The Edmonton Oilers did not win the NHL Draft Lottery last night and for the first time in four years another club will take the podium at the Entry Draft and call out the first overall pick. Some might say it was a good sign that the Oilers were able to finish higher than last place or next to it. But with no playoffs in the Alberta capital it’s hard to get excited about a twelfth place finish in the Western Conference. And so seventh pick it is for Edmonton.
Now it’s time for Craig MacTavish to get to work and figure out what to do the pick. Do they keep it and add yet another prospect to the already over crowded cupboard or do they trade it and try and package together a deal that would land a legitimate top two defenseman? Or what about a goalie?
We’ve heard that Mac-T is all about changes this off-season and has promised big things are in store. He said himself as many as eight new Oilers could be in the lineup next season and that his plans include to address all three areas; forwards, defense and in net.
Here’s where the seventh overall pick will come in handy for MacTavish and the Oilers brass. They can bundle it with a player like Magnus Paajarvi and look at landing a key player to fill some of their gaping holes throughout the roster.
Where will they find such a return? More on that later as we look at some potential trade partners for the Oilers now that their off-season is officially upon them.
For now, we’ll have to sit and wait until MacTavish is able to pull off his first “bold” move that he was so adamant about making. But at least the decision about what to do with the seventh overall pick is an easy question to answer. Trade it and let’s get this train chugging down the tracks towards bigger and better changes.