For the first time in more than two decades, the Red Wings are considered sellers leading up to Wednesday’s NHL trade deadline.
Detroit will most likely see its 25-season playoff streak come to end, and are reportedly listening to trade offers for defenseman Brendan Smith and forward Riley Sheahan. Unrestricted free agents Thomas Vanek and Steve Ott could also be dealt.
Draisaitl, 21, set a career high for points with 77 (29 goals, 48 assists) in 82 games in 2016-17, his third NHL season.
He finished second on the Oilers in scoring behind only McDavid, who agreed to an eight-year, $100 million extension July 5.
We have something really special. It’s something I wanted to be a part of as long as possible, Draisaitl said via Twitter.
Draisaitl also led the Oilers in scoring in the 2017 playoffs, posting six goals and 10 assists in 13 games.
Over 191 career regular-season games with the Oilers, the native of Cologne, Germany, has accumulated 137 points (50 goals, 87 assists) and 44 penalty minutes.
As mentioned above, perhaps signing Alex Kerfoot would fill the Rangers’ void down the middle where the club has yet to fill the departed Derek Stepan’s skates. Mika Zibanejad assumes the No. 1 center role with Stepan traded this summer to the Coyotes, and Kevin Hayes moves up from third line to second. Veteran David Desharnais signed as a free agent, but at this stage of his career, he’s more of a fourth-liner and special teams option.