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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  • ComeAtMeDog

    Meh , maybe chia is getting a centre because he’s gonna ship out jujar for some help where we need it ??

    I say some shuffling or Moroz is a dud and it’s time to move along . Maybe a change of scenery will reignite there careers .

    • HardBoiledOil 1.0

      i don’t think JJ is going anywhere but who knows? they basically traded what we don’t need….a big tough winger who skates well for a more needed RC who skates about as good as Lander but with more talent in Samuelsson. we will never need Moroz with Lucic, Maroon and Kassian here but the Oilers have long searched for a talented RC.

      • MessyEH!

        Comparing AL’s numbers to HS’s doesn’t scream a more talented version of Lander. Lander has never had a problem scoring in the AHL. Lander lays a solid defense 1st game. And has actually had a successful offensive season in the NHL.

        I hope this turns out to be another Chia Pete victory. Maroon was found money

  • ubermiguel

    Nothing to see here, just swapping a couple of guys that are probably career AHLers. And that’s not a slight, I loved that Oil Kings team and the players on it. It seems like tha Memorial Cup win was a true team win, unlike many Memorial Cup winners there was no stand-out NHL talent. The only guy that seems to have an NHL career is Lazar, and he’s only projecting bottom 6.

    • Laxdal got great mileage outta Hank. When the team needed a spark he regularly shipped him out there to ride shotgun for Lazar.

      Organizationally, Bob Green won the McDavid lottery, pretty sure he can have whatever he wants…..

  • Big Jacks Meat

    I would take a KICK at Lazar if the price is right. No overpay but a Beck for Lazar ? I would do it. Lazar needs a change. Beck needs a new AHL Address. Good player don’t get me wronf but isn’t ever going to advance where Lazar might.

  • Shameless Plugger

    Big right shooting centre man. Always liked Samuelsson. Big and nasty plays a chia type game. More offensive upside than Moroz.

    Cue the pissing and moaning about being a ex oil king.

  • 916oiler

    Kind of reminds me when we traded tobias reider away for a coke machine.

    Maybe not THAT lopsided, but at least we came out ahead on this deal even though it probably won’t impact the big club very much.

  • Neilio

    They wanted Hank in that draft, and were hoping he fell that far. Instead they got Moroz a handful of picks later. We’re slowly assembling the Oil Kings Mem cup team, as per Matheson’s wishes. Stay tuned for the Curtis Lazar trade.

    #KnowAboutWinning

  • Not a First Tier Fan

    Centre depth is never a bad thing.

    Net Oil King content stays the same.

    Moroz wasn’t doing much for us anyways.

    On the face of it I think I like this trade.