How to fill: Draft
Depending on how the first two selections play out in the 2014 NHL entry draft, the Edmonton Oilers should be able to draft a talented center who could anchor their second line for years to come.
Who this player should be, however, will be up for debate until the Oilers make their actual selection.
Either Sam Reinhart or Sam Bennett will almost certainly be available when the Oilers select third, and either guy could be the player that Edmonton ultimately ends up drafting with its first-round pick.
In Reinhart and Bennett, the Oilers would have the difficult task of choosing between two gifted offensive players who offer similar skill sets to players currently on the Oilers roster.
Though Bennett plays the game with a bit more of an edge than Reinhart, both are smaller players, something that is an issue among the top six forwards currently in Edmonton.
If the Oilers were looking to add a center with size, Leon Draisaitl, the German-born center who played for the Prince Albert Raiders of the WHL last season, would seem to fit the bill.
Though not overly physical, Draisaitl is listed at 6’1”, 209 pounds, and it would not be a stretch to assume that he would continue to add bulk as he matures over the next few seasons.
Draisaitl is also a very capable scorer in his own right, having registered an impressive 105 points with the Raiders last season.