WOW-Thoughts on June 29,2016 NHL Deals

In case you missed it, three huge things happened yesterday. Adam Larsson went to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Taylor Hall. Next,  P.K. Subban went to the Nashville Predators for Shea Weber. Finally, Steven Stamkos, as i predicted  signed on for eight more years with the Tampa Bay Lighting. Wow, if only these moves happened, then this would be one of the biggest offseasons in NHL history and we are not even at July 1 yet. Free agency has not even opened up yet. The rest of this offseason promises to be fun and entertaining.

First, Taylor Hall was undersold in how good he is. Since he was drafted he has been the Oilers’ most reliable forward routinely putting up strong seasons in spite of all the losing. Hall does have defensive issues but is one of the best goal scoring playmaking forwards in the game. In coach John Hynes’ defensive system Hall’s defensive numbers will improve. Playing in front of Cory Schneider will certainly help as well. Adam Larsson is a solid defenseman but not worth Taylor Hall.

Second, the blockbuster trade of the day is the Subban for Weber swap. Both teams are getting elite defenseman. However, Weber is a few years older and has a long term contract that will see the Habs on the hook for a cap hit of nearly eight million dollars when he is forty years old. Subban will only cost the Predators nine million dollars against the cap for six more years. P.K will be 33 when his contract expires. Nashville won this deal handily. While both defenseman are elite, Subban will retain his value for longer than Weber will.

Finally, Steven Stamkos re signed with Tampa. In my original article, I suggested that if winning was his aim then Tampa was best for him. Tampa is a Stanley Cup winner waiting to happen for this upcoming season. They have great depth, great young talent, and superb goalies. All of these moves showed us one thing. We have no idea what is coming up this offseason, except that it will be outstanding to watch and see where other stars like Kyle Okposo end up.


Potential to Trade-Edmonton

Coming into the 2016 NHL draft the Edmonton Oilers are faced with  a ton of options. They can pay a steep price to move up and draft a franchise defining forward named Auston Matthews,Jesse Puljujarvi,or Patrick Laine.

That will not happen because yes, you can have too many Connor Mcdavids on your team when you need a star defenseman. There are multiple star defenseman that will be available when the Oilers pick. Edmonton has a great forward core and do not need more help right now building it out.

Depending on who they value most, there could be an incentive to trade down with a team looking to jump up to grab Logan Brown, Pierre-Luc Dubois, or Matthew Tkachuk. The Oilers’ system could use some more defensive prospects to bolster the cupboard a bit. Trading for more picks and still getting the player you want would be a slam dunk move to make. We think their trade partner will be another Canadian team with different prospect needs.

Who to trade with? Well, some teams right below them could be looking to move up to grab one of those elite forwards. Vancouver would require the least return for the Canucks to give up, but since the Canucks have a small amount of draft picks this year, do not look for that to happen.

We think Edmonton should trade with Montreal. The Canadiens have an extra second round pick and could use that and a future late round pick to move up to four. The Habs could use that pick on a big physical center like Logan Brown.

The Oilers could add depth to their prospect pool and use that first round pick on Mikhail Sergachyov. The Russian defenseman plays a physical,two way game, and can provide Edmonton with some much needed grit with a little offensive upside to compliment it. The Windsor Spitfire (OHL) had a 57 point for the regular season this past year and has proven to be a strong puck passing defenseman who knows where to be on the ice at all times. If Mikhail can improve his point production this year, he will be ready to play in the NHL next season.