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Whats the best UFA LW for mcdavid next season

Created by: OBC_Drinking_Buddy
Initial Creation Date: May 5, 2021
Published: May 5 at 10:57
Team: 2021-22 Edmonton Oilers
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Think it is a forgone conclusion that Edmonton goes UFA shopping for a LW next season. Or two if you count resigning nuge.

So.... I’m Curious - What’s the best UFA LW for McDavid next season? Or is it nuge, and the new UFA LW plays w Dri and yamo?

The oil are only one piece away from a scary top 6. Only a handful of teams could ice a better top 6 once they find there second LW.

Here’s IMO the most reasonable/best fit UFA’s for this summer. All with pros and cons.

What say you? Comment away.

Don’t roast me too hard on the contracts lengths or AAV - just guesses done quickly - more interested on what folks think is the best fit, or what you think will actually happen...
Free Agent Signings
RFAYEARSCAP HIT
Yamamoto, Kailer3$3,000,000
UFAYEARSCAP HIT
Nugent-Hopkins, Ryan5$6,250,000
Tatar, Tomas3$4,500,000
Schwartz, Jaden3$4,500,000
Foligno, Nick3$4,500,000
Hyman, Zach5$6,250,000
Janmark, Mattias3$3,500,000
Saad, Brandon5$5,000,000
Hoffman, Mike1$4,000,000
Buyouts
  • Andrej Sekera: $1,500,000
Retained Salary Transactions
  • Milan Lucic: $750,000 (13%)
DRAFT YEARROUND 1ROUND 2ROUND 3ROUND 4ROUND 5ROUND 6ROUND 7
2021
EDM
EDM
EDM
PIT
EDM
2022
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EDM
EDM
EDM
EDM
EDM
2023
EDM
EDM
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ROSTER SIZESALARY CAPCAP HITOVERAGES BONUSESCAP SPACE
23$81,500,000$91,776,839$669,339$907,500-$10,276,839
Left WingCenterRight Wing
EDM
Nugent-Hopkins, Ryan
$6,250,000
LW, C
NMC
UFA - 8
EDM
McDavid, Connor
$12,500,000
C
UFA - 5
EDM
Puljujärvi, Jesse
$1,175,000
RW
RFA - 1
Hyman, Zach
$6,250,000
LW, RW
NMC
UFA - 7
EDM
Draisaitl, Leon
$8,500,000
C, LW, RW
UFA - 4
EDM
Yamamoto, Kailer
$3,000,000
RW, C
RFA - 1
Hoffman, Mike
$4,000,000
RW, LW
UFA - 3
Saad, Brandon
$5,000,000
RW, LW
NTC
UFA - 5
Tatar, Tomas
$4,500,000
LW, RW
UFA - 2
Foligno, Nick
$4,500,000
LW, C, RW
NMC
UFA - 2
Schwartz, Jaden
$4,500,000
LW
NMC
UFA - 5
Janmark, Mattias
$3,500,000
LW, C
UFA - 1
Left DefenseRight DefenseGoaltender
ScratchesInjured Reserve (IR)Long Term IR (LTIR)
EDM
Archibald, Josh
$1,500,000
RW, LW
UFA - 1
EDM
Klefbom, Oscar
$4,167,000
LD
NTC
UFA - 2
EDM
Turris, Kyle
$1,650,000
C
UFA - 1
EDM
Kassian, Zack
$3,200,000
RW
UFA - 3
EDM
McLeod, Ryan
$834,167
C
RFA - 1
EDM
Bear, Ethan
$2,000,000
RD
RFA - 1
EDM
Koskinen, Mikko
$4,500,000
G
NTC
UFA - 1
EDM
Stalock, Alex
$785,000
G
UFA - 1
EDM
Bouchard, Evan
$863,333
RD
RFA - 2
EDM
Nurse, Darnell
$5,600,000
LD
UFA - 1
EDM
Russell, Kris
$1,250,000
LD/RD
UFA - 1
EDM
Lagesson, William
$725,000
LD
RFA - 1
EDM
Jones, Caleb
$850,000
LD
RFA - 1
Taxi Squad
EDM
Neal, James
$5,750,000 ($4,625,000)
RW, LW
UFA - 2
EDM
Neal, James
$750,000 ($0)
RW, LW
UFA - 1
EDM
Broberg, Philip
$863,333 ($0)
LD
RFA - 3

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May 5 at 11:01
#1
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If not Nuge, I like Hyman or Schwartz.
May 5 at 11:01
#2
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Ovechkin 🤷‍♂️
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May 5 at 11:03
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hyman's a great option. that said, i really hope the leafs bring him back.
schwartz is good, tatar is fine, saad could do well on a 2nd line with drai & yam...

