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Can the Oilers acquire a right shot D-man?

The Oilers would love a puck-moving right shot defender. The problem is there are very few of them in the National Hockey League. Tyson Barrie’s name has been brought up more times than your common-law girlfriend’s parents have asked, ‘when are you two getting married?’

Now Rasmus Ristolainen’s name is the new target. I understand why Oilers fans would want both players, and why pundits use them as possible acquisitions, but why would Colorado and Buffalo trade away such a rare asset? The Sabres would be mad to trade Ristolainen when you consider the rest of the right side.

Quality right shooting D-men are rare in today’s NHL. Here is a breakdown for each team. I did not include any potential rookies, and maybe there is a Charlie McAvoy ready to emerge next season, but I didn’t want to project potential rookies for this process.

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17 Teams with Three RD

May 5, 2018; Nashville, TN, USA; Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien (33) and Winnipeg Jets left wing Brandon Tanev (13) celebrate after a goal during the second period against the Nashville Predators in game five of the second round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Washington: John Carlson, Matt Niskanen and Madison Bowey. Bowey played 51 games, and isn’t dressed in the playoffs. He is still very young and trying to become a regular. The Capitals essentially have two established right shot defenders, and if Carlsson walks in free agency they’d have a massive hole to fill.

Winnipeg: I’d argue they have the best crop of RD in Dustin Byfuglien, Tyler Myers and Jacob Trouba. Trouba is an RFA this summer and I’m very curious what type of contract he will want. He has only played more than 65 games once in his five-year NHL career. He had more than 29 points only once. He had a tough negotiation two years ago, and I’m not sure he has much better negotiating power today.

Vancouver: They have four RD who played more than 42 games in Chris Tanev, Troy Stecher, Alex Biega and Erik Gubranson. None had more than two goals or ten points. Tanev is the best of the four, and his name has been out there in trade talks, but he’s more defensive than offensive. His career best is 20 points in a season.

Toronto: Roman Polak, Connor Carrick and Nikita Zaitsev. Zaitsev had 36 points as a rookie in 2017, but produced only 13 in 60 games this past season. At $4.5 million I don’t see anyone looking to acquire him. Polak is a UFA and near the end of his career.

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Tampa Bay: Anton Stralman (80 games), Dan Girardi (77), Jake Dotchin (48) and Andrej Sustr (44) rotated on the Bolts blueline. But Dotchin and Sustr haven’t played a game in the playoffs. Dotchin is 24 and will play more in the future, but he’s only played 83 NHL games. Sustr is a pending UFA.

St.Louis: The Blues have Alex Pietrangelo and Colton Parayko, two excellent D-men. Robert Bortuzzo is a huge third pair defender, and they have young Jordan Schmaltz.

San Jose: Brent Burns, Justin Braun and Dylan DeMelo. A solid group.

Pittsburgh: Kris Letang, Justin Schultz and Chad Ruhwedel. Letang and Schultz are excellent puck movers, while Rudwedel is 28 years old with 111 NHL games.

Ottawa: Erik Karlsson, Cody Ceci and Chris Wideman. Many expect Karlsson to be moved, and if the Senators are smart they will want an RD in return.

New Jersey: Sami Vatanen, Damon Severson and Ben Lovejoy. They also have Steven Santini, who has split time in the AHL and NHL the past few seasons.

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Nashville: PK Subban, Ryan Ellis and Yannick Weber. Weber is third pairing guy who plays 11 minutes a night.

Florida: Aaron Ekblad, Mark Pysyk and Alexander Petrovic. Petrovic and Pysyk won’t bring much offence, but are solid NHL defenders.

Dallas: John Klingberg, Stephen Johns and Greg Pateryn. Pateryn had a solid campaign, but he is limited offensively and is a pending UFA. They have Julius Honka as well, he played 42 games last year. Klingberg is a legit top pairing RD.

Chicago: Brent Seabrook, Connor Murphy and Jan Rutta. Seabrook’s contract ($6.875 mill for seven more seasons) is a major concern for the Hawks. He is a second pair guy now, and trending towards a third pair in the near future.

