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Edmonton Oilers sign Joakim Nygard to one-year extension

The Edmonton Oilers have signed forward Joakim Nygard to a one-year extension, the club announced Tuesday.

According to PuckPedia, Nygard will make $875k on his new deal — roughly $50k less than his previous deal.

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Nygard, 27, was signed by the club this past offseason to a one-year deal. Currently out rehabilitating a broken hand, Nygard has scored three goals and six assists in 33 games for the Oilers this year.

A bottom-six option for the Oilers, Nygard has brought with him a strong mix of speed and forechecking ability that has seen him effective in a checking line role.

He’s mixed in a bit of offense for the Oilers, too, despite only playing just under 11 minutes a night. Analytically, Nygard has posted below-average 5v5 possession numbers (44.88 CF%) and a strong expected goals rate at 53.28%.

Nygard’s most common linemate this year has been Riley Sheahan, who he’s played 122 5v5 minutes with.

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Details of the contract have yet to be announced.

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