Linus Omark. 1 year, 2-way deal worth $600,000 up top and $100,000 on the farm. Is this a “sign and trade” or an honest to goodness second chance? Either way, it’s exciting.
While looking at entry draft data, I stumbled upon something quite peculiar. In my series on acquiring first-pairing defencemen, I noticed that the trends that top defencemen were found in the draft were completely different from the first half to second half. I decided to follow this up in more detail and what I found lead me to ask the question in the title of this post.
In the final installment of this series, I’ll take a look at the remaining 9 trades that landed teams some of the best defencemen in the game today and how this affects the copper and blue.
Apologies for the inactivity lately, but blogging and vacationing on the Shuswaps don’t really mix too well. Here though, I’ll explore the possibility of trading for a top-pairing defenceman by looking at last year’s crop of blueliners.
In my eyes, the biggest hole on this Oilers squad is the lack of a true #1 defencemen that can play against the opponent’s big guns and still have success. Craig MacTavish has done a fine job of acquiring depth on the blue line, but until the Oil can ice a legitimate top defensive pairing, I can’t see this team being a serious contender. That’s why I decided to ask the age-old question, “where do [top-pairing defencemen] come from?”