The Edmonton Oilers have some exceptional young wingers but lack the veteran 2-way types so important to the NHL game.
Wingers currently under contract to the Edmonton Oilers:
- Taylor Hall
- Jordan Eberle
- Ales Hemsky
- Ryan Jones
- Ben Eager
- Magnus Paajarvi
- Teemu Hartikainen
UFA’s are Ryan Smyth (we know they offered him a contract courtesy Matty), Lennart Petrell and Darcy Hordichuk. Edmonton may draft Nail Yakupov next month, and if they signed both free agents offered contracts plus drafted the Russian the depth chart would number 10. And I still think there’s a good chance they sign Hordichuk too.
Based on this report and our friends at google translate Petrell is interested in returning (which implies the Oilers are interested in having him) but will only sign a one-way deal. During the RE end of season discussion, I suggested it might be a good idea to have him return as a 4th line/HS option to possibly mentor the kids. He could slide up to the veteran line when injuries hit and could sit out some games without the organization fretting over his development.
I would hope Smyth’s deal is done first, but signing Petrell as a depth winger is an idea I can get behind. Looking for him to establish himself as a 3rd line “Pisani-type” is probably a stretch based on what we saw last season.