Should the Oilers claim Jordan Schroeder?

Earlier today, it was announced that the Minnesota Wild placed right shot, right winger Jordan Schroeder, who is awaiting an arbitration hearing, on waivers. In a move that seems to be the Wild flexing their muscles, is there a chance for the Oilers to capitalize on a bottom six player?

Where the Oilers sit today


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Sticktap to Lowetide for this depth chart.

When we look at things, it’s apparent the Oilers are well on their was to having a formidable roster from the top right down to the bottom. The additions of Milan Lucic, Adam Larsson and the blessing that is Jesse Puljujarvi will all positively impact the Oilers moving forward.

Finally, the Oilers are going to be able to deploy three lines that can generate offence which is something I am certainly a fan of. The defence is (slowly) on it’s way to becoming a solid one. 

The top pairing looks very Swede, while the second pairing of Sekera and Fayne should be able to hold their own. The third pair of Nurse and Davidson is still up in the air. I still think we see another defenceman added into the fold.

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Could Oesterle make the jump to being an NHL regular? He certainly showed well in his brief time in Edmonton last season, but that’s another story for another day.

Things are finally coming up positive for the Oilers, so in saying that, where are the weaknesses in the roster? Well for one, that four line is one that could still use some retooling. 

While Matt Hendricks is a fantastic energy player, he unfortunately gets himself caved in analytically and at 35-years old the question of how much he has left in the tank comes up.

Mark Letestu suppresses shots at a second line level but is a sub replacement level player everywhere else. Zack Kassian scores at a great rate but has poor possession stats. Anton Lander and Iiro Pakarinen are still question marks, and have lots to prove at the NHL level.

Sorry, Jordan who?

Scroll back up to the top. That’s Jordan Schroeder. He’s 25-years old, and a former 22nd overall draft pick of the Vancouver Canucks. 

He was drafted out from the University of Minnesota, and was a point per game player during his NCAA time. After his ELC finished with the Canucks, they opted not to resign him and allowed him to walk. 

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In turn, he signed with his home state, the Minnesota Wild. Since then, he has bounced between the AHL and NHL. What he has done well is score at a 0.66 PPG rate in his time with the Iowa Wild vs only 0.25 PPG at the NHL level. 

In his call-ups, he has shown he has the tool set to play an NHL game. One of the real knocks against him is his size, as he stands at 5’9″, 176 lbs.

The Star-Tribune’s Michael Russo had this to say:

Arbitration can often be a contentious process, and the Jordan Schroeder negotiations became contentious today when the Wild placed the 25-year-old right wing on waivers.He’s not on unconditional waivers, which would signal that Schroeder has a contract in Europe. He’s on regular waivers, which pretty much serves no purpose in the summer unless the Wild, unhappy he filed for arbitration, it trying to prove a point. If Schroeder clears waivers Wednesday at 11 a.m., he’ll remain a restricted free agent and Wild property with a July 27 arbitration date. But the Wild’s exposing him for 29 other teams to take for a mere $15,000 waiver fee. If he clears, it would be the fourth time in less than a year that Schroeder has cleared waivers. Thus, eight days before a potential hearing, the Wild likely feels this would strengthen its case that Schroeder is a minor-league depth player and does not deserve the one-way contract he’s seeking. A one-way contract means if Schroeder clears waivers in training camp or at any point in the season, he is assigned to Iowa but plays there under his NHL salary. A two-way contract, which the Wild believes he warrants, means he has a salary in the NHL and a lower salary in the minors. We’ll see if this whole maneuver now spurs a quick resolution. My gut says it will as long as he clears Wednesday.

Using HERO charts, let`s take a look at how he lines up vs. other players vying for the fourth line role:

Schroeder vs Oilers

I’m personally a huge fan of HERO charts, as I feel it is one of the very few tools to use where you get a one stop shop for what you need to know about a player.

What we can see from Schroeder’s HERO chart, is that he suppresses shots, and maintains possession of the puck when on the ice. His offensive production is higher than any player other than Zack Kassian, but he has him beat in the possession metrics by a good number.

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As Schroder is an RFA and his case is obviously yet to be heard. If the Oilers were to put in a claim for the player and sign him to a one-year, one-way deal for anything under $1 million, I don’t see the harm in it. At worst, he starts the year with the Bakersfield Condors and is a viable call-up option. The Condors themselves don’t have a ton of top end AHL talent, so he could help provide a boost down there.

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    • 24% body fat

      Its not depth if he has to stay in the nhl and you have to waive better suited players like paik or pit.

