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EDMONTON OILERS TOGETHER WITH KRIS VERSTEEG ON NHL PTO

The Oilers had a few question marks at right wing. It's not a poor group of wingers, but it's not a veteran group with proven experience either. If the word from TSN's Darren Dreger is accurate, it looks like Edmonton may be considering adding a bit of veteran assistance.


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Kris Versteeg left the NHL this summer. He signed a deal with the Swiss League and the right-winger was pretty much history from the NHL. He was one of the earlier free agent exits as he didn't wait around before making a career change in hockey. Unfortunately for Versteeg, due to an earlier NHL injury complications arose and he could no longer sign in the Swiss League due to insurance reasons. He's coming back to the NHL 100% healthy as a free agent and it looks like the Oilers are his team of choice on a PTO.


While Versteeg hasn't blown the socks off of other NHL right-wingers in terms of production, he would be a stronger addition for the Oilers who have questionable depth at the right wing. With a combination of Jordan Eberle, Zack Kassian, Nail Yakupov and Iiro Pakarinen, Edmonton's depth at right wing could use some veteran presence. Only Jesse Puljujarvi has an opportunity to play significant time at right wing outside of these four and he's a newly drafted rookie.

Versteeg has played 550 NHL games, has 313 regular season points and has won the Stanley Cup twice. He's not big, but he is gritty. He could be enough to round-out Edmonton's top-nine forward group in a major way.

More to come as the news starts to get a little more clear. If this deal does happen, my prediction of moving Draisaitl to wing may not be necessary now and three potential scoring lines may be more of an option than earlier considered.

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