Report: Oilers Are The Front-Runners For Paul Ranger

It appears the Edmonton Oilers are interested in Toronto Marlies defenseman Paul Ranger.

Josh Rimmer reported last night, if Ranger goes to an NHL team, the Oilers are the front-runners.

It’s a no brainer here. Ranger had a really good season for Dallas Eakins on the Marlies and the coach helped him out this season overcome a few personal things.

It’s believed the Oilers are currently the front-runners due to Eakins connection with the Marlies.

In 51 games for the Marlies this year, Ranger tallied 25 points.

Ranger is a fairly big guy, 6-foot, 3-inches, 210 pounds, who always takes the man, moves up the ice quickly, is a strong passer, and is good enough defensively to be trusted against top-opponents.

If the Oilers land the Whitby, Ontario native, you can expect him to play a third pairing role, but keep in mind, he may be capable of moving into the top-four.

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