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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.

  • Spydyr

    So two years of Faulk and have to protect him in the expansion draft instead of nine years of a player that you don’t have to protect?

    Sounds like something the ” Oiler Braintrust” would do.

  • Gravis82

    The only way to get good young players is to draft them. This is a terrible idea. Sure they might not work out, that is why you never trade your picks and draft as many as possible

  • arab05

    Only way I move the pick is if you can also move one of Lucic, Russel, or Sekra. If we have to protect all three of these players in the next expansion draft the oilers will lose a really good player.

  • 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.

  • Sammy27

    So this draft is the deepest draft for defensemen in years (an obvious need) and we’re talking about trading it. Recently, in a previous draft, the deepest draft in years, we traded away 2 high picks for a defensemen, (who wasn’t assessed properly), but since he was an organizational developed Oil King, the desperate hope was that he would be successful (and perhaps allow themselves to pat themselves on the back). Please draft quality players and develop them properly, Stanley is not coming to us next year.

  • Rama Lama

    Asking PC to trade this pick and get something meaningful in return is pure lunacy. The last time he tried to pull a rabbit out of the hat he traded ( as you mentioned) two highly sought picks and got diddly squat in return. I think Reinhart is playing in a senior men’s league, if I’m not mistaken?

    If Past behavior is a excellent indicator of future behavior than I’m seriously worried!

    • Cleets

      Id like to know how much chia had to do with that trade. He’d been on the job for a couple weeks at that point, and old boys club was in love with reinhart during his draft. Still at fault but i don’t think it was his move

  • A-Mc

    I cant support moving the pick for someone we need to protect in the next expansion draft. Nor can i support moving a pick that will likely be a good young player on the cheap.
    Just doesn’t make sense long term.

  • 24% body fat

    where do people think we are getting the cap space to trade the pick for someone who will actually help, until the 3 useless NMC are gone we cant really do anything big without making another huge mistake like trading nuge JP or Klef

  • YoketheJoker

    IF Chia trades the pick, I think he should look at trying to get 14 and 19 from Philly. I think the Flyers are in “win now” mode. Trade 10 plus, if need be, for 14 and 19. Philly can flip 10 for a roster player (or take the pick, dealers choice) and the Oilers can get 2 good prospects, and they’re lottery protected. From the mock drafts and rankings I’ve seen, one of Farabee, Smith, Valeno, Kotkaniemi or Hayton should be available at 14. Hell, maybe we get lucky and Dobson is available at 14. At 19, Lundestrom, Sandin, Denisenko or Noel could be had. I’m not saying trading the pick is the best option, but if they could get the Flyers picks, it could help boost our prospect crop and set us up well for 2 or 3 years from now.

    • Finnaggled

      Great thought, although then id take the pick at 14 and swap the 19th and say benning for faulk, i think theyd make that deal being in rebuild mode. We upgrade at rd and still get a good prospect.

  • 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..

    • 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.

    • 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.

  • Hockey123

    1. Buffalo Rasmus Dahlin
    2. Carolina Andrei Svechnikov
    3. Montreal Filip Zadina
    4. Ottawa Adam Boqvist
    5. Arizona Quinn Hughes
    6. Detroit Noah Dobson
    7. Vancouver Brady Tkachuk
    8. Chicago Evan Bouchard
    9. New York Oliver Wahlstrom
    10. Edmonton Jesperi Kotkaniemi

    Keep the pick the damage has been done with the Reinhart trade. The gift that keeps on giving. Thanks Peter Cap issues not many prospects.

    • Dr Dragon

      I dont mind if they draft Kotkaniemi. I hope they dont draft Ty Smith alot of mock drafts has the Oilers taking him ill take Bode Wilde over him all day. I dont see the point taking another left handed dman with a 1st rounder unless its Quinn Hughes [Hes gonna be special youll see} when the Oilers have Klefbom and Nurse on the left side for the next decade.

      • Dr Dragon

        I agree draft Bode Wilde unless one of the other ‘Dobson Bouchard Boqvist Quinn’ Dman fall to 10. Appanrently Craig Button thinks Boqvist is gonna drop to 10 on his mock draft. All eyes on Chia now with this draft might be his last hopefully he doesnt sabotage it like he did in 2015

  • 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??

  • Cambridge

    Over the last two seasons Justin Faulk has a plus/minus of -44. Adam Larsson over the same two years is +31. And you think that Faulk would be better on the top pairing than Larsson. Incredible.

  • OilerForLife

    IMO drafting is the most important task of the Edmonton Oilers right now.

    The next 2 to 8 years fall in Connor McDavid’s prime years as a NHL hockey player. Stocking the pipeline is the best way to increase our odds of adding the right pieces to seal the deal multiple seasons, especially if McDavid exceeds the prime year average span.

    Drafting a D man that projects to be a PP quarterback should be a priority and a no-brainer, and within the BAP wheelhouse.