The rumor mill has been busy lately, as it always is at this time, with suggestions that the Oilers will be moving the #1 overall pick. So I thought it would be great to take a look at every team in the NHL and consider their assets… NHLers, and prospects … and consider which players we should be asking about. I mostly focused on the defense, and a bit on goaltenders and centermen, as I think those are our biggest needs. Some of these teams wouldn’t be able to offer much for our #1 pick and some teams would need more than our #1 pick for their assets, so I’ve also considered a list of tradeable players for the Oilers. This time of the year, it’s always fun to talk about trades.. but often they’re pretty unrealistic. I don’t mention any specific deals here though (save for a couple). Please feel free to make some suggestions in the comment section for guys we should be after, or trades we could make.
Assets to make available: 1st overall pick, Corey Potter, Theo Peckham, Cam Barker, Linus Omark (not sure we can now though), Sam Gagner, Ryan Whitney (assuming we acquire D), Alex Plante, Colten Teubert, Ales Hemsky, Devan Dubnyk/Nikolai Khabibulin, Eric Belanger, Ben Eager, Curtis Hamilton, Martin Gernat, Nick Schultz
The no way we trade them list: Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Ladislav Smid, Jeff Petry, Teemu Hartikainen, Anton Lander, Magnus Paajarvi
Comments: Really I’m not so sure the last 3 players on my no trade list are untradeable, per se, but it would take a fair bit to pry them away. Also, I like several players on the available list, but for the right trade to make us a better team, any of these guys should be available.
1st round picks: 6th
Players to ask about: Luca Sbisa (D), Emerson Etem (RW), Devante Smith-Pelly (LW)
Notes: Not our best trading partner. For immediate help, I’d say Sbisa is the man. I don’t think I’d drop from 1st to 6th for Luca Sbisa, however.
1st round picks: 24th
Players to ask about: Dougie Hamilton (D), Johnny Boychuk (D)
Notes: I don’t think Dougie Hamilton is available, but he is one of the best D prospect picks out there.
1st round picks: 12th, 21st
Players to ask about: Tyler Myers (D), Mark Pysyk (D)
Notes: I don’t see the Sabres parting with Myers, and Pysyk plus the 12th pick isn’t enough.
1st round picks: 14th
Players to ask about: Sven Bartschi
Notes: It’s the Flames… we do NOT deal with them. Especially the #1 overall pick. So forget this…
1st round picks: 8th
Players to ask about: Tuomo Ruutu (LW/RW), Ryan Murphy (D)
Notes: I don’t really see a trade happening here.
1st round picks: 18
Players to ask about: Patrick Kane, ???
Notes: They look a little thin on the prospects. And I don’t see any of their NHL guys really that available, save maybe Patrick Kane. I’d take a pass on trading with the Hawks barring a miracle like Brent Seabrook being shopped.
1st round picks: none
Players to ask about: Stefan Elliott (D), Duncan Siemens (D), Tyson Barrie (D), Calvin Pickard (G), Gabriel Landeskog (RW)
Notes: The Avs have some good talent. I doubt they are a trading partner though, given that they are the same division. Landeskog won’t get moved, but it’s never a bad idea to ask. How awesome would it be to have him? They have a couple good D prospects as well in Siemens and Elliott. They have no 1st round pick, so they could easily want to deal with us, however the fact we are in the same Div makes it unlikely.
Columbus Blue Jackets
1st round picks: 2nd
Players to ask about: Nikita Nikitin (D)
Notes: Not much to work with here. I think the Blue Jackets have made it known that they aren’t interested in moving up though. Nikitin would be nice, but the Jackets likely won’t move him.. especially just to climb one spot. We would need to sweeten the deal.
1st round picks: 13th
Players to ask about: Jamie Oleksiak (D), Philip Larsen (D)
Notes: The Stars have a couple good prospects on D. It’s hard not to get overly enamored with Oleksiak’s size (especially with his agility). That said, I don’t see a deal here unless it is a multi-player deal.
