February 26, 2018 | 9:00pm ET
CHIARELLI WILL SEARCH FOR WINGERS IN OFF-SEASON
Peter Chiarelli, GM
Edmonton Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli was hoping to acquire some young, quick, NHL-ready players ahead of today’s 3pm ET trade deadline, but only managed to bring in one.
The Oilers acquired left wing Pontus Aberg from the Nashville Predators in a three-way trade on Sunday, but picked up a prospect and two draft picks for left wing Patrick Maroon and defenceman Brandon Davidson.
Chiarelli has made it clear he plans on retooling his roster this summer in preparation for the 2018-19 campaign, and plans on using his draft picks to persuade other teams into trading him roster players.
“We’ll look possibly to use those picks to pick a player, but more probable that we’ll try to use them to acquire a player in the summer,” he told the media in his post-trade deadline press conference.
The Oilers received inquiries on defenceman Oscar Klefbom and centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, among others, this month, but nothing truly materialized and any major trades are expected to be made in the off-season around the NHL Draft in late-June.
Chiarelli wants to obtain two scoring wingers to play on the club’s top-two lines and he’ll be on the lookout this off-season to find complimentary pieces for captain Connor McDavid and star Leon Draisaitl.