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Oilers trade Jakub Jerabek to St. Louis Blues for a 6th round pick in 2020

In some early morning news, the Edmonton Oilers announced that they have traded defenceman Jakub Jerabek to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for a sixth-round pick in 2020.  According to our own Jason Gregor, that sixth-round pick will turn into a 5th if Jerabek manages to play in 50 games or more with the Blues this season. With this trade in place, the Jerabek era officially ends in Edmonton.

After signing a one-year deal with the Oilers in late August, expectations were that Jakub Jerabek would come into town and help the Oilers with some reliable puck-moving depth on the on the back end. He had just won a Cup with the Capitals (though he only played in a couple playoff games) and provided them with a decent enough option for the third pairing so picking him up seemed like a reasonable gamble for the Oilers to make. Needless to say, that didn’t work out as planned as the 27-year-old defencemen got into only five pre-season games before having his tenure with the team ended as a result of being outplayed by a pair of rookies in training camp. In five pre-season games played, Jerabek didn’t register any points and was +2 with four shots on goal.

For the Oilers, I’m impressed that they were able to get anything at all for Jerabek, to be honest. I was actually expecting him to hit the waiver wire for the purpose of terminating his contract, but Chiarelli was actually able to get a magic bean back in return for a guy that couldn’t play himself onto the lineup. On the other hand, having Jerabek traded this early along with Kevin Gravel being sent to Bakersfield earlier in the pre-season isn’t exactly a ringing endorsement for the team’s pro-scouts. These were both guys that were expected to contribute in some way and neither of them ended up anywhere close to making the team, and I don’t think it’s unreasonable to question why that is but perhaps that’s a story for another day.

For now, I’m going to go ahead and give Chiarelli props for getting anything at all in return for a guy that couldn’t capitalize on a golden opportunity to become an everyday player on a team that lacks overall defensive depth. He had the chance and he whiffed on it. More important than getting a pick, the team clears out a contract while also saving $1 million on the cap which will likely be used to sign one of the PTO guys like Garrison or Chiasson in the coming days. But for now, I’m going to go ahead and call this trade a win for the Oilers because I really didn’t expect anyone to want Jerabek and the fact that they got anything for him can only be described as good asset management.

Now what’ll I do with my Jerabek jersey? What do you guys think?

JERABEK’S CAREER SO FAR

Season GP G A P +/- PIM PPG PPP SHG SHP GWG OTG S S%
2017-18 36 2 6 8 -2 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 33 6.1
NHL Career 36 2 6 8 -2 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 33 6.1

Source: Edmonton Oilers, Official Twitter Account, 10/1/2018 – 8:17 am MT

    • Opi

      Outstanding … Chia at his finest, lolo … we can all dream ahead to this hapless team drafting such gems & household names such as Mike Kesselring, Skyler Brind’Amour, Aapeli Rasanen, John Marino, Ben Betker, John McCarron & Drew Czerwonka in the 6th round, lolo …

        • Opi

          I do … I do love the Oil … they are a fascinating study in ineptitude, misery & futility in addition to being the finest laughing stock entertainment available in the entire league …… irrespective of who leads the sinking Oil ship they flounder … like a wounded duck … never being consequential in the modern era when it matters most … the playoffs … all of Canada enjoys the never ending train wreck we refer to as the Edmonton Oilers, lolo … 🙂

      • Dr

        At least our GM accumulates draft picks. Treleving mortgaged the future to get a second pairing, defensive defenceman in Hamonic. Then, the Flames didn’t pick until the fourth round. They would’ve had Noah Dobson.
        I think it’s so funny that Flames fans dump on the Oilers. Their team has only been marginally better. They’ve missed the playoffs for seven straight years twice in their history. Since 1989, they’ve only made it past the first round TWICE! They’ve only won four playoff rounds in that time frame.
        As bad as Oilers have been, in that time frame, they’ve won 14 playoff rounds, and they’ve been past the first round seven times.
        Troll all you want. There’s a reason why Oilers fans can still cling to the past. We have a history with remembering.

        • Opi

          Yes … enjoy … as best you can … 😛

          Chiarelli on acquiring Griffin Reinhart, lol …

          “We’ve been hunting for defencemen, and there’s a lot of intelligence on Griffin internally. I’ve always liked him as a player. He’s been behind a lot of good defencemen in Long Island. I had discussions with Garth on and off over the last while and we just kind of ramped up those discussions. I saw him in pro a couple of times last year; I saw him in London for the Memorial Cup and he was just a horse. Happy to get him. We had some guys at 16 that we liked, but this was something we decided to act on and he’s ready to play and he’s going to be a very good part of our D.”

