Following the Oilers trades of Teddy Purcell and Justin Schultz, they currently hold onto 10 picks in the 2016 NHL Draft. Having that many assets gives them options to move out picks in exchange for players closer to the draft, or even before Monday’s trade deadline.
“A lot of picks. It doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll use them for drafting,” said Oilers President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Peter Chiarelli. “We look at the landscape, the cap landscape going forward, where the cap is going to be and we think we’re going to have decent opportunities to use these picks to get some players. On a smaller scale, we used a fourth-round pick to get Eric Gryba. There will be little deals like that and there may be some bigger deals, but we’ll see where the draft lies, we’ll see what activity is at the draft and what players are available. But it gives you flexibility.”