Should We Read Into Oilers Captain McDavid Drafting Boone Jenner?

In the NHL All-Star draft Connor McDavid drafted Boone Jenner. Is he letting management know what he wants.
Nov 24, 2023; Newark, New Jersey, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets center Boone Jenner (38)
Nov 24, 2023; Newark, New Jersey, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets center Boone Jenner (38) / Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Last night the was the NHL All-Star Game Draft, in the draft Connor McDavid selected Boone Jenner later in the draft. This has piqued my interest because Boone Jenner would be an excellent fit for the Oilers. I assume McDavid knows that and is trying to grease those wheels.

Jenner currently has a modified no-trade clause in his contract. He provides 8 teams that he can not be traded to. If the Oilers were one of those 8 teams I assume that McDavid and Draisaitl are trying to convince him that Edmonton would be a great location to move to.

Jenner still has 2 years after this season left on his contract. His cap hit of $3.75 million is manageable to fit into the Oilers cap scenario. So far this season in 35 games played Jenner has 13 goals and 5 assists. Jenner is currently the first-line center on the Blue Jackets and would be a perfect player for the Oilers 3rd line.

With the Blue Jackets being one of the teams that will not be making the playoffs they will be a seller at the deadline. Jenner is one of the few players that the Jackets would be able to get a good return on. It would be something I am sure the Jackets would look at doing.

The Cost For The Oilers Would Be High

If the Oilers were serious about this deal it would cost them quite a bit. The cost would be comparable if not more than what the Canucks gave up for Lindholm. The difference is that Jenner still has a couple of years left on his deal. A deal with a solid cap hit as well.

I also would assume that if this deal got made then the Oilers would hopefully get Columbus to hold back some of the cap hit of Jenner, the $3.75 million is a good deal, but if you could drop that down even a little bit then this deal would be a win for the Oil.

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The Oilers during the trade deadline timeframe will not only need to improve their team moving forward this season, but they will need to look at the next few years. This is why a Boone Jenner deal makes sense because of the term left on his deal.