Sportsnet's Marc Spector reports the Edmonton Oilers are looking to bolster their defense and cites general manager Craig MacTavish as saying they want to get bigger, stronger and more productive. Spector mentions Flyers defenseman Braydon Coburn as a guy the Oilers could target since MacTavish has liked Coburn "for some time."
Taking it a step further, The Edmonton Journal's David Staples discusses who the Oilers would have to part with to pry Coburn away from Philadelphia. Two players mentioned are two big, young defensemen - Oscar Klefborn and Martin Marincin.
The 6'4", 212 lbs. Klefborn, who turns 21 in July, features a strong scouting report from Hockey's Future.
Klefbom is a raw, tantalizing talent. He has great size for a rearguard, is an excellent skater, and has tremendous natural offensive instincts. This combination of size, speed, and skill had scouts salivating over him in the 2011 draft, and many in the Oilers organization are enthused about what he could potentially become. He has work to do on his positioning, his defensive play, and generally on the finer aspects of the game, and will be given every opportunity to develop those abilities.
The lanky Slovak blueliner is an excellent skater for his size and shows tremendous mobility. He uses his reach very effectively and his offensive instincts and skill set serve him well, both breaking out of his own zone as well as in a powerplay quarterback role. He can play with an edge (as was evidenced at the 2011 World Junior Championships) however he is not overly physical. Since making the transition to the pro ranks, he has taken his game to the next level and was a real difference-maker in the Barons’ playoff run.
Losing Coburn would hurt the Flyers right now. It should be noted this is not the first time the Oilers have been linked to Coburn as it was one year ago, almost to the day, Coburn and the Oilers were first mentioned.
I would be remiss if I didn't mention the unsubstantiated rumors on Twitter that would send Coburn and Brayden Schenn to Edmonton for Klefborn and left winger David Perron. The deal seems unlikely given that Hextall's "top priority" is to re-sign Schenn, who is a restricted free agent, this offseason. In the event a deal cannot be reached with Schenn then this deal would become a little more realistic. Perron could reap the benefits playing left wing on the Flyers top line alongside Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek.
Right now, I think a deal involving Schenn is unlikely but things tend to heat up around the draft.
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