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Oilers trade D John Marino to Pittsburgh for Conditional Draft Pick

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22 year old NCAA defenseman seemed unlikely to sign in Edmonton, moved to Pittsburgh for conditional sixth round pick in 2021.

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As per CapFriendly,

The Edmonton Oilers have traded D John Marino to the Pittsburgh Penguins for a conditional sixth-round pick in 2021.

The condition revolves around Pittsburgh’s ability to sign Marino before the 2021 NHL Entry Draft. See the tweet below for more information:

Marino, 22, was a former sixth-round pick of the Edmonton Oilers in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. It appeared less and less likely that the young American rearguard would sign in Edmonton, so the Oilers have taken steps to avoid losing the asset for nothing.

Marino has had a nice little college career so far, posting a respectable 7-35-42 in 101 GP for Harvard of the ECAC in three seasons. While it might be nice to have the player remain in the organization, the Oilers making this move today likely signals a lack of belief in their ability to keep him. Hard to find too much fault here if that’s the case. I’d rather they get ‘something’ for a wantaway asset than nothing at all.

You know, other than being so unattractive to incoming players that they’d rather wait out their obligation and sign somewhere else. But, that’s for another day.