The Oilers should strongly consider trading Leon Draisaitl

Jonathan Willis
June 05 2016 12:18PM

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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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Oilers May Be Forced To Protect Ference In Expansion

Matt Henderson
June 05 2016 09:18AM

Last night a report by Larry Brooks of the New York Post surfaced with details about the Expansion Draft process. Over time we’ve heard about many aspects of the draft before, but one new tidbit has raised alarms. Edmonton might be about to take one in the teeth over Andrew Ference’s contract.

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Nation Network Prospect Profile #30: Carl Grundstrom

Jeremy Davis
June 05 2016 07:00AM

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Technically the first member of our first round projections, Carl Grundström is a personal favourite of mine, and not just because of what names came out of the similarity model (although that helped - more on that later). Grundström is a Swedish two-way winger who plays what might be considered a Canadian style of game. He bangs and crashes, but he can back it up with some soft hands and an impressive shot.

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The List

Matt Henderson
June 04 2016 05:05PM

This past week Frank Seravalli of TSN kicked off the busy month of June with his list of top 20 players potentially on the move. It’s essentially the Trade Bait board, and Edmonton factors highly on the list with four entries.

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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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