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Oilers add Alex Chiasson on a PTO

The Oilers have dipped into the former Stanley Cup Champion well yet again, adding Alex Chiasson to the fold on a professional tryout contract. Chiasson, along with recently-signed defenceman Jakub Jerabek, was a member of the Washington Capitals Cup winning team this spring.

Chiasson was once a very highly-touted prospect for the Dallas Stars. He was a second-round pick of the Stars in 2009 and ended up being the main prospect sent back to Ottawa in the Jason Spezza trade that sent the Senators captain to Dallas in 2014. Most recently, Chiasson scored nine goals and nine assists in 61 games in a depth role with the Capitals, adding two points in 16 games in the playoffs.

He’ll turn 28 years old at the beginning of October. He’s a right-handed right winger who plays a power forward style game with a big, 6’4″ frame. He also has good hands and offensive ability for a big guy, though he’s never really put it together at the NHL level.

The Oilers now have Scottie Upshall and Chiasson battling for roles on the team. On the bubble are Jesse Puljujarvi and Kailer Yamamoto, as each can be put through waivers, and Pontus Aberg and Ty Rattie, who haven’t proved much at the NHL level in the past. The Oilers are very weak on the right wing side, as their depth looks something like Rattie, Tobias Reider, Puljujarvi/Yamamoto, and Zack Kassian. So that gives Chiasson a decent shot at actually making the team and earning a contract.

  • AlexTheOilersFanSince2006

    Hey what do yah know! Another guy who could push Aberg and Drake to work harder (bye the bye, no Aberg yet in Edmonton). Nothing wrong with this signing at all. Though I’m still of the belief that Upshall makes the team.

    • Delirious

      Aberg was skating today. Chaisson is half the player Aberg is. It’d be stupid to throw away a 24 year old for a 27 year old with Less points in more games played.

    • That's My Point

      Chaisson’s stats are looking as good if not better than Puljujarvi’s, put Chaisson on the 1st unit POWERPLAY!!!
      Puljujarvi: 12 goals and 8 assists in 65 games.
      Chaisson: 9 goals and 9 assists in 61 games.

  • Strottie

    I like all three PTO options for varying reasons.

    Upshall satisfies this team’s need for “leadership” in the locker room. McDavid’s on record saying he wants help with the room, and there’s chemistry with Brodziak. He’s defensively responsible. I don’t think he contributes more than 30 games should he earn a contract, but the character he can bring will benefit the younger guys.

    Chiasson – should he earn a contract – is the piece I think that keeps Yamamoto in the minors until AT LEAST the Trade Deadline (Rattie, Rieder, Puljujarvi, Kassian to start?). I’d give him a shot alongside Connor should Rattie not pan out long-term. Only then, if he doesn’t stick, bring Yamamoto up. Seem to recall he’s fast and did see some time on Washington’s PK last season. Can’t hurt.

    I still find Garrison to be the most intriguing of the PTO’s given the news regarding Mantha’s injury. Could be a depth signing / AHL-only guy to help mentor Lagesson and Jones. Dude had a solid NHL career and there doesn’t look to be a stable veteran presence beyond career fringe guys like Lowe, Stanton, and Callahan. I think he played on his off-side in Chicago last season?

    The super frustrating thing is that Chiarelli appears to be really good with small moves, at the very least shrewd. Massive pain in the ass for this franchise that he couldn’t translate that skill to the big trades on his resume.

    • Freddie the fog

      The deck will get shuffled somewhat before the season starts. I’m confident they will find SOME room .It surely won’t b a lot but they will have to find a way to do it.

    • toprightcorner

      PTO’s are not signed contracts, they don’t affect anything. If they are good enough to make the team, it means they are replacing someone who is already penciled in as making the team so it doesn’t add to the cap. If anything, these PTO’s will be signed to very low salaries and could actually reduce the cap. Quality bottom 6 players is a must and having more people fight for those spots helps you to get the best possible group on the ice.

  • Freddie the fog

    After watching Yammo live in person in Calgary yesterday…he’s going to have to show a HELL of alot better to make an NHL roster. Tyler Benson was the best Oiler on the ice by far. On Nurse they will get a one year deal done before they leave for Europe. I see the deal coming with a handshake agreement that getting a multi year pact done will b a top priority for the Oilers.

  • Kneedroptalbot

    PTO’s are low risk. Oilers have very little secondary scoring, based on last years stats after Mick David and Driasaitl one of the lowest in the entire league. With next to no depth, its a good opportunity for marginal NHLer’s to obtain a contract.

  • lee

    My worry would be that adding all these pto contracts, young guys like jp or yomo won’t be playing much in pre season. If you consider that the last few games are the real roster, and the split games they have. Players like Benson and like players will probably get 1 game to blow the doors of the rest of the team to get a second look. I like competition but this group is getting larger by the day.

  • ed from edmonton

    This guy looks like a bottom 6 player for. Big but outside of one year much offense. Looks like competition for Kassian. Might have a shot as the bar is not very high

  • toprightcorner

    Great signing. He was on pace for a 12 goal season as a 3/4 line player. If he can play 16 playoff games with the Caps, he definitely has the ability to play on the Oilers

    If he shows well, he could likely be signed to a 2-way deal for around $700k. This also makes it so there isn’t any free spots to be handed out on RW and players have to earn it. It also shows me that Yamamoto is more than likely starting the season in the AHL, which is the right play for such a small player.

    It also opens up the possibility to save cap by trading Kassian. Chiasson could easily fill that role as a big 4th line energy line that can score some goals.

  • ROILYDoGG$

    Rumours in summer was Kassian gone to Carolina for Faulk I believe. It’s a bit of a salary dump and another guy to play Rh defence. Kassian had a rough year like 80% of the team and didn’t perform as needed.

  • Moneyball

    “On the bubble are Jesse Puljujarvi and Kailer Yamamoto, as each can be put through waivers, and Pontus Aberg and Ty Rattie, who haven’t proved much at the NHL level in the past.” By saying each can be put through waivers I assume that this Means they can be sent to the condors without other teams being able to claim them off of waivers? Is it 160games you need to play before you have to be put on waivers?

  • kelvjn

    With his credentials, the guy is probably looking for a good contract instead of just any contract. If he play well expect other teams to swoop similar to both Kris(Russell / Versteeg) from a few years back.

    • OilerForLife

      If a player can play a bit role successfully on last years Stanley Cup champion, then he should be able provide the same in helping the Oilers get into the playoffs.

    • Kevwan

      Vegas showed last year what a bunch of cast-off and misfit NHL players can do. I love what a few hungry vets sprinkled throughout the training camp roster should do for the intensity level.

      Give me hungry players – especially those that have proven they can perform at this level – over players with multi million multi year contracts.