Two players for the Oilers to buy and one prospect to sell at the trade deadline

The Edmonton Oilers don’t have much cap space to buy at the trade deadline unless they clear some. If they do, there are two players they should seriously consider.

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Prospect to sell: Olivier Rodrigue

The former 62nd-overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft has come a long way since his debut season in the AHL, snagging just an 0.894 save percentage and a 2.99 GAA with a shutout for the Bakersfield Condors in 11 games.

He regressed in 2021-22, splitting time between the Condors and the ECHL’s Wichita Thunder, securing GAAs of 0.886 and 0.907, respectively, with respective 3.09 and 3.57 GAAs. However, Rodrigue has since turned things around, winning 14 games in 2022-23 with a 0.912 save percentage and a 2.77 GAA before slightly improving those numbers this year. 

While Rodrigue will probably never become a No. 1 goaltender in the NHL, and his ceiling in Edmonton would involve backing up Stuart Skinner, he could still make for a solid 1B in a place like San Jose. Or, if the Oilers target the next player on this list, there is a good chance he would factor in as an eventual 1B in the City of Brotherly Love. 

Right now, Samuel Ersson has been taking almost all the reps with the Flyers, so Philadelphia would be one team looking to add some goaltending prospects to their pool. Trading Rodrigue to Philadelphia’s system with other assets would also be a big win for the 23-year-old, but who would Edmonton ideally get in return?