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Edmonton Oilers Acquire Mike Brown from Toronto Maple Leafs

John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Edmonton Oilers have made a trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Maple Leafs will send right winger Mike Brown to the Oilers for a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft.

You have to be a bit confused by this move if you are an Oilers fan. If you’ve been dying for the team to make a trade to try and shake things up, then at first, this seems like a good idea. But when you look at what Brown “brings” to the Oilers, you’ll likely be left scratching your head in wonder.

In 254 career games, Brown has 14 goals, 11 assists and 519 penalty minutes, so clearly he is being brought in to be a tough guy because his offensive prowess is virtually non-existent. He is averaging less than five minutes a game, and appears to have a tendency to like to beat on opponents whenever the opportunity arises.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t Edmonton have a guy like this on their squad for the last season-plus before they waived him recently for lack of production? Some guy named Darcy Hordichuk? So how exactly will this help them?

The Oilers currently have Jordan Eberle, Ales Hemsky, Nail Yakupov, and Ryan Jones on the right side, so there’s no room for him there. Things are more open on the left, with Taylor Hall, Ryan Smyth, Magnus Paajarvi and Ben Eager not exactly striking a lot of fear into the hearts of their opponents as a whole.

But the Oilers also have quality role players in Lennart Petrell and the sorely underused Teemu Hartikainen at their disposal as well, so maybe a demotion is coming for one of those players? Or perhaps for center Chris VandeVelde?

The Oilers aren’t going to play Brown on one of the top lines where their elite, young, and very small forwards are to protect them, so what is the point of this transaction?

The most interesting aspect of this trade is that the pick becomes a third-rounder if the Oilers make the playoffs this season. The chances of that happening aren’t looking great right now, but if it does happen, why on earth are they giving up as high as a third-round pick for this guy? It doesn’t make any sense.