Not that anyone gives a damn but, on account of the wholesale failure of my laptop, I'm now gonna fast track the remainder of my Guides to Player Acquisition
in an effort to stay on schedule. As such, I'll cover the remainder of my ideal targets in this blog!
LW, Warren GODDAM
If you've followed my posts in the Oilers threads this year, you'd think Foegele was the best thing since sliced bread or the Laughs and Reveen Fleshlight Company- and you'd be right! A well-rounded player with an exceptional mind for the game and a penchant for 5-on-5 production (both points and shots), I'm confident he'll be a solid middle-6 winger for many years to come. He'd be an excellent fit alongside Connor or Leon at even strength and would play a key role on both special teams in short order!
Cost: Caggiula and a 2019 2nd
RW/LW, Blake Comeau
Not much to explain here; just a consistently solid two-way veteran that wouldn't cost too much and could provide a calming influence to a RW position in a state of flux. Would likely be asked to fill-in on a top-6 line and- like Pouliot before him- his flaws would be exposed and he'd find himself with more haters than he deserves.
RD, Greg Pateryn
A simple and effective defender along the lines of Mark Fayne but with better puck-moving and skating. Shows very well in possession and scoring chances and- in conjunction with a trade to upgrade our left side (OEL)- could act as a perfect complimentary piece to a more offensively inclined partner. As an example of the value a player like this can bring, look no further than Michal Kempny as he partners with Carlson in the Cup Finals.
RW/LW Nino Neiderreiter
Another potential big name addition to our wings, Nino is a fantastic two-way presence who dominates possession and brings a valuable skillset to the table. I'm not convinced he'd be the ideal winger for Draisaitl due to his lack of high-end speed, but he would be a great partner for McDavid. Had Nuge not shown so well with McDavid at the end of the year, I'd be half-tempted to pull off a trade with those two (and others) involved! But alas, he did so there's little point in considering it further.
Cost: Nugent-Hopkins (for Nino+)
RD, Ryan Ellis
Before we get into this, I know what both sides will say: Oilers fans will scoff at the idea of acquiring a guy with one year left on his deal (and maybe the crazies will complain that he's too small) and Preds fans will recoil at the idea of trading such an integral piece of their blueline. Hear me out!
Assuming the rumors of the Preds entertaining the idea of moving Subban are false, the Preds may be hard-pressed to fit Ellis' new contract under the cap. As such, they might have to consider the option of moving him for the value he's so clearly worth. Meanwhile, Edmonton is in dire need of a puck-moving blueline anchor like Ellis that they could potentially offer a solution to Nashville's predicament.
Enter Oscar Klefbom. Arguably the Oilers' best defenseman when healthy, he's locked in at a VERY friendly 4.16mil cap hit for the next 5 years. While it would be very VERY difficult for me to move Klefbom (my heart would be devastated), Ellis is everything we're looking for. An exceptional passer, a quick puck-mover, a capable PP QB and an excellent defender; he's got it all!
Assuming Edmonton could get access to his agent and agree to the terms of an extension that was within reasonable range (I'd easily pay upwards of 6-7mil) prior to a trade, both teams would stand benefit: the Oilers get the perfect fit for their blueline and the Preds get the space to retain their near-perfect blueline.
I could go into further detail, but since I've now written a blog within a blog on this matter, I'll leave it at that.
Cost: Klefbom and a 2019 3rd
LD, Carl Gunnarsson
Here's a guy that consistently pulls even or ahead of his competition in GF% and has done so regardless of competition faced. He even fares well in team-relative GF numbers despite playing a fair deal of minutes against higher level competition (both in Toronto AND St Louis). Despite this, he's still held in low regard by many hockey circles due to the collapse of the perceived value of defensive defenders. Like I said of Pateryn earlier in this blog, he's a low-cost defender that regularly produces positive results on teams where he's utilized correctly. In conjunction with the aforementioned Ellis trade, he would be a perfect compliment to the remainder of our blueline!
Cost: Lagesson and a 2020 4th
LW, Brendan Lemieux
Another guy I've detailed as a hard target in the Oilers threads throughout this year, Lemiuex saw excellent year-over-year development in the AHL and became a key offensive contributor in Manitoba. His even strength production (both shots and goals) were near the top in the AHL and he produced such great numbers all while maintaining his Lemieux brand of scrapiness. He's the kind of guy you almost need on your team to compete (Shaw, Marchand, Wilson, etc) and, considering his consistent improvements in virtually every facet of the game, he'd be a guy I'd pursue actively- but I have no idea what he'd take to acquire.
Cost: I honestly don't think Winnipeg would entertain moving him
Out of these options, I wanna go bold and beautiful so I'll choose Klefbom and a 2019 3rd for Ellis
, signing Blake Comeau for 2.6mil
and Lagesson and a 2020 4th for Gunnarsson
. As such, the final roster is as follows:
Nuge- McDavid- Puljujarvi
Lucic- Draisaitl- Nyquist
Khaira- Strome- Comeau
Hunt- Helm- Aberg
Minors & Juniors: Joseph, Marody, Benson, Maksimov, 2018 40th overall pick
Minors & Juniors: Bear, Berglund, Samorukov, 2018 10th overall pick
*Buyout Russell or hope the Flames still value him like they used to*
This concludes our regularly scheduled programming.
As I apparently lack any credibility, I decided I'll make an active effort to emulate the epitome of credibility, my hero, JeroPotato
In his infinite wisdom, he has shown me the way to the salvation that can ONLY be achieved through aging 20 years.
RD, Shea Weber
The most amazing Dman to ever live. Would immediately fix our team. 12.5 outta 12; would engage in lewd acts with again.
Cost: Eberle, Nurse, Petry, Moroz, Gernat, our 2015 1st, a conditional 2016 1st and a conditional 2017 2nd
Suck it, Jero