Oilers Could Trade 16th Overall Pick
The Stanley Cup Finals are just about to begin, which means the draft is right under our noses. The Edmonton Oilers hold the first overall pick which will be used to select possible franchise center Connor McDavid, but they also hold the 16th overall pick, acquired from Pittsburgh in the David Perron trade.
Under Peter Chiarelli, Todd McLellan, and the new Oilers brass, winning now is the mentality. There’s no more waiting for prospects to develop or signing unproven players like Justin Schultz, Edmonton needs to make a decision and make it quick about their plans for next year. These plans all stem from what they do with the 16th overall pick at the draft. They could either select someone with that pick (I have them currently taking Jakub Zboril the defenseman), or they could use that pick to trade for a proven defenseman. I cite the Islanders of last season as an example, as they overhauled their roster by trading picks and prospect defenseman Ville Pokka in exchange for Johnny Boychuk and Nick Leddy, and it earned them a 100 point campaign.
In addition to the 16th overall being on the block, Martin Maricin could be moved. A young defenseman with limited NHL experience, he played in 41 games for the Oilers last season. He’s 23 years old, and the Oilers will need to give some to get some, which will have to be a young, upcoming defenseman.
If there was ever an offseason for an Oiler revival, it’s this one. They have the assets in Marincin, the 16th overall and more to acquire defensemen or a starting goalie, as well as a deep free agent class for defensemen. Not to mention, if you’re a player, you have to be impressed and intrigued with the organizational moves the Oilers have made this offseason to go along with their young core.
This could be the biggest offseason in Edmonton in decades if pulled off correctly, but if not, it’ll be another lottery year.