Dobber’s Offseason Fantasy Grades: Edmonton Oilers

Peter Ryell


For the last 19 years (12 with The Hockey News) Dobber has reviewed each team from a fantasy-hockey standpoint and graded them.

The 20th annual review will appear here on DobberHockey throughout the summer/fall. This is not a review of the likely performance on the ice or in the standings, but in the realm of fantasy hockey both for the season ahead as well as the foreseeable future. Offensively, will the team perform? Are there plenty of depth options worthy of owning in keeper leagues? What about over the next two or three years? These questions are what I take into consideration when looking at the depth chart and the player potential on that depth chart.


Gone: Josh Archibald, Zack Kassian, Cooper Marody, Brendan Perlini, Ostap Safin, Duncan Keith, Filip Berglund, Mikko Koskinen

Incoming: Evander Kane, Mattias Janmark, Greg McKegg, Jack Campbell, Calvin Pickard

Impact of Changes: The big impact move was the re-signing of Evander Kane to a four-year deal at $5.1M per season. Kane posted 38 points in 43 games playing over 60% of the time with Connor McDavid at even strength and slotted on the top power-play unit. With that continued deployment he should remain a strong fantasy option.

The other significant change was the exit of Mikko Koskinen and long-term injury of Mike Smith, who were both replaced by Jack Campbell. Campbell had very tall peaks and abysmally low valleys last season with the Maple Leafs and although he should provide more stability than previous tandem, his impact could go either way.

Ready for Full Time: Dylan Holloway is arguably the organization's top prospect. He had an incredible college career but was hampered by a wrist injury that may have