The market value was set for 33-year-old centre Mark Letestu when Nashville flipped him to Columbus for a fourth-round draft pick. So in landing forward Pontus Aberg from the Predators for Letestu, Edmonton Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli accomplished his primary goal heading into the 2018 trade deadline: Find young, fast prospects who can help possibly right away, as opposed to draft picks who won’t play for another three or four years. So, the question becomes, does the 24-year-old Aberg qualify as a “prospect?” Or, after a season in which he was returned to AHL Milwaukee and was healthy-scratched several times in Nashville, are the Predators giving up on a player who has leveled off? “My dad is a carpenter. He used to play hockey. That’s how I started,” Aberg told me last spring during the Predators playoff run. “A family with sports — my mom played handball back home. That’s how I started playing.” He may be the son of a carpenter, but Aberg won’t come to Edmonton as a saviour. They’ll be hoping he can lend some speed to their top-nine and penalty killing units.
Oilers partially address need for speed on the wing with Pontus Aberg acquisition
Sportsnet | Feb 25