Three Players the Edmonton Oilers Should Consider Trading For This Offseason
The Edmonton Oilers find themselves in yet another period of transition as new General Manager Craig MacTavish looks to take the club from rebuilding to respectability.
The Oilers are loaded with top-end talent with the likes of Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle and Nail Yakupov leading the way offensively.
The secondary scoring in Edmonton, as well as the role players have been missing during this transitional period and MacTavish will need to bring in players who can contribute and also help change the culture of the team going forward.
Here is a look at the three players the Edmonton Oilers should trade for this offseason.
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Jay Bouwmeester represents everything that the Edmonton Oilers lack on the blue line and would instantly improve the team's fortunes should it decide to pick up the last year of his large contract and trade with the St. Louis Blues.
With Justin Schultz on the roster, the Oilers wouldn't need Bouwmeester to put up gaudy offensive numbers, but could rather allow him to continue to play his strong defensive game.
Bouwmeester wouldn't need to be a leader on the Oilers, but could come in and solidify a relatively weak defensive corps.
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The Oilers must be kicking themselves that they ever got rid of a player like Jarret Stoll. A responsible two-way player who can kill penalties and is one of the best faceoff men in the NHL today.
The Oilers do not need players to populate their top-two lines, but rather need depth players who can provide tenacity and depth, and Stoll would be just that.
Slotting into the third line, Stoll would instantly be the best center on the team, perhaps not for offensive production, but for overall reliability.
Stoll can also contribute some timely offense when called upon, but it is his strength and hockey-sense that would make him a great fit in Edmonton.
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Ryan Miller would represent an interesting trade target for the Edmonton Oilers in the offseason.
Miller is entering the final year of a five-year $31.25 million contract and at 32 could represent a risk for any team looking to acquire the veteran netminder.
Though his play has seemed to drop off in the last couple of seasons, trading for Miller this offseason would allow the Oilers a full season to see if he can regain some of the form that has helped him to be one of the most consistent goaltenders in the NHL.
If he performs well, the Oilers could extend Miller after the end of the year, and if the experiment is a failure, they could let him walk as a free agent next summer or look to move him at the deadline.