claremont Posted May 25 Report Share Posted May 25 I omitted doing a bit of a competitive assessment on the Oilers so my comments as follows; Edmonton per cap friendly is forecasted to have cap room of $5.97M with contracts on 8 forwards, 7D, and 2 goalies of which the boat anchor is Jack Campbell's 4 more years at $5M and a 10 team NT clause which means he is very difficult to move without giving up something. Practically speaking could add back 1D Marcus Niemelainen of $762.5K (unlikely to make roster) so they have cap room of $6.73M to spend on 5 more forwards, 1 more D to get to a 22 man roster (23 ideal) RFA's is where they have a problem. RHD Evan Bouchard will likely get $3.5M in a bridge deal - he is even at risk of an offer sheet. Oilers would be weak at RHD unless Ekholm steps over, and Cody Ceci is a minute muncher. RHD Vincent Desharnais is 3rd pairing. At forward, C Ryan McLeod - 11g, 12a in 59 games is RFA - He is likely to get a $1.2-$1.5M contract - not outrageous. LW Klim Kostin 11g, 10a in 57 games is a similar RFA so he should expect similar money. If you add Bouchard's signing with McLeod and Kostin, it basically consumes all of the Oilers cap space - running the same lineup (except add Ekholm for the full season) - mostly a rinse and repeat. At this point they only are running 10 forwards. I expect Dylan Holloway to make their lineup (inlcuded in counts above). Perhaps they take a risk on promoting C - Xavier Bourgault (a prospect I am enthused about) Something has to give - Oilers perhaps shopping RW 5-8 smurf Kailer Yamamoto $3m 10g 15a in 58 games. I suspect RHD Cody Ceci might be more marketable - plays big minutes - 2 more years at $3.25M but leaves a bit of a hole to fill unless Ekholm / Kulak slide over from LHD. They have some excess LW - so perhaps someone takes on LW Warren Foegele - 1 more year at $2,75M. This is a team that needs cap room to drive any improvements. This team seems destined for marginal improvement. Oilers in this year only have their 2nd, 5th 6th and 7th round picks Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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