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Oilers Waive Lander, To Claim Teemu Pulkkinen or P.A. Parenteau?

The Edmonton Oilers sent Anton Lander down on waivers today for the purpose of assignment into the AHL. While he's a defensive specialist who is excellent at faceoffs and penalty kills like a beast, the reality is, he'll probably clear waivers and play a some of the season with the Condors until an injury makes it possible to recall him.

Lander Down, Caggiula In

Lander's demotion isn't terribly surprising. Since his time in Edmonton under coach Todd Nelson, he hasn't produced a lick of offense despite getting regular playing time with the team. Players on the depth chart in Edmonton passed him by and Lander simply hasn't done enough to keep his spot.

Lander down means that Drake Caggiula (who I've been extremely high on since he was signed as a college free agent) has likely made the team and will play third-line center for the Oilers to start the season. Caggiula went down with a minor injury in preseason, but he (and Kris Versteeg) were back on the ice today at practice in regular colored practice jersey's and should be good to go for Oct 12th and opening night.

Oilers to Claim Teemu Pulkkinen?

If the Toronto Maple Leafs somehow pass on Teemu Pulkkinen, the Oilers may choose to grab him up. Last season, Pulkkinen had 12 points in 36 games with Detroit before having his season cut short due to a shoulder injury. He's dominant at the AHL level (and I mean absolutely dominant).

Pulkkinen gives the Oilers depth at right wing if there are any doubts about either Kris Versteeg's health or the readiness of Jesse Puljujarvi. With Yakupov gone, there is potentially space to add another right-winger.

P.A. Parenteau

The backup plan should Pulkkinen go is P.A. Parenteau who last year with the Leafs in 77 games had 20 goals and 21 assists for 41 points. He's a perennial positive Corsi player who can play well in tough positions. He'd add immediate depth to the Oilers, who if they are interested in winning this year should take a close look.

Both Parenteau and Pulkkinen give the Oilers options with their young right-winger Puljujarvi. If Edmonton doesn't claim either one of these players off waivers, it tells us they have solidified their decision to run with the young Puljujarvi and that their confidence he can adjust to the NHL in unwavering.

But, who cares what I think right? For now, I'll just keep my mouth shut until I feel like spilling my guts again.

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4 Responses to "Oilers Waive Lander, To Claim Teemu Pulkkinen or P.A. Parenteau?"

  1. I'd take a good long look at both players, even just for trade deadline assets sake

  2. I'm not sure if oil should claim two RW's at this time. Still unclear with players already on roster to be filling roster spots with two RW's. Caggiula has potential to crack line up even as 3LC. Draisaitl could see time on RW. Everyone is forgetting about pitlick today as players hit waiver wire. Possibility of Versteeg in line up and potentially Puljujarvi in near future in line up. But what I do like as a waiver option is Pavelec instead of the monster as backup.

    1. Pavelec has a huge cap hit to consider. I think he clears for that reason alone. I'd rather spend money on one right winger. Parenteau would actually be my choice.

    2. Yes way too much for a back up that is correct. Too bad cause I'm not fully convinced with the monster. One RW might be needed right now but it might be little early to know it for sure. Hate to burn up a contract on a RW if 20 games from now someone like Puljujarvi steps into 2nd line. Might have some good enough options as is to manage until figured out if needed or someone steps in.