Calgary: Dougie Hamilton, Travis Hamonic and Micheal Stone. Hamilton is really good, while Hamonic struggled his first season with the Flames, but these three should be good enough to have a competent right side.

Carolina: Brett Pesce, Justin Faulk and Trevor van Riemsdyk. Faulk has struggled defensively the past few seasons, and right now both he and TVR are third pairing defenders at 5×5. They have many, good young, LD, but only RD who is close is Roland McKeown.

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Boston: Charlie McAvoy, Brandon Carlo, Kevan Miller and Adam McQuaid all played, although McQuaid only played 38 games. McAvoy is excellent already, while the other three are more defence oriented.

Eleven Teams with two RD:

Oct 19, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Edmonton Oilers defenseman Adam Larsson (6) takes a shot against the Chicago Blackhawks during a game at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports

Vegas: Deryk Engelland and Colin Miller. Engelland played incredibly well for Vegas considering he played in their top four. He played 20 minutes a night, and produced 23 even strength points, a career-high, at 35 years of age. He is on the list of Golden Knights who had career years, but I suspect George McPhee will be looking to bolster his right defence this summer.

NYI: Ryan Pulock and Johnny Boychuk. They also have Scott Mayfield, but he only has 83 games over four years and when they acquired lefty Brandon Davidson he played on the right side ahead of Mayfield many nights.

Montreal: Shea Weber and Jeff Petry. Two solid defenders.

Minnesota: Jared Spurgeon and Matt Dumba. Ryan Murphy was in their third pairing at the end of the season, and the 12th pick in 2011 has struggled to find any consistency. He’s played 172 NHL over the past five seasons.

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LA: Drew Doughty and Christian Folin. Dought is elite. Folin is 27 years of age with 183 NHL games played, but he is a pending UFA. The Kings would like another proven RD for sure.

Edmonton: Adam Larsson and Matt Benning. Benning only has two years experience, and right now is a steady third pairing defender. Larsson is very good defensively, but limited offensively.

Columbus: Seth Jones and David Savard. Jones had an excellent year and was a top-ten defender in the NHL this year. Savard is a solid defender.

Colorado: Tyson Barrie and Erik Johnson. No other right-shot D-men played one game for the Avs last season. If they trade Barrie, and don’t get a RD in return, then Johnson is their only RD. I understand why Joe Sakic has not dealt Barrie.

Buffalo: Rasmus Ristolainen and Zack Bogosian. Bogosian only played 18 games last year and they also had Casey Nelson (37), Matt Tennyson (15), Taylor Fedun (7) and Zach Redmond (3) play the right side. The Sabres would be foolish to deal Ristolainen. Yes, he has struggled at times, but I’d argue that is as much about the team’s system and talent level. He is very good offensively having three consecutive seasons of 41, 45 and 41 points.

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He is one of only 12 D-men in the NHL who have produced 40+ points in each of the past three seasons along with Dustin Byfuglien, Viktor Hedman, Brent Burns, Erik Karlsson, Roman Josi, Drew Doughty, PK Subban, Ryan Suter, John Klingberg, Dougie Hamilton and Torey Krug.

Arizona: Jason Demers and Luke Schenn. Schenn is a pending UFA. They would love to acquire another RD, but with Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Alex Goligoski, Jakob Chychrun and Kevin Connauton on the left side, they can be patient.

Anaheim: Josh Manson and Brandon Montour. Two good, young puck movers who scored 37 and 32 points last season, and Manson can play tough minutes.

Three Teams with One RD:

Detroit: With Mike Green a pending UFA, Nick Jensen is their only other RD who played in the NHL last year, and he’s only played 130 NHL games.

NYR: Kevin Shattenkirk. Their other RD last year were Anthony DeAngelo (32 games) Steven Kampfer (22), Neal Pionk (28) and Ryan Sproul (16). DeAngelo is only 22 and should keep progressing, but the Rangers will be looking for a RD this summer. They also have three first round picks in the 2018 draft (9th, 26th and Tampa’s pick).

