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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Justin Schultz, Defenseman/Seattle Kraken

Defensemen who log bottom-pairing minutes could be in huge demand for the Oilers this summer, and Justin Schultz is another cost-effective yet potentially serviceable blueliner with experience and a couple of Stanley Cups to his name. Like a couple of players listed, Schultz is yet another one who has spent time with the Oilers in the past. 

He made the All-Rookie Team in 2012-13 during his first full season in the league with Edmonton, but his most memorable years may have come when he was a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins, where he won back-to-back Cups alongside Sidney Crosby and company. 

Now one of the older players in the league, Schultz could potentially play the last few years of his career with an Oilers team that has perennial Stanley Cup potential. He’s still regularly getting in front of pucks with 60 blocks on the season as his time with the Seattle Kraken winds down. Schultz is still logging power play minutes, he can still score a handful of goals, and at 5-on-5, his Corsi For is still hovering over 50 percent. 

Schultz may not need to be a full-time player with Edmonton, as he too can rotate in as a seventh blueliner. But he’s still effective enough to log regular minutes in the defensive rotation.