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https://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/oilers-sign-swedish-forward-joakim-nygard-entry-level-deal/

 



The Edmonton Oilers have confirmed the signing of Swedish forward Joakim Nygard to a one-year, entry-level contract.

 

Earlier on Friday, Sportsnet’s Mark Spector spoke to Nygard’s agent who said the deal was “all but done.”

“He’s dialled in [on Edmonton],” agent Matt Keator of Olympic Sports Management told Spector. “He sees a lot of opportunity, with a new GM and a new coach. It’s a great situation.”

Due to the collective bargaining agreement and the fact Nygard is a 26-year-old undrafted European, it will be a one-year deal worth a maximum of $925,000.

“He’s one year away from [being] unrestricted,” Keator added. “It’s about opportunity and getting a chance to play. He likes what he sees there.”

 

The Stockholm native has been a member of Färjestad’s big club since 2013 and in recent months he began garnering interest from multiple NHL teams. Nygard is coming off a career year in which he finished second in SHL goals. He finished the 2018-19 season with 21 goals and 35 points in 52 games.

Known for his tremendous acceleration and footspeed, Nygard is often compared to Washington Capitals forward Carl Hagelin. He can fly. With a few notable exceptions – like some guy who wears No. 97 – the Oilers have a dearth of speedy forwards and this signing addresses a key need for the team up front.

Here’s a short example of his separation speed.

 

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The Edmonton Oilers have confirmed the signing of Swedish forward Joakim Nygard to a one-year, entry-level contract.

 

Earlier on Friday, Sportsnet’s Mark Spector spoke to Nygard’s agent who said the deal was “all but done.”

“He’s dialled in [on Edmonton],” agent Matt Keator of Olympic Sports Management told Spector. “He sees a lot of opportunity, with a new GM and a new coach. It’s a great situation.”

Due to the collective bargaining agreement and the fact Nygard is a 26-year-old undrafted European, it will be a one-year deal worth a maximum of $925,000.

“He’s one year away from [being] unrestricted,” Keator added. “It’s about opportunity and getting a chance to play. He likes what he sees there.”

 

The Stockholm native has been a member of Färjestad’s big club since 2013 and in recent months he began garnering interest from multiple NHL teams. Nygard is coming off a career year in which he finished second in SHL goals. He finished the 2018-19 season with 21 goals and 35 points in 52 games.

Known for his tremendous acceleration and footspeed, Nygard is often compared to Washington Capitals forward Carl Hagelin. He can fly. With a few notable exceptions – like some guy who wears No. 97 – the Oilers have a dearth of speedy forwards and this signing addresses a key need for the team up front.

Here’s a short example of his separation speed.

“He has put up a lot of points this season, but he does a lot of other things well too,” Sweden’s national team coach Rikard Grönborg told Swedish hockey writer Uffe Bodin back in March. “His speed and awareness on the ice make him very useful on the [penalty kill]. He has got a lot of good tools in his toolbox.”

The Calgary Flames were reportedly among the teams also interested in Nygard.

With files from Mike Johnston.

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8 minutes ago, 6string said:

I'm now in fear of a Gagner, Nygard and Puljujarvi combination.

 

I won't be able to sleep.

It’s like the Oilers are trying to be the old Broad Street Bullies with a line like that.  There otta be a rule; safety and just common sense says the league has to stop this, right?  

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17 minutes ago, Alflives said:

It’s like the Oilers are trying to be the old Broad Street Bullies with a line like that.  There otta be a rule; safety and just common sense says the league has to stop this, right?  

Lol, maybe the league should issue lime or orange safety vests to protect opposing teams from that new age Bullie line in Edmonton....

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Back in February and March I was pretty sure he was going to Ottawa with Calgary being a wild card.   Edmonton came to the party and made the best push I guess.   This guy can fly and finds open ice very well.   He is not the world's best finisher but don't be shocked to see him be a decent NHL guy and a really good find for Oilers.   Interesting will be that he will be UFA after this year given nature of contract he signs so he is gambling on himself to have a strong year and then see who can give him what he would probably like to see - a long-term NHL deal that has financial security.    

