I was laying in bed thinking about what MacTavish and the Oilers are planning to do at the draft. With the Oilers at seventh, they are likely going to have Darnell Nurse, Elias Lindholm and Rasmus Ristolainen available. Unless Carolina feels they should pick a defenseman, either Nurse or Ristolainen, I feel there’s no way Valeri Nichushkin or Sean Monahan fall to Seven.
From what I’ve heard, if the Oilers make a run at getting a top 4 pick, they’re going to have to make an overpayment. A couple of teams outside the top 10 are looking to move up in the draft, they’ll likely do so by offering either Poile, Yzerman, Tallon or Sherman a substantial offer.
An overpayment doesn’t make much sense for a guy like Barkov or Nichushkin. Sure they’re tremendous players, but again. The Oilers need to add a proven big top 6 forward instead of developing one.
Another scenario is that we trade down to Columbus’ 19th pick and maybe Tyutin for the seventh pick and another piece/s. This way Edmonton could draft either Curtis Lazar, Frederick Gauthier or Samuel Morin who by the way could be picked before #19. The other piece? Maybe Hemsky while Edmonton retains half his salary or a quarter of it. Makes more sense than overpaying just for that “one”.
The Oilers package their seventh and various other components and acquire a Top 6 winger or big number 2 centre. Much like the Staal trade last year, if it were a number 2 centre, a replacement would be requested. Sam Gagner. This makes sense, and the Oilers can always find another way to acquire a 1st round pick. So win-win. Unless you consider moving the pick and other piece’s for a top 2 defenseman.
I better get to bed. It’s 12:24am.