Two areas of need for the Oilers
Jim Matheson: The Edmonton Oilers had their pro scouting meetings in Vegas. GM Ken Holland‘s wish list leading up to the trade deadline should include a right-handed, third-line center that can win faceoffs.
Third-line center options for the Oilers
Internally they don’t have the right third-line center at the moment. Options leading up to the trade deadline could include.
Jean-Gabriel Pageau – Ottawa Senators – a perfect fit for the Oilers but the Senators may look to re-sign the pending UFA. The price to acquire will be high.
Mathieu Perreault – Winnipeg Jets – He’s playing on the wing in Winnipeg but could move to the middle in Edmonton. He can provide offense and could get some power play time. A Kris Russell for Perreault deal makes sense for both sides.
Puljujarvi could have been a nice fit on the second line
Puljujarvi plans on finishing the season in Finland, which may be a good thing for his development though.
“I don’t think he’s planning on playing for the Edmonton Oilers, but I had players tell me that in Detroit and they did play for Detroit,” Holland said in his July 1 availability.
Holland hasn’t found the offers to date good enough to trade him.
“In some cases they’ve told me that and they didn’t play and I ended up trading them. Ultimately the most important thing is if I do trade him it’s got to be a deal I feel good about, that I think is in the best interests of this team. If something like that isn’t out there, then Jesse’s going to have to make the decision.”
The best-case scenario for the Oilers would Puljujarvi changing his mind and wanting to stay with the team. If he doesn’t change his mind, he’ll likely be moved at a discount.