Detroit Red Wings
1st round picks: none
Players to ask about: Brendan Smith (D), Darren Helm (LW)
Notes: I think Detroit does a fine job of drafting, like the next guy, but they don’t really have an exciting bank of D prospects. They’ll likely turn poop into gold through their awesome development strategy, however.
1st round picks: 23rd
Players to ask about: Jacob Markstrom (G), Jonathan Huberdeau (C), Alex Petrovic (D), Erik Gudbranson (D), Dmitri Kulikov (D)
Notes: Lots to foam at the mouth over. They have a top goaltending prospect, a top center propsect, and a few above average D prospects. I would definitely consider them as potential partners. We’d likely need to give our 1st and a good roster player or two to pull out Huberdeau and a D prospect.
Los Angeles Kings
1st round picks: 30th
Players to ask about: Slava Voynov (D), Alec Martinez (D), Derek Forbort (D), Jonathan Bernier (G)… er… Drew Doughty? Wishful thinking.
Notes: The Kings have a great stock of D prospects, plus you have to figure that Bernier is being wasted on a team that already has Jonathan Quick. Luckily we’ve made peace with Dean Lombardi for what was initially thought as screwing him over (twice). He had the last laugh, which might make him more willing to talk.
1st round picks: 7th
Players to ask about: Jonas Brodin (D), Matt Hackett (G)
Notes: I don’t know a damn thing about Brodin. Hockey’s Future plays him up a bit. Doesn’t seem like there is much to work with here though, and really, same Div… no thanks.
1st round picks: 3rd
Players to ask about: P.K. Subban (D), Alexei Emelin (D), Lars Eller (D)
Notes: There’s been rumors about Subban or Eller and the 3rd overall being offered to us for the #1 pick. My initial thought was “no fucking way”, but I’ve warmed up to the idea of Subban. I’m not a fan of his Hollywood show, however.
1st round picks: none
Players to ask about: Jonathan Blum (D), Ryan Ellis (D), Shea Weber (D), Roman Josi (D)
Notes: Lots to work with here. Our primary target in all of this should be Shea Weber. Throw the 1st, and players Nashville’s way. Weber makes this team leagues better. Outside of that, the Preds still have 3 really good D prospects to consider. They have no 1st round pick this year, so you have to figure that acquiring one would be on thier minds. Plus, let’s face it… the Preds could stand to add some forward talent/excitement.
New Jersey Devils
1st round picks: 29th
Players to ask about: Jon Merril (D), Adam Larsson (D) (very long shot.. but you have to ask)
Notes: I’d be floored if Larsson was available, but you have to ask. I would definitely trade #1 overall for Adam Larsson and the 29th pick. Why not? Would the Devils do that, however? Probably not.
New York Islanders
1st round picks: 4th
Players to ask about: Travis Hamonic (D), Ryan Strome (C)
Notes: The Islanders have always been known for trading away youth… so you have to give them a call. Travis Hamonic was once high on my list. Plus Ryan Strome is a hell of a center prospect. There is potential for us to get both, swap picks, and ship off some players like Gagner and a D to get it done.
New York Rangers
1st round picks: 28th
Players to ask about: Michael Del Zotto (D), Marc Staal (D), Dylan McIlrath (D)
Notes: These guys have a couple NHL D-men, although I’m not so sure they’re available. Dylan McIlrath was a hot topic here in his draft year. I’m not so sure there’s a trade to be had here, but worth a call.
1st round picks: 15th
Players to ask about: Jared Cowen (D), Robin Lehner (G)
Notes: I don’t think there is a lot to offer on Ottawa’s part to make us trade the #1 pick, but they have a couple good assets that we can swap for.
