What We Know So Far

The dust has settled after the frenzy that was July 1st. MacTavish came away with a few very nice pick ups for his team on day one, and the days that followed saw a few ideal targets at 2C in Mikhail Grabovski and David Legwand ink deals with other teams.

The night before all the action happened, I put together a bit of a shopping list. Now let’s see how the Oilers did, and what is left to be done.

Oilers Depth Chart – Post-July 1

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Image courtesy of Jason Franson, the Canadian Press.

Forwards:

Hall – Nugent-Hopkins – Eberle

Pouliot – Arcobello – Purcell

Perron – Draisaitl – Yakupov

Hendricks – Gordon -Lander

Gazdic

Defencemen:

Marincin – Petry

Nikitin – Schultz

Ference – Fayne

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Goal:

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Your take on the depth chart may vary, but I think we can see some marked improvements here over last year’s squad.

The depth on both wings is a real strength for me. I’d like to see the two big wingers in Purcell and Pouliot play together on a second line facing tough opposition. That would allow more sheltered minutes for the Draisaitl line–something that Yakupov would benefit from as well. Perron and Draisaitl would make a tasty puck possession duo with Dr Drai setting up Yak City and Perron against opposition depth forwards.

One of the most glaring weaknesses in the above depth chart is the absence of an established second line centre to play behind the Nuge. The Oilers lost out on some of the free agent options at that position, and according to TSN’s Ryan Rishaug, any addition at 2C is likely to come via trade.

For the first time in years, it appears that the Oilers have an NHL-worthy defence, so naturally, rumours are also swirling that the Oilers intend to tinker with the defence as it currently exists, with Jeff Petry’s name being mentioned by some pretty reliable sources.

All of that information taken together makes it seem like the Oilers are trying to deal Petry for a second line centre. It’s a bad idea, creating a hole to fill another. But as Jonathan Willis writes on Oilers Nation today, Petry may just be the sharpest arrow in Edmonton’s quiver, so-to-speak.

What is there to do?

Derek Roy is still out there but I don’t get a strong feeling he’ll end up with the Copper and Blue based on what we’ve heard from Rishaug.

The internal option is to play Mark Arcobello at 2C while leaving the sheltered minutes to Draisaitl. Arco proved last season that he can play a decent game in the bigs against milder opposition with slightly unfavourable zone starts–and he managed 0.44 points per game while doing so.

The following chart, one of my favourite tools, is courtesy of Rob Vollman at Hockey Abstract. I encourage you to go and play around with the player usage charts yourself.

Note that I’ve used Corsi Rel.

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It feels a lot like the Oilers are exploring two options at 2C: either they put their trust in the largely unproven and untested Arcobello, or they trade their best defenceman to fill the hole, creating another one. Personally, I find both options to be cringe-worthy, but the former (playing Arco) less-so.

One thing I will say is that, if the Oilers do keep Arcobello up the depth chart and in the middle, I would love to see MacT bolster that fourth line with a guy like Daniel Winnik or David Moss (where I currently have Lander slotted in). Lord knows they’re going to get some brutal usage, and they could use all the help they can get.

We’ve entered into the slow months of uncertainty before training camp picks up in the fall. Will we see more moves from MacT and company? Will Draisaitl earn his keep? Does he even have to, as things currently stand? How do you see the depth chart shaping up?

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‘Twas The Night Before Christmas…(Hopefully)

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It’s the night before the day known as the free agent frenzy and the Edmonton Oilers’ 2014-2015 season hinges on them being in the thick of things tomorrow. As I wrote yesterday, rebuilding teams have not found success, historically, by sitting around and waiting for it to come to them.

MacTavish has already gotten in on the action, dealing Sam Gagner to the Tampa Bay Lightning for Teddy Purcell, and I fully expect we’ll be receiving more news tomorrow.

I thought I would present my list of favourable targets one last time before things get going in the morning.

Edmonton Oilers Summer Target Round Up

First, I’m going to repost my depth chart with the additions I see as necessary for success in the upcoming season.

