The college free-agent season is underway and the Edmonton Oilers have also signed a CHL free agent (Ryan Mantha) so far this spring. There is a long way to go, especially up front. Let’s begin the conversation with some news from our friend Stud Muffin:
— Stud Muffin (@StudMuffinOIL) May 1, 2017
With Lagesson back in Sweden this fall, that gives us some idea about the fall roster in Bakersfield. If I’m a betting man, the following list is what we might call a lock for California in October:
The Oilers have plenty of RFA prospects, and I imagine we’ll see the team walk away from many. Edmonton’s 50-man list for 2017-18 is here:
We could see any number of RFA’s re-signed, but I’ve chosen only Dillon Simpson and Joey Laleggia as Condors in the fall. Men like Griffin Reinhart and Jujhar Khaira are likely to be in the NHL this fall and are eligible for waivers.
It’s also true that men like Anton Slepyshev, who is not waiver-eligible this fall, will likely be in the NHL with the Oilers. That further narrows the possible list of Condors this fall.
2017 SUMMER (CONDORS)
- G Eetu Laurikainen: Unlikely to return.
- D Jordan Oesterle: Smart money is on him signing with another NHL team (with fewer LHD).
- D Mark Fayne: Has one more year on his NHL deal.
- D William Lagesson: We will wait for confirmation of Swedish season ahead.
- D David Musil: Already loaned to Arizona org, suspect he will move along (possibly KHL).
- D Mark Fraser: He might return in same veteran role.
- C-L Drake Caggiula: The possibility exists he could see AHL time in 2017-18.
- C Jere Sallinen: RFA, but his first NA season was disappointing.
- C Zach Pochiro: RFA, my guess is he won’t return.
- C Bogdan Yakimov: My guess is he will not return.
- C Henrik Samuelsson: Unusual signals from organization after he was acquired.
- R Jesse Puljujarvi: Strong possibility he is on the NHL roster this fall.
- R Iiro Pakarinen: He is RFA and likely to sign an NHL only deal if he signs with the Oilers.
- R Tyler Pitlick: He is UFA and should get an NHL deal from some team (maybe Edmonton).
- R Justin Fontaine: I think there’s a chance he gets a deal.
Union College forward Spencer Foo attended Oilers game last night. Edmonton is hoping to sign the local lad, but other teams in mix as well.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) April 15, 2017
The Oilers can go to free agents like Spencer Foo and offer a pretty attractive option. The NHL depth chart is going to see some tweaks and, at least for forwards, the minor league team offers little resistance in terms of depth chart at this time.