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Oilers Acquire Alex Petrovic From Florida

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Chris Wideman, third round draft pick sent to Panthers

NHL: Florida Panthers at Columbus Blue Jackets
Alex Petrovic
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When your club loses five in a row, you pull out all the stops.

The draft pick is a 2019 draft pick. The Oilers have two third round picks in 2019, whichever is the better pick is the one that the Panthers will receive. So it’s a conditional third and Chris Wideman for Alex Petrovic.

What’s in the box?

Alex Petrovic is above all, a Good Canadian Boy from Edmonton. He’s a right shot defenceman who’s 26 years of age on an expiring deal that sees him making 1.95MM in 2018-19. He was last seen on the left side on a pair with Mark Pysyk, who is the player from the Panthers that I wish the Oilers would have acquired in this deal.

In 26 games, his boxcars are 0-1-1. He’s averaging 17:43 of ice time per game, that’s almost certainly going to go up as a member of the Oilers. He has never played more than 67 games in an NHL season. His best season was in 2015-16 when he had 17 points (2-15-17) in 66 games.

So is it a good deal?

Short answer: yes, albeit slightly.

Alex Petrovic is an NHL player. He’s an actual third pairing defenceman who will likely be asked to play more than that in Edmonton. He will likely keep Jason Garrison on the shelf, and that’s good news for the Oilers.

Alex Petrovic is not going to score very much. He spent a lot of time with Keith Yandle this season, and didn’t score very much. This pair posted a 46.54% CF, which isn’t going to blow the doors off anywhere.

I’m not worked up into a lather about Chiarelli trading a third round pick along with Wideman to get this player, though it’s unclear what Petrovic’s future will be with the club after this season. The third round pick will likely turn into something around the 70-72 range, which doesn’t bristle me too much. It’s not like it’s Mitch Moroz at 32nd overall in 2012.

We’ll probably see Alex Petrovic sooner than later.

The Oilers host the Winnipeg Jets on New Year’s Eve at Rogers Place.