Thursday, April 25, 2013
Oilers could trade top pick
By Victoria Matiash
A high draft pick could be available via trade this June, according to one of the NHL's top insiders. As suggested by TSN's Bob McKenzie -- and as relayed by the Edmonton Journal -- the Edmonton Oilers might be willing to move their top 2013 overall selection.
"If you're going to be bold, that's certainly a bold move," McKenzie said during Wednesday night's broadcast. "What the Edmonton Oilers really don't need is another 18-year-old blue chipper. They need some help right now and using that first round pick as currency could get them that help right now ... (or) ... They may use the pick, but they may try and parlay it into something immediate."
TSN's Darren Dreger suggested new Oilers GM Craig MacTavish could be looking to make several changes.
"He wants to upgrade in all areas, starting in goal," Dreger said.
Adding some size, strength, and grit to the blue line is also thought to be a high priority for the Edmonton club. As it stands, the Oilers are in position to select no lower than 7th overall.