The Edmonton Oilers are going through another horrific season, posting a record of 7-22-7. Their 21 points is good for last place in the NHL and nothing seems to be going their way, so GM Craig Mactavish made some low-rent moves Monday, hoping to give the team a spark.
Both players will be in the Oilers line-up Tuesday night as they square off against the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings at 9:30 p.m. ET in Edmonton.
Roy will centre the team’s second line, with Nail Yakupov and Teddy Purcell on the wings, while Fraser will play wing on the third line, joined by Leon Draisaitl at centre and David Perron on the other wing.
The 24-year-old Fraser only managed three points (all goals) in 24 games for the Bruins this season, while the 31-year-old Roy notched 10 points in 26 games for the Predators.
The addition of Fraser makes sense as a low risk move, but the Roy trade seems a bit odd. Arcobello wasn’t having an outstanding season; it was about on-par with the year Roy was having, but Arcolbello was five years younger and $400,000 cheaper. Perhaps the Oilers are hoping Roy will perform like he did when he was with the Buffalo Sabres, but that is unlikely, so it must be the veteran presence angle.
Whatever the reason, Roy and Fraser will be debut in white, orange and blue with the hope of helping the Oilers turn things around.
One ray of hope that could come from this season for the Oilers is the number one overall draft selection – which the team is very familiar with – and the chance to select one of highly-touted prospects Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel, who both look pretty good in the World Junior Championship.
But as the Oilers have already proven, first overall selections don’t always equal a franchise turn-around.