The Edmonton Oilers are far from the perfect team – and in their quest to continue improving the roster, forward Teddy Purcell may be the odd man out.
The 30 year old undrafted right wing, traded to the Oilers for Sam Gagner in the 2014 off-season, has 11 goals and 31 points in 59 games so far this season. That’s good for fifth on the team in scoring, despite being one of only two players in the top five who has played every game this year; with big names like Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall, Leon Draisaitl, and Connor McDavid, though, he’s the most expendable piece on the roster.
Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal made the suggestion earlier today – if anyone on the Oilers is getting traded ahead of the deadline, it’s probably Purcell. Here’s his quip:
“Purcell, who has spent much of this season on right wing with Leon Draisaitl and Taylor Hall, has been productive (31 points) but with his UFA status, the Oilers could well take back a draft pick or a young prospect from another team for the 30-year-old forward.
As sellers, Purcell could certainly be a top 9 rental for a Stanley Cup contender.”
Purcell was frank in the article, suggesting that he’s always aware of the trade deadline as a player who’s been moved in that period before. The Los Angeles Kings, the first team Purcell played on in the National Hockey League, sent him to the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2010 as part of a deal for Jeff Halpern.
It’s tough to guess what Purcell could bring back to Edmonton, as other serviceable wingers such as Mikkel Boedker, Jonathan Drouin, and arguably Alex Galchenyuk haven’t seen much interest around the market to get moved. There’s also the question of whether a team would take Purcell over Loui Eriksson, who could fetch the Boston Bruins quite a high price if they moved him out instead of re-signing him.
For Oilers fans, though, this is certainly a possibility to keep an eye on.