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Philly: Radko Gudas. He is a third pairing guy. They have Ivan Provorov, Shane Gostisbehere to provide the offence on the left side, and they have young lefties in Robert Hagg, Travis Sanheim and veteran Andrew MacDonald, but they desperately need a top-four right D.


Apr 26, 2017; Anaheim, CA, USA; Edmonton Oilers defenseman Adam Larsson (6) moves the puck defended by Anaheim Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler (4) during the third period in game one of the second round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center. Edmonton won 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

We have seen some trades in recent years involving top-four right shot defenders.

1. At the 2017 draft, Calgary acquired Travis Hamonic and a conditional fourth round pick in 2019 from the New York Islanders for a first and second round pick in 2018 and a conditional second round pick in 2019. Hamonic struggled his first year with the Flames, and the picks will be #12 and #43 in next months draft.

2. Ray Shero dealt Adam Larsson for Taylor Hall on June 29th, 2016, and then dealt centre Adam Henrique to acquire Vatanen this past season. You can make a strong case he won both trades.

3. The same day as the Hall/Larsson deal, Nashville traded Shea Weber to Montreal for PK Subban. Preds received a younger Subban, with a higher cap hit. The deal has helped the Preds, no question. The only time it could hurt is if Weber retires early and the Preds have a cap recapture penalty.

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4. Six months earlier in January of 2016, the Predators, who had excellent depth on their blueline, traded Seth Jones straight up for Ryan Johansen. It helped Nashville make it to the Cup Finals in 2017, as they desperately needed a centre, but over the next ten years, I have no doubt Jones will be a more valuable player than Johansen, and Jones is also $2.6 million cheaper for the next four years. Big win long-term for the Blue Jackets.

5. At the 2015 Draft the Calgary Flames acquired Dougie Hamilton from Boston for a 2015 first rounder (Zachary Senyshyn), and two 2015 second rounders (Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson and Jeremy Lauzon. A massive win for the Flames. The Bruins have managed to recover from this horrible trade, and have been quite competitive, while the Flames have missed the playoffs two of the three years with Hamilton. They won this trade easily, but haven’t made enough other good moves to make it pay off.

6. It was a big trade at the time, but three years later neither team has assets making a major NHL impact just yet. Los Angeles traded Martin Jones, Colin Miller and the 13th pick (Jakub Zboril) to Boston for Milan Lucic. Lucic played one season in LA before signing as a free agent with the Oilers. Four days after acquiring Jones, Boston traded him to San Jose for Sean Kuraly and a first rounder in 2016 (Trent Frederic, 29th). Miller played 103 games for the Bruins before they left him exposed in the expansion draft, and Vegas gladly claimed him, while Zboril has played one year in the AHL. Boston still won the trade because they have Kuraly, who played 75 games with Boston this year (6-8-14), Frederic and Zboril still in their system. The Kings have nothing to show for moving Jones, Miller and a first rounder. Ouch.

7. In February of 2015 Winnipeg traded Evander Kane, Zach Bogosian and Jason Kasdorf to Winnipeg for Tyler Myers, Joel Armia, Drew Stafford, Brendan Lemieux and the 26th pick in 2015 (Jack Roslovic). Myers was the best D-man in the trade, and while Kane had three 20+ goals seasons in Buffalo he is now San Jose property. Jets won this deal as they have three pieces still helping them with Myers being the major impact.

Other deals involving RD

1. On March 2nd, 2015 the Oilers traded Jeff Petry to Montreal for a second round (Jonas Siegenthaler) and fifth round pick (Caleb Jones) in 2015. The Oilers traded that second pick to the Rangers for Cam Talbot. So they have Talbot and Jones to show for it. This deal ended up working out for both teams.

