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Edmonton Oilers player review and 2023-24 preview: Warren Foegele

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Photo credit:© Walter Tychnowicz-USA TODAY Sports
Zach Laing
7 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.
Welcome back, Warren Foegele.
5×5NHL GPTOI + TOI/GPG – A – PCFCACF%SCFSCASCF%GFGAGF%xGFxGAxGF%PDO
Individual67776.0215-12-2777863055.2640333254.83352954.6941.6231.0657.271.00
Per/6011.581.35-0.68-2.0360.1548.7131.1625.672.712.243.222.4
Per/60, RelTm%2.33-53.41-0.36-1.340.98-0.29-0.482.350.31-0.194.36
Quietly, Warren Foegele had an excellent 2022-23 season for the Edmonton Oilers. He scored 15 goals and 28 points in 67 games with his 2.1 points per hour at 5×5 the highest of his entire career. And as his impact charts show above, he was excellent in both the offensive, and defensive zones for the Oilers contributing at a rate much higher than league average in both zones. On top of that, he was also a strong contributor on the Oilers’ penalty kill.
In fact, his play was so impactful that his contributions on the ice were similar to that of a player on the cusp of being a first-liner.
His underlying play has been a huge addition to the Oilers since he was acquired in the one-for-one trade with the Carolina Hurricanes which sent Ethan Bear the other way.
Foegele, however, has become a bit of a whipping boy of sorts in the past for some visible swing-and-misses on scoring opportunities. The fact of the matter, however, is that his goal scoring rate last year at 5×5 last year was also the highest of his entire career.
Visible swing-and-misses aside, this is a very, very valuable depth contributor for the Oilers who I expect to have a very strong season for the Oilers this year. He played the majority of his time last season on a line with Ryan McLeod and in their 311 5×5 minutes together, the were even in goal share scoring 10 goals and allowing 10 against. Despite that, they had a very low 6.41 on-ice shooting percentage, and controlled 59.24 per cent of the expected goal share, and 59.64 per cent of the scoring chances.
If the Oilers were smart, which they’re certainly starting to be a lot more of lately, they would keep this pair together all season long this year and let them do their thing. I expect the offence to rebound, and the Oilers third line to be a key piece of the puzzle this season.

FOEGELE’S CAREER SO FAR

Regular SeasonPlayoffs
SeasonTeamLgeGPGAPtsPIM#ERROR!GPGAPtsPIM
2014-15
U. of New HampshireH-East345111626-3
2015-16
U. of New HampshireH-East501142
2015-16
Kingston FrontenacsOHL5213354844329821012
2016-17
Kingston FrontenacsOHL28112031205
2016-17
Erie OttersOHL3316163220212213132625
2017-18
Charlotte CheckersAHL732818464022803312
2017-18
Carolina HurricanesNHL221303
2018-19
Carolina HurricanesNHL771051520-17155496
2019-20
Carolina HurricanesNHL6813173034981012
2020-21
Carolina HurricanesNHL531010202041011210
2021-22
Edmonton OilersNHL8212142624-9130112
2022-23
Edmonton OilersNHL671315282871221316
NHL Totals349606212212658971636

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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