Edmonton Oilers fans should see a few prospects recalled at the deadline, as veterans are sent away for picks and futures. There is also a chance we see actual NHL players as part of the return, as there are names in the mist who might be useful to the 2016-17 Oilers. Who is out there? Should Edmonton add at the deadline?
The Toronto Sun has two articles up from Mike Zeisberger, and Lyle Richardson from Spector’s Hockey has been collecting trade rumors forever. Elliotte Freidman is known to all. These three gents are the source for all you will read below.
- Mike Zeisberger source here and here.
- Lyle Richardson source is here.
- Elliotte Friedman source (latest 30 Thoughts) is here.
Anaheim Ducks: If the Ducks are willing to part with Sami Vatanen in the interests of adding scoring, then Peter Chiarelli has his trade equation. What forward would he deal? I would tell you but Wanye may be reading this post.
- Boston Bruins: Loui Eriksson is most often mentioned, doubt the Oilers grab a winger now or in free agency (unless they offload Eberle for a defender).
- Chicago Blackhawks: With Teddy Purcell rumored to me of interest to Stan Bowman, I wonder if Edmonton might have interest in Jiri Sekac. He brings some size, offense and is a shooter.
- Columbus Blue Jackets: Scott Hartnell has three years left on his deal and is 33, but he does fit the style of player Edmonton may want to bring in. Could he flourish with Connor McDavid?
- Florida Panthers: Brandon Pirri was mentioned by Elliotte Friedman in his recent 30 thoughts, apparently the Oilers are interested in the player. Interesting in that we have all assumed Edmonton would be pursuing RH defensemen. Question: If the Oilers are pursuing Pirri, who is he replacing? Pirri is a skill LW, not a big player, and shoots a lot. Interesting. Oilers current LW depth chart is Taylor Hall, Benoit Pouliot, Zack Kassian and Lauri Korpikoski.
- Los Angeles Kings: Recent acquisition Luke Schenn may be of interest to Peter Chiarelli, although signing Eric Gryba for next season is a less expensive option for Edmonton.
- Minnesota Wild: I wonder if the Oilers might be interested in Thomas Vanek as part of the solution moving forward. He is 32 and a consistent scorer, even in a year like this one where he is struggling.
- Montreal Canadiens: Dale Weise is available, he is a big winger (6.02, 205) with 14 goals, skating ability and can play a physical style. Although a pending free agent, Edmonton may want to see if there is a fit (unlikely they would overpay for him as a playoff team might, but I wonder if SC contenders see a fit).
- New York Islanders: Travis Hamonic is as close to a perfect fit as Peter Chiarelli is likely to find, now or at the deadline. Suspect Edmonton may not land him, but it won’t be for lack of effort.
- Ottawa Senators: Patrick Wiercioch has been sitting of late, interesting player but LH. No idea if they would ever trade Curtis Lazar, but the Oilers love those Oil Kings so you never know.
- Tampa Bay Lightning: Jonathan Drouin is a fine prospect, he does not fit the Peter Chiarelli template for heavy players. Then again, neither does Pirri.
- Winnipeg Jets: Although a free agent this summer, I bet Peter Chiarelli would be interested in Andrew Ladd if a contract for next season and beyond could be worked out prior to the deal.