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Edmonton Oilers player review and 2021-22 preview: Alex Chiasson

Welcome to the 2020-21 season review and 2021-22 season preview player-by-player! In this, and other articles, I’ll be, well, reviewing the Edmonton Oilers 2020-21 season and previewing the 2021-22 season. You can read about the analytics behind my analysis here.

You were either in two camps of thinking with Alex Chiasson in Edmonton: you loved him, or you hated him.

He came to Edmonton on a pro-try-out ahead of the 2018-19 season earning himself a one-year contract and he didn’t disappoint. He scored 22 goals and 38 points in 73 games that year and was a big depth scoring addition to the team.

He kept up a decent bottom-six scoring pace throughout his time in Edmonton, and now, it appears he’s off to different pastures as a UFA.

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Last year, Chiasson found himself fighting for a bottom-six role playing in 45 games, but his struggles this year were apparent. With him on the ice at 5×5, the Oilers controlled 43.19 percent of the shot attempts, 37.93 percent of the goals scored, 41.36 percent of the expected goals while posting a 98.5 PDO.

Chiasson got bit by bad puck luck. His on-ice save percentage dipped three percent from the year before and that’s a big reason for his struggles.

But Chiasson’s isolated impacts were decent. At even-strength, he contributed offence at a seven percent rate below league average and defence at a one percent rate above league average. He made his mark mainly on the powerplay, where according to hockeyviz.com, he contributed offence at a 15 percent rate above league average.

He doesn’t have a home heading into next season, and I think the Oilers could do worse bringing him back as a 13th forward. I liked his defensive impacts on the ice, and that’s what you want from a veteran depth forward.

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ALEX CHIASSON’S CAREER SO FAR

Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/- PGP G A Pts PIM
2012-13 Dallas Stars NHL 7 6 1 7 0 3
2013-14 Dallas Stars NHL 79 13 22 35 38 -21 6 1 1 2 2
2014-15 Ottawa Senators NHL 76 11 15 26 67 -5 4 0 0 0 0
2015-16 Ottawa Senators NHL 77 8 6 14 45 2
2016-17 Calgary Flames NHL 81 12 12 24 46 -6 4 0 0 0 2
2017-18 Washington Capitals NHL 61 9 9 18 26 1 16 1 1 2 4
2018-19 Edmonton Oilers NHL 73 22 16 38 32 -1
2019-20 Edmonton Oilers NHL 65 11 13 24 42 -3 4 1 1 2 0
2020-21 Edmonton Oilers NHL 45 9 7 16 33 -10 3 1 0 1 0
NHL Totals 564 101 101 202 329 37 4 3 7 8

Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at [email protected]