It was a late-in-the-game trade that Oilers General Manager Peter Chiarelli teased the media with, just as the NHL Trade Deadline came to a close.
“We have one trade in the queue, I just can’t comment on it,” he said.
After the dotted lines were signed and the formalities ironed out, the Oilers announced they had traded prospect Martin Gernat and a 2016 fourth-round pick to acquire Anaheim Ducks forward Patrick Maroon.
“I didn’t expect it at all, I didn’t see it coming,” said Maroon. “But it’s a business and it happens. I’m given the opportunity to play in the NHL and I’m excited to start a new journey with the Edmonton Oilers.”
That journey will begin tomorrow morning when he catches his flight to meet the team in Buffalo for their game against the Sabres.
Maroon said that he’s looking forward to building a new rapport with the Edmonton team, eager to be building new relationships off the ice to help with the performance on it.
“I think chemistry off the ice helps with playing with certain guys,” he said. “I’ll be playing with different guys here so it’s going to be different going into that. I’m just really excited to play with new faces and hopefully I start off on the right foot and hopefully there’s chemistry right away, whoever I play with.
“I’m a big power forward… I have pretty good hands, pretty good down low and I bring a big physical game. I just want to come in and provide with anything, if it’s scoring or just being a big presence, just try to get a good name for myself.”
The Oilers have made multiple moves the last few days leading up to the NHL Trade Deadline. Here is a breakdown of what they Oilers have done.
• 02/24 - The Oilers acquired a conditional 2017 fifth-round pick from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for the rights to defenceman Philip Larsen
• 02/27 - The Oilers recalled goaltender Laurent Brossoit
• 02/27 - The Oilers acquired a 2016 third-round pick from the Florida Panthers in exchange for winger Teddy Purcell
• 02/27 - The Oilers acquired a 2016 third-round pick from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for defenceman Justin Schultz
• 02/29 - The Oilers signed defenceman Brandon Davidson and Brossoit to two-year extensions
• 02/29 - The Oilers assigned Brossoit and Darnell Nurse to Bakersfield
• 02/29 - The Oilers recalled Brossoit and Nurse from Bakersfield
• 02/29 - The Oilers acquired forward Patrick Maroon from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for a 2016 fourth-round pick and defenceman Martin Gernat
Following the Oilers trades ahead of the deadline, the club currently has nine picks in the 2016 NHL Draft. They hold a first, a second, three thirds, two fifths, a sixth and a seventh-round pick.
The Oilers have acquired forward Patrick Maroon from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for a 2016 fourth-round pick and Martin Gernat. The Oilers executed the trade late at the NHL Trade Deadline.
Maroon has played 204 NHL games in his career, recording 26 goals and 53 assists for 79 points. He has also recorded 249 career penalty minutes. In the NHL playoffs, Maroon has suited up for 29 games, all with the Ducks, and has 19 points (9-9-18).
Maroon was taken in the sixth round, 161st overall, of the 2007 NHL Draft by Philadelphia. He is a 6-foot-3, 230-pound 27-year-old from St, Louis, MO.
This season, Maroon has played 56 games and has four goals and nine assists.
In addition to Laurent Brossoit, the Oilers extended defenceman Brandon Davidson for two years as well. Davidson is coming off the first multi-point game of his career on Sunday, but his season as a whole has been quite impressive.
“I definitely had some goals in mind and reached those and kept climbing, I think,” said Davidson. “With the help of the coaching staff and the rest of the guys on the team I was able to get through a few things early and was able to push forward and get to where I am now.”Davidson, a 2010 sixth-round pick, has developed in the Oilers minor league system for a few years and then made his NHL debut last season. This year, he’s developed into a full-time NHL defenceman and continues to receive additional ice time and responsibilities, playing more than 20 minutes in 12 of the last 13 games.
“I think he’s had a real good development path, but a lot of players have taken that path and haven’t made it. So I think it’s a reflection of his character, his ability and his skill,” said Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan of the blueliner, who also beat testicular cancer just four years ago.
“He’s a fighter, and he’s fought through a lot of adversity in his personal life, which has made him stronger. He’s got a will within to push and to succeed. He’s very coachable. His team likes having him around. Right now, he’s perhaps our Cinderella story, which in turn will put a little more pressure on him this time next year. Expectations will go up. He has a time where he has to grow his game a little more.”
Laurent Brossoit is just looking forward to playing NHL games.
