Oil peddle Brodziak to Wild for picks

DON BRENNAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 12:37 PM ET

MONTREAL -- There would be no keeping up with the Joneses for the Edmonton Oilers.

Instead, they concerned themselves with tidying a small little corner of their own house.

While the provincial rivals in Calgary were acquiring defenceman Jay Bouwmeester in the trade of NHL entry draft weekend, the Oilers swung a modest deal with Minnesota.

They shipped centre Kyle Brodziak and the 161st pick in the draft to the Wild for picks Nos. 99 and 133. With those selections, they chose 6-foot-5, 230-lb. defenceman Kyle Bigos and Cape Breton's Olivier Roy, one of the best goalies in the QMJHL.

"Every day, you're trying to make your own team better. You can't control what other teams do," Oilers GM Steve Tambellini said when asked about the optics of the Flames doing more to improve themselves. "They're in a little different situation than we are with our roster. We're a little bit younger. They have a good hockey club, we know that, but we have to do what's best for our team."

And in this case, it was cutting ties with Brodziak.

The former seventh-round pick became a fulltime NHLer in 2007, scoring 31 and 27 points in each of the last two seasons.

"He's a functional, versatile player," said Wild GM Chuck Fletcher. "He can play centre or wing, and slide up and down the roster. He gives a coach a lot of options."

But Tambellini saw Brodziak as expendable.

"We do need to change our lineup a little bit," Tambellini said after his first draft as the Oilers boss. "We have too many bodies at forward. It's going to give us a little bit of a different look."

The day after grabbing swift Swede Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson with the 10th pick overall, the Oilers made his linemate in Timra of the elite league, centre Anton Lander, their second-round pick.

"He's a player we look at as a potential second-line centre with for sure third-line ability," said MacGregor.

Along with Lander, Bigos and Roy, the Oilers other selections yesterday were another big defenceman in Minnesota high-schooler Troy Hesketh (71st overall), tough Everett winger Cameron Abney (82nd overall) and Finnish winger Toni Rajala.

DON.BRENNAN@SUNMEDIA.CA


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