Oilers Rumors: Teams "Continue To Call" For Edmonton Trade Target

He's currently toiling away in the American Hockey League, but that hasn't stopped teams from buzzing around young Edmonton Oilers defenseman Philip Broberg.

According to a report by TSN hockey insider Darren Dreger:

Broberg continues to play well in the AHL, and I'm told that teams also continue to call (GM) Ken Holland of the Edmonton Oilers to talk about the potential movement (of Broberg). 

Broberg had first become a trade candidate in early December, followed immediately by the Oilers sending him down to the AHL. 

Just 22 years old, he was a first-round pick, No. 8 overall, in the 2019 NHL Draft, but has never really found his place on the team. He's played just 10 games this season in Edmonton, with zero points and a minus-2 in 10 minutes average ice time. He's spent the last month-and-a-half with the Bakersfield Condors, and as noted by Dreger, he's had a fine year there, recording 14 points in 21 games with a plus/minus of +13. That's got rival GMs around the NHL taking notice. 

Broberg is a left-hand shot, and has been putting up solid counting stats at Bakersfield over the past three seasons, with 41 points in 59 games there along with a +25 rating. But it's never translated to the NHL where, in 79 games with the Oilers since 2021, he's recorded 11 points with minus-4 rating in about 12 minutes of ice time per contest. 

But with his high pedigree as a No. 8 overall pick and his performance at the AHL, teams are certainly intrigued. Broberg is coming off his entry-level contract at season's end, on which he earned a $1.7 million AAV (with an $863K cap hit). He'll be a restricted free agent, so any acquiring team can retain his rights going forward. 

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