Full disclosure this article is strictly me dreaming. I have heard no speculation from any reliable source about this trade but I think it would be amazing if it happened. Who knows, maybe Dave Nonis and Steve Tambellini will read this and get some ideas.
Which members of the Toronto Maple Leafs would you trade for Jordan Eberle? I posed this question to my twitter followers and the response was overwhelming. Leaf fans to seem to like the idea. They have some wild ideas of who the Edmonton Oilers would take for Eberle, some included James Reimer, Matt Frattin, and Nazem Kadri. Personally I don’t think any of these would be an option, the Leafs need Reimer, Frattin and Kadri, plus the Oilers have a surplus of young talented forwards. I think there would be three options that would get this trade done.
Option 1: Dion Phaneuf and a young defenseman like, Mike Kostka, Korbinian Holzer, Mark Fraser, or Cody Franson. The Oilers need a veteran defenseman on their team but they also need youth to compliment the team they already have. With them having first round draft picks every year for the past 3 years and picking a forward every time their defensive core has suffered.
Option 2: Phil Kessel and Dion Phaneuf. This option is far less likely than the first but as long as I’m speculating wildly let’s explore. The Oilers do need some older talent and Phil would be a good second line guy plus his value has gone up since he started scoring again.
Option 3: Two of the aforementioned young defensemen. This would be a much more attractive option for the Oilers because let’s face it Dion is not what he once was. Plus they would need a young defensive core to match all the young offense they already have.
I think Jordan Eberle is a talented player that would make a great addition to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Eberle would also be a great fit in Toronto because he is Canadian, and would help with the complaints people have about Canada’s team being populated by Americans. Now as I said before there is probably no chance this trade will happen but it doesn’t hurt to wildly speculate. You never know what could happen.