Viktor Stalberg – Left Wing
2013 club - Chicago Blackhawks
2013 Salary : USD $875,000
Weight : 209 lbs
Stats: 47 GP, 9-14-23, +16, 14:07 TOI
Stalberg is a big framed player who can play on the third line and still contribute offensively. Granted he’s been playing with the high flying Blackhawks since being traded from the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2010, Stalberg’s game has matured to the point where he would be an excellent fit with the Oilers youngsters.
Still just 27-years of age, Stalberg’s numbers are impressive since he joined the Hawks organization. A plus player the last three years, he set career highs last year in 79 games by scoring 22 goals and 43 points. This season in the lockout shortened schedule he still managed to put up 9 goals and 23 points while playing in every game but one.
The Oilers need role players to fill in their third and fourth lines, but still have some accountability and production when they’re on the ice. Stalberg fits that bill given he’s averaged just over fourteen minutes of ice the last two years in Chicago, has managed to be a positive plus/minus and still scores a healthy number of goals.
Put him on the left wing on the third line and compliment him with some other bruising linemates and suddenly this line could change the flow of the game when needed.
Oil on Whyte projected salary: 4-years, $10 million