No 1 item for Oilers–looking for an offensive defenceman

Last year, the Edmonton Oilers’ rallying cry was “where’s the face-off man?” but this year it’s “where’s the puck-mover?”

Without Ryan Whitney, it’s painfully obvious that the Oilers No. 1 need is somebody to get the puck to Taylor Hall and Co for the quick breakout. There are too many Oiler defenceman into the double-clutch mode, not willing to risk a headman pass even if the worst thing that happens is an icing and a face-off in their end.
There are two offensive blueliners looking for work right now–Chris Campoli (Chicago) and Bryan McCabe (Rangers)–but for now the Oilers are staying with what they’ve got and that’s ample grit. They’ve got Theo Peckham, Andy Sutton and Ladislav Smid but they could certainly use a fully-ready NHL offensive defenceman who can put up more than, say, 25 points.

Without Whitney, still nursing a sore right ankle, they are very thin of players to get the puck up up the ice and into the attack. They do have Cam Barker, the former third overall pick in the 2004 draft, but the jury’s out on him because this is his third team. Jeff Petry showed promise last year but he might not be ready for top 4 minutes. Martin Marancin had 56 points in his first year of major junior last year in Prince George but he’s not ready for the AHL, never mind the NHL.

They need a transitional puck-mover for a year or two. Campoli finished last season with the Blackhawks but they didn’t resign him. McCabe finished with the Rangers, but they didn’t want him back, either.
Campoli is younger at 27, McCabe is better.

6 Responses to No 1 item for Oilers–looking for an offensive defenceman


    they should of picked Laeson instead of hopkin

  2. KingCanada says:

    I know…My sentiment was the same, to trade down and draft Larsson..Could of ended up with an extra 2nd rounder or two.  And then instead of drafting Klefbom at 19th (yet another defensive defenceman..) they could of taken Connor Murphy who was taken 20th and is an offensive defenceman..or even taken Tyler Biggs if they needed a power forward?

  3. KingCanada says:

    If the return was right could the Oilers perhaps inquire about Carl Gunnarsson?  They are afterall trying to build a young team and dont seem too interested in bringing in vets aside from Ryan Smyth.

    The Oilers still have all their picks for next year and several prospects that could be moved.  Now I know Gunnarsson isnt worth a 1st rounder but maybe a 2nd OR a mid pick and a prospect?

    If I was Leafs management and looking for a prospect in return (which Burke seems to favor over draft picks) Id want someone like Anton Lander or maybe a Curtis Hamilton.  Both are quality forwards and seem only a year or 2 away.

    This could solve the Leafs Gardiner dilemma but Im not sure if the Oilers are willing to start acquiring pieces yet since they are still in a rebuild mode.

  4. mojo19 says:

    Gunnarsson's skating is looking so smoothe at camp, he's not panicking at all, he looks very solid. I don't know that I'd want to give him up, but having Jake the Gardiner Expressway playing the way he is, maybe we could move Gunner. I like you're return, I would want a 1st for Gunner or else a 2nd and prospect.

  5. KingCanada says:

    Id LOVE to get a 1st rounder but keep in mind the Oilers finished dead last twice in a row…and stand a more then probable chance of finishing bottom 10.  I dont think they move that pick at any cost. 

    They saw how that turned out for us (Kessel vs Seguin/Hamilton)..and we will all see how that turns out for Colorado (Varlamov) in 2012 lol…prob not as bad as us but still!

    If we get their 2nd afterall itll be in the 30s anyway right.

  6. JG_Canadiens says:

    Nugent Hopkins for Subban, straight up, done

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