2. On February 27th, 2016 the Oilers traded Justin Schultz to Pittsburgh for a third round pick (Filip Berglund). Schultz has won two Cups with the Penguins, and was a big part of their 2017 cup run. Win for the Penguins.

3. On May 26th, 2016 Florida traded Erik Gudbranson to Vancouver for Jared McCann and a 2nd round pick, and they swamped fifth and fourth round picks. Gudbranson is an NHL player, so I’d say Vancouver won the deal, but the Panthers did send the second round pick in a package for Mark Pysyk three months later.

4. On June 25th, 2016 Florida traded Dmitri Kulikov and the 33rd pick (from Vancouver) Rasmus Asplund to Buffalo for Mark Pysyk and the 38th (Adam Mascherin) and the 89th pick (Linus Nassen). Florida still has Pysyk while Kulikov was signed as a UFA in Winnipeg. Panthers win the trade.

5. On February 27th, 2017 at the trade deadline the St.Louis Blues traded Kevin Shattenkirk and Phoenix Copley to Washington for Zach Sanford, Brad Malone, a 2017 first round pick (Morgan Frost) and a conditional second rounder in 2019. Shattenkirk didn’t re-sign in Washington, while the Blues used the first round pick as part of a package to acquire Brayden Schenn from Philadelphia at the 2017 draft. The Blues made a great deal.

6. On June 23rd, 2017 the Blackhawks traded Nick Hjalmarsson to Arizona for Connor Murphy and Laurent Dauphin. Both teams missed the playoffs. Hjalmarsson is a better D-man, but he is getting a bit long in the tooth.

7. On September 17th, 2017 the Panthers traded Jason Demers to Arizona for Jamie McGinn. It was a salary dump by the Panthers. The previous regime, who traded Kulikov and Gubranson, signed Demers as a UFA, but after one season the Panthers changed their mind and dumped him. Coyotes won this trade.


To get a proven, quality right shot D-man, you have to give up a lot, and Peter Chiarelli will need to ask himself if he is willing to give up a big piece to acquire a quality right-shot defender.

I don’t see the Sabres looking to move Ristolainen. I’ve heard some suggest because they will be drafting Rasmus Dahlin they should consider it. Why? Dahlin is a left shot D. Why not have both of them anchor their blueline for years to come? I know Ristolainen’s underlying stats aren’t great, but I don’t think they tell the entire story. He can improve his defensive play, but he has proven he can be an elite point-producing defender. He has the fifth most PP points of any defender in the NHL the past three years. He is 50th in EV points among defenders over the past three years, so he clearly can improve there.

But keep in mind the Sabres have scored the fewest EV goals in the NHL the past three years. Would he have more EV scoring if they had better forwards and a better overall system? I’d argue yes. He needs to improve his play, no question, but if the Sabres are considering trading him then you should listen to a reasonable offer. The Oilers aren’t going to trade Oscar Klefbom and the 10th overall pick for Ristolainen, at least I’d hope not, but a Ristolainen for Klefbom as the main pieces with smaller parts might work.

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  • HardBoiledOil 1.0

    The Oilers need to be very careful that they don’t blow assets or the #10 pick on a d-man who’s on the downside like Justin Faulk if he’s now so bad defensively that he’s a 3rd pairing d-man. But I don’t trust Chia he’s probably high on the list for an overpayment. #becauseChia

  • freelancer

    The Oilers need right handed defensemen and it’s tough to acquire them….. (reads on to Petry and Schultz)

    Unless you’re Edmonton and trade them away for magic beans.

    • Kepler62c

      Man would Jeff Petry look nice as the 2nd pair RHD – 2 years ago he would have been the perfect partner for Sekera and now he and Nurse or Klefbom on the 2nd pair locks that top 4 in.

      Klefbom – Larsson
      Nurse – Petry

      would be the balanced approach while,

      Nurse – Larsson
      Klefbom – Petry

      gives “shutdown” and “puck-moving” pairings.

