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Zach Hyman is a target free agent for the Edmonton Oilers. In fact, more than a target, Hyman may be Ken Holland’s target.

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I see Hyman as a very good choice for the specific Oilers situation. Much of his time with the Leafs was spent alongside elite players like Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner (he also played a lot with Ilya Mikheyev and Alex Kerfoot). And in these talented Toronto teams, Hyman produced well: two seasons of 20 goals (the 2sd in just 51 games) and he scored at a rate of 23 goals in just 43 games during the last campaign. Additionally, a positive contributor to sophisticated stats, Hyman was a 52.1% CF 5v5 in 2020-2021. He can put the puck in the net.

Zach Hyman doesn’t have a flash of some of his current and (potentially) future Oilers teammates. But on a club often accused (and enough, I might add) of having too many players of the same type, Hyman would be one of “those things that are not like the others” in Edmonton. His skills come with an abundance of sandpaper and a nose for the toughest areas of the ice surface. And he’s very good defensively. Very.

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Now, Hyman won’t be cheap and there are already divided camps on how much is too much. But surely we can all agree that if you are going to be spending a lot of money, then the one you get for that price should be able to perform in any situation. If Hyman joins them in a regular shift, plus a Power Play and a PK, then you quickly start to recover value on the dollar: A man of 20 minutes or more who is on the ice at the last minute. of a match, whether you’re a goal up or a goal down.

Now Hyman is not the best left winger available in the 2021 UFA class. 3 others would be ahead of him: Alexander Ovechkin, Gabriel Landeskog and Taylor Hall. Ovi will land in Washington or not at all. Hall is destined for Boston, if he has not already signed up at the time of this article’s publication. Landeskog is a formidable player who ticks almost all the boxes except one… he would apparently be fetching $ 9 million a year. It looks like Hyman could land between $ 5.1 and $ 5.5 million. The longer the term, the less important the AAV. Don’t like the term? Fair. But expect to pay more.

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Now, if you read The Twitter, the devotees are divided on Zach Hyman. A little curious, given that many of this same group are concerned that GM Ken Holland is dealing with a settlement: Connor McDavid has another 5 years on his contract, Leon Draisaitl 4. If not no time to spend a big dollar on a free winger for these guys, so… when is it?

Another common concern is age. Zach Hyman is 29 years old. We know that NHL players, especially those who play an aggressive physical style, can start to fall as they approach their 30s. But this is not the case for all. Chris Kunitz was 29 when he joined the Penguins in 2008. During his stint, he scored 4 consecutive seasons of 20 goals, including 35 in 2013-14 and participated in 3 Stanley Cup championships.

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Yeah, but Kunitz played with Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, you say.

Uh-huh. And Hyman would play with McDavid and Draisaitl.

Still don’t care about the comparison? Ok Pat Maroon performed with Connor McDavid in 2016-17. Has scored 27 times. His next best (before or since)? 14. And listen, don’t be disrespectful to The Big Rig. He has 3 cups of his own. But do you think Maroon is a better player than Hyman? Especially for the purpose the Oilers need him for. Don’t you think Hyman could score 30 with 97 or 29?

The other thing Chris Kunitz has is an Olympic gold medal. He was in his thirties when he made this team. I understand that Hyman is already on a shortlist of players to invite to the Canadian program. Would a McDavid season to port further increase his chances? It’s hard to believe that it isn’t.

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Risk? Of course there is a risk. There is with any contract. And the longer the term, the older the player, the more the risk tends to increase. Injury. Fall in production, etc. After all, Zach Hyman could be 36 at the end of this contract. The last two years could become a problem.

But if you get a cup or 2 along the way, wouldn’t it have been worth it? After all, what’s the point of being friendly with the caps if you don’t win when your best players are here?

Ah, and also… at 36? Chris Kunitz went 17-23-40 in 80 GP.

I’m just saying. Find me on Twitter @KurtLeavins

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