[HUGE IF TRUE is a column breaking down the plausibility of the week's biggest rumor.]
The rumor has been going for a little more than a week at this point, and it seems to really be picking up steam this week as the Oilers continue to lose. Edmonton is sick of getting pushed around, so it's looking to trade someone that will get them a decent return.
That someone? Well, according to TSN's Ryan Rishaug, it's a player like a Jordan Eberle or Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. That is to say, a player with some skill and value that would help them immediately; “Hey, Travis Hamonic is available!!!” and so on. Rishaug further noted that he believes Nugent-Hopkins, a 22-year-old former No. 1 pick with 205 points in 282 career games (a pace for almost 60 points per 82 games), would be the more likely player to be dealt because of the Oilers' apparent and sudden abundance of center depth — Connor McDavid, Nugent-Hopkins, Leon Draisaitl, and Anton Lander down the middle is about as good as you canRead More »from Huge If True: What about these Ryan Nugent-Hopkins trade rumors?