Things are turning around in Alberta’s provincial capital. The Oilers are lining up to make the playoffs, but their status is tenuous. Edmonton is in the middle of a five-team dogfight with Vancouver, Calgary, Vegas, and Arizona for three guaranteed spots from the Pacific Division. A player like Kreider is the boost this team needs because, after the top few guys, Edmonton has big depth problems.
To tell the truth, there is potential for a huge blockbuster deal. Aside from Kreider, Edmonton could use goalie Alexandar Georgiev, and forward Jesper Fast. The Rangers could even send disgruntled center Lias Andersson. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins coming back would be a big dream, but he’s someone that could wear the “C” in New York for another eight years. Additionally, forwards Jesse Puljujarvi, and Kailer Yamamoto, as well as defenseman Evan Bouchard and Ethan Bear, would greatly interest the Blueshirts.
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Last season, the Avs made it into the playoffs as the final Wildcard in the Western Conference. This season, they are fighting with the defending champs for first place in the Central Division. Colorado made some deals before the season started and they are in a position to make some noise in the playoffs. Kreider’s size and physicality on the second line would be a perfect compliment to the top line Mikko Rantanen, Nathan MacKinnon, and Gabriel Landeskog.
Colorado has some great young players and prospects. If there is any team in the league who has the goods to swing a deal, its the Avalanche. J.T. Compher and Tyson Jost off the main roster work quite well. As far as younger prospects go, defenseman Cale Makar is going nowhere and it’s hard to see Colorado parting with defenseman Bowen Byrum either. However, forwards Alex Newhook, Alex Beaucage, and Martin Kraut could happen.
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