The Edmonton Oilers announced that they had signed a couple of forwards to professional tryouts on Tuesday morning. The club will add Devin Shore and Ryan Stanton to the roster when training camp opens on January 3rd. The move ensures some competition in the bottom half of the forward group.
The more interesting of the two has to be that of Devin Shore. He has been a consistent NHL player over the past five seasons, splitting time with Dallas, Anaheim and Columbus. This past season saw him put up 12pts in 45 games, a notable drop in from the 29pts he scored the year prior. Apart from his regressing point totals, Shore can play all three forward positions and be an asset on the penalty kill. Shore will provide some healthy competition for guys like Patrick Russell and Jujhar Khaira.
Stanton, on the other hand, is less enticing. The 31-year-old is four years removed from any NHL action and has basically cemented himself as an AHL lifer from this point on. This is actually his second stint with the Oilers organization, having spent two seasons with the Bakersfield Condors in 2017/18 and 2018/19, and his recent results don’t indicate that he will be making the jump to the big club this time around either. He represents an extra body at training camp that will put pressure on guys on the fringe of making it.
Overall, these moves are not too significant but will add to the competitive spirit of this year’s training camp. I expect Devin Shore to be the guy to watch out of these two and he might even play good enough to earn himself a contract. Ken Holland has stated many times before that he always enjoys competition at his training camps and these moves help move the needle to achieve exactly that.
Do you think Shore and/or Stanton can earn NHL contracts?