REPORT | Former eighth overall on the market? It fits the Canucks profile

Published September 3, 2023 at 11:35

The Edmonton Oilers will head into the 2023-24 season as one of top contenders in the Western Conference, as they've been for the last few seasons now.

With their defensive core featuring Darnell Nurse, Mattias Ekholm, Evan Bouchard, Cody Ceci and Brett Kulak, it's hard to find a place for 22-year-old Philip Broberg.

Broberg was the Oilers' first round pick back in 2019, where they selected him eight overall and according to Allan Mitchell of The Athletic, he could become a trade candidate this season.

"Broberg's size, speed, and reach give him a tremendous advantage over defensemen without these skills. A team less focused on the upcoming season and more on the future would find Broberg an attractive trade candidate." - Allan Mitchell.

The Orebro, Sweden native has appeared in 69 games over the last two seasons with the Oilers, recording 11 points (two goals, nine assists), ten penalty minutes and is a minus-two.

There's no doubt that Broberg will see some games in Edmonton this season, but as the year drags on and the Oilers want to add an asset or two for a deep playoff run, he could become a top trade piece as the deadline rolls around in early 2024.

Broberg would fit well into the Canucks' system and age-wise, would be a solid addition to what they already have and what Patrik Allvin is trying to build for right now, as well as the future.

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REPORT | Former eighth overall on the market? It fits the Canucks profile

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