June 1, 2019 | 6:45pm ET
OILERS COULD DANGLE FIRST-ROUND PICK
Ken Holland, GM
The Edmonton Oilers are on the lookout for immediate help and GM Ken Holland could use his first-round selection to deal for an NHL-proven asset to join his team right away.
The Oilers hold the eighth-overall pick in this month’s NHL Draft, but if the right opportunity presented itself, sources tell TFP the team could be willing to move it.
It’s unclear what type of player the Oilers would specifically want for their top draft pick, but the club is in need of help up front and if a top-six forward were available, a deal could peak Holland’s interest.
The Oilers have roughly $10.75 million in available salary cap space, according to CapFriendly.com, and could create some additional space if they were to trade the contracts of Milan Lucic and/or Kris Russell, among others – the Oilers would likely need to eat a portion of their salaries, if moved.
Holland isn’t the only GM willing to part with his first-round pick, as Philadelphia Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher told reporters on Saturday that he’s made his first-round pick, the 11th overall selection in the draft, available.