  • Not sure about the “Gudbranson is an NHL player” comment – McCann has played in more games for the Panthers (nearly 100 as a 20/21-year-old) than Gudbranson has for the Canucks. Gudbranson is one of the worst regular NHL defenceman in the league and is signed to a poor contract, while McCann is a totally decent young centre on a cheap deal. Plus Florida got a 2nd round pick. There’s no way this deal isn’t a massive win for Florida, both in terms of addition-by-subtraction (getting rid of a bad defenceman) and addition-by-addition (adding a young, talented middle-six centre and a high second-rounder).

    • LAKID

      Well let’s talk about the three stooges should we. Vancouver with Linden and Benning and the coach are ALMOST a bigger joke than Chia. Who signs Gudbrason to a 3 year deal at 4M WHO? Maybe Treliving! oh thats right no first pick was involved. Chia is walking a tight rope right now and the wind is blowing hard.

      • Green Bastard

        LASKID, talk about who’s blowing hard. ALMOST a bigger joke than your boi Pete, but not even close. One would almost think he was intentionally trying to keep the oil in a perpetual DOD. Coach Todd is another story.

    • Jason Gregor

      Thanks…it was interesting seeing where every team is at and how they compare to each other. I’d be leery of dealing a legit RD, unless you get a great return, or he is on expiring contract and you know he won’t resign.

    • Dirtbag Daddy

      That’s the problem. I don’t believe that the current upper management know how to develop their draft picks. They also have a history of not having good drafts and that I think that you may need to trade the Oiler’s future for developed players.

  • While I completely understand the merit of having a good RHD, I think the Oilers’ need for a top pair RHD is a bit overstated. IMO, the Oilers need a top D, period. It matters a lot less as to which side that D plays.

    They could add a top LHD, and pair them with Larsson. I’d be fine with that. The Oilers probably have two guys fighting for bottom pair next year, well, actually 3….. Benning, Bear, and Persson. It then becomes a case of either needing a 2nd pair RHD, someone to play their opposite side, or hoping one of the aforementioned 3 surprises us. Neither of those scenarios is super likely, but it’s a fair bit more likely than acquiring a top pair RHD. Of course, I’d be banking on one of those scenarios playing out PLUS acquiring a LHD though, which isn’t easy either, but I’m just saying it’s an option to consider…. acquire a top pair LHD, and the Oilers can probably slum it out a bit with their current RHD.

    Also, re: the Sabres trading Risto … said the same thing myself. Not sure why they’d do that. A future pairing of Dahlin and Ristolainen might be quite good…. at least in the offensive zone.

    • And just for the record, my preference is to acquire a top pair RHD… just saying don’t ignore the option of acquiring a top pair LHD instead and making do with our RHD. It’s better, imo, then making do with the entire existing blueline.

    • Kepler62c

      Ya, I’d agree. I don’t think anyone would deny it’d be nice to have a top 4 RHD added to the roster. It’s just going to cost a ton. Nothing wrong with moving one of the top 4 lefties over.

      I’d even argue they don’t need to add a lefty top 4. They have Klefbom, Nurse, Sekera, and Russel who are all top 4 options.

      Klefbom – Larsson
      Sekera – Nurse
      Russell – Benning

      is a pretty decent D core provided they all stay healthy. Only thing that scares me is banking on Sekera turning his game around.

      • Every year, I blindly expect all the guys that struggled the previous year to be better.. and I’m usually left disappointed. So I feel like an idiot for saying it, haha, but I actually expect Sekera and Klefbom both to be better this year. Nurse might regress a bit, as often happens with young players.

        I’d still like to see the blueline get better, but we may have to live without that happening. If so, I sure hope they at least make a splash in free agency to improve the wings. That could also really benefit the team. There’s a few good ones this year… Neal, Vanek, Perron (although I think he was pissed at the Oilers when he left, iirc), Kane, JVR, Maroon (again) and Grabner to name a handful of options. Having some scoring depth beyond McD’s line would go a long ways too. It should also help the PP, and if we find the right guys in that list, it may help the PK too.

