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MacTavish needs to be at his boldest with this need.
While Justin Schultz may develop into one of the best defensemen in the NHL, this is no certainty.
Even if he does, having a No. 1 and No. 1A would be Ralph Krueger’s dream come true.
The Oilers have only four or possibly five defensemen that can play in the NHL on a nightly basis.
Ryan Whitney is too much of a liability in his own end and Corey Potter does not seem to have gained the favour of the Oilers’ coaches. Mark Fistric and Theo Peckham are not NHL regulars.
The Oilers have a lot of organizational talent on defence, but Oscar Klefbom is the only one on the cusp of playing in the NHL.
MacTavish has to consider overpaying for a top defenseman who can play at least 25 minutes a night and provide veteran leadership.
While very challenging to find, this might be the year for the Oilers to give up their first-round draft pick, Hemsky, and either Magnus Paajarvi or Sam Gagner in a blockbuster deal.
It would be difficult to lose either Paajarvi or Gagner; however, they have no hope of getting a defenseman in the Drew Doughty, Shea Weber and Zdeno Chara range otherwise.