First off, I just want to say that this will be a short post. I will be jumping straight from topic to topic just to give you guys a quick heads up. If your wondering why I’m doing that, it’s because I have a lot of things to do in the coming days, so I am sorry about that.
Since losing to the Carolina Hurricanes in 7 games in the 2006 Stanley Cup finals, the Edmonton Oilers have not been able to make the playoffs. During their 5 year playoff drought, the Oilers have only won 163 of 410 games (.397 win percentage).
So far this season, the Oilers are 2-2-1 with 2011 1st overall pick, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins being the team’s top scorer with 5 points in 5 games (4G, 1A). I can’t give all the credit to Hopkins though, he’s been playing on a line with Taylor Hall (2010 1st overall pick) and Jordan Eberle, a line people call, “the kid line”. That trio has dominated the last few games which includes Hopkins first career hat-trick in a 4-3 loss to the Vancouver Canucks. In that game alone, the trio had a total of 7 points as they skated right past the Canucks defense each time they were on the ice setting up chance after chance. After saying all of that, it still looks as if they will miss the playoffs for a 6th straight season.
Although this is only considered the Oilers 2nd year of rebuilding, we have to wonder, how much more young talent can you get when you have the likes of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, Linus Omark, etc…? To answer this question, I will talk about the Ales Hemsky rumors that are still alive early in the season.
Ales Hemsky (28) is expected to miss the next 2 weeks with a “shoulder” injury, but his name is still out there in trade rumors. Some of the reports have him being traded to the Nashville Predators in exchange for either Defenseman Shea Weber or Ryan Suter. Why this could make sense is because Weber’s, Suter’s, and Pekka Rinne’s contracts all expire at the end of the season and no believes that they will be able to re-sign all 3 of their star players. Of course, Edmonton would have to offer up more to have a chance at acquiring either of these players. Other reports are suggesting that the Kings are interested in Hemsky and that they are looking to trade goaltender Jonathan Quick for a “top 6″ forward so that Jonathan Bernier can take over the starting job as he has proven he is a rising star. There are a few problems that might stop this deal from happening; First off, Jonathan Quick’s cap hit is only $1.8M and with only $787,298K in cap space, the Kings would be over the maximum cap by about $1.4M if they take on Ales Hemsky’s $4.1M cap hit. Secondly, the Oilers would need to offer up more if they are to acquire Quick’s services which would put the Kings even higher above the maximum cap unless they offer a draft pick or a drafted player that is not on the club’s NHL roster. Lastly, the Oilers already have a solid goaltender in net with Devan Dubnyk who stands 6’5” weighing in at 210 pounds.
With Ales Hemsky’s injury plagued career, any of these trades would only benefit the Oilers helping them get more young superstars. To conclude this post, the Oilers future looks very bright with many superstars and Stanley Cups to come.
You decide: Will the Oilers make the playoffs next year?
Will the Oilers have another “top 5” draft pick at this years draft?
Should Ales Hemsky be traded to add more young talent?
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