Something sensible happened on Monday.
Corey Potter has been a pleasant surprise on the Oiler blue. And, while he’s not quite Tom Gilbert, he’s a guy that I had pencilled in as the number 7 or number 8 guy when the season opened.
The 28 year old Potter has averaged over twenty minutes per game, and he’s got himself 14 points (3-11-14, and one power play goal) in 27 games, which is good for second among Oiler defencemen. Not too shabby for a guy who had 9 career NHL games before beginning this season.
Corey Potter has himself a new contract. It’s a two year, one-way deal that will see him make 750K next year, and 800K in 2013-14. These are sensible numbers, and 800K is going to look marvellous in two years. If an effort is made by management to acquire some other defencemen between now and October, Potter is a perfect fit on the third pairing. Heck, fit him in for some power play time too.
I give management the gears an awful lot, but this was a good signing at an even better rate.
Good job out there.
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