THE PAPER CHASE

As we’ve discussed many times, waiting five years after a draft to pass judgement is the only way to go. This fall, we can put to bed the 2010 entry draft, and it looks like we’ll be able to declare two successful picks and maybe a third from that year. The 2010 draft saw eight of 11 sign pro deals, and on the weekend the 2013 draft saw the third of ten players signed to a pro contract when Greg Chase became an Oiler. The interesting thing to look at is their contract numbers.

DARNELL NURSE, NO. 7 OVERALL

nurse contract

These contracts at the top write themselves, it’s the same contract as Sean Monahan (who was taken No. 6 overall) save for the sliding year. Nurse gets the full signing bonus, some rich performance bonuses and his NHL salary is top of the chart. Now, let’s look at the other two.

BOGDAN YAKIMOV, NO. 83 OVERALL

yakimov capgeekYakimov got a nice deal, he’s a third round pick. Max. AHL deal, NHL salary increasing after a strong beginning (remember third-rounder here) and he gets all of the bonus money available for signing and maybe he grabs some of those performance dollars, too. Yakimov’s contract is extremely similar to Carter Verhaeghe’s deal, he’s the player who went one spot ahead of Yakimov.

GREG CHASE, NO. 188 OVERALL

CHASE CAPGEEK

This looks very similar to Yakimov’s contract (remember the Russian was taken 105 spots before Chase). Yakimov gets the higher NHL salary, Chase the bigger performance bonuses and it all adds up to $925,000 per year for both players. This is miles better than a normal 7th round contract, which looks like this:

BRODY SUTTER, NO. 193 OVERALL

brody sutterGreg Chase didn’t get a lot of respect draft day, but the Oilers paid him like a third-round pick with a future. Entry level deals tell us about how much teams value players, and for the Oilers the price tag may have been more dear after the season.

I wrote about Chase’s contract here.

 

GREG CHASE, REDLINE NO. 70

  • “A real Red Line favourite who flies under the radar. He’s a fine puck distributor who shows great patience and possesses the touch to constantly find linemates off the cycle. Keeps feet going after making a pass to sustain pressure in offensive zone. Versatile forward has spent time on every line and been effective in every role. Shows up every shift and his play away from the puck is impressive, makes things happen by constantly filling open ice. Refuses to back down in contested areas; first player into the corners. Wide skating stance helps him maintain balance and uses edges well to maximize glide. Hungry player has a great compete level and looks to make a difference every shift. Not as dynamic offensively as other prospects on this list, but plays a well-rounded, consistent game.”

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17 Responses to "THE PAPER CHASE"

  1. raventalon40 says:

    Wow! 3 articles in one day! What a beautiful Tuesday.

  2. Hammers says:

    Paying Chase like a 3rd rounder is smart business as is the one Yakimov got . Both very smart moves . Pay them as you think they can perform not where they got drafted . Wesgarth as an invitee gets nil for camp so untill they have an updated Gazdic status that was a smart move . Trusting they see the lineups before playing , ie Calgary / Edmonton same night ?

  3. godot10 says:

    A young LIndsay Wagner.

  4. VanOil says:

    Even better news with the Chase contract is his age. As he must return to the CHL this year, if he does not make the team, the contract can slide a year. The good news in this for both the club and the player is that it maximizes the chances that at least some of the contract is played in the NHL.

    Hopefully another year dominating the CHL, a year getting his feet wet in the AHL and then challenging for an NHL shot. As long as he continues to avoid the down arrows and the dreaded elevator shaft of injury.

  5. OilClog says:

    Nikita, Petry
    Marincin, Fayne
    Ference, Schultz
    Aulie, Klef

    Nurse.

    If Nurse comes in and plays his way onto this whole thing.. Kaboom!

