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Oilers sign defenceman Ryan Stanton to two-year contract

As Peter Chiarelli stated earlier, there are six or seven players the Oilers have signed.

We know four of those names in Ty Rattie, Mitch Callahan, Keegan Lowe and Eddie Pasquale. Now, Sportsnet’s Mark Spector says that number five is St. Albertan D Ryan Stanton.

The deal is a two-year, two-way contract that will pay him $700k in the NHL and $300k in the AHL.

Stanton was undrafted and has bounced between the Canucks, Blackhawks and Capitals organizations. The highlight coming when he got to lift the Stanley Cup after playing a small part for the 2013 Stanley Cup Champion Blackhawks. He has played in 332 AHL games scoring 88 points and has played in 120 NHL games scoring 27 points.

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The 6’2, 196 lb left-shot defenceman grew up playing for the Moose Jaw Warriors.

From Elite Prospects:

Stanton has all-around ability, but focuses on defense first. He likes to play a rough game, but can also put up some points on offense.

It sounds to me like Stanton will fill the role left by losing Jordan Oesterle and may be able to fight for a bottom pairing or number seven role in the NHL. Stanton’s 120 NHL games allow us to take a look at some of his analytics which shows that he is not a liability on the ice.

At 5v5 over his career, Stanton has played 1653:17 TOI and scored .91 points per hour. In that time, he has posted a 53.5 GF% and a 49.2 CF%.

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Based on numbers alone, he compares very well to the defensive players the Oilers have and will certainly fight with Eric Gryba for NHL ice time.

  • Sammy p

    So Schultz signs for $16.5,for three years,now that is pretty good Schulzing by any standards,could it be that MacT wasn’t as dumb as most Oiler nations bloggers?

      • Regardless of how it would have turned, I just hope that Edmonton makes a trade for a serious right shot defenseman who can play the PP. The Oilers needed one last year but found a way to succeed without one. With the injury to Sekera, the Oilers defensive pairing is this:

        Klefbom – Larsson
        Russell – (nobody)
        Nurse – Benning/Gryba

        There wasn’t much of a chance that Shattenkirk would sign on with the Oilers for one year, and now that chance is gone. So how will the Oilers fill that hole? It appears that Chiarelli is planning to: 1) sign McDavid and Draisatl, 2) fill the remaining needs through a trade this summer. With the Sekera injury affecting the team now, I don’t see how it can wait until the trade deadline.

        If the Oilers fill it by trade, it has to be an affordable contract coming this way, or an equal or larger contract going out (like RNH). I’d like to hear who you think the Oilers will trade for? Dumba? Trouba? Barrie? Faulk?

        I say Faulk is the leading candidate since he is in the Eastern Conference, the Hurricanes have holes in their roster, and no team in the West would want to make the Oilers PP to get any better. Any other thoughts?

        • Tombstone

          I agree with getting another top 4 RD but the Oilers would put themselves in a bind if they did that. When Sekera comes back who goes out, Nurse or Benning?


          Klefbom-Benning-Nurse-Larsson are all trending up. I expect them to be better next year.

          • Tombstone

            I like Faulk as well. His contract length and term is perfect. After 3 years Bear and Mantha ELC contracts will have expired. And for the reason you said. CAR has holes where as trading for Barrie would cost a lot more than RNH.

            Dumba and Trouba are D that can grow with a team. So if the Oilers trade for them chances are we loose Bear and Mantha considering Oilers already have Benning.

    • Twitch

      more likely Pittsburgh will regret paying a 3rd pairing guy who’s a PP specialist $5.5M/year just like New York is going to regret paying a slightly better guy who fits the same mould almost $7M/year. I for one am glad the Oilers didn’t look at Shatner-Kirk and think he’s anything more than a second pairing PP guy worth $5M/year or less.