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Saturday Sunshine: Tea leaf Rieder

Today’s Saturday Sunshine is about one of the new additions to the team. He gives us plenty of hope and excitement for being a “utility knife” type of player with boatloads of speed to burn. So, let us turn on that smooth listening Burt Bacharach theme song, and sit back and enjoy Tobias Rieder.

Drafted in the fourth round by the Oilers in the summer of 2011, not much was expected by the organization in the sense that fourth-round picks rarely round into form. Rieder had just finished off a season with the Kitchener Rangers with a very respectable 49 points. The very next year he would balloon that number up to 84 points in 60 games. Times were exciting for Oilers fans. Could they have found some late-round gold from the draft?

Then the trade happened. Kale Kessy was brought in and Tobias Rieder was shipped to Phoenix. Now, this is supposed to be a positive time and article, so I won’t delve too much into what happened with Kale Kessy, but suffice to say, it wasn’t much.

As we all know, Rieder would go on to have some success in Phoenix before being traded to the LA Kings mid-season last year. One of his more famous moments in Phoenix came against our beloved Oilers when Rieder set an NHL record by a first-year player when he scored two back-to-back shorthanded goals in a 58-second span on December 1st, 2014 against Fasth and the Oil.

Not so happy, but that is a hell of an effort by a young penalty killer who wanted it.

That brings us to this offseason. The Oilers are up against it when it comes to the cap. They weren’t hunting for any big names in the free agency period this year. They were rumoured to be in on him early, but there were rumblings that the player was being courted by multiple teams. That could only mean bigger contract numbers, right? Wrong.

On July 1st the Oilers announced the signing of Tobias Rieder to a $2 million, one-year deal for the 2018-19 season.

No doubt Rieder left some more cash on the table to take the chance in Edmonton and to have his chance to work his way up the wing to be with Connor or Leon (maybe even click with Strome)

Chris the Intern was kind enough to go back and look at Tobias’ year last year:

Looking at all of Tobias Rieder’s goals from last season

At the very least Edmonton got a young player with speed to burn and the ability to kill penalties (something they were atrocious at last year).

Tobias Rieder is definitely a positive.

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  • OriginalPouzar

    Rieder and Brodziak should be able to help a penalty kill that already turned positive last year – the PK was tops in the entire NHL from February 1 through the rest of the year – a large part of that was Talbot being better but also coaching (McLellan took over from Johnson from accounts) and personnel – Caggulia and Letestu being replaced by Khaira and Strome.

    I do worry about Rieder being asked to play a top 6 role when I believe he’s better suited to a middle six role. Yes, he has speed and some skill and maybe he does mesh with Connor or Leon, however, I would prefer to see him in the middle 6 to start. This is somewhat contingent on Puljijarvi running with a top 6 RW spot as I expect he will (the other being taken by Rattie or Yamamoto).

    Top 3 LW spots could be Nuge, Lucic, Khaira – I think Lucic needs a shot on the 2nd line – a bit of a bounce back by Milan would be huge for the team.

    Khaira is a stretch at 2LW or 3LW but I think he could succeed.

    I think this means I see Rieder best suited at 3RW to start:

    Nuge/McDavid/Rattie (or Yamamoto if he shows he’s ready)
    Lucic (or Khaira)/Leon/ Jesse
    Khaira (or Lucic)/Strome/Rieder
    Caggulia (or Aberg)/Brodziak/Kassian

    • Big Nuggets

      ideally Rieder would be on the 3rd line, the problem is we only have 3 top 6 forwards. Thankfully one of them is McDavid, with Drai and Nuge also quality players. It is a big opportunity for players like Rieder, Rattie, Kaira, etc to make a name for themselves.