I've noticed recently on a couple of the Oiler blogs that others also think the Oilers are lacking in a solid defensive 3rd line righty centerman - with good faceoff skills. Like a Draper. Oh I'm sure everyone would love to have a Draper, wouldn't they? Good luck stealing him away from the Wings!
Anyway, I've noticed that some would like to see Mike 'Silly' Sillinger make his way over to the Oilers. I too was looking pretty hard at Sillinger - I think he would be a good fit for now - but are we trying to plug a temporary hole here? Sillinger is not a "piece of the puzzle" in my opinion. At 37 and on the decline is more of a stopgap. And as that may be a good fit while Cogliano and Brodziak develop, I myself have always been a Puzzle kind-of-guy.
The player that I've really been impressed the last couple of seasons with is Scott Nichol from Nashville. Good solid player defensively, pk, top righty faceoff guy, and at 33 he still has some good years ahead of him. Would love to see this guy in copper and blue. Maybe a rich-man's Reasoner?
His defensive numbers from last year were pretty good:
- Faceoffs: 60% (441 won for 738 tot);
- Plus/Minus: +12
...and his +/- On Ice per 60 mins VS +/- Off Ice per 60 mins looked even better, at 0.71 vs 0.12. (See Desjardins Behindthenet for detailed excellent stats).
I see us giving up a goalie and/or some young skill / prospects. Nashville is lacking in proven goalies (Their top two have less than 50 big league games between them) and just lost Radulov to Russia. Maybe a Schremp or a Roly is something Nashville could use right now, as they have no shortage of established centers (Arnott, Legwand, Bonk, Fiddler).