The Edmonton Oilers brought home some NHL players and prospects who may be NHL-ready from the 2015 draft. As we head toward free agency—RFA and UFA—it’s important to know who is on the 50-man list and how much room remains. Things get tight in a hurry!

CURRENT 50-MAN LIST

NHL teams don’t announce or display their lists, but it’s fairly easy to figure out (some Euro contracts, like Brad Ross, are a moving target). Here’s the 50-man list currently as I know it:
  1. G Cam Talbot (Perfect fit for the Oilers turn north)
  2. G Ben Scrivens (suspect
    he’ll return in a backup role)
  3. G Laurent Brossoit (AHL
    starter and plenty of opportunity to move up)
  4. G Eetu Laurikainen (new
    hire, AHL backup or ECHL starter)
  5. D Nikita Nikitin (No. 1
    candidate for buy out to my eye)
  6. D Mark Fayne (Looks like help is on the way)
  7. D Andrew Ference (5-6-7D
    likely role for coming season)
  8. D Eric Gryba (Another D-zone blue with NHL experience to help Fayne, Ference)
  9. D Oscar Klefbom (Does he play with Schultz, get heavy O-zone starts?)
  10. D Griffin Reinhart (Suspect he’s in the NHL to stay this fall)
  11. D Darnell Nurse (I think he’ll push the veterans this fall)
  12. D Brad Hunt (He’ll see NHL
    time)
  13. D David Musil (Could get some NHL time)
  14. D Jordan Oesterle (Fast and skilled, could surprise)
  15. D Dillon Simpson (Probably a full season in Bakersfield)
  16. D Martin Gernat (They may try to get him off the roster)
  17. D Ben Betker (May need to
    spend some time in the ECHL if it gets crowded)
  18. D Joey Laleggia (Can learn
    plenty from Hunt and Oesterle in Bakersfield)
  19. C Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Don’t forget Nuge, he’s a big part of the future)
  20. C Anton Lander (Important
    player for 15-16)
  21. C Boyd Gordon (veteran could
    be trade bait by deadline if things break right)
  22. C Leon Draisaitl (Man
    amongst boys in Memorial Cup)
  23. C Bogdan Yakimov (Big C still developing, factor down the line)
  24. C Jujhar Khaira (Solid
    checker, offense may keep him from NHL career)
  25. C Kyle Platzer (New pro has two-way skills)
  26. L Taylor Hall (Rumor of a new C coming in may help spike numbers)
  27. L Benoit Pouliot (A rugged
    winger with skill)
  28. L Matt Hendricks (Had a
    wonderful year, can he do it again?)
  29. L Luke Gazdic (More toughness to help this coming season)
  30. L Ryan Hamilton (he’ll be
    the veteran hand in the  minors helping to guide the kids)
  31. L Anton Slepyshev (Can’t wait to see him in TC)
  32. L Mitch Moroz (Should see way more action in Bakersfield in 2015-16)
  33. L Kale Kessy (Lost season to injury, another chance in 2015-16)
  34. R Jordan Eberle (Top RW primed for a big year)
  35. R Nail Yakupov  (He’s still here, people!)
  36. R Teddy Purcell (Speed only real issue)
  37. R Rob Klinkhammer (4line RW, crash and bang)
  38. R Iiro Pakarinen (Has a chance to make the team)
  39. R Andrew Miller (A strong
    option for NHL time in 2015-16)
  40. R Greg Chase (His game should flourish in pro’s)
That’s the list as I see it, now here’s a list of players who will (or may) be added later in the year:
  1. C Connor McDavid: He’s been drafted and when he signs McDavid will go on the 50. There’s a slide rule but he won’t slide, this is an NHL player. Wanye told me!
  2. D Justin Schultz (RFA)
  3. D Brandon Davidson (RFA)
  4. D Keith Aulie (RFA)
  5. C Kellen Lain (RFA)
  6. L Matt Fraser (RFA)
  7. L Curtis Hamilton (RFA)
  8. R Tyler Pitlick (RFA)
  9. G Tyler Bunz (RFA)
  10. L Josh Winquist (no contract)
  11. R John McCarron (college draft selection)
Many of these players will probably be cast away, but players in bold are the most likely to return. Keith Aulie might have been a candidate but Gryba’s addition may block him. Matt Fraser could also be back, depending on what Edmonton does in free agency. 
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HOW MUCH ROOM?

If we guess that McDavid, Schultz, Davidson and Pitlick are added, that puts Edmonton at 44 before free agency. There’s plenty of room on the 50-man list for a top defenseman and more. Peter Chiarelli’s summer is just getting started but clearing the way as he’s done suggests we can expect a few additions via trade and free agency before training camp.
Note: Brad Ross, part of the Marincin package, appears on NHLNumbers.com under the Oilers RFA’s and I suspect they’ll walk him. Ross is already signed for next season in Europe. Source