Once again, the Edmonton Oilers are looking to the draft.
Edmonton traded defenceman Justin Schultz, forward Teddy Purcell and goaltender Anders Nilsson in separate deals on Saturday, acquiring picks in exchange for all three players.
Nilsson was the first to go, traded to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for goalie Niklas Lundstrom and a fifth-round pick in this summer’s NHL Entry Draft.
The 25-year-old Nilsson has a 10-12-2 record this season with a 3.14 goals-against average and a .901 save percentage. Lundstrom, 23, has split this season between the ECHL’s Elmira Jackals and the American Hockey League’s Chicago Wolves.
Next was Schultz, who was sent to the Pittsburgh Penguins for a third-round pick in the upcoming draft. Media reports say the Oilers would retain half of Schultz’s $3.9-million salary.
Schultz played 248 NHL games for Edmonton, with 28 goals and 73 assists, with a career minus-78 rating.
He was signed by the Oilers in June 2012 as an unrestricted free agent out of university. Although Schultz had been drafted by the Anaheim Ducks in 2008, he had never come to terms with them on a contract, making him available to Edmonton to sign in 2012.
Finally, Purcell was traded to the Florida Panthers for a third-round pick in the 2016 draft.
Purcell has 11 goals and 21 assists in 61 games this season. He has 98 goals and 196 assists over nine season with Edmonton, the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Los Angeles Kings.
The Oilers have had a top-10 pick in each of the past seven drafts, including four No. 1 overall selections. Edmonton seems destined for another spot in the draft with a 22-34-7 record, worst in the NHL heading into Saturday night’s games.Report Typo/Error