Oilers’ Trade Goals on the Columbus Blue Jackets

The Edmonton Oilers are currently in the race for playoffs. They will look to get things back on track quickly after the extended break and address any remaining needs this season. A goaltender, left defender, and a third-line center or scoring forward are the most urgent needs.

The Columbus Blue Jackets can offer the Oilers choices in everything except a defenceman, as the pool to choose from among the players who will be available wouldn’t be an upgrade. After an impressive and respectable start, the Blue Jackets have fallen down the standings. They are currently 3-6-1 in the last 10. They are in the NHL’s toughest division and would have to jump serious contenders to make it in.

Whether it’s closer to the trade deadline or sooner to get more value out of a pending free agent, the Oilers should have the Blue Jackets on their radar to look to improve this season. Frank Seravalli marks all three of these players as “down”. Trade pieces for the Blue Jackets.

Max Domi

Of the three possibilities, Max Domi could make the most impact down the stretch with his physical style of play and the bounce-back season he’s putting together. He may not be able to replicate his 72-point scoring season with the Montreal Canadiens three years ago, but his confidence and scoring have returned.

Domi also may not be a top-six talent anymore and isn’t worth the $5.3 million he’s owed this season, but he’s proving to be a very effective third-line player who can score and provide toughness, something the Oilers lack throughout their lineup. Domi tied for sixth place on the team in points. He also plays three minutes less than his career-average in ice time.

Max Domi (Colombia Blue Jackets)Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers

Domi in Edmonton would have the fifth most points (16) and fifth-most goals (88) among forwards. What makes this very appealing is that he’d done this all at even strength, another area the Oilers need to improve in since they have relied on their power play a ton and the overall power plays league-wide are decreasing.

Domi can play either the centre or the wings, and could be extremely effective in a mid-six role. This role is presumably in Edmonton. The Blue Jackets would have to retain salary, as the Oilers don’t have much to work with, but he could garner a higher draft pick or B-level prospect if he keeps up his play over the next couple months.

Jack Roslovic

Jack Roslovic may be a surprise for anyone who doesn’t follow the Blue Jackets closely, but it’s been night and day from last season to this one for the young player. He was the standout piece in the trade that also included Pierre-Luc Dubois and Patrik Laine between the Blue Jackets & Winnipeg Jets.

Roslovic started 2020-21 scoring 29 points in 35 games and finished the season with a total of 34 points in 48. He played 16:54 of ice time per game compared to this season where he’s playing just 12:22, a huge drop. With that, he’s scored just five goals and 14 points in 32 games. Like Domi, Roslovic has recorded all of his points at even strength, so that’s a bonus if he were to join the Oilers.

Jack Roslovic Columbus Blue Jackets
Jack Roslovic, Columbus Blue Jackets (Photo: Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images

Roslovic can play in the top six, although it may seem a stretch to do so at this stage of his career. He could be a centre for Edmonton’s third line and have the flexibility to move to the wing. As a restricted-free agent, he is extremely affordable at $1.838 million for the rest of the season. If the Oilers decide to purchase him, they may re-up him depending on his performance. Roslovic is only 24, so there’s still time to see what kind of player he settles into.

Joonas Korpisalo

Any netminder who is a potential seller in goaltending has been mentioned as a target by the Oilers, Joonas Corpisalo included. Korpisalo is the odd one out after the Blue Jackets made their decision about Elvis Merzlikins’ future in net by signing him to an average annual value of $5.4million (AAV) contract for five years.

As his performance in the 2020 Playoffs shows, he has shown signs that he is capable of stepping up big at crucial moments. He played in nine games, and had a save percentage of.941 (SV%). Most saves in a video gameNHL history: 85.

Although this season could be better, it is important to remember what type of team he is playing for. At this point, there are better options in net out there that should be available, it’s just a matter of price and willingness to pay. Korpisalo’s .904 SV% is much better than this season indicates, and a change of scenery couldn’t hurt. It’s very likely they move him before the deadline, and the Oilers can buy low if nothing else presents itself.

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Oilers could be spending more on high-end defence and goaltenders, but the Blue Jackets have cheaper options available for them if they feel the need. Ken Holland recently stated that he doesn’t want to trade for a renter, so Domi or Korpisalo might have to be a sign and trade.

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