Oilers closing in on PTO with Kris Versteeg


According to TSN insider, Darren Dreger, the Oilers are closing in on a professional tryout for veteran right-winger Kris Versteeg.

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KRIS VERSTEEG

Versteeg HERO

Should the professional tryout be signed, the deal comes at a time that helps fill a true need for the Oilers. With a lack of right wing options, and right shot options, Versteeg has the ability to step in and have an impact on the Oilers.

Skating in 550 NHL games, Kris Versteeg has played with six different franchises and won the Stanley Cup twice, both with the Chicago Blackhawks at different times. Over his career, he has scored 131 goals and 313 points and offers plenty of experience for a young team like the Oilers.

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Last season, Versteeg split time between the Carolina Hurricanes and the L.A. Kings, where the 30-year old registered 15 goals and 38 points in 77 games. At even-strength last year, Versteeg scored at a rate of 1.7 points per 60 and was a 58.6% Corsi player.

While it is up to him to make the Oilers roster, the addition of Versteeg would allow the team to roll three scoring lines, create further balance on the right side, and also give them some right-shot options on the power play. 

With Versteeg’s experience in the NHL, he would immediately become one of the Oilers most veteran players and it could be a welcome addition to the Oilers locker room. 

Versteeg’s Career So Far…

Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM +/- PGP G A Pts PIM
2007-08 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 13 2 2 4 6 -1
2008-09 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 78 22 31 53 55 15 17 4 8 12 22
2009-10 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 79 20 24 44 35 8 22 6 8 14 14
2010-11 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 53 14 21 35 29 -13
2010-11 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 27 7 4 11 24 4 11 1 5 6 12
2011-12 Florida Panthers NHL 71 23 31 54 49 4 7 3 2 5 8
2012-13 Florida Panthers NHL 10 2 2 4 8 -8
2013-14 Florida Panthers NHL 18 2 5 7 9 -9
2013-14 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 63 10 19 29 27 9 15 1 2 3 4
2014-15 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 61 14 20 34 35 11 12 1 1 2 6
2015-16 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 63 11 22 33 36 -6
2015-16 Los Angeles Kings NHL 14 4 1 5 9 6 5 1 1 2 0
NHL Totals 550 131 182 313 322 89 17 27 44 66

  • Cape Breton Oilers

    Trade Yakupov for Cody Franson…

    Lucic – McDavid – Eberle

    Pouliot – Nuge – Versteeg

    Maroon – Draisaitl – Puljujarvi

    Hendricks – Letestu – Kassian

    (Lander – Pakarinen)

    Klefbom – Larsson

    Sekera – Davidson

    Nurse – Franson

    (Fayne)

    Talbot

    2017 Playoffs!

  • camdog

    As always the Oilers sign a veteran that no other team wants and then a league of Oiler fans cheer the signing. Hopefully this season those that are cheering the signing don’t turn on him by Christmas which is par for the course around here.