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If we're to believe Peter Chiarelli, the Edmonton Oilers are overflowing with lefties and in search of one more right-handed defenceman. The market isn't bare, but it isn't for buyers. Let's take a look at every viable option, with a little rumor to boot.


Matt Dumba

Rumored to be available in trade, Dumba was drafted seventh in the 2012 NHL entry draft. He seems to be progressing, but mostly as a one-trick pony. Smaller in size, but playing with an edge, he possesses a powerful shot from the point; but his defensive game is suspect. Dumba tallied 10 goals and 16 assists for 26 points last season. He may be worth a look if spare parts are going the other way, but not a Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

Willie Mitchell

Likely too old to play where the Oilers would want him in their depth chart, Mitchell would bring immediate leadership to a young team. He's still available on the free-agent market, and likely on the cheap. He played only 46 games last season with one goal. We could see him announce a retirement this summer if he can't pick up a new contract.

Cody Ceci

There's some trouble in the water in Ottawa and Ceci could be looking for a new home. Issues potentially stem from an inability of the two sides to find a suitable contract situation. Still young, Ceci plays regular time on the penalty kill and is growing as a young defenceman, having taken a bit of a jump in productivity once paired with Dion Phaneuf. 10 goals, 16 assists in 75 games for the Sens last year means he tallied his second consecutive twenty-plus point season in the NHL. Again, if the ask is Nugent-Hopkins, I pass all day long and twice on Sundays, but Ceci is a good young defenceman.

Kyle Quincey

Still out there on the UFA market. Never did more offensively than the season in L.A. where he tallied 38 points, but he's a responsible two-way defenceman. He was brought up in the Detroit system and has the ability to perform well, but not in your top-four if you're a competitive team, like the Oilers are trying to become.

Justin Schultz

Just re-signed with Pittsburgh this morning, one year and $1.4 million. Did we really believe there was a snowballs chance in...

Luke Schenn

Highly touted and extremely overrated for a long time, Schenn now has this cloud that seems to follow him around, yet, he's not a bad defenceman. Schenn projected to be a shutdown defenceman, so he likely won't produce the offence the Oilers are looking for in a righty, but if he goes unclaimed on the UFA market, there are worse options available. He's never potted more than 22 points in a single season.


Dan Boyle

He's just too old...isn't he? At 40, it seems like the game is passing him by, but perhaps, in a limited powerplay role, where he made a career out of running them, he could be useful. Boyle was able to get into 74 games last season with the Rangers and had 10 goals and 14 assists for 24 points. He's about 3rd on my list of phone calls, but I just don't see Boyle looking to join an Edmonton team that isn't going to win it all this season, as this season may be Boyle's last if he gets another contract.

Jacob Trouba

I don't believe Trouba to be as available as some rumors might suggest and he'd be a costly get. Trouba has had an uneven, but young and promising career in the NHL to date. He shows flashes of brilliance, puck-rushing  skill, and all-around talent, but some real inconsistencies. His last two seasons have been a dissappointment after an amazing rookie campaign and his offensive totals have dropped. I don't think it means there isn't a player there. Is he a franchise defenceman in the making? That's a pretty big gamble if you're trading away a real good asset to obtain him.

James Wisniewski

There's some steam in Edmonton for this player. Seems like fans and media have a crush on the idea of Wisniewski as a stop-gap, backup option if a big fish can't be landed. Offensively, he's gifted and had seasons where he's looked like an offensive ace, but he's got defensive, control and injury issues. He's the kind of player, that if healthy, has every chance to rebound and put up big offensive numbers in the right situation. If he does and you make the playoffs, you'll look like a brilliant GM for taking the gamble. If you aren't a playoff team, and Wisniewski has a good year, he's a tradable asset at the deadline. And if both fail, well you spent very little to obtain his services. Worth a shot and makes some sense for the Oilers.

Tyson Barrie

The big fish. He's not going to wow you defensively, but his offence is top-notch. He's an elite five-on-five producer and would solve Edmonton's top-pair right-handed offensive issues, including the number one spot on the powerplay. His offensive ability is scary good and you have to wonder why Colorado is having issues with this player. Patrick Roy must be on something calling him a number five because he isn't that, he's much better. Any coach will use him in particular roles and offensive starts only because again, he won't be your defensive workhorse.

Justin Faulk

I think it would take an arm and maybe a leg to get this player out of Carolina, yet for some reason, Faulk news doesn't seem to go away. Carolina does have a deep blueline and maybe Faulk appears expendable, but that's a pretty big risk if I'm Carolina. Faulks averaged over 24 minutes a game - two minutes more than any other Hurricane defenceman. He also had 12 powerplay goals. Faulk is exactly the type of player Edmonton could use. On a bad team, Faulk is easily a number one. On a good team, with offensive depth, a two/three. One of the better, lesser known defencemen perhaps available by trade, but probably not really.

Kevin Shattenkirk

See Justin Faulk for a price tag and then multiply that by two. St. Louis, despite all the buzz surrounding the trading of Shattenkirk this summer, the Blues seem to be in no hurry to move him and have asked for the sun and the moon. He's a powerplay wizard and can carry the puck, but he's not going to be your shutdown defenceman, often allowing opportunities against. Pair him with the right partner and he is likely a top two in a decent list of offensive blueliners potentially available.

Dougie Hamilton

Would the Flames trade him after the blockbuster they did last year to obtain him? He was a slight let-down from his expectancy in 2015-16, so there are some murmurs that he could be had via trade, but I don't think it's likely and less likely to Edmonton. Hamilton will get at least one more season to rebound a bit in Calgary and deservedly so.

P.K. Subban

Oh right... that train already left the station.

But, who cares what I think right? For now, I'll just keep my mouth shut until I feel like spilling my guts again.

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  1. I would trade Nugent-Hopkins for Tyson Barrie, but I don't think the Avs do.

    1. If they do, they'd better have another center lined up. Drais and McDavid are too unproven to be your only top centers and Letestu to me is an ideal 4th line pivot.