Edmonton Oilers forward Gaëtan Haas has reportedly signed a five-year deal with EHC Biel Bienne out of Switzerland. This marks the second depth forward the Oilers have lost to teams operating out of Europe, the first being Joakim Nygard. Haas played in 92 games with the Oilers over the course of two seasons, recording 13 points.
EHC Biel-Bienne (NL) have signed forward Gaëtan Haas to a five-year contract.— Complete Hockey News (@CompleteHkyNews) June 10, 2021
Haas had 2 goals and 1 assist in 34 games with the Edmonton Oilers this season. pic.twitter.com/Y1fUD0YEJ5
Haas showed signs of being a capable bottom-six forward in the NHL but the production never really clicked. He had the tools but struggled to find a consistent spot in the lineup. Unlike Nygard, who didn’t get much of a chance to succeed in Edmonton, I believe that there was a window of opportunity for Haas to really show his value and he just wasn’t able to get it done.
I would’ve tried to keep him around as the team’s 14th forward but, with Devin Shore seemingly having a lock on that spot with his recent two-year deal, it makes sense that Haas decided to return home.
Speaking of which, Haas will be returning to the National League in Switzerland. He spent 10 seasons there before coming to the NHL and was a fairly productive player over there. He will be much more valued in that league and it comes as no surprise that he decided to go back.
We here at Copper & Blue wish the absolute best for Gaëtan Haas.