The trade deadline is looming and it appears that Ryan Whitney could be headed out the door. In his place the Oilers are attempting to add collegiate UFA Danny DeKeyser. Unless something else happens between now and next season, the defense will still be a mess.
I had a brief conversation on Twitter with Alan Hull over the weekend, in which we discussed the Oilers' defensive issues going forward. The trouble is that there's very little high-quality NHL talent on the left side (beyond of Ladislav Smid), but virtually the whole of the team's prospect depth is in left-shooting defenders. On the right, the opposite is true: Justin Shultz and Jeff Petry are a good one-two-punch, but the trailers behind them are pretty thin on talent.
I'll show you what I mean. Below is the Oilers' organizational depth chart for the defensemen currently on the team or in the system:
|Ladislav Smid||Justin Schultz|
|Nick Schultz||Jeff Petry|
|Ryan Whitney||Corey Potter|
|Mark Fistric||Colten Teubert|
|Theo Peckham||Taylor Fedun|
|Oscar Klefbom||Alex Plante|
|Martin Marincin||Kyle Bigos|