Forwards:

Hall – Nugent-Hopkins – Eberle

Target A – Target B – Yakupov

Perron – Draisaitl – Purcell

Hendricks – Gordon – Target C

Gazdic – Lander – Arcobello

Defensemen:

Target D – Schultz

Marincin – Petry

Nikitin – Ference

Goal:

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Free Agent Frenzy

Target A

Even with the addition of Purcell, I think the Oilers are in need of one more winger capable of both providing offence and playing sound defence.

For me, the ideal candidates are:

1) Nikolai Kulemin

2) Benoit Pouliot

3) Matt Moulson

I would also add David Moss and Daniel Winnik to this list, though Moss is listed as a RW and neither of them provide the offence necessary for a potential role in the top six. I also flat-out don’t see Moulson coming here.

Target B

If Leon Draisaitl is to start the season with the team–and with Sam Gagner shipping out, he more than likely will be–then there is a definite need for an established second line centre to come in and allow the young rookie to play more sheltered minutes.

The candidates:

1) Mikhail Grabovski

2) Paul Stastny (no chance)

3) David Legwand

According to Eliotte Friedman, the Oilers are also in pursuit of Olli Jokinen. Given his age and recent performance, he isn’t a great fit in my opinion.

Target C

If both Target A and Target B get done, I don’t suspect we’ll see this spot filled through free agency. I think it’s much more likely that Arcobello, Lander and Pitlick are given the opportunity to come in and fight it out for this spot on a tough minutes, severe zone start defensive unit.

Even so, the ideal candidates:

1) Daniel Winnik

2) David Moss

Target D

This is a spot that absolutely must be filled in my opinion, though out of all the aforementioned areas of need, it’s the one I fear won’t be addressed.

Defenders with the ability to take on twenty-ish minutes a night against the opposition’s best are in high demand, and there are just not enough of them to go around this summer.

The candidates:

1) Christian Ehrhoff

2) Mark Fayne

3) Dion Phaneuf

Some interesting stuff on the potential of a Phaneuf deal from Nick Kypreos, passed along by Twitter user Hope_Smoke:

Now, if I’m reading this right, it means Phaneuf had a NMC on his old deal that might have been holding up a trade pre-July 1st, but when his new deal kicks in, Toronto will have more freedom to deal him.

Not sure if Dion could have nixed a trade to the Oilers, or if it was even discussed between the two teams. He’s still a guy I’d like to see on this team.

There was also some chatter today that Petry might be on the block.

I sincerely hope not, but if he does go, it better be for a defenseman with an equal-or-greater ability to play the position.

Now let’s all take a knee at the sides of our beds and pray to the hockey gods that, by this time tomorrow, the Oilers roster looks a little more like this:

Forwards:

Hall – Nugent-Hopkins – Eberle

Kulemin – Grabovski – Yakupov

Perron – Draisaitl – Purcell

Hendricks – Gordon – Winnik

Gazdic – Lander – Arcobello

Defensemen:

Fayne – Schultz

Marincin – Petry

Nikitin – Ference

Goal:

Scrivens

Fasth

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Tracking the Edmonton Oilers Rebuild: Part 2

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In his interview last week with Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal, Craig MacTavish had an interesting answer when asked if he realized how far away his team is from being in the same conversation as an organization like the LA Kings:

“Sure, because L.A.’s in our division. This thing will turn quickly, but we need something to trigger it. Hopefully, we can add some depth in a much, more productive way than we did this year when we play those teams.”

There’s a widely held belief in Oil Country–and an accurate one, I’d say–that the team won’t make the transition from bottom to top until the young core of offensive players has been supported by a cast of legitimate role players who can compete in this league.

The number we keep hearing in regards to how many significant additions the Oilers need to make this off-season is around five, and that’s a number I went with in my off-season wishlist published before the draft (though with the addition of Nikitin and still no sign of a top-pairing defenceman, I’d now push that number up to six). I’ll repost that at the end of this article.

The ideal scenario this summer is one in which the Oilers find the right mix of additions to come in and act as the trigger, as MacT described, that will make this whole thing turnaround.

But how fast, historically, have these rebuilds taken their teams from the basement to the playoffs or better?

Last summer I wrote a post that looked at three separate rebuild situations in the recent past–Pittsburgh, Washington, and Chicago. I tracked their high draft picks, what we might call their young core of high calibre players, and how their points per game tracked season over season in comparison to how the team performed as a whole. The graph below is from that post (click to enlarge):

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Now I would like to revisit that conversation from a different angle, and look at the moves these teams made over the off-season that could have triggered their progress in the standings. Given Colorado’s recent trip up the standings, I think we can include them in the conversation as well.

