After an impressive run to the Western Conference Finals, the Edmonton Oilers’ elimination against the Colorado Avalanche on Monday night confirmed the final condition in their most recent trade with the Montreal Canadiens.
When the Canadiens initially traded Brett Kulak at the NHL Trade Deadline, it took a while for the two teams to formally announce the trade after NHL insiders broke it. The reason for that was to set the proper language in stone on the trade in order for the Oilers to honour a previous condition they included in an earlier trade made in the summer of 2021. Now that the Oilers’ playoff run is over, here’s how all these conditions break down:
The Duncan Keith Trade
On July 12, the Oilers sent defenceman Caleb Jones and a conditional 2022 3rd round pick to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for veteran defenceman Ducan Keith and winger Tim Söderlund. The condition in that trade, and why this matters for Montreal, revolves around the Oilers’ playoff success and Keith’s implication in said success.
The condition stated that the Oilers would send a 2nd round pick in 2022, instead of a 3rd round pick, should they reach the Stanley Cup Finals in 2022 and for Keith to be one of the top-4 most used defencemen (time on ice) during that run.
Since the Oilers are not moving on to the Stanley Cup Finals this year, the Blackhawks will now officially be receiving the Oilers’ 3rd round pick (94th overall)
Montreal Canadiens Receive 62nd Overall Pick
With the Keith trade finalized and the final conditions not met, the Montreal Canadiens officially received the Edmonton Oilers’ 2022 2nd round pick. Having been the lowest seed to make the Conference Finals, the Oilers’ 2nd round pick would have normally fallen to 61st overall. However, due to a compensatory 2nd round pick afforded to the Minnesota Wild at 56th overall, all subsequent selections are bumped down an extra rank. This means that the Oiler’s 2nd round pick will officially rank at 62nd overall.
With the rank of the Montreal Canadiens’ 2022 draft picks now becoming clearer as we approach the Stanley Cup Finals, the club will be well-positioned to be as aggressive as they’d like on the draft floor, with 14 picks in tow.