Tobias Rieder and his road traveled home

Tobias Rieder was a steal of a pick for the Edmonton Oilers when he was selected in the fourth round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

He had just come off a season in which he notched 49 points in 65 games and played in both the U-20 and U-18 tournaments.

The U-18 tournament saw him score three goals in three games alongside countryman and now-teammate Leon Draisaitl, who scored seven points in six games.

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Rieder returned to the Kitchener Rangers for his sophomore year where he broke out, scoring 42 goals and adding 43 assists in 60 games.

His final year of junior hockey was a little less impressive, but he still put up a very respectable 56 points in 52 games.

This also brought on the point in Rieder’s career where he needed to sign his entry-level deal.

It was in March 2013 when the Oilers moved Rieder’s rights to the Coyotes in exchange for face-puncher Kale Kessey, who never dressed in the NHL.

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Rieder had a tough chance to break into the Oilers line-up, which almost sounds ridiculous to say given the Oilers inability to put together adequate lineups then, but that’s another story.

Rider was still an undersized player at the time and needed more time to develop.

Hindsight is 20/20, but it’s clear the Oilers were better off signing Rieder and letting him develop somewhere in the system.

None the less, Rider spent a full year in the AHL (72GP-28-20-48) before he broke the Coyotes lineup putting up a respectable 21 points in 72 games.

He made his bones over the course of the next two and a half seasons with Arizona, putting up 43 goals and 52 points in 220 games.

Last season, he was dealt to the L.A. Kings and only scored four goals and two assists in six games.

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Rieder comes to Edmonton on a value contact that’s paying him a mere $2-million for a year of service.

What I like most about this signing is that he is a player who can play up and down the lineup, and on both special teams. He has the ability to slot in and help produce on the second line, but can play a defensive style game grinding it out on the fourth line.

He is a versatile winger, who can play both sides as well as take draws. The Oilers have a real lack of players with this skill-set, so it doesn’t surprise me he was a top target of the team.

At 5v5, he scores at 1.21 points per hour and .9 primary points per hour (goals + first assists). His relative corsi is positive (+.52, which takes the sting off his 47.47 per cent corsi.

Like his relative corsi, his expected goals for is +.5, showing he is better than his 45 per cent expected goals for.

He has spent 395 minutes on the powerplay in his career, scoring 2.28 points per hour (six goals, nine assists).

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He has played a lot more minutes on the penalty kill, 521 to be exact.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Given the team had cap restraints, the Oilers quietly had a very strong free agency class and Rieder helped lead that.

I’m looking forward to seeing what he brings to the Oilers lineup this season, and hopefully beyond this one too.


Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM +/- GP G A Pts PIM
2014-15 Arizona Coyotes NHL 72 13 8 21 14 -19
2015-16 Arizona Coyotes NHL 82 14 23 37 10 -21
2016-17 Arizona Coyotes NHL 80 16 18 34 6 -8
2017-18 Arizona Coyotes NHL 58 8 11 19 6 -11
2017-18 Los Angeles Kings NHL 20 4 2 6 0 -1 4 0 0 0 0
NHL Totals 312 55 62 117 36 4 0 0 0 0


        • Bills Bills

          So you have an issue with Rieder and Brodziak as players or just because they were once property of the organization? Because one shows you zero hockey intelligence and the other says you are petty and whining complainer.

          • Serious Gord

            No. I have an issue with this organization’s chronic near-sightedness, nepotism, favouritism and old-boyism. It is indisputable that it exists.

            Are you okay with it? And if so why?

            If not, why do you defend it?

          • Bills Bills

            Not sure I would call bringing in a guy they never even signed, nepotism.

            As for Brodziak, if you don’t have an issue with him as a player. Notably a fourth line center which is the position he was brought in to play, then I would call that an astute move. Again, not nepotism.

            Also did you think for a single moment that the idea of having someone that actually wants to come here because it is Edmonton, is a good thing? Not because they were offered the most money? Or simply because they think they might play with Connor?

            As for the obvious issue you have with the “old-boyism”. I really don’t care how many of Daryl’s old buddies he wants to give jobs to. If one of my old buddies became a multi billionaire, I hope he would have a cushy position for me too. Are you just jealous Gord? The truth is that the guys running the team are Bob and Peter. I somehow doubt that either of them would have been around for long if they were just puppets for the previous regime. So yes you need to get over it.

            Also the terms favouritism and old-boyism is just double talk of nepotism, your need to be heard is tiring Gord. I’m glad you stopped calling into 1260.

    • Glencontrolurstik

      Or Edmonton & area…?
      Tyler Benson as an example… Watching him on the Vancouver Giants is just meh, when he’s actually playing & not injured. I really have to believe that he was picked based on his place of birth… “Yeah, we’ll give your kid a job, he does not have to worry”…
      It happens so often it seems with this team… While I’m a firm believer in hiring local?

  • Loil

    You may want to fix this little error here. “Last season, he was dealt to the L.A. Kings and only scored four goals and two assists in six games.” If you look below at your chart of his stats in his career we can see that he had six points in 20 games with the Kings.

    • wiseguy

      Not to mention I thought his stats of 43 goals and 53 points in 220 games seemed odd. A 4-1 goals to assist ratio is higher than the best goal scorers in the league like Ovie and Laine.

      • Glencontrolurstik

        Maybe Oilers management forgot to drill down like you did?
        There has to be a reason they gave him 2 million dollars for one year of mediocre service?

  • Gravis82

    These ceilings has no basis in fact.

    What is more likely is that these players will be more like themselves in prior seasons than to be completely different players next season.

    Plan the team around safe bets, not HOPE.

  • Arfguy

    I really think I want to see Rieder and Puljujarvi on the top 2 lines. I think Caggiula should be added to the 3rd line along with Lucic and Strome, to add some speed. However, I think it’d be a waste to not try Rieder and Puljujarvi along with Draisaitl or McDavid.

  • Glencontrolurstik

    I hope he works out? But 2 million dollars for a 6 point in 20 game winger?
    Oiler management must be trying to make it up to him, “trying to right past wrongs”?

    • JimmyV1965

      The guy is a proven 15 goal scorer. Not sure what you are expecting for $2 mill. And if he plays with McDavid or Drai it will be his best centre in his career. We could have signed Derek Ryan for $3 mill for three years of Jay Beagle for four years or Antoine Rousell for four years.