It would be shocking if the Edmonton Oilers moved the first overall selection, but they have five other picks in the first three rounds, including the 16th overall from the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The topic of what new Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli’s plans are for the 16th, 33rd, and 57th overall picks specifically was raised on 630 CHED.
“I certainly would look at moving any of those picks for… something that would help us right now, but also that could grow with our organization, so relatively speaking a younger player. It’s good to have a lot of picks and develop players, but we also want to hit the ground running with some more game-ready players,” Chiarelli said, as transcribed by the Edmonton Journal.
He noted that discussions have been picking up and that should continue in the lead up to the June 26 draft.
Chiarelli is also be looking to bolster the team through the free agent market, even implying that he was prepared to overspend if it meant bolster the team. Given that Edmonton’s cap situation is favorable, there’s also the possibility that they could work with a team like Chicago, which will need to make some moves to get under the ceiling.
His predecessor, Craig MacTavish, was promising a “busy summer” in Edmonton. The Oilers have already had that in ways that MacTavish likely didn’t envision by getting a new bench boss in Todd McLellan and a new general manager. They might still end up seeing a significant amount of change in terms of their players as well.
PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.
Hulk Hogan believes that “Chicago’s in a whole bunch of trouble, brother.” (CSN Chicago)
Tampa Bay defenseman Jason Garrison will be blogging over the course of the Stanley Cup Final. (NHL.com)
Tyler Bertuzzi had an impressive run with AHL Grand Rapids. (The Detroit News)
The Islanders’ move to Brooklyn won’t be accompanied by a change in the team’s primary home and away jerseys. (Newsday)
In response to Lightning VP Bill Wickett banning out-of-state Blackhawks fans from Tampa Bay home games, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said that fans from Tampa Bay are welcome to come to Chicago. (CSN Chicago)
Given that Los Angeles failed to make the playoffs, Kings GM Dean Lombardi feels that there’s an opportunity to make this summer about improving the players’ conditioning as opposed to the shorter offseasons Los Angeles has had in recent years, which had to focus on recovery. (NHL.com)
Gabryel Boudreau, who was a second round pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, is among the players the Sharks opted to let go back into the draft pool. (CSN Bay Area)
With the Anaheim Ducks’ run over, they now have to turn their attention towards planning for the 2015-16 campaign. The Ducks have their fair share of unrestricted free agents and while some of them will likely be looking for new homes come July 1, it sounds like forward Matt Beleskey and defenseman Francois Beauchemin would rather stay where they are.
“I’ve spent a majority of my career here in Anaheim. I’d certainly like to talk about staying here,” Beauchemin said, per the Ducks’ Twitter feed.
Beauchemin, 34, had 11 goals, 23 points, and a plus-17 rating in 64 contests in 2014-15. He also averaged a team-high 22:44 minutes per game. His role increased further in the playoffs as he logged 25:24 minutes per contest and finished with nine assists in 16 games.
He’s coming off of a rather cap-friendly three-year, $10.5 million contract and may be seeking a significant raise.
Beleskey didn’t want to discuss his status much, but he does like Anaheim and added that “you never want to leave a group like this.”
He had 22 goals and 32 points in 65 regular season games. He also finished second on the Ducks with eight goals in the playoffs, including three game winners.
The 26-year-old has completed a two-year, $2.7 million contract.
As previously mentioned, the Ducks’ cap situation is rather healthy so they do have the option of retaining both players if that’s the direction they want to go in.