The Edmonton Oilers signed Jordan Oesterle to a one-year contract today, securing a young defender who could be part of the future. Oesterle performed very well in the NHL during a brief run. It is a very impressive contract for the Oilers, one year, two-way and $585,000 (source: Ryan Rishaug). Oesterle had an AAV of $925,000 and a contract worth $767,000 a year ago, so we might see a larger AHL total when the contract hits general fanager. Peter Chiarelli has been using this a bit recently (Tyler Pitlick) and it could be beneficial for cap purposes during this year.
JORDAN OESTERLE 15-16
- 5×5 points per 60: 0.83 (No. 3 among D with 250+ minutes 5×5)
- 5×4 points per 60: nil (in 29 minutes and 33 seconds)
- Corsi for 5×5 %: 48.6
- Corsi for 5×5 % REL: 8.8
- Qual Comp: second pairing
- Qual Team: third pairing
- Shots on goal/percentage: 24 shots
- Boxcars: 17, 0-5-5 .294
One question we should try to answer: Where does Oesterle rank on the depth chart? If we place him left side, I would say Oscar Klefbom, Andrej Sekera, Brandon Davidson, Darnell Nurse are ahead of him. So, he ranks No. 5—putting him in the AHL—with Griffin Reinhart who is probably banished for bonus purposes for much of the first half of the season. One thing that makes Oesterle more valuable this season? He is not waiver eligible. That could impact his being sent down (no waiver worry) but it also means he could be an early recall.
Oesterle was a Bob Green find, signed by Craig MacTavish. He has outstanding wheels and can pass the puck smartly. Even more impressive, the defensive improvement season over season in his two years pro has been terrific. He has some things in common with Brandon Davidson and is faster.
Difficult to put a negative spin on this signing.
At the AHL level, Oesterle is a more impactful player at both ends of the ice—and a work horse. We have two sources for TOI estimates from last season, Eric Rodgers and AHL Prospects. Below: Rodgers (AHLP in brackets) for each defender.
- Jordan Oesterle 21:09 (21:15)
- Griffin Reinhart 19:03 (18:06)
- Brad Hunt 19:01 (21:24)
- David Musil 18:09 (17:19)
- Joey Laleggia 16:51 (18:50)
- Dillon Simpson 16:09 (17:38)
- Darnell Nurse 16:05 (15:05)
- Ben Betker 14:43 (13:37)
His coach played him a lot, in the AHL and Oesterle is a candidate for NHL employment in 2016-17. That dandy contract helps his chances.
CURRENT 50-MAN LIST (40)
- G Cam Talbot. He will play 50 games next year. Who plays the other 30?
- G Laurent Brossoit. Projects as NHL backup/AHL starter.
- G Nick Ellis: Newly signed college free agent.
- G Eetu Laurikainen, AHL backup, he is signed for next year.
- D Oscar Klefbom. Splendid young player. Watch out for falling anvils.
- D Andrej Sekera, top 4D, important part of the team.
- D Brandon Davidson, this generation’s Pisani. Major solution, low price.
- D Mark Fayne, Jim Matheson mentioned buy out. I don’t see it.
- D Darnell Nurse, bet third pair with Davidson for 2016-17.
- D Jordan Oesterle, he is going to push for NHL time. A good young blue.
- D Griffin Reinhart, he will push for NHL time again this year.
- D Andrew Ference, LTIR looks very likely.
- D Dillon Simpson, I think we may see him a little in Edmonton this year.
- D Joey Laleggia, scored pretty well as an AHL rookie.
- D Ben Betker, big man was solid at ECHL level.
- D Caleb Jones, WHL D. Newly signed, definite slide rule.
- C Connor McDavid, the hockey world remains jealous. Who can blame them?
- C Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, am encouraged he may stay.
- C Leon Draisaitl, emerging NHL talent.
- C Mark Letestu, checking NHL C.
- C Anton Lander, may catch on as utility forward in 2016-17.
- C Jujhar Khaira, he is likely to push some more.
- C Bogdan Yakimov, big body, plenty of skill, wonder about the speed.
- C Kyle Platzer, may be the next Kyle Brodziak.
- L Taylor Hall, shine on you crazy diamond.
- L Benoit Pouliot, underrated by many. Trade rumors.
- L Patrick Maroon, an outstanding value contract.
- L Lauri Korpikoski, is he on the way out? No buyout in sight.
- L Matt Hendricks, checking NHL W.
- L Drake Caggiula. High profile signing, likely to see some NHL time.
- L Jere Sallinen, Newly signed, looks like tweener offense.
- L Mitch Moroz, AHL winger/enforcer, improved year over year.
- L Braden Christoffer, rugged winger did not have a good season.
- R Jordan Eberle, scoring winger, found chem with McDavid.
- R Nail Yakupov, I think he will be traded any day.
- R Zack Kassian, will play bottom 6F, Chiarelli-style rugged.
- R Tyler Pitlick. Young veteran just signed. Bakersfield, possible recalls 16-17.
- R Anton Slepyshev, this will be an important year for him.
- R Patrick Russell, power forward potential. Interesting new signing.
- R Greg Chase, minor league winger.
- R Iiro Pakarinen, he should get signed in the next while. RFA
- D Adam Clendening. Foot speed will cost him. RFA.
- D David Musil, his skills are duplicated multiple times. RFA.
- L Luke Gazdic. He is in tough at this points. RFA
- R Adam Cracknell, he brings some toughness and reliability. UFA.
R Rob Klinkhammer. Off to Russia. UFA.
- D Adam Pardy. He played well, doubt there is room. UFA.
- D Eric Gryba, UFA. A chance he signs. UFA.
- D Nikita Nikitin, UFA. Ufa alright.
- D Brad Hunt. Skills are duplicated elsewhere. UFA.
- L Josh Winquist. Best offensive prospect in the AHL currently—but does not have an NHL deal.
R Josh Currie Signed an AHL deal with Bakersfield.
- C Marco Roy. Began slowly, but fought his way up the depth chart and emerged as a solid option.
G Niklas Lundstrom. Signed with Bjorkloven for next year.
- L Kale Kessy. Rugged winger, skills duplicated on roster. RFA.
- R Andrew Miller. He may have traded himself. No chance he returns imo. UFA.
L Ryan Hamilton. May receive another deal from the Oilers. G Keven Bouchard. 2014 pick needs to be signed. L Daniil Zharkov. Own his rights.