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Oilers' Tyler Benson: Re-signs with Edmonton
Benson signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Oilers on Saturday, per Daniel Nugent-Bowman of The Athletic.
The deal is worth $750,000 at the NHL level. Benson logged a goal and an assist in 29 games with Edmonton last season. The 24-year-old winger will likely compete for a bottom-six role with the Oilers in training camp.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Kailer Yamamoto: Inks two-year pact
Yamamoto (concussion) signed a two-year, $6.2 million contract with the Oilers on Wednesday.
Yamamoto finished last season with a career-high 41 points (20 goals, 21 assists) in 81 contests. The 23-year-old figures to compete with Jesse Puljujarvi for the last spot in the Oilers' top six, though Yamamoto can be considered to have the inside edge there with a higher scoring upside. He suffered a concussion in the Western Conference Finals but is expected to be ready for training camp.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Jesse Puljujarvi: Agrees to one-year deal
Puljujarvi (shoulder) penned a one-year, $3 million contract with Edmonton on Tuesday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
Puljujarvi and the Oilers were headed toward an arbitration hearing Friday but appear to have found a middle ground on a new contract. Last season, the 24-year-old winger surpassed the 30-point threshold for the first time in his career, no doubt in part to spending chunks of the season on Edmonton's top line with Connor McDavid. While Puljujarvi is far from a lock for that role heading into the 2022-23 campaign, he should be in the mix for a top-six role and could surpass the career mark of 36 points he set last year.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Mattias Janmark: Signs one-year deal with Edmonton
Janmark signed a one-year, $1.25 million deal with the Oilers on Sunday.
Janmark finished 2021-22 with 25 points and 89 shots on goal across 67 contests. The 29-year-old filled a variety of roles for the Golden Knights, who dealt with numerous injuries, but Janmark's at his best in a defensive-minded middle-six role.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Reid Schaefer: Inks entry-level deal
Schaefer signed a three-year, entry-level deal with Edmonton on Friday.
Schaefer was taken with the final pick in the first round of the 2022 NHL Entry Draft. The 18-year-old forward racked up 32 goals and 58 points in 66 games with WHL Seattle last season. He should spend next season in juniors again, as he's still a few years away from making an NHL impact.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Calvin Pickard: Lands with Edmonton
Pickard (undisclosed) signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Oilers on Wednesday.
Jack Campbell was signed to be the No. 1 and Stuart Skinner is likely his backup, so Pickard is at best the third-string option in net for the Oilers. The 30-year-old Pickard struggled in three games with the Red Wings, but he had a 2.58 GAA and a .918 save percentage in 43 contests with AHL Grand Rapids last year.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Greg McKegg: Heading out west
McKegg signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Oilers on Wednesday.
McKegg put up five points in 43 contests with the Rangers in 2021-22, playing mostly in a fourth-line role. He'll see similar usage in Edmonton, though a drop in ice time is likely given the Oilers' reliance on their top forwards.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Mike Smith: Unlikely to play next season
Smith (undisclosed) is unlikely to play in 2022-23, Daniel Nugent-Bowman of The Athletic reports.
Smith is apparently dealing with a number of injuries, which are collectively expected to keep him off the ice. Considering he's 40 years old and in the final year of his current contract, this could potentially spell the end of Smith's playing career. The Oilers are expected to roll with Jack Campbell and Stuart Skinner as their top-two goalies in 2022-23. Smith will likely formally be placed on long-term injured reserve at the start of the campaign.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Brett Kulak: Sticking with team
Kulak re-signed with Edmonton on a four-year, $11 million deal Wednesday.
After coming over to the Oilers at the trade deadline, Kulak notched eight points in 18 regular-season contests while adding five helpers in 16 playoff games. Including his numbers with Montreal, last season was KUlak's most productive as he crested the 20-point threshold for the first time in his eight-year NHL career. While he could repeat that feat in 2022-23, kulak shouldn't be expected to offer more than mid-range fantasy value given his limited offensive skill set.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Jack Campbell: Inks five-year deal
Campbell signed a five-year, $25 million contract with Edmonton on Wednesday, Darren Dreger of TSN reports.
Campbell will be the much sought-after upgrade in goal for Edmonton, which has long struggled to put a solid netminder behind Connor McDavid and company. The 30-year-old Campbell went 31-9-6 with five shutouts and a 2.64 GAA in 49 appearances for the Leafs last season. While the Michigan native will enter the season as the presumptive No. 1 for the Oilers, Mike Smith will be available to step in as needed and could help limit Campbell's workload.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Evander Kane: Re-signs before deadline
Kane agreed to terms on a four-year, $20.5 million contract with the Oilers on Wednesday, Bob Stauffer of the Oilers Radio Network reports.
Kane was expected to hit the market but finalized a new deal with Edmonton shortly before free agency's opening. In 43 games with the club last year, the 30-year-old winger recorded 22 goals and 17 helpers, plus another 17 points in 15 postseason clashes. Back with the Oilers, Kane will likely find himself linking up with Connor McDavid on the top line and could push for the 30-goal threshold for the third time in his career.... See More ... See Less
Oilers' Reid Schaefer: Selected 32nd at 2022 Entry Draft
Schaefer was selected 32nd overall by the Oilers in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft on Thursday.
Schaefer is a bit of a Nick Paul clone. He's big with good finish, but his skating mechanics need work. Schaefer scored 32 goals this year with the Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL), so the hands and skill are legit. He'll get plenty of time to develop his game and will be a top-nine power winger who's hard to play against in his prime.... See More ... See Less
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