Monday, July 02, 2018

Oilers Add Brodziak

The Edmonton Oilers continued on with adding some more rugged scoring, trying to find that right mix of physical play and finishing in front of the net, adding forward Kyle Brodziak from the unrestricted free agent market on Sunday.  Brodziak signed a 2-year, $2.3 million deal and he'll try to find a place in the team's top nine.

The 34-year old played in 81 games for the Blues in the 2018 season, scoring 10 goals and 33 points, ranking him 196th among all forwards, just inside of the top 200 pool worthy group.  His numbers, year over year, haven't been overly consistent, but he has been able to find the net on a semi-regular basis, which certainly enticed the Oilers.

The Oilers are not lacking grit on their current roster, already having Milan Lucic and Zack Kassian as notable tough guys, so Brodziak will have some like-minded teammates that he'll try to unseat for a better job on the roster.  He'll also be relied upon to bring a little bit more defensive responsibility to the team, as he has been a good plus/minus guy in his career.

Forwards Cap Defense Cap Goalies Cap
Connor McDavid 12.500 Andrej Sekera 5.500 Cam Talbot 4.167
Leon Draisaitl 8.500 Oscar Klefbom 4.167 Mikko Koskinen 2.500
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 6.000 Adam Larsson 4.167 Al Montoya 1.063
Milan Lucic 6.000 Kris Russell 4.000
Tobias Rieder 2.000 Matt Benning 1.900
Zack Kassian 1.950 Ethan Bear 0.720
Drake Caggiula 1.500
Kyle Brodziak 1.150
Jesse Puljujarvi 0.925
Kailer Yamamoto 0.925
Ty Rattie 0.800
Jujhar Khaira 0.675
Pontus Aberg 0.650
Brad Malone 0.650

There is a log jam in net, which may keep the team from really rounding out their roster in the early part of this off-season, but with Connor McDavid's contract extension now coming into effect, the Oilers are not in terrible shape with the roster they have right now, which currently sits with about $5.5 million in cap space today.  I would imagine that the Oilers will continue to shop for a bit more defensive depth, trying to add a seventh defenseman.

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