IT WON'T BE LONG

Lowetide
June 22 2013 12:31PM

As we approach draft day and what is certainly looking to be a very busy time for the Oilers, it's important to be aware of all (ALL) available items for trade. Edmonton has a lot of assets.

STRONG ASSETS

  • #7 overall pick: No matter how you construct your draft board, there's going to be an outstanding player available. If the top 6 are Mackinnon, Jones, Drouin, Barkov, Nichuskin and Monahan, that leaves Lindholm, Nurse, Ristolainen and others still available. Exceptional value.
  • Ales Hemsky: Despite injuries and a subpar season, Hemsky is an attractive option for a couple of reasons: he creates offense and his contract has only one year remaining. A team like Ottawa or Montreal would have good reason to be interested in him. If cap room is an issue, the Oilers could retain some of the contract in order to improve quality of asset returning.

SIGNIFICANT ASSETS

  • Shawn Horcoff: A veteran 3rd line center in the NHL has value (Edmonton is actually going to be looking for one) and this fellow is the team captain. The contract situation can be improved by sharing (Edmonton takes on some of the money) the load, and there are teams that could surely use him. The question is: does Horc want to go to those teams?
  • #37 overall pick: This is a very valuable item, the 2013 draft is deep enough for this selection to be reasonably considered first round quality. Huge potential value. 
  • #56 overall pick: Still inside the second round where good value will remain in this draft.
  • Nick Schultz: Veteran has one more year remaining on his contract, and the Oilers may decide to cash him if they're attempting to upgrade the position. He has a fairly expensive cap hit, but veteran defensemen always have value.

ASSETS OF MEANDERING VALUE

  • Corey Potter: With the emergence of Taylor Fedun (strong end of season), the signing of Anton Belov and the presence of youngster Oscar Klefbom, Potter may be available. Although he isn't a strong top 4 option, NHL teams looking for depth would do well to look at him.
  • AHL players: You never know. There may be a team that highly values a player like Martin Marincin and is willing to overpay for the player. Unlikely for a team still building (as Edmonton is doing) but if the price is right anyone is available.
  • Linus Omark: Oilers retained his rights, and he might be a thrown in/addition for a team that would like to bring him in to see if he can help the offense.
  • Theo Peckham: A hidden gem in my opinion, the Oilers are extremely likely to walk away from him based on last season, but he has the kind out toughness, aggressiveness and ability NHL teams value. He's also young and inexpensive, all positives.

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

The Edmonton Oilers are going to have to give in order to get, and we know that some of the young NHLers may be in play (although Sam Gagner apparently is not one of them based on MacT's comments). If the Oilers are going to keep their attractive young NHL players, then the draft picks, Hemsky and Horcoff, and minor/junior players like Martin Marincin may be in play.

It won't be long now.

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#101 David S
June 23 2013, 01:06PM
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Lowetide wrote:

I'm always open to new ideas for the radio or blog. What would you like to hear/read?

It's a shame access to players is limited to the licensee station here in town. I'd like to know what guys like Sam Gagner are up to in the off-season, training regimes, what technical aspects they're working on, performance goals for next year, what was talked about in exit interviews, expectations regarding the incoming coach and sports they play in the off-season. That sort of thing.

In general, there's so much talk about what-if's, never-will-be's and no-way-in-hell's and so little talk about our core players. In other sports you get a really great sense of what athletes do and who they are. For example, if you want to know how Roger Federer trains, just check out YouTube. NHL players? Nothing much other than daily updates by Biznasty on Twitter.

LT, I know alot of this is out of your wheelhouse as you as a historian and prospects specialist, but if this site were to take it to the next level, the sorts of things I mentioned above would be a good step in the right direction.

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#102 TV6
June 23 2013, 01:07PM
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Justin R wrote:

Is this plausible?

To CLB: Hemsky + 3rd Rounder 2013 + Marincin To EDM: Fedor Tyutin

To TOR: 7th Overall 2013 (+ sweetener?) To EDM: Jake Gardiner

If both of those trades were done (hypothetically), the Oilers have a pretty strong blue:

Tyutin-Petry Gardiner-J. Shultz Smid-Belov (Potter)

No...

The Oilers don't have a 3rd pick in this years Draft...

The Oil's 7th over-all plus something MORE for Jake..? That would be a resounding NO..!

The sweetener would be on them if that was the swap...

So Again...

NO

x6

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#103 Justin R
June 23 2013, 01:21PM
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TV6 wrote:

No...

The Oilers don't have a 3rd pick in this years Draft...

The Oil's 7th over-all plus something MORE for Jake..? That would be a resounding NO..!

The sweetener would be on them if that was the swap...

So Again...

NO

x6

Ok so put the sweetener on TOR if it makes you happy, and change the pick to a 2014 3rd rounder. I think that this is a pretty reasonable - and realistic - way for the Oilers to take their blue line from sub par to above average.

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#104 michael
June 23 2013, 04:09PM
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The CBJ give up FT not a chance. JD is there now with his GM buddy. There will be a cold day in hell when FT is traded. To valuable an asset to trade for what? Hemsky? 5 million for Hemmer. ST was on the koolaid signing that deal. Jake Gardiner. For the 7th? What has he done? I'd rather roll the dice with a pick on Monohan or Nurse. If the Oilers were smart they would trade for Gilbert and give Minny back Shultz.Stupid trade in the first place. Another ST head shaker. If the Oilers could they should resign Fistric and see if they can pry Del Zotto out of the Rangers this summer. The other deal is that they should target Halak out of St Louis. They have Elliot and Jake Allen.

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#105 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
June 23 2013, 05:07PM
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michael wrote:

The CBJ give up FT not a chance. JD is there now with his GM buddy. There will be a cold day in hell when FT is traded. To valuable an asset to trade for what? Hemsky? 5 million for Hemmer. ST was on the koolaid signing that deal. Jake Gardiner. For the 7th? What has he done? I'd rather roll the dice with a pick on Monohan or Nurse. If the Oilers were smart they would trade for Gilbert and give Minny back Shultz.Stupid trade in the first place. Another ST head shaker. If the Oilers could they should resign Fistric and see if they can pry Del Zotto out of the Rangers this summer. The other deal is that they should target Halak out of St Louis. They have Elliot and Jake Allen.

one can only assume you were on bath salts when you attempted to write this post. please dont eat my face.

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#106 Ari Gold
June 25 2013, 10:32PM
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I love Gags but where does he go in the linup? There's no room for him on the top 6 if he isn't the 2C. Their 4 forwards in the top 6 are all significantly better. He's small, useless on the PK and terrible on FOs.

Gags had an enigmatic year in my opinion, raising his perceived value. If MacT can realize this value, the Oil will have won themselves a trade (for the first time in a billion years).

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