      • OriginalPouzar

        This issue there is that Nurse cannot play the right side in the top 4. He is showing right now at the World Championships that he is much worse on his off side, as expected and as is Sekera and Russell.



    • Anton CP

      I sort of understand the reasoning behind why Sabres want to move Ristolainen. As for now that they won the Dahlin sweepstakes that they don’t need the same type of player on the same pairing. Ristolainen is a very good offensive defenseman but not a very good defensive defenseman and once Dahlin is with Sabres that they will be looking for a steady stay at home type of D on the right side. Sabres have some firepower from left side on their D with Scandella and now with Dahlin that they need to buff up the defense on right side so Dahlin and Scandella can have more freedom.

      Ristolainen has a very high value as a puck moving right side D that many teams are looking for. He will be able to help Sabres getting a really nice return. So by moving a player that is really not that important however has a high trade value for more depth in return to make the team be more complete, it may just be the logic for why Sabres is trying to move him.

      • fasteddy

        The only reason they’d look to move him is because he gives up more than he creates….he’s a liability and if someone is willing to pony up for that then I’m sure they’d listen.

  • Friesenhan

    As someone who doesn’t want to see us overpay for a big name RHD, especially losing a 1st round pick + someone like Klefbom… what would your thoughts be on 10th pick going to NYR for DeAngelo and the 26th pick? The Rangers are preaching rebuild, and that gives them 2 picks in the top 10. We would be filling our prospect cupboard with DeAngelo (who may be ready for full time duties on our D), and still an opportunity at a 1st rounder. Thoughts?

  • Fire Woodcroft!

    Great article. I hope those folks that are suggesting trading either Benning or Bear away as part of a ‘package’ deal are reading. Those two might not be all-stars yet but it’s pretty obvious from Gregors breakdown that the successful teams develop that depth on the RH side. Instead of sending it away…

  • ed from edmonton

    Thanks for the work you put into this article. What jumps out at me is how few quality rhd are out there. Pc may have defined a puck moving rhd as a priority, but getting one is another question.

  • Mahaloeh

    The Oilers have drafted plenty of right shot d-men & need to be patient! Injuries & other circumstances really affected the defence last year & will be much improved. If the Oilers force a deal at this time they are dealing from weakness & that usually means losing the deal just to make a deal! Trust in the drafts & let them grow!

  • Moneyball

    Whatever happens in the offseason the OIlers management would be wise to discount everything stated on this site. Trade Shultz, hes a bum… Now we need a RHD who can QB the powerplay. We need a Lucic type Player now we don’t. We need to get rid of Jordan Eberle.. Oh wait he’s a forward that can score. Dybnyk is a backup Goalie, lets trade him. We need to keep Yakupov the guy has potential. We also need to Keep Puljujarvi he is a future Hart trophy winner. etc…
    Hopefully Chiarelli and the coaching staff ignore the Edmonton market noise and do the good job they have been doing in building a team through drafting and the odd necessary trade.

      • Moneyball

        For sure, but do you think the Noise from the aggressive sports reporters and sites like Oilers Nation has an impact. After Lucic is run out of town by the Oilers Nation mob, what free agents do you think will want to come here? Do you remember that goof who had the user name “EbsURnext”? Well he got his wish. After CHiarellia and TMac are run out of town do you think it will be easy to attract a good GM and Coach?

        • Fire Woodcroft!

          I’ve been running with the handle Fire Woodcroft for almost a year now and he’s now the proud head coach in Bakersfield.

          Trust me – if these jokers even read sites like ON they sure don’t take any tips from the bloggers or the commenters. I wish they did.

  • Cambridge

    What a great article. Obviously, the acquisition of a top four RH defenceman will be too costly. All of a sudden a right side of Larsson, Benning, and Russell playing on his wrong side doesn’t seem so awful. And all of a sudden it seems imperative to draft a right handed defenceman with the number 10 pick.

