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Oilers' shopping list

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:02 PM ET

EDMONTON - LOS ANGELES — The Oilers aren’t going to be sellers when it comes to the first pick overall, but GM Steve Tambellini would love to be a buyer.

Any GM looking to unload a first rounder for later pick and a warm body or two need only buzz Edmonton’s table — he’s definitely listening.

“I’ve had discussions with a lot of teams, trying to acquire another first round pick,” he said, adding Florida’s 15th, acquired from Boston, is something he might be interested in. “It’s dependant upon what is there (prospect-wise) at the time. We’ll see what the value is at that time.”

Because the picks don’t come cheap.

“Anything in the first round is very expensive. You’re talking either multiple picks or very good young players. It’s expensive.”

For a young team on the rebuild, though, it’s worth it. That’s why none of Edmonton’s current roster players are off limits if the pick is high enough.

“All I’ve told managers all along is I’m wide open,” said Tambellini. “Some proposals that come in, people say I’m not listening to that. I think it’s my job, where we’re at as an organization, to listen. There’s nothing wrong with listening.”

Ain’t over till it’s over

Edmonton’s scouts don’t need to be reminded that the draft isn’t over once the Oilers pick first overall on Friday, but Tambellini reminded them anyway.

As much as all the attention is focused on Taylor or Tyler, there are still some major selections to be made in rounds two through seven.

“That’s what we spoke about,” said Tambellini, who has two picks early in the second round (31st and 48th).

“On Saturday we walk in with the first pick again. There are different types of scenarios of players sliding, what does it look like at 31 or 48. Those are important picks, two very good second round picks.”

The Shelly game

Sheldon Souray is definitely on the block, but the way he left Edmonton won’t speed up the process.

“It probably doesn’t help, but it’s more of an issue of how it fits within their overall salary cap,” said Tambellini, who still thinks there’s a demand.

“He’s a defenceman who’s scored 20 goals and is arguably the toughest player we’ve had in some time. I think people know what they’re getting.”

robert.tychkowski@sunmedia.ca


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