Everyone knows that the Edmonton Oilers need help on defense. They have future all-stars in their forward corps, but what is on blue line leaves a lot to be desired.
The Oilers do have a solid list of defensive prospects in their ranks but they might not be able to wait that long. For a fan base that has sat through three first overall picks, a seventh overall pick and what looks like another top-10 pick this years, the Oilers fortunes will have to change soon.
The Oilers have been making trades lately, but only one of the three ‘big’ trades they have made brought in a defenseman. The defenseman they acquired was Mark Fraser. Sure, he can help add some toughness to their blue line, but he’s far from a cure-all.
This where the Oilers need to get creative. They need to acquire a defenseman that is young enough to grow in their system that still has some NHL experience. It’s not that easy to acquire those types of players.
Schenn hasn’t had the easiest of times in Philly after being acquired from the Toronto Maple Leafs. It doesn’t help that the player he was traded for, James van Riemsdyk, is doing so well in Toronto. That’s not to say Schenn is a bad player, it just turned out to a bad deal for the Flyers.
Schenn might fit in perfectly with the Oilers though. He plays a tough game that not many of the Oilers prospects have and he his still only 24 years old.
I don’t think it is any secret that the Flyers have always been interested in Jordan Eberle. I mean, who wouldn’t be. Obviously, a straight one-for-one trade wouldn’t work. However, if the Flyers were to include Brayden Schenn in the deal and maybe another draft pick, it could be a worthwhile option for both teams.