As reported by Good Content Guy Baggedmilk earlier in the week, the Oilers will be bringing in veteran forward Scottie Upshall on a professional tryout contract this fall.
The #Oilers have signed Scottie Upshall to a PTO contract. The forward & Fort McMurray native has played 759 @NHL regular season games & has spent the last three years in St. Louis, tallying 7G, 12A over 63 games in 2017-18. pic.twitter.com/pUghELpyuy
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) August 19, 2018
Upshall, who turns 35 years old in October, has played his last three seasons with the St. Louis Blues. Last season, the veteran winger played 63 games and recorded 19 points playing largely in a defensive fourth line role. He also spent a lot of time with Kyle Brodziak, who the Oilers added in free agency back in July.
It’s hard to say if Upshall has anything left in the tank at this point, but here’s obviously zero risk involved in bringing a player in on a professional tryout. If Upshall looks good in camp, Edmonton can offer him a cheap, one-year deal to plug a hole on the wings. If not, they can let him go and they have no commitment to him.
Another thing to consider, with Andrej Sekera eventually hitting the Long Term Injured Reserve, the Oilers will have some extra cap room to throw around. I would imagine Upshall isn’t the only veteran player brought in on a PTO this fall. I figure we see the team also give an opportunity to a veteran defenseman or two to potentially replace Sekera.