1st round picks: 27th
Players to ask about: Oliver Ekman-Larsson (D), Brandon Gormley (D), David Rundblad (D), Keith Yandle (D)
Notes: Good D prospects here. OEL and their first for our 1st? Is that fair? Do we need to pad our side? I’m not seeing them move Yandle, but including him anyways.
1st round picks: 20th
Players to ask about: Sergei Bobrovsky (G), Erik Gustafsson (D), Brandon Manning (D)
Notes: Bobrovsky could possibly be had for just a warm body from our team. I’m not too sure they have the best D prospects, however.
1st round picks: 22nd
Players to ask about: Simon Despres (D), Joe Morrow (D), Jordan Staal (C)
Notes: They have a few good players to work with, and could be interested in several of our available assets. Prying Staal away would be hard to do, but you’d have to figure he’d thrive here with a higher responsibility.
San Jose Sharks
1st round picks: 17th
Players to ask about: Brent Burns (D), Marc-Edouard Vlasic (D)
Notes: Not much to work with. Burns is fresh on the team. I like him, but I doubt they move him.
St. Louis Blues
1st round picks: 25th
Players to ask about: Alex Pietrangelo (D), Jake Allen (G)
Notes: OK, it is no secret that I’ve been all Pierre McGuire over Pietrangelo since his junior days. I would throw the kitchen sink their way in an offer. Our first plus for Pietrangelo alone.
Tampa Bay Lightning
1st round picks: 10th, 19th
Players to ask about: Victor Hedman (D) (Beyond wishful thinking, but again, have to ask),
Notes: Not a lot to work with here, so I included their big D prospect… Victor Hedman. Yes, please. However, I can’t see why the Lightning would do it.
Toronto Maple Leafs
1st round picks: 5th
Players to ask about: Luke Schenn (D), Jake Gardiner (D), Carl Gunnarsson (D)
Notes: Lots of rumors lately about us dealing with the Leafs, but this is probably a lot of hot air being blown from the Toronto media. Schenn could pan out to be a Jason Smith 2.0 for us. The other two prosepcts on this list likely aren’t available, but you have to ask. I would do a pick swap for Gardiner or Gunnarsson, but it would take a bit more on Toronto’s side to convince me to do it for Schenn, given his lower value.
1st round picks: 26th
Players to ask about: I’m not seeing anything there worth picking up that they’d trade. And really, I don’t see us dealing with them anyways.
Notes: See above.
1st round picks: 11th, 16th
Players to ask about: Dmitri Orlov (D), Braden Holtby (G), Karl Alzner (D), John Carlson (D), Mike Green (D), Michal Neuvirth (G)
Notes: Lots to work with here. We can get an NHL ready goaltender (perhaps) and an NHL ready D. I like their D a lot. Yes, Green is probably overrated given his defensive issues, but I’d still consider him or any of the other guys. It isn’t very likely that they will part with Holtby or Carlson, but you never know.
1st round picks: 9th
Players to ask about: Zach Bogosian (D)
Notes: Bogo is their best offer. It would seem that the Jets are pretty attached to him, so it’s unlikely he moves. But we are talking about bringing in a potential superstar talent to build the team around too.
I think, without a doubt, Los Angeles, Florida, Washington and Nashville have the best choice of players to work with. I don’t know how desperate any of these teams are to deal, but I would definitely make big offers for Shea Weber.. or a bundle of players from Washington, Florida or Los Angeles. Acquiring a big name D will really go a long way on this team. I am a firm believer of building from the backend out. That said, I’d love to draft Nail Yakupov too. We do have a wealth of players that we can make available, and if we’re talking about bringing in new D, we need to ship some D out (I believe we currently have 7 in the NHL, plus guys knocking at the door that may even be waiver eligible by now).
We could also be patient and roll the dice on the Ryan Suter sweepstakes, or go for a guy like Jason Garrison, or one of the other UFAs. I think that Suter is going to be a Red Wing or Ranger though, without much doubt. I don’t see him signing with the Oilers. So I’d prefer to go for a more sure bet via trade.