Successful Rebuilds and Off-Season Acquisitions

Note that the purpose of this post is not to arrive at any definitive answer for what the Oilers should or shouldn’t do this summer (I think history will tell us that there is no set, prescribed course of action) but rather give us an idea of how other teams in similar situations have found success.

1) Pittsburgh Penguins 2006-07

Added GP Goals Assists Pts
Jordan Staal 81 29 13 42
Mark Eaton 35 0 3 3
Matt Karkner
Ronald Petrovicky 31 3 3 6
Mark Recchi 82 24 44 68
Andrew Penner
Dominic Moore 59 6 9 15
Libor Pivco
Nils Eckman 34 6 9 15
Patrick Ehelechner
Karl Stewart 3 0 0 0
Chris Thorburn 39 3 2 5
Wade Brookbank
Gary Roberts 19 7 6 13
Georges Laraque 17 0 2 2
Joel Kwiatkowski 1 0 0 0
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The Penguins added a slew of players to their organization during the 2006 off-season, and a few more notable ones in Gary Roberts and Georges Laraque at the trade deadline. I intend to use player deployment and possession numbers for the rest of the examples in this post, but because that information isn’t available as far as I can tell for the 2006-2007 season, I’ve included simple boxcars for this group of Penguins.

Pittsburgh added two key pieces to the puzzle in Mark Recchi and Jordan Staal (from the draft), and another player who contributed in Dominic Moore who was subsequently traded at the deadline to Minnesota for a third rounder.

2) Chicago Blackhawks, 2007-2008, 2008-2009

The Blackhawks turnaround was more gradual than Pittsburgh’s so we’ll have a look at the two seasons over which they made their significant improvement in the standings.

In 2007-2008 they improved by 17 points in the standings, but still missed the playoffs.

Added
Yanic Perrault
Robert Lang
Wade Flaherty
Brent Sopel
Sergei Samsonov
Andrei Zyuzin
Steve Marr
Kevyn Adams
Patrick Kane
Ben Eager
Craig Adams
Andrew Ladd

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The addition of Kane at the draft, as well as Perrault (53 games played) and Lang (76 games played), were all strong ones. Andrew Ladd made a nice contribution when he came over at the deadline.

Added (08-09)
Cristobal Huet
Brian Campbell
Matt Walker
Aaron Johnson
Doug Janik
Tim Brent
Pascal Pelletier
Joakim Lindstrom
Jim Sharrow
Adam Pineault
Samuel Pahlsson
Petri Kontiola

 

*Off-season additions end on Pelletier.

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The Blackhawks made the jump to a 104 point season and the playoffs on the cusp of adding several players at all levels, with significant moves coming in the forms of Brian Campbell, Andrew Ladd (at the deadline the previous season), and Cristobal Huet who had a record of 20-15-4 in 2008-2009.

Note that in both graphs, I’ve sorted out the players who played less than 20 games during the regular season.

3) Washington Capitals 2007-08, 2008-09

Added
Viktor Kozlov
Tom Poti
Michael Nylander
Joe Motzko
Cristobal Huet
Sergei Fedorov
Matt Cooke
Alexandre Giroux

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Save for Matt Cooke who was used ever-so-sparingly in the games that he played, all of these additions who played at least 20 games in 2007-08 have nicely coloured bubbles. Huet came over near the end of the season and registered a phenomenal 11-2-0 record with a 0.936 save percentage

Added (2008-09)
Jose Theodore
Graham Mink
Keith Aucoin
Staffan Kronwall

 

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Of all those additions, Kozlov and Fedorov continued to play well in their roles while Poti proved he could take on more severe zone starts and tougher competition as the Capitals rose to the very top of the NHL standings with 108 points.

4) Colorado Avalanche 2013-2014

Added
Nathan MacKinnon
Andre Benoit
Nathan Guenin
Nick Holden
J.T. Wyman
Guillaume Desbiens
Maxime Talbot
Reto Berra
Marc-Andre Cliche

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Colorado was a poor possession team last season, and that’s reflected in the bubble colouring of all the above additions. That said, they added players who slotted in throughout their line up, the most significant of them being Nathan MacKinnon.

