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Valentin Zykov placed on waivers

Well, that didn’t last long. Valentin Zykov has officially been placed on waivers for the purpose of assignment. 

Zykov got picked up by the team at the end of November and was expected to add some depth to our bottom six group. He lead his AHL team in goals last year, has some size, and his contract made this move risk-free for the Oilers. Everything was looking good for us at the beginning of December and I was looking forward to seeing what he can do.

There was only one problem… he didn’t get played. In the last month, Zykov played five games. During his first game with us, he played just over 11 minutes. After that, he never saw anything close to that number. Zykov was used in an extremely limited role on our fourth line, only playing around five-six minutes per night during his next four games with the team. Why wasn’t he used that much? Well, we don’t really know. He must not have been a player that Ken Hitchcock liked, and that’s too bad. During his very limited play, Zykov never really did anything to impress the coaching staff as well, putting up 0 shots and having a -1 rating.

Even though this was a risk-free move, it will go down as another attempt at recovery that failed by Peter Chiarelli. With Zykov being waived, I would expect another move coming from the Oilers soon. Maybe Yamamoto is recalled? Maybe Kris Russell is activated off the IR? We shall wait and see.

What did you guys think of the small sample size we saw from Zykov? Was this signing worth it at the end of the day?

Valentin Zykov Career Stats

Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM +/- GP G A Pts PIM
2016-17 Charlotte Checkers AHL 66 16 18 34 57 6 5 0 2 2 2
2016-17 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 2 1 0 1 0 1
2017-18 Charlotte Checkers AHL 63 33 21 54 45 -13 8 4 2 6 8
2017-18 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 10 3 4 7 2 4
2018-19 Carolina Hurricanes* NHL 13 0 3 3 0 -1
2018-19 Charlotte Checkers* AHL 6 2 0 2 16 -1
2018-19 Edmonton Oilers NHL 5 0 0 0 2 -1
NHL Totals 30 4 7 11 4

  • Bigwreck

    I think he never really got a chance he never got played. Hard to judge a player when the player plays super limited minutes, and on the fourth line with players that have little chance to make an impact. Personally I hope he clears waivers, lights up the all and then earns a recall. Maybe then the coaches and management might have a bit more trust in this player. All in all hard to see the logic in claiming this player and then use him the way they did.

    • KootenayDan

      Did you watch him play. A guy in that position needs to show something really anything anything at all. He did absolutely nothing and probably will never be heard from again.

  • Clayton

    I actually think that Bakersfield is where the Oilers wanted Zykov for anyways. I am sure they hoped he would light it up in the NHL, but I think they were looking to add scoring on the farm. That is why he didnt get a fair look at the NHL and they only kept him up for one month!

      • jjsa145

        You know I ran into a guy that ran into Strome in Toronto? He said Strome was hammering hamburgers and absolutely piss drunk the night before a game. Now this guy had no idea I was an Oilers fan or that I even knew who Strome was (I’m an Oiler’s fan in Leaf territory) but he was going on about it in vivid detail. Thought it was an interesting tidbit, not sure if it adds up to anything

  • BringitbacklikeSlats

    It’s not like games are the only opportunity the staff get to evaluate players in. They also see him in practice.
    It doesn’t matter how good your hands are if you can’t skate at NHL pace. I saw him play two games live and he was slow and not effective.

    Worth a shot, but didn’t pan out.Hopefully he can give them some depth in California

  • AlexTheOilersFanSince2006

    Gotta love the player deployment for Edmonton here.

    “Hello player X, welcome to the Edmonton Oilers. Located in a city where hockey is the focus of 90% of the population, 90% of the year. A city where fans will turn on you like a dime. And an organization where you’ll be given the least amount of opportunities before your either traded, benched, or sent down to the minors. We won’t deploy you properly, we won’t encourage you properly, and we won’t have any time for mistakes you make. Welcome and enjoy your stay.”

  • Ron Burgundyz

    It was worth a shot. I’d bet he doesn’t get claimed – if a purported scorer can’t crack a lineup devoid of scorers, doesn’t that speak volumes?