The Edmonton Oilers haven’t officially announced the signing yet, but Bogdan Yakimov’s contract numbers are up on Capgeek. It’s an $842,500 cap hit, and the AAV is $925,000 (that’s all in, with maxing bonuses). He’ll make $70,000 in Oklahoma City. Question: How long will he play there?
VOLLMAN NHL EQUIVALENCY FOR BOGDAN YAKIMOV: 82GP, 14-9-23
Is that enough to beat out Anton Lander? I think Yakimov gets that job, but not because of the NHLE.
- Bogdan Yakimov 6.04, 220
- Leon Drasaitl 6.01, 209
- Anton Lander 6.00, 194
The Oilers small center for next season is Mark Arcobello. I think the club tries to get a bigger man to play 2line C behind Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, but the future comes from Russia and Germany. I don’t think there’s much doubt. I also think we should prepare for the possibility that Yakimov gets a really good look on a line with Yakupov and a veteran two-way winger during pre-season.
Yakimov’s signing makes six entry-level deals for 2014-15:
- Darnell Nurse: 2013 1st round pick will get a long look in training camp. This is a slide rule deal that does in fact slide.
- Mitchell Moroz: 2012 2nd round pick will likely play in Oklahoma City next season, although time in Bakersfield is possible.
- Jujhar Khaira: 2012 3rd round pick who has already played (and well) with the Barons. An AHL ticket for 2014-15 is very likely.
- Dillon Simpson: 2011 4th round pick who has a really nice resume. He’ll be a strong candidate to play in Oklahoma City next season.
- Bogdan Yakimov: 2013 3rd round pick, big Russian center MacT likes, I think he’ll play at least 40 games in Oklahoma City this coming season.
- Jordan Oesterle: College free agent signing, a complete wild card.
We should watch for names like Marco Roy, John McCarron and Erik Gustafsson as possible signings in the next few weeks. And of course Draisaitl when they take him. Who is the most likely player to make the NHL team in the fall?