  • Oil9744

    First off, don’t trade ANYTHING with Joe Sakic, Tyson Barrie’s name has been on the market for as long as Matt Duchene’s was, and Sakic finally got what he wanted which was a completely ridiculous amount to give up for Duchene, I can only imagine what he’s asking for Barrie who’s not even all that great to be honest, I’d rather have a healthy Klefbom playing here especially with his contract. I don’t wanna trade Klefbom unless it’s OEL or Erik Karlsson coming back, Edmonton might have depth on the left side for defence but how many of those players have a big offensive upside to their game?? Russel? No, Nurse?? Not so much, Sekera?? Lots of questions with him and gonna start declining with his age and now a bad knee injury, Klefbomb has to much value to this team with his age, contract, and what he’s proven as a player already, plus the lack of other options on the left side for the top spot, Adam Larsson is far and beyond our best option on the right side and should be playing on the top line with Klefbomb on a bounce back season for both players. Unless a huge name is coming to Edmonton, then that’s a different story.


    No more assets
    However if we didn’t trade petry it wouldn’t have forced Schultz to play out of his comfort zone .
    If we kept them and only traded hall for Larsen…
    Klef. Larsen
    Nurse . Petry
    Sekera. J Schultz
    Benning (7)
    PP kelfbom-Shultz
    PP2 Sekera- benning
    Now that’s depth

    • ROILYDoGG$

      Yea I agree Jimmy V however it’s 2 to 3 years from him being anywhere near as good as Schultz
      Also lagasen could be a decent player
      Mac t and chia did see the issue and have drafted more d men. But none of them have turned out to be a elite number 1 . This is the main issue and most teams luck out on them. Nashville is the perfect example even in the late rounds.
      Hopefully bear can be a solid number 2 and p.p specialist

  • Freddie the fog

    My mistake on Boqvist…he likely wont make it past the #5th pick. And he is one of the youngest draft eligible players. He”s a beauty. But he cant help now…i thought he was closer

  • Frank Rizza

    Please draft a RHD at number 10! If this article is telling me anything it’s something that we all as Oiler fans should know, good RHD are f***in expensive to acquire.

    Just draft one because we have Connor for 8 years and we’re going to need good defenceman to win!

  • Billy Charlebois

    I feel like we need to quit suggesting that the Oil blew it by getting rid of both Schultz and Petry. With Petry, at the time before we traded him, he left a lot to be desired and was looking for a huge contract (I think it was/is $5 million plus). He did have skill but was very inconsistent game to game. I’m not sure he even wanted to stay in Edmonton, and I think most fans, at the time, would have been ticked off if we had signed him to that big contract.

    As for Schultz, I guess you can say the Oil blew it by playing him too high in the lineup and not sheltering him properly. From what I saw in his last season and a bit, his compete level was terrible. I’m glad he has seemed to have found his game with the Penguins, but personally I don’t regret letting him go.

    As fans, it is fun to speculate on trades and even how crappy of a GM Chiarelli is and how incompetent the Old Boys Club is, but I think it runs a little deeper than that. Lots of moving parts and lots of variables (both on the ice and off the ice) that we don’t know about as fans. I’d love to sit in the boardroom when the management team is discussing possible trades.

    • Fire Woodcroft!

      I agree completely about Schultz. Petry is a different story though. To suggest that MacT and the OBC bungled or mismanaged the Petry file is putting it mildly and being far nicer to the Oilers brass than they deserve. It’s possible Petry’s attitude would have been different if he had been shown any sign that management wanted him around.

      I’m not proposing that he would have solved all the Oilers defence woes but there’s a good argument that we wouldn’t have needed to bring in Russell if Petry was still wearing Orange and Blue.

    • Big Nuggets

      I was all for keeping Petry. He was quite obviously one of our better defenseman most nights. The 5.5 million contract did sound a bit rich when He signed with Montreal but sometimes thats the price you gotta pay to have NHL calibre players.

