The Oilers missed a golden opportunity to trade for Seth Jones
The Columbus Blue Jackets traded Ryan Johansen to the Predators earlier today in exchange for Seth Jones. This is one of those deals that works out for both teams on paper and likely will on the ice, too. But there was one loser: the Edmonton Oilers.
It’s no secret that Edmonton needs defense. They have McDavid, Draisaitl, Hall, Yakupov, Eberle, and Nugent-Hopkins up front, but have had a tough time keeping puck out of their own net. They have given up the third most goals in the league, although bright spots like Darnell Nurse have helped pad that stat a little. The Oilers missed out on a big chance today with Seth Jones.
The ideal player at this point to be traded for defense is Jordan Eberle, but that hasn’t picked up steam in quite some time. With McDavid and Draisaitl (a natural center) in the wings, it may not have been a bad idea to try to swing a Nugent-Hopkins for Seth Jones trade. I’m sure they tried, but they could’ve gotten the deal done if they really wanted to I presume.
Nugent-Hopkins was the first overall pick in 2011 and has 216 points in 298 NHL games. Johansen, the fourth overall pick in 2010, has 193 points in 309 games. Pretty similar numbers, although RNH has the slight advantage.
Peter Chiarelli probably didn’t want to part ways with a stud center, but that’s the give you need to take away a stud defenseman like Seth Jones. The Oilers year hasn’t gone well and playoffs are a long shot, and the Connor McDavid injury didn’t help. If they could’ve gotten Jones to add to Nurse, while picking up another forward in the draft to play alongside McDavid, Draisaitl, Hall, Eberle and Yakupov in the top-six, they could’ve been in good position for next year.
The Oilers are going to have to break up their forward group eventually to improve on the back end and they may have missed their best opportunity here, even if it meant adding another small asset on top of Nugent-Hopkins.