guideline.
- No. 4 overall (1st)—L Matthew Tkachuk, London Knights (OHL): Has terrific offensive ability, great passer, underrated shooter. NHLE: 49. Hyperbole has taken over in regard to skating ability.
- No. 32 overall (2nd)— C-R Nathan Bastian, Mississauga Steelheads (OHL): Big skill F with smarts. NHLE: 24 points. Probably projects in a checking role, but represents excellent value here.
- No. 63 overall—LD Cam Dineen, North Bay (OHL): Impressive offense. NHLE: 23. He seems undervalued on many final lists, but for me Dineen has enough offense to be considered a very good bet.
- No. 84 overall—C Brandon Gignac, Shawinigan (QMJHL). Skill C, nice numbers. NHLE: 19 points.
- No. 91 overall—R Wade Allison, Tri-City Storm (USHL). Size, skill, spiked in final CS ranking. NHLE: 19.
- No. 123 overall—RD Jordan Sambrook, Erie Otters (OHL). Solid two-way D, may be undervalued. NHLE: 11 points. He is 6.02, 187.
- No. 149 overall—R Egor Babenko, Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL). Small, very skilled. NHLE: 23 points.
- No. 153 overall—LD Sebastian Aho, Skelleftea (SHL). Undersized, puck moving D. NHLE: 20 points.
- No. 183 overall—RD Jake Ryczek, Waterloo Blackhawks (USHL). Appears to be a spark offensively. NHLE: 16 points.
Today on the Lowdown, I will have a mock draft. Along with Paul Almeida, we will run through the first 15 picks, with help from folks like Sarah McLellan, Kirk Luedeke, Bill Hoppe and others. Always chaotic and a lot of fun! Frank Seravalli will also appear at 11:25. 10 this morning, TSN1260.
I have written several times this spring about the possibility of the Oilers trading Taylor Hall. The reaction from some of you has been swift and negative, and I understand that feeling—trading him makes little sense to me. I began the spring thinking that Hall for Subban would satisfy the asset value, but begin summer thinking only Hampus Lindholm (and his lower cap hit) represents fair value.
The Milan Lucic news from yesterday (in my opinion) puts Edmonton on a collision course with a mammoth contract for the former Bruins winger. There are ways around dealing Hall—Benoit Pouliot could be dealt—but let’s get real the likely move is Hall for a RHD.
Since the moment we found out Connor McDavid would be an Oiler, the mind struggled to find superlatives for this stunning forward group. The two men have had one season—less, really—and it looks as though No. 4 will be cashed for blue.
There is more than one way to win—Whitey Herzog and Earl Weaver taught me that 35 years ago—but the Gary Carter trade taught me trading Taylor Hall is not a winning notion.