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May 9, 2016 | 9:39pm ET
Oilers getting calls on 4th overall pick

The Edmonton Oilers have already attracted interest in the fourth-overall selection in next month's NHL Draft in Buffalo.

In an interview on AM630 CHED's "Oilers Now with Bob Stauffer" program in Edmonton on Monday, Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli admitted that teams have inquired about the pick.

"I've had four or five teams call me already," Chiarelli told Stauffer, "and I've made it know that we'll look to trade down if the right deal is there in the context of just a pure trade-down, or a trade-down with kind of giving up the value on the draft numbers, the draft rankings, in getting a draft pick and an NHL player.

"We went through a lot of scenarios at the amateur meetings, and that's when you're most creative. Now, executing these things is often hard, but there's some real stuff that could come across our desk in the next few weeks. (We're) looking at a lot of stuff."

It is no secret that the Oilers are looking to bolster their blueline and it's possible the team looks to trade the fourth-overall selection for a top defenseman.

The Oilers are also expected to be exploring the trade market on a number of their current roster players, including right wing Nail Yakupov, while they're taking calls on others, like potentially center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.


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