You’ll often hear Oilers fans complain about free agents not coming to Edmonton, but the club has signed some big names since Connor McDavid arrived. From Andrej Sekera to Milan Lucic to Tyson Barrie and Zach Hyman, the only limitation appears to be cap room.
Edmonton has also done well with PTO’s since 2015, but the human brain can only remember so many things. You might have the lyrics to Love Hurts, a complicated joke you’re saving for a friend, your phone number when you were 10 and a detailed visual of your wife/husband/bf/gf that takes a lot of memory.
So names like Kris Versteeg and Eric Gryba (2016), Chris Kelly (2017), Scottie Upshall and Jason Garrison (2018), Devin Shore and Ryan Stanton (2020), and that’s a partial list, prove Edmonton does in fact attract free agents great and small. What about this year?
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- RW Kyle Palmieri. I don’t see him coming to Edmonton, but it’s worth a call.
- LHD Zdeno Chara. I don’t care. I know he’s rumoured to be heading to Florida, but he’s No. 1 on my list until he signs.
- RHD Sami Vatanen. He appears to have lost his offense but the possession numbers and puck moving remain solid.
- RC Tyler Bozak. I’d bring him in despite the addition of Ryan. That’s a position where the Oilers have great utility, but one more RH pivot would be a wonderful luxury.
- RHD Michael Stone. He played 21 games (2-2-4) with possession stats around 50 percent. He is a veteran but past 30 and has some coverage gaps.
- RHD Jason Demers. He was 41, 0-4-4 with the Coyotes, outscored 21-34 and at 33 he may be done. You never know.
- LHD Erik Gustafsson. Surprised he’s still out there, and he does bring chaos, but this is a talented puck mover.
- RW Alex Chiasson. I would bring him back, he was effective in his Edmonton years.
- LW Michael Dal Colle. He’s a Glen Sather special. Former top pick looking for a second chance.
I expect we’ll see one, a RH defender. There’s no problem with the 50-man absolutely miles of room:
Ken Holland has a fairly set roster, I have 17 “Certain” Oilers and in all honesty with a signed Kailer Yamamoto added to Ryan McLeod and Slater Koekkoek we’re at 20.
Corey Pronman has his prospect rankings up today, the Edmonton Oilers are here. I will endeavor to get Mr. Pronman on the Lowdown at some point this week.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
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