Mar 18, 2014; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Edmonton Oilers defenseman Martin Marincin (85) skates against the Nashville Predators during the second period at Rexall Place. Edmonton Oilers won 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

What Do The Oilers Do With Dillon Simpson?

The University of North Dakota’s NCAA hockey team will be playing in the NCAA Frozen Four tournament, starting this Thursday, against the University of Minnesota in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The captain and defenseman of North Dakota, Dillon Simpson, is also an Edmonton Oilers, 2011 4th round pick (92nd overall).

Dillon Simpson is currently not under contract with the Oilers and the OKC Barons have a big logjam on defense. Once a weakness that is now a bundle of riches, the Oilers prospects crop on defense consists of Gernat, Musil, Nurse, Oesterle, Fedun, Davidson and Simpson just to name a few. Clearly, one or two has to go. I suspect Nurse to get a 9 game look in the NHL, and D Oscar Klefbom to start the 14-15 season in the AHL.

If you count some of the OKC veterans, it’s going be tight to make the Barons roster. The East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) is a 3rd option to develop players, but probably isn’t best suited for the fellow prospects. So what do we do with Simpson?

It’d be best to sign Simpson to an ELC, and deal one of Marincin, Klefbom or Petry as supplementary pieces to acquire a legit, top 2 NHL defenseman. Add a minor-league deal (Possibly Davidson, but I wouldn’t consider that a minor league deal…) and put Simpson right in the mix to battle for a top 6 spot in OKC.

If I were MacT, I’d deal Klefbom over Marincin. Strictly in my opinion, I believe Klefbom will be a good No. 4 defenseman in the league, however, I really believe in Marty Marincin, so much, that I project him to top out as a top 2 shutdown NHL defenseman. This season’s showing by Marincin is spectacular. He has excellent skating, he’s good defensively and I have a feeling there is more NHL offense in him than he’s showing. Some say that my projection is over-rating the player or outrageous, but I think we have more than a player in Marincin, we have a very good player.

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