Edmonton Oilers Issue Qualifying Offers (Not To Fedun)

Here is the list of QO’s offered to RFA status players:

The Edmonton Oilers announced today, they have issued qualifying offers to the following players:

Richard Bachman
Luke Gazdic
Curtis Hamilton
Roman Horak
Philip Larsen
Andrew Miller
Jeff Petry
Tyler Pitlick
Justin Schultz

Quick notes. Horak and Larsen are KHL bound, so the Oilers simply retain their oversea rights here. Very few surprises here minus Curtis Hamilton, whom has fought the injury bug for three seasons including the most recent one.

In the end the going thought is that there is no risk in capitalizing on the “warm body” approach to building minor league depth. Gazdic, signed to a two-year contract yesterday, along with Justin Schultz and Jeff Petry are the only NON-Barons level players in terms of how the Oilers define NHL players.

Taylor Fedun, one of the Barons most consistent defenders last season, doesn’t make the cut, and was quickly signed by the San Jose Sharks on a two-way deal. This is interesting. Ultimately, the need for defenders NOW has crippled the Oilers ability to make a guy like Fedun a long-term project. Bummer, man.

We move on…