Jordan Eberle believes the trade to the New York Islanders will provide him with a fresh start - and possibly the opportunity to play alongside John Tavares. Eberle, 27, has played in Edmonton since being drafted by the Oilers in the first round back in 2008.
Strome was selected fifth overall by the Islanders in 2011. He had 30 points (13-17) in 69 games last season and has 126 points (45-81) in 258 career games. The Winnipeg Jets will face the Oilers in a New Year's Eve game on December 31 for the second straight year, Jack Eichel and the Buffalo Sabres will make their sole visit to Rogers Place on January 23, the NHL's Original Six Boston Bruins will visit on February 20 and another iconic franchise, the New York Rangers on March 3.
Eberle told reporters that he knows several of his new teammates-including Tavares, Andrew Ladd, Travis Hamonic and Thomas Hickey-having trained with them in the past.
Signed at a cap hit of $2.5-million, Strome will be a restricted free agent after next season.
"For me right now, I'm definitely excited to be a New York Islander". "He brings speed and a knack for scoring not only consistently, but scoring big goals, in big games".
Eberle should provide proven scoring punch to the first line, taking some of the pressure off emerging young forwards like Josh Ho-Sang and Anthony Beauvillier as they come into their own over the next few seasons.
During the post-season, Eberle slipped down the Oilers' lineup and finished the post-season, the first of his career, without a single goal to his name.
This is a solid deal that works out huge for both teams, Edmonton needs more depth down the middle while the Islanders need more help on the wings. Now it'll be using all of those savings to pay for Eberle, who has a $6 million cap hit for the next two seasons before he hits free agency.
He's got a good pedigree - the Mississauga, Ont., native was picked just behind Larsson and four back of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in 2011.
With the Oilers looking to save cap space for extensions to their young players, including both McDavid and Draisaitl - the latter needing a new contract for the 2017-18 season - it would appear the Oilers were simply looking to dump some salary while getting a serviceable, young player with high upside. Both deals could exceed $6 million per season, and freeing up the additional cap space gives the Oilers almost $24 million to work with this summer.