Oilers re-sign Oscar Klefbom, updates on Jiri Hudler, Mark Scheifele, Devin Setoguchi, Michael Bournival and Matt Bartkowski, plus a look at the Ottawa Senators’ depth chart in your NHL Canadian Corner.
TSN.CA: The Edmonton Oilers have signed defenseman Oscar Klefbom to a seven-year contract extension (effective 2016-17) believed worth just over $4 million per season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: On the one hand, this contract could turn into a real bargain if Klefbom blossoms into the top-two blueliner he’s projected to become. On the other hand, it’s a hefty investment in a 21-year-old rearguard who has a total of 77 NHL games over two seasons on his resume.
Klefbom showed considerable promise last season, with 20 points, 102 blocked shots and 48 takeaways while averaging nearly 22 minutes per game in 60 outings. The latter three stats ranked among the team leaders, and he finished second in points among Oilers blueliners. Still, it’s a lengthy investment in a young defenseman who has yet to fully establish himself at the NHL level.
CALGARY SUN: Flames veteran forward Jiri Hudler looks forward to mentoring promising center Sam Bennett this season.
WINNIPEG SUN: Jets center Mark Scheifele has bulked up for the upcoming season, having spent another offseason working out with noted trainer and former NHL star Gary Roberts.
TORONTO STAR: Free-agent winger Devin Setoguchi is grateful for the tryout opportunity he’s received with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
SPORTSNET: Montreal Canadiens forward Michael Bournival is still suffering post-concussion symptoms related to a clean hit received during a game last November.
THE PROVINCE: Defenseman Matt Bartkowski hopes for a fresh start with the Vancouver Canucks after being relegated to the Boston Bruins’ doghouse last season.
OTTAWA SUN: A look at the Senators depth chart for the upcoming season.