I’ve been thinking about this for some time, and have talked about it previously. Let’s play a game. Edmonton walks RFA’s Andreas Athanasiou and Matt Benning, allowing Ken Holland to spend an additional $5 million on free agents. And what if he spent it on RFA’s from other teams who have also been set free?
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RFA’S ON THE LOOSE?
What if most of the RFA’s are walked? I’m not talking about Ethan Bear, but rather about men who are arbitration eligible? Or those who have value but may not be worth the price? Could the Oilers use some of that $5 million on some value adds?
LW Drake Caggiula, Chicago Blackhawks. He made $1.5 million last year and is arbitration eligible. His five on five per 60 total is 1.79 and he’s a speed merchant. The ‘Hawks have $8 million in cap room and have to sign Dominik Kubalik, Corey Crawford and Dylan Strome, among others. Per 82 NHL games, he has scored 15 goals. If Holland could grab him for $1.1 million?
LW Andreas Athanasiou, Edmonton Oilers. He made $3 million last year and delivered just 1.26 five on five points per 60 after seasons of 1.95, 1.81 and 1.97. He could be a fine addition as the No. 3 left wing who jumps up the depth chart when the need arises. Could Holland sign him to $2.2 million?
RW Jake Virtanen, Vancouver Canucks. He earned $1.25 million last season and scored 18 goals. Canucks management expressed that they expected more from him in the postseason, perhaps there’s an opportunity. He posted 1.93 points per 60 at five on five, while his most common linemates were Adam Gaudette and Antoine Roussel. A weird situation but perhaps an opportunity to take advantage.
A long way to go, but it’s at least worth considering the idea: Broberg might be playing his final season in the SHL. Then it comes down to where he’ll play 2020-21. Two things: Remember who drafted Broberg (Holland) and keep in mind what Tyler Wright told Tony Brar: “We want to play with speed, we want to play with intensity and competitiveness. You have to be able to defend in this league. You look at last night, Dallas wins one nothing.”
We don’t get much on the late-round Euros unless they play in Sweden or Finland. Mazura is an interesting player, older than you’d think but he has skill.
OILERS DRAFT LIST
I do this internally, but there are public reports this year pertaining to Edmonton’s interest in specific players. Here’s an attempt at the Oilers top 15 entering the draft.
- L Alexis Lafreniere, QMJHL.
- LC Quinton Byfield, OHL.
- LC Tim Stutzle, DEL.
- LD Jake Sanderson, USHL.
- LC Cole Perfetti, OHL.
- RW Alexander Holtz, SHL.
- LW Lucas Raymond, SHL.
- RW Jack Quinn OHL.
- LW Dylan Holloway, Big 10.
- G Yaroslav Askarov, VHL.
- RC Jacob Perreault, OHL.
- LD Kaiden Guhle, WHL.
- RW Dawson Mercer, QMJHL.
- RC Mavrik Bourque, QMJHL.
- LC Marco Rossi, OHL.