        • Opi

          Certainly a distinguished individual like you can read them for yourself, yes … let me help with some links though …

          A few examples I plucked off the net when I googled … “Chiarelli … trading prowess …, lolo …”

          A) Did Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli make the most of Connor McDavid’s ELC …
          B) How two of the worst moves of Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli will likely culminate at the Vegas expansion draft …
          C) Opinion: Has Peter Chiarelli ruined the Oilers 2017-18 season?
          D) A hindsight look at Peter Chiarelli’s gruesome trading record …
          E) By the numbers: How much value have Peter Chiarelli’s trades cost the Oilers?

          There’s many more examples but check those out, they are hilarious … 🙂

  • Big Nuggets

    should’ve just given Davidson a contract, or an old vet that can move the puck, like Enstrom. I know everyone likes to write off old vets because of skating but Garrison is outperforming these guys because you learn a thing or two after playing 10 years in the NHL.

  • Opi

    That Sekera injury …
    A) The pros …

    B) The cons …

    Losing a team leader with near 700 NHL games that has been the teams’ driving force on the blueline for two of the last three seasons is monumental & will be next to impossible to replace without giving up one of the teams’ top five players+ in trade.

    Will Kris Russell have to be an anchor now on his defensive pairing? We all know how well THAT will work out, right?

    The Oil are notorious for rushing the youngsters before they are NHL ready but will the Oiler braintrust rush Bouchard AND K-Lowe’s son then hide behind the fact they are rookies failing at what they are expected to do so early in their NHL careers?

    What happens if & when another Oiler D-man goes down? Does Kevin Gravel playing 18 minutes a night sound like any kind of recipe for success to anybody? Anybody at all …?

    Does anybody out there truly believe that Chia is capable for trading for a Krug type without over payment of an extreme nature? Anybody, anybody at all?

    Will the Oil just do what comes so naturally to them & just roll the dice to see what happens? I mean, like this has worked so well in the past as recently as last season when they sat on their hands & did nothing about the Sekera injury.

    It’s truly a mess …

    • Armchair genius

      Holy! This guy is just a flat out fLames douche. He knows more about the Oilers than a lot of us true fans! He is leaving out one simple fact though, and that’s the record as of late between the two clubs. SMH, why must people have to be so ignorant to their own situations!

      • Opi

        Imagine if an NHL GM traded Hart Trophy winner Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, a first round pick, and a second round pick for …

        Strome, Larsson, and Reinhart … just imagine, yes …

        Flames 60-40-3 vs the hapless Oil most recently, yes … 😛

        • oilman3

          Most recently? You’re even dumber than I thought. How about last year? The year before that? You’re not only not that bright, you are sadly pathetic. You live on this site. I honestly feel bad for you.

    • Odanada

      Psychologists have long thought that an endless need for attention often masks emotional instability, brought about by abnormal physical desire.
      Opi is the name of a young boy on an old television show.
      Though it’s none of my business, perhaps you need to spend less time on ON, and more time with a counselor?

  • Rob...

    It’s worth mentioning that Jonthan Willis was a fan of the pickup as well. Sometimes they don’t pan out, despite doing your homework. Also, did anyone expect Gravel to be more than a Gryba replacement? If he sees 15 games this season without harming the team I’ll consider it a decent signing.

  • OldOilerFan

    I hope you BM, or some other blogger follows up on your questioning of the scouts in this organization. Okay I get it, it’s hit and miss, and every team has their bad calls yadda yadda. I think our scouts have whiffed more often than not.

  • TruthHurts98

    I don’t like the majority of Chiarelli’s moves and work, however this is a good move. It was a gamble and who knows? Maybe Jerabek partied too hard this summer and wasn’t as motivated. Many factors that make fringe players difficult to scout and with the EB’s playing better than expected getting any pick and dumping the contract was a good move. Just need a few more good moves now.

  • TKB2677

    I can’t for the life of me figure out how Chia got anything for Jerabek. It’s not like they didn’t give him a chance to round out his game. He played 5 preseason games almost all of them and we was horrible in all of them. Based on what the media guys said who watch the Oilers every day and even the coaches, he sucked in practice too!! He was going to hit the waiver wire for sure. Now a 6th rounder isn’t exactly a ton but the Blues could have gotten him for free. Who’s putting a claim in for him, he can’t play.

    The only explanation I can think of is this. With the time difference between Germany and North America, Chia caught Armstrong when he was borderline black out drunk OR Armstrong had a big gambling debt with Chia from a previous GM’s meeting and Chia agreed to waive it. There is no other way to explain why Armstrong would trade an asset for Jerabek.

  • CMG30

    Excellent! This is what happens when you have depth. The kids played their way onto the roster and the vet who got outplayed was moved for another at-bat at next years draft. Far better for the club than just handing a kid a spot!

  • TruthHurts98

    I knew it:) You know more about the Oilers and the depth players/prospects than most fans. We have the most exciting player in the world so not many fans can look away. You’ll have fun cheering for the team this year and beyond!