Ken Holland isn’t done shopping, based on his own verbal. Jesse Puljujarvi is in play, the free-agent signings are likely done and not adequate compared to the team’s needs. What does this team have?
Here is the 49-man list, with two slides.
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1 G Mikko Koskinen. $4.5 million for three seasons beginning 2019-20. I don’t like the money but am fine with the bet.
2 G Mike Smith. A $2 million, one year investment. I think it’s risky, would have preferred a less weathered option.
3 G Shane Starrett. $700, 000 this season and then an RFA and arbitration eligible. I believe he has a chance here, needs to be dominant again in Bakersfield and wait for his chance.
4. G Dylan Wells. $745,000 this coming season, the second year of his entry deal. All of the young goalies need to show separation this season, Holland’s drafting of Ilya Konovalev may have started a clock.
5 G Stuart Skinner. $784,166 this season, the middle year of entry. He had his moments, including a playoff performance that may give him traction. He’s in the same spot as Wells.
6 G Olivier Rodrigue. $809,167 and he’s one of two contracts (Broberg) that will slide before the season begins. Solid goalie prospect.
7 LD Oscar Klefbom. $4.167 million through summer 2023. Klefbom is a vital player for this team, as he displays the complete range of skills and can be counted on in any situation. His health is central to success.
8 LD Darnell Nurse. $3.2 million for another season and then RFA. A big season on the way, he’s going to get a massive raise next summer if he delivers 40+ points again. I wrote about him here.
9 LD Caleb Jones. $720,000 this season and then RFA. The way has been cleared for a young defenseman and Jones will arrive in camp as the favourite. Exceptional skater, good puck moving ability.
10 LD Brandon Manning. $2.25 million and then UFA. It makes sense to keep him on the roster as a No. 7D over a younger player who needs plenty of work. I don’t think he’ll play much in the NHL 2019-20.
11 LD William Lagesson. $741,666 next season and RFA. He remains under the radar because of Jones, but the organization may feel he’s close as well.
12 LD Keegan Lowe. $675,000 this season and then UFA. He has been mentor to several of the youngsters currently climbing the ladder.
13 LD Dmitri Samorukov. His entry level deal starts this fall ($825,000). The future as it pertains to shutdown defensemen. Maybe there’s more here.
14 LD Philip Broberg. First-round pick just signed, he has a major future with the Oilers if he develops.
15 RD Adam Larsson. $4.166 million for two more seasons and then UFA. One of the most important players on the team. Vital he rebound.
16 LD Kris Russell. $4 million this and next year. He is not a strong partner for Darnell Nurse based on Puck IQ metrics.
17 RD Matt Benning. $1.9 million next season and then RFA. I like him enough to consider him a legit top-4 D option, would place him on second pair over Russell.
18 RD Joel Persson. $1,000,000 next year and then RFA. Has a chance to make the team, important he impress early.
19 RD Ethan Bear. $720,000 this and next year. Impossible to know where he lands, there is a version of the script that gets him an early recall so Bouchard and others can continue to develop in the minors.
20 RD Logan Day. $750,000 and then RFA. Puck mover has outstanding ability and earned himself an NHL deal.
21 RD Evan Bouchard. $925,000 entry deal kicks in this fall. Bouchard is just entering pro hockey but could climb over a bunch of these young blue at any time. Suspect he’s in the NHL by March.
22 RD Ryan Mantha. $870,000 next season if he plays.
23 LC Connor McDavid. $12.5 million through 2026. The franchise. He left unhappy and injured, and it will be fascinating to see how he approaches 2019-20. There’s a lot of pressure.
24 LC Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. $6 million this and one season after. Nuge is central to Edmonton’s success in 2019-20. Tippett will need him to center a tough minutes line that can outscore opponents.
25 RC Gaetan Haas. $925,000 for one season and then UFA. A real wildcard, he is a righty and has speed. Can he deliver enough offense?
26 RC Kyle Brodziak. $1.15 million next season and then UFA. I believe he’ll go LTIR if he doesn’t make the team. What does he have to prove in Bakersfield?
