OilersNation Top 10 of 2021: #6 — Pre-Trade Deadline Mailbag: Could the Edmonton Oilers land Jack Eichel?
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By Zach Laing10 months ago
Ah, yes. Mailbags!
In this one I polled the Nation ahead of the 2021 deadline as to what they would want to see happen, and whether or not it was realistic. With Jack Eichel having been one of the biggest names available, I took a look at that and some others in this April 4 article.
Here’s some of what I wrote:
A week or so ago I put out to the Twitter-verse a request to see some of your best Edmonton Oilers related trade proposals.And by gum, did you all not disappoint. There were some good ones, some really bad ones, and a few that made me think long and hard.With the NHL’s trade deadline set for April 12th, a week from tomorrow, we have to get an idea of where the Oilers stand ahead of the trade season. What we know about the team now is that it’s unlikely the Oilers move much in the way of draft capital.Last year’s deadline saw the Oilers ship two second round picks to the Detroit Red Wings for Andreas Athanasiou, a trade didn’t give the team the value they hoped for largely in part due to a global pandemic. On top of that, the Oilers are as tight to the salary cap as can be having already dipped deep into the LTIR pool. Any deal that would be made would have to be dollar in, dollar out, so they say.Edmonton goes into the deadline without picks in the second, third, or fifth round this year, but they do have all their picks available beyond this season.The Oilers depth is as strong as it has been for years in thanks to a taxi squad full of players giving the team valuable minutes when called up. All things considering, I project this to be a fairly quiet year for the Oilers at the deadline, but who on earth knows what will happen.So, without further ado, let’s get into some proposals.
Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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