At the 2010 draft, Edmonton general manager Steve Tambellini wanted to move out some players. Names who were mentioned leading up to the week included Sheldon Souray; Ethan Moreau; Robert Nilsson; Patrick O’Sullivan plus youngster Andrew Cogliano and Riley Nash along with one goalie, either Devan Dubnyk or Jeff Deslauriers.
The main draft plan (according to reports) was to deal for a pick and then use that pick and No. 31 overall in order to move up and draft Dylan McIlrath. Edmonton couldn’t get all the way there, so dealt Riley Nash and picked Martin Marincin in the second round instead. History tells us that was a better move than the aggressive one.
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A decade of player trades at the draft
I’m always sifting through old Lowetide posts in search of new angles to talk about and came across an incredible string of draft weekend trades by Edmonton. I’m not going to rank them, but rest assured several of these are rank of the highest order.
In 2010, Tambellini traded a 2010 sixth-round pick for Colin Fraser (small move, no quarrel), Riley Nash for pick No. 46 (Martin Marincin) which represented a net loss but Nash wasn’t going to sign with Edmonton. In 2011, Tambellini spent the first round being irritated by James Duthie, who (as a reporter) asked about the pending Ryan Smyth acquisition when Edmonton selected Nuge and Klefbom. That was June 24. Fraser and a depth pick went to LAK for Smyth on June 26.
Craig MacTavish was general manager in 2013 and his draft weekend trade remains one of my favourite in team history. MacT dealt the No. 37 pick to LAK for pick 57 (which he would also trade), pick 88 (Anton Slepyshev), pick 96 (Kyle Platzer). Pick 57 was sent to St. Louis (who chose William Carrier) for picks 83 (Bogdan Yakimov), 94 (Jackson Houck) and 113 (Aidan Muir). The deal didn’t work out (for anyone, really) but I applaud the innovation.
We now arrive at the real reason for today’s post: Peter Chiarelli’s draft weekend moves. In 2015, clearly charged with turning the team’s fortunes around in a hurry, he dealt picks 16 (Mathew Barzal) and 33 (Mitchell Stephens) for Griffin Reinhart, who would eventually help as the lost pick in expansion to Vegas. A more miserable trade is difficult to imagine, although the Miro Satan deal remains No. 1 on my list for now.
Chiarelli traded 2015 pick No. 57 (Jonas Siegenthaler), 79 (Sergey Zborovskiy) and 184 (Adam Huska) for Cam Talbot and pick No. 209 (Ziyat Paigin). I was fine with that trade, then and now, Talbot was fire in the spring of 2017 and I’ll remember that year forever.
Chiarelli dealt Martin Marincin for a fourth-round pick which he then traded for Eric Gryba. I didn’t like the deal, mostly because Marincin is a player I liked, but it wasn’t a tragedy.
Edmonton hasn’t made a draft weekend trade involving players since. During the 2017 draft, the Oilers traded up to get goaltender Stuart Skinner at No. 78. The team gave up pick 82 (Cameron Crotty) and pick 126 (Michael Karow). In 2018, Edmonton traded up to No. 62 by dealing No. 71 (Jordan Harris) and No. 133 (Samuel Houde).
Let’s go back to that list off players who were being dangled to other NHL teams a decade ago at the 2010 draft. It’s a long list and the return, taken as a whole, borders on comedy.
- Riley Nash: Traded to Carolina for pick used on Marincin
- Patrick O’Sullivan: Bought out June 29, 2010
- Ethan Moreau: Claimed by Columbus June 30, 2010
- Patrick O’Sullivan: Traded to Arizona for Jim Vandermeer
- Sheldon Souray: Contract buyout on June 30, 2011
- Jeff Deslauriers: Signed free agent contract with Anaheim July 9, 2011
- Andrew Cogliano: Traded for a 2013 second-round pick, July 12, 2011
- Devan Dubnyk: Traded to Nashville for Matt Hendricks June 15, 2014
That’s very little return for a group that includes some fine talent. Devan Dubnyk, Andrew Cogliano, Riley Nash would play important roles for years with their new teams, Souray was a legit veteran with some more miles left in him. This is damning. Note: The Dubnyk trade was made by MacTavish.
It’s fairly certain Ken Holland will get more via trade than Tambellini, MacTavish and Chiarelli during their time in the general manager’s chair. In just a little over one year, Holland made truly impressive deals (Lucic for Neal offed a staggering contract) and a fascinating big bet (Athanasiou) that gave up riches but has a chance to be a good fit for Oilers needs. I see the AA bet as similar to the Cam Talbot trade. Here are the Holland assets between now and the end of draft Sunday 2020:
- R Alex Chiasson (duplicated by Kassian)
- LD Kris Russell (exceeded by Jones)
- RD Matt Benning (Bouchard is close or already there)
- LC Jujhar Khaira (even strength work poor)
We’ll track this as time goes on but Holland’s work in Edmonton so far suggests he will get more than Matt Hendricks and a second-round pick for these assets. I’ll be watching with interest in the coming months.
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