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The Edmonton Oilers Hold 5 of the Most Valuable Contracts in The NHL

Published August 26, 2023 at 10:25
BY SKY

As the Edmonton Oilers gear up for a new season, the focus remains on maximizing player value through well-structured contracts. Let's delve into five standout Oilers who are poised to outperform their deals this season.

Connor Brown's Value-Driven Deal

Newcomer Connor Brown joins the Oilers with a savvy contract maneuvered by GM Ken Holland. Brown's one-year contract at $775,000 is a steal. While carrying a $3.25 million performance bonus next season, he provides reliable veteran presence and point production on the top line, forming a valuable link with Connor McDavid.

Leon Draisaitl's Steal of a Contract


Draisaitl's $8.5 million AAV contract remains a monumental steal, with his consistently remarkable performance. Dominating the past five seasons, he ranks as one of the NHL's elite players, securing his spot in the upper echelon of point production.

Evan Bouchard's Emerging Potential

Evan Bouchard's $3.9 million AAV contract for two years positions him as a vital asset on the blue line. His partnership with Mattias Ekholm bolsters his power play prowess and showcases his offensive capabilities. Despite a modest 40 points last season, his improved performance alongside Ekholm promises high-level scoring contributions.

Stuart Skinner's Promising Beginnings

Skinner's three-year, $2.6 million AAV contract signifies a promising start to his NHL journey. Impressive rookie season wins and a solid .913 save percentage highlight his potential as an impactful goaltender. His role as backup or potential time-sharing with Jack Campbell sets the stage for his continued growth.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins' Valuable Presence

Nugent-Hopkins' loyalty and contract flexibility shine, delivering immense value to the Oilers. Despite criticism, his $5.125 million AAV deal underscores his adaptability across various roles and lines. With a career-high 104 points last season, his impact extends beyond pure scoring, making him an invaluable asset.

Emerging Talents to Watch

While our top five contracts stand out, Oilers like Zach Hyman, Evander Kane, and Ryan McLeod also hold potential for significant contributions. Hyman's point-per-game performance, Kane's multi-dimensional skills, and McLeod's developing offensive prowess contribute to Edmonton's robust roster.
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The Edmonton Oilers Hold 5 of the Most Valuable Contracts in The NHL

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