Oilers trade Moroz for Samuelsson

Wednesday afternoon, the Oilers traded a former Oil King for a former Oil King.

Both Mitch Moroz and the newly acquired Henrik Samuelsson were members of the Edmonton Oil Kings and played integral parts in the team’s 2014 Memorial Cup win. Samuelsson was selected 27th overall by the Coyotes in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. 

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Five picks later, the Oilers selected Mitch Moroz with the 32nd pick. Samuelsson had a solid first professional season in the AHL scoring 40 points in 68 games but has since run into injury troubles. Last season, he scored 12 points in 43 games and this season he only has three points in 20 games.

Samuelsson has played in three NHL games, scoring no points.

Mitch Moroz’s first professional season saw him score nine points in 66 games to go along with 169 PIM. Last season, he put up a career-high 10 points in 40 games. This season, he has three points in 17 games.

The trade appears to be one to provide some more depth to the Oilers organization down the middle of the ice. 

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23-year old Henrik Samuelsson is a right shot and stands at 6’3, 209 lbs. He is a big player who likes to be physical. 

Beyond that, he also has a history of putting up points. Over his 162 regular season WHL games, he scored 198 points. Come playoffs, he scored 56 points in his 60 games. 

During the 2014 Memorial Cup, he scored a whopping 13 points in nine games making him the highest scoring player in the tournament. 

While Moroz had been trending away from an NHL career, Samuelsson still seems to have some promise at NHL time. 

Both Samuelsson and Moroz are Restricted Free Agents exiting their entry-level contracts. 

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  • OilCan2

    Henrik should do well in CA. Our fringe guys are all having injury issues. What would it look like if Pitlick, JJ, Pakarinen, Tyler Benson, Nurse and Davidson all had a solid summer of recovery?

    Sorry to skip blabbing on and on over this years glorious run for the Cup but this trade is mostly about next season.

  • #1 prospect guy

    I like this move by Chia, it shows that if you aren’t progressing at a reasonable place then there’s no room for you around here ! winning atmosphere!

  • Keepyourstickontheice

    I liked Samuelsson, but haven’t been keeping track of him for a while. I’m suprised to see the Coyotes want to move on from him, and all we had to give up was Moroz? Solid trade. Low risk, decent reward.

  • Pouzar99

    The Oilers wanted to draft Samuelson but Arizona got him first. He is probably an upgrade on Moroz but is at best a long shot to ever become a legit 4th line NHLer, which is the most we can hope for. Maybe the Oilers still think there is a player in there and he certainly looked like one as an Oil King. This is a very minor deal with nothing to lose.

  • Spurzey

    If Phoenix passed and Oil got their hands on Hank in the draft, he would have made the team the year after the Mem win and would already have a couple years of NHL experience!

  • wiseguy

    Nail Yakupov and Mitch Moroz #1 and #32 respectively. This is why magic beans, even very high magic beans, are overvalued. All that promise and 5 years later, we flush them away.

    We also later for the #4 overall pick from that year and he’s been stuck in the AHL since. This has to set up as one of the worst draft years ever.

  • @Hallsy4

    I wonder if Mac T and Lowe had anything to do with this trade? I’d guess yes, for sure they did IMO. I do like the trade though, Moroz wasn’t going to make it in Edmonton and a change will do him good. As a fan I’m glad that I don’t have to hear about him anymore, waiting for a breakthrough…. When I watched the Oil Kings back in the day, Samuelson was noticeably good in the 3 or 4 games I saw. I did not notice Moroz at all. The players I remember are Lazar and Samuelson, and Griffin, but only because he was ranked so high that I watched for him and was disapointed as he was slow then, and got walked around a few times by Portlands top players. I like this deal though, new magic beans that have a chance to work for old magic beans that never sprouted.