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Inside the Nation: Strome for Spooner

The Edmonton Oilers spiced things up today as news broke that they had traded Ryan Strome to the New York Rangers in exchange for Ryan Spooner. Why would the Oilers make this trade? Let’s explore it together. 

Since no one expected the Oilers to make a trade like this today, it made sense for Dusty to jump on Facebook Live for an emergency episode of Inside the Nation. Considering, the fact that Ryan Strome was acquired in the Jordan Eberle trade only 16 months ago, it does seem strange that the Oilers would move on from him so early so Dusty tries to make sense of what Peter Chiarelli sees in Spooner over Strome. Looking at the numbers, what you’ll see is that Spooner should probably be an upgrade offensively over Ryan Strome but the exact opposite on the defensive side of the puck. So why would the Oilers feel the need to make this trade now? Dusty Nielson tries to make sense of it all.

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  • Freddie the fog

    Strome wasn’t giving anything up with his TOI . That has value. Also , disappointed he never spent any significant time in the top six. Strome had 50 pts playing with Tavares a couple years back. He can play with skill. Alas….we will never know how he would have faired here in a top six role. With Spooner we’re getting an awfully soft player. No doubt he has skill. But why is he moving around so much ? As Lowetide would say……… We wait

  • toprightcorner

    My guess is that PC is actively looking to add a 3C. Spooner would look good on Draisaitl’s wing LW or RW. That gives Leon a proven scorer to help him drive his own line.

    • Glencontrolurstik

      He can skate! Spooner, I wouldn’t call “a proven scorer” to be fair…
      That could change though, let’s hope?
      Joe Thorton is a proven scorer, Spooner, not quite yet. He is a great skater though, the possibilities are there for a changed player… The minus stats kind of scare me a bit?