NHL Insider Suggests A Trade That Would Land The Edmonton Oilers A Top Tier Winger

Tyler Ball
December 29, 2023  (4:45 PM)

Oilers forward Connor McDavid celebrating a goal against the Dallas Stars
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Today a new suggestion from an NHL insider has found the perfect winger to play alongside Leon Draisaitl in Edmonton.

Oilers Struggling To Find Depth Scoring

This season more than any other the Edmonton Oilers have struggled with depth. In the past, the team relied on Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid but this is even more true now.
Other than Zach Hyman the Oilers have not had their role player step up. Evander Kane has struggled heavily to find consistency. Warren Foegele, Ryan McLeod, and Connor Brown have all been major disappointments with their production.
If the Oilers are going to be a major threat to contend this season they will need to find an upgrade within their top six. One suggestion was made by an NHL insider that could help provide the depth the Oilers so desperately need.

NHL Insider Suggests A Trade To Land A Top Tier Winger

With this topic in mind, NHL insiders Pierre LeBrun and Chris Johnston discussed who might be an option to land in Edmonton. Johnston mentioned a high-producing forward who is used to playing with superstars as the perfect fit.
«If we're imagining a world where Pittsburgh is both trading Guentzel and retaining salary, no buyer makes more sense than Edmonton. This would be an elite-level upgrade to a team already spilling over with elite forwards, and it would give the Oilers a natural shoot-first winger who could play alongside Leon Draisaitl. It's an intriguing thought. This is clearly another all-in year for the Oilers, who have found traction after their early-season struggles but will need a shot in the arm in the second half.»

The Oilers are in the prime years of two of the biggest stars in the NHL. Despite their poor start, they are in the playoff race. Jake Guentzel is on an expiring contract and could be cheaper to add than other options. This team needs to buy and take advantage of the elite players on their roster.