Craig MacTavish pulled the trigger on a trade yesterday afternoon and I, for one, thinks it’s a great deal for The Edmonton Oilers.They packaged up a pick (who cares) and a player who they hoped could be a top six forward for a legitimate top six forward. What’s not to love about that deal??? David Perron is a good hockey player who has high-end skill and ok size. Not to mention he’s only 25 years old! More importantly, he already is a top six forward and WILL help fill out the top six nicely. Perron is a pretty player who has a history of putting up good numbers and is a couple of years removed from his concussion issues. Paajarvi is a young player who The Oilers were trying develop into a third line grinding forward. It IS a great trade moving forward for The Oilers.
There are still obvious holes to fill throughout the Oilers line up but Mact has done a good job filling holes so far. He’s added a top six forward in Perron and a legitimate NHL defenceman in Ference. The obvious holes are a third line winger and a fourth line winger. Both needs should be a bit easier to find and I have faith that Mact will do it. He has Ales Hemsky, a dman, prospects and picks to offer teams to fill the holes in the line up. Hemsky has been available for trade for a couple years now so I don’t see him bringing back much but maybe The Oilers can package him up (while eating some salary) with a pick or prospect to bring back a third liner. Maybe they dangle a first round pick for a good third liner. Any way you slice it, there is still enough left in the pantry to get the necessary holes filled here in Oilerville.
Last season The Oilers defence was one of the worst, if not the worst, in the entire National Hockey League. With the additions of Andrew Ference, Anton Belov and Philip Larsen The Oilers back-end is much improved and very crowded. I would assume that Smid and Petry will stay together and then some combination of Schultz, Schultz, Ference and Belov will fill out the other four spots. That leaves Larsen, Potter and Klefbom to battle for the last spot(s). It will be interesting to see how the back ends up looking midway thru the season and I like the idea of having loads of competition to play as that can only make everyone better.
The Oilers are going into year four of a rebuild and the team is progressing nicely. The young high-end talent can only get better and I for one can’t wait to watch a playoff game in the near future.
Keep The Faith!!!