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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.


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

  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?

All stats via Stats.HockeyAnalysis.com.