The Edmonton Oilers made us all experience a lot of emotions.
First, with Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl in the lineup and other very good players, we expected a great season from Edmonton.
Unfortunately, Team Alberta had an up-and-down start to the season, as did McDavid, who took time to produce at a pace he’s become accustomed to.
Also, we must not forget Jack Campbell, who was placed on waivers and demoted to the American League due to his poor performances. He was signed for $5 million per season, for five years, in hopes of solving the infamous in front of the net problem.
In mid-November, coach Jay Woodcroft was fired, making way for Kris Knoblauch, who has done very well since his arrival.
In fact, the Oilers were 3-9-1 with Woodcroft behind the bench, and now Edmonton is 20-15-1, with 17 wins in its last 23 games.
Not only has McDavid found his usual groove, but there’s also Zach Hyman, who has been everything and more for the Oilers since Knoblauch arrived, according to Pierre LeBrun.
Truly one of the great free agent signings of the last decade in the NHL. July 1st is usually not a good day to spend money. Hyman has been everything and more for the Oilers. https://t.co/y26Xs4bk9t
—Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) January 7, 2024
As pointed out by the renowned well-informed personHyman is one of the best free agent signings of the last decade.
We’ve always been accustomed to being placed in the pay zone to pick up loose pucks in the slot, but lately he’s really expanded his arsenal to score more goals.
He moves more, varies his position in front of the net, steps in front of the net to hide the goalie’s view, and positions himself to deflect pucks or return shots.
In the last 23 games, Hyman has scored no less than 21 goals, in addition to nine assists.
Amazing. For my taste, he acts a little too quietly, but coincidentally the right-handed forward ranks fourth among goal scorers, tied with Artemi Panarin with 25 goals.
At this rate, Hyman could easily cross the 50-goal mark, which is on pace for a 58-goal season (0.71 goals per game).
In Daniel Nugent-Bowman’s article on The AthleticThe latter demonstrates the extent to which the 31-year-old striker defies the age curve among players.
How Oilers’ Zach Hyman is defying the aging curves to become the NHL’s leading scorer https://t.co/2dOtEgP018
—Daniel Nugent-Bowman (@DNBsports) January 7, 2024
Many say that when a player passes the age of thirty he begins to regress, which is logical, but it does not apply to all players.
As Zach Hyman said on the site The AthleticEach player takes care of their body differently.
“I always hated the term to say that a player falls off a cliff when he is 30 years old. Many players regress at 30, but nothing stops them from improving. » –Zach Hyman
Hyman spoke briefly about Sidney Crosby, who is having another great season at 36 years old. Last year he scored 93 points and now he’s at 41 points in 38 games.
Tim Thomas, Martin St-Louis and Brad Marchand are also players who had very good seasons well into their thirties.
Hyman signed a seven-year contract in the summer of 2021, paying an annual salary of $5.5 million.
Without a doubt, this signing was much better than Jack Campbell’s, but it must be said that it is not very difficult to beat.
I would even dare to say that #18 is the best signing of the summer of 2021.
We can think of Phillip Danault and Philipp Grubauer, who signed with a new team that summer, but there is also Frederik Andersen who was a good signing for the Carolina Hurricanes, despite his injuries.
In addition to the contribution to their respective teams, if we take into consideration the average annual salary of these signings, Hyman’s $5.5 million and his 25 goals in 35 games make him the best free agent signing.
On the other hand, if we look at the Oilers’ roster, we can all agree that they badly need a top goalie, or at the very least, more depth on defense.
When the team attempted to solve the goaltending problem, Jack Campbell was signed for several seasons and eventually played in the AHL. And I’m not saying he’s doing well in the American League.
This signing clearly does the Oilers good, because Hyman was the missing piece in the top-6 offense, but it is not with a young Stuart Skinner and Calvin Pickard that you are going to go far in the playoffs.
Come the deadline, it will be important for Edmonton to get at least one good veteran in goal to back up Skinner to give themselves the best possible chance at winning the Stanley Cup.
– I like.
Monty with a SPECTACULAR night finally gets his own song 🔥 pic.twitter.com/GZj9UecOuD
– HFTV (@HFTVSports) January 7, 2024
– Samuel Montembeault knew that Mika Zibanejad was going to try this fake in a penalty shootout.
“He did the same thing against me last year. He went one direction, I bit the fake and then he went the other direction and scored. I recognized that he was trying again, so I tried to follow him. I’m happy I was able to save him this time.” – Sam Montembeault yesterday on his penalty shootout save pic.twitter.com/dPj58gWCPX
– /r/Habs (@HabsOnReddit) January 7, 2024
– He wants to know what the Penguins have in mind with their client.
Guentzel’s agent puts pressure on Dubas 😳 https://t.co/530QICp2Gj
– TVA Sports (@TVASports) January 7, 2024
– The Sick Podcast – Recruit Draftcast (@sickpodnhldraft) January 7, 2024
– What a goal from the Laval Rocket forward.