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Right Wing: Samwise?

If the Edmonton Oilers run Leon Draisaitl at center, then the right-wing depth chart as it currently stands is long on opportunity and short on certainty. Let’s have a quick look at an important category to see what we’re dealing with at this position.

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RW’s with 200 or more minutes at 5×5

  1. Zack Kassian 1.74
  2. Ryan Strome 1.58
  3. Jesse Puljujarvi 1.45
  4. Anton Slepyshev 1.34
  5. Drake Caggiula 1.04

Iiro Pakarinen played only 117 minutes, posting a 2.04/60 scoring total at 5×5. Tyler Pitlick, who is a free agent, posted 2.22/60 in 300 minutes.


RW’s with 200 or more minutes at 5×5

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  1. Justin Williams 2.24
  2. Sam Gagner 1.95
  3. Radim Vrbata 1.86
  4. Jaromir Jagr 1.75
  5. Alexander Radulov 1.67
  6. Drew Stafford 1.59
  7. P-A Parenteau 1.50
  8. Brian Gionta 1.47
  9. Nail Yakupov 1.31
  10. Alex Chiasson 1.29
  11. Beau Bennett 1.26
  12. Shane Doan 1.24
  13. Jarome Iginla 0.98

I prefer 5×5 numbers because it’s the hardest thing to do. If you’re posting crooked numbers here, then you are a good NHL player in my opinion. Sam Gagner had a great season on the power play but that 5×5 number is a sweet thing, too. I think Radim Vrbata, Drew Stafford and P.A. Parenteau probably fit and I imagine Jarome Iginla and Shane Doan will at least get a call from Edmonton. I threw Nail Yakupov on the list just for fun.

Sam Gagner. 4.66/60 on the 5×4 and he can get things done on the 5×5. If the Oilers could bring him in on an affordable deal, would you consider that a reasonable bet?

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All stats via Stats.HockeyAnalysis.com.

  • mulman

    Hemsky would be a better choice than anyone on this list. Next I’d go with Jagr. He’s slowed down, but enough hockey smarts and talent to work with either McDavid or Draisaitl.

  • btrain

    Chia just brought in Ryan Stome, a 2 inch taller, 2 lbs lighter, version of Sam Gagner. Both are highly skilled guys who can play both RW and center (though not good in the dot). Both are guys who were projected as top 6 NHL players but haven’t established themselves in this role given their lack of consistent production. Both are willing to get physical and even drop the gloves on occasion.

    I am not sure if we need two players this similar and there is a chance Gagner could outperform Strome (Gagner had 20 more points last season then Strome), which would not look good considering it only takes dollars and likely less of them to bring in Gagner (650,000 cap hit last season). Whereas Strome earned you some important cap relief but cost you a guaranteed 50+point/year player and your biggest trade chip.

  • ricardo2000

    Given the roster posted, and the real possibility that Pitlick signs with the Oil, I wouldn’t waste money, or time, on any of these guys. For the most part they strike me as past their peak, although they all have huge hockey hearts. Long-term, we need defence prospects developed to make excellent passes, and skilled shooters for McD and Drai.

  • ColoradOIL

    Absolutely! I was upset to see Sam go in the first place. The real question is whether or not he’d want to return to Edmonton. I’m sure his lovely wife would like to come back.