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Edmonton Oilers player review and 2021-22 preview: Dominik Kahun

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.

Sail on, Dominik.

After spending just one season with the Edmonton Oilers, Dominik Kahun is looking for a new home.

The one year was short-lived, however. He joined the team and was largely a third-line player for the Oilers and was, well, rather unspectacular. In 48 games, he scored nine goals and 15 points.

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His most common linemates last season were Kailer Yamamoto and Leon Draisaitl and while he was a positive goals player with both players (50% and 58.33%, respectively), those weren’t driven by Kahun. His pass-first mentality was a nice compliment to a shooter in Draisaitl, but he struggled for much of the year to create space for himself on the ice.

Thus, it’s not a major surprise to have seen the Oilers walk away from him. Kahun has since inked a multi-year deal with SC Bern of the Swiss League.

Part of me, however, wonders if the Oilers could’ve benefited from bringing him back on a cheap deal. At 26-years-old, he’s still a younger player and only has 186 NHL games under his belt. Yes, Kahun has played for a new team in each of his four seasons, but that’s also difficult for any player — let alone a younger one like Kahun.

There’s probably a reason why he’s bounced around from team to team. I wonder, however, if Kahun is the type of player that just needs some stability.

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Nonetheless, Kahun was a replacement-level player for the Edmonton Oilers and the team and now, someone like Dylan Holloway or Raphael Lavoie will get a chance to challenge for a roster spot.

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]