In a move designed to add a little stability to a very unstable blue line, the Oilers today acquired Mark Fistric from the Dallas Stars in exchange for the team's third round pick in this summers draft. Fistric, who is originally from Edmonton, has played 257 games in the NHL (all with Dallas) since breaking into the league in the 2007/08 season. In those 257 games Fistric has scored three goals and added 20 assists while amassing 220 penalty minutes. It's safe to say the Oilers didn't acquire him for his offence.
What Fistric does bring can be seen in the picture above: a physical presence. Last season Fistric's 235 hits ranked him second on the Stars and was topped by only Steve Ott. Break it down to a per game rate and Fistric led the team with 3.91 hits/game. Now hit totals are highly suspect so I wouldn't use them to compare players on different teams but when looking at just one team you get a much more apples-to-apples comparison. So based on these numbers it seems that although Fistric doesn't score a lot you're likely to see him show up in the game in other ways.
Fistric's spot in the Oilers lineup isn't finalized yet but it seems likely that he'll slot in on the bottom pairing with Ryan Whitney or Justin Schultz depending how the second pair with Nick Schultz is set up; meaning that Fistric takes over the spot that Theo Peckham and Corey Potter were battling for. Colten Teubert can go back to Oklahoma City. Looking at who he replaces one thing that immediately jumps to mind is discipline, especially when he's compared to Theo Peckham. Averaging less than a penalty minute a game while playing the type of game he does demonstrates a nice balance of physicality and discipline, something the Oilers have at time lacked on the bottom end of their lineup.
Fistric will make a pro-rated $1.475 which is on the high end of what he's worth but isn't a ridiculous overpayment either. All in all, bringing in Fistric is a nice depth addition for the Oilers at the minimal cost of a third round pick in the draft. He doesn't come close to filling the holes on the Oilers blue line but he is certainly an improvement over the players that filled his spot yesterday.