Early Look At Edmonton Oilers' Mid-Season Trade Candidates

The Edmonton Oilers look to be one of the league's best teams this season, but that doesn't mean they will be without any players they need to trade. In their case, it could be to make room for a trade deadline acquisition or because they are just not playing at the level they should be on a Stanley Cup contending team. Let's take a look at some potential options they have.

Cody Ceci

Tyson Barrie was moved last season to make room cap-wise for Mattias Ekholm. I can see the same thing happening with Cody Ceci. He didn't have the best year with the Oilers and did not mesh well with Darnell Nurse. The Oilers' number one defenseman isn't going anywhere and will likely need a better partner that complements him. Ceci will be the casualty here because it's his spot that will be filled and his cap hit will need to be freed up. I strongly believe he will be traded within the next year and would like it if it's before the playoffs.

Warren Foegele

Warren Foegele was a trade candidate for the Oilers last season and outlasted Jesse Puljujarvi and Kailer Yamamoto. Foegele had a strong second half of the season and a great series against the Vegas Golden Knights that solidified the decision to keep him around. While the Oilers might not want to give him up and he should serve as a solid third line winger this season, there could come an opportunity to acquire someone very impactful that would require moving him. It may not happen and the Oilers may not especially like having to give Foegele up, but it's possible.

Jack Campbell

The Oilers are going to start the season with Jack Campbell and Stuart Skinner again, but this time they have different expectations. They might not expect Campbell to be elite, but if he's anywhere close to his poor level of play from last season, they have a serious decision to make. It might cost them, but the Oilers will have to move on from Campbell if his numbers don't improve. This will open up some much-needed cap space and also open the door to acquire a capable goalie for a tandem or a solid backup netminder.

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