Hey all, I was bored tonight and I decided to throw together a blog on some ideas I think may help the Oilers next season as well as my draft prediction. I am only going to try and predict the first 10 picks and it's going to be a crapshoot at best.
1. Florida takes Aaron Ekblad 2. Buffalo takes Sam Reinhart 3. Edmonton takes Leon Draisaitl 4. Calgary takes Sam Bennett 5. New York Isl takes Michael Dal Colle 6. Vancouver takes Jake Virtanen 7. Carolina takes Nick Ritchie 8. Toronto takes William Nylander 9. Winnipeg takes Haydn Fleury 10. Anaheim takes Nikolaj Ehlers
What do you think? Am I close at all or way out in left field?
Now on to some players I would like to see in Oilers jerseys next season:
First of all I would like to see MacT try and trade for Martin Hanzal from Arizona. He's 6'6", 230 lbs and only 27 years old. He currently has 3 years left on his deal that has a cap hit of 3.1 million per year. I have watched Hanzal throw Oilers players around for years and I think he would be a good addition to this team.
Next I would like to see the Oilers try and sign UFA Brian Boyle. He is 6'7" and 244 lbs, 29 years old and played great for the Rangers on an energy line and on the PK. He made 1.8 million per year over the last 3 years so I think he could be signed for reasonable money, maybe 2.3-2.5 per may do it.
Finally I would like MacT to try and get Johnny Boychuk out of Boston. He is 6'2" and 225 lbs, 30 years old with 1 year left on his contract that has a cap hit of 3.36 million. He is also from Edmonton and spends the offseason there which means it may not be too hard to get him to resign with us as well. He may not be a top 2 Dman but he is still very effective, hits hard and has a pretty good bomb of a shot from the point. He would certainly be an improvement on our blue line.
Now I am gonna post possible line combos with these players brought in, I am also including Nikitin just incase he actually signs with Edmonton. These are far from set in stone because players on them may have to be traded.
So what do you think? Is this a possible playoff team? I think so. I hope you enjoyed reading this blog and if you're on twitter, feel free to follow me @NewfieMikey. Cheers