Coming into this season the Edmonton Oilers were supposed to have the best offense in the NHL. As it stands right now the Oilers are ranked last in goals scored. It appears that Peter Chiarelli is looking to bolster his offense from not only within, but as well with a trade. In the latest version of NHL Trade Rumors, it is the Edmonton Oilers who are on the clock.
On Saturday night, during the second intermission on Hockey Night in Canada, Nick Kypreos suggested the Edmonton Oilers were not happy with the acquisition of Ryan Strome from the New York Islanders for Jordan Eberle. Strome is one of four players that could be on the move from Edmonton. Clearly, the Oilers are looking to move Strome out of Edmonton if they can. The question as Kypreos points out what trade value does he actually bring to the table?
As far as the other three players the Oilers are looking to part ways, Chris Johnston of Sportsnet believes they are Anton Slepyshev, Matt Benning, and Jussi Jokinen. While the Oilers are not shopping Benning, as Sportsnet is reporting, teams have shown interest in him.
As far as bolstering the team from within, the Oilers have several options. Fourth overall pick in 2016 Jesse Puljujarvi could be an option. However, since coming into the league Puljujarvi has not lived up to the numbers he produced while playing in Finland. He has spent most of two seasons in the AHL with Bakersfield. Most believe he is not ready to make the jump to the NHL just yet. If Puljujarvi can make the leap to the big club, he would be an asset for Edmonton.
Could Edmonton be looking at veteran forward Chris Kelly? This could be a fit as Kelly has been working out with the club. General manager Peter Chiarelli has been a fan of Kelly’s since the two were paired in Boston. Kelly will not bring the explosive offense the Oilers are looking for, but could be that veteran presence that could calm a young team down that has all these expectations.
Will Edmonton’s management just let Head Coach Todd McLellan figure it out on his own? That is not the answer. While it is true, Edmonton’s other lines are not producing, just letting the problem of not scoring goals ride out, will put the Oilers in a bad position with American Thanksgiving approaching.
It is unclear exactly how the Oilers will resolve their scoring woes. One thing is for sure Peter Chiarelli will not just sit back and do nothing. He needs to fix this problem immediately before it is too late.
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