The Oilers should strongly consider trading Leon Draisaitl

Jonathan Willis
June 05 2016 12:18PM


I don’t expect that the Edmonton Oilers will trade Leon Draisaitl, but from a financial perspective he is the most logical of the team’s high-end forwards to send out in a trade for a defenceman.

For any team with a budget or a cap problem, Draisaitl’s lower paycheck and flexible contract future offer the kind of options that Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle never will. That gives him value in a trade that the other three lack.

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Two Defencemen and the Expansion Draft

Jonathan Willis
June 04 2016 09:00AM

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A few days back, I wrote about how the possibility of an expansion draft might impact the Edmonton Oilers’ handling of Griffin Reinhart. The truth though is that if the league decides to go forward with expansion, such a draft will affect not only players currently on the Oilers’ roster, but also the team’s acquisition plans for the summer.

It might mean that the club is better off adding only one marquee defender this summer.

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Justin Faulk’s back-loaded contract

Jonathan Willis
June 03 2016 03:51PM

Of the various defencemen who have been suggested as possible trade acquisitions for the Edmonton Oilers, few are more appealing than Justin Faulk. A first-pair, all-situations right-shot defender, Faulk is young, under team control for ages and would go a long way toward fixing what ails the Oilers’ power play.

It is by no means certain that Carolina has interest in moving the defenceman, but given what we know about the Hurricanes it’s certainly worth considering their financial incentive to make a deal.

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Griffin Reinhart and the Expansion Draft

Jonathan Willis
May 31 2016 11:55AM


For a hypothetical expansion team, it’s hard to imagine a much better target than Griffin Reinhart. The 2012 fourth overall pick is still finding his way in the NHL, but has the potential to play for a decade or more in the league.

It’s also difficult to imagine the Oilers protecting Reinhart in the expansion draft.

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The Jets shouldn’t trade Jacob Trouba, but if they do the Oilers should be very interested

Jonathan Willis
May 26 2016 04:30PM

The Winnipeg Jets should not trade Jacob Trouba.

Nevertheless, the pending restricted free agent has seen his name appear in trade rumours for most of the season. Winnipeg’s depth on the right side (Dustin Byfuglien and Tyler Myers are both signed long-term) as well as a persistent belief that Trouba is seeking a big raise in the summer have helped fuel that speculation.

If the Jets do in fact entertain moving the young rearguard, it’s hard to imagine many better fits for the needs of the Edmonton Oilers.

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