DownUndaCanuck Posted May 10, 2015 Share Posted May 10, 2015 The Oilers will be a very interesting team to follow next season, and with a few quick fixes they may well go from one of the worst teams in the Conference to a playoff team all of a sudden. 1) Draft McDavid. Simple. He'll probably slot right into the lineup and play around 12-16 minutes a night in the big league. He may not play particularly well, may not be defensively or physically ready, but he'll be an upgrade at the center position for the Oilers. With the 16th overall pick, Edmonton should go after a defenceman and by that time there will be guys like Roy, Kylington, Pilon, Meloche, Eirksson-Ek etc. still available. Take one of them, keep them in the minors and develop them for a while while Nurse is coming up. With the 33rd overall pick, draft a goalie. This pool isn't great for goalies but Blackwood, Tomek and Samsonov are the best so take a stab at one of them and pray to god they turn out well. 2) Re-sign Justin Schultz with a bridge contract. Nothing big/long-term. His puck-moving ability and vision is second to none on that team and with a solid shutdown defence partner, he can become something special. 3) Sign UFA defencemen as patch-work guys until Nurse and Klefbom are ready for bigger minutes. In particular, veteran shutdown defencemen. Two of Paul Martin (Pittsburgh getting Pouliot in, may let him walk), Bryan Allen (don't see the Habs re-signing him), Barret Jackman (St. Louis will revamp their team too after a quick exit), Jeff Petry (if they're lucky and Montreal let him walk), Sekera (would have to throw big money to get him out of Los Angeles), Adam McQuaid (will likely walk from Boston, has history and chemistry with Ference though), Tim Gleason etc. Lets say for arguments sake, Edmonton get a good deal for McQuaid and Barret Jackman. They've got 18M in cap space right now so they'll be fine for a couple of gritty, low-paid veteran defencemen. 4) Make a big-time play for Craig Anderson. They've got Hammond about to get re-signed, just signed O'Connor and also have Lehner in the wings. They've got too many netminders, and Edmonton have too many offensive stars, which is something the Senators could have used in the playoffs. Anderson's 33 though, only just broke 0.500 last season so doesn't warrant a Hall-like star, but someone like Yakupov is fair game. The kid is good for a middle-6 winger right now but still has that 20-30 goal scoring potential, which is why Ottawa should throw in a pick ideally... TO OTT: Nail Yakupov TO EDM: Craig Anderson Eberle - RNH - Hall Purcell - Draisaitl - Pouliot Gordon - McDavid - Hendricks Klinkhammer - Lander - Gazdik Not much difference to last season, but Draisaitl can hopefully take more minutes and become a full time center. That top line is one of the best in the league, and McDavid will hopefully bring some much needed depth scoring initially as a 3rd line center (but may well end up as the team's 2nd line center by the season's end). Ference - Schultz Jackman - Fayne Klefbom - McQuaid Nikitin Nurse Still not a great defence but give it 1 more season until McDavid is the Oiler's top line center before Edmonton can go out and trade RNH, Hall or Draisaitl for a top-flight, franchise defenceman in the East (looking at Boston's Joe Morrow, Pittsburgh's Derreck Pouliot which would be a stretch, one of the many Senator defencemen or maybe a Buffalo young stud). Anderson Scrivens The team's a work in progress, but doing these steps would be a huge improvement, and the following off-season would be even more beneficial to the team when they're able to rely on McDavid more, meaning that they'll have a couple of valuable center trading chips to really solidify that defence group. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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