Oilers and Stars Talking about the 3rd Overall Pick?

“I have talked to other teams already about possibly moving that pick, getting an established player back,” Nill said during an interview on SiriusXM NHL Network. “It gives us lots of options.”

I was talking to my source today and I asked him what’s going on with the Oilers? He told me that they’re talking to Dallas about the 3rd overall pick.

**Disclaimer: I’m not an insider by any means but like most people who live in an NHL city, I know someone who knows someone that works in the club. Actually, I know a lot of people who work with the Oilers but that’s not the point. Now, it’s up to you whether to believe what I tell you but these things rarely come to fruition, EVER. Ask McKenzie, Friedman, Dreger, or LeBrun. So all I ask is that at the very least, you treat this post as entertainment and if by some luck, it comes true, great. Thanks a bunch!**

Last I checked, the Stars were looking for an established NHL defenseman in exchange for that no.3 overall pick, right? But with Patrick Sharp, Ales Hemsky, and Jiri Hudler coming off of the books, they’re going to need scoring on the wing.

Don’t forget that Chiarelli was the GM of the Bruins and Nill was the GM of the Stars when the Tyler Seguin trade went down… Not sure if that’s a fair point to make since it was Harry Sinden and Cam Neely making the call there but whatever, it’s already been carved in stone.

To me, this is the easiest way to for Chiarelli to rid himself of that $6M weight that is sitting on his chest. Problem being, Jim Nill is not Jim Benning… So, that kind of deal wouldn’t be so cut and dry but I’ll toss it out there nevertheless.

Now if there were a way to get the 3rd overall AND Cody Eakin… That’s something. Can’t see Nill doing that though unless Chiarelli takes one of Lehtonen or Niemi at full contract off his hands…

You could go over countless scenarios but I’ve only got time for a couple…


  • Gabriel Vilardi – A highly skilled and very competitive right-handed centre. Has size (6’3″, 201lb) and is said to be a possession beast!
  • Casey Mittelstadt – A sniper with major speed and puckhandling. This guy is ridiculous.
  • Miro Heiskanen  – Left-handed defender. NHL speed and mobility. Good Hockey IQ. Solid 2-way defender.

If it were me and I was actually able to pick up the 3rd overall pick for Eberle, I’d be taking Valardi or trading down with say, Arizona, because they own the no.7 and no.23 overall picks. Dealing Eberle outright like this would allow the Oilers to go down the right side next season with Anton Slepyshev, Jesse Puljujarvi, Zack Kassian, and Iiro Pakarinen.

If that trade with ARI were to go down, I might look at drafting the best pure goal scorer available, Owen Tippett (Mississauga), and one of the hardest working centres, Robert Thomas (London). Both are righties and both have skills that the Oilers are lacking down their pipeline.

Imagine THIS Coyotes centre depth in a few years down the middle though… #Yikes

  • Dylan Strome
  • Gabriel Valardi
  • Clayton Keller

All of that being said, in the last 5 years, the highest pick traded was 8th overall…

Look, the Oilers are out of the playoffs and there’s not a whole lot going on now that Cocksucker-gate is over… My rooster is still pissed about that. I mean unless you consider the Alphonse and Gaston routine that the Oilers are playing with Drew Remenda and Todd McLellan on Oilers Now! this week as entertainment.

What do you think? Would you get serious about the 3rd overall pick if you were the GM? Let us know in the comments below!!

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  • Truthhurts98

    Eberle for a 3rd overall pick and then sign Oshie would be a huge win for PC and the Oilers. A prospect that can develop into a player when the Oil need to move players down the road to keep under the cap sounds like a good plan to me!

    • Beer League Hero

      I just don’t know how Oshie fits under the Oilers cap long term… Like the guy but he’s pricey.

    • JimmyV1965

      Oshie would be an awful signing. He will cost $6 million for seven years. And he’s 30 now.

  • Lee Dicken

    When you make these pretend picks you have to be realistic. You would be lucky to get a 10-15 pick for Eberle. Dallas needs defense as well, maybe if you also through in Bear or Jones you might get that pick.

    • Beer League Hero

      Dallas has a lot of young dmen coming up. You’re not wrong in your assessment though. They do need D but the players they have coming up are better, at this point, than what the Oilers could offer on that level or prospect.

      Bottom line being Dallas NEED a RWer and if you don’t believe me, check out their RW depth:

      who has been a better scoring RWer than Eberle over the past 5 years? I’ll answer that for you, Patrick Kane, Phil Kessel, Blake Wheeler, Jakub Voracek, and Corey Perry. So, if those players can get you a top 5 pick today, why not Eberle? Benn/Seguin/Eberle, sounds a lot better than Benn/Seguin/Devin Shore…

      • JimmyV1965

        They would want someone on d who can play right now. They have lots of good young guys. But they’re all young, inconsistent and unproven.

  • Kane Adamson

    Yeah if I was Dallas that 3rd pick would need to be one of: Klefbom, Larsson, Sekera, or Nurse. Benning only had 1 good year, whereas Nurse is young and trending but still needs to be sheltered. The only viable deal I see is around Sekera, and I doubt he has the value himself. It not something I expect to see much from

  • JimmyV1965

    The ask would be Klef. I like Ebs but no way he gets you the third overall.