The Edmonton Oilers made a rather interesting trade prior to their matchup against the Vegas Golden Knights Wednesday. Edmonton acquired Michael Cammalleri from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for Jussi Jokinen.
Jokinen, 34, signed with the Oilers in July, as the team was looking for more right wing depth at a low price. In 2015-16, he put up an impressive 18 goals and 60 points with the Florida Panthers, and the Oilers were hoping to get that kind of production out of him.
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However, he had been lacklustre to start the season, with just one assist through 14 games. He wasn’t contributing much to the lineup, and the Finnish veteran seemed to lose a lot of his touch. While he did play solid on the backcheck and didn’t have terrible puck possession metrics, he wasn’t giving Edmonton the production it needed.
With Edmonton’s offence struggling to score, especially when it comes to bottom-six production, there had to be a change. Therefore, general manager Peter Chiarelli decided to shift gears, bringing in Cammalleri. The 35-year-old’s numbers, while not striking, are consistent for a bottom-six winger of his calibre; he has three goals and seven points through 15 games. He has also proven his overall ability to get to the net and is showing that he can still keep up and remain prominent, even in a limited role.
Cammalleri has also proven his overall ability to get to the net and is showing that he can still keep up and remain prominent, even in a limited role. Not only that, he has 10 hits and five takeaways for just seven giveaways. On the other hand, his puck possession metrics are not impressive by any means, and he needs to take better care of the puck.
Ultimately, this is a smart deal for Chiarelli. Not only can he give Jokinen a needed change in scenery, but he brings in an experienced, proven scorer who can put up bottom-six numbers.