As we approach free agency, and begin to hear names connect to the Oilers, we can make assumptions about the roster. For instance, Edmonton is going to acquire a veteran goaltender, meaning Shane Starrett will be in Bakersfield, the team isn’t going to acquire Tristan Jarry and Anthony Stolarz is down the line.
There are a plethora of defensemen available, meaning a Kris Russell trade is a distant bell, at least for now. Wingers? Brett Connolly is available but might take up most of the cap room available. What does that mean to the rest of procurement?
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- New Lowetide: Oilers top 20 prospects summer 2019.
- New Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Raphael Lavoie’s QMJHL coach is confident the Oilers’ No. 38 pick will prove worth the wait
- New Jonathan Willis: Having added top KHL stopper Ilya Konovalov, how will the Oilers handle a crowded goalie pipeline?
- New Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Ken Holland doesn’t lose sight of the big picture in drafting defenceman Philip Broberg over a forward
- Lowetide: The heat is on Ken Holland’s Oilers for Day 2 of the NHL Draft.
- Lowetide: Oilers Draft Day 1: Getting it right at No. 8 overall and multiple trade winds for Ken Holland.
- Willis and Mirtle: Are the Oilers and Maple Leafs good trading partners?
- Lowetide: Are these Jesse Puljujarvi’s final days with the Edmonton Oilers?
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Analyzing the early Edmonton Oilers’ 2019-20 depth chart.
- Lowetide: The Oilers’ conundrum in taking Philip Broberg with the No. 8 overall pick
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Ranking the Oilers’ trade assets from the high-priced diamonds to those needing fresh starts
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Evaluating the pros and cons of potential Oilers buyout candidates
- Lowetide: Oilers GM Ken Holland is shopping for 20-goal scorers on a budget. What will he find?
RIGHT (NY) GARD?
Joakim Nygard is a fascinating cat. His NHLE is 19-13-32 and that would represent No. 2 line LW on this club. Can he handle that? I mean, he’s a speed demon and the SHL is a good league, but could he score 19 goals in the NHL with Nuge and maybe some power-play time?
Year over year Nygard looks consistent, he increased his shot and goal totals this past season, both campaigns look good (this is SHL).
50-MAN ROSTER (42)
Edmonton has to qualify several rfa’s today, that gets them back on the roster. Jesse Puljujarvi will be qualified, I assume Jujhar Khaira will be as well. After that, we may see all of Tyler Vesel, Colin Larkin and Robin Norell walked. Edmonton has already indicated Tobias Rieder and Ty Rattie will not return.
CURRENT PROJECTED LINEUP
This is obviously not the final roster but does serve to show how much work Ken Holland has left to do this summer. Ideally, Starrett, Manning, Benson, Currie, Brodziak and possibly others are upgraded but there’s going to be too much month at the end of the money.
Edmonton has the cap room to get a goalie and one, two wingers. I think a buyout is possible.
Rumors online that the Oilers will sigh RH center Gaetan Haas in free agency after July 1. Here is the story. EP says he plays a reliable game, Haas scored 50, 15-23-38 for Bern last season (Mark Arcobello led the team in points with 53). Here’s how he would lineup NHLE compared to Edmonton’s prospects/minor leaguers.
I expect he’ll be fighting it out for a roster spot with a bunch of names on this list, as well as Colby Cave and Kyle Brodziak. His range of skills bodes well for him, and his skating (described as excellent) might be the key element for him in making the team.
We’ve had him on the radar for some time, looks like the Capitals winger is a real possibility. Here’s what I wrote back in March (here):
He’ll turn 27 in the spring, and has just posted his first 20-plus goal season in the NHL. Once viewed as a failed draft pick (he was No. 6 overall to Tampa Bay in 2010) Connolly has emerged as a reliable scoring winger who is just now reaching his peak value.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
A fun morning with great guests and some meaty, beaty, big and bouncy things to discuss. It all starts at 10, TSN1260. Jonathan Willis from The Athletic will join us, we’ll talk the weekend draft and free agency to come. Sean Woodley will be by from Locked on Raptors and TSN1150 to talk awards, offseason and being cool around Kawhi. Finally, Scott Wheeler from The Athletic will discuss Edmonton’s draft and some of the big winners from last weekend. Talk soon! 10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter.