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Oilers GM could shop fourth pick

Chiarelli would trade down in NHL Draft 'if the right deal is there'

by @NHL /

The Edmonton Oilers will consider trading their first-round pick (No. 4) in the 2016 NHL Draft and already have had discussions with other teams.

"I've had about four or five teams call me already," general manager Peter Chiarelli told "Oilers Now" on Monday. "I've made it known we would look to move down if the right deal is there."

Chiarelli, who represented the Boston Bruins in 2010 when they drafted second after acquiring the Toronto Maple Leafs pick, did not have the same luck this year. Edmonton had the second-best odds to win the first pick but fell to fourth. 

Auston Matthews, Patrik Laine and Jesse Puljujarvi are the consensus top-three picks of the 2016 draft, which will be held in Buffalo on June 24-25.

"There are three players that are almost ready-made, if not ready-made to play, but ... there are some real good players after that," Chiarelli said.

"When you reconcile the odds, our best odds for us was to end up [picking] at [No.] 3. I was setting us up to end up at 3, so it was a little disappointing to end up at 4."

If Chiarelli does not trade the No. 4 pick, he said he has followed forwards Pierre-Luc Dubois and Matthew Tkachuk closely.

"[Tkachuk] is such a cerebral player and a gritty, heavy player. He's always around the net. He would be a really good fit," Chiarelli said. "Dubois, same thing. He's big and strong; your prototypical power forward. He can play center or wing and can really shoot the puck."

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