Today, the New York Rangers announced that they have traded the rights to prospect Jayden Grubbe to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for a 2023 5th-round pick. Grubbe’s rights are set to expire tomorrow and he will be eligible to re-enter the 2023 NHL entry draft if the Oilers do not offer an entry-level contract to this player before then, which I’m assuming will be the case if they traded a fifth for his rights.
Grubbe recorded 18 goals and 49 assists for 67 points in 64 games with the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League. His offensive upside is something that the Oilers wanted for their farm system and the Rangers did not have him in their long-term plans so they get a 5th-round pick in the upcoming draft for a player they were going to lose for nothing tomorrow anyway. People have asked for better asset management from Drury, and he did that here.
At 6’2, 200 lbs, this is a big player that has put on some size since he was drafted and the forward has really started to fill out for someone who is just 20 years of age. Edmonton will be hoping that they can push his offensive talents to the next level and he can one-day slot into that lineup as a depth piece for the Oilers. It would be a good return on investment for the Oilers if they could get NHL time from this player.
For the Rangers, now they have a 5th-round pick in this draft after dealing their own away a year ago to the Winnipeg Jets in the deal that brought Andrew Copp to the Rangers organization. It’s not a lot, but this close to the draft, teams are trying to grab all the picks they can so they can strengthen their organizations on the floor, and that is what the Blueshirts did. Get a pick for a player they were going to lose anyway.