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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Dakota Joshua, Forward/Vancouver Canucks

So far, we have primarily mentioned sensible, cost-effective names as good fits for the Oilers. While Dakota Joshua will get a pay increase following what has been more than just a solid campaign, he may still be affordable for the Oilers to try and sign in the offseason. 

The only issue is that it would be a stretch for the Canucks not to re-sign someone who has given the organization a complete game, regardless of the situation. Joshua has just 28 points, but his 15 goals imply he’s a good depth scorer in British Columbia, and he also routinely sets the tone with the 220-plus body checks he’s landed for two seasons running. 

Joshua’s 52.0 Corsi For at 5-on-5 shows us he will make plays in the offensive zone, and he will also help finish those plays, with 31 on-ice goals for. Over 55 percent of his starts occur in the defensive zone, so to have a respectable Corsi For when he’s often behind the eight-ball offensively is a testament to the way he maximizes his chances. 

Being able to log middle-six minutes and with Warren Foegele slated to hit unrestricted free agency, Dakota Joshua could make for an excellent successor to the Oilers own breakout forward.