what ab ovi?
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May 5 at 11:03
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Quoting: ZachHymanForTheHart
Ovechkin 🤷‍♂️


Quoting: ZachHymanForTheHart
Ovechkin 🤷‍♂️


Agree there, Oilers have the money to give OVI

And just saying Hyman won't be avaliable
May 5 at 11:03
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Trade for JVR
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May 5 at 11:04
#6
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Nuge has proven chemistry
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May 5 at 11:04
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Quoting: Hammerwise
Trade for JVR


great option. maybe a 2nd for 50% retained
May 5 at 11:04
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As far as the whole package with age and size I would take Hyman at around 5.5 - 6 mil, TO may try to make room for him at that but can't pay him much more and I don't think he fetches any more than 6 with a flat cap but someone like Colorado could overpay. Others could overpay too but I do not believe he sacrifices winning in the next few years over a few dollars, in the same breath won't take too heavy of a home town discount in this contract to stay in TO either.
May 5 at 11:04
#9
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Ya - agree. But think we all know that ovie isn’t happening so left him off the list. Same w landy on the avs, and hall (as just don’t see it happening).

Tried to keep it semi-realistic

But Ovie + mcdavid = cup no doubt wink
May 5 at 11:05
#10
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The Oilers have one piece that makes them a scary top 6, not one piece away, I have less than 8 minutes played in the WHL and I could put up 20 on McDavid's line. All that being said, Zach Hyman would be an absolutely unreal fit with McDavid. I think they shockingly let RNH go to open market and bring in a true winger, it will look like Toronto with two elite pairs on the top two lines.

Hyman - McDavid - Puljujarvi/Holloway
Holloway/Puljuajarvi - Draisaitl - Yamamoto
May 5 at 11:06
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Quoting: leafs_RtheBest
great option. maybe a 2nd for 50% retained


Its a low second, and no way does PHI retain. A 2nd for JVR straight up, hes got size, huge body on pp, and almost a guaranteed 25 goals/45-55pts in only 16 minutes of icetime in PHI. No injury history and an excellent bet to perform throughout remainder of contract. Or throw in small but unneeded contract
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May 5 at 11:07
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Imagine Ovi and McDavid duo...
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May 5 at 11:07
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I like Saad for edmonton
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May 5 at 11:08
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Quoting: Hammerwise
Its a low second, and no way does PHI retain. A 2nd for JVR straight up, hes got size, huge body on pp, and almost a guaranteed 25 goals/45-55pts in only 16 minutes of icetime in PHI. No injury history and an excellent bet to perform throughout remainder of contract. Or throw in small but unneeded contract


fair fair - 2nd for JVR feels solid i think
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May 5 at 11:11
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Landeskog will be a UFA though I doubt he is leaving Colorado.
May 5 at 11:13
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Lots of good conventional skillset fits available

But I'd go for Tatar (I mean he's the best player too)

With McDavid becoming an elite goal scorer too I feel the key is O zone time, sustained pressure and opportunities and virtually noone does that more

Than T T

100th percentile in shot assists as well 😎
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May 5 at 11:33
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I like Connor Brown in OTT. Will probably be down in their depth chart with all the young guys coming up. Had success together in Erie. Could be a nice trade option.
May 5 at 11:39
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Hyman would be high on my list but another thought is why not look for a second line centre keep nuge on the 2nd line lw slot this would allow Leon and mcdavid together. Don’t need to break the bank on a term type of ufa either Mcloed has looked solid and could be an option for 2c given some time to develop up from 3c role and Holloway is a killer on the dot so a short term 2c might be the best way to approach this.
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May 5 at 11:49
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Quoting: Devil1122
Imagine Ovi and McDavid duo...



I don’t want to...
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May 5 at 11:51
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One of Zach Hyman, Brandon Saad, Tomas Tatar, of Blake Coleman I would be happy with. I prefer Saad out of all of them, I have been saying that he would be the perfect left winger for McDavid for a while. He’s good, but I don’t see him leaving Colorado.
May 5 at 11:56
#21
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I like the Saad and hoffman ideas Hoffman will put up 40-50 next to mcdavid which will be unreal.
May 5 at 12:09
#22
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Quoting: Nhl_oilers
I don’t want to...


Why not?
May 5 at 12:10
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Quoting: Devil1122
Why not?




It would be a nightmare defensively. He needs a 2-way left winger in my opinion.
May 5 at 12:50
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Schwartz but hes staying in STL
May 5 at 12:50
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Quoting: Nhl_oilers
One of Zach Hyman, Brandon Saad, Tomas Tatar, of Blake Coleman I would be happy with. I prefer Saad out of all of them, I have been saying that he would be the perfect left winger for McDavid for a while. He’s good, but I don’t see him leaving Colorado.


They won't have the cap space after re-signing makar and grubauer
 
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