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Edmonton Oilers player review and 2023-24 preview: Devin Shore

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Zach Laing
10 months ago
Welcome to the 2022-23 season review and 2023-24 season preview player-by-player! In this, and other articles, we’ll be, well, reviewing the 2022-23 season of Edmonton Oilers players and previewing their 2023-24 season. You can read about the analytics behind my analysis here.
Sail on, Devin Shore.
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5×5NHL GPTOI + TOI/GPG – A – PCFCACF%SCFSCASCF%GFGAGF%xGFxGAxGF%PDO
Individual47403.158-1-935838248.3817919248.251376517.4518.1349.051.04
Per/608.580.47-0.85-1.3253.2856.8526.6428.571.931.042.62.7
Per/60, RelTm%-5.183.85-4.07-5.21.64-5.92-1.21-2.0414.48-0.370.08-4.12
Devin Shore’s time in Edmonton has all but wrapped up. He signed a one-year deal to join the team ahead of the 2020-21 season, and the Oilers inked him to a two-year extension after that campaign.
Heading into this offseason as a free agent, the Oilers didn’t re-sign him and he remains without a home.
But over his three-year stint in Edmonton, he was nothing but a good soldier for the Oilers scoring 11 goals and 29 points over his 134 games. He wasn’t without his faults, though. Edmonton never controlled the pace of play with him on the ice at 5×5, even with his numbers improving this past season where the Oilers outscored their opponents 13-7 at 5×5 with a 104 PDO.
His strength from a big-picture perspective was his ability to be a glue guy for the team. You could see, even from afar, that Oilers played loved to have him around even as a 13th forward. This clip just shows that.
On the ice, the Oilers won’t miss Shore much. He was, at best, the 12th-best forward during his tenure in Edmonton and more often than not found himself in the press box.
Players like Shore have their role, and he knew his well. It’s part of the reason the Oilers kept him around as long as he did.
And heading into next season, the Oilers haven’t added any player who really fills that role. While it’s not a make-or-break spot, it’s one the team could still address by signing a player like Sam Gagner — someone who the players know well, and someone who can fill in admirably when called upon.
Above it all, I can’t wait to see who becomes Liam’s new favourite player this year.

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 zach@oilersnation.com.

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