      If your going to take a risk like this I would rather sign gagner for a 1 year deal. More experience, more offence.

      Much better ideas out there than Schroeder.

      • 2Oilers4

        I don’t think he has to stay in the NHL. If other players beat him out and he gets claimed on waivers by another team, no harm no foul. Picking him up would at least add competition to training camp. If he wins a spot, more power to him.

        • 24% body fat

          fair enough but there are better and much better players available. I think there is a period in which he needs to stay on the big roster. maybe im wrong.

          he would take up a spot on the 50 man roster.

          • 2Oilers4

            That’s a very valid point. I would like to see Chia bring in someone to create some competition. I would love to see JP win a spot, same with a few other spots, but I think we should bring in someone so that they aren’t gifted spots. If not Schroeder, who would you suggest?

    • BobbyCanuck

      Yes, it has been a long time since players had to compete for a roster spot, depth on the main club and the farm is a good thing.

      If you look at teams that can survive injuries, and make a good run in the play-offs, they always have call ups that can get the job done, for a 1-20 games or so anyways.

      btw, I think Chia is doing the best job he can, given the situation

  • Seanaconda

    The oilers would have to deal with his arbitration hearing if they signed him as well. The wilds gm is waiving him to show him no other teams want him so he will sign to a cheaper contract/use it in arbitration. Edit whoops I skipped the quoted part the first time I read the article

  • I am Batman

    Our right side is really weak:

    – Eberle: small, shy, great hands but so does the girl that cuts my hair

    – Yak: still trying to find his place in the world

    – Kassian: even if he can stay sober, who really thinks he is a scorer? This guy still has a lot to prove.

    – Pakarinen: Paka who? Since when is he a regular NHLer? Come on

    – Poolparty: didn’t we want this kid to start in the A, and fight his way for a spot? If we go in with the above roster almost guaranteed pool-party gets the spot with little competition.

    My preference would be to bring somebody established ala Lucic for the right side and get D help by trading Eberle and/or Yak, but nobody wants those two.

    So bring in the scrots. One more in the depth chart. He is young, he was a 1st round pick…what can go wrong?

  • Retort2

    This quote irks me to no end:
    “I’m personally a huge fan of HERO charts, as I feel it is one of the very few tools to use where you get a one stop shop for what you need to know about a player.”
    Try watching a game or two.

    • I am Batman

      Try a Snickers, you are not you when you are hungry.

      Lighten up, if he likes the stat, he likes the stat. I can see it being less painful than watching all our talents lose night in and night out.

  • Cain

    Too small.

    If you’re going to bring in a fourth liner of “tweener” talent, at least make him big. Oilers have been too small for too long…

    This guy sounds like Sammy Snowpants all over again.

  • Jaxon

    No real harm unless they get up against the 50 Man Roster Limit. But instead of this guy, I would make a run at getting a C/RW like Pirri or Gagner, first. Gagner can produce at a decent clip with skilled linemates and he is still young enough to bounce back in a big way. Pirri has had better stats in recent years, though. Both players look to be taking a major shave in salary, so might be available for not much more than your fringe NHLers. But if you’re going for fringers like Schroeder, I’d also look at UFAs like Brett Bulmer and Drew Shore. Bulmer was a fairly high pick that hasn’t been able to bring his offense with him to the next levels but he’s a big body that could find utility in the AHL if not in the NHL.

    Gagner’s Stats/60 last season: 1.31pts, 1.39hits, 7.02shots with a 35FO%.

    Pirri’s Stats/60 last season: 1.96pts, 4.47hits, 8.67shots with a 46FO%.

    Shore’s Stats/60 (4 seasons): 1.29pts, 3.77hits, 7.27shots with a 46FO%.

    EDIT: **CHERRY PICKED STATS WARNING** Pirri’s 8.67 Shots/60 puts him just behind Yakupov and just ahead of Eberle for Shots/60 for 2nd most on the team now that Hall is gone and 78th in the NHL among Fwds. Shore’s shots/60 (over 4 seasons) would have landed him around 162nd in the NHL between TJ Oshie and Scott Hartnell. Gagner’s shots/60 puts him at 180th or fringe top 6 forward in the NHL.

  • The Rookie

    As Brownlee stated, not gonna happen. But can someone clarify for me, I was under the assumption that last CBA changed the rule that if u claim a guy off waivers that you could t place him back on waivers that year. Did I imagine that? Very likely that I’m mixed up with a similar rule.