Remember when I talked about the Oilers drafting Puljujarvi and their top line could be Taylor Hall - Connor McDavid - Jesse Puljujarvi? Well that is no longer an option. Today, Peter Chiarelli traded LW Taylor Hall to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for D Adam Larsson.
Okay...just looking at this trade on the outside, it makes zero sense. Taylor Hall has scored more points in 1 season than Larsson has scored in his entire career. Hall was a left wing and an integral part of the Oilers rebuild.
But when you get into it, Larsson is a right handed shot defenceman and Edmonton needs those kinds of players. I already mentioned how Jason Demers (another RHD) was in Edmonton yesterday and so I think that this trade was done as a way to give Edmonton security should Demers NOT sign with the Oilers. Oh and it also gives them salary cap space to sign Lucic as well.
So what does this trade mean? Ultimately it means that Chiarelli is the GM and he isn't going to hold back when it comes to the first overall picks. Hall was a name that rarely came up in terms of trade (Nuge. Yak, or Ebs were the most common), and yet he is the first to go. What makes this sting even more is that Tyler Seguin went AFTER Hall in the 2010 draft and Chiarelli was GM of the Bruins when Seguin was traded to the Stars!
So much for Hall-McDavid-Puljujarvi...