    Marincin, Fayne
    Nurse, Nikita
    Ference, Jultz

    Or

    Marincin, Fayne
    Nurse, Jultz
    Ference Klef

    Or

    Nikita, Petry
    Nurse, Fayne
    Ference, Jultz

    Or

    Marincin, Petry
    Nurse, Fayne
    Ference Klef

    Or

    Nurse Jultz
    Marincin, Fayne
    Ference, Klef

    Could go on forever.

    If we know the stays are Fayne, Ference, and Nurse.. Presumably.. Wtf is about to transpire? Even if they push Nurse back another year I highly doubt Klef doesn’t push. I’m going with in year two of his contract our new mighty captain is already our 7th. Could we trade our new captain for our old captain? I know Ference is here for another 900 or so days no matter what, dreams are still wonderful.

    Watch package grabs Johansen?

    Petry or Schultz + Marincin or Klef + next years 1st + Lander get you into conversation?

  6. RexLibris says:

    OilClog,

    Basing this off of WG’s article the other day about Nikitin and newbie blueliners, I’d be tempted to pair Nurse with Nikitin or Petry.

    It allows Fayne and the remaining d-man of the two mentioned above to take the harder minutes. It leaves Schultz with Ference which we know is not a good thing, but it puts Nurse in the best position to succeed.

    I’d still rather he returned to the OHL and spent a season there and some time trying for the WJC, but if he does make the team his partner will be critical.

  7. Doug McLachlan says:

    OilClog,

    Not sure the Oilers could a) get Columbus to trade Johansen or b) be anymore successful in signing him for a reasonable $ amount.

  8. Mr DeBakey says:

    Off Topic

    I did not realize until just now that Fernando Pisani is now a full-time coach with the Golden Bears.

    http://athletics.ualberta.ca/teams/hockey-m/bears-hockey-news/2014/august/pisani-joins-bears-hockey-full-time

  9. TheOtherJohn says:

    Just as roster is set up so that Draisatl makes the team and is asked to play 16+ TOI a night against good opposition. The roster is set up to send Nurse back to junior. Hopefully the Oilers are not going to have him come in and play 3rd pairing/ PB

    They do have some peculiar ideas when it comes to roster assembly

    As to how everybody looks let’s wait for last 3 preseason games to see how all of the prospects look.

  10. Frank The Dog says:

    OilClog:
    Nikita, Petry
    Marincin, Fayne
    Ference, Schultz
    Aulie, Klef

    Nurse.

    If Nurse comes in and plays his way onto this whole thing.. Kaboom!

    Marincin, Fayne
    Nurse, Nikita
    Ference, Jultz

    Or

    Marincin, Fayne
    Nurse, Jultz
    Ference Klef

    Or

    Nikita, Petry
    Nurse, Fayne
    Ference, Jultz

    Or

    Marincin, Petry
    Nurse, Fayne
    Ference Klef

    Or

    Nurse Jultz
    Marincin, Fayne
    Ference, Klef

    Could go on forever.

    If we know the stays are Fayne, Ference, and Nurse.. Presumably.. Wtf is about to transpire? Even if they push Nurse back another year I highly doubt Klef doesn’t push. I’m going with in year two of his contract our new mighty captain is already our 7th.Could we trade our new captain for our old captain? I know Ference is here for another 900 or so days no matter what, dreams are still wonderful.

    Watch package grabs Johansen?

    Petry or Schultz + Marincin or Klef + next years 1st + Lander get you into conversation?

    I’d pair Jultz with Klef because Klef appears to have the hockey intellect to be able to deal with Jultz’ random behaviour.

  11. Hammers says:

    Doug McLachlan: OilClog, Not sure the Oilers could a) get Columbus to trade Johansen or b) be anymore successful in signing him for a reasonable $ amount.

    Not a hope they trade Johansen unless we floated Hall or maybe Ebs & Petry . Actually I won’t be surprised if they let him sit but the odds say he will sign & probably for $4 x2 or $4 then $5 . Time we get realistic on what or who a trade maybe for .

