The Edmonton Oilers have been struggling to find a reliable option on the right wing for some time, and now they may have a very intriguing option.
Oilers Nation's Jonathan Willis has suggested the team should make a concerted effort to go after veteran forward Kris Versteeg after his contract with Bern of the Swiss League fell through due to insurance complications in Switzerland.
While Versteeg isn't a world-beater by any stretch of the imagination, he does have a wealth of experience, including championship experience that could prove extremely valuable to the young minds on the Edmonton Oilers roster. Willis believes this is a can't miss opportunity for Edmonton:
This seems like a no-brainer. It’s better for the Oilers as a team, it puts Yakupov and Puljujarvi in positions to excel right out of the gate and it isn’t likely to cost too much.
After an aggressive summer and a decade of failure, the club needs to get better fast. Versteeg could help with that.
There's no doubt that fans in the city have been longing for some tangible success from the Oilers, and while Versteeg won't solve all of Edmonton's problems, he could be a good solution for one of them. Not to mention he has some experience with another newly acquired forward, Milan Lucic, from their time in Los Angeles together.