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The Oilers should trade their first round pick

Last night, fate fell short this time as the Oilers lost out on the draft lottery sliding back from 9th to 10th.

The impact of the slide isn’t huge, but this year’s draft will be for the Oilers and they should capitalize on it by trading their first round selection.

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The one time Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli traded the team’s first round draft pick it blew up in their face. 16th and 33rd overall for Griffin Reinhart will go down as one of the worst trades in recent times given that the Islanders were able to select Mat Barzal with number 16 and Reinhart played in all of 30 games for the Oilers.

Given that, I hold some concern in regards to moving their first round selection.

If the Oilers look to move the pick – which I think is the right decision – the team will be needing to address immediate needs on their roster and will need to make a good deal.

The most glaring holes for the Oilers right now are a top-six scoring winger and a puck-moving defenceman that can put up points.

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Peter Chiarelli admitted in his year end press conference that he wold be interested in moving the Oilers first round selection and it wouldn’t surprise me in the least for him to field calls.


The best thing about trading the pick is that the Oilers should have options. When we look at the draft order, we see Buffalo with the chance to select a generational talent in Rasmus Dahlin which everyone expects will happen.

Next, Carolina and Montreal will have their choices between Andrei Schvechnikov and Filip Zadina – who many say will be selected there.

Buffalo is a weak defensive team outside of Rasmus Ristolainen, a player that the Sabres will want to keep around to mentor Dahlin. He also has a favourable contract with a cap hit of $5.4 million for the next four years.

At two, Carolina is a team that might be looking to deal one of Jeff Skinner or Justin Faulk, according to 630 CHED’s Bob Stauffer.

They have an opportunity to select a future high-end goal scorer and it was reported that there was a rift between Skinner and his team landing him on TSN’s Trade Bait list ahead of last season’s trade deadline.

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Skinner is an interesting prospective player to trade for. He has accumulated 379 points in 579 games for the Hurricanes since he was drafted seventh overall in 2010.

He has put up two 60-point campaigns, two 50-point campaigns and two seasons with over 30 goals.

With one more year on his deal that is paying him $5.75 million, the Oilers would need to ensure they would be able to lock him up to a new contract. He could slot himself in on the top line next to McDavid, should he waive his no-trade clause.

On the otherhand, Faulk is a player that I have always been a fan of.

The puck-moving, offensive defenceman is coming off of year that saw him put up 31 points in 76 games. Faulk is a definite top pairing defenceman in the NHL and someone that as a right-shot could slot into the Oilers top pair.

The Hurricanes are very deep on defence with guys like Noah Hanifin, Brett Pesce and Jaccob Slavin. In the system, they still have Jake Bean and Haydn Fleury – both guys who project as future NHL defencemen.

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I think if the Oilers are targeting a Hurricane it should be Faulk. His price tag might be lower than that of Skinner and he also comes with two years left on a deal paying him $4.83 million.

The Oilers will likely have to move out some salary in one way or another if they want to make a move for either of these guys.

  • OriginalPouzar

    Faulk had 12 even strength points this year, he is regressing and has become a train-wreck in his own zone. Sure, he played 22 minutes/game this year but he’s far from a true top pairing d-man. He is a PP specialist and I even have concern with him geting 2nd pairing even strength minutes.

    In my opinion, the priority this off-season (and the only major acquisition I want) is a true top 4 right shot D that can move the puck – with that said, I want no piece of Justin Faulk and certainly not for the 10th overall pick.

    • Osmosis_jones

      Faulk is the real deal. Better than Tyson Barrie who also looked terrible last year. One bad season does not make a player and Faulk is a legit top pairing RHD who’s only 26 years old

      • OriginalPouzar

        but he isn’t. He’s an offensive specialist who has broken 37 points once in his career. He is abysmal in his own zone in coverage, in gap control, in breaking up the cycle, etc. He cannot play top pairing even strength minutes – well, not without getting caved.

        He is a PP specialist who is a 3rd pairing even strength d-man asked to play way up the lineup and has failed at doing so.

  • Oilers can’t come back with the same roster that closed out this last season.
    Having said that, someone or something has to go. Puck moving right shot defensemen don’t grow on trees. Larsson isn’t that, but look at what he cost. The price was high, and to his credit, Chiarelli did what had to be done. No, I wouldn’t have made that trade, but that was the price and he paid it. To get help on defense, it will cost Oilers their 1st rounder. Maybe more.

