PTO Talk and a great hypothetical

  • Did anyone else get sick of watching this guy drink a beer with his hot dog last night? It felt like every second video on my timeline for a good 30 minutes, so I tweeted my rage about it, then turned off Twitter notifications for the night. It was peaceful.

However, when I woke up, I saw that my saying “I’m retiring for the night” had actually prompted people to answer some Oilers-related questions. So I thought I’d dig into those here.

The former are basically all PTO related.

The Oilers actually have a vacant spot in their forward roster that could be left to open competition. Here’s how I see the front band right now:

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  1. Kane-McDavid-Hyman
  2. Nugent-Hopkins–Draisaitl–Yamamoto
  3. Foegele–McLeod–Puljujarvi
  4. Jannmark – Ryan – Rive/UFA add

If they end up swapping Foegele to clear salary cap space, then there will be two open spots. Although I imagine Dylan Holloway would be the favorite for that third row position.

If they end up bringing Sam Gagner back, he could very well end up taking that spot on the fourth row. He can give you a bit of offense at 5v5 and help you both shorthanded and on the power play.

If Gagner comes back and Foegele isn’t traded, I don’t think a PTO for a striker makes sense. If Gagner returns and Foegele is moved, then I could see Ken Holland wanting to bring in a PTO candidate to create competition for that third row spot. No matter how much you think of Dylan Holloway, you just don’t want to offer him a spot on the roster.

As for Sprong and Svechnikov in particular, they are both interesting options for different reasons.

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Svechnikov is 6’3 and is coming off a season where he played 71 games with the Winnipeg Jets. He wasn’t very productive, scoring seven goals and adding 12 assists. However, those seven goals came at 5-on-5. His on-ice possession count was average, and the Jets were outclassed when he was on the ice at 5-on-5. He also doesn’t kill penalties, so he wouldn’t help in that. I would pass on him. Doesn’t really do anything good. I’d rather take the risk that Benson can surprise and take a spot on the roster.

Daniel Sprong scored 14 goals in 63 games last season with the Kraken and Capitals. He is therefore more productive than Svechnikov. He also doesn’t kill penalties and I’m someone who would like most of my last six wingers to have PK experience. He primarily played in a midfield role with the Caps last season and his most common linemates were Lars Eller and Connor McMichael. The Oilers are thin on the right side, so Sprong might be a decent option, I just wouldn’t have very high hopes for him.

If they were to move Foegele and want to bring attackers into the side, I would prefer them to look at Phil Kessel, Zach Aston-Reese or Evan Rodrigues.

Rodrigues would be my first choice. He scored 19 goals in 82 games last season, although seven of those goals came on the power play, and he spent more than 300 minutes on a line with Sidney Crosby. He can play with skill and would be fine if the Oilers needed to put him in the top six a bit. He also spent just over 30 minutes on the PK last season, so at least he has experience there.

Aston-Reese is interesting because I just like the way he plays. I think he could be an ‘Archibald-style’ physical presence and I think there’s more attack in this player than he showed last season.

Kessel would also be a solid RW option. I think he has a potential of 20 goals on a line with McDavid or Draisaitl and he could help the Oilers build a solid second unit on the power play. Has he passed his prime? Obviously. But that doesn’t mean the Oilers couldn’t squeeze a few more good years out of him.

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That makes a lot of sense because Dekeyser is a left-handed defenseman and has a history with Ken Holland, who is the only general manager to ever sign Dekeyser to an NHL contract. The Oilers could use a veteran LHD in case Broberg or one of the other young defensemen isn’t ready for full-time NHL duty.

Dekeyser played 917 minutes at 5v5 last season and frankly collapsed. The Red Wings were outshot 392-299 when he was on the ice (44.83 SF%). The goals were 27-27, which is somewhat encouraging I guess.

He spent most of the season on a duet with Moritz Seider, 670 minutes 5-on-5 to be exact, and reading what people who covered the Red Wings had to say last season, Seider wore that duo. Injuries were a big part of his decline and that needs to be noted.

If Dekeyser is in the “best shape of his life” in training camp, that might not be the worst bet. He wouldn’t be my first choice though.

My first choice, if money could work, would be Calvin De Haan. He can play both sides, bring a reliable veteran presence to the team, and he shouldn’t cost that much. Also, why not just consider bringing Kris Russell back for $1 million? That would also make sense.

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I asked a question on the Oilersnation Radio Twitter account and would love to hear your views in the comments section.

For the sake of this argument, let me offer you two hypothetical professions (I love doing stuff like that).

CHI RECEIVES: Jesse Puljujarvi, Warren Foegele, a 2023 first-round pick and a conditional 2024 second-round pick (becomes a first if EDM makes the 2023 Cup final or if Kane resigns)

EDM RECEIVES: Patrick Kane 50% retained ($5.25 million hit)

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ARZ RECEIVES: Philip Broberg, Warren Foegele, a 2023 first-round pick and a 2024 second-round pick

EDM RECEIVES: Jakob Chychrun (3 years at $4.5 million)

What package would make the Oilers a better team?

I get the call to add another 90+ point to this lineup, but the Oilers need to solidify their backline. While it would suck to give up a prospect like Broberg, I would love to see Chychrun here for the next three seasons and that would give the Oilers three really good LHDs.

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What is your point of view ?

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