To say that both the Edmonton Oilers and Ottawa Senators have been a disappointment this season would be the understatement of the year. After making the playoffs for the first time in a decade last season, the Oilers looked poised to do big things in the NHL’s Western Conference this season. But, aside from the usual outstanding play of Connor McDavid, there’s been little else to get excited about in Edmonton this season. As for the Senators, they were just a goal away from the Stanley Cup Final last season, this season they’re in lottery pick contention.
So, what would it take to turn around the fortunes of these two teams? The Sens are almost certainly out of the running for a playoff spot and the Oilers need to make up some serious ground in a hurry if they expect to remain in the hunt. In his latest article for The Athletic, Allan Mitchell draws up the outline of a deal between the two clubs that could set them both up nicely moving forward.
The proposed deal: Mike Hoffman for the Oilers’ 2018 1st round pick. Hoffman is signed to a reasonable contract for the next two seasons and would provide the Oilers with some legitimate top six scoring on the wing. The Sens would likely relish the opportunity to shed salary and pick up a top selection in this summer’s draft, seeing as how GM Pierre Dorion traded the team’s own 1st round pick to the Colorado Avalanche in the Matt Duchene deal.
What do you think? Hoffman for the Oilers’ pick straight up? Keep in mind that it could very well end up being a top 10 or even top 5 pick in the draft. Actually… considering the fact that this is the Oilers we’re talking about, it’s almost guaranteed to be the lottery winning pick…