Over the weekend, the Edmonton Oilers have traded former a number one overall pick in exchange for a minor league prospect and a conditional draft pick, continue the question of what is going on in Edmonton.
Sticking with what recently happened, Russian winger Nail Yaukpov has been dealt to the St. Louis in exchange for center Zach Poricho and a conditional 2017 3rd round pick. The condition being if Yaukpov scores 15 goals this season, the Oilers get a second round pick in 2018 instead.
Yaukpov was a number one overall draft pick in 2012, and he had his moments in the ice with Connor McDavid. They gave up speed and potential more goal and pint scoring for an unknown.
With his cap money gone, they signed defenseman Kris Russell for a one year $3.1 million dollar contract to better solidify the defense behind the youngsters.
Going along with the defensive them, the Oilers moved Taylor Hall earlier in the summer for defenseman Adam Larsson. Another number one overall pick for a number four overall selection. Hall has proven to score 60 points in the league, with or without Connor McDavid, but his loss is also McDavid's. Adam Larsson is now solidified himself as the number two defenseman with Oscar Klefbom. Two former first round picks are now under pressure to succeed on the backend there.
After dealing Hall, they signed winger Milan Lucic to protect McDavid, but he is a slower winger that can still produce. His deal is good in the short term, but concerning in the long term with money going to him.
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