Riley Nash Might Never Be an Edmonton Oiler

Alex ThomasContributor IJune 11, 2010

COLUMBUS, OH - JUNE 22:  21th overall pick Riley Nash of the Edmonton Oilers poses onstage with team personnel during the first round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft at Nationwide Arena on June 22, 2007 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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In the 2007 NHL entry draft, the Edmonton Oilers stepped up to the stage to make the 21st overall pick.

With that pick the Oilers selected Center Riley Nash. Nash is seen as a good prospect by the Oilers, and Oilers fans.

Sounds like another player that will be part of the rebuild right? That's just not the case, Nash and the Oilers are at odds over Nash's move to play hockey at Cornell again this season, instead of moving on in his career and continue to develop into a solid prospect.

Riley Nash is going to be a good NHL player, there is no doubt there. However, the Oilers might not be able to sign him, meaning that he would re-enter the draft and the Oilers would lose a former first round pick for nothing.

Rumor out there from the pipeline show's Guy Flaming is that the Bruins offered up forward Mikko Lehtonen for Nash earlier in the season, however the Oilers rejected that.

If the Oilers can't get Nash signed this type of trade might be something to look for at the draft, or even the Oilers adding Nash to a deal in order to get another first round pick

Now the Bruins aren't the only team that is interested in Nash.

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The Montreal Canadiens might also be interested in him. Many rumor sites, and some trusted ones like the Pipeline, have talked about the Habs being interested. You have to but that the Habs are in too, because one of their scouts (who survived the firings this past week) said that in Nash's draft year, they had a lot of interest in him.

The Oilers might be able to use Nash, who seems to not want to be an Oiler, as a chip up for trade at the Entry draft.

Now if the Oilers were to trade Nash, what could be expected for the return? Most say it would be a 2nd round pick, giving the Oilers three in the draft this year, which could lead to a bigger trade.

Some say that Nash, packaged with someone like O'Sullivan, could be worth a late first round pick. Finally some say that the Oilers might be able to get another prospect back for him.

If I'm the Edmonton Oilers, I make the call to the Bruins, saying that I want the 15th overall pick and throw something like Andrew Cogliano in it.

That might not be enough but its worth the call. Maybe call the Blue Jackets, who are rumored to be shopping the fourth overall pick for a top defender a two top nine forwards (Maybe offer Souray, Cogliano, O'Sullivan and Nash.)

I think the Oilers will make a trade involving Riley Nash this off-season, but what they get in return is truly anyone's guess.

Now some of you might be saying, well if Nash can get a good return, and is a former first round pick, why not just sign him and develop him.

Well, like I said earlier the Oilers want him to leave Cornell and move on in his hockey career. Riley has other ideas though, and plans on playing his senior season in Cornell.

Normally an NHL team wouldn't be too upset with this, however Cornell isn't a really hockey power house, and the Oilers feel that its not helping his development to play in Cornell.

Nash can also re-enter the draft soon, meaning he can leave the Oilers without the Oil getting anything. The Oilers at this point are going to try and move him to a team that is willing to pay a fair price, and let him develop in Cornell and then move on.

This will be an interesting story to watch for as we get closer to the draft. Feel free to comment with your thoughts on the Riley Nash situation.

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