It’s a common thought that big deals happen at the Draft. You get all of the general managers in one room together and expect the trades to start flowing. While that can be true, the Oilers desire to add an NHL defenceman was not dampened by a lack of action on day one.
It would only be a problem for Edmonton if the only deals they’ve looked at involved the fourth-overall pick, which they used to select Jesse Puljujarvi.
But, as Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli described, the fourth pick was only involved in one serious offer. It was an offer that got close, but never came to be.
“I’ve said it’s been difficult to get a defenceman,” said Chiarelli. “We put four in a couple of scenarios that we moved along. At the end, one became very real. It just didn’t happen. Sometimes those things just don’t happen.”
Despite that deal not happening, there are more conversations to be had.
“It will be a good discussion day tomorrow where if something moves along where it’s to the point we have to execute a deal we’ll do it,” said Chiarelli.
“Today there was really only one deal involving the pick. So it doesn’t really change it that much. What happens is you build momentum on these deals and think let’s get it done on draft day, the first day. But it’s not essential it gets done on draft day if it doesn’t involve the pick which is essentially what happened.”