In Conclusion

While the number of additions fluctuates from example to example, it’s obvious that none of these teams were content to sit on their butts and simply wait for success to come to them. Holes in their respective lineups were filled through the draft, free agency, and trades, with players who were able to perform at the level necessary to help the team perform at a higher level.

Regardless of how you think all of the above information relates to the Oilers’ situation, I think it’s clear to everyone that the team has to be aggressive this summer in finding the pieces to plug the holes in their lineup if they intend to make improvements in 2014-2015.

As MacTavish said in his interview, it’s true that these turn arounds appear to happen in sudden leaps and bounds, but not without the help of key acquisitions to support these young cores as they develop and learn the game.

The Updated Wishlist (Updated with Teddy Purcell Acquisition)

Forwards:

Hall – Nugent-Hopkins – Eberle

Kulemin – Grabovski – Yakupov

Perron – Draisaitl – Purcell

Hendricks – Gordon – Arcobello

Gazdic – Lander

Defensemen

Top Pairing D – Schultz

Marincin – Petry

Nikitin – Ference

Goal

Scrivens

Fasth

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NHL Mock Draft 2014: Picks 1-30

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Below you’ll find my best attempt at predicting how the picks will go in round one of the NHL Entry Draft in Philadelphia tomorrow.

Please note that this is not a ranking of the top 30 prospects, nor is it necessarily how I would pick them if I was the GM for every one of these teams. It’s just a stab in the dark, a look into the proverbial crystal ball. All for fun, you see.

The draft never does go quite as planned outside of the top few picks, and trying to predict the thing is probably an exercise in futility. But I can tell you I had fun anyway.

Oil! Mock Draft 2014: First Round

1. Florida – Aaron Ekblad

2. Buffalo – Sam Reinhart

3. Edmonton – Leon Draisaitl

4. Calgary – Sam Bennett

5. NY Islanders – Michael Dal Colle

6. Vancouver – William Nylander

7. Carolina – Jake Virtanen

8. Toronto – Nick Ritchie

9. Winnipeg – Nikolaj Ehlers

10. Anaheim (from Ottawa) – Haydn Fleury

11. Nashville – Kasperi Kapanen

12. Arizona – Brendan Perlini

13. Washington – Alex Tuch

14. Dallas – Kevin Fiala

15. Detroit – Robert Fabbri

16. Columbus – Sonny Milano

17. Philadelphia – Dylan Larkin

18. Minnesota – Jared McCann

19. Tampa Bay – Julius Honka

20. San Jose – Jakub Vrana

21. St. Louis (conditional to Buffalo) – Josh Ho-Sang

22. Pittsburgh – Nikita Scherbak

23. Colorado – Brendan Lemieux

24. Anaheim – David Pastrnak

25. Boston – Adrian Kempe

26. Montreal – Ivan Barbashev

27. Chicago – Nikolay Goldobin

28. Tampa Bay (from NY Rangers) – Nick Schmaltz

29. Los Angeles – Roland McKeown

30. New Jersey – Ryan MacInnis

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Panthers to Surprise with First Selection?

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Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal just posted a lengthy Q & A with Oilers GM Craig MacTavish and it’s filled with loads of golden nugget quotes. I have a piece planned for something he touched on earlier in the exchange, but for the here and now let’s look at MacT’s response to whether or not he believes the Panthers will move the first overall pick:

“I’m not so sure. They definitely will if they get what they want. The rumour is the guy they want isn’t in the top four.”

Not in the consensus top four, you say? To clarify, we’re talking about Ekblad, Draisaitl, Bennett, and Reinhart, in no particular order.

What happens if the Panthers make a wild pick?

To me, the above quote is another way of saying the Panthers aren’t interested in Ekblad, as he’s the only option of those four who doesn’t play centre.

With the hulking Nick Bjugstad coming off a solid first full season, Barkov showing well prior to being injured, and Jonathan Huberdeau as a possible option down the middle as well, it makes sense that they aren’t chomping at the bit to add another top end offensive prospect at centre.

With a log jam like the one that would ensue, someone would have to go eventually, and one gets the feeling that they’re more than happy with their current lot.

