By Bobby Bauders
It’s no secret that the Oilers are shopping the 4th overall pick. I believe that they will either want to pick Jakob Chychrun, Olli Juolevi, or Mikhail Sergachev. Montreal on the other hand wants to draft Pierre-Luc Dubois. Edmonton can have their pick at any one of the three defenders at number 4 overall, but they believe that they can move down and still have one available.
Should they move down to number 9, which is the pick Montreal owns and would likely be the foundation of any trade with Edmonton, they would probably only have one choice available. Arizona and Buffalo have the number 7 and 8 picks respectively, and are expected to select defensemen.
Montreal would not be able to select Dubois at 9, as Vancouver is expected to select him. If Vancouver doesn’t select him I fully expect Dubois to be chosen by Calgary.
Montreal has needed a playmaking scoring forward for quite some time. With Dubois they could finally have him.
As for Edmonton, they need a good defensive prospect, as they have basically none other than Griffin Reinhart. At 9, they probably won’t be getting their first choice, or second choice, but Chychrun, Juolevi, and Sergachev are all great D-men with great futures, so they should be able to settle.
Obviously those two assets wouldn’t be the only two involved. Maybe one of Montreal’s second round picks and a prospect? Depending on the value of the whatever prospect Montreal would be willing to give up that second round pick could change into a third round pick.
In the end, I think both teams would benefit from this trade. Edmonton can move down and still pick a quality defenseman while picking up some assets, and Montreal would get a puck-smart playmaking forward in Dubois.