    And to all you morons who think next year will be great with the same roster, dream on.

  • oilfan4ever

    This is the author who said that Tanev would be an improvement as a RHD over Larsson. Now he says Faulk is a top pair dman. Where is the nation finding these authorities??

  • Mike Modano's Dog

    Keep the pick. There is an expansion draft around the corner, and with so many NMC on this team as is, it’s going to be difficult to keep our good defensemen. Get rid of those difficult NMC if you can, as an added bonus.

  • Fire Woodcroft!

    The player isn’t out there who would justify trading the first-rounder this year. Seems like the folks saying to trade the pick are the same Einsteins that keep criticizing the Oilers development ranks as being too thin. Then they say trade the first round pick…

    Keep the pick. Get a good young defence prospect and build the team through development. There ain’t no quick fixes in the NHL – anyone who says otherwise hasn’t been paying attention the last decade while the OBC tried that strategy..

    • Big Nuggets

      I’m really glad I am seeing more comments like this. There are generally too many people calling for bad moves. 1 year of Skinner would cost a lot to get and its only one season. Faulk likewise would cost a great deal to acquire and with the expansion draft looming appears to be a mistake. Even if we had 2 good seasons with Faulk after that we lose a player to expansion and have no prospects because we traded our picks. We have an opportunity to add to the prospect pool. I prupose a plan to peak in the year after the expansion draft. We continue to draft and develop so we have a group of NHL ready prospect. When the Sekera and Russell deals are easier to get rid of we will have the cap space to fill a roster spot with a legit player. And thus we will be set up as cup contenders for the next 5 or more years.

    • JimmyV1965

      Our issue isn’t first round picks. It’s every round after that. We can keep every first round pick from here to eternity and we will still suck until we start drafting well in the other six rounds.

  • McDavid's Comet

    Keep the pick, build the team through drafting and development. That’s how it has to be done in a post-cap NHL. Hopefully PC has learned that from the Hall trade. ?

      • McDavid's Comet

        Whoa Lazarus, take it easy, a little upset that fLames have no draft picks until the 5th round? Apperently BT thought no draft picks is better? That’s right you have a deep prospect pool, why add? That’s the smart move. Fan the fLames brother… Lol fLames fans. ?‍♂️

  • JimmyV1965

    Gudas and Phillies 19OV for our 10OV. We don’t need a PP guy, just someone to push Benning to the third pair. Or maybe Hoffman and the 28OV, which they own, for our 10OV.

  • TKB2677

    I am torn on what to do with this #10. I have heard multiple hockey guys talk about Dahlin has clearly separated himself as the no doubt #1. I don’t think I have seen a ranking yet where Svechnikov isn’t the #2. After #2, I have seen a variety of players from 3-9. So that tells me after Svechnikov, there is a slight drop off and it’s all over the place from 3-9. Then there is supposedly another drop off after 9. So by the time the Oilers draft at 10, there has been 3 drop offs in talent level. I saw a mock draft on TSN that saw the Oilers picking Boqvist. On paper, they could use him and he looks like an Ellis. A small, offensive guy that will need time to develop and mostly to get stronger. So I looked at Ellis. He was drafted in June 2009, he spent 2 more years in junior. Turned NA pro at 20, spent 2 more seasons splitting time in the AHL and NHL, then turned pro full time. So that is 5 seasons before he was a full time NHLer. So if the Oilers have to wait 4 or 5 years before the guy is a full time NHLer, are they not better off using that pick as part of a package to bring in a full time NHLer right now?

    • camdog

      I keep hearing there’s a big drop off at 9 and then I look at the lists and there different guys in the top 9. Some Europeans are making their way up the list.

      • Big Nuggets

        Agreed. I think the term ‘drop off’ is misleading. There is less consensus on the top prospects after 9, it doesn’t mean the talent drops off. There are NHLers to be had at 10, the scouts need to do their homework.

  • lobby91

    Can’t take this article seriously when it starts by complementing Ristolainen and his contract… Then calling Faulk a definite top pairing defenseman is questionable at best…

  • Arfguy

    In the spirit of the record-breaking weekend for Avengers: Infinity War, I propose that the Edmonton Oilers organization asks Kevin Feige to become the GM and President, so he can turn this organization into a powerhouse!

    Trading the pick is a terrible, terrible idea. Any proposal as to how this potential trade could ever realistically happen is flawed right from the get-go.