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The Oilers Willing To Move Their 2014 1st Round Draft Pick

from John MacKinnon of the Edmonton Journal,

MacTavish said he remains convinced a core group of 8-9 players is on the right track for the Oilers, even as they struggle with a new defensive system, a new head coach and, clearly, with the opposition, night-in-night-out.

He said he will continue to work the phones and network with his counterparts around the league to secure the missing pieces the club needs, especially a wheelhorse defenceman, a rare, hard-to-acquire commodity in the NHL.

Further, MacTavish said he would be prepared to include the club’s first-round draft pick, which could be No. 1 overall the way the club is going, in a trade package for such a player.

“We don’t need another 18-year-old kid in here next year,” MacTavish said, in reference to the cluster of young stars the club has acquired by virtue of a series of last-place finishes.



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OlderThanChelios's avatar

Good luck getting a “wheelhorse defenceman” in this day and age. Any defenseman of that caliber is likely to have a no-trade clause. And how many of those types of guys would be willing to waive it to go to Edmonton?

However, if MacTavish is feeling lucky, I’ll bet he could talk Ken Holland into giving up Brendan Smith (and, what the heck, Samuelsson) for that first-rounder. smile

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 11/14/13 at 06:32 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Maybe the Wings can deal for that first-rounder and actually have TWO first-rounders since, well, never.

Posted by SYF from Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley on 11/14/13 at 07:49 PM ET


Maybe the Wings can deal for that first-rounder and actually have TWO first-rounders since, well, never.

And Ken Holland can trade those for early second round picks.

Posted by Garth on 11/15/13 at 07:44 AM ET

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