According to Bob McKenzie of TSN, the Edmonton Oilers are said to be considering to try and trade their first round draft pick in this year’s NHL Entry Draft. It is certainly understandable why they might consider doing this.
“What the Edmonton Oilers really don’t need is another 18-year-old blue chipper. They need some help right now and using that first round pick as currency could get them that help right now … (or) … They may use the pick, but they may try and parlay it into something immediate.”
When listening to the press conference that introduced MacTavish as the new GM, it was he who stated the club needs to make drastic changes. McKenzie feels that trading away their top draft position would certainly qualify as a “bold” move.
Furthermore, Darren Dreger of TSN also notes that MacTavish could make several moves in an attempt to upgrade the Oilers roster, including in goal.
As it sits right now the Oilers would be drafting no worse than seventh overall and still have an outside chance to win the lottery and the first overall pick. Depending on where they finish in the standings with two games remaining will determine their odds tow in the first overall pick. Should they win the draft lottery for the fourth consecutive year it’d be a heated debate amongst Oilers fans on whether or not the club should trade it or draft Seth Jones, a highly sought after defenseman.
If the past has proven anything it’s that the Oilers need to trade their top draft pick regardless of where they wind up picking. Get an immediate improvement for one of the many holes on the roster and start the re-tooling process the right way.