Why They Could Use Him?
The Edmonton Oilers have needed a puck-moving defenseman forever it seems.
With Connor McDavid in the lineup, the Oilers have arguably the best player on the planet driving their offense. But in a team sport like hockey, where even Connor McDavid only plays about a third of the game, you need to surround that talent with more talent and quality.
And the Oilers haven’t done that.
On the blue line, the Oilers have very little that can help them move the puck out of the zone. Oscar Klefbom and Darnell Nurse are good blueliners but they clearly not getting the job done. Adding Nick Leddy to the mix would turn the Oilers top-four right around.
What Isles Would Want
The Islanders need centers and the Oilers have a few interesting options. Kailer Yamamoto is the first name that comes to mind. He’s diminutive at 5’8″ but we’ve seen small players excel: Martin St-Louis, Theo Fleury, Johnny Gaudreau. Yamamoto has speed and skill. Something the Isles could use in the lineup behind Mathew Barzal.
Cameron Hebig is another interesting center. At 6’0″ 183lbs he’s got NHL size. In 66 WHL games last season, Hebig scored a fantastic 90 points. He’s followed that up with ten points in nine AHL games this season. Showing that he’s a player that might be a cut above the competition in that league and ready for the NHL.
Nick Leddy is worth more than either of these two, even combined might not be enough to get the Isles defenseman. But either would be a starting point for negotiations between Lou Lamoriello and Peter Chiarelli.