Just as I was putting together a thread of unrestricted free agents, one of them signed an extension. The player? Gaetan Haas.
Gaetan Haas has signed a one year deal and it’s worth a tidy 915K.
Haas’ 2019-20 had him at ten points (5-5-10 in 58 games played). He was a mainstay on the fourth line, and he’s probably remembered most this past season for his penalty shot goal he scored in Calgary. The game was out of hand, and Haas’ goal was the eighth of the game. It should be remembered because Haas was taken down by Matthew Tkachuk prior to the goal, and nobody likes Matthew Tkachuk.
Should the 2019-20 season conclude without any further play, Haas will have finished his freshman NHL season as a serviceable fourth line player who averaged just under ten minutes a night. Haas’ ability to draw penalties was probably his best asset (he drew 14 and took just 3), though a 42.2% faceoff win rate leaves a little to be desired. Haas played little on the power play (21 total minutes) and even less on the PK (6 minutes)
Haas was on a 15 point pace this season, I don’t think he’ll light up the scoreboard unless something dramatic changes in 2020-21. At 915K, it’s not the end of the world if he doesn’t. If Haas can keep drawing penalties and score the odd goal from time to time, it’s a deal that should work out for the Oilers.