  12. Hammers says:

    Lets face it for those of you wanting a trade for another “C” there are 3 teams McT can target . The NYI have 6 and Niesen , Bailey ? , Nelson the ones they may move for a “D” ; then Columbus , they have 5 (including Johansen ) and Ansiminov looks the best bet to move probably for a winger ; Then Dallas , Eakin hasn’t signed and with him they have 5 and desperately need a “D” .There are still possible moves out there and I hope if McT is thinking about a move that its not with Dallas . If he makes a move for a center let it be with an Eastern team but I’m still trusting he will look at Leon , Arco & Lander to satisfy what he wants .

  13. Kmart99 says:

    MacT already made a statement saying there are no moves available to be made for a Centre right now. To me that not only means that teams are asking too much knowing the Oil need a 2C, but it also means MacT believes some of these cap crunch teams will fold and call him asking for a trade when the season starts. The Perron trade may have MacT thinking he can do that every year, so maybe he’s looking to deal Petry or Klefbom or Gernat with a combination of a pick or two in hopes of getting the 2C, but opposing teams just don’t want those players, they want Marincin. Just guessing. Last year he thought Klefbom would be ready but wasn’t. Right now the oil have Klefbom, Marincin, Nurse, and Aulie all fighting for two spots…. Doesn’t make sense that that would be the plan. Maybe MacT wants Klefbom and Nurse to be Top 4 D the moment they make the team… Which means what for Petry Fayne Nikitin Schultz Ference and Marincin…. Looking at that group I’d say Ference should be the one out the door, but his contract says otherwise. The oil have screwed themselves into either dealing Petry or burying Ference(I wish)

  14. Ca$h-Money! says:

    I love What Chase brings and really hope he continues to progress.

    I don’t understand the RyJo love. He had 1 good season, but not Hall good. He was benched at the AHL level what, 15 months ago, for his bad attitude? There are other blue jackets I’d be more excited about.

  15. boneshj says:

    I’ve been noticing that most, if not all, of MacTs ELCs are looking like this. I don’t mind it. They are essentially adjusting the NHL numbers based on pedigree, but saying that if you are good enough to be a significant contributor during your ELC, we’ll pay you the rookie max. It’s good incentive for the players and probably makes them feel valued. Odds are that none of them will collect the bonus money anyways.

    ELCs that have the NHL+Bonus money adding up to $925K:
    Bogdan Yakimov
    Dillon Simpson
    Iiro Pakarinen
    Jordan Osterle
    Martin Gernat
    Gregory Chase

    Others that would have if they hadn’t slided (i.e. bonus money for junior years drops the overall value by a bit to $894,167)
    David Musil
    Mitch Moroz
    Jujhar Khaira

  16. Bruce McCurdy says:

    boneshj,

    Huh, that’s interesting, thanks for pointing it out.

  17. supernova says:

    boneshj:
    I’ve been noticing that most, if not all, of MacTs ELCs are looking like this.I don’t mind it.They are essentially adjusting the NHL numbers based on pedigree, but saying that if you are good enough to be a significant contributor during your ELC, we’ll pay you the rookie max.It’s good incentive for the players and probably makes them feel valued.Odds are that none of them will collect the bonus money anyways.

    ELCs that have the NHL+Bonus money adding up to $925K:
    Bogdan Yakimov
    Dillon Simpson
    Iiro Pakarinen
    Jordan Osterle
    Martin Gernat
    Gregory Chase

    Others that would have if they hadn’t slided (i.e. bonus money for junior years drops the overall value by a bit to$894,167)
    David Musil
    Mitch Moroz
    Jujhar Khaira

    boneshj,

    I was just looking at this same thing myself.

    Not a bad strategy in my mind. Probably builds goodwill with the players early.

    It seems MacT and Howson want the Oilers to have perception as a team willing to pay and not drive a hard line.

    This might be very benificial down the road in attracting players whether it be an NHL player or a college free agent.

    Just hope they don’t get burnt on a big overpay. My main concern is overpay on term, not as much on a 1 year or 2 year deal.

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