Edmonton Oilers Rumors: Could Chris Kreider Be a Target?

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 19: Chris Kreider. (Photo by Jared Silber/NHLI via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 19: Chris Kreider. (Photo by Jared Silber/NHLI via Getty Images) /

As per sources and speculation, the Edmonton Oilers are looking for scoring on the wing.

According to Sportsnet’s Mark Spector, general manager Peter Chiarelli is reportedly exploring the trade market for more scoring. In addition to this, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman joined in the speculation, wondering if New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider could be of interest to the Oilers, who average just 2.2 goals per game.

The 26-year-old has been struggling to start the year, registering just two goals and five points through 12 games. He is also lacklustre in the faceoff dot so far this season, winning just a third of his faceoffs. However, he is still playing a strong, physical game on the backcheck with 27 hits and 12 shot blocks.

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Despite his offensive woes to kick off 2017-18, he is usually a consistent scorer and averages around 40 points per season and has the potential to be a solid top-six forward. And with his size, speed and physicality, he could be a perfect fit on the Oilers’ forward lines.

Kreider in Edmonton

The 6-foot-3, 224-pound forward is a hard-hitting, aggressive player who brings a lot of energy and power to the forecheck. He knows how to make himself prominent in front of the net, and because of his size and speed, he is dominant with the puck in the offensive zone. In addition, Kreider can take on the role of a sniper and has a booming shot.

Considering the Oilers current lineup, Kreider would bring plenty to the table. He would be a perfect fit alongside players like Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, and could even work well on the wing. Not only that, but he is a versatile forward who can also take on a centre role as well.

Given his experience and ability, as well as the numbers that precede him, he would cost a hefty price. As per Sportsnet, Jussi Jokinen and Anton Slepyshev are just two names of interest that the Oilers have to offer. Not only that, they may very well be willing to give up Strome, though he may not be enough to offer for a player of Kreider’s calibre.

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Ultimately, while Kreider would be a great fit for the team, General Manager Peter Chiarelli may have to give up a few important pieces in return. But considering the Oilers scoring woes, it may very well be worth a deal.