After I just read the other read of which players you would trade MPS for, I have to respectfully say no...I would trade him for Rask for sure and Alex P-Angelo but probably not for Carlson, Markstrom, or OEL...jmo
mostly b/c it's just tough to trade a top prospect that has never played a game w/o getting some serious certainty (i.e. Rask has shown this)...OEL has yet to play a game, Carlson, while good, imo MPS has more upside to be an impact player for our team, and Markstrom has shown he can get rattled by bad goals and traffic in front of him, not sure he might lose it with Byfuglien in his kitchen...obv that is just from what I have seen from him which is a very limited sample size
As an Oilers fan I'd probably do this. You could argue that OEL has the potential to be a superstar defenseman while MPS also has the potential to be a superstar left winger.
...and when you're probably going to draft another potential superstar left winger that has a greater chance of reaching his ceiling, you grab that defenseman the opportunity presents itself.
It would have less to do with MPS and more to do with Hall.
Left Winger + Defenseman > Two Left Wingers
That's just my opinion.
Agreed, OEL would fit the Oilers needs to a T and he also has a similar upside to MPS. Now, i'm not saying that MPS is expendable per se but with Hall and Penner on the left side, i think that the Oilers would still be ok there and add OEL to the D and the Oilers automatically become a more balanced team. I also think that MPS would be a good fit for Phoenix since they could use more high end offense.
unfortunately, there is a reason why blue-chip prospects who have never played a game in the NHL yet don't get traded...if you're wrong, it probably costs you your job, not too mention it's hard to sell the avg fan after you have been hyping a guy up for a year or so already
Yandle is only 22 but Aucoin is definitely in his twilight years
Yandle's actually 23 and will be 24 come training camp, but still you're right. He's young and Phoenix has a number of other defensive prospects. If Phoenix had wanted MPS they would have selected him instead.
What I would like to have is 3 offensive d-man,then the other 3 to be the shutdown,stay at home type of defenceman.
And we have Petry/Chorney in the depth chart.
And I'm not even saying a pure shutdown stay at home guy. I'm thinking a solid 2 way guy who can play physical and can put up some decent points. (Someone like Alzner/Hamonic/Franson/Cowen who come at a much lower price tag that OEL).
This is bad for both teams. As someone said earlier, Phoenix obviously wanted OEL and we're all but certain that Edmonton wanted MPS. Why swap now? Also, the Oilers have a relatively solid core of young defensemen including Ladislav Smid (who I think will be just a bit worse than OEL) and Gilbert.