Should The Edmonton Oilers Trade Their First-Round Pick?

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WINNIPEG, MB – OCTOBER 16: Nikolaj Ehlers #27 of the Winnipeg Jets shoots the puck during third period action against the Edmonton Oilers at the Bell MTS Place on October 16, 2018 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The Oilers defeated the Jets 5-4 in overtime. (Photo by Jonathan Kozub/NHLI via Getty Images)

A look into whether or not the Edmonton Oilers should trade their first-round pick in the NHL Entry Draft, and who would be targetted in this type of trade

It’s a tough time of the year for Edmonton Oilers fans. A time where everyone wishes they were crowding into Ford Hall and high fiving strangers walking down 104 Ave is instead spent cheering on the Colorado Avalanche, hoping they can take away some bragging rights from the Calgary Flames.

So to fill this void, let’s talk about a question that comes up every year…

Should the Oilers trade their first round pick?

As discussed in my last piece, there are several quality players available at number 8 in the draft. However, this is a franchise that is running out of time and may not have the patience to wait for another young prospect to develop.

So expect to hear rumors of potential trades including the Oilers first round pick to keep coming up more and more often as we inch closer to the NHL Entry Draft.

This isn’t a pick the team will move for just anyone; it has to be a young player who has proven himself at the NHL level and fills a hole in the Oilers lineup. There has been one player who I’ve been thinking about always as a possible fit for this type of trade.

His name — Nikolaj Ehlers of the Winnipeg Jets

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