Oilers News: Ethan Bear traded to Carolina for Warren Foegele

Ethan Bear #74, Edmonton Oilers Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports
Ethan Bear #74, Edmonton Oilers Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports /

The Edmonton Oilers are trying to help improve their team for the future. They sent Ethan Bear to the Carolina Hurricanes for Warren Foegele. Foegele, who is 25 years old and was drafted in the third round of the 2014 NHL draft, had 10 goals and 10 assists this past season in 53 games in Carolina.

Warren Foegele provides the Edmonton Oilers with some much-needed depth in the bottom six.

Foegele will be a solid addition to the team. In ten playoff games this past season he had a goal and an assist, as well as 20 hits. He was averaging 14 minutes a night during the regular season and he is someone that can help improve the team for years to come.

Foegele is a restricted free agent and getting a contract done with him shouldn’t be that difficult for Edmonton. His corsi numbers are pretty good and he is someone that is used to playing in the defensive zone as last season he averaged 56.3 percent of his zone starts wherein the defense zone.

This is a nice addition for the team overall. He can play up in the lineup if they need him to, but he will be better off on a grinding line in the bottom six. They can use him to help kill penalties and he should just be a very fun player to watch for a few seasons in Edmonton.

The reason I think they made this move was their inability to score goals in the postseason. Now they are taking that weakness and trying to fill the holes in the lineup to be better with all four of their lines.

Losing Ethan Bear is not something that is ideal, but I mean they do have a handful of good offensive defensemen already on the team. Losing Adam Larssen just changed things for the Oilers and now they are going to have to reassess the defense and I think they are doing that by letting Bear go and by adding someone like Codi Ceci.

There will be a lot more moves covered today as Edmonton adds free agents or makes more trades to set up their team for the future.