Rumors are swirling and it’s trading season again this time tomorrow. Jordan Eberle is bound for moving on, with the good times apparently all gone. Rumor has it Ryan Strome is the return, or at least part of it.
RYAN STROME 2011 SCOUTING REPORT
- Kirk Luedeke: Average size, but grew a bit since last year, which helped him in terms of where he’s regarded amongst scouts. Excellent skater who can beat defenders with his speed or elusiveness. Very soft hands and superb puckhandler who uses his feet and creativity to be a going concern offensively. Just a dynamic scorer who isn’t quite in RNH’s class, but isn’t too far off, either.
I always like to go back to the beginning to see what we were talking about on draft day. Strome had good offensive numbers (his NHLE was 41, Nuge’s 36) and he arrived in the NHL with a lot of promise. In year two NHL he posted 50 points and things were looking up, but the Islanders never seem able to develop players the whole way. In 2016-17, Strome had a poor season, here’s how he compared to Eberle last year.
The age difference is advantage Strome and the money favors him heavily. I keep thinking the Oilers will get a pick, but saving $3.5 million is a major benefit to the trade. Strome is shy on the 5×5, but if he had posted two more points his /60 would have been in the same range (1.73) as Eberle. Is this a trade you would make? This represents the third ‘loss in assets‘ deal in three summers (Reinhart, Larsson). I think you’d have to be fairly certain your veteran player wasn’t coming back under any circumstances and that you could use the $3.5 million on a difference maker at RHD.
The one lingering thought I have about this trade? Strome fills the mirror man need on my list, able to play whatever position Leon isn’t being deployed in at a given time. I get the idea, but it doesn’t make the team better. Strome is neither equal to Leon at center, nor to that of Eberle on RW. Peter Chiarelli must have a plan for that $3.5 million.
- Elliotte Friedman: One thing about Eberle, he and incoming Islanders assistant Kelly Buchberger had their battles in Edmonton. Not sure if that matters, as the world would be a better place if we could all tell each other to “get lost” once in a while and then go for a beer, but it should be noted as a factor in any New York decision. Source
— Murray Pam (@Pammerhockey) June 20, 2017
— Murray Pam (@Pammerhockey) June 20, 2017
Interesting. A good thing because the Oilers need to be developing players and a Double-A club can be helpful. Brandon Davidson spent time in the ECHL, as did Devan Dubnyk. The goalie item is also a good one, Edmonton has the college men (Nick Ellis & Shane Starrett) so maybe we see an AHL signing who can offer competition to both men.
Tyler Benson and Dylan Wells were invited to the World Junior Development Camp later this summer. It’s good news for the Oilers, and their 2016 draft. Especially pleasing to see Tyler Benson healthy enough to attend camp. The 2016 entry draft is quickly turning into five separate segments:
- Jesse Puljujarvi, who should be an impact NHL player (we just aren’t certain what type)
- Tyler Benson (a substantial prospect if healthy)
- Three third-round defensemen of varying quality.
- Dylan Wells, who has forced himself into the conversation as one of the Oilers 10 best prospects.
- Three distant bells (Graham McPhee, Aapeli Rasanen, Vincent Deslauriers)
The biggest news since last June? Benson’s injury (and newfound health) and Wells. I’d love to tell you the most important thing is getting one of those three blue to turn into an NHL player, but it isn’t true. The Oilers badly need Puljujarvi and Benson to emerge as bona fide NHL players, that’s the priority. This invite is a damned good sign.
Well that’s a damn shame. One of my all-time favorites. I am reading a lot of ‘pretty convenient’ posts and I get that, but if Hossa has what Tom Reid once referred to as “the Gunk” then that’s a bad turn. We wish him the best, and for those who don’t remember Reid (and I believe Guy Lapointe and Kevin Lowe may have had this but that’s from memory) rest assured it is real and a concern.
WILL THE OILERS MAKE A TRADE TODAY?
No. I don’t believe Edmonton has a deal with Vegas and the trade freeze doesn’t close until Thursday morning. By draft evening on Friday? A good chance Jordan Eberle is in Brooklyn based on me reading what Bob said (didn’t hear it but plenty of comments on the blog about it).
WILL THE EBERLE TRADE BE THE ONLY ONE?
Tyson Barrie from Colorado is interesting and I still think Peter Chiarelli may be looking to find a second-round pick. I’ll run all the lists tomorrow (needs, asset, target) because it could be go time. One thing to watch for tonight: RHD and RHC who are drafted by Vegas. These men could be targets for Edmonton, hell maybe they have the makings of a deal in place (although sounds quiet in regard to Golden Knights).
WHO DOES EDMONTON LOSE TONIGHT?
Griffin Reinhart is a George McPhee type, I would have protected Jujhar Khaira. If you’re asking me who I would take, the answer is Benoit Pouliot. If you ask me who I would bet on GMGM taking, the answer is Reinhart.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
A fun morning with lots of Oilers talk, beginning at 10 on TSN1260. Scheduled to appear:
- Bruce McCurdy, Cult of Hockey. Making sense of this Eberle business.
- Scott Mitchell, TSN. Jays lost last night but are staying with the pack.
- Dave Dawson to talk Onside CFL Fantasy.
- Kirk Luedeke, Red Line Report. A final look at Josh Norris, Ryan Poehling and some USA prospects who might be of interest to the Oilers.
10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter.