Travis Hamonic is the latest name that has surfaced in the Edmonton Oilers rumor mill. A report released today from theScore.com today tells us that Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli was inquiring about Hamonic’s availability before his trade request was made public.
So we go from Dougie Hamilton from the summer to Travis Hamonic this week. Would it be fair to assume that the Oilers brain trust is on the hunt for a right-handed defenseman who is in his early-to-mid 20’s and is of the two-way persuasion. What other names could we toss in that hat and are they possibilities for the Oilers? Let’s armchair GM the sh*t out of this!
Seth Jones – Not unless Nuge or Draisaitl is going the other way.
Adam Larsson – He’s turning the corner now and it’d be a big step backwards for NJ to deal him now.
Erik Gudbranson – He’s not having a great season in FLA to date but I’m not sure his lack of an offensive game suits the Oilers. His toughness surely does.
Jacob Trouba – He’d be a perfect candidate and is also struggling so far this year but he projects to be a top 3 dman in the league and all signs are pointing to WPG being unwilling to re-sign Dustin Byfuglien, so
they’ll need Trouba going forward and generally teams who give up on promising dmen like Trouba tend to regret it.
Ryan Ellis – I like Ellis but I’m not sure if he’s the guy for Edmonton’s top 3. Solid SOLID no.4 who can slot into the no.3 role though. Very valuable on the PP to boot.
Sami Vatanen – The Finn falls into the same category as Ellis. Maybe it’s due to size which honestly shouldn’t be a consideration when we see players like Duncan Keith doing what he does every year. But he’s a RFA this summer.
Justin Faulk – Carolina’s no.1 dman? Forget about it.
Tyson Barrie – He’s reportedly on the block and he’ll be an RFA this summer but is he better than Justin Schultz?
Jared Spurgeon – Upcoming RFA and best passer in the NHL who’s stuck behind Brodin, Suter, and soon to be Dumba. Also, has Justin Schultz 2.0 Mike Rielly busting a nut in the AHL to get recalled and basically provides the same style of play. I like Spurgeon but does size rear its ugly head again?
John Carlson – Can’t see this happening unless the Oilers are willing to move major pieces.
Rasmus Ristolainen – Buffalo is a fickle beast but it would have to be a substantial offer for them to move the giant Finn.
Jason Demers – Now here is a likely option. He’s got history with McLellan and he’s going to be a UFA this summer.
So out of all these players I like the Demers option. He’s making $3.4m per year right now so I reckon he’d be looking for well over $4m per year for 4-6 years. This might scare one off but we have to consider the notion of Chiarelli letting Schultz walk this summer and that the defenseman out of Dallas is only 27 years old. Jason Demers isn’t a top 2 dman but he’s very much in the two-way game and he’s got the size to compete with the players in the Western Conference.
During Demers time with the Sharks he put up some fine numbers in the passing department too and as we’ve exclaimed on more than one occasion, part of the Oilers problem is that they can’t move the puck out of their zone efficiently and it’s resulting in scoring chances against. Check out Demers’ passing chart.
With that said, Edmonton should still be looking for a top pairing dman like Hamonic and Hamilton and dangling players like Eberle, Yakupov, Schultz and the 1st rounder next year could bring them just the player.
What players would you target and what kind of offer would you make to get them? Let me know in the comments below!
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