Just a quick update, I’ve been thinking, Pouliot and Hendricks are being shopped like mad and it’s my belief that there are some deals on the table for both of them. I can’t see Chiarelli wanting to tinker with this current roster too much right now apart from picking up that elusive right-handed powerplay quarterback. So it wouldn’t surprise me in the least if all Edmonton got back in return for our beloved Matty Hendricks and Benoit Pouliot was draft picks.
Now, here’s the thing. I think that Chia might just load up on draft picks in order to give him some slack with Las Vegas. I reckon that Brandon Davidson will be left unprotected and perhaps Tyler Pitlick will be the one that is protected in his spot. But I also know that the Oilers LOVE Brandon Davidson and really want him to be part of this team. Chia also needs a 2nd rounder and he’s got a glut of RFA dmen in Bakersfield that need tending to.
Minnesota and Anaheim are teams that have been linked closest to the Oilers in recent rumours and oddly enough, both of those teams are in a pickle regarding their expansion draft protection list. And what better year to go shopping for underperforming defensemen? Barrie, Vatanen, and pretty much any of the Islanders defenders are up for grabs.
Eklund has the Oilers eyeing up defender Derrick Pouliot of the Pittsburgh Penguins… It’s hard to imagine a man’s job being taken by Justin Schultz but this seems to be the case… Now I’ll have to do more digging as to why D-Pou hasn’t been able to catch on in Pittsburgh yet but the connection to the Oilers is obvious… Bob Green was the Edmonton Oil Kings’ GM back in his junior days and when Derrick Pouliot and his Portland Winterhawks were going toe-to-toe with the Oil Kings. Talk about a rivalry…
Bob Green was the Edmonton Oil Kings’ GM back in his junior days and when Derrick Pouliot and his Portland Winterhawks were going toe-to-toe with the Oil Kings. Talk about a rivalry… WOWZAS!!! Those playoff series were epic. Ahhh I yearn for the days of Lazar, Brossoit, and (young) Griffin Reinhart.
I’m a little hesitant with Bob Green’s trade-for-this-great-WHL-defenseman history as it hasn’t really panned out for Griffin Reinhart yet but his draft history has been pretty tight.
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