The Edmonton Oilers have extended Mark Arcboello for next season. No details yet, but Arcobello showed well enough during his time in Edmonton to justify a one-way contract. Among Oiler fringe players, Arcobello showed more and received less than the others in the group this season. I’ve wondered about this signing—this is a player who looks like he can survive in the NHL—because he spent half the season in the AHL after a splendid first half in Edmonton.
There’s some nice things here, beginning with a 48% Corsi for 5×5 on an Oiler team well below 45% (this screenshot was from earlier in the year). Where does Arcobello fit into next season? I expect he’ll be a depth player who can jump into a top 6 role as required. He can play center or wing, and move the puck well. He is also (it’s true) very good at puck retrieval and separating bigger men from the puck.
A surprise, welcome signing. Welcome to the 2014-15 Edmonton Oilers, Mark Arcobello!!! What the hell did you just do?????????/////