Edmonton Oilers: Looking at expiring contracts – RFA edition

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Devin Shore #14, Edmonton oilers
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LW/C/RW Devin Shore, expiring contract $700,000

Devin Shore was a great story this year.  He was brought in on a PTO, and Holland kept him seemingly because he had some injuries to start the season.  Shore was like a bottom 6 utility knife, in and out of the lineup and seemed to answer the bell when called upon.  He was playing everywhere in the bottom 6 – center, both wings, 3rd line, 4th line.  Whatever Dave Tippett needs of him, he does.

He won’t be an offensive dymano but he’ll put up enough offence to be a 4th liner or sub in on the 3rd line if necessary.  He put up 5-4-9 in 38 games last year, in a full 82 game season that would be 11 goals and 19 points, solid production for a 4th liner and decent enough for a 3rd liner.  It’s worth nothing that the only other 2 seasons in which he played a full 82 game season – both with Dallas – he had 13-20-33 and 11-21-32 in those 2 seasons.

Shore is a bit questionable defensively which is why you can’t play him in the top 6.  Nonetheless, he’s OK, finishing -4 last season, which is where the average of his career is.

It’s short sample size of only 108 of them, but he also seems to have a talent for faceoffs, finishing at 52.78%.  He does a little bit of PK – 1:11 per game, good enough for 10th on the team in that department.  Good hitter – he was tied with Zack Kassian on the team for 6th with 73.

If the Oilers get a bit better in their depth as I suspect, then Shore would probably be a solid option for extra forward.  Of course, if he survives training camp I could see him start the season on the 4th line as well.

Chances he gets re-signed – 50%.    Bottom 6 forward is always the most volatile spot on the team – it’s easy to get replaced.  A lot of this depends on what other players Holland brings in.  There’s arguments to sign him and arguments not to.

Projected contract – 1 year, $770,000.  The minimum and that’s it.