Who might the Panthers be coveting? I’d guess it’s probably someone who’s at least been in conversation recently in regards to the cream of the crop in this year’s draft.

It could be right winger William Nylander, who I recently discussed as possibly being the guy to shake things up at the upcoming draft. Corey Pronman had him at number three in his most recent rankings for ESPN.

It may also be big scoring winger Michael Dal Colle, who ISS has at number three in their final rankings.

So if the word is out that the Panthers don’t plan on taking Ekblad, maybe teams are content to wait and see how the first pick or two play out.

If GMs have a hunch that the Panthers intend to take a player outside of those top four, then I doubt the offers for their pick have been all that enticing, because if that’s the case, teams would be better off making a play for the second or third pick, which are worth less at this point.

And until GMs know that the player they want (Ekblad in this case) is there at either of those selections (two or three), they won’t overpay for them either.

What I’m saying is: if the rumour MacTavish spoke of is actually making the rounds, then I bet the Panthers are getting low-balled for the first overall, and I doubt we’ll see any trades involving the top picks until the Panthers make their selection, or if they trade the pick at surprisingly low value.

I’ll restate that I strongly believe the Oilers should take a centre at third overall, as the track record for defensemen drafted in the top four has been too shaky over the years to justify taking the D-man when all four players are said to be so close potential-wise.

In other words, I agree with Tyler Dellow completely:

And finally…

In Conclusion

If the Panthers are to move down from number one, it isn’t going to be until the day of the draft. But if rumours are swirling amongst GMs that the guy they’re going to take is outside of the consensus top four, then the rest of the league might just freeze them out and see whose name they call.

If it ends up being one of Nylander or Dal Colle–and I’m still highly doubtful it will be–then Buffalo will undoubtedly get a lot of calls for the number two selection. And if the Sabres stay put and draft one of the centres like everyone has been speculating, then I imagine Edmonton’s phone will be ringing  with a few very enticing offers once they’re on the clock on Friday.

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Oilers Acquire Negotiation Rights to Nikita Nikitin

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The Oilers swung a deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets this morning to acquire the right to negotiate with upcoming unrestricted free agent defenseman Nikita Nikitin, who has been long-rumoured to be on the their radar.

What looks even better on MacTavish is that Edmonton has yet to give up any assets in the deal.

That’s as close to a zero risk move as you can get, with the only risk being the potential of signing Nikitin and having him underperform in Edmonton (the same risk inherent in all player acquisitions).

Nikita Nikitin: The Numbers

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Nikitin is 28 years old and currently listed at 6’4″ and 224 lbs by NHL.com. He scored 32 points in 54 games with the Blue Jackets in 2011-2012 and followed that up with nine points in 38 games (lockout year) and 15 in 66 in 2013-2014.

Romulus’ Apotheosis on Twitter shared  Nikitin’s WOWY chart for 2013-2014. Click through to enlarge the image. Basically, we’re looking at how Nikitin performed with and without certain players, as well as how those players performed with and without Nikitin, and as Romulus says in the tweet, he’s a mixed bag.

Nikitin isn’t a perfect, home-run addition to the Oilers blue should they get him signed, but I still like the move, despite his trend downwards over the past two seasons in a much more limited role. Rob Vollman is one of my favourite voices in hockey, and a very smart man, and as he puts it:

Oilers Summer Addition Wishlist Revised

Forwards:

Hall – Nugent-Hopkins – Eberle

Kulemin – Grabovski – Yakupov

Perron – Bennett/Draisaitl – Arcobello

Hendricks – Gordon – Winnik/Moss

Gazdic – Lander

Defensemen

Phaneuf – Schultz

Marincin – Petry

Nikitin – Ference

Goal

Scrivens

Fasth

Is this a better list if they get the former Blue Jacket signed and send Klefbom back to the minors for some more refining? I think it is, and I hope MacT is able to lock him up for a decent term at a decent price.

He made roughly $2.1 million in his last two year RFA deal, and one would think that, given his previous two seasons, he isn’t worth much more than that on a new contract. Still, he’s a pending UFA and chances are he’ll get a raise, so we should expect one no doubt.

