Twelve Potential Starting Goalies for the Edmonton Oilers

Jonathan Willis
June 16 2015 08:00AM

Antti Niemi2

One of the obvious priorities for the Edmonton Oilers this summer is the goaltending position. Ben Scrivens had a difficult first season as an NHL starter and likely won’t get a second crack at the gig, meaning that Edmonton will go shopping for a No. 1 this summer.

We’ve talked a lot about potential names, but this morning I wanted to consider the most-mentioned candidates from an analytics perspective.

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Taking Advantage of Cap Hell: Minnesota Wild Edition

Jonathan Willis
June 15 2015 06:30AM

Chuck Fletcher

This is going to be a difficult summer for many teams thanks to a salary cap which has risen by less than expected early in the year. For a team like the Edmonton Oilers, there’s a chance to land talent from a team in cap trouble.

Taking Advantage of Cap Hell is dedicated to looking at clubs reportedly in cap trouble and figuring out who might shake loose. Today our focus turns to a team that has been suggested as a possible trading partner for the Oilers: the Minnesota Wild.

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Money Spent: Nathan Beaulieu and Martin Marincin

Jonathan Willis
June 13 2015 02:00PM

On Saturday, news came that the Montreal Canadiens had re-signed defenceman Nathan Beaulieu to a two-year contract extension. Beaulieu, a 22-year-old defenceman, played his first semi-full season with the Habs this year and has some things in common with Edmonton Oilers’ rearguard Martin Marincin. Does his contract represent a reasonable starting point for Marincin’s next deal?

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Connor McDavid and the value of superstars

Jonathan Willis
June 13 2015 11:22AM

One of the recurring themes in the comments section here is that the Oilers need to make sure they have the necessary cap space to re-sign Connor McDavid when his contract expires. It’s a valid point; obviously if things go as the Oilers hope the team will have to juggle the contracts of several outstanding young players. However, it’s also worth remembering one of the fun little side effects of the salary cap: legitimate stars almost never get what they’re worth.

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Veterans on Expiring Contracts

Jonathan Willis
June 12 2015 06:00PM


In a league like the NHL which guarantees every contract, employing secondary players on short-term deals can have a lot of value.

Short-term deals offer flexibility. If a player struggles, a team isn’t committed long-term. If the salary cap falls, a team has room to maneuver. If a new coach is brought in, it’s easier to adjust the supporting cast to the style of game he preaches.

And every year at the trade deadline, players on expiring contracts get sent away for draft picks, the lifeblood of any organization.

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