Oilers Signing Evander Kane Could Lead to Blockbuster Goalie Trade

Signing Evander Kane gives the Edmonton Oilers a lot more depth at the forward position. At practice Saturday, the Oilers ran with the following:

Evander Kane – Connor McDavid – Kailer Yamamoto
Warren Foegele – Leon Draisaitl – Jesse Puljujarvi
Zach Hyman – RNH – Zack Kassian
Devin Shore – Ryan McLeod – Derek Ryan

It’s hard not to like the look of that group and it gives the Oilers one of the more dangerous top-nines in the league. That said, it’s potentially all for nothing if the Oilers don’t add a goaltender.

Oilers Current Goalie Situation

Mikko Koskinen is playing well. Over his last three games, it feels like someone lit a fire under the Finnish netminder and he’s providing the team with the stops they need to win games. The question is, and will continue to be, can he maintain it? All evidence over his career with the Oilers points to no.

Meanwhile, Stuart Skinner appears to be a goalie of the future, but he hasn’t played enough to warrant full confidence from the coaching staff and management and when he has played, the results have been hit and miss.

Mike Smith tends to play well when he gets into a rhythm, but that rarely happens anymore because he can’t stay healthy. A myriad of injuries have plagued him this season and he can’t be counted on.

Author: Lucy Green