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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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #31 Riley Tufte

June 04 2016 07:00AM

With a 6'5 frame and a decent skater, one can see why many scouts  salivate  at the idea of moulding Riley Tufte into a force in the NHL. However, there are some signs, like struggles in the USHL, that suggest despite a NHL frame Tufte may still be quite a ways away from being a sure thing.

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June 03 2016 07:52PM

There are times when a story takes on a life of its own. It seems like only yesterday we were discussing the 2016 Entry Draft and bemoaning the fact that Edmonton drafted No. 4 in a draft with three elite talents. Then came the Memorial Cup, and brilliant tip-ins, gorgeous passes (the first Knight goal at the MC featured an outstanding thread-the-needle pass) and the grand finale: The overtime goal to win it all.

Matt Tkachuk, this is your life!

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Is Lucic a fit for Oilers?

Jason Gregor
June 03 2016 04:19PM

Will the Oilers sign Milan Lucic?

Should they?

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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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