Newly-signed Oilers have chosen their jersey numbers
By Woz7 months ago
We’ve got numbers and no I’m not talking lotto numbers but jersey numbers for our new friends who’ve recently joined the Edmonton Oilers. It’s been confirmed by the team that Connor Brown will dawn 28, Mattias Janmark has chosen 13 as his new digits with the team, while Lane Pederson has picked 19, and Drake Caggiula will rock eight.
Now it’s always fun to look back at the notable players who wore these numbers previously. Connor Brown’s number 28 was held by many different Oilers but the longest-serving player was Craig Muni between 1987 to 1993. After that, it was thrown around a bit by Oilers such as Bill Huard, Roman Oksiuta, Jason Chimera, Alexander Selivanov, Ryan Jones, and most recently Ryan Murray.
Mattias Janmark who signed a one-year, $1-million contract extension just two weeks ago decided it was time to take the reigns of the legendary number 13 whose previous owner was the Bison King himself, Jesse Puljujarvi. Janmark posted 1o goals and 25 points in 66 games played for the Oilers last season and managed to find minutes in the Top 6 under Jay Woodcroft.
Clearly, a valued club member as Tyler Yaremchuk mentioned on Oilersnation Everyday that a core Oiler wanted Mattias Janmark back. Here’s to hoping Janmark can do 13 justice next season.
Drake Caggiula finds himself with eight on the back of his jersey. Odds are he’ll spend most of his time in Bakersfield but don’t be surprised if he gets a few games with Edmonton under his belt. He spent the majority of last season with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, affiliate with the Pittsburgh Penguins, and found the back of the net 22 times, collecting 53 points.
Caggiula is the first Oiler to wear eight since Kyle Turris in 2021-2022. What I find the oddest about this jersey number in Oilers’ history is no one wore it for longer than three seasons and 18 different players wore it just for one season with the Edmonton Oilers. The most notable Oiler is either Griffin Reinhart or Zdeno Ciger.
Now since Caggiula played for Edmonton before, this will be his third different number with the team. He wore 36 as a rookie in 2016-17 and switched to 91 after that.
Lastly, we’ve got Lane Pederson who takes 19 off the hands of Devin Shore. Odds are we’ve seen the last of Shore within the Oilers organization. There’s no word if he’s returning in any capacity, which is a shame in a sense since he had quite a bond with players like Connor McDavid, and Leon Draisaitl. Just that type of player who was good in the dressing room and everyone valued his presence.
Shoutout to our friends at Oilersnation De and Liam Horrobin on Oilersnation Everyday who managed to make him feel loved even if he barely played. Let’s hope Shore returns in some form of role with the club.
Lane Pederson on the other hand has had a slight whirlwind of an NHL career with stints in San Jose, Arizona, Vancouver, and recently Columbus. Pederson is projected to compete for a fourth-line center role when Oiler’s training camp rolls around.
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