‘There’s a real legitimate chance’ that Oilers trade fourth overall pick: Chiarelli

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The Edmonton Oilers need to start winning, and they need to start winning soon.

They also need to improve their defense, and they need to do it badly.

Take those two needs and it’s no surprise to hear that GM Peter Chiarelli is considering trading the fourth overall pick in this summer’s draft.

“There’s a real legitimate chance to look to move this pick, to improve our team — to get bigger or to get a D and get something else,” he told CHED radio, per the Edmonton Journal.

“We’re going to look at a lot of different things.”

The Oilers can dangle more than just the fourth overall pick to get what they need. After yet another missed playoffs, Jordan Eberle, Nail Yakupov, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins have all heard their names come up in speculation.

The challenge for Chiarelli will be targeting the right player, and getting something done without dramatically overpaying. There are plenty of teams that will be looking for a top-4 defenseman this offseason, but none that will be giving one away for cheap.

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