On June 9th, the Edmonton Oilers re-sign Devin Shore, a pending unrestricted free agent forward, to a two-year contract worth $1.7 million, or $850,000 per season. This contract carries him through the 2022-23 season.
Devin Shore signs a 2 year deal with the Oilers…. 1.7 million over two years.
— John Shannon (@JShannonhl) June 9, 2021
Edmonton Oilers Re-Sign Devin Shore
Over his six-year NHL career, Shore played for the Dallas Stars, Anaheim Ducks, Columbus Blue Jackets, and Oilers. In 326 career games, the depth forward collected 44 goals and 71 assists, for 115 total points. He entered the league in the 2012 Entry Draft, selected 61st overall by the Stars.
Last season he scored five goals and four assists for nine points. He also added six minutes in penalties, averaging just 10:55 in ice time over 38 contests. A depth forward and penalty killer, his possession numbers sat at 38.8% Corsi and a relative Corsi of -10.8%.
What This Means for the Future
The 26-year old forward received an invite to the Oilers camp prior to the 2020-21 season and signed a one-year deal on January 13th. Though he bounced back and forth from the roster to the taxi squad over the course of the season, he made enough of an impression to receive this new, two-year deal.
In the team’s four playoff contests, Shore dressed in two contests and notched one assist. He logged a much heavier amount of ice time, though, averaging 19:18 per game. That average exceeds any regular-season average across his career, and this uptick in usage may indicate part of why he earned this extension.
Ultimately, though, Shore still doesn’t factor in as a high-calibre talent. His role remains primarily a defensive one, highlighted by 232 career blocked shots and 336 hits to boot. The Oilers often receive criticism for their top-heavy roster, and this signing doesn’t necessarily change that all too much. But, it does add to their depth going forward, with a responsible, hard-nosed style guy that the team needs.