DALLAS, TX - A number of different scenarios could play themselves out for the Oilers during the opening round of the 2018 NHL Draft Friday night in Dallas, according to President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Peter Chiarelli.
The team currently holds the 10th-overall selection, and Chiarelli outlined a variety of options he and Edmonton's management team may have on the draft floor at American Airlines Center.
The most obvious first situation is the Oilers sticking with their pick and calling the 10th name of the night. Chiarelli said he's confident there will be a solid player available in that spot.
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"The sense that I got is after the first group of names, that there's kind of an equal group," he said Thursday during his pre-Draft media availability. "That's what our scouts tell us also. We're in that equal group, that next group."
Scenario number two is the Oilers potentially making a trade to move up a couple spots in order to select a specific player they covet.
"The moving up and moving down is positional-based, based on what I got from other GMs," Chiarelli said. "You're going to get a good player at eight, nine, 10. They could be taken five, six, seven."
Though a lot of the chatter around Edmonton's top pick has focused on the glut of smaller, puck-moving defencemen available, the aforementioned player the Oilers covet may not necessarily be a blueliner.
"There are some good defencemen in the top part of the draft, (but) we're going to draft the best player available," Chiarelli said. "If we can move to the right spot to get the right type of player, we'll look at that, too."
There's also a chance the Oilers could involve the 10th-overall pick in a trade to acquire an established NHL player - specifically a blueliner.
"We would look to move the pick if the right NHL defenceman is available," Chiarelli said. "I have had discussions with teams and it's still ongoing but I would look at that."