Sportsnet columnist Sean McIndoe (Down Goes Brown) made his annual trade grades for every NHL team, and he gave an overall mark of C+ to Edmonton Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli. Edmonton made six deals in the 2017 calendar year, and five of them were one-on-one trades.
According to McIndoe, Edmonton best deal was the one that they made with the Montreal Canadiens to acquire forward David Desharnais in exchange for defenseman Brandon Davidson. Desharnais didn't do much with the Oilers, and he is now playing with the New York Rangers, but they got Davidson back when they claimed him off waivers from the Canadiens on December 2nd.
Chiarelli worst deal has to be the trade of Jordan Eberle to the New York Islanders for Ryan Strome. Yes, the Oilers had to made that deal to get some space on the salary cap, but so far it looks pretty bad for them. Eberle has 13 goals and 15 assists for 28 points in 36 games so far this season, and Strome has only 16 points in 36 games played with the Oilers. There is still plenty of time for Strome (and the rest of the Oilers) to turn their season around, but everybody is under a lot of pressure this year in Edmonton.
Peter Chiarelli will be evaluated on the rest of the trades he will do (or not) until the trade deadline, and it will be interesting to make that exercice next year.
What do you think, Oilers fans?