Hunter, who's currently the GM of the OHL's London Knights, is one of multiple candidates the Oilers are still considering, Friedman added.
The 56-year-old is considered by many to be a draft guru. He joined the Toronto Maple Leafs' front office in October 2014 as their director of player personnel. Hunter became the club's co-interim GM - along with Kyle Dubas - in April 2015 after the firing of Dave Nonis, remaining in the position until Lou Lamoriello was hired in July 2015. He then served as an assistant general manager with the Leafs until Dubas was named the team's GM in April 2018.
Four of Hunter's draft picks during his tenure in Toronto have made the NHL: Mitch Marner (No. 4, 2015), Travis Dermott (No. 34, 2015), Auston Matthews (No. 1, 2016), and Carl Grundstrom (No. 57, 2016).
The Oilers fired GM Peter Chiarelli in January. Keith Gretzky has since filled the position in an interim role.