Stauffer Projected Lineup
I could see the Oilers add another LD or LW
— Bob Stauffer (@Bob_Stauffer) July 29, 2021
- @Tomas Tatar: A name that Holland is familiar with as he was drafted by Detroit in 2009 and played 407 games with the organization. Tatar scored 25 and 22 goals in 2018-19 and 2019-20 but cratered a bit in 2021, scoring 10 goals over 50 games. During the Habs’ playoff run, Tatar was mostly a healthy scratch and appeared in only five games. He could be a cheap, buy-low option on a show-me deal, giving the Oilers another skilled winger.
- @Eric Staal: Sticking with the Habs, veteran Eric Stall is still on the open market. Staal had a miserable season in Buffalo, scoring just three goals in 32 games. He was traded to the Habs and scored just two goals in 21 games, but stepped up in the playoffs, producing eight points in 21 games in a depth role. Staal will be 37 in October but adding a veteran who can play centre and left wing wouldn’t be a bad thing. There were rumours the Oilers were interested in Staal ahead of last season’s trade deadline.
- @Mathieu Perreault: A solid, underrated middle-six forward, Mathieu Perreault would be a nice veteran addition for the Oilers. He’s spent the last seven seasons of his career in Winnipeg, carving out a role as a player who can chip in with a little offence while playing an effective 200-foot game. Perreault scored nine goals in 56 games last season and had very good underlying numbers. He can play both centre and wing.
- @Ryan Murray: The former No. 2 overall pick has never lived up to his draft billing largely due to issues with injuries, but Murray is a fine second-pairing defender. Murray was healthy last season playing in New Jersey. He appeared in 48 games, scored 14 points, logged 18:37 per night, and had a positive on-ice goal differential of 35-to-29. He would be a nice defensive defender to play alongside Evan Bouchard.
- @Slater Koekkoek: The familiar option for that same role would be Slater Koekkoek, who signed a one-year deal with the Oilers last fall. Koekkoek played in 18 games for the Oilers, missing a large chunk of the season due to a broken collarbone. He scored one goal, had no assists, and logged 13:10 per night with a negative on-ice goal differential of 12-to-4. Dave Tippett liked him enough that he played in all four of the team’s playoff games.
- @Alexandar Georgiev: The free-agent market for goalies is pretty barren, so I’ll instead talk about somebody available via trade. Alexandar Georgiev has reportedly asked for a trade out of New York as the team appears ready to move forward with Ilya Shesterkin in net. Georgiev once appeared to be New York’s goalie of the future, but he hasn’t been able to capture the gig. Over the past two seasons, he’s posted a .908 save percentage over 53 games. Still, there’s no denying the upside here. Georgiev has a $2,425,000 cap hit for one more season and will then become a restricted free agent.