The 22-year-old goaltender was signed to a two-year contract extension by the Oilers Monday morning. With two NHL games under his belt, Brossoit is expected to be the backup in Edmonton the rest of the season.
“It will be a little bit different,” Brossoit said of backing up Cam Talbot. “There will be a little adjustment period, but it won’t be the first time I’ve been a backup.”
Brossoit has a .964 save percentage in his two NHL games and is eager to play more at this level, whether that’s one game here or there or a few in a short span. The Oilers do intend to play him on this upcoming road trip, likely during the Thursday-Friday back-to-back in Philadelphia and Columbus.
As for getting locked up in Edmonton for a couple more years, the former Oil King is happy to be home.
“I’m nothing but excited to be part of an organization where I consider this city a second home.”
Oilers winger Benoit Pouliot will be out of the lineup for an undisclosed amount of time due to a shoulder injury suffered last night against the Islanders.
“Still long term. Shoulder injury, not day-to-day, and he’s got to see some doctors and have some tests to figure out what long term really is. He won’t play for a little while for sure,” said Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan.
Coach McLellan says Benoit Pouliot will "see some doctors and have some tests" to determine the severity of his shoulder injury.— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) February 29, 2016
As for who will slide up and down the lineup, McLellan wasn’t ready to make any announcements when he spoke Monday.
“I think we need to let the day play out a little bit,” said McLellan. “Obviously, we’ve added a couple players on waivers. Let the day play out. We’ve sent some players back to the minors. At about 1:20 p.m., when we’re up in the air, we’ll get an update of where we are as a team and then begin to put some structure to lines and pairs and try to put it together real quick and play tomorrow.”
Cracknell, 30, has played in 44 games with the Vancouver Canucks this season, posting 10 points (5G, 5A) and 14 penalty minutes.
The Prince Albert, Saskatchewan native has appeared in 126 career NHL games, registering 27 points (11G, 16A) and 28 penalty minutes.
Pardy, 31, has appeared in 14 games with the Winnipeg Jets this season, posting one assist and eight penalty minutes.
The Bonavista, Newfoundland native has appeared in 329 career NHL games, recording 49 points (4G, 45A) and 257 penalty minutes.
Davidson, taken in sixth round of the 2010 NHL Draft, has been a pleasant surprise for the Oilers this season with his performance. The blueliner has seen his workload increase as the season has gone on, playing a career-high 26:32 on February 26 in Los Angeles. Davidson has played 47 games in the NHL this season, recording four goals and six assists.
On Sunday, Davidson recorded his first multi-point game.
Brossoit was acquired from the Calgary Flames on November 8, 2013 in exchange for Olivier Roy and Ladislav Smid. The goaltender has quickly moved up the depth chart down in the minors, first starting in the ECHL and then finishing as the number one in Bakersfield in the AHL this season.
Brossoit was named an AHL All-Star this season, and has a 15-9-3 record with the Condors. He has a .919 save percentage in the AHL this season. Oilers President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Peter Chiarelli said on Saturday that Brossoit’s readiness to be a number two goalie at the NHL level helped the club be able to move Anders Nilsson for assets.
Brossoit was originally a sixth-round pick of the Flames in 2011. He has played one NHL game this season, stopping 32 of 33 shots against Winnipeg on February 13.
Khaira, 21, has played in 32 games with the Condors this season, posting 22 points (8G, 14A) and 30 penalty minutes.
The Surrey, British Columbia native has appeared in 15 games with the Oilers this season, registering two assists and 13 penalty minutes.
Oesterle, 23, has notched 22 points (2G, 20A) and eight penalty minutes in 39 games with Bakersfield this season.
The Dearborn Heights, Michigan native has played in four games with the Oilers this season, recording one assist.
Edmonton snapped a seven-game losing streak as they trumped New York in a 3-1 comeback victory.
A combination of Oilers strong offensive attack and aggressive but calculated defence kept the Islanders at bay.
“I think we could have gotten the puck to the net a little bit more,” said Islanders captain John Tavares.
“We had three or four opportunities, we had some chances, we probably could have shot the puck a little bit more. We did some good things — we just have to put it in the net when [we] get the chance.”
Outstanding goaltending by Oilers netminder Cam Talbot also prevented the Islanders from increasing their 1-0 lead. Talbot stopped 36 of their 37 shots.
“He was very good,” said Tavares. “You get your chances against him, you’ve got to beat the goalie — he played well.”