27 LC Colby Cave. $675,000 next season and then RFA. He has a job but the GM who brought him in is gone. No idea where he lands.
28 RC Josh Currie. $687,500 this coming season and then UFA. Don’t look past Currie, who impressed down the stretch with the Oilers. He could catch on in a number of areas.
29 RC Cameron Hebig. $759,166 next season and then RFA. He started strong and then faded as other youngsters emerged. Some of those men may be in Edmonton in 2019-20, it’s go time for a pretty skilled forward.
30 LC Ryan McLeod. $834,167 times three, his entry deal begins this fall. A speed demon who was shy as a scorer during his junior career, his first pro season will be fun to track.
31 LC Brad Malone. $700,000 and then UFA next summer. Center insurance likely to spend most or all of the season in Bakersfield.
32 LW Leon Draisaitl. $8.5 million through 2025 summer. A 50-goal season is the stuff of legends, can he do it again?
33 LW Joakim Nygard. $925,000 this season and then UFA. At 26, the blazer arrives in the NHL. He’s in a fantastic spot, my estimates have him winning a job on one of the skill lines.
34 LW Milan Lucic. $6 million through 2023 summer. Kurt Leavins has talked about a late bonus and trade, others have suggested the big man is coming back. The best spot, based on current roster, might be No. 2 line with Nuge. They won’t score a lot but can keep the puck a long way from danger and that has appeal.
35 LW Jujhar Khaira. $1.2 million for the next two seasons. Khaira brings a nice range to the team, but will need to post more offense to stay ahead of Benson and others.
36 LW Tyler Benson. $808,333 this and next season, then RFA. Stunning passes are his calling card and Benson’s creativity is going to get him chances and soon. He starts at the top of the AHL roster, but with Khaira and Lucic ahead of him, I can see a skill line job available very soon.
37 LW Joe Gambardella. $700,000 times two and then UFA. I believe he has a chance to make the big club out of camp, depending on Benson’s situation. Great forechecker, Tippett will value it.
38 LW Nolan Vesey. $817,500 this season and then RFA. One of the ‘small c’ curious moves made by Peter Chiarelli, Vesey is not a productive AHL player.
39 LW Ostap Safin. $775,000 entry deal starts in the fall. Injuries completely derailed his season and may have a major impact on his career. There’s concern here.
40 RW Sam Gagner. $3.15 million this season, then UFA. Per 82 games during his NHL career, Gagner scores 16 goals and 46 points. Edmonton needs all of that from him this year.
41 RW Alex Chiasson. $2.15 million times two. He scored 22 and cashed on a two-year deal. I think 12-15 is a reasonable bet for goals and he can play up and down the lineup.
42 RW Zack Kassian. $1.95 million this season and then UFA. Chiasson’s signing may impact his future with the Oilers, but right now he’s penciled in on the McDavid line.
43 RW Markus Granlund. $1.3 million and then UFA. He can play all forward positions, I listed him here due to Puljujarvi’s uncertainty. Impressive utility.
44 RW Tomas Jurco. $750,000 this season and then UFA. He has a compelling resume and could be the surprise of a quiet free agent summer. Jurco’s skills are enough to get him a job on either wing if he shows well.
45 RW Jesse Puljujarvi. RFA. His future with the team remains up in the air, but if he does sign there will be plenty of room for him.
46 RW Cooper Marody. $925,000 this year and next year, then RFA. He doesn’t get much chatter but Marody is the most obviously talented of the minor leaguers. Can make it at center or on the wing.
47 RW Kailer Yamamoto. $894,166 this year and next year then RFA. He has enough talent to rise quickly on this list, and I don’t buy the idea more time is needed. That said, he needs to show he can score goals in the NHL.
48 RW Patrick Russell. $700,000 and then UFA. He has some speed issues, but brings a rugged style and is a PK scoring machine in the AHL.
49 RW Kirill Maksimov. $775,000 entry deal starts in the fall. Scorer in junior, if he connects early and often look for him to move up the depth chart quickly. Based on reports, I think he may take a little time to learn playing away from the puck.