 

I know it is fun to criticize a franchise for what seem to be self-inflicted wounds such as the Oilers seem singularly talented at doing but this is a decent signing and one that could actually work out for the Oilers - which, in itself, may be a problem as they may not know how to handle a signing that works out.   

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53 minutes ago, Rob_Zepp said:

Interesting will be that he will be UFA after this year given nature of contract he signs so he is gambling on himself to have a strong year

I could be wrong but doesn’t the CBA dictate that it has to be a 1 year ELC because of his age?

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Edmonton Oilers sign up fast-skating Swedish attacker Joakim Nygard, Swedish sources report

 

David Staples, Edmonton Journal
Updated: May 23, 2019
 

The Edmonton Oilers have signed up small, speedy Swedish attacker Joakim Nygard, report Swedish hockey sources.

Joakim Nygård väljer Edmonton Oilers, avslöjar @VFekberg https://t.co/Whqpnd9IYk

— Johan Svensson (@MrMadhawk) May 23, 2019

Here’s what Uffe Bodin of Sweden’s Hockeysverige has said of the player: “Speed is the key word here. Joakim Nygård is one of, if not the fastest player in the SHL right now. He owns the kind of footspeed that can overwhelm opposing defensemen and leave them in a pile of dust, but also to put pressure on the forecheck and the backcheck. Carl Hagelin would be an obvious comparison…Early in his career, speed was the only asset Nygård really had. Thanks to hard work and good schooling, he has been able to build a nice game around that foundation.”

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Joakim Nygard

Nygard had the second most goals of any player in the Swedish elite league last year

The Journal’s Jim Matheson reports on the player: “Book on Joakim Nygard, Swedish forward Oilers are trying to sign: ‘real fast, OK skill, 3-4 liner, unless I’m not seeing something.’ That’s former Oiler goalie Mike Zanier who works as Vaxjo Lakers broadcaster in the Swedish Hockey League.”

At The Athletic, writer Corey Pronman ranked Nygard as the 11th most desirable UFA out of major junior, U.S. colleges and Europe this summer: “There are some scouts who don’t see him as a real prospect, but some teams gave him attention, and folks in Sweden think he has the right skill set to produce offense in North America.”screen-shot-2019-05-23-at-11.01.41-am.pn

My take

  1. Nygard sounds promising and is a good fit here. He immediately slots in on the Oilers second line, with a centre like Ryan Nugent-Hopkins or Leon Draisaitl. He has a chance to do something with the opportunity handed to Tobias Rieder, Ryan Spooner, Drake Caggiula, Jesse Puljujarvi, Kailer Yamamoto and others last season. It won’t be difficult to accomplish more than they did, but the Oilers will be hoping for much more, not 0 to ten goals but 15 to 20.
  2. The Swedish publication Värmlands Folkblad reports that 20 NHL teams were after Nygard.
  3. Edmonton also has a strong contingent of Swedish players, starting with Adam Larsson and Oscar Klefbom.
  4. The Oilers are going to have to be clever in procurement. The UFA market will be crazy. For example, Brock Nelson, 27, of the Islanders just signed a six year deal at $6 million per. Nelson is a big centre who doesn’t win most of his draws and scores 40 to 50 points per year. If the Oilers want a winger who scores around 50 points per year and is in his UFA years, that’s the price point. It’s high. It’s too high.

 

 

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15 hours ago, Sean Monahan said:

I get that, but I think the length of the contract was non-negotiable. The CBA dictates it had to be a one year ELC. 

Seems an expensive risk by Oilers but perhaps they are so short on prospects they feel are NHL ready.   Either way, if the guy pans out they likely cannot keep him anyway given their CAP issues unless Holland makes Lucic and a few others magically disappear.

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