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.
Edmonton Oilers v Vancouver Canucks
Edmonton Oilers v Vancouver Canucks / Derek Cain/GettyImages
8 of 8

Michael Amadio, Forward/Vegas Golden Knights

Yep, we are talking about a lot of former Cup winners here, but that’s expected with a Vegas Golden Knights team that won it all last season. While Dakota Joshua would be the preferred choice here, Amadio is an excellent consolation, with 26 points and 13 goals in 68 games, and he’s another one who plays sound defense. 

Amadio isn’t as physical as Joshua, but he’s still good at creating nightmare scenarios for opponents defensively - 30 takeaways through most of the 2023-24 season - and he’s logging a solid 91.7 on-ice save percentage at 5-on-5. Offensively, Amadio has helped the Knights find the net 38 times in the same situation despite a less-than-ideal 48.7 Corsi For percentage. 

While Edmonton has a great power play, Amadio could factor in as insurance should a player on one of the two units miss time with an injury if Ken Holland managed to sign him in the offseason. Or, if a player like Amadio proved to be a good fit on the man advantage, then it wouldn’t hurt to put him there and let him continue to improve the unit. 

Like everyone else on this list, Amadio is no game-changer, but he is a solid player who will put up serviceable numbers. 


(Statistics provided by Hockey-Reference as of April 5th)