The Golden Knights big reveal is coming! A huge night in the NHL! The intrigue is outstand—
It’s been leaked.
Just like the big jersey unveiling, the team Vegas will announce tonight has been reported on Twitter by the elite group of NHL Insiders.
So I’ll take advantage of this and fire off some names that the Oilers could target when Vegas decides to flip some skilled vets.
WHAT THEY CAN OFFER
- JORDAN EBERLE: Skilled RW who has been run out of town. Still relatively young, could be seen as a long-term fit in Vegas as he’s usually pretty good on bad teams. If not, Vegas could up his value and flip him at the deadline.
- 2018 1st & 2nd Round Picks: Speaks for itself. Vegas wants picks, and a lot of them.
- Tyler Benson: Vegas only has so many roster spots and might be looking for prospects closer to the NHL then the ones they’ll use draft picks on. Benson is a gamble, but has a high ceiling.
There are probably a few more, but I’m doing this on the fly.
WHO COULD EDMONTON WANT
He can play either wing, loves to shoot the puck and is one of an elite group of NHLers who have scored 20 goals or more in each of their first 9 seasons.
He can contribute on the powerplay, which the Oilers could use. But he’s no slouch 5v5 either with a 0.86 goals/60 and a his 9.04 shots/60 cracks the top 40 amongst regular NHLers.
Currently has one more year @ $5million.
He isn’t as proven as James Neal, but a value contract (750k next year, then a UFA) and a player who’s coming off a break-out 30 goal season. He plays RW and his only 26 years old, which potentially lines up nicely with the Oilers core.
Will he be able to score 30 goals consistently? Doubt it. But he shouldnt cost too much and if anyone can keep him at a 30 goal pace, it’s Connor McDavid.
This would be a dream fit in my eyes. Rumors are the Leafs are heavily pursuing Miller as well, but in my eyes, Colin Miller is a top 4 d-man right now and will stay in an NHL top 4 for a long time. I know the price would be high, but if I’m Chia, I’m paying that price.
Would just a first rounder do it? What would the sweetener be? All viable questions. But expect Miller to be pursued hard by many different GM’s.
TREVOR VAN RIEMSDYK
Right handed d-man? Check. Young? Check. NHL experience? TVR has over 150 game under his belt. He checks a lot of the boxes Chia will be looking for.
He has tremendous upside, although still a little raw. Could he be a viable option to step in and replace Andrej Sekera for a good chunk of the year then stay on the 3rd pair? I like his game, I’m not sure if Vegas will want to trade a right shot with his kind of upside. The price may be high.
I don’t think Vegas will be shopping their centerman, but if there is one to move, it may be Eakin. 26 years old and is due $3.875mil over the next 3 years, Eakin is really nothing more than a 3rd line center.
I wouldn’t be going after him if I was Chiarelli, as I think he’s overpaid for what he actually brings. But this is a PC type of guy, rugged, energy, bit of offensive upside (although he scored 3 goals in 60 games last year) *pause* THIS GUY ONLY SCORED 3 GOALS IN 60 GAMES LAST YEAR.
He made over a million per goal last year. That’s horrendous. If the Oil get him at salary retained or dirt cheap, then maybe I wouldn’t be too mad. But please Peter, don’t trade Eberle for this guy.
William Karlsson: Watched him a lot in CBJ, might fit well on Edmonton’s bottom 6. Doesn’t do anything too special.
Brayden McNabb: I really like him, but he’s a left shot, so unless Kris Russell isn’t back, there isn’t room for him. On the other hand, I think he’s a great chance to upgrade on Kris Russell.
Jason Garrison: Same as McNabb in that he would be an upgrade on the left side over Russell. But Garrison brings a cannon of a shot, which Edmonton needs and he has shown the ability to quarterback a PP. A veteran presence may ease the loss of Sekera, especially if it’s Matt Benning on that 2nd pair.
Tons of activity expected, it should be a fun 3 days for hockey fans, and a busy day for insiders.