The Edmonton Oilers are close to a one-year contract with center Ryan McLeod for about $800,000, according to Elliotte Friedman.
McLeod was a restricted free agent after completing his entry-level, three-year capped $834,167 contract with the Oilers, meaning he also had no arbitration rights in deal negotiations. his new contract. His new contract will still leave him as RFA, but he will have arbitration rights at the end of this agreement.
McLeod was a second-round pick for the Oilers in 2018 and is coming off his first full NHL season. He impressed in his 72 games, with nine goals, 12 assists and 21 points on the year, all career highs for him, although he had just one assist in 10 games during his only experience in the NHL last season.
McLeod proved even more useful on the defensive side of the ice, establishing himself as a solid defensive forward in his minutes, which is not something you see in a rookie. He finished the season with a shot attempt share of 53.57% and an expected goal share of 47.44% at even strength, although his expected goal numbers have been increased since his time with Leon Draisaitl, who, despite the elite point total, has struggled in this regard throughout his career.
With this signing, the Oilers took care of their last RFA of the offseason, as they also had to sign Kailer Yamamoto and Jesse Puljujarvi to new contracts. They also had to re-sign Evander Kane and Brett Kulak, and notably brought in Jack Campbell on a five-year free agency deal, along with Mattias Janmark, Ryan Murray and Devin Shore, and also Jason Demers and, more controversially, Jake Virtanen with them during pro trial training camp.
The Oilers will still have to find a way to make room at the cap, as they’re over the salary cap, even with Oscar Klefbom and Mike Smith on long-term injured reserve for the season. Puljujarvi and Tyson Barrie have both been trade rumored as a way to make room.