  • OilersBro

    We got rid of Hall, Eberle, Maroon, Letestu, #16 pick #33 pick, spent 15.5MM on old UFAs, we’re still looking for a RHD, AND Chiarelli still has a job. I’ll always cheer for the oilers but seriously – F this management

  • QuitForRealThisTime

    Going to get blasted for this suggestion but I think this works, yes it is short sited and a massive one year reward gamble gamble for the Oil. But I still think it fun…
    Sekera (Assuming he waves)
    1st rnd 2018
    3rd rnd 2018



    UFA Vanek

    Oiler Cap hit about = 80 mil

    Nuge McD Ratti
    Pac Drai Vanek
    Luc Strome Pul
    Cag JJ Kassian

    Klef Larsson
    Nurse Weber
    Russel Benning


    This outs the Oil at about an 80mil cap

    • NoBuBlackOPS

      No just no there is so much wrong with this. That’s giving up way to much for to many player past there prime. Not to mention the draft picks and Yamamoto are all expansion exempt.

        • Fire Woodcroft!

          Short term improvement but an even bigger sinkhole to crawl out of over the next ten years. Fair to say that if we made this trade for one – possibly two – years of competitiveness we would immediately hit the drains thereafter and once again be bottom dwellers for the remainder of McDavids contract.

          This is exactly the sort of deal that I’m horrified thinking that Chiarelli might pull the trigger on.

          Keep the youth and the prospects and the expansion-exempt players and develop for the future. Otherwise we will be in for another decade of desperately trying to fill gaps while trading from a position of weakness.

          • QuitForRealThisTime

            Agree with all of this, except I am not sure MTL would consider this an over pay. So we should stick with our current roster and take time developing youth. This is what I actually think the Oil should do, but…not changing the current roster has a risk that next year the Oilers could have the same result next year. I think the are a better team than last year. That if no changes wear made they will have a better result, the special teams will better because they can’t be worse, the team will hopefully be healthier, Talbot won’t let in 14 1st shot goals. will. Still may not make the playoffs. The issue I have is Oil fans need NEED to have the team win next year, even though McD has 8 years left to play here. And it seems that anything less then 5 cups and the ‘fans’ will be disappointed. The 80’s and then the contrast of the DoD have left many Oilfans with a strange sense of entitlement that is leading to a sense that many fans are loving to hate the Oilers more then enjoying the team even if the success if not what they feel they deserve as fans.

  • ponokanocker

    Due to the lack of quantity of RHD that Gregor has pointed out, if Carlson hits the UFA market, should the Oilers pay to get him? A trade for a different quality RHD is going to cost a lot, as history suggests. Hoping that a quality RHD prospect develops is a crap shoot, and takes a lot of years. Plus, if one does develop and you have a surplus, hopefully someone would overpay your team for it. The cap will definitely be an issue, but if it addresses a need long term, trading off other players can be done. I still think our D needs to be better, and more balanced and that signing would go a long way to fix it.

  • A-Mc

    Gotta use the #10 to grab a righty D… He wont play for a while but at some point you need to bring guys into your system via the draft; might as well start now.

  • Arfguy

    If the Oilers are looking for some offence from the defence, I’d seriously consider the Oilers trying to get Jake Gardiner from Toronto. Maybe Sekera for Gardiner, straight up? I think Toronto will consider moving Gardiner. I do not know if Sekera would consider waving any of his clauses to move to Toronto, but with the likes of Reilly, Zaitsev and Dermott as part of their defence core and the number of huge mistakes made by Gardiner, maybe this is a move that benefits both teams.

    The Oilers will definitely take a huge risk when it comes to taking Gardiner (if they consider it), but he generate a lot of chances from the back-end.

  • Big Nuggets

    We should try to snag that Steven Santini from New Jersey. Close to NHL ready, may even be an upgrade on Benning. He is young an depending on hiw high the devils are on him he might be had for relatively cheap.

    • Big Nuggets

      I think you are overvaluing Puljujarvi. Baertshi is at the moment a more effective forward, albeit older than Puljujarvi, and Tanev is Vancouvers top defenceman. If they are trading Tanev they will want a lot in return.