With the trade deadline coming, we know the Oilers will be moving pieces like Teddy Purcell and Justin Schultz with an eye to the future. I’m expecting the Oilers to acquire picks and prospects, and clear up as much cap space as possible to add pieces to the defence core during the off season.
This is definitely a concern I have with GM Peter Chiarelli. He has made some reasonable bets adding Cam Talbot and Andrej Sekera who have both done well in their respective positions. But he has also made an investment in forwards Lauri Korpikoskiand Mark Letestu, who have both been dreadful at even-strength this season. What’s even more troubling is that both players had a history of crumbling offensive numbers, which appear to have been largely ignored by Oilers management before acquiring them.
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