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3 Players That The Edmonton Oilers Need To Trade

By Skylar Peters
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#2: Ales Hemsky

Nov 9, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Flyers goalie

Steve Mason

(35) makes a save against Edmonton Oilers left wing

Taylor Hall

(4) and right wing Ales Hemsky (83) during the third period at Wells Fargo Center. The Flyers defeated the Oilers, 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

There once was a time when Edmonton trusted Ales Hemsky with the bulk of their offensive duties. Now, instead of entering the prime of his career as a 30-year old, Hemsky has found his game deteriorating, and he’s continually playing a smaller and smaller role in each game the Oilers play. Hemsky should be a veteran presence among the youth on the team, but instead, he is being pulled around by those said players. Hemsky, when skating on a line with Taylor Hall, is easily the slowest in the group, and he misses many opportunities for the line when an opposing defender closes the gap on him. In a different environment, Hemsky could be a 3rd-line winger, providing his talents in a secondary scoring role. However, on an Oilers team that struggles to put the puck in the net, he is finding the weight of the offensive burden too heavy for him to shoulder. Hemsky has the ability to regain the magic he saw in his 20+ goal seasons, but they won’t be coming in Edmonton again. It is time for the Oilers to make a move while there is still interest in the former 1st round draft pick.