First off, I don’t mind this trade. Mainly because Ben Scrivens gets a legitimate chance to extend his NHL career. The Oilers also get their goaltending depth sorted out with young Eetu Laurikainen now able to develop in Bakersfield rather than Finland. And as for Kassian, he’s an undervalued asset right now because of his off-ice issues who will have to work his way back into game shape at the AHL level. If he can get himself into consideration for a call-up, he’ll be competing with the current stable of Oilers prospects, and will then have to compete with Lauri Korpikoski, Luke Gazdic and Iiro Pakarinenfor ice time. This isn’t a huge risk at all as Kassian’s contract is up at the end of the season. Now with that aside, and separating our personal issues with him, we can start diving into the numbers.
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