NOVEMBER 29, 2017 | 10:59am ET



Patrick Maroon, left wing


The Edmonton Oilers picked up a much-needed two points Tuesday night with a 3-2 overtime win over the Arizona Coyotes, but if they fail to put together a lengthy winning streak and jump back into the playoff discussion, GM Peter Chiarelli will be forced to make some difficult moves.

Even with the win, the Oilers are 29th in the NHL with a 10-13-2 record -- though they are five points out of a playoff spot behind the Chicago Blackhawks, who hold the second wildcard position in the West.

With five other teams ahead of them, the Oilers could be forced to start focusing on next season if their fortunes don't change.

In his latest "31 Thoughts" column on, Elliotte Friedman reported veteran winger Patrick Maroon could be the first to go if the Oilers start to tear things up, categorizing him as a "most likely" candidate to move.

Maroon, 29, is fifth on the team in scoring with 14 points, but his $1.5 million salary cap hit and eligibility for unrestricted free agent status next July makes him a prime candidate to be dealt.

The Oilers are already faced with serious questions due to their disappointing first two months of the season, and will have others arise if they can't get their acts together.

Friedman suggested the St. Louis Blues could pursue Maroon, as they are among the teams in the market for scoring depth.

Several teams have expressed interest in Oilers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, though such a trade involving the former first-overall selection is more likely to occur during the off-season. That probably won't stop teams from trying, though.