One pending free agent the Oilers can steal from their Pacific Division rivals

The Edmonton Oilers have the right core and the right coach, but if they can’t win the Stanley Cup this season, they still need to add talent from the outside.
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Oliver Kylington, Defenseman/Calgary Flames

Oliver Kylington is another blueliner who factors in as a seventh man or even on the bottom-pairing, though he has almost twice as many games of experience as Lagesson. Kylington saw time in 73 contests in 2021-22, and he showed promise, snagging 31 points, nine goals, 79 blocks, 40 hits, and 24 takeaways with 18:10 of average total ice time. 

He took the 2022-23 season and the first half of 2023-24 off for personal reasons, but Kylington has since resumed play and found ways to block shots and break up plays with his stick. Before he took time off, Kylington was also logging a 53.9 in the Corsi For at 5-on-5, and he helped Calgary score 68 goals that season while they allowed just 42 when he was in the game, also at 5-on-5. 

That hasn’t been the case this season, but we need to remember that upon returning, the Flames also didn’t have Nikita Zadorov in the lineup, and Elias Lindholm was on his way out. Since then, notable players like Chris Tanev and Noah Hanifin have also left, leaving the Flames with considerably less talent in the second half of the year. 

Regardless, Kylington is playing well, and he has shown he could be more than serviceable when logging third-pairing minutes. Like everyone else listed, he would be a role player in Edmonton, but nonetheless, a solid addition.