Last night's game against the 'Yotes was a great opportunity to watch Oliver Ekman-Larson and he might be the closest thing to Lidstrom I've seen since #5 hung em up. He would fit in with the Wings room and system quite well and would slot everyone else down to where they probably should be. He's only 23, has a 5.5 cap hit and is signed through the 2018/19 season. As much as I would love the Wings to acquire a complementary piece (Petry, Franson), what they really need is a replacement for #5. We've got some good D prospects coming up, but they all appear to be 2nd/3rd pairing guys. We need a true #1 guy again.
OEL won't come cheap, he leads all defencmen in goals, his cap hit is reasonable. and he's signed long term. I would love to see Kenny offer: Mantha/a D prospect of the Yotes choice/1st round pick.
Would you make that trade? Do you think it's enough to pry OEL away from AZ?
I'll tabulate the results after a few days, I'm curious to see if I've really over-valued OEL based on his offence or if others think he will develop into a player of Lidstrom's caliber or not.