Hi All, I’m getting sick of all this CBA talk and decided to write a blog going down the prospects route. The Oilers have an abundance of young talent and I found myself thinking, just who could be traded for some more immediate assets, and who just doesn’t have a price tag on them. Here are the Oilers top 5 untouchable prospects.
1) Justin Schultz – He is clearly the Oilers number one D prospect. After Schultz listened to 30 teams in the NHL throw a pitch and try to acquire his services, he chose the Oilers. The oilers have struggled in recent years trying to land a big name UFA, until J Schultz arrived. He chose the Oilers over any other team because he seen which way the team was going and decided he wants to be part of it. Even though he has no NHL experience, this was a huge signing for the oilers.
2) Oscar Klefbom – Many of you are probably surprised that Oscar is ahead of Yakupov. I’m giving the number 2 spot to Klefbom because of all the rumors at the draft that the oilers may trade their first overall pick, which everyone knew was Nail Yakupov. Klefbom’s name has never come up in any trade rumors. The Oilers weakness is their D and with Schultz and Klefbom with so much promise, they are not going anywhere.
3) Nail Yakupov – At the draft his name was being tossed all over. TSN had a possible trade worked out with the Oilers and every other team in the NHL. Once the Oilers finally selected him it all seemed right. It doesn’t matter how much offensive potential a team has, to pass up on Nail would have been plain silly.
4) Tyler Bunz – Another question on the oilers roster is the goaltending. Khabby’s best days are behind him and there will be a three way race for the back-up position behind Dubnyk. Denis, Roy, and Bunz all show great potential but the oilers so far have been leaning toward Bunz. After coming out of a solid year in junior and now playing his first year pro in Stockton, he will not be an immediate impact, but he will definitely be on the roster a few years down the road.
5) Taylor Fedun – Again, maybe a bit of a surprise coming in at number 5 but let’s all remember the promise he showed at last year’s training camp. He looked like he could be on the top pairing defensive line on the Oilers before the accident. Him skating again is the ultimate feel good story, and he will be in an oilers uniform while the NHL tells that story.