 

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Edmonton Oilers Summer Addition Wishlist

On this, the eve of compliance buyout season, I thought I would put my Edmonton Oilers summer addition wishlist in writing. I’m going to keep contract extensions off the following list, but it should be noted that signing extensions at reasonable price points, for Justin Schultz and Jeff Petry especially, will be high on management’s to-do list as well.

Edmonton Oilers Off-Season Wishlist: Free Agency, Trades, and the Entry Draft

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Also keep in mind that the following represents an ideal but realistic scenario for me, and while I’d love to see each of these moves get done, that’s probably still wishful thinking.

1) Bring in Kulemin and Grabovski

Kulemin Grabovski

Rumour has it these two would like to be a package deal this UFA season and I hope the Oilers get in on the action. I wrote about Kulemin in-depth here already, touching on his role change under Randy Carlyle and how that  transition affected his overall game and offensive production especially.

Kulemin and Grabovski as two-thirds of a tough-minutes second line would be a huge step forward for this Oilers team.

2) Sign Daniel Winnik or David Moss to complete the checking line

I also wrote about Winnik and Moss on this blog, and I really like former as a possible addition for the copper and blue. If the Oilers checking line is to consist of Boyd Gordon at centre and Matt Hendricks at leftwing, then there is the logistical problem of having either Hendricks or Winnik play their off-wing on the right side. A quick Google search revealed that there are some reports of the ducks trying Winnik at right at certain points during the season—if anyone can confirm or deny, please do let me know—but at this point, I would still list the addition as an imperfect fit position-wise.

David Moss could be a slightly better fit in that he is a RW, but I worry that his best years may be behind him, and would hate to see the Oilers sign a declining player to a longer-term UFA deal (though that’s usually the theme of UFA season, isn’t it?).

3) Draft Leon Draisaitl or Sam Bennett

Draisaitl Bennett

I’m of the belief that Aaron Ekblad will be gone before the Oilers take the podium on June 27. That means that the Oilers will be left to draft one of the three top centres. While I think they would be happy to welcome any of Draisaitl, Bennett, or Reinhart to the organization, I think the two names I’ve mentioned above are the best fit for this team going forward.

I’ve been waffling on which one of Bennett or Draisaitl I’d rather see join the Oilers, and to tell you the truth I’m still on the fence. I’ve written about both of them on this blog already. See Bennett here and Draisaitl here and here.

Maybe I’m reading into Dallas Eakins’ comments at the draft combine a little too much, but I do feel like Edmonton might be leaning towards Bennett if what he said is any reflection of the organization’s plans on draft day. You can read more about that here.

It’s all going to come down to who is still on the table at number three.

4) Trade Sam Gagner for 2014 picks or in a package for Double-Dion

Many Oilers fans cringe at the prospect of Double-Dion Phaneuf suiting up in the City of Champions, but I’m with Lowetide in thinking that he would instantly make this team better.

Would Sam Gagner, Martin Gernat, and a mid-to-late round pick do it? Would that be an over-payment? An under-payment? I can’t say for sure.

I still feel the most likely scenario for Gagner is that we see him dealt at the draft for a pair of mid-round picks—most likely a second and a fourth. Though a second and a third would be ideal, giving the Oilers picks in both those rounds, that might be asking for the moon.

 5) If Double-Dion doesn’t come to town, then get a top-pairing defenseman any which way you can, MacT

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Matt Niskanen and Andrei Markov are the cream of the crop when it comes to UFA defenders. Names like Dustin Byfuglien, Zach Bogosian, and Double-D have been mentioned in trade rumours ad nauseam.

The bottom line is that the Oilers desperately need a minute-munching pillar on the back end, a top pairing guy, and this upcoming off-season will go down as a failure for MacTavish and the Oilers front office if they can’t bring one in.

In Conclusion

Forwards:

Hall – Nugent-Hopkins – Eberle

Kulemin – Grabovski – Yakupov

Perron – Bennett/Draisaitl – Arcobello

Hendricks – Gordon – Winnik/Moss

Gazdic – Lander

Defensemen

Phaneuf – Schultz

Marincin – Petry

Klefbom – Ference

Goal

Scrivens

Fasth

Is this line up a realistic goal? A pipe dream? Does it make the Oilers any better, or more importantly, good enough to contend for a spot in the post-season?

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