Quick News Hits for June 22,2009

The Draft:

A lot of speculation is starting to come down about the draft on Friday. While the Oilers aren't tipping their hat to who exactly is going to get drafted, two possible options exist.

First, we could see Tambellini make a move to get up a few spots and into the top seven overall picks. We consider the top seven, maybe eight to be A+ players. There's a little drop after that, probably in the next five to six range," said Oilers Assistant General Manager and Vice President of Hockey Operations Kevin Prendergast. Players like Evander Kane, Jared Cowen and Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson are all on the radar of the team, but not likely viable options at their current selection position in the draft.

That said, Pendergast was also quick to point out that they'll be ready to pick a good player at the #10 spot which they currently hold. They have a few names in mind that they think will be available including Nazem Kadri (C), Dmitry Kulikov (D), Scott Glennie (RW) and Oliver Ekman-Larsson (D).

Jason Strudwick:

The Oilers have expressed interest in retaining UFA Jason Strudwick for the upcoming season. A bargain at $650,000 last year he ended up as a forward, defenseman and more due to a few rash injuries and lack of committment from some of the regular roster. The Oilers are also high on his leadership and communication in the lockerroom and community, which they firmly believe they need more of on a team that lacked a lot of motivation.

Chris Chelios:

Ken Holland has stated that he has informed Chelios that he will not be offered another contract by the Red Wings. While the veteran d-man has played over 26 years in the NHL, Holland actually believes that Chelios has another good year as a 5/6 d-pairing guy.

That said, don't expect a contract offer from the Oilers for the UFA. It is far more likely Chelios ends up in a place like San Jose or NYR where GM's are often seen giving chances to veteran players who may help during playoff time.

Dany Heatley:

The Rangers could be presented with the chance to acquire Senators winger Dany Heatley this week. Larry Brooks reports the team is not on the sniper's list of preferred options, but he likely would not block a trade to New York. [New York Post]


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