Three Remaining UFA’s The Edmonton Oilers Should Sign

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Could The Edmonton Oilers Potentially Sign Phil Kessel?
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Phil Kessel (82GP-8G-44A)

Phil Kessel has been throughout his career a very skilled right winger. Last season he took a dip in the goal category though. This is why I think that he is still available in the open market. Teams are worried that he is no longer that type of player.

NHL Standard career statistics
Season Tm GP G A PTS +/- PIM
2006-07 BOS 70 11 18 29 -12 12
2007-08 BOS 82 19 18 37 -6 28
2008-09 BOS 70 36 24 60 23 16
2009-10 TOR 70 30 25 55 -8 21
2010-11 TOR 82 32 32 64 -20 24
2011-12 TOR 82 37 45 82 -10 20
2012-13 TOR 48 20 32 52 -3 18
2013-14 TOR 82 37 43 80 -5 27
2014-15 TOR 82 25 36 61 -34 30
2015-16 PIT 82 26 33 59 9 18
2016-17 PIT 82 23 47 70 3 20
2017-18 PIT 82 34 58 92 -4 36
2018-19 PIT 82 27 55 82 -19 28
2019-20 ARI 70 14 24 38 -21 22
2020-21 ARI 56 20 23 43 -17 12
2021-22 ARI 82 8 44 52 -24 40
Career 16 yrs 1204 399 557 956 -148 372

Provided by Hockey-Reference.com:
Generated 7/25/2022.

To me if I am Ken Holland I am willing to take a chance on Kessel. Yes, he only scored 8 goals in 82 games last season, but in the season before he scored 20 goals in 56 games. I would be willing to bet that last season was just a one season dip.

Not only that, he is also a 2 time Stanley Cup champion. In those two playoff runs he scored a total of 18. In his total of 96 playoff games Kessel has scored 34 goals. That’s not to bad for a play who is likely going to end up costing you around $2 million.

This deal makes even more sense considering both Yamamoto and Puljujarvi are heading to salary arbitration and that the Edmonton Oilers may look at trading one of them if the cap hit ends up being too high.

If the Edmonton Oilers are unable to keep both Puljujarvi and Yamamoto then I personally think that Kessel is a solid plan B. If not for a plan B then having Kessel on your third line right winger for about $2 million isn’t the worst thing to happen.