The Edmonton Oilers appear to be done. Signing Kailer Yamamoto will happen in the next while and after that we wait for training camp, preseason and then the beginning of (in the words of Roberto Luongo) the official start of “how did that go in?” season.
I have questions.
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I’m a fan of bringing Koekkoek in, his Edmonton numbers don’t rhyme but his career as a whole looks good. KK arrived, struggled, had a good two-week run in the back half of January before getting injured. I think he’ll play 50+ games, and assume the same for Russell and Bouchard.
Lagesson would be the first recall, after that Berglund, Samorukov, Niemelainen and Broberg would be in the mix. First recall option in goal would be Stuart Skinner, suspect they’ll want Woodcroft, Manson and whoever replaces Houle to have a long look at Ilya Konovalov before he is elevated. Any goalie who runs hot in preseason has a chance to play NHL games in 2021-22. It is not a completely stable position for the Edmonton Oilers at this time.
Up front, first LW recall would be Brendan Perlini and let’s face it he could make the team with Benson waived and possibly headed to Bakersfield. At center, Holloway and Marody on right wing.
Now, my main point: The Oilers STILL have plenty of room. It’s crazy. They could add six names today and still not get to 50.
POSSIBLE OILERS OPENING NIGHT ROSTER
I have Klefbom on the roster, and Bouchard, Benson and McLeod in the minors ready for recall as soon as the season is officially underway. Klefbom gets place in injured reserve, and the recalls happen. There is $350,000 left, Kailer Yamamoto might not get $2M this summer.
This is the kind of move I have been anticipating for the Oilers, several men like Moser (I had him No. 74 in the 2021 draft) remain available. I’ve mentioned Billy Constantino among others this summer, but at this point we’re probably looking at training camp invites and PTO’s as opposed to full signings. RHD and RC are always areas that can be shored up.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
At 10 this morning, we kickstart the weekend with all kinds of chatter across several leagues on TSN1260. Steve Lansky from Inside the Truck podcast will join us at 10:20 to discuss CFL Week Two, and the Field of Dreams game. Hernan Salas from TSN1260 will help preview the Elks game and tell us what’s going on with the Stampeders, and we’ll chat about Slater Koekkoek and where he’ll land on the depth chart. Also looking at an NFL guest, waiting for confirm. 10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. Talk soon!