The Edmonton Oilers moved to shore up a suspect blue line on Monday, announcing that they had traded a third-round pick to Dallas for veteran defender Mark Fistric. The trade is pending the results of a medical exam. Fistric is from Edmonton originally and was the 28th overall pick in the 2004 NHL Draft. He has played 257 games in the NHL, all of them with the Dallas Stars. He has three career goals and has recorded 23 points over the course of his career. Obviously, Fistric was not acquired for his offense. He does, however, add some much needed NHL experience to a blue line that was already thin before the loss of Andy Sutton to injury. Sutton's role is the logical one for Fistric to fill – he's a tough, third-pairing defender at even-strength and a guy who can chip in on the penalty kill as well. Last year he played third-pairing minutes for the Stars at even-strength and was a regular while short-handed (fourth among Stars defenders). Fistric likely now sits sixth on the Oilers' defensive depth chart, behind the top pairing of Jeff Petry/Ladislav Smid, veterans Nick Schultz and Ryan Whitney, and highly-touted rookie Justin Schultz. His addition almost certainly means that Colten Teubert is slated for a return to Oklahoma, and bumps Corey Potter and Theo Peckham into a competition for the seventh spot in the rotation. Given the similarities in their playing style, it may also spell the end of Peckham's time as an Oiler.
The Edmonton Oilers acquire Mark Fistric from Dallas
Edmonton Journal | Jan 14